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Vallarta Real Estate: Farmacias & The Rules

According to the Consulate General of the United States, it is actually not legal to purchase pharmaceutical drugs in Mexico and transport them across the border. There is a warning on their webpage, if you are willing to search for such information and prepared to follow their advice.

That said, it is common knowledge that countless people buy their blood pressure, arthritis, birth control and other drugs in Mexico, while on vacation, or heading back to the USA or Canada after spending the snowbird season in Puerto Vallarta.

There is a “controlled list” and it is likely you will need a prescription for anything included on this list, such as painkillers, tranquilizers, and some diet pills. Cipro, the antibiotic, has also been added to this category.

Most pharmacies have a doctor either in house or as close as a doorway apart, who will give an inexpensive consultation and provide a prescription. Pharmacists are also very knowledgeable, whether in Mexico or stateside, often knowing a lot more about the drugs than the doctors who prescribe them. Just because you have a prescription for a controlled substance doesn’t mean it will be accepted by US Customs. It has been recommended that you obtain a prescription from a Mexican doctor, as well. And it’s never wise to play doctor with your own health.

In 2010, during the Swine Flu debacle, many people were buying the antibiotic Cipro in bulk to take back to the states and in some instances, improperly self-medicating, which forced Mexican authorities to transfer Cipro to the controlled list. At this point in time, it’s the only antibiotic on that list. However, due to an alleged increase in drug-resistant strains of infectious diseases, there has been a recent (since 2010) tightening in distribution of antibiotics.

A three month supply of any drug is the considered limit and you are supposed to be carrying your own pills.

What will happen to you if you’re caught? They can take them away. Your chances of being fined or going to jail are of mythical proportions.

How often do travelers have their pill supplies confiscated? We, personally, have known of no one who has confronted this situation. But we are not the authority and recommend exercising caution. You didn’t hear it from us but we know of people who have used empty aspirin bottles to store supplies. Another suggestion is to use a pill divider and fill each tiny box to the brim.

The next question is where to buy? On this matter, we propose doing a fair amount of personal research. It won’t take long. There are a LOT of pharmacies (farmacias) in Puerto Vallarta so you can probably circle a block and hit just about every Brand. Do comparison shopping. Don’t be afraid to stand in line and ask questions. Most stores will have someone who speaks English and they won’t try to sell you something you don’t specifically request.

 


Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Real Estate Buyer Confidence Makes Big Leap Forward in Mexico

Real estate buyer confidence makes a big leap forward in Mexico and professionalism takes center stage for many realtors during 2016. This means buyers will be able to become new property owners without hassles or hesitation.

AMPI, the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals, continues to push for real estate license requirements. The board wants to be sure that everyone selling real estate meets their business standards. Mexico has had almost no regulations on who can act as a real estate agent. Now AMPI is taking their profession to the next level because foreign buyers expect it.

“You have to remain vigilant when dealing with various property agents,” says Edward Padalinski, AMPI officer, “I review all local listings for MLS (Multiple Listing Service) to make sure agents are complying with AMPI rules and regulations.”

Edward serves as part of the MLS Service Committee. He is always evaluating properties and checking to make sure things like tax identification numbers are current and that nothing gets put into MLS without the proper paperwork. “This type of oversight is a great thing for the industry,” says Edward, “It gives buyers assurance in a very competitive market. AMPI also provides training for its members, so there’s a great system of checks and balances.” Edward also teach the computer software, FLEX, classes.

Although the government has been slow to respond with real estate licensing requirements, AMPI has taken a leading role by offering courses and certificates, and even collaborating with government agencies to offer a professional university degree in Mexico real estate. The AMPI board has been pushing for real estate license requirements in all states and may be well on the way to getting at least half the Mexican states to comply during 2016.

Mexico has long been overlooked as a retirement haven, but with proper promotion and integrity many will find that they can retire in luxury without spending a fortune. Over the past decade the number of buyers new to Mexican real estate and Mexico as a retirement destination, has been increasing drastically. There are about one million retirees from the US living in Mexico full or part time.

For real estate buyers, this points to a greater degree of confidence in the Mexico real estate system. By providing international standards of professionalism and service, it means that it will be easier for buyers to find the leading professionals to represent them. Buyers from the USA, Canada and Europe  should look forward to making plans to retire, buy a vacation or a rental property in Mexico safely.


Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

The Benefits in Real Estate of the Sinking Mexican Peso

The trend continues. Over the past year the Mexican peso has been falling. A year ago, January 2015, the peso stood at around 14.9 to the US dollar and on January 16, 2016 it was around 18.4 pesos to the US dollar.

An unstable Mexico, politically and economically, obviously benefits the United States. According to Dr. Tony Payan, director of the Mexican Center at the Baker Institute, notes that currencies rise and fall due to supply and demand. Two big factors that affect the peso are oil markets and inflation. A peso devaluation likely means that capital is currently leaving Mexico. So now may be the time to invest in Mexico.

The falling peso may be attributed to the global rise of the US dollar. This combined with the fact that Banco de Mexico has not raised interest rates because it is satisfied with the current level of inflation. Mexico’s growth rate is low because the government has not spent any money on infrastructure programs and the current low price of oil have also contributed. These all affect the exchange rate.

Crude oil prices resumed their slide during the last week of January 2016, falling more than four percent because Iraq flooded a heavily over supplied oil market with record output. Mexico’s peso has shed around eight percent in January 2016 and is heading for its worst monthly loss against the dollar since May 2012.

With the Mexican peso so weak this makes a Mexican vacation extremely affordable for US travelers. Many visitors are reveling in what they receive and the cost, especially eating at really great restaurants.

Andreas Rupprechter, owner of Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta says his clients can enjoy an exquisite meal for about $15 to $20 US dollars. “It would be difficult to raise my prices to accommodate the current US dollar to peso exchange rate,” says Andreas, “I also have to consider Canadian tourists, too, and their dollar to the peso rate is much lower than the American rate.” Kaiser Maximilian is a high end restaurant and has won many awards for its cuisine.

United States expats living in Banderas Bay can also enjoy the great exchange rate if they are making purchases with their US credit cards, especially big ticket items like household appliances.

These same bargains can be seen in hotel, entertainment and real estate costs.


 

Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Vallarta Real Estate: Home Design Top Trends to Watch Out for in 2016

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Home decorating and design is about to get more exciting this coming 2016 as the emerging trends for the upcoming year are revealed by local designers and experts.

The design industry will welcome natural materials, warm dramatic colors and clean linen this coming new year, as revealed by expert interior designers on Suffolk Times. Metal will be back in the spotlight together with wood and accent colors this 2016. Floral designs and carved figurines are also back on trend as 2015 bids goodbye.

Sophisticated lines are in this 2016 in home design, even with traditional home stylists, shares Debbie Gildersleeve, owner of Renee’s in Mattituck. Ornate furniture that showcases intricate and grand details will be back in business.

A mix of materials and finishes will also be entering the home design market this new year, with wood, leather and metal as leading choices. Neutral shades such as beige, cream and gray will also be in demand this coming year when it comes to home styles and furnishing.

Maria Killam also agrees that the home decorating industry will be leaning into colors, accents and bold furnishings this 2016. Faux fur will be one of the favorite textures injected inside homes and living areas as well as natural fiber, specifically in rugs and room accents. Floral chairs in big and bold sizes are going to dominate stylish living rooms this coming year.

Gorgeous and dramatic colors will also be part of the trend. Gold and silver will be a favorite, in parallel to the latest home accents that will be available in touches of metal and wood. Pink and blue will still be favorites but will be on the back end as more dramatic colors take the spotlight.

The year 2016 in home decorating is all about color, texture and natural materials. The latest trends in design and décor will definitely make the new year an interesting and exciting year when it comes to home design and decorating.

 



Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Vallarta Real Estate: Where the Jungle Meets The Bay

(The Diplomacy of Sand fleas and Mosquitoes)

Whether you are staying in the mountains or at the beach, if you are in the vicinity of Puerto Vallarta, you are in the jungle and… in the mighty jungle, the lion that roars is he who scratches all night with uncomfortable bites.

Be prepared.

In Puerto Vallarta we have sand fleas, known as jejénes (Pronounced hey-hey-knee)and mosquitoes, also referred to as zancudos.

Only female mosquitoes suck blood apparently, while the male of the species flies around feeding on flower nectar and sweet juices. That may sound all well and fine for him, until one learns the lifespan of his wives and daughters is twice that of him and his sons and brothers.

