This year is a game changer – throughout all countries, religions, mindsets and ways of doing business in every discipline. All of us are experiencing this transformation in unprecedented ways. To some it may feel as if life as we know it is over. To me this is the time for us to find ways to transcend what we have done for decades and succeed in this new world order.
To operate with a business as usual attitude is to be eclipsed by more innovative thinkers. We must actively step up to the task just to hold our ground. We can do more. We can ride this wave of change and even surpass our competitors by virtue of our membership in FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation. FIABCI has been on the cutting edge for 66 years and counting.
The innovative founders of FIABCI knew we would be living in an ever globalizing economy and that purchasing property across boarders would be commonplace in the 21st Century. As FIABCI members standing on their shoulders, we have a responsibility to be leaders in our field. We have only just begun to capitalize on our connections to the United Nations, the World Bank and other influential partners. We must build on our strengths and expand our markets and influence.
First we will extend our hands to our neighbors to the north and south and develop a strong regional alliance sharing best practices, resources and clients. We will work within the Americas and beyond to create new partners and new revenue streams.
The dollar is currently very strong and inbound investments rule, but change is constant and those ahead of the curve know that increased off shore investments are on the horizon. We should continue to show our leadership skills to our clients with extensive knowledge of foreign markets, transactions and rules of doing business. The Doing Business survey of the World Bank, the Global Housing Watch of the International Monetary Fund and the International Property Markets Scorecard of the Center for International Private Enterprise and the International Real Property Foundation are tools you can use for analyzing foreign markets and impressing your clients like no one else in your market!
We will create tremendous value in the FIABCI brand this year by making money in new and innovative ways with our fellow FIABCI family members. I challenge each of you to come up with and share new ideas. If you are not already a member, please follow this link and join today.
Thanks and Good Luck out there!