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Riviera Maya Film Festival in Downtown Playa

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One of the great things about living in Playa del Carmen is the ability to enjoy so many special events on a regular basis. Whether it´s the Jazz Festival in November or the BPM Festival in January, Playa del Carmen is full of arts and culture. That’s why I look forward to the Riviera Maya Film Festival every year, and all the excitement it brings.

I like movies, doesn’t everyone? So the opportunity to catch up on some festival screenings from the past few months is great. The main screenings are being held at the new Teatro de la Ciudad, Plays’s top arts facility, and it really must be said that this is a huge step forward for the organizers. The majority of the remaining screenings are being held at the Cinemex theatres in Centro May, which is located just off the highway outside of the Playacar Phase 2 security entrance.

Today the organizers of the Riviera Maya Film Festival took over the Blue Parrot nightclub and restaurant for the first of 2 days of press conferences and special talks with filmmakers and industry. After a busy weekend that kicked off with screenings of Julieta several guests enjoying the sun and pool while the guest speakers spoke of their work, the dance floor area of the venue taken over by journalists and other guests of the industry.

Blue Parrot is located at 12 street and the beach and is one of the oldest clubs in Playa. Living downtown here affords the benefits of a short walk to a venue like the Blue Parrot, and just due north you’ll find this beautiful 2 bedroom condo.

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This cozy condo is located in a private complex of Playa del Carmen and is ideally located a few blocks from 5th Avenue and the beach, close enough to all the action but far enough from the noise. It’s 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living area, private parking and is a secure complex.

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If you walk a couple of streets over to 6 avenue you’ll find this beautiful building which has multiple units inside just like this one here. It’s ideally located close to Juarez Avenue and the highway, making it easy to get to, with everything at your fingertips. These condos feature two bedrooms and they are located right in the heart of Playa del Carmen. They have 105 m2 of construction. Additionally, it is close to all the necessary services, supermarkets and banks.

The Riviera Maya Film Festival continues until Thursday night, when it will close with a screening of the new Miles Davis film by American actor Don Cheadle. Tickets are available online, so make sure to check if you are interested in going. Also, check out our website for Valle Bambu and see what homes we have to offer near Centro Maya, where the other films will be showing until Thursday.

Now, for more information about any of our properties in Playa del Carmen or anywhere in the Riviera Maya please check our website and contact one of our agents.

And remember, at Top Mexico Real Estate…

we make it happen!



I’d like to thank all of our readers who tuned in to our latest webinar yesterday. We are always trying to find new ways to innovate and deliver the kind of information that you need in order to make your buying process in Mexico easier and safer. This was our best one yet, and the Top Mexico team and I had a great time putting it on. We congratulate our winner Steven Slater, who was the lucky person to have their name drawn. He’ll be joining us down in the Riviera Maya soon for a free 7 day Live It Tour for himself and partner.

The purchase process in Mexico is a very important topic and we hope you found it informative and entertaining. If you want to realize their dream of buying here safely with the most information possible and our webinars are a big part of that. For more information about the the purchase process you can read about it here. Once the webcast has been uploaded you ‘ll be able to watch it online, in case you missed it or want to review the material.

Webinars are a unique way in which all of us can reach out and connect with our readers and future customers in an interactive manner and we hope that you’ll join us again for the next one. Stay tuned for more information.

Now if you have any questions about Mexico market or any of the Top Mexico Real Estate properties we have listed anywhere throughout Mexico, please feel free to contact any of our Top Mexico Buyers’ Representatives  and we will be glad to help you find your very own piece of paradise.

And remember, here at Top Mexico Real Estate

We Make It Happen!





Last Chance to Register for Our June 23 Webinar!

We are ready to present out latest webinar about the purchase process in Mexico! As many of you know I´ve spent the past 20 years in this country and it´s our goal at Top Mexico to help Americans and Canadians with realizing their dreams of buying here . Owning a property in Mexico is much easier than you think, and the purpose of our series of webinars is to continue informing you in the most innovative ways about how you too can make your dream of owing your own home in Mexico a reality.

I will be your guide once again and take you in detail through each of the steps involved in the purchase process so that your experience of buying wil be safe. During the live Webinar you will discover: How to make an Offer to Purchase, What is involved in the Promissory Contract, Which is right for you? a Bank Trust or a Corporation?, What is Escrow and should you use it, How does a notary work in Mexico.

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The Live Webinar begins at 12.ooPM central time and I encourage all of you to participate and send in your questions, we will spend time at the end of the webinar answering your questions LIVE, as well as we will be hosting a live raffle! Just for participating today you will be entered to win a free 7 day Live it Tour!

So please take moment to mark this in your calendar and make sure it’s the correct time for your location. Hopefully we will see you online very soon!