It’s highly recommended that visitors spray ankles when venturing to the beach for sunset vistas. It’s a particularly opportunistic time for feasting in the bloodsucking world of insects. There are many brands and varieties for preparation available in the local pharmacies, with and without the poisonous ingredient DEET. We are inclined to use the strongest repellant offered and recommend whatever the locals buy over the counter; local remedies for local quandaries.

Breakfast on the terrace before the sun is at full tilt is also a good time to use added protection, and we insist on long sleeves, full length pants for hiking through the thickets. Bites can be avoided. The pests are a part of daily living, especially during rainy months and have been known to spoil a holiday for those unprepared.

We’re luckier here in Puerto Vallarta than neighbors further up the coast. In San Blas, for example, the jejéneis quite famous. There is a prevailing legend regarding the torture of captured prisoners. In an effort to obtain a confession, suspects were stripped naked and staked on the beach at sunset. It wasn’t long before the begging for mercy began and/or the desired confession was achieved. Nothing like jejénes to get the tongue wagging.

Locals are known in the summer months to lather their bodies in an olive oil/garlic/lemon mixture, which the insects simply drown or suffocate. We’ll go ahead with the DEET and save on the linens.

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Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Vallarta Real Estate: Where To Shop

There are so many choices when it comes to shopping in Puerto Vallarta! Some prefer the convenience of a large box-type store, whereas others like to visit small markets and fill their bags with nature’s best.

Soriana and Walmart are the chief competitor in town, both Big Box stores, selling everything from buckets to bananas, bug repellent to bicycle pumps. When in the mood for the large shopping experience, we have a favorite: the smaller Soriana on the highway, a store snuggled in close to some of the older timeshares, a short jaunt from the beach, next to the Parisina on the main highway. Why do we like this store, opposed to the BIGGER Sorianas or Walmarts? We can find what we are looking for, without needing a Sherpa! If going in pairs to the larger stores, remember to bring cell phones to communicate with your shopping partner since it can be like getting lost at the county fair. There is also a better selection of foreign foods, like dill pickles and salted butter that can be difficult to find other places.

Costco and Sam’s are a lovely experience compared to their associates in the US and Canada, where one needs a map and a compass, just to find one’s way around the parking lot. It is wise, however, to wear decent walking shoes.

For a more local experience, we highly recommend the daily markets. In the central area, Emiliano Zapata Municipal is your market for fresh produce, spices, meat and fish. The small shops scattered around the perimeter have anything you would seek in the huge grocery stores to which one must travel out to the hotel zone. A small tienda there sells non-toxic ant repellant; it’s chalk that comes in a small box, imported from China and when you draw on the floor with it, the ants follow it into oblivion.

Carnicería Colin, the butcher shop on Venustiano Carranza, is a big favorite among the non-vegetarians, with custom cuts of meat and a wide selection.

The road that leads from the cruise ship terminal, out past Sam’s Club, is your north end experience at the Mercado Palmar de Aramara, on Priciliano Sanchez. You will find a robust selection of ideal produce, fish, meat, plus stores offering everything from plastics to ceramics. And you didn’t hear it here but we are told some great piracy goes on in the manner of DVD and CD selections at a very visible store that can’t be missed.

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Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Vallarta Real Estate: Antojitos

Antojitos is the Mexican word for those delicious foods we buy in Puerto Vallarta from street vendors. Translated to “little cravings,” they can be found early in the morning and late into the evening. Whether by design or specific agreement, different tacos stands are open various times of day and we have favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s good to know midday is not the best time for antojitos; that is siesta time in Mexico.

The most familiar street foods are tacos, gorditas, quesadillas, tostadas, chalupas, elote (corn on the cob) andtortas (Mexico’s version of a sandwich). One can also buy cups laden with fresh fruit and vegetables, water drinks (agua fresca) of many flavors (pineapple, strawberry, orange, guava, lime) and soups (menudo, pozole, pancita.)

As Chef Anthony Bourdain says “As much as we think we know and love it, we have barely scratched the surface of what Mexican food really is,” and we highly recommend beginning personal discovery on the sidewalks of Puerto Vallarta. Those who eschew this fare due to fear of bacteria and lack of cleanliness are truly missing out. There are few things as clean as a Mexican street kitchen. Rarely does the person handling food touch money. They are usually too busy cooking to be concerned. The defined separation of each condiment and filler (onion, cilantro, chiles, cabbage, etc) imposes extreme organization. Meats are cooked in sizzling pans or roasted over open flame. You can SEE what’s being cooked so if it doesn’t meet your standard, move on; there will be another taco stand within sniffing distance. The popularity of any given taco stand is your guarantee of quality. If you see people standing in line, you know it’s a good bet the food is not only delicious but healthy and clean. No taco stand lasts long when its customers don’t come back, due to anything from illness to bad customer service.

