Trade Delegation Accomplished a Great Deal in a Glorious Setting

Anthony Domathoti | July 20, 2022

HGAR’s Portugal Trade Mission delegation, on a property tour of Belas Clube de Campo a golf club community in Belas, Portugual.

WHITE PLAINS—Why was it glorious? I would have to say it was mostly because of the great Portuguese people and their kindness, openness, and ability to make strangers (us) feel at home.

From meeting local Realtors to visiting existing and new developments, sharing opportunities for investment in our HGAR regions to learning more about investment opportunities in Portugal, the trade mission was very successful. We explored potential international business opportunities and worked to help create networks of buyers, agents, and key government contacts in Portugal.

From left, Anthony Domathoti, HGAR 2022 President, Pedro Pereira, Portugal International Realty (PIR) CEO, and Richard Haggerty, HGAR CEO
HGAR’s Trade Mission delegation, enjoyed a luncheon alongside the Tagus River in Lisbon

HGAR’s Global Council provides our members the tools and resources to connect globally with real estate professionals throughout the world. On the trip, we shared market information mutually and created positive synergies for future opportunities and ventures.

We have to learn to try outside of what has been done, outside of what we have learned, in order to have a chance to get completely different outcomes. As HGAR forged into Portugal, I believe this is why we need pioneers who open the way. We also need explorers who try every different direction of thinking and acting with the one risk—the risk of failing.

Panoramic View of the city of Lisbon and Saint George’s Castle in the distance.
At right, Richard Haggerty, HGAR, CEO, Anthony Domathoti, HGAR 2022 President, Ana Avelar, Secretary General, APEMIP & Paulo Caiado, President, APEMIP

As our industry grows and transforms, we have to do it with friends. We’ve got to have an ecosystem; we’ve got to have partners like Pedro Periera of PIR, Paul Caiado of APEMIP and Mayor Rui Moreira of the City of Porto.

A very special thank you to Portugal International Realty (PIR)’s Association Executive Pereira, who planned, hosted and coordinated the entire trade mission. Special thanks to APEMIP’s President Caiado and Ana Avelar, Secretary General of APEMIP for being gracious hosts, as well as the Mayor of Porto for hosting the HGAR delegation in Porto.

Viva Portugal!

Anthony Domathoti
Anthony Domathoti, AHWD, CRS, C2EX, SRS, ABR, is President of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and is a licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Premium of the Bronx.