Last week, the Florida Realtors joined the Confederación Inmobiliaria Latino Americana (CILA), marking a historic first for the two real estate organizations.
Florida Realtors’ membership in the Confederación Inmobiliaria Latino Americana means it is the first state realtors association in the U.S. to join the group as a benefactor member. CILA is made up of 19 Latin American countries’ real estate associations, with Brazil and Mexico being the largest. The 19 countries represent 1 million real estate professionals. CILA also has a bilateral agreement with the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
“As professionals in the real estate industry, we’re proud to share our knowledge and expertise with clients in Florida, Latin America and throughout the world,” said Florida Realtors President Barry Grooms, a realtor and co-owner of Florida Suncoast Real Estate Inc. in Bradenton. “Florida Realtors and CILA share common goals. We look forward to continuing our partnership and building stronger connections that increase our understanding of each other. Like it says at the end of the classic movie Casablanca, ‘I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.’”
CILA President Ernesto Figueredo Coronel welcomed the Florida Realtors as its first U.S. state member and said he is excited about what the two groups can accomplish in the future as they work together on events and develop more opportunities for collaboration.
“Together we are stronger and we can achieve great advances for our members globally,” he said.