Find your real estate technology niche

Real estate folks love technology. Tech can make our lives more entertaining and interesting. It can make us more efficient and productive in our workplaces. Technology, in some way, contributes to most of our top industry conversations today.

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There seems to be a disconnect, though, in the way we treat technology vs. the other components of our lives. Compared to other conduits that deliver either production for our business or enjoyment for our personal time, technology seems to get a free pass to slide between business and pleasure, work time and play time, without a lot of scrutiny.

While our leisure time may be free-wheeling, in business we select our attire based on the appropriate local customs and with the intention of a presenting a proper appearance to the customer. We hire employees who adhere to the brand image we hope to achieve, and who will work within our company guidelines to support our goals. We choose business locations that are accessible and practical for both our employees and our customers. We select advertising venues based on analytics and market research. In short, the vast majority of business decisions we make are very functional, rational and painstakingly analyzed to ensure they are beneficial to our bottom line.

Then, we buy a new Samsung Galaxy Gear watch. We bring it into the office and yell, “Hey, everybody, come away from your desks and check this out!” It doesn’t sync correctly with the brand-new Samsung phone that we had to buy to make it work, so it’s off to our desk to spend an hour searching online for syncing instructions.

For the next few hours, we entertain ourselves and our office mates with our new “business tool.” We make a couple of quick showoff calls, re-enact scenes from “Dick Tracy” and “Knight Rider,” track down the phone numbers that the cellular store missed, download apps again, and try to figure out the new Android operating system. We justify this as staying out on the leading edge of technology and taking the time to learn.

This investment in technology was important to our business because, after all, the old iPhone 5 still sitting on our desk couldn’t possibly have received calls from our clients, checked our email, or saved documents to the office database.

This behavioral pattern pervades the way we interact with technology. We search out solutions to problems that we don’t have. We spend time and money downloading new apps because we’ve heard everyone else already has, without even considering if they will actually make our workday better. We try to connect on a half-dozen different social media platforms because we don’t want to be left out anywhere. We switch devices and operating systems between Windows, Apple and Android only to find that we must relearn everything we already knew. Do we make these decisions because we have a need for an improvement in our business processes, or merely because someone else said they worked well for their purposes?

New technology allows us to distract ourselves from good technology. There are great new products coming out every day, but only a tiny percentage of them fulfill one of your specific, personal needs. When those perfect products arrive, they hit us like a ton of bricks. The rest are just shiny baubles hoping for wandering eyes.

Real estate agents should be acutely aware of the inordinate number of trinkets being dangled in front of them. In our industry, agents are the coveted source of income for nearly every single technology player. Without agent income, portals, service providers and app creators would be selling advertising to soda companies. Convincing agents to sign up for a monthly service subscription is the holy grail, and it is in a tech provider’s best interest to convince you to take time and resources away from your company to invest in their new product, no matter the relevance to your bottom line. That’s just business.

These side distractions can be attractive because they let us experience plenty of variety, but they also dilute the amount of attention we have available for our priorities. The daily onslaught of new tech ideas tempts us to dip our toes into as many things as possible while at the same time sapping the resources we have available to focus on our most successful ventures.

It’s easy to drown in a sea of mediocre technology attempts. Few of us have the energy or the time to be great at everything. The late Pat Morita, aka Mr. Miyagi (insert deep bow of reverence), put it best:

“Either you karate do ‘yes’ or karate do ‘no.’ You karate do ‘guess so,’ *squish* just like grape.”

To be effective with technology, you have to be truly good at something — not all technology, but some facet of it. Saying that you are using technology in your business is like saying you use paper in your business. It means nothing. Making a specific piece of technology deliver superior measurable results and then devoting yourself to maximizing that specific output, on the other hand, takes the kind of discipline that creates a truly effective, standout business.

It helps to take the glossy shine off of a piece of technology before evaluating its place in your work atmosphere. As flashy or new as it is, it’s merely a tool to improve your business. If it does that without diverting attention from your core functions, use it. If not, leave it alone. If it asks you for permission to send push notifications, take it out back and bury it.

