Austin Board of REALTORS® Confirmed as Ambassador Association to Ireland

Ambassadorship will enhance real estate connections internationally

AUSTIN, TX – ABoR Global is proud to announce that the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR), as part of its global program through the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), has been confirmed as the new Ambassador Association to Ireland. The bilateral agreement is made possible through a partnership with the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers (IPAV). This program is designed to help enhance member connections to real estate opportunities and share association best practices around the world.

“ABoR is honored to be the new Ambassador Association to Ireland,” Romeo Manzanilla, 2020 ABoR President, said. "Austin and the Central Texas region has increasingly become an attractive global destination for businesses, workforce talent and people looking for a high quality of life. European buyers made up 12% of purchases across the region and this partnership will strengthen our relationship with the international real estate community and help connect our REALTORS® with international clients who are moving to Central Texas.”

There are currently 105 Partner Associations in 85 countries worldwide, representing about seven million real estate professionals, and only five NAR Global Coordinators that oversee 24 NAR Global Ambassadors. The Austin Board of REALTORS® Global Business Alliance is one of over 130 Global Business Councils in 28 states.

“We are looking forward to working with the Austin Board of REALTORS®,” Patrick Davitt, CEO of Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers (IPAV), said. “We are able to offer to our Irish members and connections the possibility of a new pipe line of Irish business through the 1500 strong IPAV Membership.”

Tom Crosse, President of IPAV said this program will give IPAV members a feel for how business is transacted in Austin and it will also help to educate members in some of the most productive sales techniques they use.

In forging this new partnership, ABoR Global will be working closely with NAR Global leadership, including the 2020 NAR Global Ambassador to Ireland and United Kingdom Jim Kinney (IL); NAR Global Coordinator to Western Europe Hanne Sagalowsky (TX); NAR Global staff member Alejandro Escudero; the IPAV CEO Pat Davitt; as well as Tom Crosse, IPAV President.

ABoR Global is among the fastest-growing global real estate programs in the country, delivering award-winning programming, education and tools that position REALTORS® to better serve international buyers, sellers and investors.

The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the needs of Central Texas REALTORS® and homebuyers, sellers, and renters for nearly a century. Through professional development, grassroots advocacy, and community, we give our 14,000+ members the power they need to ensure people have homes. Our multiple listing services (MLS) connects both agents and consumers with the most accurate and robust real estate marketplace in the region. For more information, contact the ABoR public relations team at . For the latest local housing market listings, visit