Ex Pat Guide for Living and Working in Mexico

Mexico has always been a popular place for holidays due to its wonderful beaches, mild climate and friendly people. All those reasons, along with the lower cost of living, is why many people decide to move to Mexico. Overall, the country offers a good quality of life for all newcomers. If you are considering moving, you might find this expat guide for working and living in Mexico quite useful. So, let’s start.

Learning the language

Mexico is mainly a Spanish-speaking country. In fact, it is the largest one in the world. A great majority of professionals who have come to live and work in Mexico speak English. They are not alone. Many Mexicans with a higher level of education usually speak English.

If you are thinking of relocating, learning Spanish should be on the top of your checklist for moving to Mexico. It is not that English is not enough, but knowing the local language will always give you more opportunities. It is so much easier to make friends and communicate with people in supermarkets, malls, grocery stores, etc. if you speak Spanish. There are many apps that can help you learn some basics, which is enough to start with.

Finding a job can be a challenge

The Mexican job market is significantly different from the American. Not many expats come to Mexico seeking for an opportunity to pursue their career. In fact, many Americans decide to move to Mexico after they retire. They like that the costs of living are lower, their homeland is nearby and the climate is very pleasant.

Some expats come to Mexico for their career, but only after their companies open locations here. There is also a certain number of people who come to live and work in Mexico but only after they have already found a job. Some job prospects include:

  • engineering jobs,
  • communication field posts,
  • technical sectors,
  • IT professionals – some highly skilled foreigners are always welcome
  • hospitality industry – working and living in Mexico is so much easier if you can speak Spanish. However, one of the advantages of knowing English is that you can easily find a job in clubs, bars or restaurants in places that are popular tourist destinations.

There are some investment opportunities in Mexico

The expats who are interested in investing in Mexico can test the waters in several industries such as tobacco, food and beverage, textile, chemicals, mining, etc.

Bear in mind that the taxation system in Mexico is complicated. And that goes for businesses as well as for individuals. Also, the regulations are rather different from those in America. If you need any legal help or consulting assistance, the best thing you can do is search for professionals.

Some recruitment agencies might help you if you have made your decision about working and living in Mexico. Their fees tend to be pretty high, though.

Some facts you should know if you plan on working and living in Mexico

Buying and renting

The property prices in Mexico are much lower than in Europe or the USA. However, that is not the case with Mexico City where the cost of living is much more expensive than other parts of the country.

The renting system is rather unregulated. It often happens that expats are paying higher rents than the locals would for the same property. Landlords have the freedom to set the rent price and change it at their will, which can be very unpleasant if you are the one paying the rent.

Legal issues

All the contracts that you might be signing while working and living in Mexico will have two versions. One will be in English and one in Spanish. Even though they should be identical, in case of a dispute the Spanish version is the only one that is valid. That is why you should have a lawyer check the Spanish version of every important document before signing it.

Safety

Expats should be careful when choosing a neighborhood where they will be working and living in Mexico. There are some neighborhoods where expats just won’t feel safe. When you are relocating anywhere in the world, your safety should be your priority.

Mexico is a paradise for food lovers

Mexicans take pride in their rich food scene. Their food is popular worldwide. However, if Taco Bell and Mucho Burrito are the only places where you have tasted Mexican food, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Traditional food in Mexico varies from region to region due to different climates and traditions. Naturally, the coastal areas focus more on seafood, unlike the highlands.

There are three meals that Mexicans eat: desayuno (breakfast), comida (lunch) and cena (dinner).

 

Many Mexicans skip their breakfast or grab a bite on their way to work. A pastry and a cup of coffee is their favorite combination, even though fruits and fresh juices are also popular. Many people choose tacos for their breakfast.

Lunch usually starts at 1:30 PM in Mexico. This is the biggest meal of the day and it usually consists of soup or salad, a main course, and a dessert. Lunch is served with fresh tortillas and various salsas.

Dinner is usually the lightest meal and it starts from 7 PM.

The most popular food in Mexico includes:

  • quesadillas – for cheese lovers,
  • tortas – Mexican sandwiches,
  • pozole – soup,
  • mole – the most popular savory sauce,
  • enchiladas – in red or green sauce;

Of course, there are many more specialties that you should try while working and living in Mexico. We will leave it up to you.

Make working and living in Mexico fun

There are endless possibilities for fun in Mexico. The country is abundant in tourist destinations. After you finish your relocation to Mexico, you should take some time to relax and visit some of the popular places. A vacation to Rocky Point can be a great idea.

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“Mexican Beach Bum” (Robin Miller) Realtor® is the Designated Broker for Mexico Real Estate and Document Services in the beautiful resort city of Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, Mexico, where the desert meets the ocean. Just 210 miles from Phoenix or Tucson and where income producing properties start at $75,000 and homes in town start at $30,000.

Being in the Mexico Real Estate Industry for over 13 years, I have been assisting clients with their Mexico vacation home buying and selling decisions in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, and Puerto Vallarta.

**License #442 (licensing required by the State of Sonora)
**Accredited Professional Broker in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point
**AMPI member  (Mexico’s Real Estate Association)
**Executive AMPI Board member of the local chapter 51
**NAR member (U.S. National Association of Realtors®)
**Member of the local MLS, Multiple Listing Service
**Have a full legal team, in house, to assist buyers with obtaining titles.

With my credentials and the support of my in house legal team, I am qualified to represent, and PROTECT BUYERS as they search for and purchase the perfect vacation home or income producing investment property.

It is important that a foreign buyer connects with a properly qualified licensed agent for their real estate search and purchase transaction.  Licensed agents, AMPI and NAR members are held to high ethical standards; attend continuing education classes, and keeping up to date on current issues so they can help guide their clients through the buying and selling process in Mexico.

Ask me for my FREE guide to safely purchase Mexico real estate.

Contact me:

US Line in Mexico:   (602) 539-3124
Mexico Cell:  011-521-638-109-0443

robin@mexicanbeachbum.com
www.mexicanbeachbum.com
www.facebook.com/mexicanbeachbum
www.youtube.com/mexicanbeachbumtv
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Checklist for Moving to Mexico

Checklist for Moving to Mexico

Moving from one city to another is a big move, let alone moving to a new country. If you are moving to Mexico in the near future or are even curious to know what you would need to know and do prior to your move, welcome! Within this blog, we are going to cover all elements of your checklist for moving to Mexico. We will evaluate how far ahead you should pack, how you should go about organizing the packing, and all other aspects of moving in general. By the end of this text, you are going to be excited about your move to Mexico as we will try to make it as least stressful as possible.

Organize your move to Mexico with a checklist!

Moving to Mexico-Checklist 101

The first element of your moving to Mexico checklist and probably the most essential one when it comes to moving to any country is your documentation. Ensuring that your passport is up to date so you can travel freely, into and exiting different countries. The next document that is just as important as a passport is your visa. You must make sure that your visa, whether it is work or living, is prepared ahead of time. 

If you are moving for work, most of the time, the company transferring or hiring you will take care of that aspect. Meanwhile, if you are moving there personally, make sure you receive your visa before you plan and organize anything else. It is up to you if you want to bring over your driver’s license as you will have to check regulations and requirements when it comes to driving in Mexico.

Moreover, bring your medical records and prescriptions with you just in case. This way you can be prepared ahead of time in case you require medical attention when you arrive in Mexico.

 

Documents Set-What’s Next?

Now that your traveling documentation is taken care of and ready for take-off, it is time to organize other components of your move. Take some time to think about what household items will be coming with you, and which ones might be staying. If you are selling the current place you are at, then perhaps having a garage sale might not be a bad idea. You could efficiently get rid of your furniture and gain some profit out of it.

Ensuring all necessary documents are prepared is key to moving anywhere.

