Kathy Krize of Keller Williams Realty has earned the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation, placing her among 2,300 elite real estate professionals worldwide. The designation was awarded to her by the National Association of REALTORS for completing rigorous coursework devoted to learning international real estate practices and demonstrating proficiency in international business. The CIPS designation is synonymous with advanced expertise, a global perspective, and distinct understanding of a global buyer. There is also an advantage to the U.S. seller as Kathy can build an international marketing strategy that promotes a property on international sites in 19 different languages. Last year international buyers spent $92.2 billion on U.S. residential properties, the highest amount in recent years. The majority of global transactions are cash purchases.