Some professionals truly are rock stars on a social media platform and regularly generate new clients with it. Their successes make the rest of us want to “try it out” and see if we can do the same, but few of us commit to a single platform in the kind of meaningful way that will actually translate to success. We just give it a shot, and then wonder why it didn’t work the way we imagined.

We’ve all made these mistakes. From spending too much time “networking” with industry types on Twitter to having long discussions in Facebook real estate groups, I personally know that often I’m just socializing and not focusing on lead generation. Networking with peers is valuable, but only if you admit to yourself that you’re socializing, and look at its position on the priority list. It makes the decision to close those browser tabs for a few hours at a time a bit easier. When I’ve taken back much of that time and devoted it to more blogging/writing, it has translated into more effective use of my time and greater Web referral traffic. Content marketing and SEO are where my team’s bread is buttered, and the less time I spend on that arena, the less business we do.

That’s not to say that trying a new technology once in a while is a bad thing. Social media can be very successful for the right personality type, if it’s approached with a plan and a determination to measure its success. Engaging potential customers on Facebook, building a consumer following on Twitter, or curating a local community on Pinterest might be the niche that motivates you and brings you business success. Email marketing, SEO or video blogging might be the arenas that your abilities really mesh with. Just don’t try to do them all. If you can focus on one or two of those areas, and measurably show that they translate into business, stick to them. Once you realize that you’re very good at generating business through one of those particular avenues, the temptation to water down your productivity by taking on new ventures will be much smaller.

Imploring you to find your niche is nothing new. The message just needs a stronger, more specific frame of reference to cut through the ubiquitous halo marketing that surrounds technology. There is no such thing as a broad niche, and there is no such thing as a “technology specialist.” To truly maximize your ability to leverage technology, you need to find the platform that complements your skill set and own it. Don’t let the distractions of new and exciting toys avert your vision from the functions that generate business for you. Then, if you still really must buy that new smartphone watch for your personal enjoyment, go ahead. Just save the “Star Trek” re-enactments for happy hour.

Author: Sam DeBord – Inman News

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.

This behavioral pattern pervades the way we interact with technology. We search out solutions to problems that we don’t have. We spend time and money downloading new apps because we’ve heard everyone else already has, without even considering if they will actually make our workday better. We try to connect on a half-dozen different social media platforms because we don’t want to be left out anywhere. We switch devices and operating systems between Windows, Apple and Android only to find that we must relearn everything we already knew. Do we make these decisions because we have a need for an improvement in our business processes, or merely because someone else said they worked well for their purposes?

New technology allows us to distract ourselves from good technology. There are great new products coming out every day, but only a tiny percentage of them fulfill one of your specific, personal needs. When those perfect products arrive, they hit us like a ton of bricks. The rest are just shiny baubles hoping for wandering eyes.

Real estate agents should be acutely aware of the inordinate number of trinkets being dangled in front of them. In our industry, agents are the coveted source of income for nearly every single technology player. Without agent income, portals, service providers and app creators would be selling advertising to soda companies. Convincing agents to sign up for a monthly service subscription is the holy grail, and it is in a tech provider’s best interest to convince you to take time and resources away from your company to invest in their new product, no matter the relevance to your bottom line. That’s just business.

These side distractions can be attractive because they let us experience plenty of variety, but they also dilute the amount of attention we have available for our priorities. The daily onslaught of new tech ideas tempts us to dip our toes into as many things as possible while at the same time sapping the resources we have available to focus on our most successful ventures.

It’s easy to drown in a sea of mediocre technology attempts. Few of us have the energy or the time to be great at everything. The late Pat Morita, aka Mr. Miyagi (insert deep bow of reverence), put it best:

“Either you karate do ‘yes’ or karate do ‘no.’ You karate do ‘guess so,’ *squish* just like grape.”

To be effective with technology, you have to be truly good at something — not all technology, but some facet of it. Saying that you are using technology in your business is like saying you use paper in your business. It means nothing. Making a specific piece of technology deliver superior measurable results and then devoting yourself to maximizing that specific output, on the other hand, takes the kind of discipline that creates a truly effective, standout business.

It helps to take the glossy shine off of a piece of technology before evaluating its place in your work atmosphere. As flashy or new as it is, it’s merely a tool to improve your business. If it does that without diverting attention from your core functions, use it. If not, leave it alone. If it asks you for permission to send push notifications, take it out back and bury it.

