I am so excited to announce I have completed the training to receive the CLHMS designation. Recognized as the mark of accomplishment in luxury markets around the world, the Certified Luxury Home Marketing SpecialistTM (CLHMS) designation assures affluent buyers and sellers that the agents who have earned it have the knowledge, experience,competence, and confidence they require. Membership with this organization will keep me on the cutting edge of the luxury market- equipping me with the right skills and network to sell your million dollar + properties.
CLHMS designation is only awarded to Institute Members with documented sales performance in the top 10% of their market.
Global 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 a real estate transaction. Because of these nuances, it is essential to work with a knowledgeable and trusted professional, such as Laurie Way, a CIPS designee.
What is the CIPS Designation?
A Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designee has undergone specialized training to complete global 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 global business can call themselves a CIPS designee, and use the name and logo.
My certification is valuable because I have training in:
Currency and exchange rate issues
Regional market conditions
I can now help clients do business in over 45 countries, and ensure that the client will receive the same level of service no matter where the real estate transaction is.**
It’s the evening of January 3, 2010. Everyone is ready to officially start the “business” side of the new year tomorrow morning. Myself, I’ve been working and having a great time for the last few days. But tomorrow is the drop-dead date of “being done with the holidays” for most. I have one HUGE problem with that. My boat, The Way Home, is sitting down at Marina Mart with ALL of it’s decorations still on. This year it took 36 “man”-hours to decorate. I’m feeling a bit guilty about her sitting down there with everybody going by and laughing. I’ll feel guiltier at the end of January when I STILL won’t have it done. I have plenty of people that volunteer to decorate it the day after Thanksgiving (The Christmas Boat Parade actually has started a bit early the last few years). It’s great, I tell everybody that if they want a guaranteed seat on the boat for the finale on December 23rd off of Gasworks Park. All they have to do is show up, decorate the boat and get fed my fabulous chili and cornbread. My friends Linda Aaron, Christine Fields and Cary Gould are my faithful. Others come and go but I always have enough to make it bearable and get done before sundown as it gets mighty cold after the sun sinks below Queen Anne. I’m just not sure what the motivation is to get them to come back to take it off and store it for another year. Heck, I can’t even motivate myself to do it.