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Vallarta Real Estate: Home Staging Dos and Don’ts

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Deciding to put your home on the market is a tough choice – it’s become yours throughout the years, and it’s hard to let that go. A crucial part of home staging is removing personal items and memorabilia from your home, so potential homebuyers can truly envision themselves in the space. The less things there are to distract potential buyers, the more likely they are to focus on what the home has to offer.

Before putting your home on the market and inviting buyers into your space, it’s essential that you remove personal collections, sports memorabilia, family photos, and other personal knick-knacks. It may be hard, but many home staging professionals recommend putting these items directly into storage – that way you don’t have to hide boxes of items throughout your home and, once your home sells, you’ll already have the first stage of packing completed.

Neutralize 

By removing personal items such as photos and academic degrees, it’s easier for homebuyers to evaluate how their own furniture and personal style will mesh with the home. Ensure all trashcans are empty and the toilet lids are down. Remove all clutter from countertops and consider using mild air fresheners throughout your home, especially near pet areas and bathrooms. By depersonalizing your home and appealing to a wide range of prospective buyers, you can increase your likelihood of receiving an offer and help decrease the amount of time your home is on the market.

Clean 

Bathrooms and kitchens influence potential buyers the most, so ensuring these spaces are clean is crucial. Use paper plates, cups and utensils to cut back on dirty dishes the day of an open house, and remove half the clothes from the closets in case potential buyers take a peek inside. If you have time to prepare for an open house, consider having your carpets professionally cleaned, replace burnt out light bulbs, lubricate squeaky doors, and trim outside bushes to enhance curb appeal.

Highlight Your Home’s Features 

An important part of selling a home is displaying what sets your home apart from the rest. If your home has a fireplace, arrange the furniture to make it a focal point. In small spaces, use a mirror to reflect light and make the space appear larger. If your home has a pool or spa, be sure the realtor shows these assets off to potential buyers.

Though depersonalizing may seem like a lot to take on, it doesn’t have to be if it’s done correctly. If you’re considering putting your home on the market, there’s no time like the present to begin your home staging adventure. Visit our Pinterest board for visual examples of home staging done well. Happy home staging!


 


Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Vallarta Real Estate: Voladores

Dance of the Flyers

We can’t recall just when we first spotted the Voladores on the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta but it was at least fifteen years in the past, if not more. We caught them about halfway through their performance and we stood stock still, leaning back with stretched neck, and stared at the sky as they spun around a huge pole in their colorful costumes. We had no idea what we were witnessing.

Everyone in Puerto Vallarta loves rain. When the heat cranks up and the humidity builds to a point the cicadas are screaming, we pray for rain. However the Voladores de Papantla pray for us, when we are too busy trying to keep cool! (It doesn’t hurt to do our own, if we are so inclined. When it’s time for rain in Puerto Vallarta, we need all the help we can get.)

The Voladores de Papantla perform in Puerto Vallarta, while many voladores groups entertain throughout the country. Papantla is the town in Veracruz where dancing flyers hail from; a World Heritage Site of the Totonacs who still maintain their own language and culture. As legend has it, there was a terrible drought and the people were dying of starvation. It was concluded that the gods were withholding rain because they had been neglected by the human population. This resulted in five old men of the village choosing five chaste young men and creating a ceremony to placate the gods. A very tall tree, the tallest that could be found was cut and stripped cleaned. With gratefulness to the mountain gods, this tree was erected in the center of Papantla. There are many versions of this story, of course common with myths, but this is a compilation of a wonderful fable. One dancer balances on the top of a very high pole, singing and playing a flute, which imitates happy birds. Four others, attached to the top with secure cables jump and spin, which is a thrill to witness. They circle the pole thirteen times in accordance to the years of the Aztec calendar, totaling 52 rounds. The flyers, before they jump, stand in the four directions of the planet and their spinning is to symbolize the creation of the earth and regeneration of life. Apparently the gods were so pleased by this ritual, they granted the village rain, which saved the land and the people.

The tradition continues in many locations in Mexico and we are very fortunate that Puerto Vallarta has been blesses with these remarkable “birdmen”.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Turn a Scarcity Mindset into A Prosperity Mindset

What do you do when you notice a gap between where you are and where you want to be?

If you’re like most people, you probably dwell on what isn’t happening. You might start saying things to yourself, like: “My bank account is so low, I’ll never be able to save for retirement”, “People just don’t want to do real estate right now, there just aren’t enough clients”, “I’m just not good enough to make it in today’s market.”

