Can Americans and Canadians own property in Mexico
Thinking of buying property in Mexico? See a list and get answers to some FAQ below.
Is it safe to travel to Puerto Penasco, Rocky Point, Mexico?
Yes, it is very safe to travel to Rocky Point Mexico from Arizona and California. My family and I travel to Rocky Point from Arizona, a 4 hour drive twice a month and never have had a problem. The roads are well maintained and marked. Just watch out for speed traps!
Can Americans and Canadians Own Property in Mexico?
Yes, Americans and Canadians can own property along the border and waterways through a Mexican Bank Trust. Within the interior of Mexico American and Canadians can own property outright.
Are Agents required to be licensed in Mexico?
In the State of Sonoran, Mexico all Real Estate agents must be licensed. Licensing classs are offered in Rocky Point every three years. Agents affiliated with a Real Estate Brokerage firm agree in writing to take the classes when offered. Kyle Wood with Realty Executives is a Lisensed State of Sonora Real Estate Agent License Number 602
If I buy property in Mexico, will I own the title?
Title to property along waterways and borders is held in a Mexican bank trust with the owner named as beneficiary
Is title insurance required and available?
Yes, title insurance can be purchased from several U.S. title companies including Stewart International. If you obtain a loan most lending institutions will require title insurance. However, title insurance is not required if you pay with cash.
What is a Bank Trust?
The Mexican Constitution prohibit non-Mexican Citizens from owning title to property along waterway and borders. Recognizing the importance of foreign investment, the Mexican Legislatature passed the foreign investment act which allows non-Mexican Citizens to own title to property through a Mexican Bank trust. A Mexican Bank is Trustee of the trust, the trust then holds title to the property. The trust is administered for the benefit of the owner.
What is the process for purchasing property in Mexico?
Make an offer with a standard AMPI contract, negotiate the contract, our Mexican attorney will file the paperwork to transfer title in the trust, trust is registered with the public registry in Rocky Point, Mexico
Can I open a Mexican Bank Account?
Yes, you can open a Mexican Bank account to transact Mexican Pesos and U.S. Dollars
Do I need a Mexican Visa to Travel and Work?
No, you do not need a Mexican Visa if your travel stay is shorter than 72 hours or within the "NO HASSLE ZONE". You must have a FMM to earning income in Mexico and you must have a Mexican Hacienda (IRS) number.
I'm thinking of buying a condo Mexico, what can I expect terms of closing costs?
Closing costs in Mexico are roughly 6-8% of total value of the property, which is paid by buyer.
How long can I expect the closing process to take?
The closing process will take approximatley 45 days if the existing trust and paperwork is in good order.
Can I rent out my property for income?
Yes, you can rent your property and receive income. You will need a Mexican Hacienda number and an FM3 to legally earn an income in Mexico. You must also pay Mexican income tax. Also, remember that if you do not use a rental management company, you are responsible for knowing the tenant laws of Mexico.