Whether you are renting or buying a new home in San Miguel de Allende you likely have questions about utilities and what you need to do to set them up. Basic utilities everyone needs are electricity, gas, phone, internet, and water. If you are renting some of these are automatically set up for your home, but you may be responsible for arranging others. [Read more…]
When it comes time to sell your home hopefully it has received regular maintenance and upgrades to furniture, curtains, appliances so that it strikes buyers as a place they can move in to right away. But in reality, this often isn’t the case. So is it a good idea to start renovating rooms, adding new granite counters, replacing outdated furnishings to get the best price for your home? Unless you plan to tackle the whole house, doing piecemeal improvements probably won’t pay off in terms of your final sale price.
If renovating your entire home isn’t in the cards, don’t start fixing individual spaces unless they are literally in such bad condition they will shock the buyer. Here are three simple things you can do to improve your home and add value right away.
Finding a home or apartment to rent in San Miguel de Allende can be challenging, especially if you are looking for someplace to live long term. As San Miguel de Allende continues to receive recognition for being a great city to visit, many homes that once rented long term have been converted to vacation rentals. Finding an affordable long term rental can be a real challenge.
Before choosing a long-term rental, we recommend you visit San Miguel de Allende and familiarize yourself with the different neighborhoods. Prices for rentals vary dramatically depending on the neighborhood. A small home in Centro may rent for more than $2,000 US monthly, but for that money, you can find a spacious home with gardens, pool, and views just a ten-minute drive or bus away. So knowing your neighborhoods is important. [Read more…]
The Real Estate market in San Miguel de Allende has shown significant gains for investors after the US recession in 2008. It has become one of the top destinations for buying a second home by US and Canadian residents. There are a number of reasons which make San Miguel de Allende an obvious choice for retirees, young expats, and real estate investors.
Its world heritage status by UNESCO, Most livable city in the world tag, pleasant weather, thriving culture, colonial architecture and high tourist influx makes it a great place for Mexican and US buyers to invest. The cost of buying land here varies, depending upon whether it is located in Centro or the surrounding area. Centro is one of the most desirable areas to visit in San Miguel de Allende and is full of activity, the cost of property here is around $1,400 US per square meter. But outside of Centro Historico you can find properties that are 10-15 minutes walking distance from Centro at an affordable price range of $250-$500 per square meter. [Read more…]
Every foreigner arrives in Mexico with their own expectations of what life will be like here. We live in San Miguel de Allende and your experience here will be different from other areas in Mexico because of the large population of Expats. Communicating in San Miguel de Allende is fairly easy because most people you interact with in stores and restaurants speak some English, but beyond communicating, there are going to be many differences to adapt to. Some people adjust easily to a different culture and others will find the differences more challenging to live with. [Read more…]
Money and Getting the Best Exchange Rate in Mexico
An important consideration for both tourists visiting Mexico and Expats living in Mexico full time is what is the best way to access your foreign currency, and receive the best exchange rate while doing so. The answer is different if you are just wanting spending money for a day of shopping, or if you need a large sum because you are preparing to purchase a property here in San Miguel de Allende. [Read more…]