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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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A Complete Home Inventory is Key to Proving Loss

Buying the appropriate home insurance policy is critical to protecting your possessions and making sure you will be able to replace them, but what is the best way to prove your material loss to the insurance company? When you file a claim for damage or loss, the insurance company will require proof of any loss you have suffered. If you experience loss whether through a robbery, fire or water damages to your home you will not be in the best state of mind to remember every item you owned, ease stress, and ensure you recoup your losses by being proactive. Document...

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5 Points to Consider Before Investing in a Mexican Development

Purchasing a condominium in Mexico is an exciting venture, and there are plenty of new buildings on the market. Before handing over your money consider these 5 points and as always we remind our readers to hire a lawyer licensed in Mexico to review the sales agreement and carry out due diligence on the property. Can you trust the developer? What is the business model and are their other projects successful? Check out the developer's reputation and experience before you invest. Does the property have a business model that guarantees long-term appreciation? Who is the administrator and what is their...

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