Preparing to Buy Mexico Real Estate

By: Eliot Stearne

This article explores the question of how to get informed and prepared to successfully buy Mexico real estate.

So you'd like to consider buying Mexico real estate. First, let's establish some basic principles. If you are serious about buying Mexico real estate, you need to get informed about the challenges you may have to master and technicalities you may have to overcome in order to complete a successful deal. Remember, all these challenges and technical issues go away if you purchase from a reputable North American developer like Replay, one of the major new players in the country. However, if you decide to venture into a purchase without that safety and ease of process, you'll at least need to find a good local expert to guide you.

Personally, I think those who choose to buy Mexico real estate away from the resort developments should make some effort to understand the language. Mexican professionals are no more or less dependable or honest than their North American counterparts. Along with the good come the less than scrupulous - in any country, including Mexico. If you prefer not to learn Spanish you should focus on buying from a highly reputable North American developer, as I did.

The good news is that Spanish is relatively easy for English-speakers to learn, unlike Japanese or Russian. The structure of Spanish is quite like ours and there are thousands of words that are almost identical. (In fact you can buy an audio course that is entirely based on these similar words). Learning the language isn't just good for protecting yourself as you make your purchase. It's also the best way for you to get on the inside of the culture. Even if you end up buying Mexico real estate from a North American developer, you will still enjoy life more if you can casually venture into the neighboring villages and chat with the locals.

Now that said, the next big piece of preparation is to decide where you want to be. You can read my article on this, but in principle you need to conduct thorough research through books and the Internet to find the place that is right for you. One point here that people often forget is accessibility. You want to be able to get back to friends and family easily for celebrations or in emergencies.

Once you have chosen a location of interest, for example the beautiful Baja Peninsular, your priority should be to go and spend time there. You will never gather from books and websites the kind of first-hand knowledge of a place you get from a visit. If you are looking at a resort-type location, such as Loreto Bay where I live, you can really get close to the lifestyle you will enjoy when you purchase. You'll be able to stay in the resort hotel and get a feel for the community, architecture and amenities.

Buying Mexico real estate doesn't have to be hard, if you prepare yourself well. And the rewards both personal and financial can be enjoyed for decades to come.

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