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Dreaming About A Warmer Season: Hacienda del Rio

The frigid winter weather comes soon, with its miserable freezing cold temperatures. All you can think about is last year’s winter, when you had to shovel two feet of snow just to run to the store. Having to run out in the cold to warm up the car or the day you had to dump a cup of water on the frozen door just to get it open.

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You start to think is it all worth it?

This used to be fun… well not so much anymore… now that you have to risk frostbite just to get a quart of milk at the local 7-11. Bothersome… that’s the word I would use. The beauty of a light snowfall isn’t cute anymore.

Am I getting to old for this?

No… I’m just sick of it!

Let’s not even get started on the yearly winter flu!

The Johnsons next door left yesterday and the Smiths down the road left last week for warmer weather… lucky “snowbirds”.

Wait a minute, lucky them… why not lucky me!

Don’t I deserve a tropical snowbird paradise of my very own?

Well like many snowbirds before me (and many to follow), finding the perfect blend of Mexican Caribbean charm with modern North American flare is the dream for any seasoned and mature real estate investor in Mexico!

Well dream no more!

Hacienda del Rio is a beautiful new retirement community offering everything a mature real estate investor would ever want. Hacienda del Rio is located in the exclusive gated community of El Cielo in Playa del Carmen. Hacienda del Rio is close to the beach, with biking paths and features round the clock security. Custom style homes with a Mexican charm, an active and comfortable clubhouse and uniquely designed lazy river style pool. All designed with the mature and savvy retiree as its guide. At prices starting at the mid $100,000 USD, Hacienda del Rio is just the “dream” you’ve been looking for to spend your golden (and best) years!

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Now if you have any question about this or any of the TOP MEXICO REAL ESTATE properties we have listed in Playa Del Carmen, The Riviera Maya or anywhere throughout Mexico, please feel free to contact any of our TOP MEXICO EXPERT SALES TEAM 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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With the booming Real Estate Market in Mexico, and a growing number of foreigners looking to own a vacation property; Condo-hotels are a popular choice for those looking to enjoy the property, make a profit and not worry about their property when they are not using it.

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Condo-hotel 101: Comparing your Condo-hotel with a Timeshare

Condo-hotels are an exciting option for individuals who would like to own a condo in a luxury hotel and have access to all of the luxury amenities at that hotel. When not using their condo unit, owners have the option of placing it in the hotel’s rental program and receiving a percentage of the revenue it generates.

Please, do not get confused with timeshares; condo-hotels have many qualities that set them apart from timeshares and make them appealing to anyone in the market for a second home. Here’s a comparison between a timeshare and a condo-hotel real estate investment.

Characteristics Timeshare Condo-hotel

  • Flexibility: Specific week of the year, it is not flexible. Flexibility to use your unit whenever you want.*
  • Amenities: The norm is a community pool and some common areas. Amenities you would find at luxury hotels: several pools, restaurants, lounge, bars, spa and gym.
  • Furnishings: Timeshares are sold fully furnished. The quality of furnishings depends on the individual development. Condo-hotel units are sold fully furnished. The cost for furnishings is included in the price of the condo-hotel unit.
  • Services: In a timeshare, you are responsible for your own housekeeping and unit upkeep during your stay. You get daily housekeeping as you would in a luxury hotel. And you have access to room service, concierge services, maintenance services and check-in services.
  • Location: Located in highly-desirable resort areas. Located in highly-desirable resort areas.
  • Price: Timeshares are typically cheaper than condo-hotels, because you are only purchasing one or two weeks of usage. You receive deeded ownership to the property. In addition, when not using your condo-hotel unit, you can get revenue, helping to offset your maintenance costs.
  • Income Potential: You profit form the week or two weeks that you own. It generates revenue any time that you are not occupying your unit, whether it is for one night or 365 days a year.
  • Appreciation: Timeshares depreciate in value. Reselling timeshares has never taken off, most people who buy a timeshare will have it for life, whether they want to or not. You are the deeded owner of the unit, also the luxury lifestyle that comes with an amenity-filled, high-service property.
Characteristics Timeshare Condo-hotel
Flexibility Specific week of the year, it is not flexible. Flexibility to use your unit whenever you want.*
Amenities The norm is a community pool and some common areas. Amenities you would find at luxury hotels: several pools, restaurants, lounge, bars, spa and gym.
Furnishings Timeshares are sold fully furnished. The quality of furnishings depends on the individual development. Condo-hotel units are sold fully furnished. The cost for furnishings is included in the price of the condo-hotel unit.
Services In a timeshare, you are responsible for your own housekeeping and unit upkeep during your stay. You get daily housekeeping as you would in a luxury hotel. And you have access to room service, concierge services, maintenance services and check-in services.
Location Located in highly-desirable resort areas. Located in highly-desirable resort areas.
Price Timeshares are typically cheaper than condo-hotels, because you are only purchasing one or two weeks of usage. You receive deeded ownership to the property. In addition, when not using your condo-hotel unit, you can get revenue, helping to offset your maintenance costs.
Income Potential You profit form the week or two weeks that you own. It generates revenue any time that you are not occupying your unit, whether it is for one night or 365 days a year.
Appreciation Timeshares depreciate in value. Reselling timeshares has never taken off, most people who buy a timeshare will have it for life, whether they want to or not. You are the deeded owner of the unit, also the luxury lifestyle that comes with an amenity-filled, high-service property.

