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Renting In Puerto Vallerta

From an article by Robert Foster

I'm Moving to Ajijic

I just have to tell you....I am moving to Ajijic.... I even fell and sprained BOTH of my ankles in the middle of the main street in Chapala ....but ..... altho I quieted down for a day...I wrapped them and the next day I walked some more. I told my traveling companion later that my ankles slowing me down some were the reason the place that I found to rent happened.... (more) by Marilyn Geary-Symons

•Why are Carl and Lorena Living in Ajijic?

After reading your book, it is obvious that you are a true expert on expatriate living in Mexico. From that vantage point, it comes as a minor surprise that you live in Ajijic, But, I respect your perspective on living in Mexico, so my question is: In your opinion, is the Lakeside area the best locale for expatriates who are not averse to immersion in an authentic Mexican cultural experience? Carl Responds.... (more)

•Renting In PV for a Month?

We are planning a trip to PV area for about a month this winter and would appreciate any helpful tips you could give us as far as rental properties in the area. We have always stayed in the Manzanillo area and have steered away from PV because of the big city atmosphere, but your website has sparked an interest.... (more)

•We want to move to Puerto Vallarta

We fell in love w/ PV the first time we vacationed there. Any hints on how to get started & where to find a rental on a month to month basis for 3 month to 1 year would be welcomed. Since we cannot generate an income in Mexico, we will need to stay on a budget. Is renting for $600 to $800 reasonable..... (more) from Lisa & Rick


Timeshare Resales

Many people see timeshares in a negative light. However, sale-by-owner timeshares - also called timeshare resales - are different than resort offered timeshares. For one thing, resales are often thousands less than resort-offered property.... (more) article donated by Sell My Timeshare Now

Buying Land in Mexico?

The regulations on the sale of real property to foreigners are found in the Mexican Foreign Investment Law. An American (or any foreign national) can acquire land almost anywhere in Mexico with the permission of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The only exception in the Foreign Investment Law is that foreigners may not acquire directly real property in the "restricted zone"..... (more) by Jonathan A. Pikoff, Esq.

Lost in Translation: Texas Notary Public v. Mexico Notario Publico

When you are told the Mexican Notario Publico will charge $3,000 dollars to make you the beneficiary of a trust on a Mexican beachfront condo, you certainly know things are different in Mexico. This article will clarify the misconception that commonly occurs when individuals familiar with the Texas Office of Notary Public encounter a Mexican Notario Publico..... (more) by Jonathan A. Pikoff, Esq. and Charles J. Crimmins

Buying Property in the Lake Chapala Area

In the last decade or so, it is estimated that more than 10,000 foreigners have purchased property on the Northshore of Lake Chapala.... Ajijic has become the prime location for foreigners because of its infrastructure of services, such as internet access, and the existence of the Lake Chapala Society, an English-speaking resource for newcomers and residents.... (more) by Tony Harries & Teresa A. Kendrick

•Buying Restricted-Zone (Coastal and border zone) property

First, as most folks are aware, Mexican residential property in the coastal or border zones can be legally purchased by foreigners, but only through the fideicomiso (bank trust) method set up expressly for this purpose by the federal government....(more) By Robert Foster

Mondo Condo

“Hola, amigos! Would you like to rent a nice Jeep for just five dollars?”

“Good morning, can I offer you folks a special free breakfast?”

“Hey, guys! Do you need any information? Would you like to know how to make the scene here in Mexico?

•Dobie and Sergio are homesteading in a former coconut plantation on Mexico's Pacific Coast.


•Building in Puerto Vallarta

"Could you tell me what one would would expect to pay for new construction per sq ft in Nuevo Vallarta today?..." .... (more) Q&A: Charles Sloan & Robert Foster

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