Riviera Maya tops the charts

Travelers put the Riviera Maya area among the best places to be in Mexico.

The Riviera Maya continues to be among the best destinations, according to the popularity rankings generated by travelers on TripAdvisor.

Source: Aquaworld

Four of the top six most popular destinations in Mexico are in the Riviera Maya, in a list of 25 cities. The reviews are filled with praise of its beautiful white sand beaches, dazzling diving places filled with sea life, incredibly well-preserved archaeological sites, dynamic nightlife and lively cultural activities (not to mention the lush, year-round tropical climate of the Caribbean sea!)

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Like that is not good enough, the Traveler’s Choice Awards, which lists the 25 best-rated beaches in the world, puts Playa Norte in 7th place. This beautiful beach has also been named one of Mexico’s best beaches for two years in a row. It is located in Isla Mujeres, an island less than 10 miles off the coast of Cancún. Senior contributor IslaMujeres1 writes: “When I first saw photos of this beach, I thought they had to be touched up. […] Calm turquoise waters, beach clubs, pure white powdery sand, and much more. […] Water so blue, it makes the sky look pale”

Source: Bahia Divers

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit these incredible destinations on your next vacation!

Curious about investing in Riviera Maya real estate? View our listings here.

Move to Mexico and change your lifestyle:

 

Playa-del-Carmen-Penthouse-for-Sale23Do you remember your last holidays in Mexico and how good you felt? The sun, the beautiful nature, the vibrant culture, the food, the people and their laidback lifestyle… Do you remember the feeling you had that you could live there and be happy forever? Then you shook your head and thought…”it’s just a dream, it’s never going to happen!”

What if you actually decided to do just that? Move there, buy a property, change your life and start working there? What if you turned your dream into reality?

 

Here are a few facts that will make you really consider this option:

 

– Mexico’s economy is in full bloom. In just a few decades its GDP (Gross Domestic Product) has grown from 2% to 24%! Last time we checked, Europe and North America’s had a feeble one figure GDP. Needless to say that it’s one of the leading economies in the world.

With such a flourishing potential, business opportunities are everywhere.

It also means that medical and technological standards are now comparable to western countries in their bigger urban centers.

 

– Mexico is particularly open to foreign entrepreneurs. You will need a visa and all the right documentation (credentials, diplomas…). You will also have to show that you have enough money to live there and launch your business before you start earning your first Pesos. But all in all, with the help of an immigration lawyer, you should have no problems starting your own business there. Especially if you intend to hire locals. And remember, even if you have limited means, in Mexico, your money goes a long way if you are careful.

 

– Of course, Spanish is the national language, you will need to learn it. However there’s no need to be perfectly bilingual to consider moving to Mexico, especially if your business targets fellow expats or tourists. Actually, your English will be a huge advantage.

 

– Last but not least, finding the perfect home…It’s an extremely important part of your relocation. The success of your experience in Mexico greatly depends on finding the house of your dreams. In addition you might end up using part of your home as office space to reduce the costs. This part of your life-changing adventure needs careful planning. The best thing you can do is use the services of a professional real-estate agent. You will receive the best advice regarding the real estate market along with so many more important details that will help you in your new life in Mexico. It may seem surprising but it could very well be that your best ally in your relocation will be your real-estate agent!

 

If your dream spot is Playa del Carmen then you should definitely meet Judi Shaw, Head of “Playa del Carmen real estate Mexico”. Judi and her excellent team will be of infinite help with your relocation.

Read more about us !

 

For more info:

 

http://www.movingtomexico.ca/

http://internationalliving.com/countries/mexico/move/

http://www.mexperience.com/living/moving-to-mexico.php

http://moving.about.com/od/internationalmoves/a/Visa-Requirements-For-Mexico.htm

 

Condo For Sale in Coco Beach, Beachfront

– New to the market Sept 2016 is a beautiful Playa del Carmen beachfront corner condo for sale.

