ABoR Global

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Think Globally, Thrive Locally

ABoR Global is among the country's fastest-growing global real estate programs, delivering award-winning programming, education, and tools that position REALTORS® to better serve international buyers, sellers, and investors. The heart of our program is our Global Business Alliance Network, a community of REALTOR® members who are passionate about the global real estate market domestically and beyond.

We're actively building connections with various cities, chambers, and real estate associations around the world. In 2020, ABoR Global developed a cross-border partnership with the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and was appointed the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Ambassador Association to Ireland. 

We recently took our first international trip as an association to attend the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers (IPAV), the National Association of REALTORS® counterpart in Ireland. We met with their leadership at their headquarters in Dublin and attended their Annual General Meeting in Athlone, Ireland. As a featured speaker on the Emerald Isle, ABoR CEO Emily Chenevert, helped us take the next big step in building relationships with real estate associations worldwide.

ABoR members can access economic reports, training resources, and more in our Document Library, including our 2022 Global Handbook. Earn your Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation October 3 - 7 with the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Austin is a Global Destination

Austin is a truly global city. More than 20 percent of Austinites are foreign-born, and we speak more than 100 languages. With a business-friendly tax structure; 20+ colleges and universities; and a high-tech, innovative, and creative culture, Austin has become one of the nation's most attractive destinations for tourists, families, and businesses.

A Great Place to Live

Texas ranks third in the nation for homes sold to international buyers, according to the 2022 International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate. Texas was the third top foreign buyer destination, with an 8% share. Thirty-one percent of Texas buyers came from Latin America/Caribbean and 27% from Europe. Texas was the top destination among Mexican buyers and the second top destination among Colombian buyers

Global Recognition

International companies such as Dell TechnologiesWhole Foods Market, and Vrbo are just some of the Austin-based companies with global operations. In addition, tech giants like Samsung, Tesla, Amazon, and Apple are increasingly choosing Central Texas to build their next campus. But we’re not just known for innovation; we also know how to have fun. First known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin has gained global recognition for its many festivals and attractions, such as SXSW, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Formula 1, and more.

Foreign Trade & Investment

Ranked the top exporter in the U.S. since 2002, Texas exported a record $315.9 billion worth of goods in 2018 alone. In the Austin area, our leading trading partners are South Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Japan, China, and Malaysia. Texas ranks No. 2 in the nation for foreign and domestic investment. According to the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin garners 12 percent of the state's foreign direct investment (FDI) and has nearly 300 foreign-owned firms. Texas also ranks No. 2 in the U.S. for commercial real estate buyers working with REALTORS®, according to NAR’s 2022 Commercial Real Estate International Business Trends Report.