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Gain Recognition with the Grand Prix of Real Estate

Posted By Bill Endsley, Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Entry Information

The Grand Prix provides an outstanding opportunity to recognize and celebrate the great buildings where we live, work and play. You can gain global recognition while developing relationships with leading local developers and innovative architects.

Please link to the following for more information about how to apply for the Grand Prix Award.



In addition, we also need sponsors to support our flagship public relations program. You or your company can sponsor the FIABCI-USA Awards Program with levels ranging from $500 to $5,000. Make your commitment by August 31, 2016 to gain visibility and permanent placement on the as well as at the Awards Dinner in Aspen, Colorado on September 22, 2016. 

 For sponsorship information please link to

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The City We Need is Affordable Campaign - UN Habitat III in Quito

Posted By Bill Endsley, Monday, March 28, 2016


FIABCI Promotes the Best Private Sector Housing Solutions for Our Cities  

For close to a generation, salaries have barely increased while housing cost has substantially gone up. More and more people can no longer afford living in the city where they work. In several countries, persistent high unemployment rates, successive devaluation of currency, unsustainable student debts and unrecoverable loss of savings during economic upheavals further compound this housing crisis.

Although demand is growing exponentially for moderately-priced urban housing for rent or for sale, supply remains dangerously low in most cities worldwide. Several factors contribute to this critical imbalance:

  • Land price has increased rapidly, pushing total construction costs to levels sustainable only for the wealthy
  • Most investors focus on high-end residential developments in search of the highest returns thus providing little or no equity for affordable housing developments
  • Governments are tightening budgets, often reducing or limiting subsidies, tax reductions and zoning bonuses which have traditionally constituted the main incentives for moderately-priced home builders
  • Demand for such housing is too big for the public sector to resolve the problem alone.

A sincere and prompt intervention of the private sector is urgently needed and essential to alleviate the situation. As a special contribution to the Habitat III Conference in Quito in October 2016, FIABCI, will identify and collect best practices, innovations and smart solutions to this crisis. Widely publicizing and sharing these solutions will lead to a quick and substantial increase of moderately-priced housing around the world.

Here are the 3 steps for you to be a part of the solution:

  1. Join the International Campaign between March 16 to May 16.
  2. Outstanding solutions will be selected by an international jury of experts in June.
  3. If selected you will be invited to present your solution during a special FIABCI side event in Quito on October 18 from 15h to 18h, to which all governments and Civil Society participating to the Habitat III Conference will be invited.

We are soliciting entries from housing market participants who have developed successful solutions, particularly in the following areas:

FINANCING: Formulas sufficiently attractive and rewarding to encourage private and institutional investors to finance builders of moderately-priced housing; Financing options for city residents with little equity

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN: attractive, green, sustainable, space and time saving, quick and less expensive to build

URBAN PLANNING: enabling a better quality of life, good social mix and resource sharing

BUILDING MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES: more efficient and that reduce costs and building time

TECHNOLOGIES & DATA: that lower construction and maintenance costs, enable efficiency and better planning

PUBLIC-PRIVATE Partnerships: formulas enabling a significant increase of building or renovation of moderately-priced housing

 Click here to enter!

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FIABCI-USA's Top 10 Advances in 2015

Posted By Bill Endsley, Friday, February 12, 2016

10. Working to Develop FIABCI Chapters in Ghana and Vietnam

FIABCI-USA has members in the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Lebanon, Turkey and Vietnam. We are actively working to develop Chapters in Ghana and Vietnam. Click here for the story on the visit from members of Ghana's Parliament.

9. Hosting the FIABCI World Council of Brokers Vision 2020 Session at the NAR Expo in San Diego

We once again had a successful booth at the NAR Expo in San Diego recruiting new members and welcoming FIABCI members from around the world. Click for photo.

8. Roosevelt University's Wabash Building Takes the Gold

For the second year in a row, FIABCI-USA came home from the World Prix d 'Excellence Awards with a Gold Winner. Click here for the story.

7. Trade Missions to Singapore and China

Asia was the focus for 2015 and those who joined the Trade Missions were treated to spectacular real estate developments and exclusive networking events. Click here for the story.

6. The World Congress

Always a must attend event, this year the World Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia focused on urbanization. Click here for the story.

5. Special Section in The Wall Street Journal

FIABCI-USA and the Grand Prix Awards program were featured not once, but twice in The Wall Street Journal this year! The 2014 Grand Prix Awards were announced in the March 18 edition. Click here for the November 11 Special Section announcing the 2015 Awards.

4. The Grand Prix of Real Estate Recognizes the United Nations Renovation

Now in the fourth year, the Grand Prix of Real Estate Awards program grew and has developed into a premiere real estate event. Click for the 2015 recipients.


3. The Return of the United Nations Luncheon

After many years of renovation, we were able to return to the private dinning rooms of the United Nations to hear insightful information from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Center for International Private Enterprise as well as install Ruth Kruger as FIABCI-USA President. Click here for the story.

