Thai realtors prepare for Asean integration

PHUKET: The Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association of Thailand (RESAM) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR), a leading global real estate association, joined forces recently to host a networking event in Phuket.

The international real estate business network event, called Thailand CIPS (certified international property specialist) 2013 was an education and work program held at Royal Phuket City hotel.

To meet the needs of an ever expanding real estate industry, sales agents in Thailand will need to raise their knowledge and standards to meet AEC expectations in 2015; licensing real estate agents in Thailand is one of the ways to achieve this goal.

“In 2015, the investments between Asean countries will be increasing. The economic and social conditions in Thailand are considered more interesting than in any other Asean country. Thailand has good policies to support investment and the government is now reducing tax on limited companies, so Thailand will be a very interesting place when AEC comes,” Visut Kunatharakul, executive consultant and former president of RESAM said.

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The CIPS training program and certification will help solve the credibility problems that many people within the Thai real estate industry are facing without proper real estate education credentials and certification necessary to gain international recognition.

The certification offered through the CIPS course exposes participants to a vast knowledge base to help Thai real estate agents face the rapidly growing global real estate industry. It is hoped that through CIPS certification program, the ethics and professionalism of real estate agents in Thailand will be on par with international standards and receive global recognition.

A five-day CIPS training course in English will be held from October 7 to 11 in 2013 at the Atrium Bangkok hotel.

“We are expecting about 100 participants to join the project. In Thailand, we started this program for the first time in 2006 but later we stopped in 2008 because of budget problems. Once we see the results for the current edition we will decide if we should offer this training again next year,” Nina Serebryakova, project director said.

The CIPS training event will also provide networking opportunities. The agents and property developers will have a chance to interact and to present their property projects.

“After getting a license, brokers will be more professional, reliable, and educated, which will make business easier for both Thai and foreign customers and brokers,” Visut Kunatharakul concluded.

For those interested in the course, please contact Khun Nina on +66 88 626-1286 or by email: or Khun Tatipat (Head of Coordination and Information) at +66 81 842-8733, or by email: or visit:

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