I'm filled with admiration and respect for The Insider's Guide. Its 368 pages are so complete and comprehensive and so well thought out and so well organized. Teresa Kendrick and her colleagues have done a wonderful job of providing and packaging a full authoritative range of information, not only for long and short-term residents of the Lake Chapala area but also for those many people who seem to be contemplating coming here either to live as permanent retiree-residents or as snowbirds.
Don Adams and his collaborators have produced a guide that's aimed directly at those people up north who are contemplating coming here, either permanently or for lengthy annual visits. The resulting volume is, in my opinion, a real winner. The various chapters are divided into topics such as putting your financial affairs in order and arranging for transfers of money....
These six wonderful books hit a real soft spot because I'm an ardent admirer of Mexican creativity as it exhibits itself so lavishly in art, architecture, the design of everyday objects and the bold approach to color. And I particularly enjoy good photographic books, which these essentially are.
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Good year for investment
Property as an investment
We talked about this subject a few months ago, but recently we have worked with three cases of people being ripped off for their deposits on Mexico real estate. Two were deposits on purchasing a Mexico...
Who would have thought that buying a house in Mexico would be such a scandal? Maybe it should have occurred to me beforehand that I would encounter some very unusual problems while trying to acquire pr...
Once upon a time, in the previous century, an old journalist and his still-beautiful bride were pondering retirement and escape from Washington, D.C.
They had roots and land on the original TVA lake i...
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STATE OF THE NATION REPORT
FIGHT AGAINST POVE...
"Inventory of housing" were words I didn't understand very well - until a friend from the U.S. asked me to find him an inexpensive old "fixer-upper" in this colonial city. He's an environmentalist so I...
Mary and I went to Aguascalientes on the last day of September to look for a house to rent. Harry and Alejandro had left the previous day, traveling by bus. We offered them a ride in the White Bullet (...
On April 1st, I bought a new condo as a rental. That should have been a warning. Fool! If you've been reading my columns you know what I went through to gut out my own house and rebuild it, and you've ...
Calle Moneda in Mexico City dead-ends at the zocalo, and is virtually a pedestrian walkway.
© Rick Meyer, 2001
With a population oscillating at around 20 million, streets jammed with cars, and bui...
As some of you know, Glenna and I bought a building lot
just north of Zihuatanejo. We were thinking we wanted to build
a little house (600 - 900 sq ft) in a few years. But
with the peso appearing to stabilize,inflation projected at 20-30% for the
next year, and the recognition that if we don't build,
we'll still be paying to stay in a hotel, we're thinking
of building this winter.
*Statistics from Multi List Vallarta
The last decade of the millennium has brought a multitude of changes to the real estate market of Puerto Vallarta. The effects of this can be seen by the expansion...
(Disclaimer: All prices quoted in this article are accurate as of February, 2000. In addition, there are ALWAYS exceptions!)
It is helpful for newcomers to Mexico to review the basics of property eval...
Anyone interested in purchasing land Lakeside has watched the prices skyrocket over the last two years. It's next to impossible to find single lots because the contractors are buying open land, subdivi...
Foreigners can buy or invest in real estate in Mexico without any restriction, except in the coastal and border areas. There, foreign individuals and branches of foreign corporations can have 100% cont...
From the book "CASA MEXICANA" ©1989 Tim Street-Porter,
published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York.
Reproduced by special permission of the publisher and author.
My wife and I have just returned from Ajijic. While there we toured real
estate with a very competent man. We are currently negotiating for a
property which is a walled lot with all utilities installed, a basic
foundation, cistern, etc. for a small home. What we are trying to
determine now is what the cost per square foot will be for average
construction. We realize that costs can very greatly due to luxury
ammenities. That's why I indicated average or middle of the road
construction costs. Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.
Updated May, 2009
Are you renting in Mexico or did you buy? Why? Can you own your house outright? These are questions I’m frequently asked. Generally, my recommendation is to rent for at least six...
Although trained as an engineer, Barragán discovered he had a closer affinity with architecture. He did not receive formal training and never officially became an architect (which did not prevent him from receiving the Pritzker Award, architecture’s "Nobel Prize," in 1980).
We have seen long discussions on the subject of working in Mexico. I
am curious about how it is to own rental property for income in Mexico.
I'm thinking mainly in
terms of a condo or two which would probably be in an area like Ajijic or
in one of the coastal resort areas and would probably be rented out to vacationing
Americans and Canadians.
Enjoying the Mexican beachfront or colonial hillside town, you've decided to put down roots in Mexico and "save money" by buying in.
Think twice: you may make the deal of a lifetime, or you wish you'd...