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Costa Rica MLS Listings and Social Media Search Tools Set to First Appear on Facebook Business Pages of Costa Rica REALTORS® in December!
The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR),
will be offering a series of special professional events on Monday, December
10, 2012, in Playa Hermosa, Carrillo, Guanacaste. These events will focus on the emerging importance of social media tools and services to the real estate industry and CRGAR members, new
services and features of the Costa Rica MLS (CRMLS), CRGAR’s 2013
membership policies and fees, “hands-on”
training for using new social media resources and new features of CRMLS, and
will conclude with CRGAR’s Holiday Cocktail Party, a
short distance away at the El Velero Hotel on the beach.
These events are open to all real estate agents,
brokers, developers, franchise networks, and allied professionals. We
also hope to welcome professionals from other parts of Costa Rica and
neighboring countries who are interested in adding some of CRGAR’s services in
their home markets, to network with Costa Rica, and who may be considering new
The event is organized into sessions as follows:
1) 10:00AM-11:00AM -The Emerging Integration of Social Media with MLS
Databases – A New Dimension in Listing/Agent Syndication.
CRGAR has arranged for an expert from the United States
to lead this discussion and be available throughout the day. Until
recently, Pablo Ceron was a REALTOR® in Miami, and he is also the
developer of SocialSearch, a Facebook application for real estate professionals
and businesses, acquired by Proxio. SocialSearch will be available to all users
of the Costa Rica MLS for the first time on December 10th.
Pablo is now a part of the Proxio Global Team, is
bi-lingual English/Spanish, and is deeply involved in all areas of social
media. He will discuss how social media applies to the real estate industry
now, and how it is likely to evolve in the near future. His appearance will
give attendees special insights to the state of the art in social media, and
special assistance with starting your SocialSearch account on CRMLS.
SocialSearch team is also considering an enhanced SocialSearch product for
developers and large projects – with either in-house
sales or contracts with outside real estate professionals. The intent is to
provide enhanced global project marketing with seamless integration to other
SocialSearch users. He would like a chance to share these ideas with
representatives of projects and get feedback for product planning. 2) 11:00AM-Noon – New Features and Services of the Costa Rica MLS
Starting on December 10, 2012, the Costa Rica ML will offer
its users new services and features, as well as some policy revisions. Others
are in the pipeline and will be demonstrated on December 10th for release in
early 2013. All changes are intended to make CRMLS more useful and effective
for your professional purposes. The new items include:
Proxio – A detailed explanation
of the new social media connection between CRMLS and Facebook (as Phase 1 of
SocialSearch), and the advantages of Facebook Business Pages, if you do not
already have one. (Individual “hands-on”
training will be part of the 2:30PM session in the afternoon.)
Syndication to UniqueHomes.com – A new, free outlet for listings
above a certain minimum asking price.
New Landing Pages
for Accounts – (Demo only Dec 10) – A new page that opens after an
agent logs in to CRMLS. The format will include an overview of activity of your
listings, your syndication channels, your network, your colleagues in CRMLS,
and the Proxio system.
Listing” Widgets – Proxio is releasing new custom widgets that will
scroll images and basic information about your listings, which also work as
links to them in the database.
Syndication to ListGlobally.com/Worldposting.com – (coming in 2013) – 2 of the largest global
syndication networks will be available on a selective basis.
Window Flyer – First of new flyer formats.
Mobile Ready – Update on progress toward CRMLS being available
on mobile, hand-held devices.
3) 2:30PM-4:00PM – “Hands On” Clinic for CRMLS Users
This session is primarily designed to help CRMLS users
install SocialSearch. It will have a “free” format, to also respond to any type
of questions from CRMLS users and/or CRGAR candidate members.
Bring your devices to connect to the internet and install
SocialSearch in your CRMLS account before leaving the Embassy Theater. If you do not have a Facebook Business Page,
create one before December 10. Or, if you need Facebook assistance, a session
about creating a Business Page will be part of this clinic.
assistance will be available for new and existing users from CRMLS resource
people, Pam Wright, Alberto Triquell, and Allen Lungo, as well as other
experienced, CRGAR members. As
requested, a small group demonstration of the basic CRMLS system will be
possible for member candidates.
