As most of you know, we got hacked. Over 1000 bogus accounts were created and thousands of SPAM posts created. While not "cured" we are close. That means the SPAM has been deleted and most bogus accounts have either been banned or deleted. I say most because there are still some out there that will be dealt with when a bogus post is made.

Security measures have been added but some bogus accounts were still being created. For now, the ability to create new accounts has been turned off. If you want an account, send an email message to and include the following information:

  • email address
  • preferred login name
  • temporary password (you will need to change it when you log in)

We will set up your account and email you the information. Once you log in, besides changing your password, we encourage you to fill in your profile information.

Sorry for the inconvenience but that seems to be the way the world works right now.

The crazyness of real estate advertising

There is no multiple listing service (MLS) in Guatemala. The result, particularly in Guatemala City, is a disaster. While there are lots of web sites that pretend they are the place to look, they are not. You can find more ads on than anywhere else but the are mostly programmed ads posted all too often. And that's just the beginning of the problem.

In general, when you see the ad posted about a property it has nothing to do with a realtor that might actually know something about the property. almost universally, someone posts an ad about something that is for sale because they think it sounds like it might get them some responses. In most cases when I have responded to an ad the agent has never seen the property. Usually there is an owner there who can at least answer some questions.

But, more often than not, responding to an ad leads you to a "that is not available but ..." response. That's crazy. And that is a waste of time for the seller and the potential buyer. Yeah, it is a waste of time for the agent as well but generally he or she is just an oportunist so I don't feel sorry for him.

The right solution is a miltiple listing service. That is where one agent/company contracts with the seller and then the listing is published in such a was that any agent can access the listing but the original agent will always get a "seller's commission". And, hopefully, the information about a sale will cause the listing to be removed from the MLS.

You can then employ a "buyer's agent", someone to represent you. They have access to the listings, can find something they feel matches your desires and do all the footwork for you. And get paid for that.