beach-rocky-pointThe fall season is in full swing here in Rocky Point and is one of the most popular times of the year. It also means it’s time for the Rocky Point Bike Rally. November 6th – 9th will be the 14th consecutive Bike Rally and it is attended by bikers and friends of bikers from all over the western United States and Mexico. On Saturday, the Malecón is closed to automobile traffic and is reserved for motorcycles of all shapes and sizes which are paraded through the fish market for hours. Walk through the Malecón and see the bikes up close or grab a spot in one of the many bars and restaurants, to bike and people watch all day.

Whether you are buying or selling, your first priority should be the selection of a real estate professional. The right agent, someone with whom you feel understands both your needs and wishes as well as the intricacies and details of the real estate market here in Puerto Peñasco, will save you frustration and even money, while guiding you through the successful conclusion of your real estate transaction. To be qualified, at a minimum, your real estate agent must have a real estate license issued by the state of Sonora, Mexico. Also, I recommend that your agent be an AMPI member, which ensures that he/she has agreed to a code of ethics. AMPI associate members are generally the most engaged real estate agents in town, are also members of the National Association of Realtors in the USA, and are often leaders in the community. Don’t be shy – ask the agent you are considering if he/she is an AMPI member!

I have mentioned previously in this column about our AMPI Chapter putting on a State of Sonora real estate license course (Diplomado). It was originally scheduled for last September but was postponed. It will be given to all who wish to enroll starting February 3, 2015 and will be conducted every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in February from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. Attendance at every class is mandatory. Cost of the course is $750 U.S. dollars for A.M.P.I. members and $1000 U.S. dollars for non-members. The price includes all course materials and lunch on class meeting days. Pre-registration and payment before December 31, 2014 are required. Agents who want to renew their licenses must take a minimum of 20 hours of classes, with Ethics being mandatory. Those of you interested in this class and state licensure, please email the AMPI Vice President – Education, Gretchen Ellinger, at

If you have questions about the information presented here please feel free to contact me. In addition, if you have questions about our market and desire to seek more detailed information please contact a licensed professional from our AMPI organization. A list of members can be found online at Richard Savino is the Designated Broker for Realty Executives Rocky Point and is a Past President of the Puerto Peñasco chapter of AMPI. He can be reached at or (480) 707-3822 US.