Have you ever had those thoughts?

If so you are making the mistake of Negative Intentions. In other words, our thoughts create our reality, so if you tell yourself it’s not possible, then it’s not possible.

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Or as Henry Ford once said, “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, either way you’re right.”

Dwelling on what you don’t have sends negative scarcity energy out to the universe. Since we get what we focus on, you get to have more scarcity.

For example, studies have shown that the energy of worry and anxiety are lower vibrations and therefore less attractive to what you desire; your Ideal Clients.

An easy way to turn your Scarcity Mindset into a Prosperity mindset is to stop beating up on yourself and start to notice that we live in an abundant universe. Where there could have been a few stars, there are billions, where there could have been one tree; there are also billions, etc.

In other words, start to notice what is, rather than what is not, and send out feelings that attract, such as love, joy and appreciation.

For example, when it comes to prospecting, instead of beating yourself up and telling yourself that you’ll never learn to prospect; try these thoughts instead:

  • Prospecting is nothing more than a set of skills
  • I can easily attract to me the teachers, mentors, coaches and books I need to learn these skills
  • Start to visualize yourself successfully prospecting and attracting your Ideal Clients

The one caveat I would like to offer is that if you are carrying hidden beliefs about yourself or about prospecting, you may need some mindset coaching to help you clear these beliefs and install Empowered Beliefs.

For example, a good teacher, mentor or mindset coach can easily help you transform beliefs, such as:

  1. A belief like ” I’m not smart enough” becomes, “I am more than smart enough”
  2. A belief like “I don’t deserve to have it all” becomes, “I more than deserve to have it all”
  3. A belief like, “If I call people I am bothering them” becomes, “I have a valuable service to offer and people are happy to hear from me.”

As you start to fill your conscious and subconscious with Empowered beliefs, you manifest the results you desire, and then some. Remember “Your thoughts create your reality, so make them positive.”

Author: Maya Bailey, Ph.D. – RealtyTimes.com

Why Use AMPI?

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

Step One to Recruiting The Agents You Want

Find Your Value Proposition

The second half of the year is dead ahead — what are YOU doing to recruit the team members you want? This week I sat down with long time friend and extraordinary recruiting expert Judy LaDeur. She’s been helping brokers grow their businesses, power up their production and recruit new team members since before I met her 25+ years ago!

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Here’s what she had to say:

Julie: Hey Judy! It’s been a while, but it’s always great talking to you! You’ve been busy these days (as always) helping real estate brokers build better, stronger, more productive teams. As we dive into the last half of the year — what are some of the most important things brokers should be doing to ensure a great end of the year and set themselves (and their companies) up for success?

Judy: Hey Julie — For most brokers, instead of jumping in and making calls, they should spend time getting themselves positioned to recruit the best agents, which is more than just making calls and booking interviews. We have spent most of this past year helping brokers understand what a “value proposition” is and what it is not! We have determined that 90% of brokers have no idea what their value proposition is — even though it is the most important element in their recruitment arsenal. The value proposition is NOT their tools. However their tools determine the value of their value proposition.

What we are teaching brokers to do is to identify their 12-20 most powerful tools and the results that each tool produces. You would be amazed how many brokers do not have a handle on this information. Knowing the results of the tools you have allows you to share them in a way that educates the agents in your market about the opportunities that you can provide to them as a member of your team. If you’re not sure where to start, poll your agents. Ask them the value of the tools that you provide as an organization.

When the agents tell you what your systems mean to their real estate career–THAT is your value proposition to that agent. It is different for each agent, but these insights can give brokers what they need to figure out a minimum of 12 powerful tools with results that are unique in their market or things that they are doing that others are not doing. It can be a little tedious and it takes a while to complete but it’s well worth it. Next, they need to create visuals for each one as well with the results on them.

For any broker out there who wants a strong finish to this year and jumpstart on next, this is a task that they should completed with a lot of thought. Then sharpen your phone and interview skills so you can hit the ground running.

Julie: Wow, Judy — that sounds comprehensive. When you say “tools”- can you give me an example?

Judy: Sure, when we bring brokers together for our retreats we ask them, “what are the 12 — 20 things you are doing–or doing better than you competition?” Surprisingly, many can’t answer that. Some will say “location,” or “a great broker like me!” That’s great — but really is not going to cut it in today’s world. Specifically, what is different about you? Think about it — if your answer is, “Great team” — what do you think your competition is saying? Theirs is a lousy team? You have to find the DIFFERENTIATORS. If you can’t quantify those things in terms of time, money, energy saved, production, etc.–then it goes off list.

