High cost of living got you down? But don’t want to leave the comforts and convenience of home?
Maybe it’s time to start thinking about relocating…and living Mexico. Here’s why:
• Right now, the peso to dollar value is at an all-time high—your dollar goes farther than ever on everything from food and beverages to household supplies to Mexican real estate. And have no worries about the Mexican economy. It’s among the top 12 economies in the world, despite the global recession, and we expect it to stay that way.
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There are two more reasons why this is the best time in your lifetime to consider a move to Mexico. But first….
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Two more compelling reasons to check out Mexico right now:
• The recession has created a buyer’s market. Before the recession there was a real estate boom in Mexico, especially among foreign buyers of vacation homes. Property prices rose, although they were never super inflated as they were in the U.S. (And since most properties in Mexico aren’t mortgaged, there is no reason for prices to fall as drastically as we’ve seen in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Today, with fewer people shopping for real estate, sellers in Mexico are willing to negotiate more on price and toss in enticing incentives…like covering association fees for one to five years, throwing in appliance and furniture packages, offering lucrative lease-back options, etc.
• The mainstream media has painted an unfair picture of Mexico. Media coverage of violence in Mexico has kept some tourists and potential retirees at home. It’s not a fair picture. While some areas—primarily along the border and in a few other pockets of drug activity—are genuinely dangerous, most of the country remains very safe. But until foreign buyers return en masse, there’s a window of opportunity…
Why you might want to live in Mexico:
√ Mexico is the closest retirement haven to the U.S. This may not seem like a big deal, but the convenience of a short plane ride makes all the difference in the world when you want to get back home to family and friends or attend to business matters. Flights to and from Mexico are plentiful and inexpensive and most take less time than a coast-to-coast U.S. flight. If you want to, you can easily and safely drive here.
√ Getting a resident visa in Mexico is easier than in any other country. You may think Panama, Belize, and Costa Rica have easy resident requirements. Well, forget everything you think you know about obtaining a visa anywhere else. The Mexican government has made it very easy for foreigners to live here. You’ll find the requirements are easier to meet and less restrictive than practically anywhere else.
√ Mexico has a first-class retiree benefits program. As mentioned above: not only is it easy to get a visa in Mexico, but foreigners who are age 60 or older, with a valid Mexico resident visa are eligible for Mexico’s Personas Adultas Mayores benefits program.
The program offers discounts on a wide range of services, including health-related services (hospitals, doctors’ visits, lab tests, medical devices, pharmacies, and dental work); cultural activities like theater tickets and entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites; transportation and accommodation, including airline tickets, buses, car rentals and purchase; and at hotels and many stores. Discounts can range from 5% to 50% off the full price of the good or service.
√ The cost of living in Mexico is low, low, low. With rapidly rising fuel, health care, food, taxes, and travel costs, it’s nice to know there are still places where you can live well without burning through your savings. Mexico is one of those special places. Here, you can still enjoy a lifestyle that’s all but unaffordable for most Americans and Canadians. The cost of real estate is far, far lower than it is in the U.S. and Canada. Could you find a beachfront condo in the U.S. for less than $100,000? A home smack on the beach for less than $150,000? You can in Mexico. And you can live very well here on just $2,000 per month or less.
And yes, foreigners can legally own property in Mexico, including beachfront. Learn more in our FREE Special Report.
√ You can get full-coverage health insurance in Mexico for less than $1 per day. Hospitals and health care providers in Mexico are of excellent quality. Many doctors were trained in the U.S. or Europe and they speak English. Private health insurance, (through a major global provider) costs one-fourth to one half what you might pay in the U.S. Doctors’ visits and common medical procedures in Mexico, too, cost about one-fourth to one-half of what they do in the U.S., so many expats just pay out of pocket. But get this: if you have a resident visa, you can get health coverage through IMSS (Instituto Nacional de Seguro Social). There’s no age limit for signing up. This full-coverage health insurance runs from about $100 a year for children and adolescents, up to almost $300 for those over 60—and it includes prescription medications.
√ Taxes are lower than low. Taxes are a fact of life, we all know that. And like all countries, Mexico levies a value-added tax on goods and services. (The VAT is 16% in most of the country and 11% along the border.) But other taxes are practically non-existent. The annual property taxes for a home that costs $100,000, for example, will cost between $50 and $150! Unless you’re working here, you probably won’t pay income taxes. But if you are working…and you’re self employed or working for a Mexico company or corporation or other foreign company…you can legally exempt up to $84,500 in income on your U.S. taxes…for both you and your spouse!
There’s much more to know about Mexico, of course, especially if you’re planning to live there. And International Living can help. We’ve been researching and writing about living better overseas for 30 years now. We have correspondents all over the world who tell us what life is like (and how inexpensive retirement can be) in the countries they live in. In our free daily e-letter and every month in the pages of our International Living magazine, we tell you about inexpensive places – like Mexico – to live and retire.
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