Towns of Riviera Maya

As a Canadian who has lived full time and worked here since 2003 I feel confident in telling you why the Riviera Maya is a great place to live, work, play, vacation, and invest in real estate.

Where is the Riviera Maya you ask?

It is defined as the area south of the Cancun airport between Puerto Morelos all the way to city of Tulum, a distance of 120kms.  The heart of Riviera Maya is the city of Playa del Carmen, a vibrant, hip and happening beach town on the Caribbean side of Mexico.

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Learning Spanish

By Joel Hansen

I moved to Mexico three years ago. In that time I have traveled across my adopted home from the deserts in Sonora to the jungles of Veracruz in search of adventure and great places for Canadians to visit. Arriving in Mexico three years ago I didn’t speak a word of Spanish and my thought was that I would learn it as I lived it. I would absorb Spanish through the powers of osmosis. It hasn’t quite worked out the way I hoped. During my adventures to parts of Mexico where little English is spoken I found my vocabulary hopelessly woeful. I can get by but I constantly felt like I was missing out. I knew it was time to do something about it.

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A History of Financing in Mexico

baja financing 300x133 A History of Financing in MexicoMortgages in Mexico are a relatively new occurrence all things considered. In fact, it has only been since 2005 that a foreigner could actually finance a purchase in Mexico. Until 2005 and the inception of GE Capital & Silvergate bank, all buyers simply paid cash. A quick glance at data on the MLS dating back from 2005 until now will indicate that the vast majority of buyers have paid cash. That data considers land, condos & houses in all price points. Certain segments of the market do have a higher volume of buyers seeking financing than others, namely the $100,000 to the $700,000 price point. The last complete year of data that can be used was 2011 as the mortgage product was consistent that year. Information garnered from BBVA/Compass (primary funding source for 2011) and the MLS Los Cabos showed that less than 10% of all transactions utilized mortgages that year.

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Beach and Stethoscope: Medical tourism in Western Mexico

By Antonio Vázquez

The Jalisco medical tourism cluster is one of the leading centers in the country for attention to foreigners; it offers a wide range of specialties ranging from cosmetic surgery and care for chronic degenerative diseases to cancer and fertility treatments.

Tourism and health: what better combination?

The medical tourism industry in Mexico offers a wide range of health services, and Jalisco is home to one of the most important medical clusters in the country.

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Transitioning to a Life in Sayulita

Our very own, Gabriel Jones and his wife Wendy were recently featured on the popular Sayulita Life website. Gabe and Wendy have called Sayulita, Mexico home now for nearly 3.5 years. Originally coming down with their two Chihuahuas for a year-long workcation, they now have a pack full of rescue dogs (this week it’s five, next week who knows?) and no intention of returning to Vancouver, Canada anytime soon.

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