House Hunting in Merida Part One
Looking for the perfect house for you and your family is never easy and it’s even harder when that house is in a foreign country. The process can be confusing and stressful but it can also be an enjoyable and educational experience. It all depends on your ability to plan and on the quality of advice and information you gather along the way. If you are looking into real estate in Merida, you need to find the right real estate agent. You could watch #HouseHuntersInternational or simply reach out to Merida Property Management!
One of the main reasons that people are moving to Merida is because it provides so many lifestyle choices. You can live on the Yucatan Gulf Coast in a beach house, in the historic centro in a restored colonial, in a mid-century “retro” home in the suburbs or even a modern home in on of the many new residential areas in north Merida. You can choose to live in a golf club community or a modern housing development. You can choose an apartment, a condo or a single-family home.
Merida is full of expatriates and many choose to live in the centro historico of the city. They are attracted to the authenticity of the buildings, the historic and graceful architecture or even the potential of renovating something abandoned or forgotten and turn it into something livable and beautiful. Colonial homes in centro can still be purchased for a bargain that reflect the old and the new. You can enjoy the tile work that was done a hundred years ago while having modern amenities like a gourmet kitchen.
Below are some things to think about when you are looking to buy a home in Merida.
- Think about the environment you want to look in. Location is key no matter where you look to buy a house. Think of locations that are important to you and what type of culture you are looking for. The perfect home can be a mistake if you are in an undesirable location so choose your location wisely.
- Figure out what you require in a house. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Do you want a swimming pool or large yard? Having a list of specifications that are important to you will help you to focus and save time in your search. The list will also be helpful to your realtor in planning houses that you will visit.
- Determine how much house you can afford. Most homes in this part of the world are bought for cash. Mortgages are not common and can be difficult and time-consuming to obtain.
- Choose a realtor that will look after your interests and is not only focused on making a sale. In Merida, there is no MLS system and any realtor can show a house. Check references and choose a realtor you feel comfortable with. Merida Property Management can help you with your house hunting efforts. We have qualified real estate agents who speak both Spanish and English and can help you find the perfect house for you.
With the rights preparation and help, buying a home in Merida and the Yucatan region can be a fun experience. At MPM we can help you with the process of finding and buying a home here. We can guide you and help you avoid costly mistakes.