You've probably already noticed that this guide is being brought to you by Realty San Miguel, so this section on real estate is not
exactly unbiased. However, we've kept the shameless promotion to a minimum and our goal here is to provide the San Miguel newcomer with a starting point for buying real estate in this lovely town.
Since our inception in 2006, we have not only grown to be one of the largest agencies in San Miguel, but we have also
carefully hired and trained our agents; we believe you won't find a better team. Take a look at our many testimonials and referrals from past clients and you'll see why our motto is, "We could brag about our service and results… but we'll let our clients do it for us."
Many of our clients become curious about buying real estate while here on vacation, having succumbed to the "magic" of San Miguel. This curiosity often leads to subsequent trips and more serious consideration, until finally a decision is made to purchase a home.
As much as we appreciate vacationing clients who are hesitant to engage us because they don't want to "waste anyone's time," we believe you will find it helpful to meet with one of our agents no matter
what stage of the process you are in.
If you are just beginning to consider purchasing a home in San Miguel, you might find it helpful to have a brief meeting with one of our agents to get your questions answered, learn about the most important aspects of the purchasing process, and find out how owning a home in Mexico differs from owning a home in the US or Canada. As you become more sure that you
want to buy a home in San Miguel, you will probably find it helpful to take a tour with one of our agents.
The tour will generally include viewing two to three properties within your price range so that you have an idea of what San Miguel homes are like, and so that you can get a feel for the various colonias (neighborhoods) available. By spending some time on a tour, both you and your agent can focus your future efforts on the colonias that are the most desirable to you and eliminate the ones that are not.
Of course, if you are already sure that you would like to purchase a property in San Miguel, our agents are ready
to jump into action to help you find the perfect home. We have a very helpful tool on our website called Perfect World Search which will guide you in thinking beyond a home's basic characteristics, such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and help you
determine more specifically what other features you need
and want. Once you have submitted the questionnaire, we will connect you with an appropriate agent.
Here are some of the questions you can expect while completing the Perfect World Search:
- Do you want walking distance to Centro, or would you rather get more house for the same money by living a little further out?
- Do you need an office or a studio?
- How often will you have out of town guests?
- Do you have specific requirements for pets?
- Is it important for you to have a single level house, or are you fine with stairs?
- How do you entertain? Do you normally only have one or two people over at a time. or do you tend to have large parties?
Once you are ready to move toward a purchase, let one of our agents do the hard work for you. We will use all of our connections to help you find the home best suited to your needs and desires. These connections include but are not limited to: the local real estate association called "AMPI" (Asociación Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios), of which we are active members. AMPI provides weekly network meetings, an email group where client
needs can be posted and potential properties submitted directly to the agent, and the "MLS". MLS stands for the Multiple Listing Service, which is standard in the U.S. and Canada and makes all listings easily accessible to every AMPI member.
Through all of these avenues and the broad knowledge our agents have of what is available on the market, we will work hard to present to you the best properties that
suit your needs, whether they are our listings or those of another agency.
Although the vast majority of real estate transactions are completed smoothly, it isn't infrequent to encounter complications from a wide range of sources, including but not limited to: international wire transfers and currency exchange, negotiations of the price recorded on the deed, the ever changing nature of Mexican tax laws, and the manner in which the attorneys (notarios) who are authorized to close real estate transactions vary in their interpretation of those laws. There are also the matters of satisfying money laundering laws without raising red flags and managing third party escrow accounts.
Miguel is not rocket science, it is almost always a course that needs to be navigated with a knowledgeable agent working on your behalf.
The agents at Realty San Miguel are skilled at looking at all the pieces of the transaction
puzzle and putting them together in a way that best serves our clients. What's more, they are taught to anticipate and address any potential issues before they become problematic. In the event that particularly unusual or difficult circumstances do arise, we have a strong management team providing support, including the more senior members of our agency, as well as our own accountant and lawyer.
Ask around about our reputation, and we believe you will find that we are known for our honesty and forthrightness. We appreciate the opportunity to meet you and earn your business!
If you are looking for a vacation rental, we have a wide selection in a range of prices. Just look for vacation rentals in the navigation bar of our site, RealtySanMiguel.com.