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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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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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Mexico’s Federal Zone Concession and Beach Use

The Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone is the strip of twenty meters wide of the mainland, walkable and contiguous to the beach. The Federal Zone comprises Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (ZOFEMAT), and Reclaimed Land (terrenos ganados al mar), land gained from the sea. Both Zofemat and Reclaimed Land are part of the Federal Zone belonging to the Mexican nation and administered through SEMARNAT (Secretaria del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales). The Federal Zone not only pertains to beaches but also borders of rivers, lakes, highways, and lagoons. Buying beachfront property does not mean you own the beach nor can you restrict people from swimming or...

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Top 8 Reasons Foreigners Purchasing Real Estate in Mexico Hire a Lawyer

Red Tape There are several procedures to complete, information to verify, and the process may be intimidating if you do not speak Spanish or have the proper representation. Your lawyer will deal with the various government agencies so you can avoid all the red tape, including, obtain the current cadastral (property survey) and submit the permit to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Coordinate the parties involved in the transaction, make arrangements with the banks, notary, and the seller. Only in Your Best Interest The notario is an experienced lawyer licensed by the Federal Government and the State, but the notario is...

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The First Steps of Moving to Mexico, Visa Process Step by Step.

You have decided to relocate to Mexico; do you know how long you want to stay? If you have already fallen in love with Mexico and know you want to stay indefinitely and you have a sufficient monthly income or substantial assets you may want to apply for Visa de Residente Permanente – Permanent Resident Visa. A Permanent Residency never expires, and you may enter and exit Mexico as you please. If you are still checking it out, but want to remain in Mexico more than 180 days you should apply for Visa de Residente Temporal – Temporary Resident Visa. This...

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