How to Get Into & Out of Hot Water at Lake Chapala Ajijic, Mexico

January 27, 2010

How to Get Into & Out of Hot Water at Lake Chapala Ajijic, Mexico

First, the good way to get into hot water here at Lake Chapala Ajijic , Mexico is to go to the small Mexican village of San Juan Cosala which lies on the North shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico between the Ajijic and Jocotepec.

This area has natural thermal hot water from deep within the earth. Some of the homes in the upscale community nearby, “The Raquet Club” even have thermal water piped right to their home so they always have hot water at the ready for household use… and it’s free.

Down in the village of San Juan Cosala you’ll find a number of spas, pools, restaurants and all types of massages to sooth away any aches and pains you may have or just to make you feel totally relaxed and at peace with the World.

Here’s a video of just one of them.

There’s something for everyone at this place.

Massages include Relaxing, Deep Tissue, Thai, Hot Stones, Lovers, 4 Hands, Shoulder and Neck , Feet and Hawaiian.

Do you crave even more luxury for a lot less than it would cost up North. Why not indulge in a

Manicure, Pedicure, a body wrap, facial or all four.

No need to go elsewhere for lunch because Ruben’s Grill restaurant is located inside the premises of Villa Bordeaux.

Now here’s a tip: The various “balnearios”  are quite competitive and can be a little eager to convince you their place is the best one.

So, while I just mentioned the one place you may want to shop around a little to choose the one that suits you best. They’re all grouped pretty much together and  you can walk from one to another until you find the one you like best.

The Bad Way to Get Into Hot Water

Now, here’s the kind of “hot water” you want to stay away from!  Using unaffiliated real estate offices.

Best to use  a real estate firm which is a member of GIL (Our professional local Realtor group) which has a written and enforced Code of Ethics and is associated with the National Board of Realtors in the USA, and which provides regular training to its Realtor members, and whose members are all also members of AMPI (Mexico’s National Professional Realtor Group).

There’s no government licensing of real estate agents in Mexico so Buyer Beware is in order.

I suggest that you take your caution one very important step further however and find  an Exclusive Buyers Only Realtor representative like yours truly.

You see, 99.9% of our GIL Realtors are dual agents and represent both buyers and sellers.

I’m a reformed dual agent. I was never comfortable trying to represent both buyer and seller, even though I dutifully tried to be fair to both.

I found that I was uncomfortable with the built in conflict of interest… so I switched to an Exclusive Buyer’s Only Realtor Representative.

Yes, I gave up the potential to earn double the amount I might have earned, but…

I find that my clients are much better served now and I feel much better about helping them and can pour all my knowledge, experience and energy into helping them and being their advocate.

The Seller has their Agent. You Should Have Yours !

If I sound like the kind of person you want looking after your best interests… please e mail me for more information about any aspect of living in our beautiful and affordable area of Lake Chapala Ajijic.

One more thing: I hate pushy sales people. So “pushy” is not part of my vocabulary as applied to my clients.

I understand that my first job is to answer all your questions honestly and forthrightly to help you decide if our area is even right for you.

Honestly, it’s not right for everyone. I’ll tell you like it is with all the warts and you can make the call.

So contact me when the time is right for you. I’m as close as your keyboard

  • kamla beaulieu

    Hola Sid
    I am a retired single woman, currently living in Maui hawaii. i would like to try living in lake Chapala for 1 year. i am looking for long term rental. My limit is between 600-1000$ us.
    Kamla Beaulieu

  • Marty

    Would really like to be put in touch with Kamla, as we are looking at Hawiia and Lake Chapala as well. Would like to be able to touch base with someone who has experienced both. Would like to know her first impression on arrival. I hope to come fairly soon to see for my self as well. Have not commited to a real esate agent yet am shopping around. Would be interested in speaking with you. 780-584-2112 Canada

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Marty, Thanks for your comments. I’m publishing your comments so folks who have been to Hawaii and Lake Chapala
    may see your comments and respond. I’ve not been to Hawaii but those I’ve talked to who have or even lived there tell me here is better in so many ways there’s not room here to list them all… and besides as you say it’s best to get first hand accounts.

    Let me know when I can help. I look forward to helping you on your terms in the way you feel comfortable with. My style is to give you the facts, share my personal expeirences both good and bad about living here at Lake Chapala Ajijic Mexico .. and if you conclude our area might be right for you then I want to smooth the way, to use my skills and knowledge here about real estate and all things related to be sure you have a good experience.

    Thanks again for your thoughts. SIempre tu amigo, Sid

  • Info

    Hi Sid,
    I have a home in the Chapala area. I do realize you are a buyer’s agent but wondered if you might know an honest agent who would be interested in representing a modest property in the San Miguel area. We have beautiful views.
    I have had a difficult time finding a sellers agent. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have. Anna

  • Fran Yates

    Considering Lake Chapala area for Jan – Feb. each year, as the cold here in Mississippi, can be terrible combined with the humidity.  Could you tell me if the locals will rent an apt with one or two bedrooms for only two months each year and about how much will we have to pay per month.

    Thanks for your help,
    Fran Yates

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