We hear a lot about how the Canadian Real Estate market is booming but how the Real Estate market in the US, although recovering slowly, is still not where it once was.
I am happy to report that the Ajijic Real Estate market continues to flourish. We did have a dip after the market fell globally in late 2008 but are now rebounding nicely and would be retirees are still flocking to Ajijic, Lake Chapala.
We still have arguably the best climate in the world, an affordable cost of living, a slower gentler pace and an infrastructure that satisfies even the most discerning of people.
One can come to Ajijic, Lake Chapala and enjoy a vibrant retirement or, thanks to the internet, continue to work if one so chooses.
We have many styles of properties at a price range to suit you from condos to elegant estates. Also one may buy land and build the home of your dreams with many reputable architects and construction crews to ably assist you in achieving this goal.
We have gated communities for those who wish to be able to lock up and travel, many different sub-divisions in or just outside the village and, of course, there the village itself.
It all depends on what you want. Some people have a good idea of what they are looking for as they have done their research on the internet before arriving but many are unsure of just what it is that would suit them.
This is where a real estate company with a good reputation for honesty and diligent follow up can come into the picture to help you familiarize yourself with what is available.
A good broker or agent will show you all the different and varying communities or land available for purchase and this is a good way to find out exactly what you are looking for in your price range.
Once you contact a real estate company they should listen carefully to your requirements and then arrange a tour of properties for you to start getting an idea of what suits you.
Many people think that they might like to rent first but end up buying. Once of the main reasons for this is if you are not quite ready to be here full time your property can be rented out with the help of your chosen real estate company and it is better to put money into your pocket rather than someone else’s.
It is a good idea to have a wish list of what you would like in a home here in Ajijic, Lake Chapala. For example, how many bedrooms, bathrooms do you require? Do you want a pool, view, parking, gardens and, of course, what you can afford to spend is a factor.
Do you want to be in the village of Ajijic, Lake Chapala, so you can walk everywhere or will you have a vehicle so you can consider some of the other areas available?
Your broker/agent will then make a selection of properties for you to see and you will find out what you can do without or what you may wish to add to your list of must haves.
On these tours your broker/agent will take you on they will also point out certain attributes of our village in the sun such as schools, shopping, restaurants and medical facilities and acquaint you, in general, with what retirement in Ajijic, Lake Chapala, can offer you as far as golf, tennis and various other activities.
It is important to find a broker/agent who will listen to you, be honest with you and help guide you through the process of purchasing a property in Mexico. A relationship will be formed and I am proud to say we are friends with all of our clients and our repeat and referral business levels are extremely high.
Buying a property in a foreign country can be a scary business but dealing with a broker/agent who has lived in the area for a long period of time can help make this process as seamless and pleasant as possible..