SCCAOR & VNARP Vietnam Trade Mission Recap

On March 1st through 10th, thirty-three official delegates came together to embark on a ten-day real estate trade mission in Vietnam. Members of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) and the Vietnamese National Association of Real Estate Professionals (VNARP) aimed to foster mutual investment opportunities between real estate stakeholders in both Vietnam and the United States. The group visited Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi and Da Nang — cities that rank in the Top 10 of the World’s “Most Dynamic Cities of 2017” according to the JLL City Momentum Index. Notable delegates included Ron Gonzales, former Mayor, City of San Jose, Lieu Nguyen, the President’s Liaison to Vietnam for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and Hilda Ramirez, the Director of Public Relations/Events/Education for SCCAOR.

VNARP’s Day-by-Day recap of the Trade Mission:



Delegates from all over the US landed in Vietnam and met with the entire Trade Mission delegation. Thank you to our sponsor, Com Tam Cali, for their amazing hospitality for our welcome dinner. We reviewed our action packed itinerary to ensure that every person maximizes their time during our trade mission.




The delegates kicked off the trip with a meeting at Saigon Hi-Tech Park, one of only three national hi-tech parks in Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon Hi-Tech Park plays an important role, strongly enhancing the newest innovations and intellectual capital development and investments in the Focal Economic Region of Southern Vietnam. The park has proudly been the investment destination of projects from global hi-tech companies including Intel (U.S), Sanofil (France) Datalogic (Italy), Microchip (U.S.),  and Sonion (Denmark). Read more

Vietnam Trade Mission — Success Story

By Tam Quach

I am honored to have been part of inaugural VNARP Trade Mission to Vietnam. I had the opportunity to travel and learn from our 30 delegates from Bay Area. I also met so many wonderful people in Vietnam during the trip. Our executive team worked very hard to assemble a top notched agenda that consisted of meeting with local developers of real estate and government officials from each of the cities that we visited. Of course, we did have some down time to learn more about the Vietnamese culture and especially the local foods from each city. Read more


Highlights from this SCCAOR Minute
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2017 Member Appreciation BBQ

Thank you to all the SCCAOR Members that came out to our Member Appreciation BBQ on July 6th. Several local elected officials were in attendance at this annual event. It was a great evening of food, drinks, and plenty of networking. Click here to view the photo album, and please enjoy the highlight video below:


The SCCAOR Minute 06.30.2017

Highlights from this SCCAOR Minute
SCCAOR Office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th
SCCAOR Store is having a 10% off Sale on Thursday, July 6th
Click here to register for the “Promote Your Value with Better Content” class

Broker Tip: You Are in The Business of Making it Rain

By Stephen Theard, Coldwell Banker

Many enter the real estate industry with dreams of listing and selling multiple homes as either a supplement to existing household income or as a full-fledged business venture. What most new REALTORS® and some seasoned professionals do not understand is that it is your priority to make it rain leads. During my time working for PricewaterhouseCoopers, there was always one partner in the office who was known for making it rain. He/She was usually the relationship partner and was adept at meeting with various clients of the firm bringing back opportunities for projects.  Notice that I said “opportunities” (i.e leads for more projects). Without the consistent flow of opportunities or leads, the partnership was in danger of shutting down. Once the opportunities or leads were brought into the office, it was up to the various specialists to convert them into billable hours. Billable hours equals income for an accounting firm and the revenue needed to keep the firm afloat. Read more

Broker Tip: A Reminder that You are the Value

By Bill Rehbock, Coldwell Banker

I am continually reminded how important the role of the agent is in a real estate transaction. You are the value to your clients through your expertise, your tenacity, your creativity, your good will, your level head and your knowledge. Too often I see agents downplay their role by discounting their commissions, or by allowing the buyer to think differently. As an industry, we are under siege with industry-disrupters, technologies in some cases, and in other cases business models that claim to dramatically change the way we do business. While change is inevitable and we all need to evaluate the value each new concept brings to the consumer, in the end – you are still the value to the consumer.

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