Yes, most homes in this area are sold with furniture, some linen and dishes. If you are not happy with the furniture, you can always use it until the time you want to replace it, and then all you need to do is call the Bazaar, they will pick up the old furniture and sell it on consignment.
U.S. and Canadian drivers who prefer to drive their own cars into Mexico can do so by presenting a valid driver's license, a major credit card (debit or check cards not accepted), presenting the proper paperwork (proof of ownership or leasing contract, proof of citizenship, tourist card, and a major credit card) at the border crossing, paying a permit fee, and posting a refundable guaranteed return deposit. It is a good idea to make extra copies of all the required documents and keep them in a safe place. The importation permit is valid for 180 days and allows multiple entries. When leaving Mexico for the final time, turn in the permit at the border and obtain a receipt. An importation permit is not needed if you are not driving beyond the 20- kilometer border zone. Auto insurance is not required but U.S. and Canadian auto policies are not valid in Mexico; if there is an auto accident, the driver will likely be jailed and the car impounded until the authorities can sort out the details. Mexican auto insurance can be purchased at the border or from companies online. Auto importation ‘ regulations are strictly enforced; if a car is found without the proper permit, it will be immediately confiscated. For full details on auto importation, goto the Consular Section of the Embassy of Mexico at http://portal.sre.gob.mx/was. Portions of the importation permit process can be completed online at www.banjercito.com.mx. There is a charge, and it can be applied to your Visa. You will need a certified copy of your car title. You will also need your passport and Mexican car insurance which you can obtain there as well as your drivers license.
Yes, you can bring all your furniture into México one time only. Lake Chapala Moving (whom we recommend) will do the moving for you as well as make out all your papers. They will also give you all the info needed to make the move. The cost varies as to the size of the load. Figure it to be at least $8,000.00 to $10,000.00 US; however the company will give you the amount. It is insured and they are excellent.
Living costs include the prices of food, restaurant meals, gasoline, utilities, medical care, and professional services, among others. Generally, buyers from the USA, Canada, and Europe find that the cost of living in Mexico is much less than in their home countries; a fact that is one of l\1lexico's great attractions. Buyers should keep in mind that the tradeoff for low cost of living may be a lack of infrastructure and services in "undiscovered" locations.
Availability of health care services is often a major factor taken into consideration by second-home buyers, particularly retirees. U.S. retirees need to be aware that Medicare will not reimburse the cost of medical expenses incurred in Mexico. However, many expatriates find that high quality medical and dental care is both available, especially in large cities, and very affordable out of pocket.
Buyers, especially those who expect to becom e expatriates, should think seriously about making one or more "rehearsal" visits to Mexico and the particular location in which they plan to purchase property. They should experience the climate and the locale in all seasons. ln areas that have a busy high season, vital services such as transportation may be overcrowded in high season and/or not available in low season. Some may find that the geographic and cultural distance involved in expatriate living, even for a few months at a time, outweighs other advantages. lt is best to find out about these aspects of the location and lifestyle before sinking an investment or retirement nest egg into property in Mexico.
Personal safety and property security are major factors in choosing a location. Gated communities, seIf-contained resort developments, waIIed-in single family homes, and condominium developments are frequently preferred particularly for property that may stand em pty for long periods of time.
A variety of shopping options is another important factor. At the least, buyers will be interested in general shopping, such as grocery, clothing, houseware, and hardware stores. Also important is a variety of private services, such as banking, mail delivery, telecommunications, home and auto repairs, landscaping, spas and beauty salons, International Airport only 25 minutes away, among others.
Buyers from Canada, Latin America, and Europe, not surprisingly, favor locations with good airline connections. The buyers’ means of transportation to the property usually determines locations to consider
Whether drawn by the warm climate, relaxed lifestyle and recreation, or investment opportunities, real estate buyers, both residential and investment, are definitely heading across the borders to Mexico. lt is estimated that more than one million U.S. citizens, one in four expatriates, live in Mexico year-round or for extended periods of time. 1.5 million U.S. citizens own property in Mexico.
Our clientele includes second-home buyers, retirees looking for a low cost of living and investors, consider the possibility that a profitable portion of your market is "thinking Mexico".
No, you will still be an American/Canadian citizen. How-ever, you will need to have either an FM-T (Tourist Visa) or An FM--3 to live here.
FM-T, Can be obtained at Mexican Border. Costs approx. $ 500 pesos ($50.00 US). You will need copies of ALL pages of your passport and a copy of a major credit card.
FM-3, Can be obtained either at the Mexican Embassy of your state or here in this area. Costs approx. $3000 pesos ($300.00 US)
Requirements: Copies of all pages of passport, Last 3 bank statements (proving minimum income of $900.00 US per month). Proof of address (Original Telephone & Electric bills, lease or deed), Marriage License or Birth Certificate. Front & right profile pictures measuring 4 cm X 4cm. (Pictures must be taken with no jewelry or eye glasses, and your hair must be off your forehead and ears. Cannot be on instant photo paper).