What 2 Things You Must Do to Begin a New Life at Lake Chapala?

July 17, 2013

Number 1: Do your homework.
If you’ve not subscribed yet to www.ChapalaClub.com then do so to keep up with what’s going on at Lake Chapala.
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Number 2: Come to Lake Chapala for a Check Us out Visit of 10 days to 2 weeks or more if you can get away for longer.
That's it. It really is that simple.
The "homework" stage is very important. There’s an overload of information about Lake Chapala. The difficult part is separating the hype from the reality.
There’s really no need for the hype because the real truth is almost as good as the hype. But, some of the truth may be a deal killer for you. Lake Chapala is not just like the USA or Canada, but everything is cheaper and better.
Most things are less expensive, but not everything. Find out the cost of things important to you. Those things may cost more, but balance this with costs of all the other things we all have to have like food, housing costs, gasoline, utilities etc.
Some Mexican products are not as good as in the USA or Canada but many are better.
Most things that are labor intensive (cleaning houses, restaurant food, yard work) are relatively very low cost. House keepers and gardeners earn $4 USD or less per hour for example.
The trick is finding information and resources about the things important to you from sources you can trust.
That’s where our Exclusive Buyer’s Only Realtor Services come into play. There are now only 3 of us out of well over 120 real estate agents.
You need someone exclusively on “Your Side” without divided loyalties, that may omit things important to you about a given house or area because their job is to sell that house they listed and you’re looking at.
My team and I do not represent both sides. We don’t earn more to sell a home listed by the broker we use to close our sales either.
Do, we earn as much money as the Realtors who do list homes. More than some, but less than many… but we have referral clients and tons of testimonials… and we sleep very well.
We’ve discovered tricks and tips by living here and we pass these along to you. We also will share what some would call trade secrets for how to get the absolute lowest price for any property you might be interested in.
But, we’re more than just real estate people. We want to be you new best friend here and can help with all sorts of other things related to living or retiring at Lake Chapala.
For example:
  • What are your residency options? The rules are changing. What visas do you qualify for?
  • What area at Lake Chapala fits you and your lifestyle best?
  • Meantime, how can you find a place to rent?…
  • What are the day-to-day living costs (for the kind of lifestyle you know you'll want to lead?)
  • What sort of health care is available (and can you live with it)?
  • How much Spanish will you need? How will you learn it?
  • How will you stay in touch with family and friends back home?
  • How will you open a bank account…pay your electric bill…pay your credit card bills…insure your car?

There's so much to think about. Once you focus on one detail, dozens more naturally spring to mind… Every question answered leads to many, many new questions to be addressed…

Please don’t let this list overwhelm you. We see our job as much more than helping you with a real estate purchase. We’re your relocation special assistant as well.

Just because our advice is free to you (if you’re our client) doesn’t mean it’s not very, very valuable.
Could you figure these things out on your own? Yes, probably, but it would take a good deal of time and you could make some costly mistakes along the way.
Just listen to our advice and then ask others armed with what we’ve shared and make up your own mind what’s right for you.
Do we know it all? No, I’m still learning new things after living here for over 10 years and visiting regularly before that. But you don’t have to learn how to reinvent the wheel, because……
We are looking forward to this helping you with your new adventure.
Just send me an e mail to Sid@ChapalaClub.com with the subject line, “New Adventure” so I can find it in the hundreds of e mails I get each day because I want to respond to you as soon as possible.
That’s All for now. Tu Amigo, Sid
  • Arlene Cooney

    Sid has always been there from the beginning of our adventure here and he is still there whenever we need any help or have any questions and we are not comfortably settled in our new home in Ajijic.

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