Experienced real estate professional and author Gilles Ricour de Bourgies has become the 2015 Chair of the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA)
The leading global real estate body, the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA), has a new Chairperson.
Gilles Ricour de Bourgies, experienced French broker, real estate author and President of FNAIM for Paris Il-de-France takes over from Outgoing Chair, Farook Mahmood from the National Association of Realtors-India.
He says, “My goal for 2015 is to get the management teams of member associations at the heart of ICREA concerns. At a time of increasing globalization of the real estate market, the role of ICREA is to help real estate professionals to grow their market share abroad. We will provide them with the necessary tools for their members to communicate with each other, share good practice and perform transactions across borders. Particular attention will be paid to training.”
Mr Ricour de Bourgies took over when the group met in New Orleans where representatives from member associations around the world gathered for the body’s annual Plenary, the ICREA website reports.
He joined the real estate industry in 1989. He has served on the ICREA board since 2007 and is a member of the Fédération Nationale de l’Immobilier (FNAIM) Board, as well as founding French real estate company Agence SURFACES – PARIS, which helps domestic and foreign investors buy and rent property in the French capital.
At the meeting, representatives from Greece, South Africa and the UK were elected to serve on the 2015-2017 ICREA board.
Jeanne van Jaarsveldt, President of the Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa (IEASA) and Alexandra Sekouri, Vice President of the Hellenic Association of Realtors (HAR) in Greece are new board members. Returning for a second term is Mark Hayward, CEO of the UK’s National Association of Estate Agents in the UK. Mr Mahmood remains on the board for one more year as immediate past chair.
ICREA sets standards for the practice of international real estate and facilitate real estate transactions worldwide.
By Adrian Bishop, Editor, OPP Connect