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Bright Corner Condo Facing Beach

•  1,270 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bedroom single story “2nd floor” – $449,000. Ocean views on 2 sides
MLS® #PDC465

With a nonstop ocean view on 2 sides, and just a five-minute walk to Playa´s glamorous Fifth Avenue, with its endless options of boutiques, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and bars, this condo makes a great investment property and a wonderful lifestyle .

This unique residential complex, Casa del Mar overlooks the turquoise, crystal-clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean. It will provide its privileged owners the very best that Playa del Carmen real estate has to offer.

Casa del Mar condo for sale is targeted to investors in pursuit of a solid investment in the top niche of the real estate market in an area that has had a sustained increase in property value for the past 7 years but is yet to mature fully. Growth potential still in the property.

This fully equipped condo for sale includes the best quality marble floors, air conditioners, fully fitted kitchen with refrigerator, stove, fans, washer/drier and even a reverse osmosis water purifier for drinking and cooking. All this while assuring a luxurious ambiance throughout the complex that includes elevators, roof top swimming pool and a lush interior jungle garden, and parking. Fully complete offering in the great condo Playa del Carmen for sale.

Notably, the building design ensures very low condo fees while delivering a luxury experience and maintaining building preservation, all the while protecting your long-term investment. The owners have furnished this unit with high-quality custom made furniture built to last and have used this unit for personal use only, but is fully setup for rental.

The building has undergone substantial improvements in the last year ensuring that your costs remain low in a well-maintained building.
The ool has been resurfaced, there is new Trek decking ( looks like wood but does not need maintenance), new poolside furniture for comfortable lounging, and water softener throughout the building which means your appliances last longer and ladies, your hair will always be great.

The key features of this property are:

* Panoramic balcony views of the Caribbean and just steps to the beach
* Large terrace for sunbathing, barbecuing and dining
* 9-foot ceilings with plaster walls and marble floors throughout
* Fully furnished with custom furniture throughout
* Custom made roller blinds on all windows
* Individually controlled AC in all rooms
* 2 king bedrooms, 2 baths (convertible king to twin in 2nd bedroom)
* Washer/dryer closet
* Exterior door key safe and master room laptop safe for safety & convenience
* Hurricane shutters and curtains for windows and full balcony
* Weber 3000 series bbq, Margarita Machine, Nespresso Coffee maker, Osmosis purifier
* Rooftop pool with ALL day sun and panoramic view of the Caribbean
* Reserved parking space
* Controlled access with intercom and 24/7 security guard
* Elevator access
* Satellite Cable and Internet ready
* Very low Condo fees (monthly average for 2014 $141.00US)

This condo is ready to move in or rent!

Call us now for this stunning 2 bedroom condo for sale.

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Penthouse Condo For Sale in Playa del Carmen

 

 

– Brand-new downtown Penthouse for sale in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

 

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Ocean-View!

•  1,409 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm single story – $299,000. Pre-Construction Pricing!
MLS® #PDC299

If you are looking for new condos for sale in Playa del Carmen, now is the time.

Coming off the success of the sold out Marea34 condos, this new set of Playa del Carmen condos for sale has been just released to the public this week.
Built by one of Quintana Roo’s major players, this is sure to be a great Playa del Carmen investment opportunity.

Don’t wait! Book now. Block your condo with only $5000 USD down refundable to hold the condo of your choice. These Condos for sale in Playa del Carmen go fast!

Conveniently located on Calle 34, (34th st) which is a wide boulevard street overlooking the sports stadium near 5th Avenue, these downtown Playa del Carmen Condos for sale are really close to the action.

34 modern luxury condos are being constructed ranging in prices from $113,000.00 to $229,000 USD.

Only a short stroll to the beach along the famed 5th Avenue of Playa del Carmen, where you will find restaurants, art galleries, shopping malls and stores.

Get in now and get first choice and early discounts on these downtown Playa condos for sale.
Condos will have granite and marble throughout.

Choose between 1 and 2 bedroom floor plans with terraces.
Common amenities are:

*Ocean-View Swimming Pool.
*Gym.
*Lobby.
*Underground Parking.

Prices From $113,000 USD to $299,000 USD.

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Condo For Sale in Playa del Carmen, Shangrila area

2 bedroom 2. 5 bath condo for sale in playa del carmen for sale in Las Terrazas.

