CIPS Designation

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. No matter which international audience you cater to, the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation will provide you with the knowledge, research, network and tools to globalize your business.

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What is a CIPS and What Can it Do for You?

A Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designee has undergone specialized training to complete international transactions seamlessly and with reduced risk.

The CIPS designation is the only international designation recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®. Only REALTORS® who have completed the coursework and demonstrated considerable experience in international business can call themselves a CIPS designee, and use the name and logo.

What You Gain

Marketing Tools:

  • Listing in the “Find a CIPS” online directory
  • Customizable print postcards
  • Customizable web banner ads
  • Customizable press release

Technology Tools:

  • CIPS App that provides translation, area and currency conversion, time zone calculation, and international holidays
  • CIPS resource browser toolbar

Tips and Techniques:

  • Global Perspectives print newsletter
  • Webinars


  • Access to CIPS member-only online communities
  • Invitations to exclusive events at NAR meetings
  • Referral contract form

International transactions are significantly different and more complex than domestic deals. From currency issues and financing to visa and tax laws, working with a REALTOR® who knows how to handle these differences can make or break the purchase or sale of your home. Because of these nuances, it is essential to work with a knowledgeable and trusted professional.

For information on how to earn your CIPS Designation and for the application form visit