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Chicago Leads US in Foreign Direct Investment

Posted By Bill Endsley, Thursday, August 4, 2016


For the fourth year in a row, the Chicago metropolitan area leads the U.S. in foreign direct investment (FDI) according to the 2016 IBM Global Location Trends report. The annual report, which outlines the latest trends in corporate location selection, found that Chicago’s rank has risen a spot to seventh globally and is the only North American metro area in the global top 20.

The IBM Global Location Trends report shows where companies are locating, expanding, and creating jobs around the world. Projects must meet IBM criteria, including having created more than 10 jobs, to qualify. Click here for the complete IBM report.



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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 website 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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Commercial property sales in Chicago area soared to new high in 2015

Posted By Bill Endsley, Saturday, February 27, 2016

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FIABCI-USA's Top 10 Advances in 2015

Posted By Bill Endsley, Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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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Council President Ron Sears Featured in Chicago Agent Magazine

Posted By Bill Endsley, Monday, November 9, 2015
Some may find it surprising that the home of the Cubs has become a very attractive option for affluent foreign homebuyers, but anyone who keeps a close watch on the market will already be aware of the opportunities that international clients present to local agents. Interest in Chicagoland real estate is picking up, and international buyers are often affluent clients seeking a good investment.
The total amount foreign buyers spent on homes in the U.S. increased by 13 percent during the 12-month period ending in March 2015, according to the National Association of Realtors, and international sales also represented a record 8 percent of existing home sales dollar volume. Ample research credits Chicago’s international appeal to its universities, transportation network, diversified economy and educated workforce. Click for full article.

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Chicago Realtor Magazine

Posted By Bill Endsley, Friday, October 9, 2015

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Signature International Reception - Oahu Country Club

Posted By Bill Endsley, Sunday, August 16, 2015

Don’t miss your chance to connect with professionals from Australia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan as well as meet leaders from Hawaii’s Multi-Ethnic Chambers of Commerce. The Hawaii International Real Estate Council (HIREC) is pleased to join with FIABCI-USA to host the Signature International Reception at the Oahu Country Club as a part of APREC on Friday September 11. Find out how FIABCI and HIREC can provide you with the access, opportunity and knowledge you need to grow your international business. Click for complete information.

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Bring Home the Gold Next Year!

Posted By Bill Endsley, Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Atlanta Beltline won the World Gold Prix d' Excellence for Environmental Rehabilitation in 2014. Click here to view the Beltline's 2014 Annual Report that featured the award presented to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Roosevelt University's Wabash Building in Chicago won the World Gold Prix d' Excellence in the Purpose Built Category in 2015. Click here to view photos from the reception where the award was Presented to Roosevelt President Charles Middleton.

Now it's your turn. Enter a project for the FIABCI-USA Grand Prix of Real Estate to be awarded at the Asia Pacific Real Estate Congress in Hawaii in September and that project is automatically qualified to enter the 2016 World Prix competition. Solidify your reputation as the go to international real estate expert. Click here to download the registration form and make your plans now to be on the front page.

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Success Across the Pacific - New Development Concepts

Posted By Bill Endsley, Saturday, May 2, 2015
Fueled by demographic change and concerns over quality of life, there has been a growing interest in communities with active transportation modes. The recession added another dimension to these discussions by emphasizing the economic implications of transportation choices. Housing and transportation, the two economic sectors mostly closely tied to the built environment, were both severely impacted by the economic downturn.
There has been a growing effort among planners, real estate professionals, and economists to identify not only the economic benefits of alternative transportation modes in and of themselves, but also the impact that they have on housing prices and value retention. The real estate mantra of “location, location, location” is more important than ever. Moving beyond the traditional arguments that good schools and neighborhood amenities impact housing prices, emerging research has indicated that urban form and transportation options have played a key role in the ability of residential properties to maintain their value since the onset of the recession.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is one of the major themes of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Congress September 10-12 in Honolulu, HI. Click here to find out more.

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