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Published:Saturday | February 27, 2016 | 12:05 AM


The Realtors Association of Jamaica (RAJ), as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, hosted 65 realtors from the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR) in the United States on a tour of prime residential and commercial properties in and around Montego Bay, St James, this week.

The realtors, who were passengers on board the Jewel of the Sea, which docked at Montego Freeport on February 24, were also hosted at lunch at the Montego Bay Yacht Club by their local counterparts from the Montego Bay and Kingston RAJ chapters.

"We see this as an excellent opportunity for Jamaica and especially for the city of Montego Bay to forge partnerships for the mutual economic benefit of all stakeholders," president of the RAJ, Edwin Wint, said.

Meanwhile, president and chief executive officer of TAR, Travis Kessler, said the visit was in keeping with the objectives of the association's international committee to educate members on the need for international investments; how to do business outside of the United States; and how to be more responsive to the needs of their investor clients.

"The Realtors Association of Jamaica has been very gracious...along with the Montego Bay chapter of the association, by hosting us while we are in port to just learn more about the community, to learn more about the taxing structure, to learn more about the prospects and the opportunities that are available residentially and commercially," he added.

RAJ immediate past president and board member of the international umbrella group, the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Howard Johnson Jnr., said this was the organisation's third year of playing host to realtors from the United States and Texas particularly, who have shown greater interest in investing in Jamaica.

Among the other events planned by the RAJ to commemorate its jubilee anniversary will be the staging of a one week Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) training course in June, when several international real estate practitioners are expected to participate.

With nearly 700 active members, or 80 per cent of practising realtors, the RAJ is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organisations in the country.