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10 Things You Should Know About the New Health Service in Mexico

The new year brings a new health service to Mexico, INSABI - el Instituto Nacional de Salud para el Bienestar has replaced Seguro Popular. INSABI intends to provide quality healthcare to all people living in Mexico who do not have Social Security benefits through their employer.  What you need to know about INSABI You do not need to sign up; when you need medical treatment, present a National Electoral Institute INE or CURP or birth certificate at the hospital.  This service is free; there are no monthly fees or enrollment fees. The service provides free healthcare on the first and second...

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New Legislature for Abandoned Pets in Quintana Roo

Sadly it is a widespread problem in Mexico, foreigners and locals alike abandoning their pets when they no longer want them. Whether an animal is abandoned to the street due to financial difficulties, an animals' health issues, or just plain cruelty, finally, we may see a little justice for this abuse.   Many dogs and cats are simply left in rental homes, dumped on the highway, or left in the jungle to fend for themselves. Non-profit animal rescue groups in Quintana Roo work tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome these poor animals. Dog shelters and foster-based rescued are overrun with dogs and...

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Rent to Own – A Transaction Agreement

If you are selling your property in Mexico, you may get an excellent offer from a buyer looking for a rent to own situation. The potential buyer may want to live on the property while making substantial payments.  How do you protect your investment and not waste time and money if the buyer defaults? You will need to take extra precautions to protect your interests. We recommend you hire a Mexican lawyer to draw up or at least review any legal agreement you make to ensure you and your investments are fully protected. What type of agreement will protect the potential buyer...

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Mexican Real Estate – Benefits of the Fideicomiso

Obviously, it would be easier and less expensive if you could hold a direct title to your Mexican property. However, the Mexican Constitution states foreigners can not own property within the restricted zone; the fideicomiso is the safest workaround for purchasing this type of property. The primary purpose of a fideicomiso is to satisfy the Mexican Constitution by bestowing the legal title of the property in the name of the trustee. The trustee’s responsibility is to hold and transfer title deed under the direction of the beneficiary (buyer). The Benefits of a Fideicomiso It allows foreigners to purchase real estate within the...

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Making Changes to an Existing Fideicomiso

Most foreigns who have purchased property in Mexico have the property held in trust (fideicomiso). The exceptions for requiring a fideicomiso are if the property is outside of the restricted zone or the foreigner has obtained Mexican citizenship.  The restricted zone is defined as land located 100 kilometers from the borders and 50 kilometers from the coast of Mexico. Although the bank is the owner of the property on paper, the property is not a bank asset, and the beneficiary has all rights over the property, including the rights to sell, rent, remodel, and bequeath to their heirs. Over time the property...

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