Some professionals truly are rock stars on a social media platform and regularly generate new clients with it. Their successes make the rest of us want to “try it out” and see if we can do the same, but few of us commit to a single platform in the kind of meaningful way that will actually translate to success. We just give it a shot, and then wonder why it didn’t work the way we imagined.

We’ve all made these mistakes. From spending too much time “networking” with industry types on Twitter to having long discussions in Facebook real estate groups, I personally know that often I’m just socializing and not focusing on lead generation. Networking with peers is valuable, but only if you admit to yourself that you’re socializing, and look at its position on the priority list. It makes the decision to close those browser tabs for a few hours at a time a bit easier. When I’ve taken back much of that time and devoted it to more blogging/writing, it has translated into more effective use of my time and greater Web referral traffic. Content marketing and SEO are where my team’s bread is buttered, and the less time I spend on that arena, the less business we do.

That’s not to say that trying a new technology once in a while is a bad thing. Social media can be very successful for the right personality type, if it’s approached with a plan and a determination to measure its success. Engaging potential customers on Facebook, building a consumer following on Twitter, or curating a local community on Pinterest might be the niche that motivates you and brings you business success. Email marketing, SEO or video blogging might be the arenas that your abilities really mesh with. Just don’t try to do them all. If you can focus on one or two of those areas, and measurably show that they translate into business, stick to them. Once you realize that you’re very good at generating business through one of those particular avenues, the temptation to water down your productivity by taking on new ventures will be much smaller.

Imploring you to find your niche is nothing new. The message just needs a stronger, more specific frame of reference to cut through the ubiquitous halo marketing that surrounds technology. There is no such thing as a broad niche, and there is no such thing as a “technology specialist.” To truly maximize your ability to leverage technology, you need to find the platform that complements your skill set and own it. Don’t let the distractions of new and exciting toys avert your vision from the functions that generate business for you. Then, if you still really must buy that new smartphone watch for your personal enjoyment, go ahead. Just save the “Star Trek” re-enactments for happy hour.

Sam DeBord

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Why Google+ Communities are the Best Place for B2B Relationships

Google+ is not just a social network for B2B companies. It is part of a larger vision for the internet. Just a few years ago the internet was the online space where users would seek out information or purchase products. Social networking caused a shift to users connecting with other users. It has now become a hybrid of these two systems, one where users are still seeking out these products and information, but also conversing with one another about them (aka word-of-mouth). This is not just consumers talking about jeans and chewing gum, but B2B users talking about business purchases.

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So, where is the best place to bring this trend to life? Where is the best place to get all of this wrapped up into one piece that is satisfying and engaging? Google+ Communities offers a clean, well-formatted destination where business relationships can blossom and stay consistent.

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All of your communities, which are filled with like-minded users, are presented in an easy navigational format.

Need to build your communities list? Simply search for it.

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Alongside users, you can specify exactly what kind of Communities you want.

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Once inside your Community, it is now time to interact. And remember, listen first, then engage. No broadcasting allowed.

Why is it beneficial to someone who is looking to build a business relationship? Simple. Within these Communities you will find the exact people you want to converse with, and over time, if you continue to listen then engage, you will build valuable B2B connections.

What makes this different than LinkedIn Groups and Twitter Search? In comparison to LinkedIn Groups, Google+ is a much cleaner layout. There is also much less self-promotion and span. Twitter Search, albeit highly beneficial in finding specific influencers, does not capitalize on a group atmosphere to help solve problems and/or simply converse about a topic. Twitter is a great direct communication network, but it is not meant for roundtable discussions.

Google+ combines all of the direct internet access and search values with the multimedia functions of Facebook. This is a deadly combo when looking to share information. Sharing helpful blog posts in a Community will increase the number of +1’s, thus helping its rankings in Google Search.

