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Who Will Inherit Your Property in Mexico?

Many foreigners invest in real estate in Mexico to benefit from the high returns on investment that this market offers, to enjoy their leisure time here by owning vacation property, to retire, or a combination of all of the above. Ironically, few foreigners give any thought to what will occur to their property in the event of death. The purpose of this article is to provide some insights on how Mexican Law will deal with property owned by foreigners upon death and, hopefully, will provide foreigners with some suggestions on how to deal with this situation. A foreigner with property in...

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The Ejido, a Mexican Concept Misunderstood by Foreigners

Plots of land located near the beach, specifically in Playa del Carmen, Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca, and the Riviera Nayarit are most likely part of an Ejido. Foreigners frequently ask, “What is the significance of an Ejido property and why am I prohibited from buying land there?” An Ejido or ‘propiedad comunal’ is an area of communal land mainly used for agriculture, on which community members farm designated plots and collectively maintain communal holdings. While this was the original intention and was once an accurate description of Ejido activity, today many Ejido properties are abandoned, with no farming activity taking place. Why...

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THE IRS GETS ITS SHARE, EVEN ON THIS SIDE OF THE WALL

REPORTING OBLIGATIONS OF U.S. CITIZENS IN MEXICO* A recent incident that occurred to a local U.S. ex-pat living in Mexico emphasizes the IRS’ efforts to collect taxes and enforce taxation reporting legislation, even on the fun side of the wall. While on a return trip to the U.S., Tom Smith (the individual’s identity is being withheld) and his family were intercepted at customs and repeatedly asked whether he was the “Tom Smith” that was identified by the passport. After confirming his identity, his family was authorized to enter the U.S., and he was detained. Hours later, a representative of the IRS introduced...

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Get Here Sooner by Investing in a Mexican B&B

How do you escape the rat race, and give up working long days and dreaded commutes? Most people work hard all week and struggle to make ends meet, waiting all year for that one vacation in Mexico to get away and unwind. What if that vacation in Mexico was actually your life? Foreigners who are not financially ready to retire but are ready to enjoy life are investing in a rental property or home big enough to operate a B&B. Get a jump start on your retirement life while the rental income supplements your income. Expats living in Mexico are enjoying...

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Tips on Securing Your Vacation Home in Mexico

So you found your dream home in Mexico, now it is time to shop for a homeowners insurance policy to protect your investment. Unexpected loss happens, whether it is loss through robbery, vandalism, fire, flooding or a natural disaster. Vacation homes are at higher risk of loss as some foreigner property owners only stay six months and leave the home vacant for the remainder of the year. A significant portion of real estate purchased by foreigners in Mexico is condominiums. In this case, the condo association will have a blanket policy to insure the structure, common areas, fixtures, and amenities....

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