Choosing Mexico Seminars a Success in Seattle and Portland
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More Americans, Canadian Baby Boomers Likely to Head to Mexico,
Says Choosing Mexico
More Americans and Canadians will be buying property in Mexico for second or retirement homes in the next ten years
if response at two recent public seminars is any indication of future trends.
“We had nearly 130 attendees at our seminars in Seattle and Portland on Oct. 22 and Oct 24, and many attendees showed serious interest
in the idea of living full or part time south of the border,” said Patti Kilpatrick, managing partner of Choosing Mexico, LLC and a Mexico tourism veteran.
A new educational company formed to provide objective information about all aspects of living in Mexico, Choosing Mexico
organized the seminars as a prelude to a planned series of self-paced, online courses beginning in Spring 2011. In addition to the course content,
the online orientation will include a digital library for further research, expert opinions on subjects of interest to those considering living in Mexico,
diverse locations, and residence options.
Speakers at the seminars included four experts. Among them were Tom Kelly, co-author of the book, “Cashing in on a Second Home in Mexico;”
Raoul Rodriguez Walters, a certified financial planner and tax expert with offices in Portland and San Miguel de Allende; Juan Eufracio Márquez Flores,
director of tourism for the municipality of Chapala, near Guadalajara; and Dr. Curtis Page, co-owner of Med-To-Go and co-author of a book on healthcare in Mexico.
co-author of “Cashing In On
a Second Home in Mexico”
CFP and tax expert,
owner of Mexico Advisor
|Juan Márquez Flores,
Director of Tourism,
City of Chapala
|Dr. Curtis Page,
co-owner of Med-To-Go; co-author of book on Mexico healthcare
Other speakers included Kilpatrick and two other founders of Choosing Mexico, Jane and Greg Custer, owners of Destination Ventures, a 17-year old
destination marketing and travel industry training company with a focus on Mexico. Kilpatrick is president of Solsierra Destinations, a 15-year old specialty tour operator
in Mexico. The Choosing Mexico management team altogether have over 90 years of experience living, working, and doing business in Mexico.
“We are convinced that, as baby boomers begin retiring, more and more will be choosing Mexico for part-time living, retiring full-time or simply
investing in property,” Kilpatrick said. She attributed this trend to a lower cost of living--estimated to range from 25 to 75 percent less--and sunnier climate,
proximity to the United States, the variety of activities in a culturally diverse country with a more more relaxed pace of life, and political and economic stability.
Choosing Mexico co-founder;
co-owner of Destination Ventures, Ltd.
Choosing Mexico co-founder; owner of Solsierra Destinations
In his remarks Kelly noted that Mexico still offers affordable beach locations compared to U.S. coastal property and that losses in the stock market
“tech wreck” have
also caused more middle class Americans to rethink where they can live in retirement.
Why Americans Are
- Warm climate year-round for healthy outdoor activity
- Reasonable cost of living including healthcare
- Proximity to U.S. for visiting family and friends
- Mexicans welcome Americans; culture based on similar values
- More relaxed pace of life, lower stress, less consumer-centric
- Variety of activities in a culturally diverse country, opportunities for exploration
- Economic and political stability built upon good infrastructures
- Quality of services; wide availability of familiar products since NAFTA
- English is widely spoken in major cities and resort areas
- Opportunities to volunteer and make a real difference
Where do Americans
Live in Mexico?
- Guadalajara: 25,000
- Ensenada-Rosarito: 25,000
- Mexico City: 25,000
- Lake Chapala Area:
- Puerto Vallarta: 10-15,000 (seasonal)
- Los Cabos/ East Cape/ La Paz: 7-10,000 (seasonal)
- San Miguel de Allende: 7,000
- San Felipe: 7,000
- Mazatlán: 4-6,000 (seasonal)
- Cancun/ Riviera Maya:
- Oaxaca: 2,000
- Merida: 2,000
- Cuernavaca: 2,000
- Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa: 2,000