Living in Mexico: Planning Your Expatriation
Moving to the Southside of Mexico
How do you start the process towards “Traveling to Mexico, Buying Real Estate in Mexico, Moving to Mexico and Retiring in Mexico?” Well, about 99.9% start online, as we now have become 99.9% dependant on our computers for almost all of the information about everything we need to research.
Having such a great source of information can also work against you in that there are so many resources about Mexico on the same subject that you want and need to research. As a result, getting confused as to what is the “real Mexico” in terms of your specific needs is an all too common tale!
Let’s take a few of the first basic steps on how to research information to get you pointed in the right direction towards “Traveling to Mexico, Buying Real Estate in Mexico, Moving to Mexico and Retiring in Mexico”.
Here is a 10 step plan to help you avoid the most common pitfalls on your journey.
- Organizing your plan is important so start by asking yourself a few questions:
- What are your financial resources to facilitate the move?
- When do you plan to move?
- Where are your top three locations?
- What is the accessibility of Hospitals/Clinics, Food Sources, Banking, Churches?
- What community activities/ social clubs / Americans & Canadians are available in the area?
- Where is the nearest airport for international flights in and out?
- Reliability of local transportation / bringing your car Vs buying there?
- Do you need to sell your home in the USA first?
- Be open to changing your preconceived notions about everything you have heard about Mexico, because information you thought was accurate, may have changed, such as the “new immigration laws” as of May 2011.
- Avoid the Monday morning armchair expert’s advice altogether.
- Get the facts from real people who are already “living, traveling, working and retiring in Mexico” (read Escape To Mexico Magazine)
- Find out about the climate and geographic area you perceive is where you want to be.
- Get of the sofa …back away from your computer. Go There ASAP.
- Upon arrival look into Real Estate, Hospitals, Clinics, Food Sources, and Banking and ask where the expats or gringos frequent.
- Find the good restaurants / coffee shops where you will find the local expats and local info…be sure to compare information from several sources …as their opinions will differ on several issues…then there is the hands down gospel on certain things where all sing from the same hymnal page.
- Find out if there is a community weekly or bi-monthly newspaper and who owns it or who is he chief reporter, and they will get you more information than you need.
10. Get ready to defend your decision to move to Mexico as your friends and family are more than likely be naysayers. Be ready to disarm them by getting as much information for your adult children and grand children as possible. In particular, identify leisure activities that would interest them in preparation for when they come to visit. Most importantly, schedule a family gathering plan for them to look forward to, for example an annual event to travel to Mexico centered around a local fiesta during holiday season.
The Complete Extended Family Demographic
Now this headline “The Complete Extended Family Demographic” is a mouthful for sure…but the reality of it is very important for several reasons including this one…you may not want to have the whole damn family coming to Mexico to visit! In fact there are many expats in Mexico who prefer to fly home to the USA and Canada to visit relatives rather than have them come down to Mexico messing up their paradise! Sounds harsh doesn’t it? Believe it or not there are plenty of dysfunctional families and for many people, breaking away from interaction with their (whacko) families is a big motivator for some to move to Mexico to get away from that dynamic.
Now for the rest of the perfect T.V. families of the world who want to have activities lined up in advance of the annual get-togethers in Mexico there is great news. Mexico offers every conceivable outdoor activity…except snow skiing.
There is an abundance of romantic get-aways for your adult children to do a two day vacation within a vacation while grandpa and grandma spoil the grandchildren. In a nut shell there is a vast amount of activities for the entire family that are fun, educational and could be some of the best times your family will ever share.
Living in Mexico could be the best move you have ever made. If you plan your strategic exit from the rat-race, snow, high property taxes…or whatever motivates you to want to Live in Mexico it could be one the most enlightening experiences of your life. Your entire family could look forward to the annual or bi-annual visits to Mexico and enjoy all of the wonderful natural beauty that Mexico offers to every member of (here comes that mouthful of words again) “The Complete Extended Family Demographic” and you when you realize that living in Mexico saves you money …all at the same time. A Win, Win …Total Win situation.
To learn more about living, working, investing and moving to Mexico, please request our comprehensive Mexico information series. Please provide us your information and we will email it to you immediately.
ESCAPEARTIST MEXICO TEAM
About the Publisher; Escapeartist Mexico, Henry Altman is a real estate developer & resort development property owner in Sonora, Mexico “La Frontera Oasis” and he is also the former President of Coldwell Banker Affiliates of Central America Commercial and Residential Master Franchise. Henry has 25 years of experience in golf resort properties in sales & marketing and construction of luxury homes and condominiums.
