When you begin your search for Playa del Carmen real estate, you will probably begin your search from the U.S. or Canada using internet resources. For this reason, it is worth your while to find good Mexico MLS listings to start your search off on the right foot.
First of all, it is worth noting that there are no universal MLS listings in Mexico as there are in the U.S. or Canada. For this reason, it is that much more important that you put in the effort to find a good listing service which has thorough listings, good photo galleries and accurate descriptions. You might even look for maps and videos. Finding such listings will offer you the following advantages.
Getting to know the market
Having access to good Playa del Carmen MLS listings means that you will be able to get to know the market. If you are like most people who decide to Playa del Carmen, your knowledge of the area is probably limited to whichever resort or the vicinity of whichever hotel you were staying at. However, there are very nice condos and homes in areas that are not usually seen by all visitors. Browsing the listings will allow you to get to know marina condos, golf course homes, downtown condos, gated communities and the rest. This will give you the chance to start getting the feel for what you like.
Planning your budget
This same activity will help you see prices and start comparing them with the budget you have available. Will you need financing? Is what you tend to like just outside of your price range, or does it fit comfortably within? These points will help you plan items to discuss with your agent as well.
Beginning to choose some properties
While it’s not a good idea to “fall in love” with properties at this point (since you haven’t seen them yet!) it’s definitely a good time to start picking a few out that look interesting.
Interaction with your agent
All of this is preparing you to contact a professional agent and provide them with the information they need (style, location, budget, etc.) to help you find that ideal property. Even once you’ve started communicating with your agent, you can keep searching and send anything you find to your agent for comments and a professional opinion.
Of course, a nice part about this approach is that you can start immediately, while taking real steps to preparing yourself for the more involved parts of your search and purchase.