Meanwhile, if you are thinking of bringing items with you, plan that well ahead of your move. Knowing what’s staying and what’s coming with you is a big element of your move, and how you will move. Also, ensure that you double-check which, if any, electrical appliances you plan to bring to Mexico. Smaller appliances will be easier to move; however, with bigger appliances such as the fridge, or the TV, it would be wise to schedule the move with a moving company. With capitalcitybins.us you can schedule your move to Mexico and be sustainable at the same time.

For the rest of your household items, you can use plastic bins to pack your belongings. Moving in general, and then later unpacking your belongings, will be much simpler if it’s all organized in separate plastic bins.

Once you have these physical aspects of your move all organized, moving to Mexico should be hassle-free. Your documentation and taking care of your belongings are one of the two most important steps to take care of before you move away.

Arrival Arrangements

When most things on your turf are taken care of and ready to go, time to think ahead about your future home. Relocation requires one to take care of both the place they are moving out of and the place they are arriving at. Do your research ahead of time, and perhaps even go visit your future home before your final move. This will allow you to check it out in person, and at least prepare the minimum for the day you arrive. Knowing that you have somewhere to go once you cross the border will for sure ease the move altogether.

 

Set a Solid Schedule

 

Following a schedule could help the moving process be less stressful. When you organize a schedule for your move, you are practically setting up an effective timeline to go by. This will ensure that you are on time with all the tasks and things that need to be done. In addition, it will guarantee that you won’t forget anything.

 

A schedule or timeline will help the moving process remain organized.

 

Create an actual checklist for your timeline, where you will jot down all important dates prior to the move. For example, months before the move, check your documentation. A few weeks later, research and book your move with a moving company. Furthermore, investigate the destination you are moving to. Are you flying or driving there? Where will you live in Mexico? Are your belongings coming at the same time you are or are you sending your items earlier? All these questions bring us to our next point on your checklist – your arrival to Mexico.

 

Welcome to Mexico!

 

Hopefully, by this point, you already have your accommodations all taken care of.  Presumably, when you were settling your old house back home, you also organized and prepared the location of your home in Mexico. Perhaps your work will organize that for you, but if it is up to you, you should take care of this ahead of time. Therefore, upon your arrival, all you must worry about it is settling into your new space and atmosphere.

 

Enjoy your stay in Mexico!

 

We could not stress enough how it is all about organization and timeliness. Moving to Mexico with a structured and efficient checklist will ensure that this is a fun and unforgettable experience. Plan ahead, consider all possible elements when moving, and have things set in motion prior to your move. This way, your move is not only easy to follow but smart as well. It allows you to move successfully and create your new habits and routines at your new home.

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“Mexican Beach Bum” (Robin Miller) Realtor® is the Designated Broker for Mexico Real Estate and Document Services in the beautiful resort city of Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, Mexico, where the desert meets the ocean. Just 210 miles from Phoenix or Tucson and where income producing properties start at $75,000 and homes in town start at $30,000.

Being in the Mexico Real Estate Industry for over 13 years, I have been assisting clients with their Mexico vacation home buying and selling decisions in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, and Puerto Vallarta.

**License #442 (licensing required by the State of Sonora)
**Accredited Professional Broker in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point
**AMPI member  (Mexico’s Real Estate Association)
**Executive AMPI Board member of the local chapter 51
**NAR member (U.S. National Association of Realtors®)
**Member of the local MLS, Multiple Listing Service
**Have a full legal team, in house, to assist buyers with obtaining titles.

With my credentials and the support of my in house legal team, I am qualified to represent, and PROTECT BUYERS as they search for and purchase the perfect vacation home or income producing investment property.

It is important that a foreign buyer connects with a properly qualified licensed agent for their real estate search and purchase transaction.  Licensed agents, AMPI and NAR members are held to high ethical standards; attend continuing education classes, and keeping up to date on current issues so they can help guide their clients through the buying and selling process in Mexico.

Ask me for my FREE guide to safely purchase Mexico real estate.

Contact me:

US Line in Mexico:   (602) 539-3124
Mexico Cell:  011-521-638-109-0443

robin@mexicanbeachbum.com
www.mexicanbeachbum.com
www.facebook.com/mexicanbeachbum
www.youtube.com/mexicanbeachbumtv
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View Puerto Vallarta Real Estate For Sale

 

 

 

How to prepare for retiring to Rocky Point

Beaches, sunset, and sand. No wonder so many people want to retire to a coastal town and spend their golden years breathing the seaside air. Retirees are flocking to the West Coast and cities like Newport Beach and Santa Barbara have become famous retirement destinations. However, what if you could have all the amenities of the coastal life at a more affordable price? The answer lies in Mexico, just 60 miles south of the border. The fishing port of Rocky Point, otherwise known as Puerto Peñasco has the small-town feel coupled with the marine charm. But before you can unwind and enjoy your day at Arizona’s beach, let’s have a look at what you’ll need before retiring in Rocky Point.

The average cost of living and the property market

The first thing to do before you retire is to make a retirement budget. By having a spending plan, you will reduce the stress in your life by a fair amount and be able to enjoy your twilight years. Now there are a few factors that make this town ideal for retirement. A retired couple can expect to live comfortably with less than $2,000 a month, or around $23,000 a year. Yes, these figures include renting a two-bedroom house, utilities, food, entertainment, and weekly maid service.  If you’ve never understood why moving from the USA to Mexico has become a trend, now you know.

When retiring in Rocky Point, you might even consider buying a property. Whether it’s just a vacation home or a private house, property in Mexico is much more affordable than in the States. Plus, let’s not forget that the town is growing – and growing fast. In fact, tourism in Rocky Point is flourishing, which means that buying and selling property will yield a strong return. This is a safe future investment, so choose carefully.

However, just because it’s affordable doesn’t mean it’s easy. Navigating the real estate market is never simple. Have in mind that you’re buying property as a foreigner, so you’ll need some professional guidance from a real estate agent. From setting up a bank trust to the latest listings, the whole process will be much easier with a licensed agent by your side.

Settle the paperwork prior to retiring in Rocky Point

With its proximity to the border and the nickname Arizona’s Beach, it’s easy to forget that Rocky Point isn’t actually in Arizona. Or in the U.S. for that matter. But, yes, retiring to Mexico means you’ll have to take a few extra steps, among them obtaining a visa. Depending on the duration of your stay, there are different types of visas to apply for. Bear in mind that as a US citizen, you won’t need a visa if your stay is up to 180 days. This is a great option if you plan to stay in Puerto Peñasco only part-time. However, if you wish to take roots here, apply for a temporary resident visa which lasts up to 4 years. For this, you’ll need documentation such as yearly bank statements and monthly net income. All this can be easily settled in the nearest Mexican consulate. Once your temporary resident visa expires, you can upgrade it to permanent status fairly easily.

Hire a moving company

Now that your paperwork is all done, it’s time to start getting ready for the relocation process. Essentially, this means developing an effective, stress-free moving plan. However, you’ll find that moving is time-consuming and full of complications, last-minute changes and unexpected bumps on the road. Thankfully, there are experienced professionals like Evolution Moving Company SA ready to save the day. In fact, you won’t have to lift a finger, from packing to loading and unloading, this way simplifying the whole process.

However, accidents do happen and sometimes those bumps on the road can be quite literal, resulting in damage during transport. In such rare cases, it’s best to have insurance that covers your valuable items. Yes, this can make the cost of your relocation a little bit higher, but paying extra for peace of mind is always worth it. After all, why spend time worrying when you can spend it on a beach, right?

 

Prepare for the tropical climate before retiring in Rocky Point

Speaking of beaches, if you’re coming from a colder climate, you need to be ready for temperature changes. The weather is one of the main reasons why more and more people are working and living in Rocky Point. With less than 3 inches of rain a year, you’ll have the sun shining year-round. As the town is tucked between the Sea of Cortez and the Sonoran desert, the climate is mostly tropical.

