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Huatulco Real Estate: A Comprehensive Guide to Buying & Building in Huatulco, Mexico

We aim to answer all of your questions and more about how to go about buying properties and land when it comes to Huatulco real estate.

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Buying land as a foreigner

Many foreigners have the misconception that they cannot legally own property in Mexico. This is no longer the case, as the Mexican government has developed a system to encourage and support foreign investment in tourist destinations.


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Setting up Mexican corporations for ownership of properties

When it comes to Real Estate in Huatulco, bank trusts are limited to owning residential property only. Therefore, if you are considering the purchase of commercial property - or multiple land holdings - you will be required to form a corporation.


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Finding a design and construction team

You've had your dream home in my mind for over 7 years. After months of searching you finally found the right lot to build on. Now it's time to find the genius that could turn your ideas into blueprints, then a home AND stay within your budget.


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Choosing A Real Estate Broker

Purchasing real estate in Mexico and specifically in Huatulco can often be intimidating to first time buyers. Here are 7 quick tips of what to look for and questions to ask when choosing your real estate professional.



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The Benefits Of Hiring A Full Service Real Estate Company

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Renting your Huatulco vacation home

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/// Your Huatulco Real Estate Questions Answered


After visiting Huatulco it's not surprising that many people have inquiries about how to purchase real estate. It's stunning combination of greenery and beaches leaves those traveling to this oasis wanting more. Over the course of this guide, we hope to answer all of your questions and more about how to go about buying properties and land when it comes to Huatulco real estate.

Anyone looking into Huatulco real estate will quickly become familiar with the presence of FONATUR which is the National Trust for Tourism Development (Fondo Nacional del Fomento al Turismo). This particular entity is in charge of developing tourist destinations throughout Mexico which entails the laying of complex infrastructures, division of land parcels into residential and commercial lots, hotel and resort zoning, and promoting private ownership and foreign investments.

They control all local land sales within the development, 70 % of which is designated national park land. Following the global trend of going green, FONATUR insures that all new developments meet certain standards, to maintain Huatulco's Green Globe Status.

This Mexican government agency oversees the master plan for developing tourist based regions of Mexico including Cancun, Ixtapa and Los Cabos just to name a few. Meaning every piece of land purchased originates from them, however after land is privately owned, any future transfers go through the current owner with approval from the municipality and a notary.

As an attempt to boost tourism and improve life in Huatulco as a whole, huge investments have been made as far as infrastructure goes. This includes roadways, cruise ship docks, marinas, water purification plants and sewage systems among others. Huatulco has benefited greatly from the learning experiences harvested from other older tourist regions in Mexico like Acapulco.

After the many environmental mistakes made by local governments and private investors developing these other locations, FONATUR learned the importance of building sustainable tourism from inception for new developments - planning for the future is the mantra in Huatulco.

Huatulco is divided into several sectors, a map of these sectors can be seen below.

Different Sectors

Santa Cruz Bay – this was the first sector where Fonatur started development approximately 20 years ago. Taking advantage of the beautiful bay and natural lagoon, Fonatur provided the fishermen with a proper marina and a great location for small hotels close to the beach.

Punta Santa Cruz – A residential and hotel zone located on a hilltop overlooking both Santa Cruz and Chahue bays. Condominium living is most prominent in Punta Santa Cruz.

La Crucecita – Now considered downtown Huatulco, the church and "zocalo" or town square prompted restaurateurs and retail businesses to open up shop for Huatulco visitors.

Chahue/Mirador Chahue/Marina Chahue - Chahue is another centrally located bay in Huatulco where FONATUR has invested in a world class marina and high end residential and resort area. This region is still fairly recent and development is still underway

Sector O – Almost strictly residential, this area has been almost fully sold out with single family home lots ranging from 40,000usd to 60,000usd per lot directly from Fonatur

Sector N – recently available for sale, Fonatur has opened up approximately 300 lots ranging from 400 – 600 square meters with pricing around $100usd/ square meter.

Arrocito – One of the three main residential areas offering lots with ocean views. Most available lots and homes are re-sales and not directly through Fonatur.

Balcones de Tangolunda – This region was one of the first to be sold by Fonatur when they successfully opened their sales offices here in the late 80's. Home to many high end ocean view residences.

Conejos - Elite residential zone that is gated with security, very popular among retired north americans and Mexican families. Resale lot prices range from $250 - $500usd/ square meter.

