MAR was selected as NAR’s Ambassador Association to Portugal in 2003, and through the International Council has been conducting great networking opportunities between the two organizations.
Portugal is one of the oldest nations of Europe. It became independent in 1143 as a monarchy, established its continental frontiers in 1297, and turned into a republic in 1910. In 1933, a new authoritarian state was created that lasted until 1974, when a revolution overturned the dictatorship. In 1986 Portugal joined the European Union, and, ever since, has invested in developing this country of a little more than 10.5 million inhabitants on a territory of 92,090 square kilometers to European standards.
Portugal is a diversified country with several regions, each with its distinctive feature. It ranks among the top 10 European countries in tourism and among the top 25 in the world fueled by its strategic product—golf— with nearly 80 golf courses in the country, located primarily in Algarve and Lisbon.
The MAR International Council hosted a program this past April featuring Paulo Cunha Alves, Consul General of Portugal in Boston who introduced his country, culture, and customs to MAR members. The program was very successful with a great question and answer segment followed by an authentic Portuguese meal.
This program was just one part of the efforts to build a solid relationship between MAR and the Association of Professionals and Real Estate Companies of Portugal (APEMIP). Ana Portillo, the NAR President’s Liaison to Portugal, is leading a plan to host a Portuguese Delegation from APEMIP to Massachusetts and Rhode Island in September/October 2010. Also in the works is a trade mission to Portugal in March 2011. This mission will include Realtors® interested in learning more about the real estate market in Portugal, and several NAR and MAR officials.
All are welcome to join any of these programs. Check for dates on the MAR calendar or contact International Council Chairperson Ana Portillo, AnaPortillo@AnaPortillo.com