Below are various real estate articles that offer information on a wide range of topics that have to do with the Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit region of Mexico. These articles provide a wealth of information in regards to buying and selling real estate and much, much more.

  • Nov 9, 2016

Capital Gains Tax on the Sale of Homes in Mexico

If you are selling your home in Mexico it is of the utmost importance to know, before you sign an agreement or offer to sell, how much you are going to pay in Capital Gains Tax (ISR)...

  • Jun 12, 2016

Buying Real Estate in Mexico

It is a common misconception that foreigners cannot own real estate in Mexico, but the reality is that they can. It is perfectly legal for a foreigner or foreign corporation to acquire any type of real estate, holding the property as a direct owner, with the exception of properties located in the Restricted Zone.

  • Jun 10, 2016

Why choose Vallarta/Nayarit for your new home?

While Los Cabos and Cancun seem to always be in the news as appealing Mexican destinations, Puerto Vallarta has been keeping a low profile in the background. And while the spotlight's on them, it is actually Puerto Vallarta that has created this country's largest resort real estate market —more Americans own homes in "PV" than in the other two cities combined!

  • Jun 2, 2016

Commonly Asked Questions about Puerto Vallarta Real Estate

Purchasing real estate in Mexico may appear to be a daunting venture. To help demystify the process, we've created this CliffsNotes-style, jargon-free guide. Providing an informative overview of this multi-dimensional topic, it includes answers to a number of the frequently asked questions that repeatedly come our way.

  • Jun 1, 2016

Home Seller’s Guide to Real Estate in Vallarta/Nayarit

So you are considering selling. This is not always an easy decision to come to, as you are selling a place that has been a home for you and family, most likely for a number of years. All the memories that go with it, the good times and the bad, originated here. Sometimes we need something smaller, or larger, or perhaps its just time to to move on.

  • Jun 1, 2016

Vallarta & Nayarit's Most Popular Real Estate Neighborhoods

Comprehensive article outlining the most popular regions and neighbourhoods for tourism real estate in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.

  • Jun 1, 2016

What type of home will suit you best in Puerto Vallarta or Nayarit?

The vacation-home market has been continually evolving to meet the needs of consumers and their families, so that today's marketplace provides potential homeowners many different and unique buying options. When selecting a vacation home that will best suit your lifestyle needs, it's important to first educate yourself about market terminology and options available, and then assess your vacation preferences, travel goals and budget.

  • May 31, 2016

Buying "Pre-Sale" Properties in Vallarta

A "pre-sale" purchase exists when a buyer enters into an agreement with a developer to purchase a unit that has not yet been built or finished. This type of purchase is inherently risky. In Mexico over the last 10 years the real estate market has seen a major boom, especially in developed or developing coastal areas.

  • May 18, 2016

In Search of the Elusive "Perfect" Vallarta Condominium

During our nearly many years in Vallarta, we have lived mostly in condominiums, situated in different communities and neighborhoods around the bay. Each has been unique, offering advantages and disadvantages concerning location, layout, price and numerous other things that should be taken into consideration before moving into or purchasing a condominium.

  • Mar 15, 2016

Vallarta Property Rentals & Taxes

Many people who decide to buy real estate in the Costa Vallarta region do so with the intent to rent out their property when they are not using it. There are a number of options to do so, ranging from taking care of it yourself or having a rental company do so for you.

  • Feb 23, 2016

Mexican Immigration Law Explained

Do you really need a visa or can you just use a Visitor Visa?. Unless there is a reason to go through the process of getting a Temporary or Permanent Visa, it's recommended that you just use a Visitor Visa.

  • Jan 23, 2016

Vallarta & Nayarit Golf Directory

Directory of all the golf courses that can be found in the Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit region.

  • Jan 13, 2016

Ideas on How to Keep Yourself Busy in Vallarta/Nayarit

For most people, the transition from a work lifestyle to a retired lifestyle is often a difficult one. Work often helps fill up eight hours of our day, so when we retire, how are do we continue to fill them, productively? Below are some ideas that other Puerto Vallarta and Nayarit retirees are engaged in and you may enjoy as well. We’ll keep adding to the list as we think of more.

