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On Feb. 25, SILVAR members enjoyed the Global Business Council Potluck, which featured an array of ethnic dishes provided by members and guests. Along with the good food and networking, members received information about global real estate, shared their experiences in this field of real estate, and offered tips on how to connect with foreign buyers. They also received information on how best to utilize Proxio, a new membership benefit for SILVAR REALTOR® members.

Special guest Sateesh Lele, vice chair of the California Association of REALTORS® Global Real Estate Forum, shared information from the Forum’s presentation at the C.A.R. Business Meetings in San Diego. Lele indicated Florida, California, Texas and Arizona continue to be the leading destinations for international buyers, while Canada, China, India, Mexico and the U.K. are home to majority of international buyers.

Davena Gentry, chair of the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® Global Business Council, said even as home prices are appreciating, the US. is still relatively inexpensive in cost of living and housing, offering value, diversification, stability, and size. She shared information from a March 2013 CNBC article that indicated in Hong Kong, for example, the average property prices in the fourth quarter of 2012 ranged from $4,570 – $5,050 per sq. ft.

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SILVAR REALTOR® members may now log in to Proxio, a leading global marketing and real estate networking platform that connects real estate agents from across the country and around the world. Proxio is a new membership benefit for SILVAR REALTOR® members that will enable them to share their listings with other real estate agents in more than 140 countries. SILVAR has partnered with Proxio to provide SILVAR REALTORS® a Standard Level membership to their Global MLS.

The global networking platform has been described as “similar to a LinkedIn for real estate agents, but more.” Access to ProxioPro gives agents networking opportunities and an agent and property search. Your listings and marketing materials will be automatically translated into 19 languages, 55 currencies and metric measurements.

The SILVAR ProxioPro Standard Level membership includes a member’s profile in the network of over 600,000 real estate professionals across the U.S. and in 140 countries, and international MLS exposure for members’ listings presented in 19 languages. In addition to the Standard Level features, the SILVAR member benefit package also includes two upgrades – the Multicultural IDX (M-IDX) widget for a member’s website, which includes a full MLS search and translations of all properties in MLSListings into Proxio’s 19 languages; and the Proxio SocialSearch™ app for a member’s business page, with full IDX in five languages – English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. Both of these features – the Multicultural IDX (M-IDX) widget and the Proxio SocialSearch™ app for your Facebook business page, will be available to members in their Proxio account within the next two weeks.

Proxio is conducting live training classes for members at SILVAR to get them up to speed on this global tool. Cameron Garcia, who teaches the Proxio overview classes, encourages SILVAR members to complete their profile as best they can. Adding their specialties and a photo of yourself will provide agents and their listings better global visibility. Studies show agents are more receptive to connecting with other agents when they see a photo on their profile. Engaging with other real estate agents and establishing relationships can increase your listings’ exposure.

Garcia also assures members that the Proxio site is secure. Everyone who is a member of the Proxio international network is a legitimate real estate professional.

March 2014


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