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Generate Income From Seller Financing

Most people would agree that selling your home is one of the most stressful events in one's life. It is time consuming, emotional, and a lot of work with repairs and touch-ups. Also, the endless housekeeping to make sure it is presentable for viewing at all times and leaving the property each time a realtor calls. It feels as though your life is literally on hold, just waiting for the big sale so you can walk away and begin a new chapter in your life. It is no wonder most of us just want it over and done with it....

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Good News for Frequent Travelers with Pets

Many expats living in Mexico are frequent flyers with their pets and have concerns regarding over-vaccinating them for travel, but now Mexico has established a Frequent Traveler Pet Program. To register for the program apply through SENASICA Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad Calidad Agroalimentaria; they require a health certificate issued by a SENASICA-authorized veterinarian, current rabies vaccine, and treatment against internal and external parasites (within the last six months). Once your pet is registered in this program, Senasica will issue an official entry document for each pet which will contain pertinent data about you and your pet, plus vaccination records and...

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Relocating Your Pets to Mexico

As you are making arrangements for your move to Mexico, do not forget your pets!  For many people, the dogs and cats are part of the family and when the family is relocating to Mexico so are the pets. Dogs and cats are welcome in Mexico, and no quarantine is required. Other animals may need special permission; follow the link below. To ensure you have a stress-free and safe trip, consider these points when flying with your pet: the proper documents for your destination, airline breed restrictions, crate size, heat embargos, the pet's weight and size, and the duration of the...

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Do Foreigners Feel Safe Living in Mexico? Testimonials From Expats in Mexico

There is a lot of media sensationalism about the dangers of living in Mexico, but those of us who are living in Mexico have to disagree. Of course, like any country, there are areas you should avoid, and precautions you should take when you are out and about. You should always be aware of your surroundings, but the greater part of Mexico, especially those states catering to tourists and expats are perfectly safe. Every day more foreigners make the decision to move to Mexico. The immigration office in Playa del Carmen reports that they process an average of 60 new procedures a day.

Recognizing a Timeshare Resale Scam in Mexico

Mexico’s weather, beaches and lower living expenses have captivated many vacationers. In addition, the dream of owning a second home in paradise makes visitors easy targets for timeshare sales agents. Before they know it, they are swept away by the possibilities and wind up signing on the dotted line and purchasing a timeshare in Mexico. Once the excitement wears off some buyers may have regrets. Luckily there is a small safety net in Mexico - a five-business-day grace period in which to cancel a timeshare contract (despite what the salesperson tells you). However, if the grace period has passed by the...

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Avoiding Online Real Estate Scams in Mexico

Researching properties online is a great way to get an overall view of available properties in Mexico. It is exciting to search and dream about purchasing one of the amazing vacation homes featured on the net. The internet is also a great tool to search for the most popular areas, or if you prefer the most secluded properties and obtain the general price range of your new home. However, there are many online real estate scams, here are a few pointers from our Mexican Real Estate Legal Team on how to avoid them. Do not engage with an online “seller”...

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Love, Marriage and Real Estate in Mexico

February 14th marks the annual day of love and romance, and in Playa del Carmen it is also a day of Bodas Colectivas (collective wedding), a mass wedding sponsored by the Solidaridad municipality on Valentine's Day. It will be a beautiful day for many happy couples, and although it is an exciting event in one's life, we have to play devil's advocate and suggest some legal considerations for married couples in Mexico. Permission to Marry a Mexican National Foreigners marrying Mexican nationals require the approval of the Mexican Migration office. The document is called "Permiso para contraer matrimonio con un nacional," and...

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International Legal Matters Through Letter Rogatory

Rogatory letters are a formal request from the court in one country, to be executed in the court of another. For instance, a court order may be obtained in Canada or the US and be carried out in Mexico. The letter rogatory may be used for civil or commercial matters. One example of the use of a letter rogatory would be a divorcing couple with shared property in Mexico; the wife lives in Canada, and the husband lives in Mexico on their Mexican property.  In the case where the husband, in Mexico, is not cooperating with the split of assets...

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Keeping Up with Travel Alerts Regarding Travel to Mexico

The recent headlines are buzzing with the US Department of State’s current travel advisory updates. While some journalists paint an accurate picture, other journalists publish sensationalized and misleading headlines about safety in Mexico. The truth is Mexico’s top vacation destinations are not subject to the US restriction; Cancun, the Mayan Riviera, Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit, Mexico City and Los Cabos are considered safe vacation hot spots for foreigners. Last August the US Department of State posted a travel alert which included Quintana Roo and the famous beach destinations Cancun, the Riviera Maya and Cozumel. However, on January 10th the travel alert was...

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Is Your Mexican Real Estate Agent Licensed to Sell Property?

If you are investing in property anywhere in the world, it is important to hire professionals to assist you with your purchase and ensure your investment is protected. In the past, anyone in Mexico could claim to be a real estate agent or rental agent, there were no licenses or regulations in place. In the state of Quintana Roo, one of the fastest growing real estate markets in Mexico, new real estate regulations have been imposed. The new license requirements were published on July 6, 2014. Although the law has been in effect for a few years now, it has...

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