Cashing In On a Second Home in Mexico: How to Buy, Rent and Profit from Property South of the Border

Cashing In On a Second Home in Mexico: How to Buy, Rent and Profit from Property South of the Border

by Tom Kelly

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After nearly a decade of work in Mexico insuring real estate properties to foreign purchasers, the same issues always seem to surface regarding second home acquisitions:
"If I buy a house in Mexico, don't I get a 99-year lease from the government?"

"I understand that I can buy a residence in Mexico only if the title is vested in a Mexican corporation."
"I didn't think Americans could own Mexican beachfront properties."

All of these suppositions are incorrect. This book attempts to help clarify and explain why Mexican real estate, when using the proper safeguards, can be a terrific, secure investment. It will also explore the purchasing mistakes of the past, summarize several of the attractive new locations that are luring foreign dollars and explain why Mexico is so eager to welcome second home buyers from outside its borders.

The worst thing a potential purchaser can do is to remain ignorant of the law and procedures involved in the conveyance of real estate in a foreign country. As we state several times in this book, Mexico is not the perceived "Wild West" where anything goes and the prevailing Mexican attitude is "trust me, no problema." It is inherently important for non-Mexican buyers to understand that Mexico has formality of law with authorized regulation of real estate development procedures at all levels. This process is coupled with a statutory government framework for the legal conveyance of real property.

Great personal wealth has been attained through real estate ownership, but for most of us, it has been limited to investment in a primary residence. Although Mexican real estate also can be a viable investment venue, Americans have had a great deal more trepidation considering properties "south of the border." And for good reason—considering the history of some acquisitions.

Given today's investment climate, however, Mexico provides an attractive, alternative arena for potential investment. Real estate in Mexico should have a similar appreciation "upside" as does real estate in a U.S. development—coupled with the advantage of use and enjoyment of the property as a vacation residence.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013532809
Publication date: 11/28/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 825 KB

About the Author

As author, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and talk-show host, Tom Kelly has carved a niche as one of the foremost journalists and thought leaders specializing in baby boomers, seniors or anyone who is considering a second home. A former real estate editor of The Seattle Times, Tom's column is now carried in more than 40 newspapers including The Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, Louisville Courier-Journal and Portland Oregonian and syndicated to thousands of websites via Tom's radio program, Real Estate Today, featuring home and loan experts with listener call-ins, is now in its 18th year originating from the CBS affiliate in Seattle. His ground-breaking book How a Second Home Can Be Your Best Investment (McGraw-Hill) is one of his five real estate books. His first novel Ice Cold Crossover will be released in October, 2011. He and his wife, Jodi have four grown children and live on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle.

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