One reason San Miguel de Allende is such a popular destination for visitors and expats is its schedule of events and activities that run throughout the year. It’s because there is so much to do here that people from around the world are choosing to purchase real estate for sale in San Miguel de Allende and live here part time or even full time. Whether you are attracted to outdoor activities, classical music, fine art, writing, fine dining, or travel, or all of these things, you can find activities in San Miguel de Allende that are right for you. This article takes a look at just a few of our favorite annual events and activities that draw people to San Miguel de Allende and help to make the city such an interesting place to visit or live.[Read more…]
The path to home ownership in San Miguel de Allende is not the same for everyone. My husband and I moved to San Miguel de Allende 3 years ago and like many others, we had a dream of owning a home. The challenge for us was we weren’t finding what we wanted available on the market. There were plenty of beautiful homes for sale, but finding the right combination of a home we loved, location, and a price we could afford was proving really difficult. Then one day while reading the local English newspaper I spotted an ad for a generous sized lot at a price I knew was below market for the neighborhood. We called on the lot, a professional realtor gave a tour, and a week later we made an offer and bought the land. [Read more…]
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 put your home for sale in San Miguel de Allende 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. Here are some tips to staging your home in San Miguel de Allende. Is it a good idea to start renovating rooms, adding new granite counters, replacing outdated furnishings to get the best price for your home?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 in San Miguel de Allende 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, pleasant weather, thriving culture, colonial architecture and popularity as a tourist destination make 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 buy real estate in San Miguel de Allende and is full of activity. The cost of property in Centro Histórico is around $2,000 US per square meter. But outside of Centro Histórico you can find properties that are 10-15 minutes walking distance from Centro at a more affordable price range of $250-$500 per square meter. [Read more…]