Guillermo “Memo” Garza M. is a Co-Owner of Escapeartist Mexico, as well as a the owner of multiple businesses in both the USA and Mexico including a business consulting firm LEGE USA, a construction metal supplies business in Mexico, a resort development property owner in Sonora, Mexico and he also owns a bottled water company and a trucking company in Mexico City. Memo brings over 20 years of general business administration to the Escapeartist Mexico Team. Memo will be involved in the day to day operations of the company and he will be promoting the Escapeartist “The Real Mexico “marketing campaign to Mexican Companies that are dependant on the travel industry as well as those that are dependant on direct foreign investment in real estate. The national pride of Mexico is the platform Memo stands on and his mission is to promote the positive aspects of Mexico in light of the unbalanced main stream media yellow coverage presently dominating the network news.
Rafael brings over 32 years of Mexican Corporate and International Corporate Law experience to the Escapeartist Mexico Team. Rafael has been a member of The Mexican Bar Association since 1979 he is also a resort real estate property owner in Sonora, Mexico and has become very well versed in Agrarian Real Estate Law and converting Ejido Property to Private Property as well as obtaining Federal Beach concessions. Rafael divides his time between San Antonio TX where he has a home , Sonora, Mexico where he has investment real estate and Mexico City to handle Legal matters for a few of the firms select clients. His Law Firm in Mexico City is now headed by his daughter, Gisselle De Escobar Martin Del Campo, who has been with the firm since 1995 she also specializes in Mexican Corporate Law and International Corporate Law and International Trust matters for foreigner’s moving to Mexico or doing business or purchasing real estate in Mexico, both Rafael and Gisselle are fluent in Spanish and English.
Jim Hayden is the Producer for Escapeartist Media Productions that will be producing content for broadcast for several T.V. networks including PBS and several cable channels and foreign markets worldwide, including mediums such as in room resort hotels and major airline in- flight entertainment outlets. Jim’s primary endeavor is being the President of Planet Pictures, founded in 1986. Programs and series created and produced by Hayden have won virtually every major award for excellence including the National Emmy, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards (3), the RTNDA Murrow Award (3) and the George Foster Peabody. Hayden has served in a wide variety of management and production capacities over some 25 years in television for such organizations as Group W and Turner Broadcasting. On behalf of Group W, Hayden created USA Update, the first prime-time news headline service offered on cable. For TBS, Hayden developed and served as Executive Producer of Earthbeat, the first weekly solutions-oriented environmental magazine (Earthbeat was renamed Network Earth and had a successful six year run every Sunday in primetime, preceding National Geographic Explorer).
Chuy is a man of many talents and he will be deploying them in several specific areas of his expertise for Escapeartist Mexico. As a seasoned Television broadcast producer and production specialist in outdoor sporting events from golf to surfing and auto racing, Chuy is a concert promoter / producer as well and he will be deeply involved with Jim Hayden and Henry Altman in all aspects of Escapeartist Media Productions and business development. Chuy serves as the Director of RJM & Associates- OLAZUL Entertainment, an international business consulting and event management enterprise with offices in California, France and Mexico City. Services include marketing, communications, event production and project management of taped and live Television production and web cast programming. Government Relations focus on diverse BD activities and in forging strategic relationships in the Private sector and Federal, State, and local Governments. Chuy specializes in brand development, promotion and in production and management of television friendly sporting and lifestyle events and music festivals throughout Mexico California and Hawaii.
Frank is a member of the Escapeartist Mexico Business Development Team, he is an American and married to a Mexican citizen, he has been a resident of Mexico for over 13 years, and he is a prominent business owner in Mexico. Frank is a contributing writer for Escapeartist Mexico. Frank also owns the Realty Executives Mexico (real estate) franchise for Cancun as well as the Sea Side Mexico (property and rental management) franchise for Cancun. He and his partner are currently involved with the State and Municipal governments of Cancun, Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen in a state wide promotion campaign to rejuvenate tourism and foreign investment in the area. Frank Jackson is the ultimate Escapeartist living, working and realizing his Escapeartist dream in Mexico and has been involved with several major real estate developments in Mexico attributing to over $500,000,000 in sales volume for his sales teams where he was CEO and sales director.