Finally, consistent engagement in these communities is vital. Going in every once and a while will do absolutely nothing. But if engagement is consistent, relationships with B2B prospects will be built and eventually business can be exchanged through these relationships. And business is not the only thing that can be exchanged, knowledge can as well. For example, I am a Manager of Social Media Strategy, but I am always looking to learn more and hear from others in my industry. Google+ Communities supplies me with this learning fulfillment because it is allowing me to converse regularly with others in my field that have knowledge I might not have yet. Google+ Communities and learning go together like peanut butter and jelly.

So, set some time aside and start engaging. You will find yourself learning more by the day and building relationships with others in your industry. And since the B2B Community’s backbone is made of relationship building, Google+ Communities is the best route to take.

Author: – socialmediab2b.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.

Brokers: Are You Following Up With Your Recruits?

Summer Recruiting Strategies

One of the easiest ways to recruit more agents each year is to follow up with those who say “no” initially. The decision to change offices is a tough one. Sometimes, due to fear of the unknown, the agent will stay put. Have you ever heard that people will stay with something they know, even if it is not good, rather than make a change? The logic is that at least they know what they have. Change requires that they venture into the unknown.

However, Brokers who consistently follow up with agents after the interview, say that up to 50% of their hires each year were a results of follow up.

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What about the agents who don’t want to get together right now? It’s all about timing, so if it is not the right time for them to get together, your job as the broker is to maintain a non-threatening passive series of contacts until they are ready. When something happens in their life or their office, they will be ready to meet. BUT they will only meet when you have stayed in touch.

When we train recruiters, we always recommend that they go out and interview with the competition before they start their job. It’s a great way to see what others have to offer, and a great way to check out their competition. Recruiters say that it is rare that ANY broker follows up with a note or card! I find that amazing. As a recruiter, I always followed up until I hired them or they went somewhere else. And if they went somewhere else, I still followed up because they might not be happy with the other company.

Register for The Profitable Recruiter today to stay in touch with those agents that you want. The best ones take longer, but they are worth it!

Author: Judy LaDeur

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.

3 Myths About Your Agent Real Estate Website

In the world of Real Estate websites you may have some pre-conceived notions on what can and cannot be done. These myths can really hurt your online presence and lose you potential leads in the process. To help break down these walls, We’ve pulled some topics on what common myths we find and what the actual reality is.

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Myth: Its ok to settle with the Free Website your brokerage provides.

Just because it’s a free website, does not mean it’s the best fit for you or your company. Most free websites that a brokerage provides is just a shell of what even the greenest Realtor will need. Three things that you will be missing from a free Real Estate website is dedicated Customization, Customer Service and Lead Management.

Customization may sound like a scary topic when looking to quickly and easily build a website but you need to stand out from the rest of the realtors in your area. Not only will having a website that stands out make an impression on your visitors but it helps your SEO search rankings as well.

Odds are you are not a Website Developer (though we know a few of you are and doing great in the Real Estate Business). For those of you who don’t know how to code, Customer Service is going to be your best friend. Especially at first when they can help you build the skills you need to make changes to your website. Spending a little time to make your site stand out is key. However, if the tools your website provides are from 2003 no matter how much time you put into it, its still going to look like a site from 2003!

Very few free websites come with the tools needed to turn your visitors into a viable option for lead generation. Having registration tools with your Real Estate website can make all the difference in the world. In our internal studies we have found that REALTORS who put registration on their listing search get 7 times the leads of those who don’t. Using what is sometimes called “teaser registration” they were even able to get 14 times the leads per month! Try getting that many leads with your free website.

Myth: You are stuck with the Home Search your MLS provides

The home search that comes with a basic real estate website may hurt your business the most. These basic home searches that your MLS provides are usually pretty ugly and have no lead generation like basic registration! There are major differences between IDX tools designed to get you leads versus those just meant to show homes. The perfect home search is the one that is directly integrated into your Real Estate Website. Try to avoid linking to an outside IDX Page or “framing it in”. The words you are looking for are: integrated IDX, IDX Built-in, or embedded. Also, integrated IDX usually means having the ability to track all of your leads in one place. Do you want to be logging into multiple website to keep track of clients when you start getting 30 leads a month?

Myth: Managing your website takes up too much time and won’t see results.