4) 4:30PM-? – CRGAR Holiday Cocktail Party (cash bar) at Hotel Velero, Playa Hermosa
We will conclude our December 10th
events with our Holiday Cocktail Party with sunsets, appetizers courtesy of
Mike Simons and RE/MAX Tres Amigos, a “50/50” cash raffle, and a chance to
enjoy the season’s spirit with your peers.
Thank you for your
attention, and we look forward to seeing you on December 10th in
"Designation Vacation" at the Beach in Costa Rica!
The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR) is offering more details for its second annual Costa Rica CIPS Institute during the week of February 11-15, 2013. The "Certified International Property Specialist" (CIPS) Designation is one of the most prestigious credentials a REALTOR® can earn, especially with globalization of real estate sales increasing year after year.
The CIPS Institute is scheduled for the week of Valentines Day, offering added incentives to come to Costa Rica with a loved one who will help share a "Designation Vacation". During that same week, CIPS companion golfers will be welcome to play in the charity "Have a Heart Golf Tournament", at Hacienda Pinilla, benefiting area educational programs. Details are available through CRGAR.
David Wyant - Awarded "2012 Instructor of the Year" on November 10th by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in Orlando!
Instructor for 2013 Costa Rica CIPS Institute
David Wyant congratulated on his award by Teresa Kinney (R), CEO of Miami Realtors, the largest local REALTOR® association in the United States, and Janet Branton (L), Senior Vice-President of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.
Tuition for the 5-day experience is $600.00 (USD) for attendees who have paid by December 1, 2012. Credit cards are accepted. Tuition increases monthly afterward. Accommodations are available for all budgets and include both hotels and vacation rental condominiums.
Request our full brochure, registration form, and travel information from Becky Clower, Broker, at Blue Water Properties: email@example.com.
The 2012 Costa Rica CIPS Institute (this past January) was a great success, drawing attendees from Canada, Costa Rica, and many states in the US. Photos of the events are available on www.crgar.com.
CRGAR appreciates anything you can do to help us spread the word about the 2013 Costa Rica CIPS Institute among, colleagues, friends, and families. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Costa Rica!
CRGAR is the only real estate association in Latin America requiring all of its members to belong to theNational Association ofREALTORS® while applying its Standards for Professional Practice. Visit www.crgar.com for an overview.
CRGAR also offers The Costa Rica MLS, displaying agent members and their property listings. (Powered by Proxio) Best Regards, The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS®
November Events Offer Property/Office Tours, Speakers from Costa Rica/Belize/Mexico/NAR, and Receptions at Dali and Chihuly Museums.
The Pinellas Realtor® Organization and the Pinellas International Council will host international and local practitioners for a three day Pinellas County experience.
Florida Gulf Coast Tour will take place immediately following the National
Association of REALTORS® Annual Convention in Orlando (Nov. 12-15, 2012). It
will give local REALTORS® an opportunity to connect with their international
peers and build professional and personal relationships. The tour will showcase the unique Florida Gulf Coast lifestyle with property tours, office visits, local arts,
culture and cuisine.
Among the arts highlights will be tours of the Salvador Dali and Chihuly Museums, both cultural gems of Florida's Gulf Coast.
During the morning of Tuesday, November 13th, speakers from 3 Latin American countries and NAR will offer perspectives for attendees. They include: Allen
Lungo - President,Costa Rica
Global Association of REALTORS®
Macarena Rose - Founder, Belize National Association of REALTORS®
Carlos Fuentes - NAR
Regional Coordinator - North America, Central America and Caribbean
Velia Amparo Rivas - Region I
Coordinator for México National Association of REALTORS®
Bus service from NAR/Orlando to the Florida Gulf Coast Tour will be available on Monday morning, November 12th. Please contact Michelle Schaefferkoetter at 727-216-3031 or firstname.lastname@example.org for
pricing and registration information.
2nd Annual CIPS Institute Set for Week of Valentine's Day, 2013! The
Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR) is pleased to announce sponsorship of a second
annual Costa Rica CIPS Institute during the week of February 11-15, 2013.
The "Certified International Property Specialist" (CIPS) Designation
is one of the most prestigious credentials a REALTORS® can earn, especially with
globalization of real estate sales increasing each month. (And, bring your
"Valentine" for that special beach vacation during Costa Rica's
sunniest season.) Request our full brochure from email@example.com, including rates.
