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Retire to Mexico — the price is right

By Les Christie, staff writerApril 28, 2010: 10:48 AM ET

Retire to Mexico -- the price is right

Retire to Mexico -- the price is right

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The years-long trend of Americans buying homes and expatriating to Mexico has collapsed, done in by a trifecta of the recession, swine flu and an epic crime wave.

Sales volume plunged nearly 70% last year for Coldwell Banker, according Phillip Hendrix, director of the firm’s Mexican operations. And at Costa Baja, a residential resort development a few miles north of La Paz, sales have slowed by about 40% in the past 12 months.

“Sales are off like crazy. The recession is really hurting and the headlines have been driving people away. The narco-wars especially have bit into the housing market in Mexico,” said Tom Kelly, a follower of Mexican real estate trends and author of Cashing In on a Second Home in Mexico.

But that’s good news for Americans who have always dreamed of retiring to Mexico but could never afford it: The bust has made homebuying a bargain. Prices can be less than half of what an equivalent home would run in the U.S.

Although the crime wave is confined to a fairly limited area, the perception of it has hurt markets all over the nation, said Alejandro Yberri, CEO of Costa Baja.

Information on prices of homes being sold to expatriate Americans is sketchy, but Kelly estimates overall declines of between 20% and 30% since the peak. In the high-crime communities close to the U.S. border, the drop has been even steeper, perhaps 40% or more. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rosarito Real Estate – Two Developments with Construction Well Under Way

Rosarito Real Estate

Rosarito Real Estate

Deciding to invest in a foreign real estate market can be a scary decision when the construction projects is finished and even when they are turn key ready, a lot of uncertainty and doubts arise when it comes to purchasing real estate outside of your home country; this uneasiness only increases when there is partial or no actual construction assuring the investor of their purchase.

Costal Baja has long been a preferred choice of retirement, relocation or vacation for Americans who want the lower cost beach front living experience, and the closeness to the US. This brought a growing number of real estate developers to Northern Baja, and construction of resort communities designed for expatriates were being developed all along the coast.

Since the slowdown of the real estate market in the US, several construction projects in Baja slowed down or completely stopped in the past year; as a result of this some of developers refunded the investment partially or completely, others transferred the property to another development, but still a number of investors were left with out money and property.

With all of these less than reassuring stories you are left with uncertainty and doubt. What then, are you to do if have your heart set in purchasing a home in Baja? Read the rest of this entry »

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