Here’s one, “We give agents leads.” Next we’ll say, “Ok — how many leads year to date have you given out per agent? What is the conversion rate? You have to have the ability to bring it down to the numbers. How about “Training program.” Ok — what kind of results did the agents get? Many simply say, “I don’t know.” And that’s fine — it gives them a starting point. Sometimes they have to go back and track results after the next training, talk to agents who’ve been through it and ask for their results so they can get those numbers. Sometimes a broker will tell us, “We have the best agents.” Then we’ll come back to them and ask them to quantify. For example, according to the MLS, our agents are doing an average of seven transactions more than our nearest competitor.

For a lot of brokers this exercise is a big eye opener. First it helps them identify more clearly where they are NOW. And secondly — it forces them to put themselves in the agents’ shoes — sometimes for the first time in years.

Julie: What’s new in terms of recruiting now that is significantly different than say, how brokers recruited even five years ago?

Judy: Social media is definitely the biggest change and is bringing great results and a whole new perspective to recruiting. It’s easier now than ever to build relationships and comfortably stay in touch with prospects as well as your own agents. It’s also much easier to ask for referrals by using social media. Tools like Facebook and LinkedIn are really helping to break down barriers.

Of course in terms of the things brokers want to hear — value proposition may be number one — but social media is a close second! So many of them are still looking at social media as just a place to post when you’re having a coffee at Starbucks. For those brokers — it’s time to get on board. Social media is not going away — and for those that embrace it — it’s a terrific addition to their marketing. In fact — if you look at agents who are really using it — they are staying in touch with their clients and sphere far more effectively today than they ever have. Brokers can do the same via a company fan page and their personal page.

Julie: Oh I can hear the groaning now — can’t you? Let people into their PERSONAL lives? I’m sure you’ve got some push back on that one-right?

Judy: Oh yeah! While I know it’s outside the comfort zone for a lot of brokers — truthfully, agents want to get to know you — the real you — before they are willing to consider your company as a place to hang their hat. In fact, Let’s face it — 70% of potential hires are emotional — that means they’ve got to like you! For the brokers that say “I don’t want to!” We say, “If you want to hire 40-80 agents next year — you’re going to have to step out of your comfort zone!” Let people in. Share a little about who you are — not just what you offer as a company. On your fan page you can share success stories about what your agents are accomplishing — spotlight their successes. You can talk about what’s happening in your market area.

On your page — share a great picture of a grandchild, post a little inspirational quote, share a great new restaurant you tried. These forms of media allow you to reach people you never would have before — to break down barriers and ultimately recruit agents you never would have been able to hire in the past. What’s funny — is that once we teach brokers to embrace social media — it becomes their FAVORITE thing to do! Why? Because it means they don’t have to make the phone calls. We laugh, because we know they’re not going to make those calls anyway! They SHOULD be on phone daily — but many just don’t create that good habit. Listen, recruiting is a relationship business — so reaching out in EVERY way you can regularly is the way to build that relationship — and ultimately — build your business.

Julie: Great stuff Judy! What tools — both online or offline would you recommend that brokers put in their recruiting plan?

Judy: I would say a broker needs to add a Facebook Fan page for their company, lead generation tools, online marketing support and coaching. Most brokers today want to stick with technology — namely: email. But our ratios haven’t changed — we STILL say that only 25% of your recruiting marketing efforts should be email or online. It’s just too easy to get blocked or not read. Plus — many times the real nudge that helps bring a recruit in the door is when the spouse or significant other sees the recruiting materials coming in the mail! I know many brokers who will say it’s too expensive — but we fire back with one recruit will pay for a year of marketing. It’s time to look at the budgets and make some adjustments.

It’s also important to know what agents are looking for. A NAR survey four years ago said that agents didn’t care about leads — they were too busy. Now that’s the number one thing with affordable marketing tools coming in second.

I say just start somewhere. Send postcards. Send the top 10-25 recruits “lump mail” — something like a magnifying glass with a note that reads “time to take a closer look at what we have to offer.”

Julie: Best success stories of recent months that can inspire brokers to break out of old habits and grow their organizations?