Las Terrazas in Playa del Carmen is awarded the development of the year in 2016. It is a unique design where each condo has large private terraces, all hidden in the trees of 38th ave.

 

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Swimming in less that 2 minutes!

•  1,100 sq. ft. single story – $505,000. Award-Winning Development
MLS® #PDC505

Only a stone’s throw to the beach, you can wake up and stroll down the treeline street on 38th and begin swimming in less that 2 minutes.
True to its name, this condo for sale in Playa del Carmen has one of the largest terraces in the building, which opens with sliding glass doors and adds 600 sq ft. to the condo size. Condo interior is 1100 sq ft.

The condo is sold unfurnished, with granite counter tops in the kitchen, all appliances included.
Each bedroom has its own walk in bathroom with large walk in closets
Honed marble in the bathroom countertops.

Las Terrazas has an amazingly large roof top pool, with ocean view and space for lounging and entertaining.
Building is complete with concierge, elevators, underground parking.

Please call for viewing.

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Penthouse For Sale, TAO Residences, Akumal

 – Our contemporary-styled, brand new luxury penthouse for Sale in Akumal, located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, offers a level of privacy you won’t find at any hotel. The penthouse features open plan living with an indoor stairway that leads to an expansive and totally private rooftop terrace fitted with a wet bar and fabulous hot-tub, offering complete privacy. The rooftop terrace of this incredible Condo for Sale in Akumal has panoramic views of the jungle and the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

The penthouse offers a fully-equipped, modern kitchen, with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

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Bahia Principe Amenities!

•  1,968 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm single story – $299,900. Below Developer Price, 5%
MLS® #AKU299
Enjoy free WiFi and a living room with a big screen TV fitted with Sky Satellite TV. There are two bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom. There is a large terrace off the living room with access available from the master bedroom. The laundry room contains a washer and dryer and there is also an electronic safe.
It’s easy to get around, whether you hire a car or a golf cart, or simply use the resort transport provided that takes you to the beach and throughout the beautiful resorts within the Bahia Principe. You can walk to the Wellness Center where you can enjoy breakfast or lunch, yoga classes, and a fully equipped gym overlooking the lap pool.
Professionally managed, with on-site concierge and 24-hour security, our contemporary penthouse is perfect for an unforgettable vacation experience in the world-renowned Riviera Maya.
As a guest, you have complete access to the full array of Gran Bahia Principe resort amenities & services including:
Within the TAO Community:
Yoga & Zumba classes.
Gym.
Lap pool and infinity pool.
Spa.
Temazcal (Mayan sweat lodge).
Within the Bahia Principe:
Robert Trent Jones designed golf course at discounted rates.
Free access to the Bahia Principe Tulum and Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an resorts.
Discounted day pass to Gran Bahia Principe Coba and Akumal resorts.
15% Discount at Bahia Spa at Sian Ka’an.
Three gyms, five tennis courts and basketball courts.
Enjoy live entertainment at Bahia Principe Tulum and Sian Ka’an resorts.
Food and drink at more than 30 bars & 15 restaurants.
Go all-inclusive with a $65 pass that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks all day.
Dolphinarium, Scuba Diving and organized tours (Mayan Ruins, Turtles, Theme Parks and much more).
Complimentary shuttles run throughout the Bahia community every few minutes to the 4 resorts, Golf Clubhouse, TAO Inspired Living, Hacienda Doña Isabel and the exclusive owner’s beach.

There are also 4 theme parks within minutes of the penthouse: Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xcaret and Rio Secreto. Mayan ruins at Tulum are just 10 minutes away, and you can take a day trip to the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, a World Heritage site.

Contact Us today to schedule a showing and begin your new life in Paradise with Living Riviera Maya Real Estate.

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Bank Trust – What is it? When is it needed?

Mexico Bank Trust and how to Purchase article

Bank Trust – What is it? When is it needed?

Mexico is a beautiful country and economically booming. You might have been thinking about either buying a property (or several properties as vacation rentals ) or developing a business here.

