As an American, can the Mexican government take my property?

Can the Mexican government take my property?

Soooo....   there are a lot of misconceptions about real estate in Mexico.  Like the show MythBusters, we are here to debunk some of the more obvious rumors and misconceptions that remain so pervasive.  Some of these are rooted in old laws and half truths, while some are just flat out figments of people's overly fertile imaginations... The myth we are looking at today - … [Read more...]

Can I use American dollars in Playa del Carmen?

American Dollars in Playa del Carmen

A lot of Americans are curious as to whether they can use American money while vacationing in Playa del Carmen.  Especially if they haven't been here or anywhere in Mexico before, it can be a little confusing as to how to buy things - how do pesos work, how will I know if I'm getting ripped off, etc...   American dollars in Playa del Carmen - how does it … [Read more...]

Baby Boomers Retire to Playa del Carmen in Droves

Baby Boomers retire in Playa del Carmen

One of the biggest trends we have seen in the past decade is the huge number of Americans retiring to Mexico - there are well over a million Americans who call Mexico their home, with that number increasing steadily every year.  Although there are people coming here from every demographic, many of those are retirement age. The reasons behind this massive migration are … [Read more...]

Three kings day-A sweet tradition *Dia de Reyes


Santa Claus may have gone back to the North Pole to rest, but it doesn’t mean the gift-giving (and receiving) is over -- at least not for the thousands of children in Mexico anxiously awaiting“El Día de los Reyes” Celebration on Jan. 6th. On the previous night to their arrival, thousands of little Mexican kids release a balloon which carries a letter to the sky, … [Read more...]

Caveat Emptor!! Especially when buying real estate in Mexico…

Real estate fraud Playa del Carmen

Caveat Emptor....  Buyer Beware. Ok...   As you may or may not have heard, the world of real estate in Playa del Carmen has been rocked by scandal.  There has been a company here that - Allegedly - has been committing fraud on a massive scale and bilking well meaning but sadly naive investors out of millions of dollars.  This has been going on for several years and … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving on the Beach in Playa del Carmen

Beach in Playa del Carmen

Hey...  if you're an American in Playa del Carmen for Thanksgiving, you'll more than likely be looking for a place to grab something close to a traditional Thanksgiving Day feast - whether you are simply here on vacation or like us and make Playa del Carmen your full time home.   Places for Thanksgiving Playa del Carmen in 2015 I gotta be honest with ya...  there … [Read more...]

Tulum Airport

Tulum Ruins

"Hey!  We want to buy in Tulum because there is an airport going in - it's going to be huge deal and we feel that's the place to buy..." Ok...   just stop.  Please.   That news is over 10 years old.  And I've got other news for you - there is no airport going in Tulum.  Period. Even if there was one being built in the near future, the prices for real estate in … [Read more...]

Property taxes in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen Safe

Hola!!! Obviously, when chatting with buyers about potential costs of ownership on the property they are buying here in Playa del Carmen, property tax is one of the first things that comes up in the conversation. Incidentally, it's also one of my favorite subjects to talk about because it's one of the best things about owning property in Mexico.  Check out this short … [Read more...]

What is it like actually living in Playa del Carmen??

reef diving

With so many people making the move to Playa del Carmen, either full time or part time, those of us who already live here will inevitably get asked the question "what is it like living in Playa del Carmen?" That is a question to which the answer will vary greatly from person to person.  Depends on who is answering and more importantly, who is doing the … [Read more...]

What is it about the Riviera Maya?

Riviera Maya - Tulum

I mean, really..... What is it about the Riviera Maya that draws so many people from around the globe? What is it about the Riviera Maya that makes people never use their return ticket home? What is it about the Riviera Maya that inspires people to return here, year after year?   The Mystic of the Riviera Maya...    I honestly can't tell you what it … [Read more...]