“The Heart Smart Homes and Properties” presentation made by Dagmar Sands, a native of the Czech Republic who has been selling real estate in Atlanta for more than 25 years, was chosen as the most outstanding at the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) annual meeting in Washington last week.

The federation holds meetings around the world and has special consulting status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. This status enables it to provide advice on global housing and environmental issues to the U.N. and enables its members to access senior public officials around the world.

Ms. Sands developed the Heart Smart concept with Caryn OKeefe, her partner at Real Estate International Inc., a real estate brokerage based in Alpharetta, that provides criteria for homes and properties, which have amenities or locations that encourage physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Heart Smart partners include representatives from a wide array of companies including commercial real estate, mortgage, insurance, home warranty and auction. It also includes appraisers, attorneys, commercial builders, home repair professionals and distributors of health products. Criteria for Heart Smart Homes and Properties include sidewalks, tennis courts, horse facilities, safety alarm systems for seniors, swimming pools, basketball courts, water and air purification systems, outdoor playgrounds and many others. There also are criteria for the subdivision or communities in which Heart Smart Homes and Properties are located. Ms. Sands’ presentation was chosen by some 50 peers who also made presentations in Washington ranging from the sale of condominiums in Buenos Aires, Argentina, large properties in Montana, brownstone buildings in New York’s Harlem as well as exploitation rights to mineral bearing property in Texas, among many others. “A home is both the largest financial investment a consumer will make and the largest lifestyle investment they make,” she told the attendees at the Latham Hotel in Washington’s Georgetown. “Let everyone know that your home promoted a Healthy Heart Smart Lifestyle.” The concept has been developed, she added, to include advertising, networking events, promotions, signs, closing gifts and cookbooks. While in Washington, the attendees made preparations to attend the upcoming conference that the real estate federation is holding in May in Athens, Greece. They also visited with the ambassadors of Australia, Colombia and Greece. To reach Ms Sands, call (770) 476-1335 or send an e-mail to dagmar@WorldClassRealEstateBroker.com To learn more about the U.S. chapter of the International Real Estate Federation, go to www.fiabci-usa.com or call (703) 524-4279 or send a fax to (703) 991-6256.