Yes, you can leave your website there sitting collecting dust, but you are going to get zero use out of it. Without updating your website your listings will not get added and the most important thing, your Search Rankings won’t go up! However, some paid services will allow your website to receive updates automatically, including pulling new listings directly from your MLS and even syndicating those listings to websites like Turlia, Zillow and more!

Managing a website doesn’t have to take up a majority of your time, but I do recommend at least spending 1 hour a week updating or adding a new blog post to your site. Just doing this one hour a week will help your search rankings by leaps and bounds. Some things that agents seem to skip over when updating their websites are adding testimonials, updating your designations and writing about your own reasons to love where the towns you sell in. Your focus should be to position yourself as a local expert in Real Estate.

Author: Realty Times

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.

Advice For Partnering With Other Agents In Negotiations

You and the other agent in your transaction are obligated to cooperate with each other; that’s why you’re called co-op brokers. At the same time, you are both obligated to represent the interests of your own clients, which works wonderfully when you both seek a win/win outcome, but which is troublesome when the other agent comes to the deal with a “we win/you lose” mentality.

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Before talking with the other agent at length, I suggest you do some homework. I always made it a point to learn in advance about the agent I’d be dealing with. Unless I already knew the agent personally, my staff would conduct some research. They’d start at the MLS computer where they’d look at the number of listings and sales the agent had completed over the last few years. This provided an indication of the agent’s experience, which enabled me to understand the role I would play in the negotiation. I’d figure we would likely share power equally if the other agent was experienced, successful, and skilled. If the other agent was very new to the field, I knew I’d have to take the lead and guide the negotiation along.

When you’re ready to talk with the other agent, cover these points:

Explain your desire to create a win/win transaction. Say that you will be relying on the other agent to create a win for both the buyers and sellers, and that you intend to do the same. Some agents believe their job is to achieve a win only for their own clients. This discussion will help you spot these people.

If you’re the listing agent, let the other agent know that the home is competitively priced; that it’s at fair market value with no padding in the asking price. By having this discussion upfront, if your client counters a low offer at full price or close to it, the response won’t be a surprise to the agent or prospective buyers.

If you reach a snag, challenge, or impasse with the other agent or with the agent’s clients, test the situation by asking one of these questions:

“If you were representing my clients, would you counsel them to accept this offer?””If you were in my shoes, would you want your clients to accept these terms and conditions?”

If the answer is yes, then ask: “Why?” or “How would you sell this to my clients if you were in my shoes?”

If the agent can’t give you an answer, the silence will let you know that they know their offer is unreasonable.

If they can defend their position with cogent arguments, you know you must convince your client of the validity of the buyers’ offer.

The easiest other agent to work with is you. You know you. You know you want win/win outcomes. You know whether your listing has padding or whether your purchase offer has room for negotiation. You know how you work and that your skills are up to the task. You probably know it’s easier for you to work with you than with any other agent.

Make your real estate sales life easier by selling more of your own listings. Represent both the buyer and the seller and avoid the challenges of working with another agent to complete the transaction.

The biggest bonus: You don’t have to split fees and will earn more for the sale.

Article by 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.

Top 5 Best Practices for Finding Qualified Real Estate Vendors

In the real estate industry, how do you find qualified local vendors for projects or services on your property? Making sure to look for specific and certain criteria can make all the difference.

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1. Use a Real Estate Specific Vendor Network

Using a website like Angie’s List, Yelp, or Craigslist can bring back results for a large varieties of vendors, but won’t necessarily filter down the results to real estate vendors for your property. You’ll want to use one that is easily searchable, so that you can search by vendor type, category, or by your location.

2. Contact References

Does the website offer reviews or references for each vendor? Instead of just basing your decision off of a review, follow up with the company that wrote or rated them. In order to perform due diligence, make sure that the total service offered was completely satisfactory from beginning to end. How did they follow up the project? If they did at all.

3. Make Sure they are Insured

It may seem like a weird question to ask a potential vendor, but being prepared is the smartest way to run a business. Do they offer errors and omissions, worker’s compensation, property damage, or liability insurance? If so, what is the amount covered, and do they readily offer up policy numbers to verify?

4. What Types of Associations are they Affiliated With?

Many of you may already employ this tip. Being affiliated with a service specific trade association typically shows initiative, interest in furthering education, and great contacts for help with work, or professional advice on projects. If they aren’t associated with any trade associations, I would ask “why?”