Part of the Sonoran desert, this region gets less than 3 inches of rain a year so plenty of sunshine is guaranteed no matter what time of year it is. In fact, this is a famous winter destination for snowbirds escaping the cold northern temperatures. It’s a perfect getaway for all those seeking outdoor activities, especially the golf-enthusiasts.  Then, there are golden beaches with rich marine life – so much so that it’s even called ‘the world’s aquarium’! Playa Bonita and Playa Arenosa are the two most popular beach destinations in Northern Mexico.

Post-relocation activities

But, enough with the preparations, let’s take a sneak peek at what’s expecting you once you become a Rocky Pointer. From a huge array of activities, here are some of the well-known attractions you might enjoy:

  • See a Mexican baseball game – Support the local team, Los Tiburones, at the Francisco Leon Garcia Stadium
  • Visit CEDO – Otherwise known as the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans, it offers eco-tours and excursions in English.
  • Go to an Oyster Farm – If you’re a seafood enthusiast, look no further than La Ostionera de Puerto Peñasco.
  • Try Mexican food – From the local freshmen’s seafood to classic quesadillas and tacos, relocating in Rocky Point will make every foodie satisfied.
  • Go fishing – Why not catch your own food? Head down to Rocky Point Fishing Club early in the morning and find a boat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Mexican Beach Bum” (Robin Miller) Realtor® is the Designated Broker for Mexico Real Estate and Document Services in the beautiful resort city of Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, Mexico, where the desert meets the ocean. Just 210 miles from Phoenix or Tucson and where income producing properties start at $75,000 and homes in town start at $30,000.

Being in the Mexico Real Estate Industry for over 13 years, I have been assisting clients with their Mexico vacation home buying and selling decisions in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, and Puerto Vallarta.

**License #442 (licensing required by the State of Sonora)
**Accredited Professional Broker in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point
**AMPI member  (Mexico’s Real Estate Association)
**Executive AMPI Board member of the local chapter 51
**NAR member (U.S. National Association of Realtors®)
**Member of the local MLS, Multiple Listing Service
**Have a full legal team, in house, to assist buyers with obtaining titles.

With my credentials and the support of my in house legal team, I am qualified to represent, and PROTECT BUYERS as they search for and purchase the perfect vacation home or income producing investment property.

It is important that a foreign buyer connects with a properly qualified licensed agent for their real estate search and purchase transaction.  Licensed agents, AMPI and NAR members are held to high ethical standards; attend continuing education classes, and keeping up to date on current issues so they can help guide their clients through the buying and selling process in Mexico.

Ask me for my FREE guide to safely purchase Mexico real estate.

Contact me:

US Line in Mexico:   (602) 539-3124
Mexico Cell:  011-521-638-109-0443

robin@mexicanbeachbum.com
www.mexicanbeachbum.com
www.facebook.com/mexicanbeachbum
www.youtube.com/mexicanbeachbumtv
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Rocky Point for Millenials

Top Rocky Point neighborhoods for millennials

Being a millennial means being born somewhere between 1981 and 1999, and that is all. This is such a big and varied group and it wouldn’t do it justice to speak about it in general terms. People, especially young people like millennials nowadays, change quickly. Their habits and preferences may not be the same in a year from today. So when it comes to picking the best Rocky Point neighborhoods for millennials, the choice is tough. Luckily, Puerto Peñasco has alot to offer regardless of the preferences.

Rocky Point neighborhoods from A to Z

Known to gringos as Rocky Point, this small beach town in Mexico has a unique location. It is situated at the meeting point of the Sonoran desert and the Sea of Cortez. Popularly called Arizona’s beach due to its relatively short distance from Phoenix and Tucson, it attracts many US visitors. Most spend their vacations here, but some come to stay. Those who are interested in working and living in Rocky Point, choose to do so mostly for the lower cost of living. But that is not nearly all. Warm weather, sandy beaches, various attractions, wildlife, local culture, and natural beauties bring more and more people to this once quiet fishing village. Nowadays, there are several communities, still developing, each specific in its way

  • Cholla Bay
  • Laguna del Mar
  • Las Conchas
  • Old Port & Fish Market
  • Playa Encanto East and West
  • Sandy Beach
  • Town of Rocky Point

Where the desert meets the sea

If you are traveling to Rocky Point for the first time, it would help to know a bit about the local neighborhoods. The best source of information is always the community website and local blogs.

Cholla Bay

Bahia La Choya or Cholla Bay is a small community just out of Rocky Point. The most popular landmarks are Tucson Beach, Boat Launch, Competition Hill, and Rocky Point Zipline. However, the biggest asset is closeness to the beach and bay but without the crowd of nearby Puerto Peñasco.

Laguna del Mar

It is located west of the town and surrounds Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. It is planned and built as an upscale community.

Las Conchas

Las Conchas is a peaceful neighborhood, specific for its beach home rentals. It features an annual community yard sale, “Patos & La Playa” Event Venue and Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans.

Old Port

It is a tourist area mostly, where visitors can explore the popular Fish Market and numerous shops, and enjoy bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. There are several RV parks in this area.

Playa Encanto 

Playa Encanto is located to the east of Rocky Point. What this peaceful area lacks in bars and clubs it makes up for in long stretch of soft sand.

Sandy Beach 

Sandy Beach is a neighborhood developing quickly, with many resorts offering condos for rent.  This area offers many grocery stores, bars, restaurants, clubs as well as beaches, ATV rental, and a public golf course.

The town of Rocky Point

This is where you will find the locals. Downtown Puerto Peñasco is a place for clinics, schools, dentists, supermarkets, various businesses, and services.

Before you choose a neighborhood to move to, be careful of items that require extra attention when moving, and always ask a local real estate agent for advice. It goes beyond telling that almost all of these neighborhoods have hotels and resorts in the area.

What can millennials do in Rocky Point?

Those that are interested in moving to Rocky Point will be happy to hear that real estate costs much lower than in the States. The town and wider area offer upscale beach houses, true, but also a large number of affordable homes. With the help of reputable companies like instamove.com, storing excess bulky or old furniture and moving abroad becomes much easier. Moving to Rocky Point and immersing in the local Mexican community feels like starting anew. Once there, what is it that would keep millennials occupied?

Nature and adventure

Just like real estate and rental prices and the cost of living, there are many affordable and fun things to do in Rocky Point. It is chosen as a popular spring break destination for a reason. However, aside from beach parties, Puerto Peñasco offers unparalleled nature attractions. For example, a trip to Isla San Jorge or commonly called, Bird Island. This federal reserve in the Sea of Cortez is home to local birds and migratory species as well. This set of rock formations also features a population of seals and sea lions.

Volcanic craters of el Pinacate and the dunes of the Gran Altar desert are a UNESCO world heritage site. The natural protected area of El Pinacate is perfect for ecotourism, being a desert with the greatest biodiversity. This is also an important cultural and archaeological site. The remains found here date 20,000 years in the past and are shown in the Schuk Toak Visitors Center and Museum enveloped by the volcanic area.

Whale-watching at Laguna San Ignacio is possible onshore, even from the Sandy Beach condos, and offshore on one of the whale-watching trips. Visitors can observe and sometimes even interact with whales at Puerto Peñasco between early February and May.

 

Rocky Point offers ATV adventure to those who prefer a higher level of adrenaline. A mix of dunes of the Altar desert and rocky ground makes a perfect challenge for drivers. However, enjoying beautiful scenery is a bonus for those who decide to slow down a little.

Events

The Rocky Point Rally takes place at the beginning of November and is one of the most important biker rallies in the region. It gathers thousands of bikers from the neighboring countries and regions and from far away for a four-day fiesta. The Rocky Point Rally also raises funds for several charities. Rocky Point Triathlon where athletes compete in swimming, cycling, and running takes place in May in Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Mexican Beach Bum” (Robin Miller) Realtor® is the Designated Broker for Mexico Real Estate and Document Services in the beautiful resort city of Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, Mexico, where the desert meets the ocean. Just 210 miles from Phoenix or Tucson and where income producing properties start at $75,000 and homes in town start at $30,000.

