CTAR Global Chapter

The CTAR Global Business Chapter was established in 2019 to provide the education to expand core real estate skills and knowledge needed to meet the unique needs of foreign clients. This includes building awareness of culturally appropriate business practices and providing networking opportunities with other international business professionals and organizations.

Chapter members have completed courses required to earn the National Association of Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS). These designees are Realtors® who have undergone this specialized training focused on conducting business in the international real estate arena. Currently there are approximately 4,100 CIPS designees located in 50 countries.

The CTAR Global Business Chapter 2019 Board
President: Lora Goolsby
President-Elect: Duval Acker
Secretary/Treasurer: Marisol Ferdinand
Eve Greene: immediate Past President

Board Members: Dana Gipson, Georgia Richard, Meghan Webster


CTAR Global Business Chapter Sponsors Trade Mission to Panama
Sunday, October 6th – Friday, October 11th, 2019

CTAR Realtors® in attendance:
Lora Goolsby,2019 GBC President & Duval Acker, 2020 GBC President-Elect;
Andrea Capers; Dana Gipson; Kay Minson; Georgia Richard & Lawrence Richard;
Wil Riley, CEO and Lora Able, GBC Liaison and VP of Education.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Panama association (ACOBIR) and CTAR will encourage future business opportunities and networking.
Contact Lora@charlestonrealtors.com to learn more about joining the CTAR Global Business Chapter or about attending the Certified International Property Specialist http://www.charlestonrealtors.com/cips/ Institute February 10-14, 2020.

NAR Recognizes Charleston’s Global Business Council (2019)

The CTAR Global Business Business Council has been awarded the GOLD Global Achievement Program Award!
From Lisa Calarco, Manager of NAR’s Business Development and Outreach and Global Alliances:
“…The councils around the U.S. have set the bar very high this year and you should be extremely proud of your efforts to bring the global marketplace to your members!….I hope that you will continue the hard work from this year to keep providing your members with the award winning level of global outreach, education and awareness that they received in 2018…I look forward to watching your Council grow even more in 2019!”

The CTAR Global Business Council was formed in 2013 as a committee of members dedicated to globally themed education, programming, and networking. The council’s leadership group are CIPS designees and assist the CTAR staff liaison in planning global programs, hosting CIPS courses, and collaborating with neighboring boards to build awareness among members of the global business opportunities that surround them- as well as the services those members offer to the international community. Additionally, the Global Business Council acts as a Realtor®-driven community resource, helping REALTORS® build partnerships with globally-minded businesses, mortgage brokers, attorneys, and other relevant local business partners.

Find a Certified International Property Specialist here!

If you are interested in joining the Council, please Contact Lora Able, CTAR Staff Liaison for more information.


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The Charleston Regional Development Alliance-Global Fluency Initiative is supported by a committee of community volunteers, and focuses on both the integration of new foreign residents and outreach to Charlestonians on the benefits foreign investment and cultures provide. Many of our CTAR Global Business Chapter members are involved as volunteers and utilize Global Fluency resources including the Charleston Community Guide to help clients feel welcome, and connect to the community. CRDA also releases an annual “global connectivity snapshot” that provides a concise distillation of the significance of global engagement to the region’s prosperity.


2019 South Carolina Economic Data for Engaging in International Real Estate
2019 Profile of International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate
2019 Commercial Real Estate International Business Trends

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