Certified International Property Specialist

I am excited to announce that I have earned the designation of a Certified International Property Specialist. This designation is awarded to Realtors who have completed  two core courses, three elective courses, have  successful experience involving international real estate transactions, and have demonstrated other global professional experience.

There are over 14,000 members of the Oregon Association of Realtors.  Fewer than two dozen have achieved a CIPS designation.

What does this mean for my clients?

International real estate opportunities are everywhere. New people move to the U.S. from other countries every day and foreign-born individuals residing in the U.S. move to new markets.  Americans in your current market invest in property overseas.

For sellers: As a broker with nearly a decade of experience, I have developed a comprehensive marketing plan which recognizes that opportunities come from a myriad of sources. That next buyer may be from across town, from across the state, or from around the globe.  I have made a significant investment to give my clients’ properties the widest exposure, in order to maximize price and minimize marketing time.

For buyers: I love working with buyers, too!  Even when selling locally there are international components. Different cultures view the home-buying process uniquely and often have different priorities.  Having worked with clients from almost every continent I often draw upon those experiences – and have met amazing people along the way.

This is just a brief overview.  While the world of real estate has in some ways become border-less, it is no less complex. Please put my passion for real estate to work for you.

Staying on Top During the Boom & Bust

While not the intent of the U.S. News piece, it’s a good reminder to never follow the hype. Buy property and live in places that suit your lifestyle best. Just a few years ago, Bend was flooded with speculative buyers and ranked consistently as a top destination for retirement. Today, the bottom has fallen out of the market, and it’s now top place to buy for another reason.

Is it a great place to live? Absolutely! But this serves as a good cautionary tale.


“The real estate downturn has turned some very popular retirement destinations into bargains.

To determine where the prices are most attractive, U.S. News & World Report examined price-to-income data for 384 metropolitan statistical areas. This expresses the relationship between owner income and home values.

Here are 10 retirement havens where homes are most affordable by this measure:

1. Bend, Ore.
2. Napa, Calif.
3. Fort Meyers, Fla.
4. Fayetteville, Ark.
5. Las Vegas
6. Sante Fe, N.M.
7. Punta Gorda, Fla.
8. Phoenix
9. Santa Cruz, Calif.
10. Burlington, Vt.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, Luke Mullins (07/08/2010)”