Buying a Home at Lake Chapala Mexico: Do you Have the Tools You Need? Smarter than Your Average Bird

September 10, 2010

Buying a Home at Lake Chapala Mexico: Do you Have the Tools You Need?  Smarter than You Average Bird

Buying a home in Mexico, as you might expect is a bit different than in the USA or Canada.

Yes, you can own your home here by a direct deed in your name just like in the USA or Canada.

Yes, You can get title Insurance (although most folks do not) like in the USA or Canada.

Yes, the offer and acceptance docs can be in English.

Yes, You can get Full coverage Insurance (most owners do not however)

But, since there is no formal licensing requirement in Mexico anybody  and his brother in law can sell real estate.

That’s why it’s so important to use a GIL (Lake Chapala Real Estate Group) or in Spanish “Grupo Inmobilario del Lago” professional Realtor.

These come in two varieties. Those Realtors who list and sell homes and those who have chosen to forgo a large part of the commission possible and focus only on representing buyers.  Eliminating built in ‘conflicts of interest’.

There are just 5 of us in the entire Lake Chapala GIL network.

Four (4) of the Five of us have come together to form what we call “The Dream Team” and we’ve associated ourselves with what we feel is the best Brokerage firm in business here… Lake Chapala Real Estate.

Now, watch these short videos (just 3 min. 8 seconds total time)  and see if you can make the connections with the main points in the videos and what a professional Buyer’s Only Realtor can do for you.

I’ll explain the connection just after the videos, but for now enjoy the videos I call. “Smarter than Your Average Birds”.

Well, I think you see the connection I’m making here. A professional Buyer’s Only Realtor is smarter than Your average bird (not to imply that the other Realtors are bird brained at all. They too are smarter than your average bird,,, but they use their skills, talents and abilities in the seller’s behalf not in your behalf.
So let one of our Dream Team of Exclusive Buyer’s Only Realtors help you by making a new tool if necessary to get the prize as in the second video …
or to help you crack the tough nuts while keeping you cautious and safe like the crow in the first video by only venturing into the busy road while the light gave protection for the crosswalk.

Want to know more. Just send me an en e mail to and help me out by making the subject line “Smart Bird” to make you e mail stand out among the hundreds I get because I want to answer it as soon as possible.
All for now. Siempre tu amigo,

  • Barbara

    Would you please give me the names of the “dream team” members? I have been communicating with someone who claims to be a “buyer’s only” agent. Thanks.

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Barbara,

    The Dream Team members Judy MArtin, Barbara Garding, and Paul Hopkins (on leave to Canada currently) and of course yours truly.

    There is only one other local Realtor I’m aware of who hold himself out as a Buyers Only Realtor. There may be others, but I’m not aware of them.

    I think that well see more and more such agents. It just makes sense to have someone looking out for your interests.

    Our MLS group called Groupo Inmobliario del Lago (GIL) doesn’t differentiate between regular agents and buyers only agents.

    Hope this helps. Send me a e mail to if you’d like to discuss the topic more.

    All for now, Sid

  • http://RetireNowPlan Barbara Work

    Hi Sid, My husband and I are coming to Chapala Oct 8, 2010 for one week. I’ve been reading your website and am interested in finding out how we can retire in the area. We hope you’re not blowing it out of proportion, because we have very high expectations! Ha!

    Seriously, we’d like to see homes and hear all about your paradise.

    Please let me know if you would be available for us.

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Barbara, Thanks for your nice comments.

    We’ll do our best to give you the straight scoop.

    Looking forward to meeting you and your other half.

    All for now, Siempre tu amigo, Sid

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