Suncoast Global Council (SGC)

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Gold SealI would like to share our Council’s vision for 2020-21 and invite you to be a part of it! International Real Estate is such a vibrant aspect of our industry and full of opportunities for everyone. The Suncoast Global Council is one of the most active and recognized in the United States and one of our priorities is to have you become involved, or more involved if you already are a member. Let us guide you to a committee that is a good fit for you and come join us, we need your help.

In 2020-21 our council will work on bringing more inbound trade missions so that real estate agents from other countries can come and experience what Tampa Bay has to offer. This will be an effort we will partake in the Florida Realtors initiatives as well, in order to offer additional opportunities to our members. We will increase the numbers of inbounds, but not stop with the outbounds. There will be great opportunities for those who wish to go out there and explore this beautiful world.

We will offer networking events in collaboration with other global councils in Florida to help you increase your referral database. We are constantly working with PRO/CPRO’s professional development department on bringing high quality education opportunities and innovative marketing resources to help you leverage our unique position in the global marketplace.

We will continue to attend some of the world’s largest real estate trade shows to bring you the most valuable and up to date information related to the international real estate market.

SGC is a NAR Platinum Global Achievement Award recipient. Join us today if you are looking to start or expand your global business.

Please take the time to check the PRO/CPRO’s education and events calendar for all of our upcoming global events.


Corina Lessa Silva, 2021 Chair
Suncoast Global Council 

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Local Expertise. Global Reach.

The mission of the Suncoast Global Council (SGC) of the Pinellas REALTOR® Organization & Central Pasco REALTOR® Organization (PRO/CPRO) is to further enhance the professionalism of REALTORS® serving foreign and U.S. customers engaged in international real estate transactions by providing education, information, networking and marketing resources.

Ana Smith |

Vice Chair
Kristina Williams |

Staff Liaison
Angela Emerson |

Join our global family

Florida real estate is global real estate! Learn why joining SGC can propel your international business.


Our exclusive communications ensure you’re first to receive news on international issues, events, and opportunities.


From our monthly International Marketing Sessions to Cultural Awareness events, we put you in front of people, businesses, and other associations to help you grow.

Trade Missions

Participate in inbound and outbound trade missions — both in-person or virtual — to immerse yourself in the culture and opportunities of other countries.

Trade Shows

Get your name in front of potential clients and international REALTORS®! We offer both in-person and virtual ways to participate in events that draw global consumers.


Professional development is a cornerstone of PRO/CPRO, and our award-winning global classes play a huge part. Look below for more information or visit our class calendar.

Honored Programs

We’re proud the be an NAR Platinum Global Achievement Award recipient and the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) course provider of the year! 

Education tailored for global real estate

PRO/CPRO’s award-winning professional development program includes courses and events that are both specifically global in scope and those which are tangentially beneficial to global agents. As any REALTOR® can attest, you simply cannot be overqualified in this industry!

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Suncoast Global Certification Program

The premier global certification recognized by SGC and PRO/CPRO, which is awarded only to those professionals who can demonstrate an exceptionally high standard of dedication and training in regards to the business of international real estate.

This is a points-based open-ended program (no due dates or set order of requirements). Points are earned through class participation, SGC events, and REALTOR® involvement at the local state, and nation levels. As soon as requirements are met, you may apply for your certification any time.

Points start collecting as of Jan 1, 2020. Classes and events from previous years are not applicable.

See points structure and submit your points here.

[Application link coming soon.]

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Certified International Property Specialist

Learn from the 2020 CIPS Course Provider of the Year! CIPS designees are connected to an influential network of over 3,500 professionals who turn to each other first when looking for referral partners. Presented by the National Association of REALTORS®.

Visit our Designations & Certifications page.

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Through NAR’s Green Designation, the Green REsource Council provides ongoing education, resources and tools to help real estate practitioners find, understand, and market properties with green features.

Visit our Designations & Certifications page.

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Learn to work effectively with – and within – today’s diverse real estate market. Learn how to conduct your business with sensitivity to all client profiles and build a business plan to successfully serve them.

Visit our Designations & Certifications page.

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Every year, SGC hosts THE can’t-miss global real estate event of the area. Special guests from key areas of the industry cover news, insight, tips, and tools to help you grow your global business.

Visit our Education & Events Calendar page.

SGC Cultural Awareness Events

Our education and events line-up includes fun and engaging cultural activities which includes everything from local point-of-interest tours, shows, to international cooking classes and videos. Exposure to the sights, sounds, and tastes of worldwide culture is a key part of our mission.

Visit our Education & Events Calendar page.

Tampa Bay Area facts

International real estate

Foreign buyers purchased nearly $23 billion of Florida’s existing homes.

53% of foreign buyers purchased a condominium or townhouse.

9% of foreign buyers who purchased property in Florida purchased in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area.

National Association of REALTORS®

Foreign buyers originate from:

Europe: 29%
Canada: 25%
Latin America/Caribbean: 16%
Asia/Oceania: 14%
Unknown: 16%


Home to 20 corporate headquarters with over $1B in annual revenue. Eight are Fortune 1000 companies.
Nearly 500 foreign-owned companies representing more than 40 nations
Tampa Bay Economic Development Council

Real estate is 16% of Florida’s economy, at $173 billion per year.
U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Port Tampa Bay is the largest seaport in Florida with an $17.2 billion economic impact.

34 million consumers are within an eight-hour drive.

Tampa International Airport hosts over 20 direct international flights.


Average high: 82°F / 27.8°C
Average low: 65°F / 18.3°C


Hillsborough County: 1,409,000
Pinellas County: 970,000
Pasco County: 526,000

Consumer information

See what makes our area one of the most desired destinations on the planet! Visit our Global Resources pages for local highlights videos and download our welcome booklet (available in four languages).