  • Nov 26, 2015

Costa Vallarta Real Estate Market Update 2015

There has been a considerable amount of media coverage recently regarding top retirement areas for Americans and Canadians, and Puerto Vallarta has received a significant portion of it and in a positive light. That shouldn’t be surprising, as Vallarta has been a favorite retirement destination for years, with one of the largest American/Canadian expat communities in Mexico. 

  • Aug 17, 2015

Common Real Estate Designations and Certifications

Glossary of the most common Real Estate Designations and Certifications.

  • Jun 23, 2015

Should I work with a Realtor?

When you're ready to think about buying or selling your property, you need to ask yourself the following questions: Do you have the time, energy, sources of information, and contacts to buy or sell a property in Mexico? If you were one of the "do-it-yourself" people, would the results be as good or better than they would be if you had professional assistance?

  • Jun 23, 2015

How Realistic and Reasonable is acquiring Ejido Land in Mexico?

Every day more people are hearing about ejidos and are getting more familiar with ejido processes and formalities. Actually, ejidos represent a very interesting topic for investors in real estate and tourism because a considerable amount of land in Mexico belongs to ejidos, and an important amount of these ejidos are located in coastal areas.

  • Jun 22, 2015

Leaving the Dream in Good Hands

The taxi is waiting. The drapes are drawn and the door double-locked, but a pang of anxiety persists. After all, you’re leaving your special dream dwelling by the bay to fly north, while the pounding surf continues to spray the patio doors, and the balcony plants bake in the Vallarta sun. The telephone and electric bills keep turning up regularly, and you agonize that, somewhere, a pipe will leak, creating a small lake before you return.

  • Jun 19, 2015

Making the Move to Puerto Vallarta

So, two weeks of timeshare just wasn’t enough, and even the two months in a rental left you lusting for more. Puerto Vallarta can get to you that way, and then the only thing to do is move here - trade the house up north for one with a view of the sea framed by scarlet bougainvillea! But before you embark on your idyllic new life by the bay, there are some details to consider.

  • Jun 19, 2015

The Mexican Maritime Zone Explained

Recently the environmental authorities have partially released an official and general survey of all Federal Maritime Zones that border the coastal areas of Mexico. It describes the areas known as "Terrenos Ganados al Mar" or Land Gained from the Sea that exist between Federal Maritime Zones and beachfront properties.

  • Jun 19, 2015

AMPI - Mexico Real Estate Association

Currently in Mexico there is no licensing required for real estate sales professionals. In order to assure that realtors are performing in a professional and ethical manner, the Mexican real estate association, AMPI, (Asociación Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios), has taken on this responsibility on behalf of buyers, sellers and the general public.

  • Jun 13, 2015

Vallarta & Nayarit Marine Living

Marina living appeals to a variety of people for many reasons, and this prestigious lifestyle is readily available in the numerous harbor developments of Marina Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta, and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

  • Jun 12, 2015

The Value of Real Estate to the Puerto Vallarta Community

When most people think of real estate as an industry, it brings up images of tracts of single family homes, large commercial and condominium towers and shopping malls. But are there benefits other than providing housing, office space and shopping opportunities? If this is all that is taken into consideration, the real estate industry can seem to be doing whatever it can to fulfill its own interests, sometimes above the best interests of the community. But there are benefits that arise from real estate that too often are not considered, shortchanging the industry and, in some respects, giving it a bad image.

  • Jun 12, 2015

General Outline for the new immigration law of Mexico

In May of 2011 Mexico’s Immigration law was reformed. Some of the reform entered into effect immediately while other parts did not enter into effect until the corresponding Rules to the Law were published, which did not happen until the 28th of September 2012. In short, we are just now starting to see the Immigration authorities push for the full application of the new law.

  • Jun 5, 2015

Letting Someone Else Do the Chores

Cooking without having to do the dishes or even not cooking at all! A beautiful garden without the weeding! The availability of reasonable domestic help makes all this possible for most North Americans living in Vallarta, but be aware that the casual arrangement you make with Maria to straighten up your condo three days a week is a binding legal contract. Thus, after a 3 month probationary period, your gardener and maid, even though they may work for other people as well, become your responsibility.