In these sectors, FONATUR decides how land is used, for example: Residential v.s Commerical. As in all business decisions, the choice is based on demand. For those of you wanting to build, you must first present the project to FONATUR for their approval. They will look over the blueprints to ensure they comply with the master plan FONATUR has created, in addition to meeting building standards provided by the municipality.

Real-Estate Development In Huatulco

Development for all regions must comply with certain building codes. For example, no structure can be over four stories, this includes all hotels and resorts. This is one of the many things that will guarantee Huatulco's charm for years to come. There will be no high rises lining these beautiful bays. You will quickly notice that the style of houses that can be built is not restricted. This means that you are never certain what the neighbor will build next to you or in front of you. However, you do know that they have to comply with the same rules everyone else does. On the up side, as you move closer to the ocean you will notice a lower density of houses per acre. So, at the very least, you will have more land surrounding your property than others.

Buying Land And Property In Huatulco

As far as buying land in Huatuclo, it's not unlike buying land in North America, apart from a few factors. Foreigners are allowed to purchase property in Mexico and hold title to that property through a trust with a banking institution. This mechanism ensures a risk free investment. Different from the US and Canada, brokers don't need a license to sell real estate in Huatulco. With that being said there are a variety of franchised real estate agencies (such as Century 21 and Remax) in the Huatulco area, but know that their fees are generally higher and they tend to be less flexible.

Private and local firms offer much more flexibility when it comes to commissions etc. Not to mention local agencies have much more information and knowledge about the market and the area. They are able to tell you about rental properties that have just come up and are more likely to strike a deal.

When it comes to buying Huatulco real estate, you are going to want to visit the area whilst purchasing, thankfully many local agencies, like My Huatulco Vacation, offers help and/or discounted rates when finding a place to stay while you are hunting for that perfect piece of real estate. Often times contracting with a buyer's agent or a real estate consultant is the best way to go, as they will always have your best interest in mind and can offer advice on everything available in the market.

Building in Huatulco

Ordinarily buyers from outside of Mexico will purchase pre-existing properties, as it is generally easier to oversee from a distance. Trying to supervise a construction project from afar is subject to delayed deadlines as well as difficulty guaranteeing quality. So if you're planning on purchasing land and building, make sure you know beforehand how often you will be able to fly in. It is highly recommended that you visit on a monthly basis, at minimum, to oversee the project, but even then, expect the experience to be challenging.

If building is the only way to accomplish your dream home, make sure you use a reputable architect and builder. There are very talented professionals doing business in Huatulco that can assist you in the build, just be prepared for a cultural experience. As far as notaries, they comply with the standard idea that when lots are purchased so too are all rights and obligations connected to the property.


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Owning Real Estate In Mexico As A Foreigner


Many foreigners have the misconception that they cannot legally own property in Mexico. This is no longer the case, as the Mexican government has developed a system to encourage and support foreign investment in tourist destinations.

This section will provide you with a step by step guide on the basics of purchasing and legally holding title to your own piece of real estate in Mexico. If your intention is to buy residential real estate, you will want to set up a trust (fideicomiso) with the banking institution of your choice.

With the fideicomiso the bank holds the title of the property and is referred to as the trustee, while the buyer is assigned as the beneficiary. This does not mean that the bank can make any decisions based on the property. All rights of the property are handled and decided by the beneficiary. Owning property through a trust (fideicomiso) permits you to sell, mortgage, lease or inherit the property just as you would in North America.

STEP 1:

Find a trusted real estate broker that speaks your language and is willing to walk you through the process. Once you decide on the home or lot you are ready to purchase, your broker will walk you through the process. He or she will have an attorney and notary that they work with who will handle all procedures and closings.

STEP 2:

Sign a buy/sell contract with the terms of your purchase, payment structure and price.

STEP 3:

With your attorney, or the help of the bank executive, you will need to apply for a permit from the Secretary of Foreign Relations in order to set up the trust with the banking institution.

The authorization process can take up to 30 days.

STEP 4:

Your attorney will present the authorization from the Secretary of Foreign Relations along with the other necessary paperwork to the banking institution to set up the trust.

This can take another 30-60 days for the process to be completed.

STEP 5:

Once you have the trust in order, its time to close on the purchase and sign your new title. This is done at the local notary's office. They will draft the new title and guarantee the title is free and clear of any liens and outstanding taxes.

Follow these simple steps to purchase and legally hold title to your own piece of real estate in the beautiful Huatulco, Mexico!

Up Next: Setting up Mexican corporations for ownership of properties.


