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Everything you need to know about buying and selling real estate in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, and the Banderas Bay region

A Remarkable Study in Contrasts

What about Columbia for Part-time or Full-time Living?

Recently, I had the good fortune to tour towns and areas in Colombia. It was safe for travel, as are many places now, and there are areas that are fine and areas that aren’t. But overall, Colombia is a traveler-friendly destination and very safe for foreigners. Colombia is a country in the extreme north of South America. Its landscape has tropical forests, the Andes mountains and several coffee plantations. In Bogotá, the high-rise capital in the Zona Rosa district is famous for its restaurants and shops. 

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Property is An Emotive Asset

The Irrational Side of Real Estate

Real estate is a highly emotive asset in most cultures.  ‘Irrational exuberance’ in property markets can cause prices to move away from fundamentals. Buyers move away from markets when negative press reports are released. The truth or vetting of what happened, is not necessary. Unfortunately, emotional reactions trump logic. Real estate markets suffer from a greater degree of misinformation than stock markets. In real estate, no two assets are the same.

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Coming down with a case of “tourista”

International Transactions in Real Estate

I had been living in Puerto Vallarta for several years and thought I was doing a pretty good job understanding the culture, when a casual statement made me realize I still had a lot to learn.  A well-traveled lady looking at real estate that afternoon mentioned that when residents of Mexico go to the US, they can get a case of “tourista” or upset stomach.

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An Economist's Viewpoint

Real Estate Markets & the Need for Housing

Properties are built, bought and sold in a cycle which can be at different times stagnant or vibrant; transparent or murky; beneficial or shoddy and dangerous. The key to the existence and flourishing of the free market is a society in which the rights and titles of private property are respected, defended, and kept secure. Private property thrives in open, ethical markets. Free markets do not mean lack of controls. When there is reason or ethics to contain greed, more members of a society benefit.

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