Costa Rica CIPS Institute will offer a full set of 5 courses from Monday
to Friday for
anyone wanting to taking them all at once, or just finish off the last ones
needed for the designation. Our brochure provides a complete overview,
as well as the dates set aside for each course. The instructor will be the
renowned David Wyant, teaching in English. You will also
find contact information for travel advice and attendee coordination through
our CRGAR Board Member and CIPS Institute Chairman, Becky Clower.
The past 2012 Costa Rica CIPS
Institute (January) was a great success, drawing attendees from Canada,
Costa Rica, and many states in the US. Photos of the events are available on www.crgar.com.
The week also included sunset receptions hosted by supporting developments and
organizations, organized dinners, and a closing party to congratulate the
graduates. A 2013 event schedule will be published for attendees.
We also appreciate anything you can
do to help us spread the word about the 2013 Costa Rica CIPS Institute among,
colleagues, friends, and families. We look forward to welcoming everyone to
Costa Rica! CRGAR is the only real estate association in Latin America requiring all of its members to belong to the National Association ofREALTORS® while apply its Standards for Professional Practice. Visit www.crgar.com for an overview. CRGAR also offers The Costa Rica MLS, displaying agent members and their property listings. (Powered by Proxio) Best Regards, The
Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS®
listings from the
CBCR property listing database will soon be syndicated to the Costa Rica MLS.
Currently, there are dozens of professionals working in the CBCR network of 10
offices across Costa Rica. This far-reaching agreement was the result of the
efforts of Linda Gray, CBCR Master Franchise President, Jose Daniel
Rodriguez, CBCR Manager, Alberto Triquell,
CRGAR Vice-President, and Allen Lungo, CRGAR President.
Linda Gray, CBCR Master Franchisor and Playas del Coco
Coldwell Banker Broker, commented, “we are pleased to align our network’s
business goals with those of CRGAR. Both organizations are emphasizing
professionalism in the practice of real estate in Costa Rica, and global
networking to offer Costa Rica’s properties to investors around the world.”
CRGAR members automatically get membership in the National Association of Realtors
(NAR) in the United States, and a user account on the Costa Rica MLS.
“Our agreement includes the automatic syndication of CBCR
listings to the Costa Rica MLS”, added Jose Daniel Rodriguez, CBCR Manager,
“which will connect CBCR listings and professionals to the CRMLS network of
over 400,000 worldwide realtors and websites such as World Properties”.
Linda Gray, Jose Daniel
and Allen Lungo (R-L)
The dream of Costa Rica property ownership is shared around the world
The Costa Rica MLS is built on the Proxio Global
Platform. Janet Case, Proxio CEO, offered, “We are pleased to see the continued
evolution of the Costa Rica MLS into the most professional national system in
the country. Partnerships, like this one with Coldwell Banker Costa Rica, are
exactly what our platform is designed to support with ease and convenience.”
Costa Rica’s real estate professionals and franchise
networks, interested in CRGAR’s programs and incentive plans, can get more
information by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coldwell Banker Costa Rica has 10 offices covering Costa
Rica from the beautiful north Pacific beaches of Guanacaste, through the Nicoya
Peninsula, the Central Pacific Coast, San Jose, and down to the intriguing Osa
Intense training with excursions and guest speakers....
January 12, 2012, Tamarindo, Costa Rica - Days 2 and 3 of the 5-day training program leading to the NAR designation of "Certified International Property Specialist" continued in Costa Rica, highlighted by an oceanfront sunset reception and dinner at an exclusive beach club.
Attendee, Nancy from Arcadia, California, enthusiastically commented, "I am so glad this CIPS Institute is being offered here, and at this time. The content exceeds my expectations, the instructor (David Wyant) is terrific, and a January break in Costa Rica......is beautiful!"
Attendees Gather from Canada, the USA, and Costa Rica to Earn Prestigious NAR Designation...
January 9, 2012, Tamarindo, Costa Rica: The first CIPS Institute to be held on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica kicked off today at the Diria Hotel Conference Center in Tamarindo. This beach community is a global vacation destination which has emerged over the last 15 years around its world-class surfing beach.
Over 20 total participants are gathering in Costa Rica this week with instructor, David Wyant, to complete the class requirements to earn the NAR Designation, "Certified international Property Specialist" (CIPS).