Magazine article Journal of Property Management

The Global Effect: IREM Must Maintain Focus on International Program to Remain Relevant to Profession

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

The Global Effect: IREM Must Maintain Focus on International Program to Remain Relevant to Profession

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As president of IREM, I've had the fortunate experience of traveling around the world to increase awareness of the Institute and the real estate management profession at large. Traveling to Russia, China, Chile, France, Korea and most recently Japan, I have had numerous experiences confirming the rising significance of the real estate management profession and leadership role IREM occupies in the international arena.

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This was especially validated when we were approached by a couple of gentlemen from Romania while on business in France. They said they had Googled the term "real estate management," several times, and no matter how they altered their search terms, IREM always popped up near the top of their search results. They took this as a clue to the leadership position IREM holds in the industry. As a result, they wanted to obtain IREM education.

Currently on the international front, IREM--from most perspectives--is the acknowledged leader in real estate management education, credentialing and knowledge. IREM has increased global membership by 13 percent since 2003. In the last year, 22 percent of new CPM Members have come from outside the United States. The fastest growing chapter in all of IREM is Korea. …

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