5. Do They Have an Internet Presence?

While some may disagree on this point, in this day and age online branding should be a main source of marketing. If the vendor you are researching does not have a website, or while one is being set up, research the company on Google. What comes up? Websites are they associated with, other companies they’ve done work for, etc. If they do not show up anywhere on the internet, hopefully they were referred to you by a very trustworthy source.

Make sure to perform due diligence when selecting contractors or vendors for your property. Our website offers free directory searches for real estate professionals, so check them out today and get to re-paving that asphalt!

Author: Elizabeth Whited – 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.

Vallarta Culture: Cielito Lindo

Cielito Lindo is often referred to as the other Mexican national anthem. When asking for song selections, you might also hear it called Canta y No Llores, which is the refrain of the song; “Sing and don’t cry.”

Every Mexican orchestra, mariachi band, trio or single minstrel knows this song and it is often what they will play as an introduction.

The original lyrics are attributed to Quirino Mendoza y Cortés (c. 1859 – 1957) but he likely stole them from an old Spanish song, hence the reference to the Sierra Morena, a mountain range in Spain. Legendary armed bandits inhabited these hills and travelers were terrified to pass through. Singing eliminated those fears and, as the song concludes, makes for happy hearts.

“Your face is the Sierra Morena; Your eyes are thieves who live there” transformed into “From the mountain ranges, beautiful little sky, are coming down a pair of black eyes, beautiful little sky, that are being smuggled…” and therefore became a more romanticized version, rather than the original fearsome account.

The word ciel in Spanish means sky or heaven, so its interpretation in this song is like many Spanish terms… quite liberal. It is not unusual for a man to call his sweetheart cielito. Lindo means pretty, lovely, cute.

Other than “Ay, ay, ay, ay” most non-Spanish speakers have no idea what the song is actually saying. Translated it is not only amorous; it captures the risk and uncertainty that often accompany love. “One bird who abandons his first nest to return and find it occupied by another is well deserved.” “From your house to mine, there is only one step and now that we are alone, give me a hug.”

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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

Agents: When You Are Stuck, Seek Wise Counsel

In a challenging situation fraught with consequences for the wrong decision, if there is uncertainty, seeking wise counsel is prudent. Only a fool goes it alone in these times. Many times for us to be successful we need help from others. There are problems in the world that we are not good enough to solve.

Who do you go to when times are challenging?

Who has good words of counsel when you need it?

Who can you count on to be there to help?

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We all need someone when we are faced with critical decisions and problems that can keep or get us back on the right track when we are off track. It could be a friend, spouse, parent, boss, colleague you respect, mentor or coach. When challenges and troubles hit, when things start to change, as they always do – where do you go? Knowing in advance where to go saves you tremendous time. Just finding that group of people can take years. You also might have multiple people because of their area of wisdom, skill, or expertise. For most people it won’t just be one person but a few of them.

Another strategy to gain wisdom in your decisions is observation. The way most people learn at a young age is through observation. If you watch people make decisions you will learn even if those decisions prove to be poor, faulty or even disastrous.

We can save a tremendous amount of time through observation of other people’s successes. Most successful people have paid a pretty high price to be where they are in life. There is a lot of trial and error that most people go through to achieve their desired result in life. This trial and error learning is the most expensive way to learn in time, money, effort, and emotion. If you want to waste a lot of time go it alone and learn via trial and error. My view is success leaves clues and if we pick up those clues we can save a considerable amount of time.

I have to admit I have engaged in more than my fair share of trial and error learning. Sometimes it was because I didn’t slow down enough to observe. I wasted a lot of time in that case. There are other times that my thoughts and ideas were so far out ahead that there was no one to observe. I was the pioneer that was learning, testing, and failing so others behind me would have a pathway to walk on.

If you study successful people and the decisions that they made to accomplish their success, your success whether professionally, personally, spiritually, or in the area of your health would be cheaper, faster and easier than was theirs. Or then yours would be without their example. The premise is if you repeat their decisions and process you will receive what they have as well. That carries the seeds of good news and the potential of bad news as well. A word of caution: if you follow the exact decisions and steps you could also receive their problems as well. If they have health problems you likely will get them. If they have relationship problems with their spouse or children you’ll have those too. If they are in financial trouble you probably will acquire that as well.

