They told us of friends who were threatened by violence for taking issues to the courts, others who lost titles to their land through corruption, and much more. Dissatisfaction with Mexican authorities over poor treatment and lack of concern for expatriates has recently led to organized protests in the Lake Chapala area and has been brought to the attention of the media throughout Mexico.
With all these legal woes, the Andersons are concerned about their property and rights should the unspeekable happen. Having spoken to neighbor and former San Diego probate attorney , the mexican laws are quite different than those of the US. Should one of them pass away, their legal US will, may or may not be honored and inheritance law is different in Mexico.
Likely, it would be carried out in a less than fovorable way for expats. Fed up and want to move Stephen is a diabetic with a previous heart attack. Two, selling their home at anywhere near what they have put into it is problematic. If the house would sell soon, they might consider moving to Texas, near the border, so they could continue to access the much lower cost of Mexican medical care and prescriptions.
Medical care — one of the bright spots As unhappy as Stephen is with Mexican corruption and scams, he raves about the cost and quality of Mexican health care. As an example, his daughter was recently in an accident in Oregon and has no health insurance. Most local doctors are well trained and they, and their staff, speak excellent English. The quality of care is great — in fact, doctors still make house calls. Hospitals in Guadalajara are first world class. Just this week, after taking insulin shots twice a day for the last 16 years, he no longer has to do so.
Other costs Real estate taxes are low in Mexico.
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Electric rates are among the highest in the world — so high that some people have written they use only 1 bulb at a time in their homes and even unplug their refrigerator at night. Stephen provides an excellent cost breakdown of their actual expenses in his book. Best reasons to move to Mexico: Weather at least in the Lake Chapala area Lower medical costs combined with a healthier lifestyle. Lower taxes People can afford a maid and a gardener.
Everyone is looking for bribes from the cops to the courts to the governmental officials. Although drug related violence has not been an issue in the Lake Chapala and Guadalajara areas in the past, it is now becoming one. Home invasions have become a bigger concern as these now often take place when people are home and are increasing in violence. Stephen has designed his home to keep intruders out: using walls, dogs, bars on all the windows, security system, motion detectors, etc.
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He freely admits he is never more than a few feet away from a gun at home. Both violent and non-violent crimes are on a rapid increase as the economy gets worse and emigration slows down. Bottom line Anderson does not want to steer people away from retiring or moving to Mexico. Rather, he simply wants to make them aware of the pitfalls lurking around the beautiful parts of the country. He believes that in order to make the right decision about where to retire, whether in Mexico or somewhere else, individuals need honest advice and facts from someone who has lived it.
His book is the first of its kind to reveal the truth about life here. He believes that after reading it many people will decide that retirement in the US is a far better and safer life. Comments: What do you think — after reading this would you still consider a move to Mexico or other foreign country? Maybe you already live in such a place, and can share your experiences. Our aim is to provide a balanced coverage.
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Please do so in the Comments section below.? I would be very cautious about retiring to another country, especially building a new home. The author is correct when he states that the locals have the advantages in that they know the system and how to work it.
Having lived in Jalisco for a number of years, they are right on about the situations. Sometimes I think we are bruts for punishment, in an attempt to live te paradise dream.
Good Luck! I have been to Lake Chapala, the weather is the only thing it has going for it, but it is not spring like weather all year long as they would have you believe. Few people are there because they actually enjoy the culture, They are either cheap, poor, or both. I have lived in Mexico intermittently over the last 21 years and find that there is tremendous cultural difference here, particularly with respect to noise,attitude, laws, etc.
However, I do have a nicer house here than I could afford in the US. Since I am disabled, I have to have a maid and a gardener and they are far less expensive here. I do not know where Mr.
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Anderson got his exam for the price quoted. Despite the problems we have here, I do not know where else I could live for what I spend here on housing, food, household expenses, medical care, car expenses, etc. Wow, sounds like they had some bad connections in the home buying experience. Our Realtor in the Chapala area is local, she guided us to areas that she thought would appeal to us based on our wants and needs. The home we bought was new, we had it inspected by a local inspector who gave us a written and photo account of all the potential issues.
Based on this the builder took care of all our issues. They we all minor anyway.
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The real estate trans action was seamless, the process was friendly and we remain friends with the builder who is a local Mexican man. Our Realtor steered us to a local contractor she has used in the past. I also got bids from two other contractors on the work I wanted done, the Realtors person was a Mexican local and his bid was the best priced and his bid was detailed to include drawings, photos and specs as needed.
All his work was done in a timely manner and on or under budget, his craftsmanship was excellent. I enjoy the casual lifestyle, the traditions of the people, the warmth of the culture. I avoid putting myself in precarious situations. I am aware of my surroundings.
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I have had medical and dental work done there and have found the doctors and dentists to be competent and pleasant. The costs are far below what I could have had done in the States with my insurance. My experiences have been excellent. The only people I have found to be rude or abusive have been fellow expats. To each his own. It sounds to me as if poor Stephen has had a particularly rough time of it and I am sorry for him. That said, I am far more in agreement with Mike. I have found that if you do your due diligence on goods and services you can reasonably expect to get what you pay for and more.
There are scams aplenty here and NOB but if you pay attention you should be able to avoid them. Sorry for the author but it sounds like his decision to move to Mexico was the wrong one. Does not mean that applies to everyone. Many people fail to consider the culture of Mexico before they move down. They come down expecting things to be like it is in the USA are are inevitably disappointed.