International Consortium
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 icrea@worldproperties.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.

History of ICREA

Value to the Real Estate Practitioner, the Consumer and the Real Estate Associations

Consortium Structure

ICREA is structured around a series of rights and obligations based upon ICREA Statutes & By-Laws. (to request a copy, please email icrea@worldproperties.com). 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 ceo@worldproperties.com.



Gilles Ricour de BourgiesGilles Ricour de Bourgies, Chair (France)
Gilles Ricour de Bourgies has represented the Fédération Nationale de l’Immobilier (FNAIM) on the ICREA Board since 2007. Gilles is a member of the FNAIM board and and serves as president of Paris' Ile-de-France regional chapter. 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 gilles.ricourdebourgies@worldproperties.com.

Dale RipplingerDale Ripplinger, Vice Chair (Canada)
Dale Ripplinger is serving his first term, representing the Canadian Real Estate Association. He is Broker/owner of Realty Executives Dale Ripplinger & Associates in Regina, Saskatchewan, specializing in condominium project marketing. Dale has been a REALTOR® for 32 years. Long active in his community and the profession, Dale served as president of the Association of Regina REALTORS®, the Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS® and the Canadian Real Estate Association. He was the inaugural and only two-time recipient of the CMHC REALTOR® of the Year Award for Regina, and received the REALTOR® of Distinction Award for Saskatchewan. Dale’s community involvement was recognized in 2012 when the city of Regina named a park in his honour. Contact Dale at dale.ripplinger@worldproperties.com.

Farook Mahmood
Farook Mahmood, Immediate Past 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 farook.mahmood@worldproperties.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 mark.hayward@worldproperties.com.

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 sergio.gomezrabago@worldproperties.com.

Alexandra SekouriAlexandra Sekouri (Greece)
Alexandra Sekouri Soldatovits joined the ICREA Board in November 2014 representing the Hellenic Association of Realtors (HAR) in Greece, for which she serves as President. Active in real estate since 1999, Alexandra is the founder of Lithos Investment, a company specializing in providing one-stop services and turnkey solutions for investment/development projects and vacation residences throughout Greece. The company has offices in Greece and an associate office in Cyprus. Alexandra has a degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering and Interior Design. Contact Alexandra at alexandra.sekouri@worldproperties.com.

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 at laerte.temple@worldproperties.com.

Jeanne van JaarsveldtJeanne van Jaarsveldt (South Africa)
Jeanne van Jaarsveldt joined the ICREA Board in 2014, representing the Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa (IEASA), for which he serves as president, a position he has held since 2012. Jeanne began his real estate career as a sale agent, working his way up to broker of three offices in Cape Town. He then shifted his focus to the corporate side of the industry and in 2009 joined the international real estate group Harcourts South Africa as General Manager. Aside from his global work with ICREA, Jeanne serves as an international director on the board of the US-based National Association of Realtors®. Contact Jeanne at Jeanne.vanJaarsveldt@worldproperties.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 was 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 ceo@worldproperties.com.