Trueja discusses the attractiveness of a Mexico Retirement for Americans and Canadians. He points out that many retirees from north of the border enjoy Mexico's warm climate, warm culture and friendly people. Prices are also very accessible, both in real estate and day to day life. With 80,000 American baby boomers about to retire, Mexico offers an excellent option, since it is also the closest country to the U.S.
Many locations in Mexico also include a full set of services for retirement, with many indications that there will be more in the near future, including health services and infrastructure making investment in business convenient. The calm, quiet life for which Mexico is known, the large variety of climates and landscapes, including mountains, beaches and deserts, and different community styles, including beachfront and colonial all point to excellent reasons to retire in Mexico.
Gutierrez speaks next, discussing the particular attractions of the Riviera Maya, the area which includes Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. He mentions the wide, white beaches with turquoise blue water, which have made the area famous, and the beautiful jungle surroundings with its cenotes (cool, refreshing pools at the entrances to the the area's very extensive underground and cave network.)
The area's economic strength also provides solid investment opportunity. Playa del Carmen has shown especially good results in recovery from the recession, providing a guarantee of protection for investment and promise for excellent asset appreciation.
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Trueba and Gutierrez discuss that because of the lack of licensing in Mexico – only the two states of Sonora and Cuahuila have regulations concerning licenses and an agent's obligation to prove their knowledge to buyers – AMPI has been promoting and building professionalism in the industry.
All member agents of AMPI are also REALTORS, through a connection between AMPI and NAR, its U.S. counterpart. AMPI also offers courses and educational programs for ongoing professionalization of its members.
In 2009, a special landmark was reached with the creation of the first formal university degree in Mexico real estate. Mexico Agents, or aspiring agents, can work to obtain this new degree, which will serve as a guarantee that of their knowledge and professionalism. With this degree comes a "cedula profesional," a professional identification number and certificate given only to highly trained professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, holding a university degree.
Through its efforts in courses and in this degree, AMPI is moving the real estate industry in Mexico towards a a level of professionalism which gives buyers security in transactions, Mexicans and foreigners alike.
AMPI's logo serves as a source of confidence for clients that the agent with whom they are dealing will carry out the transaction in a professional and responsible manner.
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