of Real Estate Associations
National Organizations Coming Together
to Form a Powerful Alliance
The International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA), a Consortium of the world’s leading real estate associations, is committed to the right to own and transfer real property. ICREA sets standards for international real estate practice and facilitates worldwide real estate transactions through its website, WorldProperties.com. Contact ICREA at email@example.com.
ICREA and its member associations are committed to high standards of professional conduct for member brokers. Each member association has a country-specific code of conduct and, collectively, the organization has adopted a statement on International Principles of Conduct.
Agreement of Alliance between ICREA and FIABCI
History of ICREA
Value to the Real Estate Practitioner, the Consumer and the Real Estate Associations
ICREA is structured around a series of rights and obligations based upon ICREA Statutes & By-Laws. (to request a copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org). These Statutes and By-Laws bind Member Associations and, through them, the business entities and individuals that make up their membership, to a series of "basic commitments". These basic commitments oblige each member association:
- To maintain its own Web site, link to the ICREA Web site, consent to a ICREA site link to its site, and provide specified and accurate content to the site
- To abide by the terms membership;
- To maintain in force a code of ethics governing the conduct of its constituents and to inform its constituents that its existing code of ethics shall apply to all transnational real estate transactions with respect to which any one of its constituents is a party;
- To make current membership information available at Worldproperties.com;
- To bear financial responsibility for its own involvement and pay a proportionate share of the operational expenses.
These basic commitments, however, are just the framework for success. True success will be achieved when standards are applied to all transnational transactions undertaken by the real estate professionals represented by its member associations.
ICREA is governed by a nine-member Board, which acts as the equivalent to a Board of Directors. The Officers are the Chair, the Vice Chair and the CEO. The Board is presided over by the Chair and/or Vice Chair who shall share and cooperatively exercise the executive authority customarily and usually exercised by a President of the Board of a corporation. The Secretary/CEO is appointed by the Board. The CEO can be contacted at email@example.com.
Georges Pahud, Chair (Canada)
Born and educated in Lausanne, Switzerland and now a resident of Vancouver, Georges Pahud is representing the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)
on the ICREA Board, and serving as the board vice chair. Long active in organized real estate, Georges served as president of the Canadian Real Estate Association in 2010. He has served on numerous industry committees, including for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and the British Columbia Real Estate Association. He began in real estate in the mid-1970s and in 1988 formed his own company which he subsequently sold; Georges remains licensed as an Associate Broker in the Vancouver office of Prudential United Realty. Contact Georges at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farook Mahmood, Vice Chair (India)
Farook Mahmood is the founder and past president of the National Association of Realtors-India (NAR-I)
and has served on the ICREA Board since 2008—inspired to get involved by the globalization he witnessed in India and his commitment to a more professional and globally competent real estate community in India. A broker for three decades, Farook is Chairman and Managing Director of Silverline Realty in Bangalore, with associate offices in London and UAE. Contact Farook at email@example.com
Howard Morley, Immediate Past Chair (New Zealand)
Howard Morley is serving his second term on the ICREA Board, representing the NZ Realtors Network
. A past president of REINZ, Howard is based in Auckland and has worked in real estate for 40 years – now serving third-generation clients. Specializing in property management and valuation, Howard's business has a distinct international flair, managing properties for absentee owners in 20 countries, including UK, Switzerland, Canada, Pakistan and S. Africa. Contact Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gilles de Bourgies (France)
Gilles Ricour de Bourgies has represented the Fédération Nationale de l’Immobilier (FNAIM)
on the ICREA Board since 2007. Gilles is vice president of FNAIM and serves as president of its International Committee. He also serves as president of two of FNAIM’s regional chapters: Paris and Ile-de-France. Gilles joined the real estate industry in 1989, forming two companies. The first specializes in residential sales and leasing, and includes an international division to assist foreign buyers. He then founded a company dedicated to the renovation and transformation of commercial buildings into residential loft space. Contact Gilles at email@example.com.
Mark Hayward (United Kingdom)
Mark Hayward joined the ICREA Board in 2012 representing the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA)
. Mark serves as President and Acting CEO of NAEA. He has worked as training consultant with housing associations, developers and property agencies throughout the UK, focusing on legislation and compliance. Formerly Mark ran the national estate agency operation for a major high street bank. He was a founder board member of Asset Skills the sector skills council responsible for training and education in property and housing. Contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sergio Gómez Rábago (Mexico)
Sergio Gómez Rábago is Director General of Arkidinamica Real Estate Consulting Services for the Successful Entrepreneur in Mexico City. He was elected to the 2013-2015 ICREA Board in November 2012 and represents the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI)
. Sergio served as the national president of AMPI in 2012. A 20+ year industry veteran, he has been active in AMPI since 1992 and has assumed numerous leadership roles as the state and national level. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Contact Sergio at email@example.com
Dr. Willie Marais (South Africa)
Dr. Willie Marais is past chairman and past president of the Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa (IEASA)
. Willie has a long and distinctive career in real estate, beginning in 1981 as an estate agent, followed by management positions that led to him becoming the founding Managing Director of ERA South Africa in 1993 and ultimately joining Homenet Real Estate in 1999 (now part of Harcourts International). Willie specializes in residential and agricultural sales and rentals and is also a qualified real estate valuer. He has been active with IEASA since 1982 and served in numerous leadership positions before being named National President and Chairman in 2006. He began his term on the ICREA Board in 2007. Contact Willie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Laerte Temple (Brazil)
Laerte Temple is the Managing Director of Secovi-SP, a founding member association of ICREA and has been affiliated with the organization for 24 years. He was a member of the initial working group that created ICREA in 1999 and also served on ICREA’s executive committee from 2005 to 2007. Laerte holds two university degrees; a Master of Science (management) and a PhD in Social Science/International Relations. Both of his thesis pertained to real estate. He is the co-founder and director of Secovi University, the first corporate university for real estate in Brazil, and is a certified TRC and CRS instructor. Contact Laerte on email@example.com
Thijs Stoffer (CEO of ICREA)
Thijs Stoffer is the Chief Executive Officer and ex-officio Board member of the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations since end of 2008. He successfully developed his own business as a managing director and owner of a consultancy firm in Europe working on numerous international information technology, eCommerce and web-based projects and assignments in the real estate industry, telecommunications and other sectors, before joining ICREA as its CEO. Before, he has been active in the real estate industry, international horticulture and direct marketing. Thijs worked for NVM, the Dutch professional real estate association for many years, managing its strategic communications and external (international) business relations and alliances. He set up different business activities of the association. Contact Thijs at firstname.lastname@example.org