Good news! It’s a very good idea and totally feasible.

There are a few rules to respect, though.

This article will guide you through the various steps and explain two different schemes that will come in handy when you decide to make it happen i.e. setting up a Bank Trust (Fideicomiso) or a Mexican Corporation.

 

First of all, you have to know that a while back, it was impossible for Americans and Canadians to buy property in Mexico that was 50 km from any coastline or 100 km of a neighboring country (called the restricted zone). Only Mexican nationals were allowed to invest in land and properties located in this zone. The Mexican Constitution still stipulates that no foreigner is allowed to acquire land directly in this zone…However…some things have changed.

 

You can now invest in this zone through a Bank Trust:

A bank trust is a property interest held by a Mexican bank who´s sole purpose is to manage the property for the benefit of the owner. It is essential to remember that although the bank legally acts as the trustee and holds the title, your property is not an asset of the bank.

   It is valid for 50 years and can be extended for another 50 years.

You will need to set up one Bank Trust per property. So if you buy 2 or 3, you will end up with 2 or 3 bank trusts.

There is, of course, an annual fee that you’ll have to pay (the fee can vary between 400-800USD per Trust, depending on the bank and each particular case). You will be the main beneficiary but the Trust allows you to designate two beneficiaries (whoever you want: your spouse, children, partner…) and if anything is to happen to you, they will     automatically become main beneficiaries. The beneficiary has every legal right to occupy, rent, modify or inherit the property, and this is protected by the Mexican Constitution. The big advantage of this scheme is that there is no paperwork, you pay once a year and you are done for the next 12 months.

 

The other way to become a titleholder is through a Mexican corporation:

This scheme is advised if you are thinking of buying several properties (you can have as many properties as you want) for commercial use or if you are going to create another business. Indeed,  you can operate a business through it, work from home, or run an internet business. It is actually quite simple to set up (it shouldn’t take more than a week) and you can incorporate under whatever name you wish. You need a minimum of two shareholders, though. This option has many advantages (tax wise for example) but on the downside, it involves a lot of paperwork and administrative work. This scheme requires you to pay on a monthly basis and probably to deal with an accountant (that you will have to pay as well).

 

   You now are a little bit more aware of the different options offered to you if you want to buy in the restricted zone, but the best advice no matter what is always to ask a real estate professional.

At Living Riviera Maya Real Estate, we can help and guide you through each step. We have the experience, knowledge and we will find the solution that works best for you!

 

Buying Property in Mexico- How to Do it Safely and Profitably.

Properties purchase in MexicoSo you just got back from vacationing on the coast of Mexico. After days spent by the Caribbean Sea you have fallen in love with the place- to the point where you now want to buy property in this little bit of paradise.

And who could blame you? Mexico really is heaven on earth…

The great news is that buying property south of the border is possible! The laws have changed considerably in the past 10 years allowing foreigners to purchase property in Mexico. Even the areas along the coasts and borders, formerly designated as the “prohibited zone”, are now available to foreign buyers.

You will need to abide by a few rules, however, if you want to avoid any unwanted hassles. To make a safe and secure purchase in Mexico, be sure to follow the below procedures:

  • Before you do anything, you’ll need to set up a trust called a “Fideicomiso”. A qualified and licensed bank administers real estate through this trust on behalf of the beneficiary, (the owner). The term of this trust is 50 years but can be renewed for another 50 if needed.
  • You’ll also need to ask the seller for the legal title and certificate of no tax liability upfront.
  • Always be careful to NOT give earnest money to the seller! This concept does not exist in Mexico. Neither does escrow. Real-estate agents are not licensed and won’t have a separate account for earnest money. You may be able to find agencies in your country to provide these services.
  • The closing deal will have to take place in the office of a Notario Público. A specialized attorney, the Notario Público acts as a key person in the purchasing process. His duties include: (i) examining the documents of the selling party to ensure their accuracy and legitimacy; (ii) verifying the title; and (iii) searching the public records to determine the status of the seller’s title to the property and the existence of liens against the property.
  • Last but not least, foreign buyers should always be advised to consult counsel in their country of origin or a Mexican counsel regarding real estate transactions. They also can contact title companies in their home country to answer questions about conveyance issues, title searches and title policies for a prospective property as well as escrow account considerations.

