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Meet the President

Lisa Kurrass

Lisa Kurrass, CIPS, FIREC, AWREP

Founder & President

Lisa Kurrass founded Real Estate Connection International as a Property Management Firm in 1990 in Houston, Texas and has been managing and selling properties since then in the Houston, Texas area and her business spans worldwide. In 2015, Lisa developed a huge presence in the country of Costa Rica.

Early In her real estate career, she joined FIABCI (The International Real Estate Federation) Lisa was elected FIABCI World President in 2008, in Amsterdam, as the First Female World President in this organization`s 60 year history. The Federation includes over 100 Real Estate Associations worldwide. Lisa had 26 appointments to the United Nations. She was installed in Beijing, China in 2009 and after visits to 32 cities worldwide, her term ended in Bali, Indonesia in 2010. FIABCI was founded in Paris, France in 1948 and now consists of 70 countries around the world. Lisa received a United States Medal of Honor in Oslo, Norway and a World Medal of Honor in Seville, Spain and one in Manila, Philippines.

The management company grew to include small to medium size commercial and industrial property management, which naturally expanded the brokerage end of the company. Lisa transacts top residential properties from first time home buyers, residential listings in sale and residential luxury properties. She nurtures her clients by praying with them from start to finish and beyond. For her, it is not about the transaction. It is about the relationship.

With a reputation for trust, integrity, and professionalism, Lisa has become one of the foremost international real estate brokers worldwide. Her sphere of influence in exposing opportunity spans the globe with some of the most highly respected real estate practitioners globally. She has been hosted by leaders of nations, ambassadors and has been written up in MSNBC, Fox News & Reuters.

Once she completed her term as FIABCI World President, she returned to private life here in Houston to raise her children. Today, she enjoys her clients, her business and her family. Lisa married Robert Kurrass in 1997 and they have 2 young adult children who are serving our nation in the military. Brandon served in the Navy and Christopher was a United States Marine. The family are active members of Dominion Church.

Areas of Focus:

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Acquisition
  • Disposition
  • Portfolio Expansion
  • Commercial Leases
  • Vacation Homes
  • Resale Houses and New Construction


  • CIPS – Certified International Property Specialist
  • AWREP – American Warrior Real Estate Professional
  • FIREC – FIABCI International Real Estate Consultant

Honors and Awards:

  • Five Star Agents – 2023
  • Five Star Agents – 2022
  • FIABCI World Medal of Honor 2007, received in Barcelona, Spain
  • FIABCI-USA Medal of Honor 2001, received in Oslo, Norway
  • Honored Member of National Directory of Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals 1996-1997 Edition
  • Honored Member of International Directory of Who’s Who of Professionals 1997 Edition

Positions or Committees:

  • BACREN – Board of Directors 2021-2023
  • FIABCI World President – 2009-2010
  • FIABCI Board of Directors 2006-2011
  • FIABCI Regional President of the Americas, 2007-2008 Elected
  • FIABCI President Nominations Appointed 2006-2007
  • FIABCI-USA Chair of Nominations 2006-2007
  • FIABCI Vice President Nominations 2005-2006, Elected
  • FIABCI-USA President 2004-2005,Elected
  • FIABCI Vice President Asia/Pacific Region 2005-2006, Elected
  • President of Briarglen Property Owners Association 2001-2006-Elected
  • FIABCI-President/Leisure Committee 1998-2004-Elected
  • FIABCI-China Working Party Committee 1998-1999-Appointed
  • FIABCI World Congress Vice Chairman 2004 Appointed
  • FIABCI-USA Treasurer 2002-2003-Elected
  • FIABCI-USA Vice President 1997-1999-Appointed
  • FIABCI-USA Board of Directors 1995-2008-Elected
  • FIABCI-Houston President 1994-1995, 2002-2003-Elected
  • NAR (National Association of Realtors) International Operations Committee 1996-1998 – Reciprocal Director to Denmark-Appointed
  • TAR (Texas Association of Realtors) Board of Directors-Appointed
  • HAR (Houston Association of Realtors) Chairman International Section -1998-2000-Appointed
  • U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association-President Houston Chapter-Elected


  • BACREN-Bay Area Commercial Real Estate Network
  • FIABCI-International Real Estate Federation (52 Countries)
  • United Nations
  • National Association of Realtors (including International Section)
  • Texas & Houston Association of Realtors

Publications or Broadcasts:

  • Featured in Texas Monthly, June 2022 and June 2023
  • International Real Estate Update, Summer 1993 Issue
  • Texas Realtor, September/October 1993 Issue
  • Business in Real Estate Almanac / KSEV Radio Show Guest
  • Texas Realtor, February 1994 Issue “How to Become an International Realtor From Your Own Desk”
  • Texas Realtor, February 1994 Issue “Mediation, An Alternative That Can Save Money and Your Career”
  • DBA Houston, May 1995 Issue “Cross Cultural Do’s & Don’ts”
  • Texas Realtor, December 1995 Issue “The Houston Globe Trotter”
  • Texas Realtor, February 1998 Issue “Slow Down, Mind Your Manners and Sell”
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