Judy: Well I’ve got to say there are two things that are getting great results right now:

  1. Contacting smaller independent brokers in your market and offering them a chance to roll their company into your company and go back to working as an agent.
  2. Contacting agents who left you when times were good and tell them that you miss them and would love to talk to them again about rejoining your firm.

I mentioned before about knowing your results. I am coaching a broker whose market position increased this past year through recruiting experienced agents was greater than the entire production of any team in his marketplace for the entire year. When he discovered that, he was amazed. Arming himself with that knowledge has allowed him to hire many of the top producers in his market and he is acquiring another brokerage firm in the neighboring city.

Sharing results like that is a great way to get the attention of brokers and agents and get them on the phone which leads to an interview and potential hire. Another broker that I am coaching discovered that her agents had a $33 million dollar increase in their sales volume. By sharing this with other agents in the market, she has piqued the curiosity of area agents eager to know what she is doing to help her agents sell more real estate. Her office is now full and she is moving to a larger location to continue hiring the best agents she possibly can!

Julie: Thanks! Any last tips?

Judy: Recruiting needs to stay consistent all year long. The brokers who set apart a percentage of their day, every day, for recruiting activities are going to see the best long-term results. If you cannot or do not want to make recruiting part of your daily routine, then hire a full time recruiter to keep the message of what you bring to the table out there to the best agents in the market.

Also, just as professional athletes have training camps every year to get in shape for the new season, brokers should attend a training camp each year as well to keep their skills sharp. We have a great training camp to train and sharpen the skills of brokers and recruiters, but they can also attend their company conventions, network with other great recruiters or do anything on a regular basis to stay sharp in the game of recruiting. They tell their agents to go to training each year but many times forget to do it themselves!

Remember this — in any given marketplace there will be companies expanding and moving forward — and others that are other throwing in the towel. You just have to decide what side of that fence you want to be on!

Julie: Thanks so much Judy — as always a wealth of information! Terrific Stuff! To learn more about what you can and should be doing in today’s competitive recruiting market — bookmark our blog at http://theprofitablerecruiter.com/blog/. We’re delivering real tools, strategies and solutions to brokers each and every month!

Thanks again and happy recruiting!

Author: Julie Escobar

Why Use AMPI?

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

 

What Realtors Need to know About Promoting Themselves

Plan Ahead. It pays to know who your target audience is, and how to reach out to these people. Picking a niche to focus on from the get-go helps you avoid taking on too much and spreading yourself too thin among clients. Try seeking out a certain neighborhood, or focus on a certain type of property, like apartments. Planning ahead also allows you to network and get the most information that you can before things get busy. The sooner you plan, the more prepared and successful you will be.realtors promoting themselves

Become the Expert. You can’t become a well-known real estate expert unless you really ARE one. Pick something you know really well and run with it. Learn everything you can and actually become the expert at what you do. Whether it’s staging or finding the perfect neighborhood, concentrate on what you know best and keep learning everything you can.

Networking. This means getting out of your comfort zone and approaching people you may not have talked to before. This doesn’t just mean social media networking either, this means have conversations with people, which are much more meaningful. It’s all about whom you know, and whom those people know. You may actually be surprised at how far it will take you.

Your Website. You want a website that represents who you are and what you do in the simplest way. Nobody wants to read through paragraphs of information and promises that you are the best at what you do. Anyone can say that. Use your website to show that you ARE the best, and use short, catchy phrases that will stick with potential clients rather than lengthy pages of content.

Get Blogging. Content marketing is useful because it connects you with your target audience. Writing blogs about certain topics in real estate will help establish you as a real estate expert. Of course, you’ll want to form the content around who your target audience is so that you reach the right people. For example, if you’re focus is on luxury real estate, you want to create blogs about luxury living and high priced homes or lavish design ideas.

Get Some Help. Hiring a PR team to promote you as a real estate professional will not only take a load off of your to do list, but will also result in more effective promotion. With a team to take care of all of your needs, from social media to media opportunities, you will have more time to focus on being the best real estate agent you can be. Rather than splitting your time between promoting yourself and selling homes, you can focus on your current clients and let your PR team do the rest!

 

Author: Expose Yourself Public Relations

Why Use AMPI?

