International Property Specialist Course

Once again, the Certified International Property Specialists Course (CIPS) returns to Bangkok presented by America’s National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and Thailand’s Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association (RESAM).Clayton-Wade-&-David-Wyant-Titled

The single-most edifying event in Thailand’s real estate industry unfolds at the Victor Club, FYI Center on Rama 4 in Bangkok August 12 to 16, 2017.

Thailand’s RESAM organization–established in 2005 by its first president, Dr. Pairote Sukjan, and the Thailand Real Estate specialist’s committee–are again joining forces with the NAR to offer the world’s most highly-recognized real estate education and business opportunity: the Certified International Property Specialists Training Course.

Respected for its depth of work and dedication to the real estate industry overall as well as for its personal support of industry professionals across the region, RESAM now has 120 members, including realtors, brokers/brokerages and developers. Its executive committee consists of 20 professionals representing all sectors of the nation’s real estate industry. The organization was formed to promote better sales and marketing skills and professionalism through direct member interaction as well as through exhibits and seminars for continued education.

RESAM’s president is well-known industry player Somsak Chutisilp, managing director of BCP Housing Co., Ltd, one of Bangkok’s leading real estate agencies.

NAR, the world’s leading real estate alliance, is headquartered in the United States. With 1,269,300 members, it is America’s largest trade organization. Internationally, the National Association of Realtors  is made up of 1,200 local associations/boards with 87 cooperating associations in 66 countries and 3,500 Certified International Property Specialists in 45 countries.CIPS-2013-Group-Photo-Titled-small

Next month’s CIPS certification course is designed to expand global knowledge of each participant with a hands-on experience in international real estate transactions, as well as five full days of intensive study focused on transnational transactions and their most critical aspects. Topics include currency and exchange rate issues, cross-cultural relationships, regional market conditions, investment performance, and tax matters, among others. Course titles include Global Real Estate: Local Markets, The Business of U.S. Real Estate, Europe & International Real Estate, Asia/Pacific & International Real Estate and The Americas & International Real Estate.

For more than 10 years now Thailand has had the opportunity to have such esteemed CIPS instructors as Camila Ma, Aida Turbow and David Wyant.

Wyant, a 25-year veteran in global marketing, branding and strategic sales, returns to teach the upcoming course August 12 to 16. As a leading NAR member at the institutional level, he serves as a faculty member for CIPS and as a real estate instructor and broker in Florida, where he has served as director, secretary, treasurer and president of that state’s trade association. Wyant was named Realtor® of the Year in 2006 and the NAR CIPS Instructor of the Year in 2009 and 2012.Clayton-with-CIPS-2015

The intensive five-day CIPS training course will certainly go a long way in solving the credibility problems facing many in the Thai real estate industry who do not have the formal real estate education and certification to achieve international recognition.

Huge credit must be given to the dynamic Nancy Suvarnamani, the NAR president’s Global Coordinator Asia Pacific, Lebanon and UAE. Suvarnamani is president of Century 21 Chicago, a brokerage with more than 100 agents.

Without the input, representation and magnitude of her hard work, this course simply would never have happened. She assisted RESAM in getting special scholarship funding and provided the connections to execute the CIPS training course here. She has made many trips to Thailand from America to ensure every detail.

The CIPS training course in 2013 enrolled 58 industry professionals; in 2015 there were 34. The week-long program culminated with a gala dinner and certificate presentation ceremony. It was one of the most ‘feel good’ networking events I have witnessed, with everyone pleased with themselves for having passed and for having met so many fantastic fellow real estate professionals from Chiang Rai to Phuket and the rest of Thailand–not to mention several students from America.

Pattaya was represented by a huge contingent of students; the Pattaya Real Estate Brokers Association had more than 10 students including the local Russian community. All were certified.

Actually, I also took the certification course in October 2013 for a second time as I was asked by Nancy Suvarnamani to participate in the CIPS Instructors Training course. I was subsequently appointed as an official CIPS instructor and audited my first class as an instructor in 2015. Next month I will serve as David Wyant’s assistant instructor.

NAR has only 47 registered CIPS instructors–six of whom are outside the US. It will be a tremendous plus for Thailand and Asia to have a certified CIPS instructor in our area.

With such educational events and the opportunity of continued instruction and education from local real estate practitioners, Thailand has a great future as a hub for Asian real estate education and development.

A big thank you and a big bravo to RESAM president Somsak Chutisilp, and a very special show of gratitude to Nancy Suvarnamani for bringing all of this to Thailand.

Thailand real estate…bigger, better and smarter than ever!

If you would like to participate in this upcoming Certified International Property Specialist Training Course, please email: or call +66 (0)81-634-2915.

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