Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Strength of Nashville Hispanic real estate market brings movement toward professional organization

"[A] group of about 50 agents, appraisers, mortgage lenders, nonprofit agencies and home inspectors met yesterday to learn how they could join the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, based in San Diego. The organization has 11,000 members in 48 states, said Moises Vela, its executive director."

"The local real estate market is booming, agents said yesterday. Nashville has a 'solid 30 to 40' real estate agents who serve Hispanic clients almost exclusively, said Rob Harvey, the outgoing president and chief executive officer of Village Real Estate."

"'Any professionals that work with Hispanics can be part of our association. The idea is to teach Hispanics to be homeowners, to realize the American dream without being taken,' said Miguel Torres, who organized yesterday's meeting and who teaches Spanish-language seminars on the home-buying process."

The Tennessean

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