Puerto Vallarta is blessed with a constant supply of fresh fish. Our personal favorites are the marlin or dorado tacos, washed down with a brimming cup of refreshing jaimica, the drink made from the hibiscus blooms.  A green sauce is likely made with tomatillos, not avocado. We prefer the milder version but there is always plenty of Tapatio or Salsa Huichol to spice it up. ¡Buen Provecho!

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Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Vallarta Real Estate: How To Drive Effectively Here

Whether driving your own car or rental, there are pointers to be shared about the joys and hazards of getting around.

Drive Defensively: We highly recommend you be a defensive driver in Puerto Vallarta and make use of the mirrors in your vehicle. It’s good to know what’s behind you. Being polite is not always the best advice, which you soon discover when relying on turn indicators and speedy traffic lights. If you are making an attempt to change lanes or merge, it never hurts to make eye contact.

Buying Gas: You’ll soon grow familiar with the ubiquitous PEMEX stations, which are plentiful and convenient, even in remote areas. We do not, however, recommend setting out on a long trip without filling up first. Many PEMEX stations are closed, under construction or haven’t opened yet. PEMEX (Petroleos Mexicanos) stations are the color of the Mexican flag, predominately green and use a red eagle as a logo. The price of fuel is the same at every station so don’t drive around looking for a better price as you might in the Northern regions. Fuel costs in 2015 will be in flux, depending on what goes in the international market.  Gas can be found cheaper in Border States but will be the same in Puerto Vallarta as most places in Mexico. We always tip the gas station attendants, several of whom are female now, a rare sight until just a handful of years ago.

Topes: Defensive driving also applies to Mexican speed bumps. They are not always well marked and have potential of major harm if you hit them at any velocity. You will encounter either a series or perhaps one large tope and they are truly meant to slow you down, not kidding. If you are driving a rental automobile keep within speed limits because, upon your return, they will inspect the underside with a mirror. In rural areas, you will also encounter vados, which are the opposite of topes, dips in the road, which usually indicate some sort of water crossing. Trolls live there.

Animals: Yesterday we watched an exceptionally intelligent dog cross a very busy intersection. While we cringed and prayed for her safe passage, we were quite aware that she is the exception to the rule. Be extremely cautious of animals in all sizes and species (chickens, dogs and cats; cows and burros). This is the main rationale for not driving at night; they are a lot harder to see in the dark.

Police: If you are pulled over in Puerto Vallarta, make sure you have all documents (registration, driver’s license and insurance) at hand. Be polite, apologetic and SMILE. Do NOT offer a bribe. The mordida, as it is known, once the easiest way to avoid a ticket, could be the surest introduction to a Mexican jail. And don’t drink and drive. Checkpoints are often set up to nab offenders and you’ll be arrested if you can’t pass the test.

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Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Vallarta Real Estate: Its All A Fiesta!

Mexicans love a party and celebrate at any opportunity. Merriment, good food, drink, song, all ages dancing and a school holiday thrown in, make a perfect combination. What we call a three-day-weekend, in Puerto Vallarta is referred to as a puente, which means bridge in Spanish. It basically stands for an extra day for travel and/or recovery from revelry.

Parties aren’t new. Evidence has proven that Aztecs were early party animals with emphasis on fertility and asking favors of the Pre-Hispanic gods, which now are passed off as Catholic saints.

In February, Puerto Vallarta will hold a Mardi Gras parade, currently growing into one of the largest of its kind in Mexico. Costumes will be joyfully created and very elaborate with the majority of men dressed as women. It cannot, however, rival that of the Parachico parade in Chiapas, which takes place for several days in the month of January. The men dress as women not only for the parade but take to the streets, masquerading day and night, supposedly in honor of a legendary mother who gave a feast to thank the healer who saved her sick boy. Hence the festival name, Parachico (for the boy).

