Bahia de Banderas on the spot: HGTV House Hunters International

House Hunters internationalBahia de Banderas on the spot: HGTV House Hunters International, the renowned program films in Punta de Mita in the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

This will expose another side of the North Bay of Banderas which offers  amazing values for the amenities provided.

For those of you who are not familiar with the program, the prospective buyer has to choose one property among 3 that are shown to him/her/them, within a price range and features wanted.  Then the buyer goes through an elimination process until one property stands out and a purchase is made.

Many properties in this area are still quite an opportunity for savvy buyers who want to come to Mexico to enjoy the weather, the wonderful food, the friendly service and environment all within an exclusive and safe resort community that offers almost everything.

Local professional real estate agents, can assist you in finding the perfect property that fits your needs and wants;   Our area has many properties with amazing architecture, top of the line finishes and materials, lush and tropical landscapes or manicured ones, all kind of amenities and the best part for all ages.  Doesn’t matter if you are not retired yet, you can have a home that you can enjoy for part of the year and if you wish you can even rent it out.

The Riviera Nayarit offers everything anyone can ever dream of, miles of sandy beaches, coves, surfing, fishing, whale and dolphin watching , canopy tours, fabulous food, friendly service, medical facilities and fantastic weather among others.

If you want to explore the areas real estate opportunities please contact Prudential Vallarta at info@prurealtypv.com and one of our bilingual agents will be more than happy to assist you.

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El Crecimiento en Puerto Vallarta beneficia al mercado de bienes raices

¿El Crecimiento en Puerto Vallarta beneficia al mercado de bienes raices?

El crecimiento acelerado que ha tenido Puerto Vallarta ha beneficiado al ramo inmobiliario ya que ha atraído a los inversionistas de viviendas y de centros comerciales a la región.

Macro plazaUna de esos inversionistas importantes se estableció en lo que hoy existe como “Macro Plaza Pitillal” con su extenso terreno da la oportunidad de tener una gran variedad de servicios, generando un alto movimiento comercial.

Esto por supuesto, también afecta positivamente a los propietarios de bienes raíces en el area que desean darle un valor agregado a su propiedad, ya que es bien sabido que mientras mas actividad tenga un area específica, ésta se aprecia o devalúa segun el caso, y en esta ocasión, colonias como Aralias, Infonavit, Independencia, los Sauces y demás cercanas, tienen un factor a favor.

Lo anterior hace más atractivo que tanto compradores como propietarios encuentren justificación para negociar la venta o la compra de propiedades en esta area de Puerto Vallarta.

Si deseas saber si existen oportunidades en esta área, te invito a que visites el link de Propiedades disponibles en el sistema mls donde se incluyen terrenos, casas, condominios y negocios.

Este artículo es cortesía de Mary Enciso Asesor inmobiliario asociada de Prudential Vallarta.

 

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Puerto Vallarta plataforma cultural

Imagen de www.tangol.comPuerto Vallarta plataforma cultural por excelencia.

Yo soy una mujer adulta, he trabajado toda mi vida, soñando que algún día cuando me retire me gustaría vivir en algún lugar cerca del mar, trabajé persiguiendo ese sueño, y el tiempo voló, y ahora aquí estoy viviendo frente al mar como tanto anhelé.

Vivo en un lugar paradisíaco, mi Puerto Vallarta, rodeada de Montañas tan tupidas de vegetación, viendo cada día el atardecer y en el desvelo contemplando el amanecer.

Los días transcurren, y comienzo a sentir la rutina del día a día y tengo dos caminos: O quedarme en casa frente al televisor y mi cuba libre y esperar el día de mi partida o seguir el camino del amor por las Artes.

Puerto Vallarta ofrece gran diversidad de actividades culturales siempre disponibles para poder realizar pero que por  andar aprisa y hacer miles de cosas para alcanzar nuestros sueños, no nos damos el espacio o pensamos que no tenemos el don, pero por supuesto que podemos en contacto nuestro cuerpo con las artes, ¡Que maravilla!

Nunca imaginé que a esta edad pudiera tomar clases de Salsa y Tango y además bailar!

