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Mexico's Property Tax

By: Baja Good Life


In Mexico, the property taxes that have to be paid on a yearly basis are called predial. As compared to other parts of North America, property taxes in Mexico are low. The amount due varies significantly depending on the area where the property is located. However, the sum will always be less than 1% of the property value, which might be as low as a couple of hundreds of dollars per year.

The state calculates the tax according to a simple mechanism. First of all, they assess the value of a plot and determine the general rate based on which the calculation will be made. The value of the property estimated by the government is substantially lower than the actual price that has been paid by the person who purchased the property, especially in the areas preferred by foreigners. This rate is evaluated by taking into consideration various factors: topography, urban facilities, and services available in the area. Once the rate is determined, the state will multiply it with the size of the land in meters and issue a bill with the resulting amount.


Pitch it all and move to Mexico? Jonathan Ellerby did - here's how

By: Mother Nature Network

Source: www.mnn.com

Jonathan Ellerby

Jonathan Ellerby, PhD has done what many dream of, but few have the courage to actually do; to create radical change in his own life by pursuing a feeling that there was something out there he was meant to do. He is currently the CEO for Tao Inspired Living, a wellness center and community in the beautiful Riviera Maya in Mexico. Already a successful author and leader in the wellness and spirituality business, Ellerby was also working at the renowned Canyon Ranch resort when he decided to make a move that many questioned. Coming out the other side of the experience, he shared with me how he made the choices he did, and what led him down this new path. (For more, check out "The Promise of Paradise," the book he wrote about the experience):

MNN: First off, how did you get involved in the health and healing world, and what made you want to reincarnate that work when you were already doing it so successfully? 

Jonathan Ellerby:  I started off as a young person with a fascination for healing and spirituality. I had this natural questioning soul and was interested in how people and the universe work. That took me down a long path of adventure and travels around the world, university degrees, and finding what is most meaningful to people and how we heal. 

Obama-Romney Campaigns Send Americans Packing, Merida Real Estate Waits

By: Mexico International Real Estate

Americans go to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. On Wednesday, November 7th, a few million U.S. Conservatives or Progressives will be formulating their plans to relocate. Do you remember a time when Americans have been more fundamentally, rancorously and bitterly divided about the government of their country?

The next 10 weeks are going to be legendary. The most money ever spent to influence an election - anywhere, ever - in the history of politics, is unfolding in real time. Either way, no matter who wins - there will be millions of lugubrious, malcontent and exasperated Americans who will want out! Some may go to Canada. It's pretty cold in Canada. Europe? We doubt it.

Puerto Vallarta encompasses Mexico's diverse attributes

By: Maribeth Mellin


I have certain expectations when visiting Puerto Vallarta. I plan to eat well and often, purchase more than I can carry and learn something totally unexpected. Gorgeous sunsets are a given, as are mountains so lush they soothe weary eyes. I'll inhale the sweet scent of mangos and churros, tap my toes to salsa and mariachis and exchange cheek smooches with (nearly) everyone I meet.

In short, I'll savor all my favorite Mexican sensations without racing all over the country. Puerto Vallarta, you see, has a bit of everything I adore about Mexico. And though I've visited PV, as it's known informally, at least two dozen times I always find a new favorite thing. What follows are just a few of the reasons I keep returning.


Mexico strengthens through growth in China, U.S.

By: Scott Rose


Mexico's President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto, right, of the former ruli

Mexico is benefiting from ties to "very competitive" U.S. manufacturers as low wages lure producers discouraged by rising labor costs in Asia, Deputy Finance Minister Gerardo Rodriguez said.

"Many companies are shifting their production capacity back into the U.S." and adding manufacturing jobs at a "good pace," he said last week while in Moscow. He was in Russia to attend a meeting of officials from the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Group.


Jessica Biel's Relaxing Cabo San Lucas Rehearsal Dinner

By: Celebrity Gossip

After an day filled with flights, Jessica Biel finally took a moment to relax when she arrived at her friend's rehearsal dinner in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on over Labor Day Weekend (September 1).


Held at the beautiful Las Ventanas al Paraiso Resort, the 30-year-old actress joined her pals in a simple blue frock and enjoyed an evening with drinks around the fire.


Hyundai to invest $130 mn in new plant in Mexico

By: The Economist


Hyundai to invest $130 mn in new plant in Mexico

Mexico City: South Korean automaker Hyundai Motors Company's Mexican unit said it planned to invest USD 130 million in a new plant that will manufacture aluminum auto parts in Tijuana, a border city in the northwestern state of Baja California.

The plant is expected to create 300 direct jobs and make up to 900,000 units of three new automotive products for different models sold in the US, Hyundai said. Hyundai Trans-lead chief Kenny Lee laid the cornerstone for the new plant, the automaker said. The plant is expected to start operating in 2014 and "production could rise to 1.5 million units when it is at 100 percent of capacity", Hyundai said.


PFO Radio Show and fans enjoy a wonderful weekend in Rosarito Beach

By: Phil Friedman Outdoors



PFO Radio Show and fans enjoy a wonderful weekend in Rosarito Beach

"It's been 8-years since my wife Adriana and I have come down here," said John Olmos. "We walked all over town, shopped and ate delicious lobster. What a great time."

