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Wednesday July 26 2017




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Tips for Tipping

Tipping is part of the everyday culture when living in Mexico. This guide will explain when to tip and how much, and why tips – or la propina – are such an important part of Mexican life. In Mexico, the minimum wage is very low and many jobs do not have a salary at all. Workers, especially in the hospitality industries, rely heavily on tip...

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Mexico’s Copper Canyon

For an unusual winter break, how about a Mexican train ride? The Reader's Digest called Mexico's famous Copper Canyon railroad trip, "the most dramatic train ride in the western hemisphere". Even that description fails to do justice to the spectacular scenery and sightseeing along the line. The railroad was originally built to give southern Texa...

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Comparing Mortgage Rates in the U.S. and Mexico

How different are rates, costs and programs? As the Mexico resort real estate market continues to gain popularity among North Americans, one common theme exists: an increasing demand for insightful and relevant information among the entire Mexican resort real estate community, including developers, realtors, owners, resellers and potential buyer...

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Opinion: Yes We Can... Obama & Calderon

When I wrote last month's article about the need for the U.S. to take responsibility for the drug consumption side of the problem, I never expected that Hillary and Obama would get as involved in solving the problem as they have in the past few weeks. This is the beginning of a real solution. Good for them and great for us; we are two neighbors p...

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Buying New Construction: 9 Questions to Ask the Developer

When considering buying real estate from a developer in Mexico, it is important to understand the differences between how you might be accustomed to buying new construction in your country of origin, and what is common and legal in Mexico. Specifically, there are financial and title transfer considerations that you should take into account when buy...

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Import and Register your Car in Mexico

If you have a Mexican license, you cannot legally operate a US registered vehicle, whether it is registered to you or not. If you have a US license, you are only allowed to operate a Mexican plated vehicle registered to a car rental company. If you hold a FM2 immigration document, any vehicle registered to you should be plated in Mexico and you s...

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A Factura: The Official Tax Deductible Document

A factura is the legal receipt given for goods and services in Mexico that can be used for business expenses or for deductions in Mexico businesses. The receipts you receive from most vendors are not facturas but “Nota De Remission” (a simple receipt). You must generally ask for and or go to a special office, window (caja) or cashier to recei...

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Property Appraisals and Valuations - Interview with Bruce Greenberg

This month, Ventana Magazine had the privilege of interviewing Bruce Greenberg, an active real estate consultant in Mexico. His company, Valuaciones Montaña Verde has provided clients with its expertise and experience throughout Mexico since 1996. Montaña Verde has performed over 1,000 valuations and or consulting services for over 3,000 proper...

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Head South to Fill up your Tank

While driving through Mexico, there are many people asking about the price of gasoline (gasolina) and or diesel. The key fact of gasoline in Mexico us that all fuel PEMEX stations are operated and subsidized by the Mexican government. The price of gas is supposed to be the same throughout all of Mexico, but the government has chosen to allow f...

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Escaping and Working in Mexico

Of all the questions we get from our readers, currently the most common is: Can I move to Mexico and get a job? The answer to the first part of that question is easy. Yes, you can move to Mexico. The second part of that question is not as easy. We are hearing more and more from younger Americans who want to leave hearth and home behind and do...

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