Meet Leonardo Velez AMPI Morelia President in 2013

Leonardo Velez

By Liliana Elena González

@mexatua

I have met Leonardo Vélez Hernández six years ago when I first joined AMPI Morelia. Last year he invited me to be the International Networking Counselor of the Morelia chapter. Leonardo has put a lot of energy and effort as President. Here are some of his insights and ideas.

1. – Leonardo, where did you born and what did you study?

I was born in México, City in June 28, 1960. I have been living in Morelia since 1994 (almost 20 years). I have studied the Municipal Engineering Career in Mexico City and the Diplomado de Formación Integral del Profesional Inmobiliario in Morelia.

2. – Why did you decide to be a Real Estate Professional?

I enjoyed very much helping in the mortgage department, when I was working in a Bank. Then I had the opportunity to work as a Real Estate Advisor and partner with a friend who was starting her Real Estate company.

3. – You hold the TSUCI Técnico Superior Universitario en Comercialización Inmobiliaria degree, it is hard to get?

To acquire the Técnico Superior Universitario en Comercialización Inmobiliaria (TSUCI) degree, it is necessary to have real estate experience. Then complete the Diplomado de Formación Integral del Profesional Inmobiliario certification course. Pass an exam and submit a “portafolio de evidencias” with documents and proofs of your work as a real estate professional.

4. – When did you join AMPI Morelia?

I have started as a real estate professional in 2003. I have joined AMPI Morelia as an affiliate in 2008 and became an associate in 2009.

5. – When did you start your job as AMPI Morelia President?

In September 18, 2012 as a substitute President. Then we had elections in December and I was elected to be President in 2013.

6. – What has been your biggest challenge as president?

I thought my biggest challenge was to restore the associates ‘trust back and to make order in the administration. However, I soon realized there were more challenges. I learned to go step by step and every step opened new horizons, opportunities and new challenges.

7. – What good and bad experiences did you have as President?

There were a lot of good things: I had a great team, responsibly people and proud to be members of AMPI. I learned there are valuable members in our association who are anxious to share their experiences and create a friendly environment among us. We also had the opportunity to create great relationships with National AMPI and almost all other AMPI chapters leaving new friends all the over the places. We attended a lot of events. We have got our new regulations approved on October 9, 2012. We are working in the Michoacan Real Estate Law. We have signed two Cross Borders Business-Building Partnership – Agreement of Intent with the Houston Association of Realtors and the Chicago Mainstreet Association of Realtors. We did get sponsorships for three events at Altozano, Tres Marias and INFONAVIT. We have increased the membership in our chapter.

Regarding the bad things: lack of support from some members in our chapter, don´t get our Michoacan Real Estate Law approved, don´t get the INFONAVIT, CANADEVI and CMIC agreements signed. However, at the end, I think these are advancing work to have all these projects done fast in 2014.

8. – After you finish your job as President, Would you continue helping AMPI Morelia?

I am extremely satisfied with the job done while I was President and I know there is still a lot of work to do. Our new regulations have a Vice President elected every year in order to prepare that person to be President in the following year, so there is continuity in the projects and plans. As former President, I will be very interested to have all my projects done in 2014.

9. – What are your plans for the Real Estate Industry in 2014?

I have been appointed as Michoacan Regional Coordinator in 2014. I have to reinforce the Morelia and Zamora chapters and re-activate the Uruapan & Lazaro Cardenas chapters. Not an easy job, so I will be very busy. Also, I have been invited to be the Education Counselor in AMPI Morelia (I am still evaluating this challenge and I will decide on it starting the year 2014.

10. – Do you have a recommendation or advice for the Michoacan realtors?

There are a lot of real estate agents or professionals who don´t belong to our association. We need to create awareness so our professional team will grow. Among others, some of the advantages are:
a). – Education
b). – Give security and trust to our customers and clients.
c). – Professional level of service.
d). – To give a better service to local, national and international investors.
e). – To give a better service to our members.
f). – To create and manage a friendly, easy to use MLS service local, regional and national. That way, any member of our association could handle and attend all his/her client´s need at any level.

REALTOR® Conference A Great Success

SFO Mexico Panel

By John K. Glaab, CIPS

The National Association of Realtors® Conference and Expo was held in San Francisco this year.