Randy and Krisma Crowell from Pink Fishing were also on the trip. Randy is a seasoned Baja traveler who has made such exotic trips in the past like surf adventures to Isla Natividad. They couple could be found in the middle of town enjoying carne asada tacos in a local gathering spot called El Norte where a Pink Fishing sticker now adorns the eatery. "This brings back so many great memories," said Randy. "I would totally drive down here next time," said Krisma. "This is just way too much fun." 



Tijuana EDC and MEDevice San Diego Offer Free Tour of Baja Medical Manufacturing Facilities

By: MEDevice San Diego

Source: www.heraldonline.com

the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation and MEDevice San Diego will host a free guided bus tour of two medical manufacturing facilities in Baja California. The trip, which shows how medical manufacturers are taking advantage of cross-border manufacturing opportunities, includes tours of Greatbatch Medical and Fisher & Paykel. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The bus trip departs from San Diego the morning of September 18, 2012, arriving at the first facility at 11:00 a.m. The bus leaves Baja at 3:30 p.m., returning to San Diego at around 5:30 p.m. The tour is free for all registered attendees of MEDevice Forum San Diego. After registering for MEDevice, visit the Calibaja Manufacturing Facility Tour Page and sign up for the tour.


Border Week: Bizet's Carmen in Tijuana rodeo

By: Sandra Dibble

Source: www.utsandiego.com

Preparing to present the opera "Carmen" in Tijuana on Thursday and Saturday are from left to right, music director Armando Pesqueira, baritone Amed Liévanos (Escamillo), mezzo soprano Grace Echauri (Carmen) stage director José Medina, soprano Monica Abrego (Micaela) and tenor José Luis Duval (Don José).

TIJUANA — A rodeo in Playas de Tijuana will be the setting for a production of the Georges Bizet four-act opera "Carmen" sponsored by Tijuana's Municipal Institute of Art and Culture (IMAC) and Mexico’s National Council for Culture and the Arts

The opera brings together accomplished musicians with international experience. Some first honed their skills in Tijuana, including music director Armando Pesqueira, head of the Chihuahua State Philharmonic Orchestra, stage director José Medina, artistic director of the Tijuana Opera, and soprano Monica Abrego, currently based in New York City.


Tijuana Experiences a Gourmet Renaissance

By: Richard Adams



javier Plascencia finishes a dish.

To most Americans, the chorus from a Manu Chao song pretty much sums it up, "Welcome to Tijuana, tequila, sexo, marijuana...." For decades, Tijuana has just been known, at best, as a place for tacky souvenirs, cheap tequila shots and ladies of the night.

"It's a whole new Tijuana, it's full of energy, young people, artists, and of course the cooking and the chefs," says Javier Plascencia, one of the chefs leading Baja's new culinary movement. He's part of a prominent family that owns 10 restaurants in Tijuana and San Diego. But Plascencia's newest, Mision 19, may be the most striking and ambitious spot in town.




Foreign correspondence: Mexico offers everything from pyramids and ecotourism to tequila

By: John Bordsen



What's it like to live in a far-off place most of us see only on a vacation? Foreign Correspondence is an interview with someone who lives in a spot you may want to visit.

Gloria Guevara, 44, is Mexico's Minister of Tourism. The graduate of Northwestern University and Mexico City's Universidad Anahuac was formerly an executive with Sabre, the travel technology corporation.




Budget Travel: Mexico's Next “It” Destinations

By: Julie Schwietert Collazo


Mexico's Copper Canyon is a hidden gem in a country that is in the news too much for drug violence and crime.

Though the resort towns of Mexico's Pacific and Caribbean coasts are frequently visited by Americans, most of the country's interior—all 1,220,610 square miles of it—is barely on travelers' radar screens. Lack of awareness about Mexico's vastness and its diverse geography are two of the most persistent challenges the country faces with respect to tourism.

In recent years, tourism officials have tried to respond to those challenges in many ways, from emphasizing overlooked destinations in its “Mexico: The Place You Thought You Knew” ad campaign to meeting with US Department of State officials to advocate for greater geographic specificity and political context in its travel alerts about Mexico.




Mexico Recognized as “Tourism Board of The Year” by Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network

By: Susie Albin-Najera







Mexico Tourism Board Chief Operating Officer, Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete; Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch, CTC; Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Gloria Guevara

LAS VEGAS – The Mexico Tourism Board was honored by renowned luxury travel network, Virtuoso, with the first-ever “Virtuoso Tourism Board of the Year” award.  Mexico was bestowed the award for its bold diversification and promotion strategy, creative advertising campaigns, and robust industry partnerships.

Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Gloria Guevara, accompanied by Mexico Tourism Board Chief Operating Officer, Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete, accepted the award at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas yesterday evening. The ceremony formed the centerpiece of “Virtuoso Travel Week”, a major luxury travel trade fair attended by more than four thousand industry experts from 85 countries hosting approximately 350,000 business meetings, representing the largest attendance at this event in the past 24 years.




Google Mexico offers virtual visits to archaeological sites

By: Fox News Latino





Cybernauts will be able to take virtual strolls through 30 Mexican archaeological sites using Google Mexico's Street View platform, Mexican cultural authorities said.

The 360-degree virtual view of these archaeological sites, which include Teotihuacan, Xochicalco, Monte Alban, Chichen Itza, Tulum, Palenque, Tula and Paquime, allows them to be explored down to the last corner.