Vallarta Real Estate: Top retirement destination goes to Mexico

We are all interdependent and we thought this information may prove interesting.  Article reposted from World Property Journal

According to InternationalLiving.com’s recently released 2017 Global Retirement Index, the top retirement destination in the world this year now goes to Mexico.

This annual ranking of the world’s top 24 retirement destinations is based on cost of living, retiree benefits, climate, healthcare, and more and compares, contrasts, ranks, and rates good-value havens all around the world.

Mexico offers a diverse geography, with everything from white-sand beaches to high-mountain colonial cities, which means expats have a broad choice in locales. This country’s climate ranges from moist, tropical heat to dry desert and everything in between. It is rich in casual beach towns, vibrant Spanish-colonial cities, and small country villages.

And today, with the Mexican peso at historic lows against the U.S. dollar, for people shopping with greenbacks, Mexico is more affordable than it has been in years. Expats report that it feels like Mexico is on sale.

Mexico always features among the top 10 destinations in the Index, and usually among the top five. It’s already home to more North American expats than any other country in the world. Well over a million U.S. and Canadian citizens are estimated to live in communities throughout Mexico, full- or part-time.

“Mexico really does offer a modest cost of living and a high quality of life,” says Glynna Prentice, International Living’s Mexico Editor. “A couple can live very comfortably on less than $2,000 a month, and you can understand how when healthcare costs run 25% to 50% less than those in the States, a housekeeper will clean for $5 an hour, a lunch special costs $7 for a full meal, and you can rent a two-bedroom condo a block off the beach in some communities for $575 a month.

“All those things are important. But they don’t really explain Mexico’s appeal. Life here is easy and relaxed. People are friendly and welcoming, and their warmth is genuine. Music is everywhere, and colors are somehow more vivid here, smiles brighter.”

While Mexico wins the top spot, this year’s Index ranks the top 24 retirement destinations in the world in 10 categories, including: buying and renting property; benefits and discounts; visas and residence; cost of living; fitting in; entertainment and amenities; healthcare; healthy lifestyle; infrastructure; and climate.

The key aim of the Index is to help retirees find locations where their dollar goes further– where they can get the best bang for buck in terms of real estate, cost of living, and overall quality of life.

The Index also assesses the quality of a country’s healthcare and infrastructure, the proficiency in English of the local population, and the size of existing expat communities, how healthy the lifestyle is, how easy it is to gain residence, and more.

When the scores in all 10 individual categories are added up, a total score is established for each country that yields the list of the overall best countries in the world for retirement. This year, Mexico came out on top.



AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Fido Has Some New Rules

New Rules for Fido!

Just when we think we have all our ducks in a row, they change them to chipmunks! We now have new rules for pets entering Mexico, which apply to Puerto Vallarta. It’s very important to have your veterinarian certificates in order and not just the rabies verification but also treatment for ticks, fleas and heartworm.

Some people have felt scammed when arriving at the airport in Puerto Vallarta, thinking they did everything correctly for their beloved mascot, only to find that a vet needs to be called in to assure everything is proper. This incurs a charge of $100 US, causing upset though they are immediately and appropriately informed that a law is being enforced for the sake of everyone. It is the pet owner’s responsibility to do their own research when traveling with their animal family members. It pains us to hear comments from travelers that mock Mexico and Puerto Vallarta. Any country one visits has rules to follow and some countries quarantine animals for lengthy periods of time and we don’t have to deal with that in Puerto Vallarta.

Most travelers don’t bring their pets to Puerto Vallarta; they either don’t have them or don’t bring them. When you have your fur-child with you, chances are quite high that you are going to be more visible to customs agents, so there is really no getting around that green/red light. It’s vitally important to do your due diligence from your starting point and plan in advance. It also will behoove you to call your airline and see what they have to say about specific rules and regulations. Some are adamant about animals that travel in cabin not be let out of their small crates during flights. Others are relaxed on this, so we recommend you inform yourself before booking your ticket. Also note that papers must be current; the date has to be within five days of arrival.