Being in the Mexico Real Estate Industry for over 13 years, I have been assisting clients with their Mexico vacation home buying and selling decisions in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, and Puerto Vallarta.

**License #442 (licensing required by the State of Sonora)
**Accredited Professional Broker in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point
**AMPI member  (Mexico’s Real Estate Association)
**Executive AMPI Board member of the local chapter 51
**NAR member (U.S. National Association of Realtors®)
**Member of the local MLS, Multiple Listing Service
**Have a full legal team, in house, to assist buyers with obtaining titles.

With my credentials and the support of my in house legal team, I am qualified to represent, and PROTECT BUYERS as they search for and purchase the perfect vacation home or income producing investment property.

It is important that a foreign buyer connects with a properly qualified licensed agent for their real estate search and purchase transaction.  Licensed agents, AMPI and NAR members are held to high ethical standards; attend continuing education classes, and keeping up to date on current issues so they can help guide their clients through the buying and selling process in Mexico.

Ask me for my FREE guide to safely purchase Mexico real estate.

Contact me:

US Line in Mexico:   (602) 539-3124
Mexico Cell:  011-521-638-109-0443

robin@mexicanbeachbum.com
www.mexicanbeachbum.com
www.facebook.com/mexicanbeachbum
www.youtube.com/mexicanbeachbumtv
View Puerto Peñasco/Rocky Point Real Estate For Sale
View Puerto Vallarta Real Estate For Sale

 

Top Mexico Honeymoon Destinations

The country of Mexico arguably has the best beaches and tourist attractions in the world and makes for a perfect honeymoon spot. We are here to show you all the destinations that will provide you with a splendid honeymoon.

Cancún, a honeymoon destination near the Caribbean Sea

Cancún is located on the northeast coast of Yucatán Peninsula. The Caribbean Sea encompasses this city full of Mayan culture. Likewise, the city itself surrounds the grand Nichupte Lagoon. It is great for its vast nightclubs and prehispanic civilization ruins. If you are hungry, there is always delicious, fresh seafood. Furthermore, if you want to catch a terrific view of the Caribbean Sea, you can visit the Torre Escenica. It is a grand way to spend your honeymoon. In addition, the city’s prosperous buildings can be seen from up there. All of this makes Cancún one of the best honeymoon destinations in Mexico.

 

Cozumel is an island honeymoon destination

“The island of swallows” is the country’s largest Caribbean island. It is a natural beauty. Mangrove forests cover a lot of the island and coral reefs surround it. You might see a shipwreck while on your boat ride here. It is an educational and eco-friendly experience. It is like an underwater paradise. While in Cozumel, you can also dive along the Santa Rosa Wall and explore its gracious open caves. Furthermore, you will encounter many species of fish as well as turtles. If you need help packing for your honeymoon, head over to preferred-movers.com.

Acapulco is one of the most peaceful honeymoon destinations in Mexico

Truly, the most glittering of all honeymoon destinations. An important city and seaport to the state of Guerrero, Acapulco is also Mexico’s largest beach. You can enjoy a romantic sunset atop La Quebrada. Additionally, you and your spouse can relax at the amicable beach Barra Vieja. Enjoy home-cooked fish and lobster under a humble palapa and get a massage later. If you like this harmonious beach, you will also like Capilla de la Paz. It provides an impressive view of the Acapulco bay. While in Acapulco, you can also visit the breathtaking Playa Pie de la Cuesta. Here you can loosen up and enjoy the cool piña coladas. If you want to stay in Acapulco, consider buying a vacation home and have an eternal honeymoon.

San Miguel de Allende, one of many vibrant honeymoon destinations in Mexico

Known for its scenic churches, San Miguel is a colorful city that is simply full of life. You will find a lot of that in its center, Zocalo. The streets are very vibrant and cheery. You can sit in front of the marvelous pink stone gothic church and admire its architecture. Furthermore, you can enjoy your taco while mariachi bands are playing in the background. This city makes for a merry and romantic honeymoon experience. Before going off to enjoy your honeymoon, remember to bring everything you need with you. Professionals can pack your belongings efficiently. In conclusion, San Miguel is an authentic honeymoon destination.

 

Los Dinamos

This park is located on a hill above Mexico City. It is a lovely place for a picnic in solitude. It has clear air and beautiful nature in the middle of the city. This means you don’t even need to leave the city to get away from all the crowds. If you don’t enjoy picnicking, then you can enjoy a romantic dinner at the nearby restaurants. You absolutely need to try the quesadillas. Even though it might be hot in Mexico City, you need to bring a jacket and a hat. It can indeed be very chilling when you’re standing at the top of the mountain. You can also rent horses if you want to ride them through the forest or along the Magdalena River. You and your partner will surely enjoy the forests of Los Dinamos. Although the media will often say Mexico is a dangerous place, rest assured that Mexico is one of the safest places in the world.

Rocky Point

Located in Sonora, on the northern shore of the Sea of Cortez, Rocky Point is a fishing village well known for its shrimp. One of the great locations here is the Playa Bonita beach. The beach is clean and litter-free. So, you can sit and enjoy the hot sand. It is very relaxing to search for seashells here. Furthermore, you can rent jet skis from the locals and go on boat rides with them. The water goes as high as bathwater here. You will need to walk far away into the distance to have the water reach your knees. Here’s everything you need to know before going on a vacation to Rocky Point.

Riviera Maya

This tourism district is located just south of Cancún in Quintana Roo. It can be considered one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in Mexico. You can visit the Akumal Beach. You can go snorkeling and encounter many sea turtles and fish here. This is a beautiful experience thanks to the crystal clear water. The district has a beautiful bay and laid back vibe. Additionally, you can visit Bejil-Ha. It has many cenotes and sinkholes. You can learn a lot about nature and the ecosystem here. In conclusion, Rivera Maya is full of interesting animals and splendid views.

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Every spring, the monarch butterflies begin their migrations which last 8 months. During this period, they travel between eastern Canada and their heritage site. We do not know why and how they manage to always come back to this site. All we know is that it is a romantic experience. When it is cloudy, the trees appear to have autumn leaves. That is how many butterflies there are here. On a sunny day, however, the butterflies just keep flying around. Keeping track of them is nearly impossible. It’s almost as if they were forming a golden whirlwind. The kindling show of these beautiful monarchs is one of the most romantic experiences. You and your significant other will adore this site.

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“Mexican Beach Bum” (Robin Miller) Realtor® is the Designated Broker for Mexico Real Estate and Document Services in the beautiful resort city of Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, Mexico, where the desert meets the ocean. Just 210 miles from Phoenix or Tucson and where income producing properties start at $75,000 and homes in town start at $30,000.

Being in the Mexico Real Estate Industry for over 13 years, I have been assisting clients with their Mexico vacation home buying and selling decisions in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, and Puerto Vallarta.

**License #442 (licensing required by the State of Sonora)
**Accredited Professional Broker in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point
**AMPI member  (Mexico’s Real Estate Association)
**Executive AMPI Board member of the local chapter 51
**NAR member (U.S. National Association of Realtors®)
**Member of the local MLS, Multiple Listing Service
**Have a full legal team, in house, to assist buyers with obtaining titles.

With my credentials and the support of my in house legal team, I am qualified to represent, and PROTECT BUYERS as they search for and purchase the perfect vacation home or income producing investment property.

It is important that a foreign buyer connects with a properly qualified licensed agent for their real estate search and purchase transaction.  Licensed agents, AMPI and NAR members are held to high ethical standards; attend continuing education classes, and keeping up to date on current issues so they can help guide their clients through the buying and selling process in Mexico.

