Podcast 28: Retire in Mexico: Buying Real Estate Tips in Puerto Vallarta and other coastal Mexican Cities


Overcome your fears and retire in Mexico! The guest on this episode of Modern Aging is real estate agent Taniel Chemsian. You may have seen him on  HGTV’s House Hunters International!  Taniel shares tips on how to buy a house in Mexico and most importantly, things you need to be aware of before you purchase real estate.  

Whether you buy a house in Puerto Vallarta or some other Mexican city, there are some steps you should know about the home purchasing process. The purchasing process in Mexico is not the same as the process in Mexico. For example, a notary in Mexico is not like a notary in the U.S. Just about anybody can be a notary in the U.S., but in Mexico, a notary is appointed by the governor of that state, is an attorney, has a law firm for at least 35 years, and has worked for notary’s office for at least 3 years. So, when you get something notarized in Mexico, it is a big deal – not just a stamp from any notary in the U.S. 

There is a lot to learn about purchasing a home in Mexico and you can start by listening in on Risa and Taniel’s conversation on this episode. Taniel also has a buyer’s guide that covers the basics of the purchasing process, closing costs, what to look for in a purchase agreement, frequently asked questions, and much more. If you’re interested in Taniel’s guide, contact him through his website at www.tanielchemsian.com for more information.

What’s in this episode

1:45 Buying a house in Mexico

2:27 What to know before buying

3:50 Inheritance of property 

5:51 Payment and finances

6:50 Allocation for closing costs

9:49 Being aware of scams

11:18 Finding an AMPI 

12:00 Being cautious 

13:54 Hiring an attorney

14:15 Notary in Mexico

15:46 Co-ops and condos

16:22 Property tax 

18:00 Renting a condo

18:48 Purchase sale agreement

19:30 How long it takes to close

20:38 Photographic inventory

21:15 Home inspectors

21:42 Liquidating employees

23:43 Taniel’s buying guide

About Taniel

Taniel Chemsian is a Senior Sales Associate at Timothy Real Estate Group, representing some of the finest properties and condominium developments in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Taniel specializes in matching luxury clientele with the perfect second homes vacation getaways, income properties, and retirement residences, Taniel helps make his client’s goal a reality.


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