The procedures for buying property in Mexico will be different than they are in your country but there are some similarities. Always proceed with caution and educate yourself on the rules and regulations before investing your money to make a secure and profitable purchase in Mexico.

 

Call us today for more information !

Judi Shaw | 1 604 628 7247 Direct | +521 984 116 3251 Mexico Cell

 

Puerto Aventuras: a hidden gem in the Riviera Maya

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Marina lifestyle, the world’s second largest barrier reef, a wildlife sanctuary, a 9-hole golf course just a stone’s throw away from beautiful beaches… that’s only some of the incredible features of the unique community of Puerto Aventura.

Even if you are a local resident or a frequent traveler to the Riviera Maya area, you may not have heard of Puerto Aventuras. But why is that and what more can you discover about this one-of-a-kind paradise?

Situated just between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Puerto Aventuras has the world’s second largest barrier reef, a world-class marina, and a wildlife sanctuary. Perfectly located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, the town epitomizes the essence of the area: white sand beaches, turquoise water, great sightseeing, archaeological Mayan ruins and multiple islands.

But the benefits of Puerto Aventuras go way beyond its ideal location. One of its best-hidden secrets, the town has one of the few marinas in Mexico that can accommodate large boats and is one of only two between Cancun and Belize that offers full-service. The marina provides docks for different sized boats and yachts from 10′ to 150′ long, sailboats, luxury ships and small fishing boats. A complete residential marina lifestyle, it has a unique and ingenious layout where most homes and condos have immediate access to the canals. Boat lovers and owners can literally tie up their boats directly in their backyard! You’ll also find excellent opportunities for snorkeling, diving, sailing and fishing.

Puerto Aventura is as well the location of the first golf course in the Riviera Maya area which was designed in 1991 by renowned PGA player Thomas Lehman.

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Also a wildlife sanctuary, you’ll find dolphins, sea lions and manatees in Puerto Aventura. You can even go swimming with the dolphins! The town also has a number of hotels, restaurants, shops, as well as many bike paths, jogging spaces and tennis courts.

So how come so few people know about this Caribbean gem? A safe and well-protected community, many people assume that the town is off limits but that’s simply not the case. Visitors are always welcome at the restaurants or various hotels. You’ll also find many vacation rentals in the area.

Because most of its hotels and vacation rentals are not listed on common travel and booking websites like Expedia, Puerto Aventuras has remained a very exclusive real estate development. If you do manage to find yourself in Puerto Aventuras, you will immediately notice its tranquil and friendly vibe! With residents hailing from all over the world, the main language spoken is English.  Most people can’t help but fall under the spell of this enchanted community and want to spend as much time as they can there.

Prices for vacation rentals and investment properties will be a little higher than in Playa del Carmen or other towns in the Riviera Maya. But as any resident of Puerto Aventura will tell you, it’s worth every penny!

If you are keen to learn more about Puerto Aventuras and its many amenities and investment opportunities, talk to one of our real estate agents. Living Riviera Maya has many properties listed in this little piece of paradise!

 

Penthouse condo For Sale in El Cielo Residencial

 

 

– An incredible, brand new Penthouse condo for sale in the gated community of El Cielo in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This is an excellent price, and penthouse units always sell quickly in this area. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen with granite counter tops. The spacious open living room area with terrace and a super-spacious private rooftop are just perfect for entertaining.

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Private rooftop – Partial ocean views!

•  1,400 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm 2 story – $227,000. Excellent Price!
MLS® #PDC227

Talk about location!
This amazing penthouse for Sale in Playa del Carmen is really close to the beach, and only a 10-minute drive away from downtown Playa del Carmen and 5th Avenue shops, malls, restaurants, and more!

This Penthouse Condo is in a secure, private gated community with 24-hour security, cameras, and even features keyless entry. Did we mention that there are only 6 units in this building?

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to own a piece of Caribbean Heaven at an unbeatable price. Contact our team today!

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