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You’re probably already using LinkedIn. After all, it’s the top professional network in the world and has more than 400 million users across 200 countries.

A network this big has obvious benefits for those of us who want to network internationally. Using the platform to its full potential can be an excellent way to make valuable connections with industry experts from the United States, the UAE, Australia, Russia, China or just about anywhere else you can think of, all from the comfort of your own desk.

LinkedIn groups are a very popular way to utilise the website. They allow users to join discussions, contact new people and ask for recommendations. Investing time in this kind of networking can be highly effective as groups offer an organic way to make introductions and connect with new individuals.

There are a great deal of property marketing and development groups to explore on LinkedIn. We’ve pinpointed five of the best.

Overseas Property Investment Network for International Real Estate and Referral 

Professionals who are looking for a truly international group may benefit from joining this one. It boasts 27 thousand members and invites them to come together to discuss property developments in territories including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, China, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Russia, Mexico and Brazil. The membership is made up of developers, agents and buyers, making this an excellent place to share exciting news about global property developments and connect with professionals who may wish to invest.

All International Property Professionals

AIPR is a global group established in 2010. It’s open to all professionals from the real estate sector and aims to highlight the human connection aspect of the industry. Here you’ll find ample opportunity to connect, engage, associate and network with over 7,000 other real estate professionals. The group facilitates commercial opportunities and meaningful relationships.

Commercial Property Marketing Strategies

The purpose of this group is a little different to the others we’ve spoken about. This is a smaller, UK based group dedicated to sharing ideas and opinions on effective property marketing strategies. They welcome a variety of industry professionals, but most members have a specific interest in property marketing. This is an interesting group that offers a unique space to explore alternative strategies, discuss opinions, share facts on market strength and absorb new information.

UK Property Investors/Developers

UK Property Investors/Developers has one primary purpose: to facilitate introductions within the real estate industry. They invite professionals including developers, agents, investors, managers, private clients and marketers to join the conversation, make connections and share knowledge. If you’re looking to make new connections, both in the UK and worldwide, there are upwards of 20 thousand members to network with here.

Property Week

Property Week is a big name in the UK property industry and this is reflected in the size and activity level of their LinkedIn group. 20 thousand members come together here to discuss latest property news and commercial property trends. The group also offers a range of networking opportunities with a varied membership base including professionals such as developers, investors, consultants, lawyers and public servants. Readers of the magazine are also invited to make suggestions for the kind of content they would like to see from Property Week in the future, both in print and online.

If you’re already a LinkedIn user you’ll know just how productive using the network can be. These five groups all offer great opportunities for expanding your industry network and showcasing your expertise.

Why not check them out? While you’re there, make sure you connect with Elevation Property Marketing to keep up to date with the latest property news, tips and advice.