Moving families to Rocky Point

Rocky Point or Puerto Penasco is located in the northwestern corner of the state of Sonora. It’s a great place for living and many expats choose it for their place of residence. That is why many people speak English, even though the main language is Spanish. Tourism and fishing are the two main sources of income for people living in Rocky Point. Now that you know a little bit about this place, let’s see what life in Rocky Point looks like for families with kids.

Education 

What every family with children wants to know about a certain place they are planning to relocate to is about its educational opportunities. At a certain point, Rocky Point had some fifty schools! You would probably agree that’s a lot for a place with a population of just under 60 thousand people. At the moment, the number of schools is not so high, but there are still great opportunities for education. What schools here have in common is that their pupils wear uniforms and children are taught the right values. You will not see many children with their phones and tablets during their recess or lunch break. But you will notice the schoolyards swarming with children playing football, or basketball, or any other game.

Schools are not so posh here, and many of them do not even have the air conditioning, but kids are happy and that’s what matters. They are thought to be happy with what they have and to help the less fortunate ones. There are a few bi-lingual schools too. Many English speaking foreigners relocate and enroll their children in these schools easily.

Cost of Life in Rocky Point

Naturally, if your family is about to move one of the first things you should consider is the cost of living in a new place. There are some big decisions that you have to make right away. One of them is whether you will buy or rent a home for your family. Maybe the best thing to do is to start by renting until you decide if this is the place where you want to live permanently, or at least for a longer period of time.

The amount of money you will have to set aside for monthly rent when living in Rocky Point starts from 200 USD for an apartment further away from the beachfront. Of course, if you decide to rent a home closer to the beach, be prepared that you will need much more. The utilities are not included in the mentioned amounts.

Cooking and eating

Groceries are much cheaper here than in the USA. Meat, fish, and poultry are about 30-40% cheaper in Rocky Point. If you are moving to Mexico from New York City, for example, you will not believe how much money you will have left in your wallet after grocery shopping!

The local restaurants serving traditional Mexican food are very affordable, which makes them perfect for families that like to eat out. Even though food is spicier here and it tastes stronger, every restaurant offers kids-friendly options, so the entire family can enjoy themselves.

Healthcare

If you are not coming from some other parts of Mexico, you should know that your domestic health insurance policy won’t be valid here in Rocky Point. If you do not have medical insurance,  we strongly advise you to get it as soon as possible, be prepared to pay 30 USD minimum for a doctor’s appointment, while dental services start from 50 USD. Healthcare is in good condition in Rocky Point and you will not struggle to find a clinic where English is spoken.

Crime rate

Since the border is not so far away, some drug-related crimes do happen.  However, if you avoid suspicious neighborhoods and try to stay out of trouble, you and your family will be just fine.

Entertainment in Rocky Point

Life in Rocky Point offers so many entertainment options. The place welcomes many tourists, which means that there is always something to do in Puerto Penasco.

Picnic by the sea

Having a beach day with your family is one of the great and cheap things to do in Rocky Point. It’s good for your health, shape and for family bonding. You can bring your already prepared food or decide to prepare it on the spot with your family which might be more fun. Young children will enjoy themselves exploring whichever beach you choose to take them to. Most of them will be fascinated by tide pools and sea creatures they will be able to see inside them. Light-colored sand, blue waters and black rocks – that is a combination that cannot be found at many places worldwide, but Rocky Point has it. As a matter of fact, it is named after it.

Beach activities

Since Rocky Point is a popular seaside destination for tourists, it makes sense that it offers alot. Here are some of the activities:

  • Banana boats are very popular in Rocky Point. Ask your speed boat operator for a smoother or a bumpier ride and have fun! Older kids can have a ride while younger ones play in the sand.
  • Kayaking tours are not just for tourists. The great thing about life in Rocky Point is that you can enjoy the amazing nature and exploring marine life. The Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans performs its activities here.
  • Your kids will probably be thrilled to see the aquarium and the sea life inside of it. That would be a great family activity and your kids can learn a lot from it.

 

Isla San Jorge

Bird Island, or Isla San Jorge, as the locals call it, is also one of the popular destinations for families with kids. The island is rich in birds and sea lions and it can be explored in various ways. Swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving are just some of the options.

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

Millennials love life in Rocky Point, just like the retirees do. People of all ages can have fun here which means that the place is perfect for families with kids too.

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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

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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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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
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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

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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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Vacation to Rocky Point

Summer vacation in Rocky Point – places you shouldn’t miss

Spending your summer vacation in Rocky Point is a great idea. But, as it is with all vacations, you will need to do a bit of preparing. In order to enjoy all that Rocky Point has to offer you need to prepare yourself and do some research. That way you will have a pleasurable time without any unpleasant interruption or confusion. So, what do you need to know in order to enjoy Rocky Point? Well, that is what we are going to explore.