*Note: Some condo-hotels do have living restrictions that prevent you from making your condo a permanent residence. Read your contract.

So if you like luxury resort style living and all the amenities that go along with a luxury resort, then a condo-hotel might be for you.

Now if you have any question about this or any of the TOP MEXICO REAL ESTATE properties we have listed in Playa Del Carmen, The Riviera Maya or anywhere throughout Mexico, please feel free to contact any of our TOP MEXICO EXPERT SALES TEAM 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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Finding the right property for you can be a daunting task, after browsing or visiting dozens of homes and exploring some properties; things can start getting blurry. Many of our clients have an idea of the kind of property they want, and when we ask questions about their lifestyle, hobbies and budget; we realize that they might be looking for the wrong kind of property. It is ideal to have a clear view of what you are looking for and a certified Real Estate agent to help you find your Mexico dream home.

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Finding The Right Property For You: Studio

These apartments typically consist of one large room which serves as the living, dining, and bedroom. The concept is a modern minimalist space, with an integrated kitchen or the kitchen might be tucked away in a separate room, as well as the bathroom. These are the smallest units available on our website, around 300 to 450 square feet, but ideal for a single traveler or a couple that want to keep costs low.

Studios are normally located in popular area near the beach, and are great for people who like to be outdoors and are looking to enjoy what the Mexico has to offer. If you are looking for a property to sleep and take a shower, with a nice common area and centrally located, then a studio might be for you.

Finding The Right Property For You: Condo

One of the most popular real estate choices in the Mexico, is a condo. A condo is often one or two bedrooms but you can find three and four bedroom unit within a complex that has shared common areas and amenities like pools, barbecue areas and gyms. The owners agree to be part of a condominium regime that has certain rights and obligations for the owners.

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A condo is an excellent choice if you don’t want to worry about maintenance, you pay a monthly or yearly fee that covers maintenance in the common areas and administration of the building. Condos are increasingly becoming a popular choice for investors, due to the low maintenance and vacation rental ability. Some condos have a vacation rental program that assist in renting your condo out. There is a condo for everyone’s taste, location and budget, and our professional realtors will help you find the right property for you

Finding The Right Property For You: Villa

The term villa can have two meanings in Mexico, the most common defines a very spacious home with a huge garden. The modern use of the term villa defines what in America would be called a townhouse, a detached or semi-detached home with one or more levels that has a private entrance, a garden, shared common areas and a condo regime.

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A villa is an ideal property if you like the privacy of a home, but enjoy the low maintenance and amenities of a condo. The only thing you have to do is pay your HOA fees and let others do the work for you! Villas can be found in downtown areas, the suburbs and in more traditional neighborhoods. Make sure to explore different areas and pick the one that feels right for you!

Finding The Right Property For You: Home

This is a classic, a single family residence that sits on its own piece of land and it is not attached to anyone else’s residence. Restrictions about what you can do with your property are primarily dictated by the city in which you live, but for the most part you can do with it as you wish.

A home is ideal for people that plan to live there permanently, enjoy their privacy and like to do the up keeping or are willing to pay someone to do the maintenance. Some of the subdivisions with single family homes in the Mexico have common areas such as a pool and BBQ area, others are more traditional with a yard where you can create your own tropical oasis.

Studio, condo, villa or home, we hope this helps you narrow down your search and have a clear view of what will fit for you. Here at Top Mexico Real Estate, our real estate agents will find the ideal properties for you to visit and hopefully, fall in love with.

Now if you have any question about this or any of the TOP MEXICO REAL ESTATE properties we have listed in Playa Del Carmen, The Riviera Maya or anywhere throughout Mexico, please feel free to contact any of our TOP MEXICO EXPERT SALES TEAM 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!

We would like to thank Quetzal for sponsoring this blog. Quetzal is a new development in Bahia Principe. To learn more about Quetzal, please click here.

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Aldea Zama: The Right Choice

When you think of Tulum, you think of gorgeous pristine white sandy beaches and picturesque archaeological sites overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is also known for being an eco-friendly community that lives in harmony with nature.
Aldea Zama is the newest exclusive residential community in Tulum. Aldea Zama is located close to the beautiful beaches of Tulum. Aldea Zama is a unique community featuring a pedestrian only commercial zone lined with shops and restaurants, and will host events like farmers markets. Eco-friendly Aldea Zama has natural, tropical vegetation and bike paths throughout the community. Here are just a few developments inside Aldea Zama.

