Anyone interested in buying Mexico real estate will be happy to know that professionalism is making very important progress during 2013; this means new buyers will be able to make the leap and become owners of a property in Mexico with increasing level of confidence.Some of the key players in Mexico real estate’s new international direction – Jeff Hornberger, Linda Neil, Thomas Lloyd (first three from left); John Glaab (far right)
Over the past decade or so, the number of buyers new to real estate in Mexico, and even relatively new to Mexico on the whole, has been increasing drastically. Although up until now, Mexico has had almost no regulations on who can act as a real estate agent, the need for professional brokers who operate on the level of service expected in the U.S. or Canada (or even exceeding it) has been on the rise.
Here at Top Mexico Real Estate, one of our goals has been to offer service of the quality that North Americans need while buying in Mexico, thorough knowledge of the market and the highest degree of professionalism. We are pleased to be a part of Mexico’s ongoing growth in professionalism, both over the past decade and in the exciting year coming up.
The Role of the Real Estate Association
Although the government has been slow to respond with licensing requirements, the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI) has taken a leading role over these years offering courses and certificates, and even collaborating with government agencies to offer a professional university degree in Mexico real estate. Tom, the president of Top Mexico, was the first to receive this degree back in 2010. Top Mexico’s brokers throughout the country are AMPI members and have participated in not only taking courses to increase knowledge, but also offering and even creating courses for AMPI to share their years of dedicated experience with others.
New License Requirements
AMPI has also been at the forefront of pushing for real estate license requirements in various parts of Mexico. Until this year, only one state required real estate brokers to have a license. This year, up to 9 states may be introducing license requirements. Among these is Quintana Roo, the state which includes Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Tulum and Costa Maya; each of these locations is home to a Top Broker. Playa del Carmen’s branch of AMPI, in Tom has been active as a member of the Honor and Justice Committee, has played a key role in promoting government requirements.Linda Neil
One of the ways in which Tom will be most active during 2013 will be with AMPI’s International Committee, along with Linda Neil, a broker with years of experience in the La Paz real estate market, and a key player in promoting professionalism and international connections. This year they will focus on overcoming existing obstacles to establish strong international connections, especially with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the U.S. and the Canadian Real Estate Association.
For real estate buyers, this points to a greater degree of confidence as Mexico’s industry works with international standards of professionalism and service.
It also means it will be easier for buyers to find the leading professionals to represent them when they buy in Mexico, since many of the brokers they know and have worked with in their home country will be able to recommend a broker in Mexico.
We look forward to participating in the exciting new developments in Mexico real estate during 2013 and years to come, leading the way in making it easy for Americans, Canadians and Europeans to buy in Mexico safely!
Bea Lozano holds degrees in business and computing. With years of intense business experience, she uses her skills to coordinate Top Mexico Real Estate’s marketing strategies and web site. To contact Bea, call (512) 879-6546.
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