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Take advantage of SILVAR’s early bird special price and complete all classroom requirements needed to earn the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) designation. The courses will be offered at SILVAR on September 30, October 1, 2, 5 and 6.

SILVAR is offering an early bird special for members and nonmembers through June 1 – $500 for the paper version, which includes a manual for each of the five courses offered, and $450 for the paperless option. After June 1, regular cost of the entire CIPS Institute is $600 for the paper option and $550 for paperless. Cost for an individual course is $175 for hard copy and $150 for paperless. Members may enroll online at Non-members may register by contacting SILVAR Public Affairs & Communications Director Rose Meily at, or call (408) 200-0109.

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

David Wyant, 2012 and 2009 NAR International Instructor of the Year, will be returning to SILVAR to teach the CIPS Institute. Wyant has taught three previous CIPS Institutes at SILVAR and received excellent reviews.

Upon completing the required five courses and fulfilling other necessary requirements, applicants receive their CIPS designation and will have the opportunity to be recognized at the November 13-16, 2015 NAR REALTORS® Conference and Expo in San Diego.

Limited sponsorships for the CIPS Institute are available. Each sponsor is given the opportunity to speak for 20 minutes about their product or service on an assigned day. For more information, contact SILVAR Public Affairs & Communications Director Rose Meily at, or call (408) 200-0109.



C.A.R. Region 9 Chair Carolyn Miller installs FAREPA's 2015 leadership team.

C.A.R. Region 9 Chair Carolyn Miller installs FAREPA’s 2015 leadership team.

The Filipino American Real Estate Professional Association of Northern California (FAREPA) 2015 leadership team was installed last Wednesday at the Milpitas Community Center. California Association of REALTORS® Region 9 Chair Carolyn Miller administered the oath of office to FAREPA’s new officers and board directors.

The 2015 FAREPA officers are Ric Bareng, Jr. (Century 21 Alpha); Melanie Holthaus (Premier Century Real Estate Services), president-elect; Anna Lopez (Wells Fargo Home Mortgage); Jerry Quintos (Abbott, Stringham & Lynch, CPA), treasurer. The association’s 2015 board of directors are Dinah Casibang (ERS Mortgage), Barbara Kuang (Allstate Insurance); and Mike Santana (ADT Home Alarm Services).

On behalf of SILVAR, National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Director John Tripp and NAR President’s Liaison to the Philippines Jennifer Tasto congratulated Bareng, Jr. and FAREPA’s leadership team and reaffirmed SILVAR’s support for FAREPA and its mission. FAREPA’s mission is “to promote the interests of Filipino American real estate professionals, elevate the level of professionalism within the global community through education, networking and partnership, and create a united voice within the real estate community.”


In his address to members and guests, Bareng, Jr. noted the pillars that made FAREPA strong since its formation over 11 years ago and enabled the association to meet and overcome past challenges were FAREPA’s commitment to educate its members, increase the level of professionalism, rebuild FAREPA’s brand and support other chapters along the way, and always giving back to the community here and abroad. FAREPA raised money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda last year. Proceeds from a drawing of prizes during the evening’s installation dinner will benefit the Bareng, Jr. is a noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

A highlight of the evening was FAREPA’s thanking SILVAR for its support through the years. In recognition and gratitude, past president Paul Stewart presented SILVAR Executive Officer Paul Cardus the “Honorary Filipino” award.


Also representing SILVAR at the event were Global Business Council member Jimmy Kang, Sue Bose, and Public Affairs & Communications Director Rose Meily.


Karen Trolan demonstrates a move that can knock down an assailant.

Karen Trolan demonstrates a move that can knock down an assailant.

At “REALTORS® Training REALTORS®,” a free safety and self-defense training class offered by SILVAR last Friday at the Pacific Coast Academy in Los Gatos, REALTORS® trained in martial arts taught 28 real estate professionals risk awareness, safety tips, and how to protect themselves in a hostile situation.

The instructors were Laura Welch (Century 21 M&M), a jujitsu 7th degree black belt and judo 3rd degree black belt and director of Jujitsu America; Carla Bunch, (Marbella Properties), a jujitsu 5th degree black belt; and SILVAR President-elect Karen Trolan (Alain Pinel Realtors) taekwondo 2nd degree black belt, kenpo jujitsu first degree black belt, jujitsu first degree brown belt, and Shinkendo. The class was sponsored by the Jujitsu Academy.

Trolan and her colleagues were inspired to put the course together because REALTORS® are at risk every day as they meet different people. “In the last decade, hundreds of real estate professionals throughout the country have been murdered, violently assaulted, raped, beaten and robbed,” said Trolan. “Agents can be in potentially dangerous situations, but usually you can avoid becoming a victim by being aware and prepared. All REALTORS® should learn at least basic safety and self-defense techniques.”

During the class, the real estate professionals learned how to get out of dangerous situations, different ways they can hit an assailant, what can be used to defend themselves against an attack from an assailant, and ways to get out of common holds or attacks. These agents were also provided numerous safety tips and ways to be aware.

“It was great to have women, for their first time, learning how to be aware and protect themselves. The group had fun and took away good practice in these basics,” said Trolan.

Studies show 80 percent of women who fought back in an attack situation have gotten away. “We all need to be prepared, follow general safety tips, like being aware of your surroundings, knowing some self-defense moves, and taking personal security precautions,” said Trolan.


Real estate professionals practice some self-defense moves.

Real estate professionals practice some self-defense moves.

April 2015


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