Encanto Condos, refined Italian design, with prices starting at $175,000 USD. Encanto’s eco-friendly new architectural concept features an Italian Kitchen, natural marble floors, regional wood and Italian doors. Each condo features a spacious balcony and the penthouses have private rooftop terraces with a gazebo and Jacuzzi. There is also beautiful tropical gardens and a swimming pool in Encanto.

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Zama Village was the first development to build inside Aldea Zama. Zama Village boasts a modern design turnkey condo priced at $210,000 USD. This condo comes fully furnished with modern furniture throughout, granite countertops and marble floors. There is also a beautiful community pool with a palapa and lounge chairs. This turnkey condo at Zama Village is ready to be rented out, it even comes with four bikes, waiting for a trip to the beach.

Another development is Arthouse, elegant and uniquely designed condos starting at $213,570 USD. The kitchen and bathrooms in Arthouse were designed with personality. Each condo in Arthouse features a spacious deck with a private pool that overlooks the picture-perfect Mayan jungle. Arthouse is exquisitely designed all the way down to the very last detail with a lot of personality and charm.

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Starting at $169,000 USD the ECOndos at Puerta Zama really standout. The architectural design was created to coexist in harmony with nature, using local materials like limestone and various wood from the region. Puerta Zama features fully equipped kitchens, laundry area, granite countertops, ceramic tile and high quality finishes throughout. The common areas in Puerta Zama have a beautiful pool, palapa, lounge area and deck chairs.

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The new exclusive community of Aldea Zama, with its close proximity to the beach, shopping, dining and many wonderful developments to choose from is clearly the right choice.

Now if you have any question about this or any of the TOP MEXICO REAL ESTATE properties we have listed in Playa Del Carmen, The Riviera Maya or anywhere throughout Mexico, please feel free to contact any of our TOP MEXICO EXPERT SALES TEAM 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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Playa del Carmen or Tulum Real Estate?

Playa del Carmen or Tulum real estate? This is a question we often get from our clients contacting us for the first time, either on the phone or via email. For us it is really difficult to answer this because these destinations are really different, the only person that can really answer this is our clients; after seeing properties and experiencing each location for themselves.

However, there is some general information that we can share with you, based on our market analysis and experience. Here is what we have learned:

Playa del Carmen or Tulum real estate?

Tulum at a Glance

As far as 2012, Tulum has had a very slow development; mainly in the downtown area. There were also some projects in the jungle, in rural settings with a lack of legal certainty, you couldn’t get a deed. Most of these developments were built on Ejido land and had a worrying lack of infrastructure and services of any kind: no roads, no electricity, no running water or sewage.

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In the year 2014, Aldea Zama; a master planned community started a booming movement of real estate in the Tulum area. Offering legal certainty, closeness to the beach and adequate infrastructure and services for its residents.

Several area developers have started very interesting projects, increasing the supply of properties by 94%. Developments are increasing in size, moving from a 6-8 unit complex in average to up to 82 units on each complex. The size of the condos has also increased causing an increase on the average price of condominiums from $ 180,000 to $ 210,000.

Tulum is a magical town, life is surrounded with a sense of spirituality; magnified by the Mayan culture, archaeological sites and environmental awareness. These new trends are making Tulum a magnet for investors and developers, converting this area into an ideal place to buy property and expect a high return of profit.

Playa del Carmen at a Glance

Playa del Carmen has had a steady development and growth for several years. The influx of tourists seeking for vacation rental properties either for short or long periods continues to grow and strengthen, making Playa del Carmen an ideal destination for investors.

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With this in mind, there have been several developments in the touristic areas of Playa del Carmen: some work with a condo-hotel scheme that allows you to enjoy your condo and make a profit the rest of the year. These are practical small units, with a lower total price, which allows a smaller investment with better returns every year.

On the other hand, there is also a massive development of gated communities, in the outskirts of Playa del Carmen. These developments offer a quiet place away from the bustle of the tourist area, ideal for families and retirees. This is a popular option for investors with a slightly higher amount that is looking for a lower risk investment, there are thousands of families and retirees looking for vacation rentals with bigger areas, more amenities and a family friendly environment.

With these two trends in the Real Estate Market in Playa del Carmen, smaller apartments in the downtown area or bigger units on the outskirts of the city. Sales have soared and average property prices have dropped from an average of $ 461,000 USD in 2013 to $ 356,000 USD this year, making this an excellent investment.

Playa del Carmen or Tulum Real Estate, We’ll let you be the judge of that!

Now if you have any question about this or any of the TOP MEXICO REAL ESTATE properties we have listed in Playa Del Carmen, The Riviera Maya or anywhere throughout Mexico, please feel free to contact any of our TOP MEXICO EXPERT SALES TEAM 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!

We would like to thank Papaya 15 for sponsoring this blog. Papaya 15 is a new development in Downtown Playa del Carmen. To learn more about Papaya 15, please click here.

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