Global Business Council

Apply now to attend MIPIM 2018

For the fourth year, Illinois REALTORS® plans to send a delegation to MIPIM, billed as the largest real estate conference in the world. The association wants its members to have the opportunity to attend this event in Cannes, France, and is offering 10, $1,500 stipends.

Click here to apply and learn more. 


REALTORS® doing business across international borders


Global News / Research Links:


Global Networking Resources:

Global Education
(US agents whose listings (residential for sale and rental) automatically appear on’s global portal and are translated into 11 different language. Agents can print out translated listing brochures. Free service.

Illinois REALTORS® members have a commitment to sharing and learning about other cultures in addition to encouraging organizational leadership opportunities that reflect the diversity of the membership.

Each year the Business Diversity Working Group makes recommendations on how to better position REALTORS® to thrive in an international economy. The group works with real estate organizations and a diverse membership to hold a Multicultural Summit annually and promotes resources for REALTORS® who understand that Global is the New Local.


Resources for REALTORS® Without Borders

International Sales = 6 Percent of Market International buyers of U.S. properties generated $68.2 billion in the 12 months ending March 2013, marking a $14 billion decline from the year before, according to NAR's 2013 Profile of International Home Buying Activity.  


Hispanic buyers a force in homeownership

From 2000 to 2013, Hispanic homeowners accounted for an increase of 2.6 million owner households. That finding and many more are in the 2013 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report produced by NAHREP. 


Learn more about cross-border real estate

  • - Research and tools to help diversify your clientele, expand your business, and globalize your network.
  • Global Perspectives in Real Estate Newsletter covering all aspects of international real estate. 
  • NAR Global Alliances - The National Association of REALTORS® maintains a multitude of alliances and partnerships with organizations dedicated to cross-cultural business relationships. 

Working on Your Behalf for Global Engagement

In an effort to expand the scope of global engagement, Illinois REALTORS® has launched the Consulate General Liaison Program. Created as a sub-group of the association's Global Business Council, the program is uniquely designed to help position the REALTOR® community as a leading source for service and information for a growing global clientele.

Modeled after the NAR Federal Political Coordinator program and the Illinois REALTORS® State Legislative Contact Program, the Consulate General Liaison Program has a bit of a different twist: the association has named several members who have a history in working with Consulates General on programming, trade missions, outreach, etc. These members have the potential to create more robust relationships with prominent officials representing their home countries in Illinois.

Meet the Consulate General Liaisons


Sonia Anaya

Ahmed Badat
South Africa



Marsha Collins-Mroz

Ayumi DeLoney

Delmy Economos

Mike Emery

Maurice Hampton

Jana Herdova
Czech Republic

Andreas Holder

Jim Kinney
United Kingdom

Mikus Kins

John LeTourneau

Gloria Lin

Betty Milam

Jason Noh

Dany Novakovich

Don Pasek

Vicky Sampah 

Michelle Shang

Pradeep Shukla

Vicky Silvano

Matt Silver

Nancy Suvarnamani

Andy Velkme


Staff liaison

Sharon Gorrell, MPPA, CIPS
Housing Policy Advisor
Illinois REALTORS®
(630) 399-5330 (Cell)

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Learn more about multicultural real estate through these organizations. 

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers was founded in 1947 and serves minority real estate professionals.

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals works to advance Hispanic homeownership. 

The Asian Real Estate Association of America was founded in 2003 and furthers Asian homeownership. 

FIABCI-USA is an international real estate federation whose members spcialize in cross-border transactions. 

Local in your

Two Chicagoland REALTOR® associations have an emphasis on global business. 

The Chicago Association of REALTORS®

Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

Earn the CIPS

The CIPS Designation is the only designation of its kind in the real estate community. It’s synonymous with advanced expertise, a global perspective and distinct understanding of a global buyer, and comes with powerful brand recognition with designees in nearly 40 countries.

File a liaison
meeting report

Use this form to tell Illinois REALTORS® about meetings you have with a counsul general.