August 2009 Newsletter

Island NEWS

~ COZUMEL ~
"The Island of Peace"


On July 13, 2009 Cozumel was named the "Island of Peace" at an award ceremony in Quintana Roo Park. This is the first time the flag has been awarded to an island. Cozumel being selected because it has "no record of any warlike conflict, from ancient Mayan times to today". Previous recipients have included the Dalai Lama and is awarded by the International Committee for the Banner of Peace; a non-governmental organization officially affiliated with the United Nations and headed by Dr. Alicia Rodriguez, the first Mexican woman to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The flag is a universal symbol with the purpose of achieving a better world and promoting respect for all people. With no religion or political ideology, the flag committee says its message is one of "integration and peace, with the purpose of achieving unity in diversity."

International Committee for the Banner of Peace


"Passing Medicare in Mexico"
- Mexico Real Estate Investment -



"The pressure to pass laws allowing the use of Medicare benefits in Mexico is growing stronger as the aging American population seeks a better quality of life south of the border...At this point in time, it is not a question of whether Medicare will come to Mexico, but when it will come - and the savvy real estate investor will work to ensure that that day comes soon!"

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"Resilient Tourism Market Sustains Demand for Mexican Resort Homes"
- Gregg Driggs, Mortgages in Mexico -

Things are looking up for Mexico's economy. Reports show that Americans are once again traveling to Mexico and local experts say the second-home market south of the border appears to be rebounding while the lower cost of living remains a powerful incentive for retirees.
 
San Diego, CA July 23, 2009 -- For the hundreds of thousands of North Americans living there, Mexico is a paradise. The lower cost of living, slower, simpler yet adventurous lifestyle has, over the years, convinced former tourists from the U.S. and Canada to buy a home of their own and stay.
 
Fortunately for the Mexican real estate brokers catering to American retirees, dramatic declines in international tourism last year didn't hit quite as hard with Americans still spending over $11 billion to go to Mexico. Travel Daily News reports that, in 2008, travel to Mexico grew by four percent while, at the same time, travel to Canada declined by a whopping seven percent. Tourism has always been the key to sparking interest by foreigners to buy Mexican resort real estate, says Max Katz, owner of a real estate brokerage in the Rosarito area of Baja California.
 
In fact, this year International Living magazine rated Mexico the No. 1 spot for retirees in 2009. Its 15th-annual retirement index rates countries for modern features, old-world charm, health, climate, infrastructure and cost of living. Given that 1/3rd of all retirees to Mexico are Canadian, the country's generally gentle climate remains a powerful attraction.
 
For others, a low living cost is key. Just five years ago, prices for oceanfront condos in northern Baja's year-round mild Mediterranean climate were as much as double what they are today. Now, lower home prices combined with a 30 percent lower cost of living and flexible financing is stimulating an upswing in interested home buyers along the Baja California coast.  Along with some other incentives it is hard for experienced buyers to pass up ."
 
Yesterday, the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, and the governor of Quintana Roo, Felix Gonzalez, formally dedicated the
Banyan Tree Mayakoba Resort, a $170 million project in the Riviera Maya. Mexico's strong appeal to tourists and corresponding interest
by foreigners to invest in Mexican resort real estate are bright spots Mexican political leaders support.
 
The spate of bad news in the U.S. news about Mexico did had negative impacts, according to Mitch Keenan, principal of Mexico International Real Estate, which specializes in Yucatán property.
 
"Press coverage about swine flu, drug cartels and economic problems has scared people," admits Keenan. "But thanks to appealing real estate and a good return on investment, the thriving American community here of part-time residents and retirees live a lifestyle far above what they can afford in the U.S."
 
It's American expatriates, who are spreading the word and encouraging their friends to consider a more relaxed style of life.

To Your Success!
Gregg


Gregg Driggs is a full-time representative living and working in Mexico. He has an extensive mortgage lending background in the United States.
For more information about Gregg and how he can help you please visit www.mortgagesinmexico.com
Email: gregg@mortgagesinmexico.com




NEW LISTINGS

LOTS LACA 10 y 11
15 Avenida Sur Bis between Calles 17 y 19 Sur

Two 12 X 18 Meter Lots side by side in Corpus Christi!!!!
This is a great neighborhood and a great opportunity lot to build your home.

Each Lot Size: 12m X 18m = 216m2
Total for both = 432m2

$560,000 MN - Each
$1,120,000 MN - for BOTH lots together


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HOT DEALS

CASA LALA
70 Avenida between Calle 7 y 11 Sur

Beautiful newer Mexican Hacienda with lovely fountain, pool, rinse tank, and dive gear storage area. 4-bedrooms, 4- bathrooms, 2-levels, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry, A/C mini-splits, great balcony overlooking the back yard, and parking for 1 car.
Huge garden, patio, and private pool with great rental potential. Every room is oversized and charmingly decorated - and yes, the furnishings are included!


