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Charming Tulum


For those of you that don’t know too much about Tulum… let me tell you: it is bucket list worthy. Tulum is a breathtaking town located 130 km south of Cancun or 40 miles south of Playa del Carmen.

Are you looking for a place with warm weather year around? Tulum is the place for you! If you’re looking for a place with booming real estate opportunities, miles upon miles of white sandy beaches, and some of the best restaurants in the world, Tulum is your next best investment.

Tulum is growing day by day but in a good way. Could you picture yourself waking up every morning to the sound of chirping birds and the sun shining through your window? If you answered YES, that is your reason to move to paradise. Tulum is known for having one of the most picturesque archaeological sites in the world. In fact, it is the only Mayan archaeological site built on a cliff, overlooking the ocean… and you’re allowed to go down to the beach for a swim!

There’s so much to see in Tulum… If you’ve never visited the area before, you can get a glimpse of the hotel zone of Tulum and some of its charm in this video.

Make sure to use the arrows to explore the scenes and enjoy being in Tulum for a few minutes.

Tulum 360

Tulum has a unique spiritual vibe. Don’t be surprised if you’re walking along the beach and meet a few beach bums selling handmade jewelry or chocolate energy balls… just so they can extend their stay in this Mayan hidden paradise! A fun fact to know about the growth in Tulum is that Tulum overtook Playa del Carmen as the fastest growing city in all of Mexico in 2012.

For a piece of mind when investing in Tulum, some might question the safety of buying and/or living in Mexico. There is need to worry! The State of Quintana Roo is one of the safest in Mexico, with one of the lower crime records in the country.

Tulum is surrounded by many fascinating attractions that are accessible by car/bus. Driving two hours by car, you can explore Chichen Itza, one of the new wonders of the world. You can also travel to Bacalar, which is home to the ‘Lagoon of seven colors’, a place so peaceful and quiet that it’s perfect for a romantic getaway or if you need to relax and forget about everything.

If at some point you wanted to explore something different, you are only three hours away to Chetumal. Once you get to Chetumal, you can take a ferry across to Belize, which takes 1.5 hours.

If you want to learn more about Tulum, check out one of our past seminars: Livin’ Tulum: an Expat Experience and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about investing in Tulum.

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In Playa del Carmen the Beach is Always Nearby



In our last webinar, Find your home! Buying on a budget in Playa del Carmen we showcased different neighborhoods that are great options for living in Paradise, and which are more affordable than the tourist areas of town.

We chose this topic because there are customers with a limited budget who believe that they cannot afford to live in Paradise. And of course, they can! That was the topic of our webinar… if you’re interested in learning more, register here to see the recording.

But let’s get to the point. We know that living near the beach is a huge selling point to anyone interested in Playa del Carmen real estate, and the options that we featured in the webinar session were certainly not the closest to the beach. But we wanted to show our audience how close everything is here, and we want you to see it too. Watch this video to see how fast and easy it is to get to the beach in Playa del Carmen!

In the video, you will see different ways to get to the beach from various neighborhoods in Playa del Carmen and how long it takes to get there. You will be surprised by how fast it is!

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Interested in affordable properties in Playa del Carmen?

As mentioned before, this video is part of our most recent webinar Find your home! Buying on a budget in Playa del Carmen.

During this webinar, we shared with our participants a few neighborhoods where it is possible to find affordable properties in Playa del Carmen and some other details about these areas of town.



Playa del Carmen is still a rather small town, and this means that almost every neighborhood is just minutes away from the beach. If you have a limited budget for investing in Playa del Carmen, you can take advantage of this characteristic, find an affordable home and enjoy life by the beach.

If you want to learn more, sign up to see the recording of the webinar and learn where to look to find an affordable home in Playa del Carmen!


At TOP Mexico Real Estate we are specialists in helping foreign buyers purchasing a home in Mexico safely. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about Playa del Carmen real estate. We’re here to help!
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Listing Showcase
Sustainable home in the jungle of Tulum

This blog post was provided by Tom Ilg, a listing coordinator at TOP Mexico Real Estate.

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Tulum is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world. What is not as familiar worldwide, but known much more locally, is that Tulum is known for its pristine Jungles. And inside these ancient areas, there are some absolutely amazing and fully sustainable housing communities. One of these communities is Los Arboles: one of the first and largest sustainable communities in Tulum and the Yucatan Peninsula.

