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.