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Guide for Canadians Buying Property in Mexico

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It's a great time to buy property in Mexico, which is especially enticing for Canadians who want to invest in a vacation home. There are a number of factors you need to consider when buying property in Mexico, but before we dive into that, let's start with the basics: what kind of property can you buy? In general, there are four types of property which include residential land and co-ownership properties as well as condominiums and hotels. But what is the process for buying property from your home country?

You'll want to do plenty of research before you make any commitments because the purchase process will vary from region to region within Mexico. For example, if you're investing in resort development or hotel management, you are required to register at the Mexican consulate in your home country and would need to maintain a bank balance equivalent to what you will be investing in. Once you have chosen a property, you can hire a lawyer or manage the process completely on your own.

This article will provide you with the important and necessary information you need to know when purchasing property in Mexico and will help prevent you from encountering surprises that come with international transactions such as insufficient funds, poor exchange rates, and uncooperative banks.

Why Buy Property in Mexico?

When you buy property in Mexico, it is an investment for the long term. If you are thinking of living abroad, this might be the perfect choice for you. There is great potential for the property value to increase significantly if you plan to rent the property out after buying it. The risk with investing in Mexico is low because of its stability and growth over the past few years.

Buying property in Mexico offers a number of benefits to Canadians that live here or that are looking for an overseas retirement home. A Mexican property allows you to enjoy all four seasons and with most Canadian properties, this is not possible. With many Canadians moving south of the border to retire, there is an increasing demand for Canadian-friendly accommodations like homeownership or rentals

The main reason to buy property in Mexico is the lifestyle. The people that live in the country are friendly, welcoming, and accommodating.

Many Canadians take advantage of the great weather to live in this country part-time, getting away from the cold Canadian winters. The exchange rate also makes it attractive to buy property in Mexico.

The Cost of Buying Property in Mexico as a Canadian

The cost of buying property in Mexico as a Canadian can vary depending on the location and type of property you are looking to purchase. Generally, the cost of real estate in Mexico is cheaper compared to Canada, but it is important to do your research to make sure you are getting a good deal.

Some of the costs you can expect to incur when buying property in Mexico include:

  • Real estate taxes
  • Notary and legal fees
  • Transfer taxes
  • Agent's fees
  • Any applicable taxes or duties on the purchase

What Factors should you Take into Consideration when Buying Property in Mexico?

When buying property in Mexico, there are a few things you'll want to take into consideration. Here are just a few:

  • The cost of the property - It's important to make sure you're aware of the cost of the property purchase before you buy it, and that it's within your budget.
  • The location - You'll want to consider where the property is located, and whether or not it's in a desirable area.
  • The condition of the property - It's essential to inspect the property before purchasing, to ensure it's in good condition.
  • The legal status of the property - You'll want to make sure that the property is legally registered in Mexico.

The Benefits of Owning Property in Mexico

Buying property in Mexico is a convenient and potentially profitable investment for Canadians. There are many benefits of owning property in Mexico, here are some examples:

  • You can buy a property for a fraction of the cost of buying one in Canada.
  • Warm climate all year round, so you can enjoy the outdoors all year long.
  • Mexican properties come with a lower tax burden compared to Canadian properties.
  • It's a great investment growth opportunity - property values in Mexico have been steadily increasing over the past few years.
  • There are many beautiful and unique areas of Mexico waiting to be explored.

The Weather in Mexico

The climate in Mexico is tropical with a rainy and dry season and little temperature fluctuation from season to season. The average temperature ranges from 21-27 degrees Celsius, with a fair amount of humidity. The hottest months are May through September, while the coldest months are December through February.

Best Places in Mexico to Buy Property

Are you a Canadian citizen who's been thinking of purchasing property in Mexico? Here are some of the most popular places for Canadians to buy property in Mexico.

  • Cancun, Quintana Roo - This coastal city is considered one of the most popular destinations for tourism in all of Mexico. It's also home to many hotels, restaurants, and tropical beaches (among other things!). Cancun offers the perfect mix of the cultural, and artistic heritage that is synonymous with Mexican culture, as well as modern amenities found in most large cities, with sections like Hotel Zone and Playa del Carmen becoming popular tourist destinations on their own right outside the bounds of Cancun itself, it's no wonder why more and more Canadians are looking to buy property in Cancun.
  • Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco - Located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco is situated along the bay that shares its name with both the city itself and the state in which it's located. It offers a lovely mixture of modern amenities with a rich artistic history, as well as a unique culture. Puerto Vallarta is also home to an array of beautiful, tropical beaches that has earned itself the nickname "the Mexican Caribbean."
  • San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato - San Miguel de Allende is located approximately 2 hours north of Mexico City in the state of Guanajuato. It's considered to be a popular retirement destination for Canadians and others from around the world due to its mild year-round climate and beautiful, historic surroundings that are home to many art galleries, museums, bars, restaurants, and cafes.
  • San Jose del Cabo/Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur - San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas can be found on the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. Situated on the Pacific Ocean, this destination is a popular tourist, surfing, and whale-watching hotspot.
  • Tulum/Akumal - These coastal towns can be found on the Yucatan Peninsula. There are tons of resorts and hotels lining the stunning beaches that attract visitors from all over the world, which is why people are looking to buy property in Tulum.


Buying a property in Mexico can be an excellent investment for Canadians. The MTFX team is ready to help you get the best exchange rates and guide you through all of your options, such as Mexican Pesos or US Dollars. We’re happy to answer any questions that might come up along the way so don’t hesitate to send us a message on our contact page or call us. Until then, make sure you check back soon for new blog posts with tips on investing in other countries too!

Open an account today to enjoy simple, secure, and cost-effective international payments to buy property in Mexico with MTFX.

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