Ask me for my FREE guide to safely purchase Mexico real estate.

Contact me:

US Line in Mexico:   (602) 539-3124
Mexico Cell:  011-521-638-109-0443

robin@mexicanbeachbum.com
www.mexicanbeachbum.com
www.facebook.com/mexicanbeachbum
www.youtube.com/mexicanbeachbumtv
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Moving to Mexico from New York City

Moving to Mexico from New York City

Are you thinking about leaving the Big Apple?

You are probably a bit tired of the big city tumult that comes with NYC and you’d like warmer weather along with some great cerveza to relax on a beach somewhere in Mexico? Actually, that might not be a bad idea at all. The weather is fine in Mexico, the beer (cerveza) is cold, and the living is cheap (especially cheap when you’re coming from the States). However, before you actually make a move and do something that you cannot undo, it would be wise to consider a few things about the whole process of moving to Mexico. So, have a seat, make some tea or pour your favorite drink and start reading about the essential things you need to know before moving to Mexico from New York City.

An essential trip before you move out!

Before you actually starting packing your things, you need to visit Mexico! If you haven’t already, that is an essential trip you need to make because no online review or article will convince you that you need to live in Mexico better than the first-hand experience. So, choose a place or two in Mexico and visit them. Also, ask yourself why you are moving. Are you planning to spend your retirement there? Or you’re just a young adult looking for a change of scenery by moving to Mexico from New York City? The reason can help you determine whether you want to live in a bigger city in Mexico or you’d much rather settle for a coastal city like Cancun or the retiree’s heaven Merida, and the City closest to the states, Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point. Oh, and don’t think that Mexico is as unsafe as you see it in the movies. It certainly isn’t a death trap! Well, Cancun may not be so small but many claim that you can really find your peace there once the tourists go back home. When compared to Mexico City, for example, Cancun is a good place for folks looking to relax. But, if you still want to party, then consider only the nightlife hotspots.

 

Be careful with the movers!

 

Remember that you are not moving to another state in your country, you are crossing country borders. So, you have to find reliable assistance for your international relocation! Not all of the movers can operate in another country and that is worth knowing so that you can avoid getting scammed. Also, before you just go online and contact the first moving company you find on Google, do some research, read some reviews and user comments. These will greatly help you determine whether you should spend your money on a certain moving company.

Also, you wouldn’t want something bad to happen to your things, correct? And, considering that you are moving out of your country, you need to be extra careful because that kind of relocation is more difficult than the usual ones. Even though some may consider this to be common knowledge, it was worth emphasizing. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

Cost of living is an important factor!

Just because you might be moving from a country that is better off than Mexico doesn’t mean that you should say goodbye to evaluating your financial situation. So, consider the cost of living in Mexico because it’s obvious that you shouldn’t move there if you really can’t afford it. You might be surprised to learn that some places in Mexico are quite expensive. And, if you want real examples, there is a website that puts all major cities in order of cost of living. To make this search of Mexican cities easier for you, you can skip cities that are in the first 380 places. Mexico’s cities start to appear at around the 400’s place.

It’s relieving to know that Mexico, in general, will cost you less than the USA if you live like the natives live there. Do not think for a second that Mexico doesn’t offer ways for you to spend a lot of money if you want to. Bear in mind that people who live in Merida, for instance, spend way less money on basics compared to Mexico City. Oh, and did you know that Mexico City has around 8 million residents while Merida only has around 760,000, and Puerto Penasco/Rocky has about 50,000. So, carefully consider whether you have what it takes to live in your desired place in Mexico before you actually start doing anything.

 

Top benefits of living in Mexico

 

Now that you’ve read about all the things you need to consider before making a call to your moving company, take a look at what awaits you in beautiful Mexico.

  1. If you are a US resident, it will be relatively easy for you to visit your family since Mexico borders the US up north.
  2. The cost of living is much lower than the average in the US. In general, housing, medical care, food, and utilities are cheaper. So you are in for a pleasant surprise after moving to Mexico from New York City.
  3. You won’t have a hard time finding housing options that are affordable no matter where you decide to live. Of course, some places are simply more expensive than others, but property taxes are really cheap. To be precise, they sometimes cost only a few hundred dollars a year. Amazing!
  4. Mexico has awesome healthcare! This is one of the most important benefits in this case. At the moment, the Mexican government is engaging a new healthcare system that will provide improved care for all no matter the ability to pay.
  5. The beaches in Mexico are stunning! For example, check out Riviera Maya or Puerto Vallarta if you want a proper treat for your senses.
  6. Mexico has a really rich historical heritage and vibrant culture. Its people are full of passion and the country, in general, is influenced by the Spaniards. You can easily see that in their architecture.
  7. Mexican cuisine is magical! Mexico has seven different regions and each region is unique in its own way. So, you will always have something to try that you have never tried before if you decide to visit these regions one day.

 

Final thoughts

Affordable property, low cost of living, excellent healthcare and vibrant people – what more can you ask for? Mexico is great and if you really want to live there, don’t let anyone get you down. New York is great and it really is the capital of the world in a way but that doesn’t mean that you should stick to it your whole life. Moving to Mexico from New York City is a great chance to change the scenery and indulge in something quite different and unique.

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“Mexican Beach Bum” (Robin Miller) Realtor® is the Designated Broker for Mexico Real Estate and Document Services in the beautiful resort city of Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, Mexico, where the desert meets the ocean. Just 210 miles from Phoenix or Tucson and where income producing properties start at $75,000 and homes in town start at $30,000.

Being in the Mexico Real Estate Industry for over 13 years, I have been assisting clients with their Mexico vacation home buying and selling decisions in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, and Puerto Vallarta.

**License #442 (licensing required by the State of Sonora)
**Accredited Professional Broker in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point
**AMPI member  (Mexico’s Real Estate Association)
**Executive AMPI Board member of the local chapter 51
**NAR member (U.S. National Association of Realtors®)
**Member of the local MLS, Multiple Listing Service
**Have a full legal team, in house, to assist buyers with obtaining titles.

With my credentials and the support of my in house legal team, I am qualified to represent, and PROTECT BUYERS as they search for and purchase the perfect vacation home or income producing investment property.

It is important that a foreign buyer connects with a properly qualified licensed agent for their real estate search and purchase transaction.  Licensed agents, AMPI and NAR members are held to high ethical standards; attend continuing education classes, and keeping up to date on current issues so they can help guide their clients through the buying and selling process in Mexico.

Ask me for my FREE guide to safely purchase Mexico real estate.

Contact me:

US Line in Mexico:   (602) 539-3124
Mexico Cell:  011-521-638-109-0443

robin@mexicanbeachbum.com
www.mexicanbeachbum.com
www.facebook.com/mexicanbeachbum
www.youtube.com/mexicanbeachbumtv
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Rocky Point Vacation Tips

Rocky Point vacation tips – What to pack

What can be better than taking a few days or weeks off and planning a vacation? Nothing, really! You only need to buy a ticket or put gas in your car and book a hotel. The minute you step into your vacation resort and hear the sound of waves you will forget about all your troubles and worries. Instead of waking up early, now you will have the luxury to wake up whenever you want and  spend the rest of the day sunbathing and sipping cocktails. Well, that is the point of having a vacation after all. If all of this sounds good to you, why not visit Rocky Point. It is a jewel in Mexico that you will fall in love with. So, if you are interested in Rocky Point vacation tips and what to pack for going there, keep on reading.

About Rocky Point

Rocky Point, Mexico, is called Puerto Penasco as well. And many people love it because it truly is one of the safest cities in all of Mexico. And, even though Rocky Point has been a popular summer destination for millions of tourists in the past, only recently has it become its own resort town. Because of that, tourism is booming more than ever. Well, not only because of that. You can also enjoy a long coastal line of white sandy beaches and crystal clear water paired with amazing weather and a lot of interesting outdoor and indoor activities. Here, you can play water sports, go fishing, be lazy on the beach or enjoy the nightlife. One thing you must not forget to do is experience the unique atmosphere that Rocky Point’s mesmerizing sunsets create.

