SO, JUST WHO ARE THOSE MLS BCS REALTORS
HERE IN BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR?
by CHERYL MILLER, CIPS, ABT, NAR, BROKER,
BAJA REALTY AND INVESTMENT
Did you know that the 500+ subscribers of the MLS BCS represent the cream of the crop of the realtors in Mexico?
The MLS BCS is comprised of 72 brokerages from our State, located from as far north as Mulege to the tip of the peninsula. Our subscribers hail from right here in Mexico, Canada, France, the United States and more; all living and working here to serve your real estate needs.
About one half of the member subscribers of the MLS are also members of AMPI, the Mexican professional national real estate association, which is the Mexican equivalent to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States. In fact, AMPI has international working associations and agreements with NAR and our AMPI members attend training course, seminars and conventions held by NAR.
In addition, AMPI also has associations with many of the major international realtor associations in the world, including: CIA/ Argentina, CILA/Latin America, FNAIM/ France, CREA/Canada, Texas Realtor Assoc./Texas, AEGI,SPRIMA,APCE/Spain, FIABCI/60 countries in the world, ICREA/Europe, Asia and the Americas and ALAI/Latin America to name a few.
In addition, the MLS BCS realtors of Los Cabos and La Paz represent the most educated and certified realtors in the Mexican nation. Of the 71 designees in all of Mexico as “Certified International Specialists” (CIPS), a whopping 32 are from right here in Baja California Sur, and an overwhelming majority from Los Cabos!
This Certification requires a week-long course, with testing covering the processes, culture and legal aspects of international real estate. Of the 1528 International members of NAR in all of Mexico, these 71 CIPS designees represent a very elite group of realtors. Just 1/2 percent of realtors have achieved this honor in Mexico. And with almost half of those located right here in Los Cabos, so you are being serviced by the best of the best. And, this number is growing too.
To give you an idea of how elite this group is, of the 1, 043,231 NAR Members worldwide only 2,722 members have achieved CIPS designation or 0.26 % of all members worldwide, while the members of MLS from La Paz/Los Cabos hold an impressive 8% of their membership having achieved this goal.
In addition, many of our members are “Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)” designees, “Certified Residential Specialists (CRS), or “Resort & Second Home Residential Specialist (RSPS)”, as well. Our MLS BCS has the strictest and most regulated system of Operating Policies and Procedure regarding the business and practice of real estate representation in the nation more than any other State or Association. And these rules and regulations are backed up by penalties and fines for those that fail to uphold the mandatory policies, the Codes of Ethics of NAR and of AMPI national. Even those Mexican States that have passed Real Estate Licensing laws, none are as comprehensive or restrictive.
Our State of Baja California Sur is also going through the drafting and adoption of real estate professional licensing, but it is certain their requirements will not be as stringent.
Los Cabos and La Paz agents pride themselves in their continuing education, adherence to professional standards and their self-regulation. They pride themselves in being the CREAM OF THE CROP. So always work with an MLS BCS agent.
Quality, ethics and knowledge!
By Cheryl Miller, Broker