Traveling Via Paperback

Saint Augustine of Hippo is quoted as saying that “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” I’ve often felt travel and reading go hand in hand, and have found that reading about far-off places can seem like a whirlwind tour without the jetlag.

This sentiment was underscored for me this week when I was lucky enough to sit in on a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) course. I didn’t even have to leave my home city of Chicago to get a taste of the exotic side of real estate. I’ll have more from the class up on the Speaking of Real Estate blog soon. But for now, I wanted to share with Book Scan readers the top books recommended to me by CIPS instructor David Wyant:

If you think you might be ready to jump into global real estate, you’ll get a head start in Wyant’s class if you pick up one or more of these books. And stay tuned for more CIPS and international coverage to come.

Do you have a book that helped you understand how to launch an international career? Or perhaps you can recommend a tome that helped you understand how to interact with members of different cultures. Leave a comment for your fellow readers below!

Meg White

Meg White is the managing editor for REALTOR® Magazine and administrator of the magazine's Weekly Book Scan blog. Contact her at mwhite[at]

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  1. Please include me in your mailing list. I am really interested in becoming certified CIPS. Thx!

  2. Hi, Hector

    The Weekly Book Scan isn’t just about CIPS, it’s about the intersection of real estate and the written word. But if you want to stay up-to-date with WBS posts, subscribe to our feed here:

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    Thanks for your comment, and best of luck!