Remember to book a hotel earlier, as it can be pretty crowded here during the summer season and holidays.

What to Pack For Your Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) Holiday

Whether you are a type of person that pre-packs everything one week before the trip or the type of person who is still going to be throwing things into the suitcase at the last minute, packing a bag or many of them for your summer holiday has never been that easy. Especially if you are going to a place like Rocky Point which really has a lot of things to offer, so you must come prepared for many occasions. So, you will need to pack your beach gear, going-out outfits, active wear for golfing and other fun stuff. This means that you first need to do some researching and explore all the things you can do there in order to know how and what to pack. So, let us start with the basics you need for your short trip, and who knows, maybe you will fall in love with Rocky Point and then you will be packing bags and exploring your options when moving at Manhattan Movers NYC.

What to Pack For the Beach

So, if you plan on traveling to Rocky Point by car, which is the most convenient way, you will be able to bring more stuff and not feel guilty about it. If you are traveling to Rocky Point for the first time, start by packing beach essentials:

  • A couple of bathing suits – never go on a summer holiday with only one bathing suit. If something happens to it, maybe you will not be able to find a new one. Also, you do not want to look the same in every picture.
  • A couple of flip-flops – again, bring at least two of them. They are lightweight and will not take up a lot of your space.
  • Beach towels – it is a good idea to invest in a good beach towel especially if you plan on using one for the entire holiday. For example, you can buy a specialized beach towel, which is super light and is not space-consuming as other bulky towels.
  • Beach bag – of course, you will need a place to put all these things when going from your hotel room to the beach.
  • A hat – a hat is not only an accessory, but it is also necessary for protecting you from the heat and sunlight.
  • Sunglasses – again, not only fashionable but also important for protecting your eyes. Also, bring a couple of them as they can easily get lost or broken.
  • A sunscreen – this one goes without saying. Bring different sunscreens and oils not only for a better tanning experience but for protection of the skin as well.
  • When packing for the beach, it is better to be safe than sorry.

    What to Pack For Those Active Days

    At a certain point in your vacation, you will get tired of the beach and want to do something else. As previously mentioned, there are many great things to do in Rocky Point. So, it would be a good idea to pack the following:

    • One-piece bathing suit – this is necessary if you want to try some of the water sports and activities.
    • Goggles – again, needed for the water sports.
    • Activewear – Whether you plan on just roaming the streets of Rocky Point or playing golf, you will need some sneakers or sandals, a hat, sunglasses, shorts and leggings, and some active t-shirts.
    • Camera – of course, you can use your phone as well. (bring a water resistant cell phone bag)

    What to Pack in Your ‘Essentials Bag’

    Whenever and wherever you plan on going you must have an essentials bag by your side. Here you should put all those necessary things you need for the road. That includes:

    • Wallet (Money) 
    • Passport 
    • Health Insurance
    • Important Documents
    • Phone and charger
    • Headphones
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera 
    • Medications

    What to Pack for Rocky Point Nightlife

    If you are a party animal, you will have a blast in Rocky Point. You can enjoy beach parties day and night, or go to a club or bar for some dancing. Depending on your preferences, pack as many outfits you think you will need, and add one more. Better to be safe than sorry. Women should definitely bring summer dresses, sandals, high heels, makeup and something to style their hair with. Who knows, maybe you will meet your soulmate here, so you should always look your best. Men should also bring some nice clothes and shoes as well. Be prepared for any adventure.

     

    *******************************************************************************************************”Mexican Beach Bum” (Robin Miller) Realtor® is the Designated Broker for Mexico Real Estate and Document Services in the beautiful resort city of Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, Mexico, where the desert meets the ocean. Just 210 miles from Phoenix or Tucson and where income producing properties start at $75,000 and homes in town start at $30,000.

    Being in the Mexico Real Estate Industry for over 13 years, I have been assisting clients with their Mexico vacation home buying and selling decisions in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, and Puerto Vallarta.

    **License #442 (licensing required by the State of Sonora)
    **Accredited Professional Broker in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point
    **AMPI member  (Mexico’s Real Estate Association)
    **Executive AMPI Board member of the local chapter 51
    **NAR member (U.S. National Association of Realtors®)
    **Member of the local MLS, Multiple Listing Service
    **Have a full legal team, in house, to assist buyers with obtaining titles.

    With my credentials and the support of my in house legal team, I am qualified to represent, and PROTECT BUYERS as they search for and purchase the perfect vacation home or income producing investment property.

    It is important that a foreign buyer connects with a properly qualified licensed agent for their real estate search and purchase transaction.  Licensed agents, AMPI and NAR members are held to high ethical standards; attend continuing education classes, and keeping up to date on current issues so they can help guide their clients through the buying and selling process in Mexico.

    Ask me for my FREE guide to safely purchase Mexico real estate.

    Contact me:

    US Line in Mexico:   (602) 539-3124
    Mexico Cell:  011-521-638-109-0443

    robin@mexicanbeachbum.com
    www.mexicanbeachbum.com
    www.facebook.com/mexicanbeachbum
    www.youtube.com/mexicanbeachbumtv
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Retiring in Mexico

In a lot of people’s minds, Mexico is mainly seen as a desirable holiday destination, with its perfect sandy beaches and turquoise water, the hospitality of its people and a rich culture and history. For many years, people would come to visit and then dream of retiring in Mexico because they fell in love with the land and its people. In recent years, however, finances enter the equation, and people choose to retire in Mexico hoping to get more for their hard-earned dollar. As Mexico retirement is becoming increasingly more popular, it is questionable just how much of those people’s expectations are actually met once they move. So, what are the pros and cons of retiring in Mexico from the US or elsewhere?

 

Benefits of a Mexico retirement

Climate. This is perhaps an obvious advantage, but its importance shouldn’t be underestimated. Mexico’s year-round sunny weather is often one of the first things that draw people to think about retiring there. This is especially true if you are coming from a place where sunshine isn’t such a common visitor.

Sunny weather means you will have the opportunity to spend a lot of your time outdoors. It will allow you to really enjoy your days in retirement. You might choose to plant and work on a garden full of flowers or spices. You may just want to make the most of your proximity to the beach. If you are planning an active retirement in general, Mexico is the place for you. You will have to alter your routine slightly to include applying sunscreen and wearing a hat every day. You will surely agree that this is but a small price to pay. The only downside of Mexico’s climate is the risk of hurricanes (in the South).

Keeping yourself active during your Mexico retirement

If you decide to retire in Mexico, chances are you have an adventurous spirit and aren’t quite planning to spend your retirement sitting on the porch reading or knitting. Mexico is an ideal place for those planning an active retirement. The beaches are an obvious spot for recreation and enjoyment, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Besides swimming, diving and snorkeling, Mexico also offers incredible opportunities for fine dining.

Not only that, but if you get sick of trying out the restaurants that are on the fancier side, there are plenty of street food vendors where you are likely to taste some of the best foods Mexico has to offer. Most Mexican towns also boast lively markets and there are also lots of historical sites worth visiting throughout the country. All of these activities hold ample opportunities for meeting like-minded people, and Mexicans are generally a people with a very sunny, friendly disposition.

Cost of Living

The favorable exchange rate between dollars and pesos means getting more for your money down south. On top of that, the cost of living in Mexico is much lower than that in the US, in most areas. As far as Mexican real-estate goes, beach-front properties can be on the pricey side because of their desirable location. In that case, experts suggest finding a property that’s slightly more inland but still close to the beach. This way your house won’t break the bank but you’ll still be close to the water. There is even a chance of actually saving money on your Mexico retirement if you keep your costs at an appropriate level, which shouldn’t be a problem.

