MEXICO IS WATCHING PUERTO PENASCO REAL ESTATE
March report from our AMPI President
In Mexico City I recently had the opportunity to meet with AMPI presidents from around the country. There were approximately 500 representatives in attendance at this convention and swearing in ceremony for association presidents. It was apparent that all of Mexico's real estate professionals are paying attention to Sonora and specifically Puerto Penascos' successes. Each state soon will be working to follow suit with the licensing process Sonora has mandated for all agents. Everyone I listened to commented that the efforts we are pioneering are inspiring officials throughout Mexico, because with licensing, we will be able to enforce accountability. We are gaining huge momentum not only in the respect from Mexico's federal government but throughout the international real estate world because of our commitment to higher standards and accountability. AMPI national is very interested in learning from what we are doing.
We have established a Sonora Committee of AMPI presidents that has begun to research the possibilities of creating a pool of AMPI certified instructors that can help us with continual education in order maintain the highest of standards. We agreed to create a committee within AMPI where agents representing coastal cities, can discuss issues relative to their specific needs, such as Federal Zone issues and Fiedecomisos.
In Hermosillo, AMPI presidents from Sonora recently met and shared some great ideas. We will continue working together because the licensing process affects all of us. We discussed how we can together make it as beneficial as possible. It was agreed upon that the enforcement part of the process needed to be addressed as soon as possible and that AMPI should assist the state with mandates of compliance as well as the obligation only work with those complying with the law. Leaders from Hermosillo, San Carlos, Guaymas, and Puerto Penasco all then met with the Secretary of Economy of Sonora and had an inspiring dialogue. We were invited to share our concerns with Lic. Rodolfo Elias Calles, Sonora's representative in charge of the Real Estate licensing process. I enjoyed this meeting because he listened, he cared and he respects our experience and welcomes our assistance in the betterment of our profession which helps us protect our buyers and sellers. We all left the meeting certain that we were on the right path, and that together we really can make a difference.
Licensing is a giant step towards maintainable ethical standards. The diplomado course is the educational arm of the process. This state sponsored course is intended to provide actual and current technical and administrative skills to participants allowing them to improve their performance in real estate activities. It analyzes the legislation of both the federal and state judicial dispositions regarding Real Estate property, as well as covers issues pertaining to taxation, city development, appraisals, trusts, sales strategies, and ethics in the real estate field. The instructors are all national leaders in their respective professions, and came from all over Mexico. This class has forced 40 agents at a time to sit in a classroom for 109 hours and grow together. It has created such a unity among the agents that a movement started to align two real estate associations in Rocky Point. As of today we have had many meetings with the leaders of both groups. Our efforts have changed from better ways of working together to actually starting the process of becoming one organization. I believe this synergy was advanced by the friendships started within the diplomado classes.
The two real estate associations that exist in Rocky Point are both based on the values of high ethical standards and accountability. However, if two associations have similar agendas yet do not communicate properly, they are not working as effectively as they can. AMPI is Mexico's National Association of Realtors and PPREA (Puerto Peñasco Real Estate Association) is an association of local professionals. We each have our own "Multiple Listing Services", like systems, and we both understand the need for one source of information to better serve our clients. Both have done well in their quests. However, it is understood by all, that the need for one association is best for members and the real estate community as a whole. Together we can make a difference.
It is our position that any person who receives income based on commissions from sales of real property should be held liable for their actions under the law as it is applied to licensing and the standards that we represent. A realtor is one who has been approved by the National Association of Realtors. (Now International Association of Realtors) AMPI members are allowed to call themselves Realtors, which is a protected brand, not thrown around loosely. Our members will only work with other professionals in compliance with the laws of Sonora. The value to a buyer and seller is in the accountability factor.