Following is a quote from a Staff member at NAR,”  Having attended this event four times already, it’s far from my rookie year, yet I find myself  completely blown away at how our attendees continue to outdo themselves,  each year. We had nearly 22,000 attendees overall, about 1,900 international attendees and delegations from four countries (Iceland, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Ghana) made the trip to the U.S. for the first time”. EDITOR’S NOTE: Mexico had 40 in attendance, a record number for that country.

The Conference and Expo offered a wide range of educational sessions and several notable networking and social events. These included; Residential   Economic Issues & Trends Forum, presented by NAR’s Chief Economist, Dr. Lawrence Yun and a panel, Power Networking, What Drives the Foreign Buyer and Seller and for those interested in Mexico a panel, “Making Money with Mexico”. It was moderated by Linda Neil of the Settlement Company Presidential Liaison from NAR to Mexico.

Social events included the International Realtors Welcome Reception, Inaugural Gala for the Installation of new President Steve Brown who made an inspiring acceptance speech, International Night Out and Awards Ceremony, the Celebrity Concert featuring the well known group Foreigner.

A favorite event for me is the CIPS breakfast. It is a chance to renew acquaintances with CIPS designees from around the world and meet new Designees. In 2014 a record breaking 500 REALTORS® received their certificates and pins. I am proud to say that 29 are from Mexico.

This year, the General Assembly was addressed by Hilary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State and former. U.S. Senator from New York. Her address was interrupted numerous times. Following her speech, she sat down with President Gary Thomas for a frank and open, Q&A. period. Gary’s first question produced laughter from the large crowd. It was. “.As my first question I am going to ask you tell us something everyone is waiting to hear.  (A pause and then) …”When are you going to become a grandmother?”

Hilary’s appearance was preceded by the “Parade of Flags.”  REALTORS  from  61 NAR affiliated, countries came on stage waving their country’s flag. This was the second year for the event and it generated great excitement in the hall..

Next year’s National Association of Realtors® Conference and Expo will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana.

About the author:

John Glaab is Vice President International Marketing at Mexico’s The Settlement Company® John is a Certified International Specialist and in 2013 was named International Member of the Year by NAR.

John.glaab@settlement-co.com

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Residence for Sale in Downtown Patzcuaro

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Code: CV16

Beautiful property located in the heart of Patzcuaro. Tastefully built in the typical style of the region.
Price: $ 9,000,000.00 pesos.

This one of a kind home with great charm, comfort and tranquility features:

* 5 Bedrooms
* 4 1/2 bathrooms, one with large tub.
* Integrated Kitchen
* Dining room
* Living room
* Studio
* Chapel
* Gym
* Laundry room
* Central courtyard
* Garden with kiosk and cellar for tools and firewood
* Terrace
* All utilities
* Near schools, main squares, market, restaurants, hotels, etc..
* Parking for one car

If you agree with the asked price, most of the furniture inside the house will be included.
Price $ 9,000,000.00 pesos

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Luxury Private Residence in Patzcuaro

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Code: CV11

Built on two levels in Pátzcuaro-style, located in residential subdivision within a secure gated community and 24 hours surveillance.
Price: $ 5’500, 000.00 pesos.

Beautifully and tastefully finished residence with excellent details in vintage design, such as quarry stone frames, pillars and arches, fine wooden doors and windows, iron gates, oak wood flooring and antique furniture and bookshelves. The house features:

* 3 Bedrooms
* 2 1/2 bathrooms, one with bathtub
* Dresser
* T. V. room
* Integrated Kitchen
* Living room with fireplace
* Dining room
* Working central heating
* Large covered terrace with bathroom and integrated furniture of antique store type. Integrated BBQ place.
* Wide garden with trees and ornamental plants.
* Garage for two cars.
For demanding clients!
Lot: 1,560 m2, Construction: 400 m2

Price $ 5’500, 000.00 pesos.

 

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Forty Second Annual AMPI Conference and General Assembly Mazatlan 2013

Congreso AMPI 2013 in Mazatlan

By John K. Glaab, CIPS

The forty second Annual Conference and General Assembly of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professional (AMPI) was held last week in Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Among those attending were members of the Texas Association of Realtors and the World President of   The International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) Flavio Gonzaga Nunes. He came from Brazil and while at the Congreso,   attended a meeting of FIABCI Mexico. After his trip to Mazatlan he left for Peking. Flavio will arrive in San Francisco for the Conference and Expo of the National Association of Realtors®

More than 400 members of AMPI came from all parts of Mexico. Among the array of interesting speakers was Chris Gardner. He is the author of the book In Pursuit of Happiness which became a popular movie.