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Setting up Mexican corporations for ownership of properties


When it comes to Real Estate in Huatulco, bank trusts are limited to owning residential property only. Therefore, if you are considering the purchase of commercial property - or multiple land holdings - you will be required to form a corporation.

If you are exploring the option of starting a business or owning multiple properties in Mexico, forming a Mexican corporation is your best bet. There are various types of corporation structures, but the most commonly used, is S.A. de C.V. ("Sociedad Anonima").

This type is essentially a limited liability stock corporation. Within this format you can establish fixed or variable capital. By consulting with your real estate broker and attorney, you will find the structure that accommodates your needs.

Benefits Of Holding Title In A Corporation

Often the decision to hold title in a corporation is based on the benefits it provides. Such as;

  • 1. It gives you the option to sell stock (or the corporation in its entirety)
  • 2. It allows for the lowering of tax and accounting expenses when the company is dormant
  • 3. It aids in facilitating the purchase and ownership of multiple properties
  • 4. It results in more economical set up costs.

Steps Required

Similar steps are involved in this process as in forming a bank trust.

You will need to apply for permission from the Secretary of Foreign Relations. With that authorization, you then incorporate the company in the Notary Public's office. There you will register the shareholders participation and schedule annual shareholders meetings.

One last thing to remember is to check on foreign investment laws in your home state and country. Laws vary between US and Canada and may affect your tax structure.

Up Next: Finding a design and construction team.


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Building A Home In Paradise Starts With Finding The Right Design And Construction Team


Many ex-pats and snowbirds are quite happy with finding a nice little condo close to the beach to call their second home. However, there are a select few in need of a project or - for them - the perfect property simply doesn't exist. For these people, the only option is to find a trusted team who can get them started on building a home in Huatulco.

Take me for example; I've had my dream home in my mind for over 7 years. After months of searching I finally found the right lot to build on. Now it was time to find the genius that could turn my ideas into blueprints, then a home AND stay within my budget.

It's important to mention that the concept of "contractor" isn't very common in Huatulco. Generally you'll find an architect who designs and builds, or an engineer that builds and has an in house design team. There are pros and cons to each of these scenarios, and in my opinion the most important thing is to have good rapport with the team that you have hired.

Tips For Finding Your Design And Construction Team

Here are five tips to get you started on building a home in Huatulco!

  • Tip #1:

    DON'T RUSH! After thinking about what I wanted for so long, I wanted it right away! Remember folks, this is a beach town in Southern Mexico, and some things take a little bit longer than expected. This doesn't mean that the team you hire is lazy; it's just something you need to take into account.
  • Tip #2:

    Decide on the style of home you like. This will steer you towards which architect to choose. Do you like colonial, contemporary, rustic or traditional?
  • Tip #3:

    Visit the architect's previous projects in the area. Any respected architect or builder will almost insist that you see his design style in person.
  • Tip #4:

    Don't be afraid to ask the hard questions and to interview 2 or 3 different professionals before making a decision.
  • Tip #5:

    Establish your budget. It will be your personal preference whether or not you choose to share this number with your team. AND…I hate to say this but expect to go over budget at least 10-15%. Whoever tells you they didn't go over - even just a little bit - is lying.

Building your dream home in Huatulco may be daunting, but with the right construction team and project supervisor, you'll be more than happy with the outcome.

Up Next: Choosing A Huatulco Real Estate Broker.


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Interviewing And Choosing The Real Estate Broker That Is Right For You


Purchasing real estate in Mexico and specifically in Huatulco can often be intimidating to first time buyers. Here are 7 quick tips of what to look for and questions to ask when choosing your real estate professional.

7 Tips For Choosing A Real Estate Broker

  • Tip #1

    Make sure that the broker has an established office in the area, is able to provide fiscal invoices, and has a Mexican Corporation.
  • Tip #2

    Ask if they are willing to act as a buyer's agent on your behalf, or if they will be acting on behalf of both the seller and buyer
  • Tip #3

    Check on the amount of real estate sales they have sold in the past 18 months – 2 years.
  • Tip #4

    Ensure that they understand the Spanish language and the intricacies of Mexican law.
  • Tip #5

    Keep lines of communication open. Ask for weekly or monthly updates on new listings in the area, until you find what's right for you. Make sure your broker is easy to contact via telephone and e-mail especially if you are going through the purchase process without being in Huatulco.
  • Tip #6

    If working with a buyer's agent, ask about their rapport with other local agencies to guarantee viewing ALL available listed properties.
  • Tip #7

    While Huatulco is still a fairly new market, it is important that your broker shows you what other properties have sold for in the region of interest.