According to the information from the USDA site on agriculture the Health Certificate must be type written or completed using a word processor or computer. Documents with handwritten information will be rejected. They cannot contain abbreviations such as Jan for January. States must be the entire word, not the two-letter abbreviation. Ages in months and years, not mos and yrs. Mexico will reject VS Form 7001 health certificates if they are not signed and sealed by a Veterinary Services veterinarian.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Tianguis in Puerto Vallarta

Whether on the beach, street or in the tianguis (flea market), expectations are to bargain, on both sides of any regateo (negotiation). Though some visitors to Puerto Vallarta find bargaining a bother and even embarrassing, it can also be fun and educational. Try a little bit of your Spanish knowledge of numbers. Know the difference between quince, cinquenta and quinientos and how to say them and half the battle is won!

Seriously…bargaining is not rocket science. Many inexperienced tourists are afraid they are getting cheated but the opposite is often closer to the truth.  Northern Americans are much too accustomed to a fixed price and don’t understand the lack of structure.

Amazingly, the vendors one deals with in Puerto Vallarta find bargaining to be a fundamental part of their job and enjoy it immensely. It’s fun and tinged with just the nicest small amount of drama to be entertaining for all involved.

When a beach hawker’s price is offered and simply accepted, they walk away laughing at the dumb gringo who is just throwing his money away.

Knowing this helps us understand business in Mexico as a whole. In Mexico, it is customary to personalize all affiliations and invest one’s own time. Mexicans are much more interested in humanizing transactions in business at any level.

We try to keep in mind, when considering any purchase, how much time has gone into the creation and crafting of any object. Embroidery work on a María doll must take a fair amount of time and yet the cost to the customer is negligible. Rugs that weigh heavy on the sellers back in the beating sun, colorful and made from quality materials, are brought back across the border in abundance because they are so well priced and such a great representation of the culture.

In the market in Puerto Vallarta, one finds a community; it’s not a spot to sell wares as much as a gathering place for people to interact on a personal level. The friendships and family connections in mercados are evident and symbolize so much of what is Mexico… people enjoying one another and sharing stories, gossip and life, in general.

Mind you, shops and galleries do have price tags and they have been meticulously calculated. When purchasing jewelry, clothing, food, wine and other goods in shops around town, bargaining is frowned upon and simply not acceptable.

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From our guest blogger:  Adam Garcia


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Puerto Vallarta: Taste Experiences of Mexico  

Ah, the fruits and vegetables of Mexico.  We love the unique shopping experiences and bringing home food that we are not always certain how to prepare or eat. Learning about these new delectables has been a fun and usually delicious experience.

Our first tomatillo (pronounced toe-mo-tio), also known as the Mexican husk tomato, landed in the fruit basket with absolutely no idea what it was or how to prepare it. A knowledgeable friend and neighbor educated us properly and with huge delight we learned to make delicious green salsas, just like those we formerly purchased in a tin can!

Jicama (pronounced hic-a-ma) resembles the familiar turnip and has a similar texture when cut open. Unlike the turnip however, it is crispy and sweet and a wonderful addition to any salad, be it fruit or vegetable based. Often found in fruit cups one buys on the street or beach in Puerto Vallarta, jicama is devilishly delicious, sliced and sprinkled with chile and lime juice. Our favorite combination is with cucumber and watermelon. Peel the thick brown skin before eating.

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Chayote (pronounced chai-o-tee), also known as christophene, is a pale green vegetable, part of the melon and squash families. Though rare in US markets, chayote is very common fare on the dining tables in Puerto Vallarta and all of Mexico. An excellent source of Vitamin C, it can be peeled or cooked with skin on. We like it mixed with other vegetables in a side dish and not crazy about eating it raw in salads. However, it is delicious when served with carrots and other vegetables in an escabeche sauce. Some like it mashed, as one might serve potatoes or yams, but this process requires more seasoning than we think it deserves.

If you’re looking for guanabana (pronounced wanabana) in the USA, you will most likely find it under the name of soursop, if you find it at all. Guanabana is available at any local market in Puerto Vallarta and we like it sometimes as a tasty treat to serve to guests willing to try something new. With an oddly prickly outer layer, we have heard it described as tasting like strawberry, banana, soft coconut and/or having a citrus flavor. Best to try it yourself… using a sharp knife, slice it open, remove the seeds and eat as you would any melon, cut in small bite-sized pieces. Guanabana is often promoted as graviola, an alternative treatment for cancer, though there is no medical evidence that it is effective.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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Vallarta Culture: Cielito Lindo

Cielito Lindo is often referred to as the other Mexican national anthem. When asking for song selections, you might also hear it called Canta y No Llores, which is the refrain of the song; “Sing and don’t cry.”

