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Mexico Real Estate – Truth vs. Fiction

19 March, 2014

Life in Mexico is not only beautiful,but it is also quite safe. Yes,safe. Throughout most of this vast and culturally diverse country,people enjoy a quiet,happy,slow pace of life that the rest of the world only dreams about. 

Children can be seen playing outside until nightfall,while adults can often be found talking and enjoying one another’s company and the ocean breezes under bright moonlight well into the nighttime hours. Most of those who call Mexico home would tell you that they are among the luckiest people on the planet,sharing food and fellowship with loved ones,enjoying some of the most beautiful real estate available today. 

Although many of the U.S. news media reports would have you believing that Mexico is a dangerous place with drug lords waiting at every turn to rob you of all worldly possessions,the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. In most of Mexico – and especially in the popular tourist areas and expat communities – there are no roadblocks or cops looking for bribes. In fact,the main problem areas lie mostly along the U.S. border in the north of the country,thousands of miles from tourist and expat havens like the Yucatan Peninsula. 

Here,you can discover the exciting city of Cancun,or head a few hours south along the Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast to check out the eco-chic town of Tulum,which is bound to be the next big thing in Mexico real estate. Although many visitors tend to view Mexico as a vacation destination,the reality is that everyday life here is pretty outstanding. 

Most of Mexico’s expats spent plenty of time researching their options before settling on Mexico as a place to start a new life. Here,they are still just a short,affordable plane ride away from visiting friends and family,and it is also easy to bring pets along. In fact,you can fly to Mexico in just a few hours from most places in the U.S.,and the country is home to plenty of airports. It is also possible to drive home if you prefer.

Driving within Mexico is easy to do as well,thanks to the government’s many investments in its infrastructure. This is just one of the first-world amenities you will enjoy while living in Mexico; it’s also easy to purchase state of the art appliances,name brand clothing and just about anything else you would be able to find living in the U.S.

Mexico also offers a six-month tourist visa,which makes it possible to live here indefinitely without becoming an official resident. Many expats simply make a border run every six months to renew their visas. A longtime favorite destination for Americans and Canadians,there are many expat communities in Mexico that offer plenty of English-speaking activities,but still manage to retain a sense of the country’s unique cultural identity. 

There are a large number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mexico – rivaling what you will find in Europe – and both city and state government agencies take great pride in promoting free cultural events involving dance,music and theater for the public to enjoy. 

Perhaps one of the best things about living in Mexico real estate is its affordability. It is possible to live a high quality of life here on much less money than it would cost in the U.S. or Canada. With affordable healthcare and deals like $5 lunches for two,$100 annual property taxes and 20-cent bus rides,it’s easy to see why Mexico is such a popular retirement destination. 

Finally,it’s important to mention that there are a number of ways that foreigners can legally own property in Mexico. That is why it may be a good idea to consider purchasing Mexico real estate even if you are not considering making a move anytime in the near future. Hotspots like Tulum and Merida,as well as other coastal and colonial cities throughout the country,offer an excellent investment opportunity with close proximity to stunning natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage you can’t find anywhere else in the world. 

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