Friday, October 7, 2011

Costa Rica Realtors Offer “CIPS Designation Vacation” in Tamarindo, January 9-14, 2012

6 Course Schedule Offers Designation Training to All Global Realtors Interested in a Costa Rica Visit, Too!

Guanacaste Gold Coast, October 6, 2012 – The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR) has licensed the authority to offer a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Institute from the National Associationof REALTORS® (NAR). (The CIPS Program and Designation was developed and is supervised directly by NAR).  The CIPS Designation has become one of the most desirable of all NAR credentials in today’s challenging economic environment, in the context of simultaneous globalization. NAR’s studies have shown that active CIPS designees increase client volume by an average of 20% after completing the credential.

Get your free copy of the Costa Rica 2012 CIPS Intitute Brochure by emailing

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CRGAR has designed the CIPS Institute in Tamarindo as a 6-day schedule to appeal to international REALTORS® from all corners of the world, as well as Costa Rica and Central America. The CIPS courses in Tamarindo will include 1 mandatory prerequisite course, a choice of 2 “core” training days covering international or US markets, and 3 elective days focusing separately on business in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.  Completing a total of 5 courses is required as an element of receiving the CIPS Designation. The CIPS Institute in Costa Rica is structured to enable REALTORS® from any corner of the globe to select a personal pattern of courses to learn about other, unfamiliar global markets and complete the full CIPS class instruction requirements in a single week in Tamarindo.

“CRGAR has recognized the tremendous synergies between 1) Costa Rica’s proven appeal to visitors, 2) the country’s emerging 1st world status in the international economy, and 3) NAR-sanctioned international market training for REALTORS®”, noted CRGAR President, Allen Lungo. “We greatly appreciate NAR’s support in this venture, and look forward to future CRGAR/NAR REALTOR® Institutes in Costa Rica.”

The instructor for CRGAR’s Tamarindo CIPS Institute is David Wyant (CIPS, ABR, AHWD, ePRO, GRI, TRC, SFR, RSPS, GREEN, CDEI) who is a past winner of NAR’s “Instructor of the Year Award”, a Florida Broker/REALTOR®, and leads the Across Borders School for the real estate profession. He added, “International credentials are among the most important for any REALTOR®, anywhere, to earn in today’s world”, and “CRGAR’s approach in attracting global REALTORS® to beautiful Costa Rica will certainly enhance the class experience for all.”

CRGAR has also assembled a team to support attendees and their families in making travel arrangements. Travel advice, booking accommodations, pre- or post-Institute vacation days, and all other visitor support will be coordinated by the Tamarindo office of Costa Rica Welcome Centers (CRWC). Preferred rates in rental condos and hotel rooms may only be reserved through CRWC. 

A detailed brochure and travel assistance staff are available for you at

The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® is a NAR-cooperating association in Costa Rica, and the only professional group in the country which requires all of its REALTOR® members to belong to NAR on an individual basis, as well. CRGAR offers REALTOR® training, peer-licensing, ethical enforcement, NAR membership with access to, ICREA membership with access to, and the new, national Costa Rica MLS based on the Proxio global-standard database platform.