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

Tips for Selling Your Home during the Holidays

If you celebrate any of the winter holidays, then you probably don’t feel like this is the ideal time of year to be selling your house. But actually, the charm of the holidays – and the type of buyers who are out searching for a new home during this time of year – can make the holidays an auspicious time to sell your home. Here are a few ways to maximize your sale potential at this busy time of year:

Selling Your Home during the Holidays

Understand Your Advantage. Buyers who take the time to book home showings during the holidays are usually pretty motivated. Perhaps they need to find a home fast and are willing to pay top dollar, pay for closing costs, or waive contingencies. And since the holidays aren’t everyone’s first pick for when to list their homes, there will be less inventory on the market – giving you a competitive advantage.

Pour on the Charm. Admittedly, the holidays are a festive and beautiful time of year. Holidays fragrances like cinnamon and evergreen, pumpkin and cookies baking can make any house feel like a home. Yes, the days are darker, but nighttime showings can reveal how cozy your home is. Add plenty of warm lighting to illuminate see all of your home’s features and consider scented candles to maximize the homey feel of the season.

Deck the Halls … Tastefully. Not everyone celebrates the same holidays, but most people appreciate a tasteful display even if they don’t share in the celebration. Any exterior lights should be tasteful rather than gaudy – that quintessential New England look of a light in each window is very inviting. Inside, don’t go overboard with seasonal displays; rather, think muted. Seasonal flowers are always lovely when trying to sell a home, and holiday flowers are no different. If you aren’t comfortable with your ability to decorate so that your home will show well, consider hiring a professional decorator or simply enlist a friend whose understated taste you admire in order to help you create a pleasing look that recalls home and family.

Clean Things Up. Due to the elements, the holidays can be a particularly messy time of year. Boots trudge in, tracking ice, mud, and sand across your clean floors. Layers of winter clothing need to find a convenient home. Make things easy on yourself by designating a rug or boot rack where you and your family can leave your outdoor gear. When you know a showing is on the horizon, stow it in a closet. Your floors will remain cleaner and you’ll save yourself some fuss.

Take Time Off. If you are hosting a holiday gathering or celebrating in your home, consider giving yourself a break for a day or two to let your hair down and live in your space. Enlist family members in helping clean up once the festivities have finished. Some days are easy to take off – there aren’t too many prospective buyers hitting the streets on December 25th or January 1st.

Successfully showing your home during the holidays is all about organization and attitude. Plan your home sale right into your holiday schedule. Your home will look lovely, and without a lot of market competition, your biggest gift might just be that successful sale!

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Why Use AMPI?

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates.

Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the

input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices.

AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980.

AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

Call me maybe? Choosing a Realtor is like Dating.. 10 things to know!

Dating. The emotions run the gamete from fun to nerve racking. And it all starts with, “Here’s my number.” So what does dating have to do with real estate? Well, when it comes to choosing a Realtor and having a good relationship, the two are very similar.  So I’m going to give you 10 quick tips on ‘dating a realtor’.

Choosing a Realtor is like Dating

1.) Call me baby! When you meet someonegive them good contact information. We don’t want to call the bad date number you give out to the weirdoes. And double check what you’ve given us. We like the best number to reach you, the time to call you (we don’t want to interrupt you), and the email you check often.

2.) Be honest. We are not looking for Mr. or Mrs. Perfect Buyer. We know times are tough and you can’t afford the two hundred thousand dollar house on the 30 thousand dollar salary. We, also, know credit report scores are down. So don’t tell us you are awesome and ready to go, if you can’t afford it . We totally understand and are happy to show you houses in your price range!

3.) Check me out, hot stuff! Do your research. Ok, I know you Google the date you just had to make sure they are not wanted for crimes, so you should do the same with your realtor. Check out your realtor, do they have recommendations, a website, a good company name? Ask others if they know anyone, it’s a great place to start.

4.) Be ready for our date! You do your primping to get ready for a date, so we ask the same. No, you don’t need to get your nails done, but you do need to know how you are going to pay for your future home. Get yourself pre approved. Most sellers won’t consider an offer in this economy without a lender letter. More than likely your realtor can help you find one if you don’t have a bank already. (Psst, some lenders are better than others with credit issues, so check out a couple.)
And if you are paying cash, we need proof of funds, i.e., a letter from the bank, account statement etc.

5) .We’re not all easy! Showing homes isn’t jump in the car and go. To do our job well we have to call realtors, who call sellers, get lockbox codes, map out directions..it’s a process. So don’t just expect us to drop everything and run out to show you something. We have to make plans, it’s best for everyone involved. The more research we do to get ready for our date, the more questions we can answer for you later!

