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A s the world becomes an increasingly connected place, the idea of a truly global real estate market is no longer a trend, but rather, our new reality. This month's cover story takes an in-depth look at one of the industry's most dynamic global real estate frms, Engel & Völkers. For the company's CEO and Co-founder Christian Völkers, expansion into other countries—most recently North America—was a strategic way to capitalize on the successful model the frm created in Hamburg, Germany in 1977. "We turned [the frm's] special service concept into a standardized system very early on," explains Völkers, "which resulted in the introduction of our shop system in the early '90s, as well as a consistent corporate identity, setting the stage for our global expansion." Find out more about Engel & Völkers successful foray into the worldwide arena beginning on page 36, and glean further insight into the global real estate market by staying tuned to rismedia.com, where you will fnd frst-hand coverage of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® International Symposium taking place in Berlin this month. I will be hosting an exciting panel discussion there on international real estate trends and RISMedia will be talking to brokers from all over the world to report on global best practices and the success strategies that transcend borders. Also, be sure to check out our feature this month on the International MLS. According to IMLS Founder Dan Nussbaum, the portal is designed to provide international clients with easy access to U.S. properties, and many U.S. brokers are jumping on board. "My vision was to bring the world to the U.S. real estate market—but also to take our U.S. market to the world," says Nussbaum. Learn more on page 76. Engel & Völkers successful global presence and initiatives like the IMLS are among the many increasing signs that real estate has become a world without borders. The more we successfully partner with our colleagues around the globe— as will happen at LeadingRE's International Symposium— the more we are securing our future relevance and success. John E. Featherston CEO & Publisher Smaller World, Bigger Opportunities Bringing the World Together through a Truly International Connection Spanning the Generations: Simplifying the House Hunt