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 8 Reasons to Hire an Architect in Mexico

Whether you are renovating, restoring, or building a new structure, you should consider hiring an architect. The architect's job is to bring your vision to life, but there are many other aspects of their profession. Architects are professionally educated and have the experience to create and execute a beautifully functional design, optimizing the space, and ensuring the safety of its occupants.  Dealing with permits and licenses in Mexico can be a challenge your architect will obtain the necessary permits and ensure your project is carried out legally, avoiding issues with the government agencies, fines, or work stoppage.  They have...

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When Expat Marriages Break Down in Mexico

Living in a foreign country can add to the complications of marriage and divorce; it is like walking a tightrope between the legislation or two countries. We recommend that you make an appointment with a Mexican lawyer they will review your situation and advise you how to proceed.  My spouse and I are both Canadian, we were married in Canada, but we have been living in Mexico for four years. We have decided to file for a divorce, do we need to return to Canada to begin the divorce process?  -No, the Canadian Courts will not have jurisdiction over your divorce, since...

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Avoiding Scams in a Tourist Town

We use the Riviera Maya as an example, but these tips are useful in any country you visit. There are so many amazing things that attract foreigners to visit, live, and retire in Mexico but like any country, there are a few known scams to watch out for. As you arrive at the airport in Cancun or any other tourist destination, you will be swarmed by transport providers, tour operators, and timeshare salespeople. Although respectable tour and transport providers are vying for your attention, many unscrupulous people will lie and try to mislead you to get your business. An example of...

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Airbnb Guests – A Captive Audience for Additional Revenue

Renting your Mexican property out privately or through platforms such as Airbnb can provide a significant income, plus you have the opportunity to increase your revenue by providing additional services to your guests. Your guests are a captive audience who are usually looking for many of these services; you may as well be the one to provide them. Your guests will be impressed, which also means positive reviews and return visits. If you live in the area you have probably made some great contacts who can assist you with these services; it may be time to network to put these ideas...

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Improved Labor Laws for Domestic Employees in Mexico

One of the luxuries of living in Mexico is being able to afford to hire a housekeeper, nanny, or a gardener. Domestic workers typically have a casual agreement with their employer and are often paid in cash without benefits. If you employ domestic workers, you should be aware of the recent changes to labor laws for these workers. Although this will take time to make a difference in people's lives, laws are changing to improve the work life of domestic employees and underage children. Mexican Congress voted unanimously to expand the labor rights for domestic workers.  The new labor reform...

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