6.) Don’t stand us up. No one likes to be stood up, so don’t leave us hanging. If you can’t make an appointment, call us, text us, email us, but let us know. Nothing worse than standing at home and nobody to show it to!

7.) No stalking, please! When we call you, call us back. We don’t want to leave you hanging, but we don’t want to bug you either. So get in touch, it’s the nice thing to do.

8.) Don’t cheat on me. Once we are in a realtionship, don’t call another realtor. Sure, you drive down the road, see a for sale sign and call the realtor, just for information, you say. But why not call your realtor first. Realtors from any agency (REMAX, Century 21, Local brokerage) , show houses for all the agencies, it only makes sense (dollar and cents too!). So before you call another one, call me baby!

9.)We just don’t do it for you. Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out. We feel it too. So before we go to far in the process, let’s just call it over. We don’t want to hear it from someone else. The key is to let us know. Whether it’s a call, text, email, whatever, drop us line and say you just don’t think it’s going to work, and let us know why. It’s hard, I know, but we need to know otherwise we won’t improve for our next customer.

10.) In love? Tell the world! We want everyone to know how much you love us! It’s how we get more business! Put it on the internet, tell a friend, whatever works best! We work hard for our money (at least most of us do), and we want you to know it and everyone else too!

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Why Use AMPI?

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates.

Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the

input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices.

AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980.

AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

Top Free Real Estate Marketing Tools

In the world of tough competition, it is very important to highlight the key factors of your business, and that is why marketing is the crucial part of every business. Identifying the correct set of free marketing tools is really necessary to promote your business without investing huge sum of money for advertising your business services and products. Here, we have come along with top ten free marketing tools for your real estate business.

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You, yourself is the first and foremost marketing tool for your business. Your intelligence, enthusiasm, focus, and compassion can take your business to heights that you cannot even imagine at this point of time.

Having a website is of utmost importance for your real estate business. Keep your website updates with all the services you provide and you can see how it brings important and quality leads to your business. Thus a website is a core marketing tool for real estate business.

Social media including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter could serve with a whole lot of prospective leads as well as positive promotions, which could grab your target market’s eyeball.

A real estate blog could be another way to market your services without investing much. As you publish quality real estate content in your blog daily, you are eventually increasing your web presence. And the benefits that a sound web presence gives you, does not require any mention.

Real estate postcards and fliers could be little outdated but they can still be the powerful marketing tools for your business.

Direct mail marketing and online marketing are the cost effective and efficient methods of marketing your real estate business and promote your services to attract leads.

Client referrals can create wonders to your business for sure and that is not any secret in the real estate industry. But for that you have to ensure that your clients are satisfied with your services and then only you can expect client referrals.

If you are looking forward to generate prospective leads for your business, attend the home buying seminars. There are no other marketing tools that match these seminars in promoting your business. Here you will get a room full of people who either want to sell their properties or want to purchase one. You can also make a good network of people here who could be of your use in the near future.

Give a modern approach to your marketing strategy, think like the consumers of your business and that is when you come across with a bug idea that could possible change all definitions of marketing.

A sound network of people walks a long way in order to promote and market your services.

Why Use AMPI?

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

 

Puerto Vallarta: An Event To Remember?

Puerto Vallarta’s Famous Chili Cook-Off

Our first chili cook-off was in the late 90’s and we rather stumbled across a group that was largely gringos in the patio of a lovely little hotel with wandering gardens. We purchased tickets, tasted bowls of chili, had some ice cold beer and met a few fabulous people, some of whom we remain friends with to this day. The original Chili Cook-off mutated to what is now the 6th Annual Chili Cook-off, has moved to a much larger space and is contested between several local restaurants and bars, rather than local residents who simply wanted to show off their skills. However, anyone willing to cook up five gallons (!) is welcome to participate. Simply make sure you’re signed up by contacting Donna Wong at parosgreece@yahoo.com.

Saturday, February 24th is Flag Day for Mexicans but up at El Rio BBQ Bar in Paso Ancho,  there will be another kind of celebration and it’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun. The doors open at 1 pm and voting gets under way shortly after. We haven’t been able to figure out the difference between the popular vote and professional vote but the judging will be done in a manner there will be two awards. One will be the award granted by the pros and the other will be the winner by popular vote. Facetiously speaking, we consider ourselves professional tasters, but some may differ with our opinion. Tickets are available around town in Puerto Vallarta or at the entrance to El Rio, the day of.