“Baila sintiendo la música” así me dice mi maestra, “¡Respira! y suéltate como si estuvieras flotando”, me dice otra maestra, déjate llevar…

Y qué maravilla es dejarse llevar, todo sería tan sencillo si nos dejáramos llevar, respirar,  si sintieras desde el corazón cuanto decidas hacer.

Adoro las artes como Pintar, el poder de plasmar esas bellezas que mis ojos ven día a día y que llenan de color mi vida.

Escribir cuanto siento y cuanto pienso tratando de encontrar el sentido de mi vida y me doy cuenta que  todo tan simple, solo debo sentir.

Cantar. Nunca pensé que podría cantar. Mis amigos me dicen “tu puedes hacerlo, solo respira y deja salir la voz”, y encontré la hermosa coincidencia de bailar y cantar, esa es la recompensa,  el justo pago por llenar nuestras vidas de luz, amor y armonía con las artes.

Llenemos de colores nuestra vida: Bailar, Cantar, esculpir, escribir, manualidades, pintar haz lo que siempre quisiste hacer y no sabías que podías.

Vive, vive feliz, disfrutando el día a día.

Aqui una buena opcion para que explores el mundo del baile en Puerto Vallarta

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Perros y gatos callejeros problematica Bahia de Banderas

Perros y gatos callejeros problematica Bahia de Banderas

La población de gatos y perros callejeros en Puerto Vallarta y Riviera Nayarit cada día es más y la situación empeorará si no tomamos conciencia.

En cualquier país civilizado, las autoridades cuentan con programas eficientes para controlar la sobrepoblación de animales callejeros, pero sabemos que en nuestros municipios, no existen programas extensos ni efectivos para poder realizar este trabajo.

Nuestro destino, es principalmente  turístico y no le damos la importancia que merece y se debe a la cuestión de la sobrepoblación de perros y gatos callejeros.

Estos animales que definitivamente no escogieron estar en esas condiciones ya que principalmente dependen de los seres humanos “responsables”, al encontrarse en situaciones miserables, no solamente dan lastima y pena, también son foco de enfermedades que fácilmente pueden ser transmitidas a otros animales e inclusive a los  seres humanos, principalmente a los niños.

Tenemos que tomar conciencia de que si no cooperamos como población para ayudar a evitar el exceso de animales en la calle, esta situación bien se puede convertir en un problema grave para nuestro destino.

Quien quiere bajar del avión, salir del aeropuerto a tomar un taxi y saliendo ver cantidades enormes de perros deambulando por las avenidas en condiciones miserables? Son seres vivientes, defecan y orinan igual que los seres humanos.

Los gatos salen de noche, tal vez se vean menos pero dejan sus marcas, sus feches y su orín que es muy fuerte y desagradable.  Quien querrá venir a un lugar que apesta por muy bonito que sea?

Los hoteles y lugares turísticos de más demanda podrán controlar la sobrepoblación de animales callejeros para que no molesten ni estén causando lastima a los turistas, pero el problema real radica en las comunidades locales, donde vivimos la mayoría de los que radicamos aquí tiempo completo y donde viven en su mayoría los trabajadores de esos hoteles, negocios, restaurantes etc.  en un descuido se puede volver una epidemia y entonces qué va a pasar con Puerto Vallarta y Riviera Nayarit?

Todo comienza con la educación de los niños y de los adultos en este tema.  Las personas con conciencia necesitan enviar el mensaje a todos lados a donde vayan, que aquellas personas que tengan mascotas deben llevarlos a esterilizar,  perros, gatos, machos o hembras,  a todos, la meta es evitar la reproducción irresponsable de estos seres y así la sobrepoblación que ya existe y que si nos descuidamos va a ser uno de los problemas más graves que enfrentemos en esta área en el futuro cercano.

Existen clínicas de esterilización gratuitas;  para aquellos que no tengan mascota pueden ayudar de todas formas llevando a algún animal de la calle a esterilizar para que no se reproduzca.

Los centros de acopio están llenos de animales abandonados…  entre todos podemos lograr un avance significativo en cuanto a este problema que existe latente simplemente que la mayoría no quiere VERLO o darse cuenta y no quieren hacer NADA al respecto, creen que solito se va a solucionar el problema, jajaja si como no.

