In a proactive move to protect real estate consumers in the Riviera Maya, the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI) is developing a public registry of certified state real estate agents.
This strategic endeavor aims to ensure that potential buyers can engage with licensed real estate professionals, thereby countering the challenge of illegal agents operating in the region.
Miguel Ángel Lemus Mateos, the Coordinating President of AMPI for Region 18, is leading this effort against real estate piracy. The core objective is to bring transparency to the market. The registry will provide a comprehensive list of accredited real estate professionals, ultimately eradicating unprofessional conduct and poor industry practices.
Under the Real Estate Provision and Services Law of the State of Quintana Roo, passed by the State Congress in 2014, it's explicitly prohibited for individuals without a valid license to practice as real estate agents in the region. Moreover, every professional operating in the real estate sector must register with the Secretariat for Agrarian, Land, and Urban Development, the governing body for agriculture, urban development, and living spaces in Mexico.
For those aspiring to become accredited real estate advisors, a set of stringent criteria must be met, including the provision of valid official identification, proof of a residential address, a clean criminal record, evidence of professional training, and registration with the tax administration authority (SAT). Foreign nationals seeking to engage in paid real estate activities must also substantiate their immigration status and meet specific licensing requirements.
To further ensure that the profession adheres to rigorous standards, the State Real Estate Council has been established as an auxiliary technical body, actively promoting professionalization within the field and making critical decisions. This council consists of representatives from various organizations, such as AMPI and CANACO, along with government officials.
AMPI has played a pivotal role in driving this initiative. The organization boasts 665 certified real estate agents in Cancun, 131 in Playa del Carmen, 141 in Puerto Morelos, 35 in Tulum, 20 in Cozumel, and 12 in Chetumal. Nationally, over 3,000 federal certifications have been issued. The launch of the first AMPI-UNAM diploma in 2023 highlights the organization's dedication to enhancing professional development and delivering high-quality real estate services.
By creating a public registry of certified real estate agents, AMPI is taking significant steps to enhance consumer protection and build trust in real estate transactions throughout the Riviera Maya. This strategic move not only counters unlicensed agents but also fosters an environment that upholds professional standards, thus contributing to a more secure and reliable real estate market.