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Mexico Living – Deciding whether to Rent or Buy a Home

Mexico Living

Rent or Own in Mexico

Mexico Living – Renting or Buying a Home

With more and more people retiring and seeking affordable retirement living, Mexico living is a big consideration to many.  The biggest question that most people ask if whether they should buy or rent a home prior to permanent relocation.

There are many good reasons to buy a home in Mexico including purchase pricing that is lower than the United States and Canada and affordable labor costs for renovation.  However, to know how neighborhoods can change in Mexico is to know Mexico living.

Why we, Mexico Living Now, suggest Renting first!

During the years that we have lived in Mexico and hear from other expats who have moved to Mexico, we realize there are circumstances that can predict how your neighborhood may change.  First, when looking for a place to live, you need to physically visit the neighborhood at various times of the day for almost an entire week.  This will give you the advantage of knowing of any neighbors or establishments who are playing loud music at hours you would find undesirable.  Additionally, you may find bothersome stray animals surround your neighborhood at night seeking food from trash bags left in the street for pickup.  Trash pickup varies by neighborhood.

Secondly, you should not consider any property, whether rental or purchase, that is adjacent to an empty lot.  This could mean future construction that will bring lots of noise and dust to your dwelling.  This can be a long, ongoing process that can turn your Mexico living dream into a nightmare.

Mexico Living is Learning the Culture

There are party halls all over Mexico.  Some are clearly marked with signs for Fiesta, and some are not.  Be certain to ask your realtor or the neighbors if there is an unmarked Fiesta hall in the area.  We knew one woman who had no idea a Fiesta hall was right next to her house as it was behind enclosed walls with a solid gate.  Fortunately for her, she was renting so she was able to avoid further sleep disruption by moving elsewhere.  Another good idea is to drive around the blocks of your  Mexico neighborhood to see if there are any auto repair or bus and truck repair shops.  Many times a street on which you desire to live looks great, until you hear the roaring of engines and smell the odor of diesel fuel.  Restaurants can also be bad neighbors.  Cooking and food aroma can begin early morning and late night trash disposal may bring a different kind of undesirable aroma wafting into you home at night.

If you choose to live in a city in Mexico,  neighboring public parking lots next to your home in Mexico can be another bothersome intrusion if they are open 24 hours daily.  Remember, you will have cars entering and existing all day and night.  Air and noise pollution are the concerns here.

If you have decided on a more suburban location to live in Mexico, look for the nearest location of schools.  Mexico living means no school buses.  As a result, parents line up their cars in morning for school drop off and in the afternoon for school pickup.  This can be a tremendous inconvenience if you are trying to access your street during school hours.

High traffic roads for Mexico living are another consideration, not just for the noise aspect but for the difficulty in finding parking, or if you have off street parking, trying to get in and out of the space on a busy road.

We, at Mexico Living Now, offer you this information not to discourage you in your search to buy or to rent housing in Mexico, but to alert you to the very important factors that will play a major roll in the overall enjoyment of your Mexico living experience.  Living in Mexico means living in a different culture with different architecture and different laws for residential areas.  In general, there are few restrictions for turning a residential space into a commercial space unless you are living in a “fraccionamiento”, which is a residential development, or a gated community.  Other than those two circumstances, almost any commercial / residential combination is possible, more so in a city atmosphere.

The bottom line is that if you are considering making a permanent move to Mexico for retirement, attending school or for temporary residency, invest the time it takes to select your home base as it will be crucial to the overall enjoyment and culture adaptation of Mexico living.

 

 

 

The Baby Boomers’ Unemployment Dilemma – Living in Mexico is The Answer!

Baby Boomers

Wondering About the Future

Baby Boomers Fear Early Retirement at Poverty Level

An article about the dilemma of baby boomers who are unemployed and forced into early retirement was recently written by Motoko Rich of the New York Times, recounting a story of a woman who’s been unemployed since 2008 and, turning 62, is forced to take early social security.  Her story, like many others, is the new dilemma facing the nation’s baby boomers.

Applications for Social Security Increasing by Baby Boomers

The New York Times article mentions  a statement by chief actuary, Steve Goss, of the Social Security Administration estimating that 2011 and 2012 will see a rise above those increased initial 200,000 benefit requests made in 2008 and 2009.

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Mexico Living – Leading the World in Wind Power Development

Mexico Living

Mexico Leading the World in Wind Power Energy Development

Mexico Living – 21st Century Wind Power Development in La Ventosa

Mexico living in La Ventosa ( Spanish for ‘the windy place’) is more like living in the future than the truly traditional Mexican lifestyle experienced in this Yucatan pueblo in the state of Oaxaca.

While tourists from all over the world are visiting the culturally rich Oaxaca and beach lovers are enjoying  the sand and surf, the winds in La Ventosa are helping  Mexico increase its 2005 green energy output by 400 times, reaching almost 4% of the country’s energy needs through wind power development.

