Doing Business with Mexico

By Cynthia Fauth

Mexico’s millionaires aren’t making headlines the way China’s have been, but don’t count them out in terms of significance when it comes to international real estate. As NAR’s 2013 “Spotlight” country, Mexico has proven itself a worthy destination for expatriates who are looking for a great climate, affordability, and a safe investment. During the Making Money with Mexico session at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, we learned why.

As Linda Neil, NAR President’s Liaison to Mexico, pointed out: people outside of Mexico think of it as a third world country – and this could not be further from the truth. “Mexico’s economy, business and investment climate, quality of life, and rich opportunities are very much first world!” Neil said.

Mexico is second only to Brazil as Latin America’s largest economy, and it has been climbing for several years now. Predictions are that over the next decade, Mexico will surpass Brazil and become one of the emerging markets’ most dynamic economies. According to Carla Hills, U.S. Trade Representative, Mexico’s reserves are healthy, and it is ranked by the World Bank as the best place for doing business in Latin America.

“The growth of the Mexican economy over the past 10 years has been significant, and Mexico’s smart fiscal governance and position in the global marketplace has been quietly impressing financial analysts and market watchers for some time now,” Neil said. “These positive attributes are projected to continue amid a pattern of consistent growth and stability over the next decade, making Mexico a very viable market for international investment.”

With low wages, and close geographic access to both the North America and Asia-Pacific markets, Mexico is emerging as a major manufacturing and industrial power, leading some to call Mexico the new China.

Facts & Figures

  • Mexico is the 8th most visited country in the world, and the number one foreign vacation destination for Americans and Canadians.
  • 23.4 million international tourists visited Mexico in 2012, representing over $11 billion in revenues.
  • Mexico is the U.S. and Canada’s number one international destination for vacation home purchases.
  • Over 1 million foreigners own property in Mexico, helping to make its vacation home market a multi-billion dollar industry.

Mercy Duenas, is a relocation specialist from Trilenium Real Estate in Guadalajara. Known as Mexico’s Silicon Valley, Guadalajara has experienced (and continues to experience) significant growth. She shared tips on relocating to Mexico that included:

  1. Don’t believe everything you hear about a market – it falls on you (and your client) to investigate.
  2. Check the expat forums – they are full of advice and experiences from expats and the agents who have helped them.
  3. You don’t have to live where everybody else lives! Don’t just think of the resort areas. There are many beautiful parts of Mexico, and each area has its own charm. Look beyond the pricey resorts!
  4. Keep your family in mind – will you be able to see them, is your location easily accessible?
  5. You’re not in Kansas anymore! Mexico is a different country with different laws and a different culture. It’s not the “same old thing” – but it’s an interesting and fun place to live!
  6. Get involved and volunteer – it’s the best way to learn the culture and be part of your community.
  7. Try to learn Spanish, especially if you are relocating and living there full time! Don’t expect that people will speak English – many do not, and you should make an effort to speak their native language.
  8. You are representing your country when you move to another country. Remember that, and represent them well!

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One comment

  1. The truth is that Mexico is a small country, and one that is teaching their students and businesses the international language “English”. With two years of Spanish in high school and some 35 years visiting Mexico, I never have spoken Spanish.

    Once China enters Mexico and makes investments in new businesses, they will be bringing their own workers from China, because they do not have sufficient jobs in China for all their workers. then soon, Mexican students and business will be learning Mandarin .

    Look at in Africa and other countries. U.S. Soma is another example. Mandarin is also being taught in the U.S., due to all the businesses and property being purchased in exchange for the U.S. treasury bonds purchases by China. Most big houses in America are being purchased by Chinese with cash. There are several houses on my block that have been so purchased, and in years they have not moved in.

    They have so much money to invest, that they just buy and leave the property vacant. Much of the officials in San Francisco are Asian, and Asians are moving into all the good areas in the city. Chinese products fill the stores, as they have for some time in Mexico.

    Consider the number of Chinese with advanced educational degrees. Even in the U.S., they as a group represent the upper level of academic achievement in schools here.. Be careful what you ask for, for you will be surprised what you will get, and you may not like it.

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