Charreria, very popular in Puerto Vallarta, is considered the national sport of Mexico, not futbal (soccer) as many tourists assume. Rancheros (ranch hands) of old hacienda days, began this tradition as entertainment/competition when they were given time off. Roping, cattle handling and horse riding expertise turned into highly skilled contests and along with it, a complete new form of attire was born.

Along with charreadas came mariachi, the music of the charreria. No Mexican fiesta is complete without traditional music. The musicians dress in the same outfits are the charros (cowboys) and it is not unusual to see a trumpeter put down his horn and jump on a horse, showing expert talents in two arenas.

The most famous of all Mexican fiestas is Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Puerto Vallarta is no exception. For several days at the end of October and beginning of November, shrines are constructed, elaborate or simple, in homes, stores, hotel and bank lobbies, on the street. The dead are remember with sadness and joy and offerings of their favorite food, drink and activities. It is a festival represented by religion, paganism and mysticism. Cemeteries become merry, vibrant places where music, culture, food, drink and happiness are the order of the day.

The grand party of Cinco de Mayo, recognized throughout the United States and Canada, is not celebrated in Mexico at all!

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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article!



Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here

Vallarta Real Estate: Five Ways You Can Contribute to and Enhance the Community

Pick up trash – We aren’t asking you to walk around town with a garbage bag (although that would be extremely appreciated.) Puerto Vallarta once took a lot of pride in being very friendly and clean. Still friendly, the city could use some help with the trash. Puerto Vallarta’s favorite historian, Catalina Montes de Oca de Contreras, wrote of her admiration for the cleanliness of the local people. To this day, you see streets and sidewalks swept and washed daily, but it’s hard to keep up with the human detritus. Please don’t toss out car windows or drop refuse on the streets. There are trash cans everywhere and often you can leave a bag on a street corner and it will be picked up by collectors. When walking the pup, it makes us feel good to pick up more than just her little deposits. We enjoy helping the community, too and pick up what other may have inadvertently dropped.

Be patient – Whether you’re on vacation, seeking a second home while in Puerto Vallarta or just passing through, it’s time to relax. We take relaxation seriously. It is suggested to take a book or magazine when going to the bank or standing in any line. Don’t always expect a have the chance to read though since you may be too distracted by someone who wasn’t able to keep their patience. People who complain loudly are often ignored or stared at and seldom considered worth the bother.

Tip generously – The applicable minimum wage in Puerto Vallarta is approximately 47 pesos a day. Of course, some places pay more, but you should be shocked to realize it doesn’t amount to much. Your food servers, bartenders, maids and others working in the tourist/service industries depend on tips for simple survival. 20% is normal and if you are generous, you will likely be remembered next time you visit an establishment.

Shop – On the beach or streets, in a mall or marina. What can be better than sipping margaritas and watching beautiful people stroll by, while doing your shopping? Please don’t be annoyed with beach vendors. The colorful blankets, tablecloths, puppets, hammocks, wood carvings, clothing, beads and jewelry… are worth the barter. Kiosks on the street with their whimsical pottery, key chains and other flotsam are operated by families who often have children, grandparents as staff. Grocery shopping in Puerto Vallarta is amazing and gentle on the pocketbook. Art in Mexico, from famous galleries to that found on the Malecón, can be easily bundled for shipment home.

Beach musicians – When minstrels sidle up to your table and politely ask if you would like a song, they will nod and walk away when you tell them you’re not interested. However,  you should be interested. Why not have a little night music. Or day music, perhaps? These are locals who literally sing for their supper and often are surprisingly talented. Many young people learn how to play an instrument passed down from a parent and have spent their lives exposed to the beautiful folk music of Mexico. Sit back, relax, shop and enjoy the culture. And make sure to pick up after yourself.

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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article!

 



Mexico is moving in the right direction, working to raise the real estate standards to protect buyer and seller interests. AMPI (our National Real Estate Association) plays a key role in the real estate industry in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, working closely with local, state and national governments. Our local AMPI Association is leading the country in developing and implementing real estate standards.  To become members of our local AMPI Association Real Estate professionals sign our Bylaws that require our members to follow our Ethical Code of Conduct;  to use our contract forms which have been legally vetted to protect buyers and sellers; to participate in and comply with our MLS Rules and Regulation along with using the shared database. Our Bylaws, Code of Ethics, MLS Systems, Contracts and our other systems are constantly improved on through the expertise and experience of our members.  Find a Committed AMPI Professional Here