Lane Simmons’ business experience in México began in the 1970’s and he became a permanent resident in 1995. Lane is a Certified International Real Estate Specialist, and since becoming the broker of RE/MAX Colonial in 1997, he and his team have helped hundreds of foreigners navigate the process of purchasing and selling real estate in the San Miguel de Allende area as well as throughout México.
When México established qualification procedures for federal certification of agents, in 2004 Lane became one of the country’s first 150 nationally accredited real estate professionals, and he participates in RE/MAX México’s continuing education courses for agents and brokers.
In 2000, Lane authored a real estate buyer’s guide for foreigners that was endorsed by the editors of two San Miguel newspapers. He has written, been written about, and been interviewed for numerous articles for English-language newspapers in México, and international publications including Money, Financial Times, Discover Mexico, AIM (Adventures in Mexico), Mexico Insider andInternational Living.
Lane has also shared his knowledge of living and investing in Mexico and the Mexican real estate market as a guest speaker at conferences and seminars internationally, and the local college, Instituto Allende, as the member of San Miguel’s real estate community invited each year since 1999 to participate in the school’s annual “Lecture Series for Foreigners”.
Having resided in several diverse areas of Mexico, Lane first visited San Miguel de Allende in 1991. Although he and his family very much enjoy traveling to other parts of the country’s interior and coast, Lane, his wife Becky and their children Pancho and Gloria prefer San Miguel as their home.
Lane Simmons: Community Service
An article in Discover Mexico magazine portrayed Lane’s commitment to community service as a “shining example” of foreigners’ contributions to their adopted communities in México.
After working as a volunteer at a children’s shelter and school, and with the Mexican Red Cross responding to emergencies and rescuing injured during events such as San Miguel’s running of the bulls, Lane was asked to join the staff of the Police Academy as an instructor in 1997.
He has since received numerous commendations for his assistance to the area’s public security forces and, with the assistance of the staff of RE/MAX Colonial and other local businesses, Lane founded San Miguel’s annual “Blue Santa” project to collect toys for the police to distribute to area children during the Christmas season.
Furthering his commitment to local public safety, Lane contributed to establishing the San Miguel based Pan-American Emergency Medicine Development (PACEMD) Program, an international effort to improve the quality of emergency medical services in Latin America, beginning in the state of Guanajuato.