AMPI and NAR Renew Working Agreement
The Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) have renewed their working relationship and affiliation.
Below are some of the key points outlined in the agreement:
· AMPI will prepare a marketing program and will encourage its members to become members of NAR’s International Section.
· NAR will promote AMPI international memberships to its members, particularly those in the border and tourist areas. Marketing to NAR members will include active and on-going promotions to Certified International Property Specialists, (CIPS) and the International Real Estate Federation(FIABCI)
· AMPI to hold a CIPS Institute in Mexico City in July and NAR/AMPI will work to identify current AMPI-CIPS designees who could monitor the course and become certified as instructors.
· NAR to promote participation in the Tourism Symposium in San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato in late September, 2012 and AMPI trade missions for Texas Realtors®t in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, as well as the Annual AMPI Conference to be held in Guadalajara, November 1-3
· Any AMPI Broker office with 100% membership in the NAR International Section shall have the right to use the NAR logos in its office windows and advertising.
AMPI has 79 Sections spread across the Republic. The National Association of Realtors® is the largest trade organization in the United Sates with more than one million members.
Commenting on the initiative, Jennifer Wiziarde Manger of NAR’s Global Network said, “We are pleased to have Mexico as one of the sixty countries (eighty organizations) connected to NAR. Our members and AMPI members work with professionals across the globe who share a common code of ethics.”
AMPI New Officer Inauguration held in Mexico City, Mexican Housing Industry Predicted to Remain Stable
Ariel Cano Cuevas is the Director General of Vivienda, Mexico’s national housing agency. He delivered the key note speech at the recent Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI) Toma de Protesta (Inauguration) in Mexico City. During the presentation he announced new initiatives for two social housing agencies, INFONAVIT and FOVISSTE. He concluded his remarks by predicting the housing industry in this country will remain strong throughout 2012.
Sharing the Presidium with Ariel were: Adan Laracilla from Pueblo, outgoing President of AMPI, Sergio Gomez Rabago, AMPI’s new President from the State of Mexico, Guillermo Salgado AMPI’s new Vice President from Cuernavaca ,Alfredo Rabell Manaon, Supervisor of Mortgages for INFONAVIT, Javier Gonzalez Rubio, Director General of FONATUR ( the economic arm of Mexico’s tourism industry) and Joao Teadora de Silva. Joao is President of Brazil’s Federal Council of Real Estate Agents.
Several real estate officials from outside Mexico attended the event. These included Joao Teadora da Silva, Katia Cubel, Frederico Mendonca, Jucelia Silva and Marta Mendonca all from Brazil. Among U.S. representatives at the TOMA were, Jennifer Wiziarde, Coordinator for Latin America for the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and Alston Boyd, who came from Austin, Texas. He is the International Chair of the Texas Association of Realtors, and is also NAR’s Presidential Liaison for Central America. Thijs Stoffer, C.E.O. of the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations, came from Switzerland to attend the TOMA.
Ariel Cano Cuevas officiated at the Inauguration ceremony. Those being sworn in were AMPI’s new President, Vice President, and ten new members of AMPI.s National Advisory Board. Linda Neil of AMPI La Paz/Los Cabos was among those taking the oath. She will head up AMPI’s International Commission. As well she has been named NAR’s Presidential Liaison to Mexico. John Glaab of AMPI La Paz has been appointed Sub-Director of AMPI’s Seniors Real Estate Section (SRE) program.
Other events during the week included a breakfast of Past Presidents and a one day leadership class. Attending were members of the Advisory Council, Regional Coordinators and the Presidents of AMPI’s 75 Sections.
AMPI’s forty first Annual Conference will be held in Guadalajara from October 30th to November 3rd. One full day of meetings will be in Tequila, Jalisco.
News From Baja California Sur
Historic Number of Whales Born in B.C.S.: During the past five years more than 3, 553 whales have been born in the lagoons and coastal waters of Baja California Sur. Commenting on this, Marco Antonio Gonzalez Vizcarra, local delegate for the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources had this to say,” The Mexican waters and the ecosystems of the Gulf of California provides a safe and friendly environment for the reproduction of the species [Grey whale].”
Preparations are well under way for the G-20 Economic Summit in Cabo this June. Hilary Clinton and other Chancellors met at a planning meeting in Cabo San Lucas during March. Work on the new Intentional Conference Center, named after Hotel and fishing fleet pioneer Luis Bulnes, is underway 24/7. A