The community itself consists of approximately 221 residential lots, each about 5 acres +/- in size, or 2 hectares. It is a guard gated community, complete with a community center and pool area, surrounded by virgin jungle. The local fauna and flora include ancient native species of trees, in which the community is named after and a sizable troop of Yucatan Spider Monkeys, one of the last remaining habitats for these endangered species. These little guys can be seen throughout the community on a regular basis.

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Your private getaway in the jungle…

One house, in particular, caught my eye. It was conceived by master builder Chad Headrick, who has successfully constructed homes in several nearby areas, and now he built this 2,000 sq.ft.  home in Los Arboles, which offers true “off the grid” capabilities, including a complete solar array on the rooftop, which will easily provide enough electricity for full time living. It also offers water through a rain catchment system which funnels all captured rainwater to an underground cistern, and an alternative septic system, which in turn feeds a garden area with its run-off moisture. See Chad talking about this beautiful home in this video.

This home is perfect for anyone looking for a private haven, for those looking for a place where they can wake up to the noises of nature and the chirping of the birds.

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Even when it’s located in the middle of the jungle, the finishes inside the home are exactly as you would expect in any home built in the US or Canada, and the design is one of a kind featuring two sections: the main house with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a detached casita that can be used as a third bedroom, an office or studio.

Take a look at this 360° Video Tour to explore this amazing home and its beautiful surroundings in the jungle.

On the ground floor of the main house, there’s a living room, dining room and kitchen, all in an open concept, and a spacious bedroom with its en-suite bathroom, Jacuzzi and walk-in closet. The kitchen includes a breakfast bar and an island, it has all granite surfaces and cabinets of locally sourced wood. Also on the ground floor is the detached casita, a laundry area and parking space for two cars.

In the first floor, there’s a second bedroom with a full bathroom and an amazing rooftop terrace with views of the surrounding jungle in every direction. This home comes fully finished and ready to move!

Take a look at the listing for more details. This place is perfect for anyone looking for a quiet and peaceful living.

Fall in love with the lifestyle which combines harmony and relaxation with nature… being in the middle of the jungle, nothing could be more serene.

Eco House

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Riviera Maya Views III

As an ongoing effort to enjoy the best spots of the Riviera Maya, we are asking our team to share their favorite pictures taken in this destination. We have been enjoying these pictures a lot, and we want to share them with you!
Enjoy our latest compilation!

“Follow me”
Foto: Alejandra Gonzalez

“Paseo Tulum”
Foto: Camilo Perez

“Paseo Tulum”
Foto: Mavi Habil

Foto: Yuyi Estevez

“Hacia el Sol”
Foto: Saul Salazar

“Sin Título”
Foto: Mavi Habil

“Desde el Aire”
Foto: Saul Salazar

“That Feeling”
Foto: Sonia Bird

“Tormenta en Playa del Carmen”
Foto: Mavi Habil

“Happy Place”
Foto: Sonia Bird

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Tips for maintaining your Mexico home in top shape

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Keeping your real estate investment in Mexico in tip top shape will have its rewards. If you own a condo or a home or if you’re still looking to purchase, keep in mind that maintenance will need to be performed periodically. Paint will dull and chip both in and outside of the structure. Light switches, outlets and fixtures will need attention. Faucets, toilets and various valves will sometimes need to be cared for.

The plumbing and electrical should be inspected periodically to make sure there are no issues. All these components that make your home comfortable need to be given special attention every once in a while. If any of these items falter, it could further damage your home’s structural soundness and even worse, cause bodily injury to you and/or your family. Keeping a well maintained home will eliminate a lot of future headaches.

Mexico homes are different in the fact that they are built to withstand various climatic elements. Unlike the United States where various materials are used, most all of Mexico’s buildings are constructed with brick and mortar, but still, regular attention to preserve its life expectancy is needed. There are other elements in a home that require preventive maintenance as well. I am going to recommend a few simple tasks that will possibly help keep your home fit and sound for decades to come.

Keeping a good coat of paint is a must

This applies both on the interior and exterior on your home. Paint actually serves two major purposes, the first being very obvious and that is to keep your home looking fresh, vibrant and eye appealing. A new coat of paint is recommended every five to six years – depending on your region. Mexico is a very colorful country, so don’t be afraid to use some brighter colors for accent.

