Birth of GIPE

On August 27, 1985, the association GIPE (Gestores Inmobiliarios Profesionales Europeos), originally known as "Gestor Intermediario en Promociones de Edificaciones," was born with its headquarters in Málaga at the Palacio Salinas, as a response to a societal demand.

This initiative arose from the need to have specialized professionals who, in the course of their duties, contributed to the development and assurance of the real estate sector, offering their professionalism and technical knowledge. Up until that point, there was a monopoly of individuals belonging to certain professional bodies, some of whom lacked knowledge of the real estate industry and had no real competition to contend with.

Royal Decree 830/1981

The first mention of the profession can already be found in Royal Decree 830/1981, dated March 27, in which it implicitly recognizes the existence of professionals known as "Gestores Intermediarios en Promociones de Edificaciones" (Intermediary Managers in Building Promotions), with the number 159, within Group 15 dedicated to Managers in Public and Private Affairs.

We clearly differentiate ourselves from other types of professionals for tax purposes.
Mr. Antonio Reina, the first president of GIPE, was from that moment when he, along with a group of professionals, including Miguel Garrido and Alfred van Krimpen, decided to come together and create the Professional Association of Intermediary Managers in Building Promotions.

Province of Málaga

This group of professionals, who were the seed of the association, established their own bylaws. Following the regular procedure of deposit and publication, this led to the birth of the Professional Association.

Initially, we were authorized to operate within the territorial scope of the province of Málaga by the Mediation, Arbitration, and Conciliation Center of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of the Junta de Andalucía, on August 27, 1985.

On June 13, 1986, the association's scope expanded to cover all of Spain.

Subsequently, and by the agreement of the General Assembly of Members, the association initiated the necessary procedures with public authorities to expand its territorial scope to a national level.

On June 13, 1986, the Ministry of Labor and Social Security granted legal personality and full legal capacity to the Association of Intermediary Managers in Building Promotions (GIPE).

From that date onward, the Association has been governed with full autonomy and enjoys legal protection to ensure its independence from the Public Administration, as well as protection against any interference from other associations.

IN THE PRESENT DAY In 2023, GIPE undergoes a profound reorganization

Today, the Professional Association of European Professional Real Estate Managers (GIPE) is an association of the most qualified professionals in the real estate field across the entire national territory of Spain.

GIPE’s tasks are not only focused on institutional support as part of the European Association of Real Estate Professionals but also on defending the rights of its members in Spain and Europe.


Miguel Garrido


The current president, Miguel Garrido, a founding member of GIPE, has a long-standing career and experience in the real estate industry since 1976. He was unanimously elected on May 16, 2012. Among his projects and achievements for the association are consolidating GIPE as a cutting-edge organization, providing the necessary support and backing to its members to carry out work in line with the current market demands, and also integrating the association through CEPI in Europe.

Alfred van Krimpen

Vice President

Alfred van Krimpen started in 1978 as one of the first foreign national real estate agents on the Costa del Sol. As a Certified Real Estate Agent, co-founder, and current member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Real Estate Agents (GIPE), he possesses extensive knowledge of the industry. Fred has also gained substantial experience as a developer of various significant projects and as a contractor. He is proficient in Dutch (his native language), Spanish, English, German, and French.

In terms of specialized education, Fred holds a Diploma in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Environmental Auditing and Environmental Conscious Business Planning. Additionally, he holds multiple modular certificates from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in subjects such as Property Valuation, Architectural Restorations, Valuation of Cultural Architectural Heritage, National Real Estate Market, and Financial Management of Real Estate Companies. In March 2009, he successfully completed the main study to become a Legal Expert to act in legal disputes.

Christofer Fogelberg


Founder of StartGroup Real Estate and originally from Sweden, he has been a Spanish real estate agent since 2001. In addition to GIPE, he is also a member of the board of directors of the International Property Professional Association (AIPP), headquartered in London, and is a certified API-ANAI agent.

Patrick Galiano Sprenger


He was born and studied in the Principality of Liechtenstein. He specialized in Administration and Finance, completing his internship at LGT Bank in Liechtenstein, where he worked for several years. In 2004, he moved to Spain and became a real estate agent at the company IMO SWISS. Simultaneously, he serves as an administrator for Novamar Servicios Náuticos and Sprengal SL, companies dedicated to the nautical and tourism sectors.

Daniel Holmquist


Daniel is originally from Göteborg, Sweden, but has been residing in Spain since 1999. He possesses language skills in Swedish, Spanish, and English. After accumulating extensive experience in the field of computer science for several years, he made the decision in 2015 to enter the real estate sector. Currently, he holds the position of listings manager and photographer at the prestigious real estate agency StartGroup, located in Benalmádena.

Lorena Mª Rodríguez


Born in Málaga in 1984, she speaks Spanish, English, and French. She graduated in English Translation and Interpretation in 2006, and since August 1st of the same year, she started working as an administrative assistant at GIPE. Her administrative duties at GIPE include attending to the associates and managing all their inquiries, processing registrations and cancellations, serving as a liaison between the members of the Board of Directors, lawyers, financial advisors, and labor advisors, and carrying out all tasks requested for the smooth operation of the Association.

Doris Sprenger


Born in the Principality of Liechtenstein and residing in Spain since 1981, in 1991 she embarked on her journey as the manager and director of Imo Swiss Real Estate in Rincón de la Victoria, Málaga. In 1992, she completed training as an intermediary manager and joined the GIPE Association. She has continued her education in the real estate field, including a Real Estate Management Course at the Fundació Boch i Gimpera of the University of Barcelona in 1996 and a Master’s in Real Estate Business Management in 2000 from IPE Málaga. She currently continues to work in her company, Imo Swiss Golf Beach SL, and has been a member of the GIPE Board of Directors since 2012.

Francisco Blanco

Lawyer in Malaga

Jose Manuel Gómez Robles



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