2. New Practical Member Benefits Contribute to Your Bottom Line

Save on International Money Transfers with USForex - Click here to set up your account.

The formal FIABCI Referral Program was launched in Hawaii. Click to send a referral and receive a referral fee.

A China Broker-to-Broker site launched to bring you Chinese buyers and Past President Edward Alford closed the first deal. E-mail Secretary General Bill Endsley if you have not received your login.

1. APREC Contributes to the Smart and Sustainable Development of Honolulu

Rather than just gather to network and renew friendships, the FIABCI Asia Pacific Real Estate Congress set out to share FIABCI's vast expertise with the local officials and developers and give back to our host city. Focusing on Transit Oriented Development and Sustainable Resort Development, the Congress succeeded on every front. Click for full report.


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Tour the United Nations

Posted By Bill Endsley, Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Don't miss your chance to tour the United Nations including the newly renovated General Assembly Hall. FIABCI enjoys special consultative status to the UN Economic & Social Council. Our UN Luncheon & Annual meeting will include the tour, updates from international development organizations, networking cocktails and the installation of our new President. Click to Register Now. 

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New York Power Lunches

Posted By Bill Endsley, Sunday, January 18, 2015

On March 26 & 27 FIABCI-USA will host two power lunches in New York. On Thursday March 26 we will join Academic Member George Washington University for the Inaugural Global Real Estate Conference that will feature high level speakers from Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE, the Real Estate Roundtable and other major real estate investors and analysts.

On March 27 World President Robyn Waters will join us for the return of our UN Luncheon. Tours of the United Nations will be available. All this and the celebration of President Ed Alford's term and the installation of Ruth Kruger as 2015-2016 President. Don't miss it! Click for more information.

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FIABCI-USA Welcomes the World

Posted By Bill Endsley, Tuesday, November 4, 2014
FIABCI-USA will welcome over 100 real estate professionals from more than 20 countries to Washington, DC next month. Will you be there to do business? Click here to register.

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Which Property from Southern California/Hawaii Will win the Grand Prix?

Posted By Bill Endsley, Friday, September 5, 2014

Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulenu Kona | Liberty Stations, San Diego

What property will join the list be recognized at this year's awards program in Washington, DC? That depends on you. Reach out to the developers and architects in your area and help them gain international recognition by entering the Grand Prix Awards program. Applications should be received by September 15. Applicants can take until September 30 to submit supporting materials. Click here to download the application.

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Trade Mission to China Outstanding Success!

Posted By Bill Endsley, Monday, July 7, 2014

At the conclusion of a five-day Trade Mission to China, FIABCI-USA and the China Institute of Real Estate Appraisers & Agents (CIREA) agreed to form a Permanent Select Committee on doing business between the United States and China. A group of nine real estate professionals from across the US completed a Trade Mission to China on July 6, 2014. The mission included attending CIREA’s annual real estate agents conference, visits to some of the largest real estate brokerages in Beijing and attending an elective course for FIABCI’s International Real Estate Consultant (FIREC) designation.  

Capital flows from China to the US continue to grow. The FIABCI-USA delegation was headed by President Edward Alford from South Hadley, MA. “I am extremely honored to have led this group of high-caliber real estate professionals to Beijing and was overwhelmed by the gracious hospitality of our CIREA hosts. I felt it necessary to assure our hosts that we were interested in mutual cooperation over the long term and welcomed the opportunity to formalize our intent through the formation of a select committee.” The residential market in China is currently undergoing a 30% contraction in sales and there is great concern about how this will affect the overall economy.

In addition to President Alford, the FIABCI-USA delegation included President Elect Ruth Kruger from Aspen, CO; Treasurer Maire Rosol from Park City, UT; Vice-President Elizabeth Davidson from Kirkland, WA; Nancy & Peter Suvarnamani from Chicago; Dano Sayles from Hawaii, John Krolick from Incline Village, NV; and Secretary General Bill Endsley from Chicago. The delegation enjoyed sightseeing trips around Beijing and numerous sumptuous Chinese meals with potential new partners and the staff of Beijing Orient US-China Consulting Co., Ltd. which facilitated the Trade Mission.

FIABCI has welcomed over 150 real estate professionals from China as members over the last year and expects to grow significantly as additional groups of Chinese professionals complete FIREC training courses in doing business abroad, ethics, negotiation, financing and valuation.

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Architect Ann Fougeron Video (Click to View)

Posted By Bill Endsley, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Chinese Buyers are Coming to America

Posted By Bill Endsley, Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"Chinese buyers are increasingly looking to U.S. real estate -- and California in particular -- as they pay all cash for homes and plan to use their homes as a 'safe haven for their wealth,' CNBC reports. Some are buying multiple homes as investments, while others are finding homes to move their families to the United States. 

'They see the market here still has room for appreciation,' says Kinney Yong with RE/MAX Premier Realty in Irvine, Calif. 'What's driving them over here is that they have this cash, and they want to park it somewhere or invest somewhere.'" Click for full article.

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