Before heading off to Rocky Point

Rocky Point is a wonderful place. Here you will be able to visit sandy beaches, eat some authentic Mexican food and have some family fun. But, in order to do any of that, you need to be well-prepared. Going to Rocky Point without any prior research or preparations is risky. Not only do you set yourself up for car issues but you risk getting in trouble with the law. So, in order for you have a decent time while visiting Rocky Point, let’s first go over how to get ready.

Preparations

If you plan on taking a bus to Rocky Point you do not need a lot of preparations. You should simply research Rocky Point a bit in order to know where to go. It is a good idea to study the map of Rocky Point. If necessary, you can even print it out. That way you will know where things are and how much time it will take you to get there.

In order to enjoy your summer vacation in Rocky Point, you need to prepare for the journey ahead. Especially if you plan on driving.

 

If, on the other hand, you are driving there, there are a couple of other things you need to take care of. First, you need to check your paperwork. Make sure that your passport and your driving papers are in order and up to date. Second, you need to prepare yourself and anyone traveling with you for a long journey. Familiarize yourself with the road you are going to take and plan your stops. Learn the laws regarding driving in Mexico, so that you have no legal issues once you get there. Finally, you should take your car to a mechanic. If there is an issue with it, you should know about it before you head  to Mexico. The last thing you need is for it to break down in the middle of the trip.

What to see while on summer vacation in Rocky Point

Once you have prepared yourself and anyone traveling with you for the long journey, it is time to discover Rocky Point. As you will soon see, there are a lot of interesting things to see in Rocky Point, so don’t expect to see all of them in a single day. Our advice is to plan your visit according to the time you have.

UNESCO world heritage site

The first thing you should check out on your summer vacation in Rocky Point is the El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve. It is a huge area of sand dunes with patches of water surrounded by abundance of animal and plant species. You will also witness dormant red and black lava flows, which can be quite a sight if you have never seen them before. So, when visiting Rocky Point, head to the El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve. See why UNESCO considers this place so important.

The gorgeous beaches

The second thing you should check out are the beaches. The main reason why people spend their vacations in Rocky Point are the beaches. Beaches like Playa Arenosa, Las Conchas, and Sandy Beach are so beautiful, that people even consider moving here for their retirement. And, who can blame them, especially if they’ve spent their lives in a big city? So, if you plan on moving out of Brooklyn with ease and spending your retirement in a nice, sunny place. Consider Rocky Point. There are few places in the world that have the beaches and the climate that Rocky Point has.

 

Francisco Leon Garia Stadium

Having a bit of a sports fever while spending your summer vacation in Rocky Point? Then you better head on to the Francisco Leon Garia Stadium. Check it out and see baseball as the young people of Mexico play it. All you need to know is that the local team is call Tiburones, the tickets are $5 and the best time to visit is in April and July. So, if you find yourself in Rocky Point during late spring, be sure to check out Francisco Leon Garia Stadium.

Malecón

Once you get your fill of sand, sea, and sports, you should check out the actual city. See what the culture is like and why so many people chose to buy homes here. And what better place to do so then the Malecón. Here you’ll be able to take a nice stroll, have a bite to eat, and see what the people living in Rocky Point are like. There are numerous restaurants here that offer authentic Mexican food. Also, excellent hotels where you can stay for a reasonable price. Overall, it is hard to imagine a summer vacation in Rocky Point without spending time in the  Malecón.

Do not leave Rocky Point without trying some authentic Mexican food.

La Ostionera de Puerto Peñasco (oyster farm)

Visiting local restaurants in order to experience authentic Mexican cuisine is all well and nice. But, if you are a true seafood enthusiast, then you must visit the local oyster farm La Ostionera de Puerto Peñasco. There you can witness the whole process of how oysters are cultivated, and then plucked and shucked right before your eyes. There is no better way to try fresh oysters then head there by yourself.

Once you do try them, you will see that your journey to Rocky Point was well worth the time and money.

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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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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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View Puerto Vallarta Real Estate For Sale

 

Pros and cons of buying a vacation home

 Pros and cons of buying a vacation house

Everyone adores that special time when they get to simply relax and have fun with their family. Whether you love going to the mountains or down to the lake, it’s always great to simply get away for a while. And all that relaxation might get you thinking about getting a piece of that heaven. You might start thinking about buying a vacation house. However, there are many things to consider before actually making that investment. That is, it is quite a big move that you have to consider carefully. Here are some pros and cons of buying a vacation house.

