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Mexico has a new real estate ambassador in France
December 21, 2012
European investors looking to Mexico as an investment destination have a new resource in Paris. Magdalena Martin, a native of Mexico, is using her extensive background in international business, law and education to promote property investment in Mexico on behalf of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI).
Martin (pictured center) was working with US investors in Cuernavaca in the mid-1970s when personal circumstances resulted in relocation to France. She became a French citizen and studied international private law at the Sorbonne and public law at the London School of Economics.
Martin never lost her love for Mexico, however, and maintains a home Cuernavaca (Morelos). She also stayed in contact with former colleagues from Mexico and would direct Europeans looking to invest in Mexican real estate to the Cuernavaca’s firm Grupo SYS. The director of Grupo SYS is incoming AMPI national president, Guillermo Salgado Castañeda (pictured left), which led to Martin’s formal appointment as AMPI’s “ambassador” to Europe. This follows on the heels of a year of extensive international outreach and focus by AMPI’s 2012 president, Sergio Gomez Ràbago (pictured right). Ràbago is AMPI’s new representative to the Board of the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA).
AMPI will initially focus its efforts in Europe but hopes to expand to Asia and India as well. With Martin’s support, AMPI will promote investment in all of the Mexican states and provide training to Europeans who advise individuals on foreign investment in Mexico to help ensure the most accurate information is being conveyed.
The next step for AMPI and Martin is to pursue a dialog with Mexico’s Economic Department of Travel and Tourism, to encourage support for the initiative. AMPI has led the cause to raise the level of professionalism of the Mexican brokerage industry—ensuring both local and foreign investors are well served by a professional. While AMPI’s leadership is doing their part at home, Martin will aid in the effort abroad.