At the Annual General Assembly, six members were elected to the National Advisory Board. Tony Hanna from Veracruz was elected Vice President, The Assembly voted to have Tijuana for 2014.

During the week, the Mexico Section of FIABCI met. Jorge Paredes of Monterrey, N.L. was elected President for 2014.

About the Author: John Glaab is a Certified International Property Specialist. He is Vice President International Marketing of Mexico’s The Settlement Company® John was named  International Member of the Year, 2013 by the National Association of Realtors®.

John.glaab@settlement-co.com

2013 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco California

Realtors Conference & Expo 2013

The REALTORS® Conference & Expo will take place November 8-11 in San Francisco, California. This year’s theme is Rise to New Heights.

Check out this video about International atendants in 2012.

Fall in Love with Michoacan

Fishermen at Lake Patzcuaro

This is a video presented by the Mexican Secretariat of Tourism. It shows the architectural beauties and traditions of Patzcuaro, Morelia, Uruapan, Patzcuaro Lake, Day of the dead, Zamora and Zitácuaro.

CIPS Institute in Guadalajara Jalisco September 2013

CIPS September 2013

The second CIPS Institute in English this year will be held in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico from September 23 through the 27, 2013. CIPS Institute Designated Instructor will be Linda Jones Neil.

International real estate opportunities are everywhere. New people move to Mexico from other countries every day and Mexicans in your current market invest in property abroad. The Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation will provide you with the knowledge, research, network and tools to globalize your business.

CIPS in Guadalajara September 2013

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The CIPS® designation prepares REALTORS® to service the growing international market in their local community by focusing on culture, exchange rates, investment trends, and legal issues.

The Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) is a prestigious designation created by (NAR) to help Realtors® prepare to do business in a global marketplace.

The CIPS Network comprises 2,000 real estate professionals from 50 countries. When you become a CIPS designee, you gain immediate access to business-enhancing products and services that are offered exclusively to CIPS designees.

CIPS Institute will take place at Av. México No 3370 Loc. V- 1 Subancla Planta Alta Plaza Bonita Fracc. Vallarta San Jorge C. P. 45120, Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Investment is 8,700 MXN (695.00 USD) for the entire institute or 1,740.00 MXN (140.00 USD) for each course.

More info and registration contact Miguel Godinez at 3343 3500 or 3343 3700 or email miguelampi@gmail.com.

Courtyard & Garden Home in Downtown Patzcuaro

P63 Courtyard & Fountain

Code: P63
Size: 333 m2 (3,583 sq ft)
Lot: 3229 sq ft
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Location: downtown
Address: Privada Lázaro Cárdenas 5
City: Patzcuaro
Price: $2,955,000.00 pesos

Features: central patio with fountain, back & front garden, jacuzzi tub, fireplace, US-style electrical work and plumbing, talavera tiles in bathrooms & kitchen, Michoacan style architectural design. This house is located half block from main avenue Lázaro Cardenas with lots of public transportation. Only 3 blocks far from Bodega Aurrera supermarket, Best Western Hotel: Posada Don Vasco and Tanganxoan Circle.

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CIPS Institute in Guadalajara Jalisco August 2013

CIPS Institute

The second CIPS Institute in English this year will be held in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico from August 5 through the 9th, 2013. CIPS Institute Designated Instructor will be Linda Jones Neil.

International real estate opportunities are everywhere. New people move to Mexico from other countries every day and Mexicans in your current market invest in property abroad. The Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation will provide you with the knowledge, research, network and tools to globalize your business.

The CIPS® designation prepares REALTORS® to service the growing international market in their local community by focusing on culture, exchange rates, investment trends, and legal issues.

The Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) is a prestigious designation created by (NAR) to help Realtors® prepare to do business in a global marketplace.

The CIPS Network comprises 2,000 real estate professionals from 50 countries. When you become a CIPS designee, you gain immediate access to business-enhancing products and services that are offered exclusively to CIPS designees.

CIPS Institute will take place at Av. México No 3370 Loc. V- 1 Subancla Planta Alta Plaza Bonita Fracc. Vallarta San Jorge C. P. 45120, Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Investment is 8,700 MXN (695.00 USD) for the entire institute and 1,740.00 MXN (140.00 USD) for each course.

More info and registration contact Miguel Godinez at 3343 3500 or 3343 3700 or email miguelampi@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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