Pros of buying a vacation house

Of course, as with any type of investment, the best thing you can do is truly consider every facet. You need to look at your dreams from a realistic perspective. You might be dead-set on, for instance, even moving to Florida after a great week at the famous beaches of Miami. But you need a basis, a carefully thought-out plan. Here are some of the pros of buying a vacation house.

It is consistently perfect, and consistently yours

There is a certain allure to consistency, knowing that you get to go to your little piece of paradise every summer. And, why not, even winter. After buying a vacation house, you can get that feel of perfection every year. You can ensure that your kids have a great, stable, vacation every time. Also, if you’re set on visiting a certain place several times a year, it will certainly pay off more to buy it than to rent it every time you come.

With a vacation house, you can ensure your kids’ perfect vacation;

 

You basically have a second home

Having a second home is quite the appealing image. But imagine this: you’re retiring and you decide to retire and go on permanent vacation. Let’s say you’re from Texas and you want to escape from the sweltering heat. Your beach house awaits you, ready when you are, only with the added benefit of memories built there for decades. You simply pick up the phone and choose the best moving assistance in Texas and you’re there – living in paradise for the rest of your life. When you think about it, buying a vacation house actually means buying a second home for you and your family.

You can rent it out

Now, the amount you can earn from renting mainly depends on where you plan on buying a vacation house. If you buy a house near the beach, you can earn quite a lot of money. Nowadays, with various different sites involved in renting out someone’s vacation house, it is certainly easy to find people who are interested.

However, when considering renting out, you need to learn about the rules regarding tax. Also, you need to be able to handle the situation regarding maintenance efficiently.

Cons of buying a vacation house

There are also some drawbacks to buying a vacation house that you need to consider. Of course, while they all may be surmountable, you have to weigh the options yourself. Discuss them with your family and with an expert if you’re really set on taking this step. Sometimes, it’s okay to postpone our ideas for later and wait for the right time.

Your finances are not that great

Regardless of whether or not you can take out a mortgage, there are many other expenses to consider. First of all, you will have to pay for the maintenance, because you will not be there constantly. Maintenance includes repairs after storms, fixing any leaks, mowing the lawn etc. So, you need to map out your budget in the long run. If you’re not sure you can manage this step financially, it might be more prudent to postpone buying a vacation house.

 

Buying a vacation house is a hefty investment;

Another thing you should think about are the costs of furnishing the house. This can cost a pretty penny, especially when you’re thinking about buying new furniture. However, it might be a more affordable idea to simply move some of your furniture pieces from your house to your vacation home. After all, you don’t need that much while you’re on vacation. If you need moving services, find an affordable and efficient company, like Evolution Moving Company NB. Hiring professionals is much easier than going there and delivering it yourself.

You don’t actually go on vacation that often

It might be possible that you’re seeing your possible vacation paradise through rose-colored glasses. After all, you’ve returned rejuvenated, relaxed and refreshed. However, you should ask yourself a simple enough question – how often do you actually go on vacation? If you’re vacationing only one week a year, then it might be better to rent. That way, you will save yourself the money and the hassle. And nothing stops you from buying your home later on, when the opportunity arises.

Before you do that, consider another thing. If you’re moving abroad, it can be difficult to find the perfect home. That is why you should do extensive online research. If you’re considering Mexico as your destination, it’s best if you learn everything you can about Mexico real estate trends. There’s nothing better than good preparation. So make sure all your bases are covered when considering a purchase abroad.

What to consider before buying a vacation house?

As we’ve already mentioned, you have to approach buying a vacation house from a practical side. Here are some of the things you should consider before buying.

  • Location. Choose the location carefully. Some locations, no matter how alluring they may seem, are simply a waste of time and money.

The location of your vacation house is incredibly important;

 

  • Consider laws and regulations. This is particularly important if you’re buying a vacation house in a foreign country. For instance, if you’re considering moving to Rocky Point, Mexico, it would be best to learn all about the laws there. Otherwise, you may encounter obstacles along the way.
  • How much would maintenance cost? Draw up a plan to see how much maintenance will cost you in the long run. This will help you decide whether it is worth it.
  • Will you rent it? If you decide to rent it out, you have to consider the taxes and other costs.
  • Insurance. Insurance is pivotal with any type of property, especially when buying a vacation house. Because you’re not going to be there all the time, it’s best to take out insurance. However, if you’re renting it out, your vacation home will most likely not be liable for property insurance. But, you can always try other options.
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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
View Puerto Peñasco/Rocky Point Real Estate For Sale
View Puerto Vallarta Real Estate For Sale