Keep in mind that real estate brokers are not required by law to hold a real estate license in Mexico. Most reputable brokers are experienced in the industry - in the local market as well as the US or Canada. Also, working with a personalized buyer's agent can open up a few more doors and options rather than working with big box agencies that may only show you their exclusive listings.

It seems that many people don't know where to begin when it comes to choosing a real estate broker - hopefully these 7 tips will guide you in the right direction, and get you one step closer to owning a piece of paradise in Huatulco!

Up Next: The Benefits Of Hiring A Full Service Real Estate Company.


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Why Choosing A Full Service Real Estate Company In Huatulco Is Right For You


There are so many benefits to hiring a professional property management team when it comes to Huatulco real estate, but in my opinion, the most important reason to do so is PEACE OF MIND. Because life in Huatulco is easy going and laid back it can make trying to get certain things done extremely frustrating.

As a general rule, your preferred real estate company should offer all services; from acting as your buyer's agent all the way to managing and renting your vacation property.

Everyday tasks can often become a chore or even stressful for new residents that don't speak the language or understand the ins and outs of Huatulco. A close friend always says, "getting things done for the house always feels like one step forward, and two steps back".

Your property management company will walk you through everything when you are here and take care of all of the details while you are away! You bought that vacation home so you could relax, right? So why sweat the small stuff, when you can hire a professional to do it for you?

A myriad of questions and complications will come your way once you have purchased your piece of paradise: Where do I buy furniture? How do I open a bank account? Where do I buy pool chemicals? Who can fumigate the property? Why isn't the internet working? And so on and so on…..

Ask your Huatulco Real Estate company to send a staff member to evaluate your property and give you a quote for monthly property management services. Likely they will personalize their quote based on your needs and requests.

What A Quote Should Include

A full service quote should include the following:

  • Bill Paying (utilities, phone, cable, etc)
  • Detailed records and monthly expense reports with Quick Books.
  • Employee supervision, training, and instruction
  • Hiring & firing staff
  • Home Repairs and Estimates
  • Receiving Deliveries
  • Filing and paying monthly and annual taxes
  • Receiving maintenance reports from rental tenants
  • Employee Pay Roll & Social Security
  • Acquiring and supplementing all necessary house supplies
  • Attending condo association meetings on behalf of absent owners
  • Basic automobile upkeep
  • Opening local bank account
  • Bi-weekly property visits
  • Check-in/Check-out with property orientation for guests
  • Fumigation scheduling and supervision

Each property owner should feel free to inquire about specialized arrangements as needed. Taking the first steps as a Huatulco homeowner is greatly facilitated by having a trusted professional with you along the way.

Up Next: How to make your vacation home pay for itself through vacation rental income.


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How To Turn Your Huatulco Vacation Home Into An Income Property


In general, most property owners can only spend a certain amount of time in their vacation home each year. By setting up a rental program, you will enjoy the extra income to offset your annual costs and even start producing a healthy reserve fund for the property.

While most would prefer to spend the majority of their time south of the border, the reality is that jobs, family and school just do not permit it. This can often leave your vacation home sitting empty for up to 10 or 11 months a year.

Establishing a rental program to occupy the property with guests, can solve this problem. Not only is it a great income source, but renting will also ensure that the property is being lived in and looked after in your absence.

Who Will Be Renting?

The trend in vacationers preferring to rent a villa or a condo with all of the comforts of home has been growing rapidly over the past few years. Guests feel that they are less confined to a hotel structure and have more of a culturally rich experience of living in the area.

Now, the question is: What do I need to do in order to produce rental income?

5 Steps To Get Your Property Rented

Here are 5 easy steps that will help you jumpstart a rental program for your vacation home.

  • Step 1: Establish the time of year you will spend in your home, and for what length of time. **Remember that peak season brings bigger bucks for rentals.
  • Step 2: Sign on with an online rental agency to generate inquiries. The most popular and reputable online agencies are VRBO, HomeAway, and in Huatulco - explorehuatulco.com.
  • Step 3: Decide if you want to rent your property by the week, month, or long term (6-12 months).
  • Step 4: Discuss with your property manager the expectations you have for the services and attention to your rental guests.
  • Step 5: Decide where you want to receive your rental income. If you intend to use the funds to offset your home expenses in Mexico, then using a Mexican bank account may be the best option.

Keep in mind, that repeat guests are one of the reasons that a property will really start to show steady income, so be sure they have the best experience possible!


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