Hi, I am Harriet Murray from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México. PV has been my home for 23 years. It was not a planned stay….. I had come to Vallarta for a week in September for almost 10 years before the fateful extra trip in 1996.
It occurred to me this time, since I was alone and not distracted by other friends, what would happen if I decided to stay and live, for the first time in my life, outside the USA. My friends thought I was either crazy, or I would change my mind and not stay any longer than a few more weeks.
There were times when I wondered why I had made the decision to become an expat. But each time, I learned something valuable, and so far, I am still here. Here, I have been able to meet many people from other parts of North America, i.e. Mexico, USA, Canada (Yes, this is north America).
We can stay in our own country of origin and move to another place. But if you want to test your personal comfort level more, you move outside your country.
I share with my readers what I learn about buying and owning real estate in a foreign country. It is a great experience for me and others to learn so much about the culture, business practices, and ethics of our new home.
So, I share what I think is right and what is wrong about our real estate practices here, and what influences the market. I share my experiences when I think they cover an important point. I am basically a serious person.
Cultural differences account for a lot of miscommunication. Expectations can be unrealistic or based on a false premise.
Living here after you buy, brings an entirely different list of subjects to cover, including how to set up a household and learn a routine and rhythm of settling in.
Selling property is another subject full of issues to write about in an effort to make the task easier and less intimidating.
A personal favorite and of high interest to me is to research and learn why foreigners and nationals have totally different approaches and opinions. For example, how we have different ways to show respect for a person or a custom. What does it mean that there is a high cultural context (Mexico and France) in Mexico and a low cultural context in the (USA). It seems that more people, more countries are unable to communicate effectively because of this difference in how information is passed back and forth, how well it is understood.
We hope you enjoy learning, and you can agree or disagree with us.
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This article is based upon Flex MLS reporting, legal opinions, current practices and my personal experiences in the Puerto Vallarta-Bahia de Banderas areas. I recommend that each potential buyer or seller of Mexican real estate conduct his own due diligence and review. If you have any other questions, contact me through my website.Harriet Murray