SILVAR is offering a paperless option for individuals who would like to enroll in the November 17-21 Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Institute. The paperless option will cost $550 for the entire Institute instead of $600, the regular cost with hard copy of the course manuals.

Students who select the paperless option will need to come to class with their electronic device (laptop or tablet). They will be asked to download the required materials prior to their arrival. A link to the materials will be provided to each student.

The CIPS Institute provides training in international business issues, including currency conversion, cultural awareness, legal and tax requirements, ownership and transaction principles of international real estate, and specifics about the real estate markets in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Members using Proxio, which is a SILVAR benefit, may find the CIPS courses very useful in advancing their global real estate business.

The week-long CIPS Institute includes the two required core courses and three elective courses, which fulfill the classroom requirements for the CIPS designation. Students must pass a multiple-choice exam at the end of each course.

Spend the week learning how you can profit being an international real estate specialist from 2012 NAR International Instructor of the Year David Wyant. Wyant has taught two previous CIPS Institutes at SILVAR and received excellent reviews.

Regular cost of the five-day program is $600, which includes hard copy of the course material. Members may enroll online at Non-members may register by calling SILVAR at (408) 200-0100.

Those interested in registering for the paperless version, may contact SILVAR at (408) 200-0100 or SILVAR Public Affairs & Communications Director Rose Meily at or call (408) 200-0109. Cost for an individual course for either option is $150.

Sponsorships for the CIPS Institute are available for each class day. Thank you in advance to Wednesday and Friday sponsors Kenneth Chan of HSBC and Richard Miller of