The Mexico real estate industry has grown incredibly over the past decade, and with it the online resources available for searching properties, finding information and researching areas have also expanded rapidly. This presents expanding opportunities, but also requires greater care to ensure that the information you find is accurate, and the team you choose to work with are qualified and experienced.
If you are considering Playa del Carmen real estate, for example, there are a few steps you can follow to ensure that you have access to a broad selection of choices, and that you are given the most accurate information available.
Research Playa del Carmen.
The web is full of pictures, descriptions, stories, maps, tourist pamphlets, travel blogs and open forums. Check some of them out. Is a small beachfront city, with a large expat community what you're looking for? Is the city's European/small town atmosphere the thing for you? Check out some negative reports as well; don't let them scare you away (somebody always has something negative to say about any place), but use it just for a rounded picture, and to avoid surprises.
Browse Playa del Carmen real estate MLS listings.
There are many MLS listings available online. Find one with a large range of properties, that has clear search options and is easy to read, browse through and organize.
Find an Agent.
This could even be step #1, but in any case, it is the process that will need the most attention. A qualified, experienced agent will use your preferences and tastes to present you with the most suitable properties. They will be honest, offering both weaknesses and strengths of each property. Make sure the office you are working with is certified (which is not requirement in Mexico, but is important for you to check!) and has a strong reputation among past clients.
Ask for Suggestions.
Even if you found what you thought was perfect for you in your browsing, keep your mind open to your agent's suggestions. If you've taken the time to find the right agent, they will have a good feel for what's out there, and what will be suitable for you. In fact, you should exercise more caution if your agent isn't presenting you with a variety of options.
Combining the info you gathered online to begin with, and carefully considering the options your agent presents, you will be able to choose an ideal property for your beachfront lifestyle in Playa del Carmen!