Gorgeous and spacious, at a fantastic price, this is a MUST SEE property!
Low season special - For a Limited time this beautiful home may be yours for only

$309,000 USD
LOW SEASON SPECIAL!!!


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GRAN COSTA SUR
Luxury Oceanfront Condos

The newest and most luxurious project in Cozumel.
Located on the most beautiful sandy beach, just north of San Francisco Beach Club.
Penthouses enjoy 2-levels with private rooftop terrace and pool.
Amenities include: private beach club with large pool, covered outdoor lounge areas with restrooms & showers, gorgeous private sandy beach, Spa, and game room.


Pre-Construction Pricing
NOW STARTING AT .$310,000 USD


COME SEE OUR FURNISHED MODELS!!!
Agents on staff Monday - Friday between 2pm - 3pm
-or- make an appointment at your convenience!


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CASA PONTI
25 Av Sur between Calles 17 y 19 Sur - in Corpus Christi!

2-Bedrooms, 2-Baths, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Laundry Room, A/C. This is a block of town homes in an inexpensive HOA, with shared grounds and swimming pool.

Enjoy the feel of a private home with your yard and pool maintained for you!

$140,000 USD

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CASA PARAISO
SOUTH COAST HWY - COSTA DEL SOL KM. 12.8 - Costa Del Sol B3

BEAUTIFUL 4 bedroom, 4 bath luxury home in the exclusive Costa Del Sol gated community. This exquisitely decorated home comes with it's beautiful furnishings including lovely patio furniture. Enjoy 400 feet of white sand beach right outside your door, Infinity Pool and adjacent Wading Pool, Clubhouse with Exercise Facility, Banquet area with kitchen, 135 foot Pier for excursions to pick you up right at your door!
Quality construction with top quality finishes. Steady rental potential with property management available.

2950 S.FT., central A/C, laundry room, large terrace, covered parking, BBQ grill, outdoor shower, shared pool, and much more.

$850,000 USD
REDUCED - from $995,000 USD!

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CARIBE MEXICANA
OCEANFRONT & OCEANVIEW LOTS

Located on the North Coast of Cozumel Island, this quiet new development is perfect for building your dream home.
With underground electricity, buying a Caribbean oceanfront for your home, vacation rental, or for investment is now within your reach.


New Reduced Prices!

Contact Cozumel Living
for more information today!


LOT 1
- OCEANFRONT -



$400,000 USD - NEGOTIABLE
Lot Dimensions:

18.75m X 100m = 1875m2

LOT 2
- OCEANFRONT -



$550,000 USD
Lot Dimensions:

18.75m X 100m = 1875m2

LOT VISTA DELFINES
- OCEANFRONT -



$500,000 USD
Lot Dimensions:

20m X 100m = 2000m2


LOT 6
- OCEANVIEW -



$84,500 USD
Lot Dimensions:

20m X 34m = 680m2

LOT 11
- OCEANVIEW -



$81,000 USD
Lot Dimensions:

20m X 34m = 680m2

LOT 14
- OCEANVIEW -



$81,000 USD
Lot Dimensions:

20m X 34m = 680m2


PUNTA NORTE - SUITE 1A
- OCEANVIEW -

PUNTA NORTE - Homes by the Sea is a coastal residential gated community under development located in the north end of the island, commonly known as North hotel zone. It has an existing Home Owners Association with by-laws and restrictions regarding construction, focused at preserving it as a VERY high end residential community. The complex is located within 1/2 mile of a PGA Golf Course (Cozumel's only golf course) and 100 yards from the waterfront.

The site is off Barracuda reef. An existing 15 ft wide easement guarantees permanent access to the beach.
This home is within a layout that includes ten homes of 3000+ sq.ft. each.

Residential Style: 2 1/2 Story "Cozumel Contemporary" , 3-Bedrooms, 3.5-Bathrooms
Garage: Double, Attached "Palapa roof"
Basement: Yes, Crawl "anti flooding"
Size: 3,300 sq. ft. "aprox."
Lot Type: Corner
Lot Size: 4154 sq. ft. 62ft x 67ft
Taxes: $300.00 USD (2008)
Condo Fees: $80.00 USD

$425,000 USD




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"FIESTA Cozumel 2009"



Join us for the 2nd Annual Fiesta Cozumel on Tuesday, August 4th at Playa Azul Beach Club, from 6pm - 10pm.
Enjoy an evening of live entertainment featuring Sonny Winters, Chad & the CBC Trio, and more!
Admission: $5 USD or $70 pesos with Live Music & Free Beer!

*Food and other beverages available for purchase.


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International Living
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If you would like additional information on these or any other properties, please don't hesitate to contact us!!!


Nancy Edwards - Broker
Email: nancy@cozumelliving.com
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August 2009 K. Rauschl