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New AEGI president shares goals for the association

January 01, 2013

Rafael Rodriguez TovarIn November the Spanish real estate group Asociacion Empresarial de Gestion Inmobiliaria (AEGI) elected Rafael Rodriguez Tovar (pictured) as its new president for a two-year term. Rodriguez Tovar was currently serving as an AEGI vice president and also as chairman of AEGI Andalusia. In a recent interview he shared his thoughts on Spain’s real estate sector future and the role of professionals.

“I think it's the right time for real estate professionals take the helm of our future,” said Rodriguez Tovar. “In these times of crisis we are more open to unite and create. I strongly believe that with hard work we can make our profession the place it deserves.”

Asked about the goals he hopes to achieve during his presidency in AEGI, Rodriguez Tovar identified several issues, including what he described as “most important,” to bring all the professionals together in the real estate sector. “Our partnership is a federal union and we work for the sector through a partnership with local and regional associations. We want to ensure that all associations and professional groups are represented at the national table with one voice in the sector.”

When asked about industry regulation, Rodriguez Tovar said: “Sector regulation is essential, whenever it comes from the hand of professionals. It is illogical that to sell lettuce in Spain requires a food handler card and nothing to sell homes. We cannot wait for the government to regulate us, and we are already working on self-regulation by the MLS.”

Rodriguez Tovar advises buyers to work with a real estate professional to provide guidance throughout the buying process—a professional who belong to an association with a code of practice or code of ethics, among other services. 


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