Global Initiative

GMAR's Global Initiative's mission is to support GMAR members who participate or are interested in conducting business in global markets. We provide education and networking activities by helping establish fruitful business partnerships worldwide. We actively promote the Metro Detroit area as a global destination and foster strong relationships with local organizations representing diverse, ethnic, and cultural communities throughout the region.


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  • Education

    Register for GMAR's upcoming education classes, which will assist you in your global real estate business. 

    • Certified International Property Specialist Designation (CIPS)
      • Global real estate opportunities are everywhere. People move to the U.S. from other countries every day, and foreign-born individuals residing in the U.S. move to new markets. Likewise, Americans in your current market may look to invest in property overseas. No matter which audience you cater to, the CIPS designation will provide you with the knowledge, research, network, and tools to globalize and expand your business.


    • At Home with Diversity® Certification (AHWD)
      • The At Home with Diversity® certification coursework is designed to enable you to work successfully with and within a rapidly changing multicultural market. It will help you learn diversity sensitivity, how it applies to U.S. fair housing laws in your business, and how to develop professional guidelines for working with people in the increasingly multicultural real estate market.


    • Resort and Secondary-Home Specialist Certification (RSPS)
      • RSPS is recognized as an official NAR Certification and allows buyers and sellers to have confidence in the ability of a REALTOR® who specializes in buying, selling, or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational, and/or vacation destination, to assist them with their search.
  • NAR Global Events

    Global events are a great way to build your professional network and expand your knowledge of global business practices. The following is a list of:

    For specific information on these events, please contact the sponsoring organization.

  • Introduction

    Unlock global real estate opportunities by catering to diverse audiences such as international investors, U.S. residents exploring new markets, and local clients eyeing overseas property investments.   

    The CIPS education courses and NAR CIPS designation provide you with the knowledge, resources, network, and tools to globalize your business and position yourself as a global expert. 

    Before applying for the CIPS designation, members must complete the 4 Core CIPS Designation Courses as well as 1 Elective Course. 

  • GMAR CIPS Designation Course Bundle

    GMAR CIPS Designation Course Bundle* includes all four core required courses. 

    Four Course Bundle Price: 
    MemberMax/EduPass:  $475.00 
    GMAR Members:  $550.00 
    Non-Members:  $650.00 

    Individual Course Price: 
    MemberMax/Edupass: $130.00 each 
    GMAR Member: $150.00 each 
    Non-Members: $175.00 each 


    Core CIPS Designation Courses: 
         Global Real Estate: Local Markets 
                   January 17, 2024 – 9:00 AM-5:00 PM   

         Global Real Estate: Transaction Tools 
                   February 6, 2024 – 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  

         Europe & International Real Estate 
                   February 28, 2024 – 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  

         Asia/Pacific & International Real Estate 
                   March 19, 2024 – 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  

    Elective Courses (choose 1): 
         At Home with Diversity (AHWD) 
         Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA 
         Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist Certification 

    Once you complete all 5 courses, you can apply for your CIPS designation,* the only international designation recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®. 

    Instructor:  Furhad Waquad

    *Additional required Elective Course not included. Members must attend all 4 bundled courses and register for all courses together in order to receive the bundle discounted pricing.  

    Each course qualifies for 8 CE credits. Each course CE credit structure is different with some including legal as well as elective CE credits.