Staten Island, N.Y. (April 4, 2019) –  A recent visit to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv proved fruitful for Staten Island Realtors and their Israeli counterparts seeking to grow a national association of real estate professionals in Israel.

Administered on behalf of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), the March expedition was comprised of representatives of the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR) and other U.S. real estate experts. The journey brought them face to face with Israeli real estate brokers and politicians in hopes of “assisting the Jerusalem Chamber of Real Estate Brokers (CREB) in its goal of fostering a national association that upholds ethics, Realtor values, and consumer advocacy,” explained Sandy Krueger, CEO of SIBOR, NAR’s “Ambassador Association” to Israel. “At the same time, we worked toward enhancing global business opportunities between SIBOR’s Realtor members and Israeli real estate brokers.”

A delegation of Realtors from the United States meets with Israeli real estate brokers in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Courtesy Staten Island Board of Realtors®)

The group included Krueger, Ron Molcho, a past director and active member of SIBOR; Sari Kingsley, a SIBOR past-president and former NAR global ambassador to Israel (2014 to 2017); Joseph Tirone, a SIBOR member and past director; Joseph Schneider, NAR director of global alliances, and Barbara Schmerzler, president, International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI)-USA 2018-2019.

Meetings held by the group focused on consumer advocacy; business development between Staten Island Realtors and Israeli real estate brokers; the reaffirmation of support for the CREB, and efforts to further the growth of the Israel Brokers Association.

“We made great headway during our visit, and look forward to increasing our working relationships with Israeli brokers in the future,” Molcho said.

The roster of participants included such influencers as Zemer Blondheim, Head of Policy and Strategy Division, Israeli Ministry of Justice; Moran Schnaider (Rosenblum), Advisor to the Minister, Israeli Ministry of Justice; Assaf Epstein, Jerusalem Chamber of Real Estate; Isaac Levy, Israel Brokers Association; Uri Ariel, Israel minister of Agriculture, former minister of Buildings; Ayelet Nahmias Verbin, Knesset (Israeli Parliament) member, chair of the Subcommittee for the Examination of Credit Given by the Banks and Other Institutions, and real estate brokers from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and surrounding areas. 

About the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

Established in 1915, the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest professional 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 promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of more than 2,000 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 5,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR Realtors 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 viewed online at SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors” and on Twitter via @SIBOR.


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