*Artículo cortesía de Broker Tere Kimball  tere@prurealtypv.com

 

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Alfonso Cuaron gana el Globo de Oro como Mejor Director por Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron gana el Globo de Oro como Mejor Director por Gravity

“Ay güey!” – primeras palabras de Alfonso Cuarón en su discurso como ganador al Globo de Oro. “Esto va para las cientos de personas que hicieron posible esta película, que debido a mi acento hicieron lo que les dio la gana y no lo que les dije”.

Felicidades a Alfonso Cuarón por su Globo de Oro como Mejor Director

El director y productor de cine mexicano gana por primera vez este premio, por la película “Gravity”, co-escrita con su hijo Jonás. Esta película, estelarizada por Sandra Bullock y George Clooney, fue reconocida por el American Film Institute (AFI) como una de las 10 mejores del año.
FILM-GOLDENGLOBES/Después de este éxito, se espera que “Gravity” sea nominada para los premios Oscar esta semana. “Gravity” también es una de las favoritas para la Academia del cine británico – los premios BAFTA – en donde competirá con 11 nominaciones en la ceremonia del 16 de febrero.
De acuerdo a un crítico estadounidense, “Gravity es un misterioso y tenso thriller de ciencia ficción magistralmente dirigido y visualmente impresionante”.
Como director, Alfonso Cuarón comenzó su carrera en nuestro país con “Sólo con tu pareja”, y en Hollywood, con “La Princesita”, una hermosa película donde se distingue la sensibilidad que imprime a sus personajes. Después vino “Grandes esperanzas”, con Gwyneth Paltrow y Robert de Niro, y también dirigió la tercera película de la serie de Harry Potter. También fue productor de “El Laberinto del Fauno”, aclamada película de Guillermo del Toro.
Cuarón es un candidato para dirigir la quinta entrega de la saga Piratas del Caribe. Esperemos sea el elegido, seguramente nos dará una película para recordar.
Es interesante señalar que Cuarón formó la productora Cha cha cha Films, junto con Guillermo del Toro y Alejandro González Iñárritu. Este es definitivamente un excelente trío de cineastas, conocidos como “los tres amigos del cine”.

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Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit part lll

Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit part lll

Building your dream home South of the Border….. Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit?

This is the final part of the article so please pay close attention and take notes.

If you missed the previous please click here:

Part l Part ll

 

Part III When choosing an architect you should always go with someone who has previous experience in the area.

 

The whole concept of building in Mexico is totally different than in the US or Canada. You will also need a good general contractor.

Do some research ask around and of course if you trust your real estate agent, who better than he/she to guide you and make recommendations. Again, if you can, interview the families that live in the houses you like and see if they will share their experience, that will really help.

A good architect can supervise and police your builder, which is important if you don’t plan to be around much. The cost will be a bit more, but it will be worth it so the project goes smoothly and on schedule.

puerto-vallarta-part-lllIn some cases, contractors will offer to act as architects if you hire them to build your house, but if you care for aesthetics and functionality, pass. Architects are affordable in Mexico but unsupervised contractors, will only care about cost versus time, so they will build fast and with the most profits to them.

Ask your contractor for a detailed master schedule up front, and get weekly reports to track progress. You can minimize surprises by staying on top of everything. If you can’t do this yourself, hire an architect to do it for you.

Work on budgets. If you can, have your contractor lock up prices of materials ahead of time, is healthy and in the end you will end up saving maybe thousands of dollars.

If you live in the area, we recommend that you visit the job site frequently; if you don’t, have your architect send you as many photos as possible, regardless if you are present or not, you need to be a part of building your dream house, it is fun and exciting.

If you are not present but can escape and fly or drive down, do it as much as possible. There is a downside to being at the building site regularly which is that you might want to make changes every time you visit the construction, and depending on the progress, changes may or may not be possible.

We advise you to be prudent about changes, they can significantly alter your budget.

Finally, include in the your contract with your builder, that the home will have a one year guarantee (or any other period that you think is fair), usually is a year.

If you are able, negotiate for a hold back amount for the first three months so you can move in, and start keeping a list of everything that needs tuning. Having this hold back will give you some leverage in the event the builder has to come back and fix and or repair things, if you pay him everything it will be harder to have him/her return.

