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

Delays and Procedures in Real Estate Transactions

The September 11 attacks in 2001, which led to the Patriot Act in the US and similar legislation worldwide, led to a new emphasis on money laundering laws to combat terrorism financing.[8] The Group of Seven (G7) nations used the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering to put pressure on governments around the world to increase surveillance and monitoring of financial transactions and share this information between countries. Starting in 2002, governments around the world upgraded money laundering laws and surveillance and monitoring systems of financial transactions.


Behavioral Bias in Real Estate

Are Your Emotions Costing You Money?

One of the most interesting asset classes where we see pronounced influence of behavioral biases is in real estate. Real estate is a highly emotive asset in most cultures. This can help explain phases of ‘irrational exuberance’ in property markets where prices move away from fundamentals. Real estate markets suffer from a greater degree of incomplete information. No two assets are the same, and there is often no central exchange. Sellers tend to know more about assets than buyers, a fact that real estate intermediaries can exploit. The quality of, and access to, information is poorer than in stock markets.


Real Estate Transactions in Mexico

Cultural Differences and Negotiations

The three countries which make up North America are physically close, but each has a different history and culture. Which cultural aspect do you associate with the following:


The Fideicomiso Trust

Can You Own Beachfront Property in Mexico?

A client who recently bought a condo in Puerto Vallarta, called and said, “Please write a summary of the basic points of foreign ownership: so that not only I can speak about it better, but to teach or remind other foreigners what a unique opportunity we have to own properties near the ocean in Mexico.” This is a summary of the characteristics of a fideicomiso trust: Legal ownership of real estate in Mexico for foreigners comes from the Foreign Investment Law which was approved by President Luis Echeverria in 1971 and became law in 1973.

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