One of Mexico's motto's for the 2011 International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Spain was "Mexico, The Place you Thought You Knew." While the theme focused on tourism, the idea likewise applies to the fact that Mexico homes for sale are available in a variety of wonderful places buyers may not have imagined; with the correct advice and information from an experienced Mexico agent, buyers have a vast world of possibilities to discover in Mexico.
The FITUR presentation focused on Mexico's "10 scenic routes" which covered all 32 states, offering endless experiences in dining, cultural, adventure, sun and sand.
Many potential real estate buyers in Mexico, like tourists, are familiar with the sunny beachfront paradises which have made this country so famous, and the high level of hospitality and rich culture which have enriched the experience in these areas.
Like tourism in Mexico, however, new areas for homes can offer buyers the chance to discover hidden treasures; while a growing number of expats know colonial cities like Merida, Mazatlan or San Miguel de Allende, there are other fine examples of colonial gems, such as Morelia in the central interior or Campeche on the Yucatan Peninsula with nearly perfectly preserved colonial downtown areas, but still little known to expat buyers.
Another area of hidden treasures are the special communities which Mexico has named "Magic Towns," combining a uniquely Mexican atmosphere with long-standing culture and beautiful scenery. One group of beautiful lakefront villages which have captured the attention of North American home buyers are those on Lake Chapala; another similar choice is Valle de Bravo, about 2 hours from Mexico city, again a charming beauty that few non-Mexicans know of.
The best way to identify a "hidden gem" within the Mexico real estate market is to consult with an experienced Mexico agent who can inform you where trends are just beginning to take off, or where you can find your own little slice of Mexico with good access to services.
Before embarking in any real estate purchase in Mexico, it is advisable to consult a Mexico real estate guide; this is true of any area where buyers are interested in purchasing, but especially in an area where fewer foreigners have invested. High-quality guides of this sort, sometimes available for free on-line will offer the basics of buying in Mexico, explaining how they differ from the U.S. or Canada, how different regions within Mexico follow different patterns, and, most importantly, how to buy safely.
With the right information backing them, buyers can be ready to discover a whole new side of Mexico!
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