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Mexico changes, Mexico remains the same Marvin West

The more Mexico changes, the more it remains the same. Despite delusions of assorted miracles, it is still largely a country where the past remains vividly present. We have been hearing about reforms since Enrique Peña Nieto launched his presidential campaign in November 2011. Together we will build a new and better Mexico, he said. As so eloquently added by a TV comedian, exaggerated promises come with “buckets of saliva.” Foreign investors took the bait. Mexico is a potential manufacturing powerhouse. Alas, the proverbial man on the street has been looking everywhere, trying to identify improvements in ordinary living. What he sees is fuzzy. read more

Your vacation home in Mexico can make money for you Mexconnect Staff

  A winter condo in Palm Beach, a vacation house at Lake Taho or a summer cottage in the country… How about a beautiful villa on the beach in sunny Mexico? Who doesn't like to get away for extend... read more

Money matters in Mexico Marvin West

Money matters — in Mexico just as elsewhere. It is important to have some.
Want a cost-of-living yardstick? Use Washington or New York or San Francisco or London or Tokyo.
Mexico costs less. How much depends on interests, habits, choices, activities, guest lists and how hard you hit topes. . . read more

The Lake Chapala real estate market J. Brad Grieve

Between 2003 and 2006 , the average sale price of Mexico real estate in the Lake Chapala area increased by approximately 69%. read more

The impact of currency exchange rates on your Mexican property Thomas Wright

There is a way to protect yourself from currency fluctuations that may increase the cost of your property. The worldwide foreign exchange market is huge, with average daily turnover totaling approxima... read more

The Impact of Currency Exchange Rates on Your Mexican Property: What to look out for and how to protect yourself Thomas Wright

There is a way to protect yourself from currency fluctuations that may increase the cost of your property. The worldwide foreign exchange market is huge, with average daily turnover totaling approx... read more

Gulp! The ATM Gulped My Credit Card! What Now? Melville King

Years ago at my car bank in Texas, the befuddled ATM swallowed my credit card. I immediately pushed the call button and told the teller answering that the machine wouldn't give me my card back. She sai... read more

Have You Ever Lost Your Bank? Melville King

Here in Jerez de García Salinas, Zacatecas, México, on a bright, clear, sunny Saturday of October, I walked past my bank on the way to the post office.I was very happy to notice that crews were repla... read more

Mexican trusts Raoul Rodriguez-Walters


Mexico real estate: where there's a will there's a way Raoul Rodriguez-Walters

What's the Plan Man? We all have a "Plan" that distributes the property we own when we pass away. The difference is that some of us are familiar with our plan, others are not. Those with foresight hav... read more

U.S. tax obligations related to the sale of Mexican real estate Raoul Rodriguez-Walters

"How can I obtain a capital gains, or homestead, tax exemption on the sale of my Mexican real estate?" is one of the most frequently asked questions by expatriate residents of San Miguel when they cont... read more

Uncle Sam has something to say about your Mexican home Raoul Rodriguez-Walters

Like many a traveller, you've come to Puerto Vallarta, let's say from from Portland, Oregon, looking for an escape from the cold and the office. A little romance in a tropical paradise would be nice to... read more

Mexican taxes: here, there, taxes, everywhere Raoul Rodriguez-Walters

Everyone involved in real estate has heard the adage "Location, Location, Location." While undoubtedly this saying has a lot of truth to it, no less true is the following: "Taxes, Taxes, Taxes." Consid... read more

Head for Mexico: The Renegade Guide by Don Adams Reviewed by Allan Cogan

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.... read more

More About Taxes Larry Landwehr

Mary has gone back to the US for a month to take care of some business. I chose to stay at home, here in Mexico. Thank goodness I decided to study Spanish, because I sure need it now ­ the utility bil... read more

Mexico And Minimum Wage Discussion Thread Forum

We fear that if everyone who goes to Mexico is in the position to have multiple homes in various countries, not batting an eye at paying N. American prices for everything and anything, soon they will be the only ones that can afford Mexico. read more

Different Ways To Send Money to Mexico Gaceta Consular

September 1996 - Austin, Texas - Year IV, Number 25 With the many Mexican nationals who live in the Austin area and with the increase in trade between our countries under NAFTA, the Consulate frequent... read more
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