Frequently Asked Questions for Mexico Real Estate

General Questions

Can Americans or foreigners own property in Mexico?

Yes, non-Mexicans may obtain direct ownership of property in Mexico. Mexican law states that properties within the 50 km of the ocean and 100 km of any border must be acquired via bank trust or establishment of a Mexican Corporation.

Can I own property near or in front of the ocean?

Yes, it’s possible for foreigners to acquire through a bank trust or a Mexican Corporation.

Can the mexican government take your property?

Foreigners express worry about their land being taken by the Mexican government. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico may not expropriate property, except for a public purpose. The same as “Eminent Domain” in the U.S.

What are my mexico property rights?

The bank trust is a legal substitute for fee simple ownership, but in many cases, the trustee is the legal holder of the property. As beneficiary, you have the right to sell your property without restriction. You may also transfer your rights to a third party or pass it on to named heirs.

Do you need a Temporary Resident Visa to buy property in Mexico?

To acquire property, it is not necessary to possess a Temporary Resident Visa. In fact, anyone on a Tourist Visa in Mexico, can buy property. If you sign a contract, rent a house or condo, buy a house or condo, or lease property, you are no longer a “tourist” and should apply for a Temporary Resident Visa.

How long can a foreigner stay in Mexico per year?

On arrival to Mexico you receive Tourist Visa allowing you to remain in Mexico for up to 180 days without working. If you are in your home country you can apply for a Temporary Resident Visa valid for a 12-month period and can be renewed for up to four years.

What is a Tourist Visa in Mexico?

Visa obtained when you first enter into Mexico. It can be continually be renewed by simply leaving Mexico within the 180-day period, and then re-entering.

What is a Temporary Resident Visa in Mexico?

A document for anyone to live part time in Mexico. To get a Temporary Resident Visa, you must prove you are financially independent, or meet requirements to be able to work or own a business in Mexico. With a monthly income more than $1,000 USD plus another $500 USD for each dependent. If you own property in Mexico, the amount of income required is reduced by half roughly.

What is a Permanent Resident Visa in Mexico?

This document is for someone who intends to permanently reside in Mexico. After four years of successfully meeting the requirements of Temporary Resident Visa (including restricted time out of Mexico), one may apply for “Inmigrado” status, which allows you to enjoy most of the rights and privileges of a Mexican citizen, the primary exception being the right to vote.

If I want to sell my Mexican property, can anyone buy it?

Yes, you can sell anyone either Mexican or Non-Mexican. Non-Mexican would require to set up a bank trust as per usual.

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