The downsides of expat life in Mexico

Lifestyle changes

Experts suggest being careful when making a decision to move. This is true in general, but especially when you are moving to a different country. No matter how close it is, Mexico’s culture is still a lot different from what you are probably used to. Even if you thoroughly enjoyed yourself and liked everything on your holidays there, this does not mean you would enjoy living there. People make the mistake of retiring in Mexico for its climate and the financial benefits and completely disregard everything else. Once they are there, they are in for a rude awakening.

Things function a bit differently in Mexico. Being prepared for unpleasant surprises and being flexible when making any plans is necessary if you are hoping for a happy life in Mexico. Having an adventurous spirit and genuinely admiring the people and their culture will also be a great aid. Just be ready to adjust and in some cases abandon what you consider your way of doing things. One of the main expat annoyances is bureaucracy. Not only is it tedious when it comes to immigration in Mexico, but it is present in almost every aspect of life in Mexico.

Proximity to the US

So, you have decided to retire in Mexico. You’ve packed the things you will need and are leaving the rest behind. Perhaps you needed to find affordable long term storage units in your area where you left the belongings you probably won’t need when you go to Mexico. But they’re still there, ready for you to come and get them when you decide to. While you can do this with your things, unfortunately, you can’t with your friends and family that stayed behind. One of the downsides of living in heaven on Earth is that everyone and their uncle will feel the urge to visit you. It would be one thing if you had decided to retire somewhere across the world, but you haven’t. You’re right there. However, a less cynical view of this would be that it’s a bonus. You can get anywhere in the US in about 2 hours by plane. In Puerto Penasco-Rocky Point, Mexico, it’s a 1 hour drive to the Arizona border, then 2.5 hours to either Phoenix or Tucson

Driving around

While infrastructure is much better than it used to be, there are still some things to look out for. Many of the local roads have large speed bumps called topes that can damage the suspension on your car and even the tires. You may not notice them until it’s too late, especially if you’re driving at night. You should also bear in mind that the rules aren’t always what you would expect, so pay close attention to the signs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Mexican Beach Bum” (Robin Miller) Realtor® is the Designated Broker for Mexico Real Estate and Document Services in the beautiful resort city of Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, Mexico, where the desert meets the ocean. Just 210 miles from Phoenix or Tucson and where income producing properties start at $75,000 and homes in town start at $30,000.

Being in the Mexico Real Estate Industry for over 13 years, I have been assisting clients with their Mexico vacation home buying and selling decisions in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, and Puerto Vallarta.

**License #442 (licensing required by the State of Sonora)
**Accredited Professional Broker in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point
**AMPI member  (Mexico’s Real Estate Association)
**Executive AMPI Board member of the local chapter 51
**NAR member (U.S. National Association of Realtors®)
**Member of the local MLS, Multiple Listing Service
**Have a full legal team, in house, to assist buyers with obtaining titles.

With my credentials and the support of my in house legal team, I am qualified to represent, and PROTECT BUYERS as they search for and purchase the perfect vacation home or income producing investment property.

It is important that a foreign buyer connects with a properly qualified licensed agent for their real estate search and purchase transaction.  Licensed agents, AMPI and NAR members are held to high ethical standards; attend continuing education classes, and keeping up to date on current issues so they can help guide their clients through the buying and selling process in Mexico.

Ask me for my FREE guide to safely purchase Mexico real estate.

Contact me:

US Line in Mexico:   (602) 539-3124
Mexico Cell:  011-521-638-109-0443

robin@mexicanbeachbum.com
www.mexicanbeachbum.com
www.facebook.com/mexicanbeachbum
www.youtube.com/mexicanbeachbumtv
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Expat Guide for working and living in Rocky Point

Expat Guide for working and living in Rocky Point

Only two decades ago, Rocky Point was a sleepy fishing village. Today, it is a vibrant, not-so-small town with so much to offer. If you want to know more about life and work in this popular expat enclave, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s talk about working and living in Rocky Point – one of the best places to live in Mexico.

Lots of things make Rocky Point such a popular relocation and vacation destination. There’s the proximity to the US, warm climate, low cost of living, stunning nature, friendly people, rich history and culture, just to name a few. Spanish is the main language, but English is also widely used.

Becoming part of the Rocky Point community

Moving from the USA to Mexico is a growing trend. In fact, around 2 million American expats currently live in Mexico, and Rocky Point is one of the most popular cities. Its population is around 62,000 and most of its residents are either local fishermen or expatriates who work and live in Rocky Point. Its full and part time expats engage in charity events and community activities, as well as social clubs and organizations. The locals are very friendly and willing to help, especially if you ask in Spanish.

The cost of living in Rocky Point

Expats coming from a country like the US are pleasantly surprised by how affordable Mexican cities are, even the large ones. Although some items are pricier in cities with more tourists, such as Rocky Point, some neighboring towns are cheaper. As little as $400 per month can be enough for a small apartment, food and utilities. When it comes to transportation, the locals may find it expensive, depending on their monthly income. From an expat’s perspective, it is rather affordable but, again, it depends on your salary. You can easily find a taxi and go from one part of town to another for 30 pesos ($1.50). You can easily travel to other Mexican cities by bus, train or car. Your move does not have to be expensive either. There are numerous affordable moving assistance options at your disposal if you know where to look.

Some local stores sell special American food products including salami, bacon, sausage, pie, diet soda, cheese, bagels, English muffins, spices, etc.

 

Working in Rocky Point

In Mexico, the minimum wage is approximately $4.00 a day, while personal income tax rates are around 32%. The main driving force of Rocky Point’s economy is tourism, while fishing is a close second. Since the city wants to focus on tourism and foreign visitor services, bi-lingual candidates are the most likely to find employment. Expats may find job opportunities with existing foreign owned or managed businesses in this area. In order to work in Mexico, you need permission from the Mexican government. Without permission, you risk being arrested and fined. You can apply for the work document at the local immigration office or any Mexican Consulate office in the U.S.

Finding a home

Whether you are buying or renting, looking for a house, condominium, or apartment in this city, there is a lot to choose from. Check out Rocky Point listings and start your hunt for that perfect beach home you have always dreamed of. Bear in mind that this is a very important investment, especially if you are purchasing a home. Therefore, make sure you have a reliable real estate agent by your side. This is the smart thing to do even when buying real estate in your hometown, let alone a foreign country. Only an agent who knows the area is the right person for the job. Also, we advise you to get homeowners or renters insurance. Working and living in Rocky Point is safer than you think.

Moving your belongings

Before you start working and living in Rocky Point, you need to pack your bags and find a convenient way to get them to your new address. Moving to a foreign country all by yourself it a risk you don’t want to take, trust us. Let professionals handle this part for you. Look for a moving company with experience in this type of relocation. A company that has been working with expats for many years is guaranteed to meet your needs. First, make sure they have a professional-looking website, such as wolleymovers.com, then, contact them personally and schedule an in-home estimate. Do not forget to ask about additional services, like packing and storage. Reputable movers will provide insurance protection, take care of the paperwork and send you the list of items that can’t be imported.

Recreational activities

There is plenty of fun to look forward to after your relocation is finalized. People from all over the world come to spend their vacation here, and that says a lot. With so many great and cheap things to do in Rocky Point, every day you spend here will be an amazing adventure. In addition to swimming and sunbathing, you can also try something less conventional, like surfing, kayaking, ultralight flying, ziplining, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Ride a boat or a jet ski. Attend concerts, off road races, and golf tournaments. Take your family to a seafood or gourmet restaurant and have a great meal at very affordable prices. The city is known for its fresh fish and shrimp. Nightlife is not too shabby either, with a wide choice of bars, clubs, and live music.