Every Mexican orchestra, mariachi band, trio or single minstrel knows this song and it is often what they will play as an introduction.

The original lyrics are attributed to Quirino Mendoza y Cortés (c. 1859 – 1957) but he likely stole them from an old Spanish song, hence the reference to the Sierra Morena, a mountain range in Spain. Legendary armed bandits inhabited these hills and travelers were terrified to pass through. Singing eliminated those fears and, as the song concludes, makes for happy hearts.

“Your face is the Sierra Morena; Your eyes are thieves who live there” transformed into “From the mountain ranges, beautiful little sky, are coming down a pair of black eyes, beautiful little sky, that are being smuggled…” and therefore became a more romanticized version, rather than the original fearsome account.

The word ciel in Spanish means sky or heaven, so its interpretation in this song is like many Spanish terms… quite liberal. It is not unusual for a man to call his sweetheart cielito. Lindo means pretty, lovely, cute.

Other than “Ay, ay, ay, ay” most non-Spanish speakers have no idea what the song is actually saying. Translated it is not only amorous; it captures the risk and uncertainty that often accompany love. “One bird who abandons his first nest to return and find it occupied by another is well deserved.” “From your house to mine, there is only one step and now that we are alone, give me a hug.”

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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

5 blog and Facebook page posts just in time for summer!

Thanks to Inma.com for this great article!  While some of this ideas dont apply specifically to our area they could certainly be tweeked to work…

I’ve been brainstorming some fresh ideas for real estate social media campaigns — you know, the ones that aren’t about listings, or real estate, but the ones that residents in your community might find helpful. These are ideas either for a real estate Facebook business page or even your blog.

Having a busy family myself, and with the school year coming to an end, my mind always shifts to the things that we will be doing this summer — or should be doing. So while I was jotting some ideas down, I thought I would share what I’ve come up with so far. You may be able to use them, or they might inspire some fresh new ideas, too. Feel free to add to the list of what has worked for you. Check back for more, too. I’m sure I’ll be adding to the list.

5 fun content ideas for summer your clients will appreciate:

  • Publish or link to your city’s Parks and Recreation Summer Activity Guide. Most city websites have a community page where they link to downloadable PDF copies of summer activities, camps and other recreation for the summer. Since most classes have an enrollment, it’s helpful to share this online so your readers can download the info directly from your website and not miss important enrollment deadlines!
  • High school reunions: Publish any information on any that might be happening. Alumni prepare a whole year for their high school reunions! If you can give them some notice on when and where they will be happening, you are sure to gain some new fans!
  • Video interview a local teacher from a school in your community for some great summer education ideas for kids of all ages — you know, ALL those ideas and fliers you get from teachers when school lets out to make sure our kids’ minds are kept busy during the summer? Why not highlight a teacher in your community and do a fun interview about those ideas, and on how she plans to spend HER summer? What a great way for the kids in the community to get a glimpse of their teacher on camera!
  • Stage your home — just for fun! Create a video with your favorite home stager on how to “create the look” of a staged home. Do you work with a home stager from time to time or perhaps with all your listings? Share some of that great secret sauce with your readers and give them some staging tips. Not only will this be a fun project for the summer for some residents, but perhaps it will entice those same people to come to your open houses.
  • Link or write a post, or video your local farmers market if you have one. Or perhaps your community has Movies in the Park or any kind of seasonal event that’s fun for the whole community? Let your readers know all about it, and have a photo contest for the best photo from the event

AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy an efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4,000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

The Riviera Nayarita, Vallarta and Compostela chapters of AMPI are dedicated to promote the best practices in real estate by providing its members with education to reinforce the standards of ethics that give our industry the credibility which our clients deserve.

AMPI is committed to giving our membership access to a multiple listing service that forms the platform from which our industry can expand locally and into other markets while giving our members precise and up to date information that is vital to continuous improvement and growth.