Wednesday, April 30, 2008

ERNIE CURTIS EARNS INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION

Real estate professional Ernest T. “Ernie” Curtis has been awarded the Transnational Referral Certified (TRC) professional mark from the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA). Curtis is affiliated with ICREA through his membership in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), one of more than 25 leading national real estate associations that form the global consortium.

He is one of a growing number of professionals in Georgia and Florida to earn the TRC, reflecting the increasingly global nature of the real estate industry. Ernie Curtis is affiliated with Prudential Georgia Realty, based out of its Fayetteville branch on Glynn Street.

The Transnational Referral Certification was developed to help real estate professionals better serve clients and customers who are looking to buy or sell real property outside their own country and who will benefit from working with a Realtor in that foreign market. TRC certified real estate professionals are trained not only in the mechanics of cross-border client referrals, but also in how to work in the client’s best interests in the same manner they would a domestic client. All TRCs adhere to a national professional code of conduct.

“In today’s complex market, where people are increasingly buying and selling internationally, whether for a resort or retirement home or as an investment, it’s important to work with someone who understands the local market and laws - particularly those that apply to foreign ownership,” said Curtis. “The TRC helps me ensure that my clients receive the same level of service and professionalism abroad that I provide them here at home.”

In the U.S., only members of the NAR can earn the TRC. Through ICREA, TRC certified professionals have access to a network of two million real estate agents in more than 25 countries, three million listings, and can easily locate professionals who have received training specifically in handling cross-border client referrals.

The International Consortium of Real Estate Associations represents 26 leading real estate associations located in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela. These organizations represent approximately two million practitioners and their countries collectively represent $25 trillion of GDP.

Ernie Curtis concentrates primarily on commercial and investment real estate and his real estate partner, Kay McInroe, specializes in residential sales. A licensed broker in both Georgia and Florida, Ernie is an award-winning agent, placing in Prudential’s Leading Edge Society for annual sales performance. He also holds the Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) and Accredited Buyer Representation (ABR) designations and is a candidate for the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) commercial designation.

Curtis is an active life member of the Fayette County Board of Realtors’ Circle of Achievement Club for multi-million dollar annual sales. He is also a member of its board of directors and the board’s local Realtor Political Action Committee and Governmental Affairs committees. In addition, Ernie is a member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, the Georgia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

For information on ICREA, contact ICREA’s Secretariat, 430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, at 312-329-8327; consortium@realtors.org; http://www.worldproperties.com/.

To learn more about commercial and investment real estate in metro Atlanta, contact Realtor Ernie Curtis at 678-779-2113 or by visiting http://www.equityinatlanta.com/.

Prudential Georgia Realty is an independently owned and operated member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, a full-service residential and commercial real estate network with offices throughout the U.S. and Canada. Ranked by Real Estate Magazine as one of the top 100 real estate companies in the U.S., the company placed 36th for most 2006 transactions in the real estate trade magazine’s 2007 Power Broker Report.

For the last four consecutive years, Prudential Georgia Realty has been honored with a Consumers’ Choice Award as Best in Class for Executive Home Sales in metro Atlanta. The firm annually has real estate sales well in excess of $2 billion and is now in its 45th year of serving metro Atlanta. The company now has 24 locations in 14 metro Atlanta counties and nearly 1,500 Realtors ready to assist families with their real estate needs.

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