This is a Puerto Vallarta charity event and the entry cost of $250 pesos gets you all the chili you can eat, some of El Rio’s riblets and one drink. Long time favorite Texas Embassy Blues Band will entertain along with a great singer Mikki Prost, who’s can probably tell us intriguing stories about chili cook-offs of the past. Pearl Burrus and Vera Carp of regional fame are set to MC. El Rio will be open for those who would rather have ribs or other menus items and extra drinks can also be purchased..

Don’t miss the raffle! We’ve won some great art and services at these events and you have to love the price for a raffle ticket: a non-perishable food item for the food bank. This is a popular pastime you won’t want to miss while supporting great groups, including but not limited to DIF – New Life Home for Boys and local daycares for disabled children, plus some awesome scholarship foundations.

Que es cómo es.


 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 971.52
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
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Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018

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Puerto Vallarta Do We Spend Less Here?

Cheaper Living in Mexico

We moved to Puerto Vallarta for many reasons and we will readily admit that fixed income was certainly a priority. The weather’s lovely, especially when we have the opportunity to travel to other destinations in and out of Mexico during the hotter summer months, but a big lure is the cost of living. There are so many ways to save living in Puerto Vallarta; it’s hard to know where to start.

Dentistry and anything medical is one huge expense we have avoided living here. We also attend as many of the free medical events in Puerto Vallarta as we can cram into our beach schedule, because there’s valuable information offered, plus we also get a chance to meet medical staff, which would be rare from the city we hail from. There are great medical insurance plans in Mexico, too. We’ve found medical services in Puerto Vallarta state-of-the-art, though offices and clinics are austere and lack pizzazz, which is just fine with us. We’re happy to know our money isn’t going into fancy art and marble countertops.

Vet bills? Pup and Kitten are in good hands here in Puerto Vallarta and the cost is eye-popping! We’ve even taken our pets in for services and walked out not one peso poorer. When they give you free care for something that would cost the same as a car payment up north, you know you made the right decision. Did we mention that both human and animal doctors will come to your house? Imagine!

We have a gardener in Puerto Vallarta! We have a housekeeper, too and life is so much nicer with people not just taking care of simple things but having knowledge about their jobs, as well. We admit; we don’t know how to wash floors properly here, to keep them skid-, insect- and bacteria-free. And plants in the tropics are far different than those we used to tend.

When something breaks, we call José, who seems to know everything plumbing, electrical, paint-wise and has even picked up furniture around Puerto Vallarta for us. He always brings a receipt and charges so little, we feel guilty. Of course we tip well.

Our carwash man comes to our house, once a week. He brings his own vacuum, which we plug in through the front door; uses our hose and has his own bucket, soap and equipment. His price went up this year; $80 pesos, and our auto looks spit-shined. That’s less than $5, by the way.

Car maintenance is unreal. We broke down on the road one morning; a mechanic came to get the car started, followed us to his shop and told us to come back in the afternoon. He thought we needed a new starter and he would need to get parts. We cringed. That was going to cost us. In the afternoon, we came back to hopefully pick up the vehicle. It was ready, interior vacuumed, windows washed in and out, and the cost for the entire job was $1000. That’s $54 USD and $68 CDN.

Some of our friends complain about the high price of eating out in Puerto Vallarta but we don’t need to eat at the very best establishments every night. There are so many amazing meals for under $100 pesos, all over town. And even the fancy places are very affordable.

Many other advantages are to be had in Puerto Vallarta with such things as party stores, clothing for adults and kids, shoes, hair salons, eyeglasses, hearing aids and batteries, and the list goes on and on.

Que es cómo es.


 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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465 Paseo de las Garzas 305, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 1
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 727.48
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
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465 Paseo de las Garzas 206, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 811.3
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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465 Paseo de las Garzas 304, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1044.8
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 598.58
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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465 Paseo de las Garzas 403, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 894.59
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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465 Paseo de las Garzas 303, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 894.59
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
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465 Paseo de las Garzas 402, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 895.77
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$182,705
465 Paseo de las Garzas 401, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 971.52
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
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465 Paseo de las Garzas 301, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 971.52
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018
$119,965
465 Paseo de las Garzas 201, Torre Ambar, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 624.94
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Office: Timothy Real Estate Group
Listing Agent: Taniel Chemsian
Agent Phone: 322-120-5900
Agent Email: taniel@timothyrealestategroup.com
Last Updated: February - 23 - 2018

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