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Buying in Mexico

Buying in Mexico, whether a vacation home or investment property should be an exciting and stress-free experience. The Riviera Maya Real Estate team is here to help guide you through the entire process.

Our laid-back approach means there will be no pressure on you to buy until you find the perfect place and our main goal is to make you happy.

As a foreigner, can I own property in Mexico?
Yes! Buying real estate in Mexico as a foreigner is a safe and easy process that is designed to protect you as the buyer.

How do I buy property in Mexico as a foreigner?
As a foreigner buying property within 50 miles of the coast you have two options. You can buy via a Fideicomiso (Bank Trust) or with a Mexican corporation.

What is a Fideicomiso and do I truly own the property?
A fideicomiso is like a living trust where the bank acts as a trustee. You choose the bank and you maintain complete control over the trust, can have beneficiaries and can sell your property at any time. A fideicomiso is not a lease.

The fideicomiso when first created is established for a period of 50 years and can be renewed at any time and guaranteed forever.

A fideicomiso has a yearly fee payable to the bank.

Buying property through a Mexican corporation
Should you be looking to buy multiple properties as income generators or buying and selling land some investors choose to do this via a Mexican corporation and we can help guide you through this process.

What parties are involved in the purchase process?

  • Real Estate Agent: Your agent is the first point of contact when looking to buy and while their responsibilities are very similar to those of a Real Estate Agent back home there are small differences. Our team of agents are all experienced and qualified to help guild you through this exciting process.
  • Buyer’s Attorney: We always recommend our clients use a trusted attorney when purchasing real estate in Mexico. It is attorney’s job to represent and protect you as the buyer and your attorney will be responsible for drafting or reviewing all contracts involved with your purchase. We only work with trusted firms whom we have a longstanding relationship with.
  • Bank (when buying via Fideicomiso): The bank you choose to hold your trust will guarantee that the closing is both appropriate and legal. They will review all documents involved prior to closing taking place and their name and information will be included on the property deed alongside the buyers. The bank trustee is prohibited by Mexican law from transferring ownership of the property, changing beneficiaries or modifying the trust without written instructions from the buyer. The bank you choose with them reviewing all documentation and looking out for your interests as the buyer is just another way to protect your interests.
  • Notary: The notary is responsible for many things, including the authentication of legal documents and is responsible for ALL real estate transactions in Mexico. Any real estate transaction not approved by a notary and duly recorded in the Public Registry is considered invalid and not enforceable.

What are my closing costs
Closing costs, which include taxes, notary fees, attorneys’ fees, fideicomiso, escrow and government fees will cost between 4%-7% of the property’s value. The higher the value of the property, typically the lower the closing costs.

What can I expect to pay in property taxes?
Low property taxes is one of the many great aspects of buying in Mexico. You can expect to pay approximately .1% of the property’s value on a yearly basis. If your property is worth $250,000 USD, then your yearly taxes will be around $250 USD. The government loves when people pay early. Should you pay your taxes in December of the year prior (December 2019 for the 2020 tax year) you can save approximately 25%.

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    Tim Spruyt
    Tim Spruyt
    04:32 07 Mar 19
    Jason is a fantastic and exceptionally helpful person. I would do business with him any day
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    Gary Parks
    20:48 23 Jan 19
    Marisol was a very good agent making the sale and keeping me up to date along the way. Jason, the owner was always in the loop and helping the entire way. He went above his requirement and helped overcome some unexpected expenses. Feeling secure while buying or selling in another country was the most difficult thing for me. He made sure everything went smooth!read more
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    Bermy 12
    23:52 18 Oct 18
    I cannot rate Playa Real Estate Group and our Real Estate agent Matt highly enough. After deciding to put our house in Puerto Aventuras on the market we contacted a few agencies and their approach was lackluster to say the least. It was a totally different story when we contacted Playa Real Estate Group. Matt got back to us straight away and arranged to come and see the house the next morning. He had our house listed the following day and had us a buyer within a week. Matt was there to answer any questions we had and was EXTREMELY quick to reply to emails, phone calls, and text messages. We have bought and sold properties in 5 countries and this was by far the best experience we have had. If you are considering buying or selling a property in Playa del Carmen and surrounding towns, contact Matt, his optimistic, professional and positive approach is exactly what you need! He is the BEST! Thanks again! Martina and Michaelread more
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    14:43 13 Oct 18
    Tracy Beitz of Playa Real Estate Group was delightful to work with. No fuss, just friendly, straightforward advice. Not even five storeys of construction stood in the way of her stilettos during her travels with us :-) We can hardly wait to get possession of our little piece of paradise in more
    Sue Wright
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    04:30 11 Mar 17
    We worked with Jason for years before finally taking the leap and buying in Playa. Every vacation for 3+ years we spent a day house hunting and Jason took us to as many properties as we wanted. He knew the other realtors and had our appointments set up so that all went quickly and smoothly. He was the one that recommended the property that we eventually bought and helped us negotiate so that it fit our budget. Very laid back friendly guy. He knows the area and the players in the market. We had a great experience and couldn't be happier with our purchase!read more
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    Gary Parks
    Marisol was a very good agent making the sale and keeping me up to date along the way. Jason, the owner was always in the loop and helping the entire way. He went above his requirement and helped overcome some unexpected expenses. Feeling secure while buying or selling in another country was the most difficult thing for me. He made sure everything went smooth!read more
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    Elizabeth Dygert
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    Shirley Bruton Wright
    Our experience with this group has been so positive! We bought a condo two years ago and loved how professional they were through the process. We even became friends and shared many dinners together. When time for us to sell the condo, we listed with them. They took expert video of it and the condo sold immediately! Since we are now moving to live in Playa only part time, they even assisted with finding a rental! I highly recommend them!read more
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    My husband was referred to Playa Real Estate from our local (Seattle) real estate agent and we were matched up with Steve Meredith. It was a great match as Steve and Wendy Meredith are originally from WA and now live in the Playa area so they know the area and real estate. What a great couple to work with - they definitely go above and beyond what you'd expect from a realtor. I feel like we've made new friends and I must say, after spending a week with them - we miss them! We looked at real estate for a long time on-line and unfortunately looking and finding real estate in Mexico is a lot different than the states. It's a lot harder to find accurate and up to date information on line and it's next to impossible to just do a drive by of a property. It takes a lot of coordination and planning from the listing and selling agents. We worked with Steve for several months before actually making the trip to view properties and Steve had several lined up for us to see each day. Steve and Wendy were a wealth of knowledge and we learned a lot. We cant wait to go back and enjoy our new place and see our new friends!read more
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