GBA Receives Top Honor from NAR

The NAR Global Achievement Program has only existed for these past 7 years, and 2016 was the first year they instituted a Diamond Status to recognize the elite of the elite in the Realtor Global community.  This year, after receiving the Platinum Award for 5 consecutive years, the GBAPBTC was named a Diamond Council, the only council to receive this distinction in 2017, and one of only two councils nationwide to be elevated to this prestigious status. 

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Realtors® Attend Panama Trade Mission

Seventeen Realtors from the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale Global Business Alliance (GBA) and the Orlando Regional Association (Ambassador Association to Panama) participated in an amazing Trade Mission to Panama from October 8-12.  The Trade Mission was lead by Asociación Panameña de Corredores y Promotores de Bienes Raíces (ACOBIR) (the NAR equivalent in Panama) CEO Xenia Kwai Ben, GBA Chairman Brian Woods, and Staff Liaison Jessica Wittenbrink. Due to the expansion of the Panama Canal, known as The Great Connection, the country is experiencing exponential growth in industry, commercial, and residential real estate. 

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Pre-Screening Homes for Good Feng Shui

The art of feng shui, or the idea that a home’s elements impact its overall appeal and energy, has gained popularity over the years as a means to “clear the clutter” from our environment. For many, clearing clutter, letting in sunlight and placing a few plants around is enough to keep us relaxed in our homes.

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5 Steps to Communicate More Successfully Across Cultures

There are many cultures, tribes, nations, and languages across the world. As someone who has lived in four countries and visited more than 40, I can tell you we’re all very different people. Obviously, we speak distinctively different languages, pray to different gods, and eat dissimilar foods, but those are the obvious, surface-level differences we can all see.

It’s the less subtle, subliminal distinctions that we don’t catch that often go unnoticed. Our background, culture, education, and understanding causes different people to react to all aspects of life — be it relationships or business — in very diverse ways.

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