STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (April 12)   —  The sixth edition of the annual International Real Estate Conference sponsored by the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) was a huge success.

Sari Kingsley, chairwoman of SIBOR’s International Real Estate Conference, meets with Michael Dukhovny, committee member; Vanessa Saunders of GPS Real Estate, moderator of the event; Georgianna Diaz, president of SIBOR, and Lenny Taratuta, vice chair of the event committee.

On Friday, New York real estate professionals who attended the event gathered information from an array of international real estate experts.

“I’m proud of the way the conference had grown over the years said Sari Kingsley, chairwoman of SIBOR’s sixth annual International Real Estate Conference. “This was by far the best global symposium we have hosted to date.”

Having outgrown its previous space at SIBOR’s headquarters in the community of Graniteville, this year’s event was held in the Staten Island, N.Y., venue of The Vanderbilt at South Beach, 300 Fr. Capodanno Blvd., just minutes from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

“Sari Kingsley and Michael Dukhovny have completely outdone themselves,”  said Traci Cangiano, president-elect of SIBOR. “This Year’s International Symposium was not only extremely informative and educational, but it was also interactive. I am looking forward to next year!! Thank You!!”

The event was a wise investment of her time, said Licensed Associate Broker Holly Wiesner Olivier.

“The SIBOR International Real Estate Conference was enriching and resourceful. … I discovered how to implement new ways to broaden my real estate business internationally through the use of social media,” Ms. Olivier said.

Georgianna Diaz, president of SIBO, added, “This year’s conference acted as a reminder of how Realtors work together to bolster the quality of life  for families throughout our local community and  beyond.”

The conference featured renowned global-commerce experts who discussed strategies of attracting and servicing clients in the worldwide marketplace. A portion of the proceeds raised through the gathering are being donated to “Hope & Heroes” Children’s Cancer Fund.


The symposium featured prominent international-business experts and seminars, including Zachary Benjamin, National Association Of Realtors®, topic: “Claim Your Share of the $82 Billion Foreign Investors Spend In The USA;” Alfred M. Fazio, Esq., Capuder Fazio Giacoia LLP, topic:  “Legal Issues Affecting Foreign Investors in the New York Market;” Virginia N. Sherry,  Staten Island  Advance, topic: “From Global to Local: Diversity Through the  Eyes of a World-Traveled Staten Island-Born Journalist;”  Vanessa Saunders, GPS Real Estate, topic: “Marketing To International Buyers;” Eran D. Grossman,  Law Firm of Eran D. Grossman, topic: “The Agent  and Lawyer Working Together, Purchaser’s Financing, Recognizing Pitfalls;” Nino Perdomo, Espanola Realty LTD., topic: “Unique Characteristics of the Venezuelan Buyer and Seller of Real Estate;”  Yoshinor Takita, 888 Realty (USA) Inc., topic:  “Personal Relationships: Tapping into the Japanese Market;” Kathy Tsao, 2012 chairwoman, Asian Real Estate Association of America, topic: “The Luxury Market and the International Investor;” Carol Kope, Keller Williams Realty, topic: “Immigration and Visas,” and  Rick Wohlfarth, director, International Real Estate Federation, topic: “Global Clients, Local Closing —  Bridging the International Real Estate Market.”


The major sponsors of this year’s International Real Estate Conference were Empire State Bank (diamond level) and Café Gourmand (garnet level).

Additional sponsors included: Cornerstone Realty Partners, Relevant Public Relations; Agatha Josefiak Real Estate; Claire Properties;  Your Professional; attorney Christopher J. Arrigali; Compass Realty Central; Wonica Realtors & Appraisers; Tristar Mortgage  Corp.; United Mortgage Corp.; United National Realty; Century 21/Papp Realty, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.


Gift contributors to this year’s conference included: Coby Electronics; Staten Island Advance/SiLive; Bella Grossman, Realtor; Carlo Hair Salon; Michael Dukhovny, Realtor; The Pink Elephant Restaurant; Charm Skin Care;  Café Gourmand; Brioso Ristorante; Angelinas Ristorante; Christopher Michael Hair & Beauty Salon; Domenick’s Bakery, and Sari Kingsley, Realtor.


About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of over 1,600 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 and visited online at

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