This will also work as an extra incentive for the builder to get everything right from the get go.

Lastly, before you drive around for days, weeks even months with your sales agent, figure out how much you are willing or can spend on purchasing this land.

Built in other costs, like closing costs, (your sales agent can assist you with this information), if you want you can add travel and lodging while you’re overseeing the construction project, subtract all of the costs from your total initial investment budget and the amount resulting is what you can comfortably spend on land.

Good luck land hunting, at Prudential Vallarta we are ready to assist you and find that special piece of paradise!!!

 

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Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit part ll

Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit part ll

Building your dream home South of the Border….. Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit?

Did you read already the previous part? click here if not: Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit part l

 

Part II Land-searching – shopping checklist:

OtoñoenBahiadeBanderas• View – golf course – ocean – mountain

• Location – location – location

• Orientation to the sun, of course depending on the season of the year, this is crucial.

• Zoning restrictions or CCR’s if building in a master planned community.

• The possibility of someone blocking your view

• Noise and traffic patterns at different times of the day/week/year.

• Services like water, sewage, electricity, telephone, etc.

• Climate

• Potential title issues

Go out there and get a feel for the vibe and energy of the area you have chosen, walk around at different times of day, check out the activity.

It is important that you also consider environmental catastrophes; unfortunately, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have their share of earthquakes, hurricanes, and flooding.

Don’t be put off by this type of situations, most of the world has something and disasters can in many cases be prevented.

Some of these issues may scare some buyers, but by solving problems you create value.

Sometimes the best deals are the ones that look and are more challenging and where people immediately turn their heads around because they can’t envision the final product.

With the assistance of your real estate agent, do your due diligence on the local real estate market.

Ask him/her all kinds of questions, it will be important to know how much time the land has been for sale as this can determine your bargaining power.

If the market is healthy / hot, consider subsidizing your project (if you can afford it) by purchasing more than one lot and building a second house that you can sell, this way you will minimize the cost of your own home, maybe even get it for a fraction of the price you had initially budgeted.

During the due diligence period, you sales agent should make sure to get in writing, what services are included with the land; water, sewage, power, access to roads, telephone, internet, etc.

Some raw land can be very inexpensive, but you need to be aware of the time and cost in the event you need to improve the infrastructure, almost every piece of raw land needs work.

As always, either you see the glass half full or half empty and for some people the lack of services presents an opportunity.

vista-grand-venetian-puerto-vallartaNowadays with global warming and pollution, the opportunity in this case would be to build your home in an eco-friendly way— solar power panels, desalinization plant and waste treatment systems. This way, you will end up having a green, self-sustaining home and saving considerable amounts of money on utilities.

If you are ready to make an offer on a piece of land, make sure that your sales agent includes in the due diligence, that you will be hiring a professional to perform some soil test an also a topographical survey.

It will be very important to know what type of soil you will be facing once you start building. The cost of foundations can vary so you need to know and be prepared.

The secret to your success in having your dream home will be hooking up with a good architect; this can really be the deal breaker and in some cases a real challenge.

We suggest that you speak to other people, neighbors in the area, you real estate agent, but find the time to interview several until you feel you have found the right person that you can work with.

If you like other homes no matter the area, stop and find out who designed them and who built them, the worst case scenario is that whoever answers the door doesn’t know or doesn’t want to tell you.

Think about how you will use your new home. Will you be living there full time, or part of the year? Will it be only you and your wife / partner? Will the kids and grandchildren come, for how long? Do you plan to entertain a lot? Do you need an office to work at times? Would you prefer to have what they call “marketable” features, so that in the event you want to sell, the house appeals to the majority of potential buyers? Or would you rather have some uniqueness? Would you need to rent it when you are not there? Is it important to you to be child and eco-friendly?

Write down all of the questions and answers you can think of, so you can clearly communicate your priorities to your architect and builder.

Don’t forget that this is a 3 part article so please wait for part III and final article.

 

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Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit part l

Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit part l

Building your dream home South of the Border….. Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit?

This will be a three part article so please check back and read it all.

Part 1

puerto-vallarta-south-shoreLike many of us who dream to retire one day and move to where the sun shines almost all year round, where the cost of living is approximately half of any major city in the US or Canada, if you are already dreaming about this, ask yourself how much will it cost to build my dream home in Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit, Mexico?