In the spring and fall, the weather is very pleasant. However, you can expect around 50 degrees in the winter and 90-95 with high humidity in the summer.

Residency and visa requirements for working and living in Rocky Point

You can live in Rocky Point with an FMM – the temporary tourist card (a.k.a. tourist visa) you get at the border when you cross it. Many people who rent do not even bother with getting a resident card. Foreigners who opt for working and living in Rocky Point must have a resident card, whether it’s a temporary or a permanent one.

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“Mexican Beach Bum” (Robin Miller) Realtor® is the Designated Broker for Mexico Real Estate and Document Services in the beautiful resort city of Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, Mexico, where the desert meets the ocean. Just 210 miles from Phoenix or Tucson and where income producing properties start at $75,000 and homes in town start at $30,000.

Being in the Mexico Real Estate Industry for over 13 years, I have been assisting clients with their Mexico vacation home buying and selling decisions in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, and Puerto Vallarta.

**License #442 (licensing required by the State of Sonora)
**Accredited Professional Broker in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point
**AMPI member  (Mexico’s Real Estate Association)
**Executive AMPI Board member of the local chapter 51
**NAR member (U.S. National Association of Realtors®)
**Member of the local MLS, Multiple Listing Service
**Have a full legal team, in house, to assist buyers with obtaining titles.

With my credentials and the support of my in house legal team, I am qualified to represent, and PROTECT BUYERS as they search for and purchase the perfect vacation home or income producing investment property.

It is important that a foreign buyer connects with a properly qualified licensed agent for their real estate search and purchase transaction.  Licensed agents, AMPI and NAR members are held to high ethical standards; attend continuing education classes, and keeping up to date on current issues so they can help guide their clients through the buying and selling process in Mexico.

Ask me for my FREE guide to safely purchase Mexico real estate.

Contact me:

US Line in Mexico:   (602) 539-3124
Mexico Cell:  011-521-638-109-0443

robin@mexicanbeachbum.com
www.mexicanbeachbum.com
www.facebook.com/mexicanbeachbum
www.youtube.com/mexicanbeachbumtv
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Mexican real estate trends

There are some countries which are known all over the world – Mexico is one of them. The climate is beautiful, the people are generous and approachable, and the beaches are heavenly, so what is there not to like? What Mexican real estate trends have been showing lately is that the interest in buying a home in Mexico is growing. If you are looking to buy a house on a budget, now would be the right time to do it. And it doesn’t matter whether you have your heart set on moving to Mexico or simply buying a vacation property – you will be able to profit from both. Here is everything you need to be aware of about the current real estate market in Mexico.

There are good reasons why people are rushing to buy a property in Mexico.

What are Mexican real estate trends showing?

The interest in buying a property in Mexico has been on the rise for the past decade. However, what the year behind us (2018) shows is that there has been a rapid growth in the purchasing of Mexican property. We can only assume what the reasons behind this are, but some say that the main reason is the fact that the entire country is becoming a better place for life. It only makes sense that with good living conditions people will be drawn to a country. So, let’s take a look into the reasons why the country of Mexico is becoming so popular, and why it might make you want to buy a house, hire a moving company such as Premium Q Moving and Storage Boston, and move your entire life to this beautiful and unique country.

You can get your money’s worth in Mexico

When compared to the USA, Mexico is a less expensive country. Let’s imagine you have 200,000 dollars at your disposal for purchasing a property. Of course, depending on where in the USA you wish to buy a property, for that amount of money you might only be able to get a condo. Clearly, we are talking about the city of New York. While in some other, less urban states you might be able to get a two-bedroom home, in Mexico, you can get a spacious beachside property!

Just think about it – you are waking up to the sounds of the ocean, white sand and blue sky. You have a problem discerning where the ocean ends and the sky begins. Sounds magical, doesn’t it? Well, that’s perhaps why Mexican real estate trends have been showing steady growth. You have to admit that when moving to a distant place, it’s much easier to adapt if you’re relocating to a country as beautiful as Mexico, don’t you think?

Isn’t this something you would want to see first thing in the morning?

Watch the value of your property increase

There are many areas in Mexico which are still developing. Naturally, we are not talking about the already urban and developed areas such as Mexico City. We are talking about coastal places which have the potential to become desirable tourist attractions. If you are smart enough to buy a property in one of these places, you will witness an incredible growth in the value of your property in a few years. It only makes sense that houses in developed areas with a lot of visitors cost more than the ones in undeveloped areas. So, when you look at the situation from this point of view, it’s clear that you can even make a lucrative investment out of buying a home. But for that, you would have to follow Mexican real estate trends and planned projects, so that you would be able to predict which area is the best one for your plans. You are still close to home

Mexico and Canada are the two closest countries to the USA. In fact, from some states in the USA, you can reach the Mexican beaches in an hour or so. If you decide to move to Rocky Point, which is one of the closest places to the border, you get the best of both worlds. Namely, you get to live in a coastal town while still being close enough to frequently visit your family. Not everything is about the finances when deciding where you want to live. A lot depends on your emotional state, as well. And if you are a USA resident, Mexico will be one of your first choices, which is why the Mexican real estate trends show growth.

The geographical position could have an impact on Mexican real estate trends.

Additional costs of buying a Mexican property

If you are already a homeowner, you know that there are many costs associated with buying a house. It goes way beyond the initial price of the property. Just like in other countries, there are some costs that the buyer is responsible for and some fees that the seller needs to pay. If you are buying a property in Mexico, the fees that concern you are:

  • Acquisition tax
  • Notary fees
  • Registration fees
  • Closing Coordinator & Escrow

As experts in Mexican real estate, we feel obliged to warn you that, sometimes, these additional costs can be high. You need to make sure your budget is prepared before making any decisions and buying something you won’t be able to return.

Finally, you need to realize that there is a good reason why Mexican real estate trends have been showing rapid growth. You already know that people wouldn’t be in such a rush to get to a bad place, which only tells you that Mexico is an amazing place for life. You don’t have to make a hasty decision – why not visit Mexico, for starters, and see whether life here suits you? There is no reason to rush – we are sure some property in this country will be left unoccupied.

 

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“Mexican Beach Bum” (Robin Miller) Realtor® is the Designated Broker for Mexico Real Estate and Document Services in the beautiful resort city of Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, Mexico, where the desert meets the ocean. Just 210 miles from Phoenix or Tucson and where income producing properties start at $75,000 and homes in town start at $30,000.

Being in the Mexico Real Estate Industry for over 12 years, I have been assisting clients with their Mexico vacation home buying and selling decisions in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point, and Puerto Vallarta.

**License #442 (licensing required by the State of Sonora)
**Accredited Professional Broker in Puerto Peñasco-Rocky Point
**AMPI member  (Mexico’s Real Estate Association)
**Executive AMPI Board member of the local chapter 51
**NAR member (U.S. National Association of Realtors®)
**Member of the local MLS, Multiple Listing Service
**Have a full legal team, in house, to assist buyers with obtaining titles.

With my credentials and the support of my in house legal team, I am qualified to represent, and PROTECT BUYERS as they search for and purchase the perfect vacation home or income producing investment property.

It is important that a foreign buyer connects with a properly qualified licensed agent for their real estate search and purchase transaction.  Licensed agents, AMPI and NAR members are held to high ethical standards; attend continuing education classes, and keeping up to date on current issues so they can help guide their clients through the buying and selling process in Mexico.

Ask me for my FREE guide to safely purchase Mexico real estate.

Contact me:

US Line in Mexico:   (602) 539-3124
Mexico Cell:  011-521-638-109-0443

robin@mexicanbeachbum.com
www.mexicanbeachbum.com
www.facebook.com/mexicanbeachbum
www.youtube.com/mexicanbeachbumtv
View Puerto Peñasco/Rocky Point Real Estate For Sale
View Puerto Vallarta Real Estate For Sale