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Charlie A.V. Gorayeb

Charlie A.V. Gorayeb

Chairman of the Board, CREBA Chairman, CREBA Advocacy & Legislative Affairs Committee Honorary Consul General, Republic of Djibouti

Educate, Innovate, Celebrate

One of the brightest ideas real estate developers and practitioners can have before the year comes to a close is taking part in the much-anticipated 2016 Realtors® Conference and Expo. Slated from November 4 up to 7, 2016 at sunny Orlando, Florida, this event organized by the National Association of Realtors ® or NAR is the largest gathering of real estate professionals worldwide and carries the theme: “Educate, Innovate, Celebrate.”

As 19,000 Realtors® converge for the event, participants are poised to learn about best practices in the United States real estate industry, get sales tips and business techniques from top industry experts, discover the latest products and services in real estate, and make new contacts with professionals from more than 60 countries around the globe. 

The Chamber of Real Estate & Builders’ Associations, Inc. or CREBA has been the exclusive cooperating association of NAR in the Philippines since 2011. Filipino real estate service practitioners who register as International Realtor® Members (IRMs) through CREBA gain immediate access to all the benefits of international membership, including the ability to use the trusted Realtor® name and logo, a listing in NAR’s worldwide online database, and access to NAR’s research and statistics and more. To this day, membership in the Philippines remains the biggest in Asia and the second highest across the globe — next to Mexico — among countries outside the United States.

Asian real estate takes center stage  in Incheon, South Korea

Asian real estate took center stage at the last Incheon International Realtors® Conference and Expo (IIRCE) hosted by the Incheon Metropolitan City at the Incheon Songdo, Convensia in South Korea from August 29 to September 3. 

The warm hospitality and gracious hosting extended by the Honorable Mayor Yoo Jeong-bok and his entire team was most admirable. The Filipino delegation particularly appreciate the opportunity to visit Incheon’s bustling metropolis and see the outstanding growth and urban development success stories that could serve as models for the Philippines. These achievements only speak well of the city planners and officials’ vision and leadership that has made Incheon a well-planned, balanced and promising community where truly global economic opportunities thrive.

The entire Conference has been an enjoyable experience for everyone. The learning sessions were excellent and we had a very good time appreciating South Korea’s rich culture, not to mention the many local delights that were generously offered us.

Our hats are off to Incheon City and to John and Annie Li for hurdling the giant task of hosting the Conference. We are aware of just how challenging but rewarding it can be when CREBA ourselves hosted the 1st International Realtor Conference in Manila in 2015. Indeed, IIRCE concluded with resounding success.

Published in the Manila Bulletin October 2016

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