First, decide how big it will be, and what level of finishing’s you envision for the home.

To translate your budget to this destination, we recommend that you first do an estimate of how much it would cost to build the same house somewhere in the US and then cut the cost in half.

Why do this? Because in Mexico materials on average cost about the same as in the US, but labor can be up to 75% less.

In almost every city in the US, construction budgets are typically two-thirds labor and one-third materials; in Mexico, it’s the opposite. Whatever number resulted, please add a contingency fund of between a 30% to 50%.

By the time you have decided to build your dream home in Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit, you must have already done your homework. Convenience of flight and services should be a priority.

Yes, you may find a breathtaking spot on a remote beach, but if getting there presents a challenge and involves more than one flight stop, changing planes and a long drive, with no real conveniences or services nearby, you may find yourself using your new house less than you hoped, especially if it’s only a vacation home.

We must consider that more flights to a specific destination will decrease the cost over time, while making it easier to get to it, increasing the value and equity of your home, plus giving you the ability to rent it before retiring.

First recommendation is that you find a local real estate professional (agent), reputable and knowledgeable of the area that interests you.

If several areas interests you speak to that agent as he/she might have knowledge of different areas so it is always better to work with only one sales agent.

Once you have found the piece of land that you like, we recommend that you check on the area at different times of day, random during the week and also weekends.

riviera-nayaritAsk your sales agent about the weather in the different seasons, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have their rainy / humid season which is magnificent as everything turns bright green.

You should ask your sales agent everything that is important when moving to a new country, retiring or not, you will eventually need to know where the hospitals are, if there are any English speaking trust worthy doctors, schools, restaurants, supermarkets, parks, whatever you can think of, there is an answer for everything and you need a reliable person to guide you through this whole process.

In the next issue, we will discuss about searching for the right property.

Click on the link: http://blog.prurealtypv.com/prudential-vallarta/puerto-vallarta-or-riviera-nayarit-part-ll/

 

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How is the Puerto Vallarta Real Estate Market?

How is the Puerto Vallarta Real Estate Market?

As real estate agents, we are asked this question frequently.  How we answer it is a reflection of many things, some of which have nothing to do with the market.  For whatever reason, I always have the same answer, “Great!”, and for me, it always is.

One reason is that I am a facilitator.  No matter what the issues are, I look for ways to accomplish the goal at hand.  In my business, some people want to buy, and some want to sell.  I can facilitate either one.

Another reason my (Puerto Vallarta Real Estate) market is always great is that I follow the numbers.  Statistics are a valuable tool in my business.  Some of the numbers I follow are Days on Market (DOM), List vs. Sale Price Ratio and Inventory Levels.

sold to list Days on market

These indicators compared to the previous period can help in decision making and let you know what the next step should be.  Are we in a buyer’s market or a seller’s? should our pricing be aggressive or passive?  Depending on which side of the transaction you are standing, you will interpret the answers accordingly, but they will prove invaluable regardless.

Combining a natural inclination for facilitating and crunching numbers, at the end of the day, all markets are “great” if you know how to maneuver through them check with your real estate professional for how their market is.  If theirs is “great” then you know you have found the right person.  There are winners in all markets, but you have to participate.

More: info@prurealtypv.com

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International Realtor of the Year 2013

International Realtor of the Year 2013

Prudential Vallarta’s Tere Kimball has been nominated to receive the award and recognition of International Realtor of the Year 2013 given by NAR (National Association of Realtors), the American association for real estate professionals.

The winner for this year will be announced at NARs annual convention to be held this coming November in San Francisco, California.

The nomination is based on the activities, achievements and community service of the individual.

We all know Tere excels in all three categories.  She has been instrumental in creating the professional atmosphere all real estate professionals enjoy today in Bahia de Banderas, as she campaigned for a better industry during her AMPI Riviera Nayarita Presidency from 2004 to 2012 (9 consecutive years).

On a personal level, Tere is an environmentalist and a cat and dog lover.  Her mission to rescue animals and educate the local residents continue and extends and all of us at Prudential are extremely proud to be part of Tere’s Prudential team.

The Prudential Vallarta Team

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