Nova Scotia welcomes real estate leaders from across North America


Real estate leaders from across North America are coming to Halifax. From September 16 to 20 REALTORS® from across the continent will learn about the province as part of an inbound trade mission. The delegation includes representatives from the United States and Canada including Florida, Rhode Island, Utah, Georgia, Texas and the Maritimes.

The trade mission centers around the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Leadership Invitational. The event is being hosted by the Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® (NSAR). Matthew Honsberger, President of NSAR says, “Throughout the week, REALTORS® will focus on international real estate transactions and how best to serve home and property buyers from around the world, while also experiencing the vibrant opportunities Nova Scotia has to offer.”

Course participant and Florida REALTOR®, Betania Valente Nassar, says what enticed her to take the CIPS designation was her personal experience outside of the United States, “I’m from Brazil and my husband is from Turkey, she says, “and we have many international contacts. I believe CIPS is a very good certificate to increase my credibility in other countries.”

Local REALTORS® will be participating as well. “There is a strong trend in foreign investment for land or recreational homes with a small increase on the European emigration market,” REALTOR® Stefan Seiber says. “Foreign investment brings a lot of spinoff business to the local market.”
A highlight of the week-long event is a Marquee Reception at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) where Nova Scotia’s economic leaders, government officials and program participants will come together to network and discuss potential trade opportunities for Nova Scotia.

“Nova Scotia’s diversified economy and affordable real estate market for both home and commercial development is very appealing to international investors and those from across Canada,” says Honsberger. “The Association recognizes it has a key role in partnering with the province and key stakeholders to grow Nova Scotia”.

Nova Scotia REALTORS® are committed to developing the enterprise and growth potential that exists within the province, as well as highlighting the importance of maintaining dynamic and open trading relationships with international partners that invest and trade with the province.

“As REALTORS®, we see first-hand the vital role that trade and economic development plays in creating jobs, supporting entrepreneurs, strengthening our communities, and sustaining a strong and balanced real estate market,” says Honsberger.

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The Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® represents over 1,500 members who subscribe to a high standard of service and a strict code of ethics. We act as one voice for real estate in Nova Scotia and serve our members through a wide variety of education programs, training, advocacy and administration of the MLS® System in Nova Scotia.