Best regards,

Thomas Lloyd


I´ve written extensively on how Mexico is a safe place to retire. The country was ranked number 3 by the  Living Annual Global Retirement Index. Recently comedian and talk show host John Oliver dedicated an episode of Last Week Tonight to the subject of retirement. The host even provoked an article by Forbes magazine, which examined his comments such as ¨You won’t get to retire on stockpiled Beanie Babies. You can if you save diligently in your retirement plan, but you often have to get past conflicted financial advisers and your employer’s retirement plan to get there.¨

Oliver has recently attacked typical retirement advice and products being sold by big financial companies, and is critical of what he views as terrible retirement advice being given. ¨Most managed funds don’t do better than the market. This is not a secret,” Oliver added that ¨the entire financial industry is a potential minefield.” He also stated that “fees can really add up, too. Think of fees like termites,”

The International Living Annual Global Retirement Index lists countries worldwide where retirees can live better for less around the world. It also measures the level of significant retiree benefits and discounts, including continued savings on things like transportation, entertainment, social services, visa costs and healthcare.

Retiring abroad is easier than ever before and some of the world’s most popular retirement destinations offer much more for the same amount of money than comparable cities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. There are almost one million U.S. citizens  living in Mexico, so obtaining residency is not a problem. For those who prefer a snowbird type of relationship with Mexico or are awaiting a visitor permit allows you to spend six months in Mexico at a time.

If you are a potential retiree you should consider joining us for one of Top Mexico’s Live it Tours. It offers the opportunity to see various properties and neighborhoods in the Riviera Maya. To book yourself in for the next tour and see the Top Mexico Real Estate properties we have listed in the Riviera Maya please contact one of our Top Mexico Buyers’ Representatives. You can check out popular retirement areas in the Riviera Maya like Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum.

Retirement is a real possibility for those who choose to invest in property in Mexico. With lower prices on some many houses and condominiums and a much lower cost of living that makes your dollar go further, a retirement life here south of the border can be something to look forward to rather than dread. As Oliver said “If you don’t play close attention, this doesn’t have to get away from you.¨

Now if you have any questions about Mexico market or any of the Top Mexico Real Estate properties we have listed anywhere throughout Mexico, please feel free to contact any of our Top Mexico Buyers’ Representatives  and we will be glad to help you find your very own piece of paradise.

And remember, here at Top Mexico Real Estate

We Make It Happen!


Lawyers, Notaries and the Purchase Process

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This week Top Mexico will be presenting its´ latest webinar entitled ¨Safely Purchasing Property in Mexico¨. I´m sure all of you can´t wait for it to begin, so I will dedicate today´s blog to the subject which I will be speaking about. I´ve included special mention of the role played by your lawyer and the notary public, who is an important part of the overall process.

The process of purchasing a home in Mexico will begin with the preparation of an offer to purchase, usually done with a broker. You will agree with the developer on an offer and then send it to a lawyer in order to prepare a promissory contract. This contract will have all the specifications that would finally become the title. The details of the transaction will include: the price , the timeline, what is included, and the amenities. So it´s really important to have a promissory contract reviewed by a lawyer to insure you are protected. You will also need to decide whether to buy through a bank trust or a corporation if you are purchasing in the restricted zone near the coast or border.

Afterwards your lawyer needs to prepare whichever of the 2 legal entities that you will be using to actually acquire the property. On average they take 2 weeks to prepare everything on the bank trust to have everything ready, then the notary needs to send them the draft of the title. After it has been approved it will be ready to sign.

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For the corporation you will need to provide 3 options of names for the corporation, and then apply for one of these names. The government will approve one of them and then everything will be ready to sign for the corporation. In those cases when this document is ready the steps are the same. Once everything is checked they make sure the seller doesn´t have any debts either in water service or some previal tax. Everything that the notaries or the lawyers checked make sure that this property is actually ready to be transfered. The notary prepares the draft of the title and sends it to the lawyer to review that everything is correct and then schedules the date of the final signature.

The notary will then have to collect the necessary info in order to finish the closing of the title and the notary needs to certify all the documentation provided by the lawyer and the seller. They prepare everything, pay the taxes, and send it to the public records. It will take between 1-4 months for this title to actually be registered. In the meantime you will have a certified copy of the final title. 

It´s important for someone to review that all the taxes are paid to make sure once you sign the document and the notary sends it to the public record there isn´t something affecting the property. If there is something wrong after the notary has taken the documents to the public records they will give it back to the notary for correction. At this point the property has still not been transferred you, and the proper time must be taken in order to avoid this in your transaction.

Now if you have any questions about Mexico market or any of the Top Mexico Real Estate properties we have listed anywhere throughout Mexico, please feel free to contact any of our Top Mexico Buyers’ Representatives  and we will be glad to help you find your very own piece of paradise.

And remember, here at Top Mexico Real Estate

We Make It Happen!


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