From Thursday 19th until Sunday 22nd of April, real estate professionals flocked to the Spring SIMA (Salón Inmobilario Internacional de Madrid) convention at the Feria de Madrid, Centro de Convenciones Sur. As always, it offered an excellent opportunity not only to catch up with fellow property professionals but also to learn about the latest industry trends.

Rimontgó was represented by its director, José Ribes Bas, and Sales and Marketing manager of the Valencia office, Cristina Martínez, who reported that the mood was upbeat as the attendees gathered to exchange views and find out about the latest trends and tendencies in the market.

According to a representative from Planner Reed, the organisers of the fair: “visitor numbers exceeded the expectations of both the organisers and exhibitors, with many interested in making a purchase having, according to reports, informed themselves in advance with regard to properties on offer at the fair. International exhibitors also made their presence felt, including Uruguay, SIMA’s special guest country, whose substantial delegation was led by the Vice-President of the Republic of Uruguay, Danilo Astori, promoting the country as a destination for real estate investment, accompanied by the likes of Enrique Iglesias, the Iberian-American Secretary General, Héctor Lescano, the Minister of Tourism and Sport, and Carlos Pita, the Uruguayan Ambassador to Spain.”

There was a great deal of interest in the programme of seminars and on Friday the 20th in particular, as the focus turned to attracting Russian buyers. DªAlma Anita Tablada of Property Worldwide Moscow delivered a very interesting and informative presentation on the challenges posed by the necessity for Spanish property companies to cast their nets as far as Eastern Europe. Describing Spain as Russia’s “ideal partner” in terms of being a location that is desirable to wealthy Russian investors looking for holiday homes in the warmest part of Europe, Dª Alma made some very helpful suggestions as to how businesses might most efficiently tap into the burgeoning Russian market.

Other countries highlighted at SIMA‘s Spring convention were Uruguay, Brazil and the United States of America, in particular the Miami area.

All businesses these days are obliged to look beyond their national borders in order not only to maintain their economic health, but to advance it, and the Rimontgó team is especially keen to keep up with all the latest information and trends from the constantly moving and expanding world of international property.