Do You Need an Interpreter?
Since its launch five years ago, our Interpreters & Translators webpage has had more than 4,000 pageviews.
In 2012, the foreign-born population represented 13.4 percent of Arizona residents. In 2015, that number increased by an estimated 2.3 percent. Of those, 18.1 percent five years or older, did not speak any English. – Source: U.S. Census Bureau
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, more than one-out-of-four Arizonans speak a language other than English at home. That could be a real opportunity for REALTORS®, but what about the language barrier?
According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), Arizona is the fourth-most attractive market for foreign buyers, especially from Latin America, Europe and Canada. – Source: 2017 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate
Fortunately, Arizona REALTORS® maintains a list of Interpreters & Translators who speak nearly 30 different languages — from Arabic to Vietnamese. As REALTORS® themselves, they also speak our industry’s language and could help you close a deal and spread your global brand.
“Invest effort in building a bond with your buyer. Learn something about their home economy and political situation, and even a few words from their language, especially ‘thank you’.” – Andrew Taylor, founder Juwai.com global property source
If you are an active member of the state association and would you like your name added to this list, or simply wish to update your profile, simply email the webmaster with your information.
You may even wish to earn the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation.
Related blog stories:
Find an Interpreter Who Speaks to Your Goals – REALTOR® Magazine (May 2015)
Foreign U.S. Home Sales Dollar Volume Surges 49 Percent to Record $153 Billion – NAR (July 18, 2017)
10 Things to Turn Tourists Into Home Buyers (Mar. 13, 2017)
Factors Driving Foreign Investment to Arizona (Dec. 12, 2016)
International Business in Arizona: Not a Niche, a Reality (Oct. 6, 2016)