If you are planning a Mexico retirement, you may wish to consider the possibility of a Mexico vacation rental to try out living in a condo near Mexico's beachfront before actually making a decision on buying.
This kind of plan offers several advantages. First of all, you can try out a variety of property styles and locations to help make a decision in what will be best for your retirement. While many who decide to retire in Mexico have already been here on vacation in a hotel or resort, it's also helpful to try out a lifestyle that will be more similar to actual day to day life here, i.e. living in a condo or home rather than a resort stay.
While there are definitely Mexico condos for sale available in resort-style gated communities, trying out the more usual style of condo complex will allow you to get a feel for which works better. When renting, you will be able to choose from a central condo complex, or one within a gated community, a large complex with more services, or a small complex with perhaps a bit more communal feeling. Also, if you're not sure how close to the beach you want to be, this give you the chance to see how convenient beach access is from a given area, or how much you feel the necessity to be really close. Some people really prefer a lifestyle within walking distance; others don't feel like they're missing out by being a short cab ride away.
Another advantage is that in some cases companies will both offer condo rentals and sales. This means that you can contact a real estate agent right from the beginning and let them know your long-term plans, your needs and preferences. They can help you find a rental property. After seeing which style and location works best for you, the same agent, who is already familiar with what you're looking for will have a variety of options available to show you and to choose from.
In this kind of situation, depending on your time line, your agent can also help coordinate a visit so you stay in a rented condo during same time that you are viewing choosing the property to buy.
If you are interested in "test driving" retirement in Mexico by renting a condo, talk to a qualified, experienced agent and ask them to help you set this up.
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