La Paz, BCS, Mexico - The Baja California Sur Real Estate Association (ASPI) recently staged its third annual conference in La Paz. The theme, "Invest in Paradise," attracted over 300 attendees including a dozen or so from Los Cabos. The Congreso covered two days starting with Friday's "Ice Breaker" reception under the stars at the Costa Baja Resort and Spa beside the Bay of La Paz.
In addition to Secretary of Economic Development for B.C.S. and the heads of several municipal departments such as the Public Registry of Property and the Property Tax office in La Paz, five members of the Executive Council of the Mexican Real Estate Professional Association traveled from various cities.
Carlos Bucheli Derat was recognized as an industry pioneer. He was one of the first real estate Brokers in the state and the Founder of AMPI La Paz.
Rodrigo de Rios de Luna, Secretary of Economy, Environment and Human Resources for B.C.S. congratulated the real estate industry for its role in promoting the state. He said, "Our state was the leader of Mexican economic growth for the third Quarter of 2017. The growth rate of 14.6% out paced all other states. Much of this resulted from growth in tourism and real estate development."
One of the more popular sessions during the day was a panel on real estate law in Mexico. The panel member from Sonora reported the Economic Development website lists not only those in the industry who are licensed, but a list of authorized instructors. The representative from Guadalajara reported that there are many ladrones (crooks) selling real estate and the law helps detect them.
Karen de Anda, ABR Past President of ASPI La Paz, moderated the panel. She stressed the need to have an education requirement in the law and the need for brokers and agents in the tourism zones of Mexico to have access to international education as an aid for dealing with foreigners. She said, "Linda Neil of The Settlement CompanyŽ is able to teach course presented by the National Association of Realtors."
One panel member advised against having the government control real estate education. "We have an education council," he said.
Salvador Sacal, Vice President of the International Real Estate Federation (FISBCI) for the Americas made a presentation, "Selling Yourself." Before commencing his speech, he commented on the law in his place of work, (Mexico City) and the possible pitfalls that need to be considered.
Victor Granados, President of AMPI La Paz officiated at the Closing Ceremony.
John Glaab is Director, International Marketing at The Settlement Company, Mexico's oldest title and escrow company. A Certified International Property Specialist, he is a founding member of AMPI Los Cabos and the new Global Mexico Real Estate Institute. In 2012, John was named the International Real Estate Member of the Year by NAR. He is a member of Associated Realty of the Americas. For further information, contact John at John.Glaab(at)settlement-co.com.