Wind power is the future and the future, for many, is Mexico living.

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Mexico Living – The Beauty & The Beast

May 15, 2012   //   by admin   //   Best places to retire Mexico, Living in Mexico, Mexico Living, Mexico Living Now  //  No Comments
Mexico Living

Snorkeling with The Whale Shark Isla Mujeres

Mexico Living – An Ancient Creature Returns to Isla Mujeres & Holbox Island

One of the beauties of Mexico living is awaiting the annual return of the monstrous whale shark  to Isla Mujeres and Holbox Island in the Yucatan peninsula.

Tourist snorkelers travel in droves to the Yucatan during late Spring to witness the filter-feeding species of shark and take advantage of photographing themselves next to this ancient specimen of the largest of fish species in the world.

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Mexico Living – Hydroponics Comes to the Yucatan

May 11, 2012   //   by admin   //   Best places to retire Mexico, Living in Mexico, Mexico Living, Retire in Mexico  //  No Comments
Mexico Living Hydroponics

Vegetables grown through Hydroponics

Mexico Living is Going Green with Hydroponics

Now, Mexico living  enjoys the introduction of hydroponics in the Yucatan Peninsula; a new way to grow vegetables, preserve water and create jobs for the locals near the town of Motul.

In another part of the world, on the Iberian peninsula, is Almeria.  It is known to have the highest number of hours of sunshine and lowest rainfall in in its country.  Much of the province is comprised of semi-arid desert due to its dry and hot climate.  This gives good reason for Almeria to be one of the most productive agricultural zones in all of Europe through hydroponics.

The Yucatan, much like Almeria, will now be a popular agricultural center for the ever growing use of hydroponics in Mexico.  This practice certainly makes Mexico living for retirement a definite plus!

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Required Income for Retiring in Mexico

Retiring in Mexico

Required Income for Retirement in Mexico

Proof of Income Required for Retiring in Mexico

If you’re planning on retiring in Mexico, you will need to produce proof of income from Social Security, pensions or any worldwide income  investments.

Presently, the Mexican government requires a minimum monthly income of $1500 U.S. dollars per month plus an additional $500 per month for additional dependents.

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Mexico Living – Misconception in The United States

Mexico Living

Vacation Style Retirement Living

Is Mexico Living Right for You?

Why does the U.S.Media condemn Mexico Living? This is a great question about Mexico living and one to which we don’t have an answer.  We can only imagine that those reporting have never been to Mexico!

Recently, one of our staffers visited her hometown in the United States.  When asked where she was visiting from, she replied ‘Mexico’!  The next statement took her by surprise.  The comment was delivered with warped humor “Hope you live in a safe place”!

To those of us enjoying Mexico living and vacation style retirement in Mexico, we don’t understand this type of perception.  Our staffer could have said the same thing to this man “Hope you live in a safe neighborhood!”  But Mexico has taught us to not be confrontational.

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Mexico Living – The Most Dangerous Country on the Planet?

Mexico Living

A Beautiful Mayan Girl - Mexico

Headline News: Mexico Living – Safe and Secure

The news headlines today featured many stories of violence, but Mexico was featured as being the most dangerous country on the planet.  Really?

We at Mexico Living Now do not support or subscribe to any type of violence but we’d like you to compare these stories.

This morning in Ohio, a young man brings a gun into his high school and shoots five students, killing three.  In Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers are being killed because they burned the Korans that were being used to pass terrorist information within the pages of the holy book, a defiling in itself.  One of the soldiers was killed at his desk by a Afghan co-worker.  These are people we’ve worked with, side by side, for ten years to help in their training for independent living ; supposedly our friends.

In Mexico, Puerta Vallarta, tourists left their Carnival cruise ship for a jungle tour and were robbed at gunpoint.   They had their money, cameras and passports taken, but not one person was reported as harmed physically in any way.

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Mexico Living – Boomer Migration South of the Border

Mexico Living

Boomers Migration South of the Border

Boomers Enjoy Mexico Living!

Retirement for Baby Boomers has a whole new ring to it! More like a Mariachi Band ring to it.

Mexico living is the newest and most desirable attraction to retiring baby-boomers from the U.S. and Canada.  More and more baby boomers are headed south of the border, down Mexico way, for vacation-style retirement living.

Presently, over 2 million Baby Boomers are living their retirement years in Mexico. And, with the onset of 2012, one of the largest segments of the population is about to retire.

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Retiring in Mexico

Retiring in MexicoRetiring in Mexico – Why Consider It?

If you’re at the stage of planning your retirement, you may want to consider retiring in Mexico.  It’s easier than you may think.

Why retire in Mexico?  Because you can live a great life on a small budget.

If you are part of the middle class in another country, you probably realize by now that middle class can no longer afford to live comfortably.  There’s a change in the world and it’s a reality that may be difficult to face, but we all must wake up and smell the enchiladas.

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