The second reason is just as important as the first, and that is to protect the structure’s exterior walls. This also holds true for exterior doors and windows, including their frames and jams. Paint acts as a shield from the extreme heat Mexico experiences throughout the year. Sealing your home’s surfaces helps resist moisture, which can create mold. It can also deter termites that will eat through almost any type of composites to find food and water.

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Checking electrical outlets and switches should be routine

If a switch shows signs of movement or doesn’t always turn the electricity on or off, nine times out of ten it’s time to replace it. If an outlet doesn’t hold the prongs from a plug tightly within its slots, again it is probably time to replace the outlet. Make sure that the light switches and outlets are securely fastened to the wall. If the plate moves around, it could cause the terminals to touch something that will short circuit.

Ceiling fans and light fixtures mounted overhead can also create a possible mishap, or even worse, personal injury. They should be periodically checked to make sure that their bases are solidly attached to the mounting bracket embedded into the ceiling. While up on the ladder, check lite globes and covers to make sure that they are fastened tightly. Wiping away excess dirt and dust will keep the mechanics of your ceiling fans operating smoothly. It is also advised to have a certified electrician inspect the home’s wiring – depending the age of the home, every five or so years.

Plumbing problems can be sneaky

Plumbing issues can be hard to detect and when the evidence becomes obvious, it can be too late. Mexico’s water can be filled with lots of calcium and other minerals that can accelerate the corrosion process. Hard water can be devastating to metal and plastic parts. There are ways to curtail and/or elude major repairs. One suggestions is to periodically turn off and on major water valves. This will help keep mineral deposit from forming on moveable parts that control water flow.

Washer-less faucets will last a lot longer than their counter parts that use plastic or rubber seals. This is not to say that mineral deposits won’t collect on washer-less sites, but if used frequently, corrosive build up will less likely happen in shorter periods of time. Toilet tank apparatuses are another notorious setup that will create problems. The seal around plunger can attract build- up and cause water to leak out of the tank. This in turn keeps the fill-valve constantly running. If the fill-valve gets corroded, this could also cause the tank to over fill and spill out on to the floor. Just keep an eye on both components and replace when needed.

Water heaters can be tricky

A plumber or handy man might have to be called in for these few preventative maintenance tasks. Both the inlet and outlet ports can and most likely will experience calcium build up. The inlet port lets the tank refill and begin heating water. If the tank doesn’t fill all the way up, it could cause the element to be exposed and burnout. If the outlet gets plugged or restricted, water pressure diminishes drastically.

If your home isn’t equipped with a filtration system, sediment can accumulate at the bottom on the water heater. This makes the heating element work harder and shortens its useful life. All or any of these three problems could cause serious repair issues or even total replacement. A professional might cost you a few dollars, but in the long run it is well worth it.

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Appliances are a necessity…

Keeping them maintained and in good working order saves you lots of time and money. I will outline a few simple ideas on how to extend the three appliances you use most.


  • If you have a refrigerator that has an icemaker and/or water dispenser, make sure you replace the filter under according to the manufactures timeline.
  • Keep behind and underneath the refrigerator free of dirt and dust. The compressor operates much cooler when it’s not covered.
  • Try to keep the refrigerator at least 4 to 6 inches away from the back wall. The compressor needs air flow to stay cool.

Gas Stove

  • Check all gas lines and valves periodically for leaks.
  • Check flame registers and top-plates for clogging debris.
  • Make sure all knobs are working properly by holding a lighter to them when shut off.

Electric Stove

  • Check the heating elements to make sure they are securely fastened to the stove.
  • Make sure all drip pans are grease free (Gas stove as well).
  • Check wires for peeled back insulation and proper connection.


  • Check both the top and bottom heating elements and make sure they are free of caked on food. Use the self-cleaning mode or hand wash when necessary.


  • Run a cleaning agent (found at an appliance store or Walmart), or white vinegar on full wash cycle at least once a month.
  • Check for small leaks by removing the kick-plate underneath the door. Use a flashlight to scan the floor for signs of moisture.

Taking care of your Mexico property can bring you many years of fun living. These simple suggestions can save you time, heartache and most of all, costly expenses. Live the dream of living in Mexico!

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