Frequently we can learn more from defeat than from victory. If we watch others closely we can see what not to do which is often more valuable than knowing what to do. What not to do observed in others can often lead us to what to do.

Another word of caution: Just because someone failed doesn’t automatically mean an idea, strategy, or system doesn’t work. There are four factors that must be evaluated to make sure failure is the outcome that will be repeated.

  1. The timing could have been wrong: Sometimes the timing is off on a decision or project. The timing was too early or too late so the results were not achieved due to timing problems.
  2. The plan was wrong: The decision to act was right but the planning of the action was lacking. Maybe the details of the plan were not thought out enough to achieve success or the plan was out of order. The individual steps were out of order so the decision was destined to fail because the plan, steps, and execution must be right.
  3. The person applying the plan was wrong: You could have the right decision, the right timing, the right plan, and steps and still see someone fail. The failure could occur in that the person that is leading the execution or has delegated to execute is the wrong person with the wrong skills.
  4. They didn’t stick with their decision long enough: For most people in business we don’t stick with something long enough to work out the challenges, problems, and mistakes. We quit before we have made slight adjustments to the plan and execution of our decision. In business with a new strategy, marketing, sales, management, personnel, customer service it really takes a handful of months to really know if it works or not. It takes that long to collect the data to be sure of your decision.

Persistence to a plan is a prerequisite to success. Too often we quit before we really know if our decision will work as planned or if we need an adjustment. This wastes unbelievable amounts of time. When we are observing other people’s failures we must ask: did they give their decision or plan sufficient time to triumph?

Several years ago the actor William Macy won an Emmy portraying a gentleman named Bill Porter in the movie titled “Door to Door.” I written about Bill Porter the famous salesperson with Cerebral Palsy and his incredible determination in other articles as well.

In the movie on the first day of his job as a door to door salesman, his mother who was a great influence to Bill stamped two words on his sandwich for lunch that day. He was frustrated and discouraged as he unwrapped the wax paper around his sandwich to read the words persistence on one side and patience on the other.

Often one good idea linked with a decision to take action is all we need to create a fortune in life. Be a student of other people’s ideas. Resolve to read more, listen to more motivation and business CD’s, attend more seminars, and mastermind with other people.

New ideas are fundamental to growth. We don’t always have the best ones alone. Sometimes we are too close to the situation to have the right solution for our challenges and decisions. We might not have the proper angle…we are too close. We are unable to see all the moving parts. Due to our closeness we can be emotionally attached or emotionally connected to the outcome.

“Man can either buy wisdom or borrow it. By buying it he pays full price in personal time and treasure, but by borrowing it he capitalizes on the lessons learned from the failures of others.” — Benjamin Franklin

Author: 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.

Who is my agent?

Quite often potential would be buyers refer to the person they bought their home from as their agent. It sounds reasonable but it is definitely not accurate. Although there are several meanings to the word Agent, let us refer to the definition as a person who works for or manages an agency.

Who is my agent

An example of this would be a person who is the agent of the insurance company and they legally represent the company, not the customer. Even an independent agent who can place a policy with different companies is still an agent of the company.

A mortgage officer, in most cases is an employee and represents the company. In addition, the same is true for a title or escrow officer. It is important to understand the actual relationship to know what you can expect from them. In Real Estate, there is a procedure for the professional to create formal agency relationships. This requires a fiduciary/statutory responsibility that places the principals’ interests above the agent’s own personal interests.

In today’s terms, potential consumers refer to an agent, as “this is my agent.” Unlike other professions, Real Estate is in a different category by itself. Agency disclosure plays a major part in representation, and, unless the potential buyer understands agency relationships, the word agent could be misconstrued.

An agent owes honesty and accountability to a customer. The principal can expect complete disclosure, obedience, loyalty, reasonable skill, care, and confidentiality from their agent.

Understanding agency relationships brings a valuable experience to the buying or selling process to coordinate all aspects of the transaction from start to finish.

Author: 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.