In this Moving to Mexico video, we’re showing you a house tour. Many of you have requested a tour of the neighborhood and the house, so we got you covered! Please note this was filmed when we first moved in so it was before we fixed it up.

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Cost of Housing in Mexico

We recently did another video on cost of living in Mexico and in particular Guadalajara. In that video, we cover all the costs you need to know about housing in Mexico. In this video, we’ll just talk about rent.

We were able to get a three story house with plenty of room for us, guests, a dog and a cat for just under $1000 USD depending on the exchange rate. Now, that is uncommon for the area. We just got lucky.

Normally, you can get a two bed room apartment in this neighborhood for about that much.

Still, significantly cheaper than the U.S.


What You Need to Know About Renting in Mexico

When renting in Mexico, it’s common for people to have an “aval” which is basically a co-signer. In Guadalajara that gets tricky because they want to the co-signer to own land and put it up as collateral. Crazy, we know, but that’s how it works here.

As a foreigner, you’re not going to have a co-signer so you’ll need to do what they call an alternative contract and pay more cash up front.


How We Found The House

Once we decided we were going to stay in Guadalajara, we waked around the neighborhood and called all the numbers on the “For Rent” signs.

Justin also enlisted the help of a couple of friends he’d made here and we asked our classmates in our holistic healing class for help.

One thing we love about living in Mexico is people are ready, willing and able to lend a hand.

Because we had so many people helping us and sending us leads, we were able to find this house at a deal in about 24 hours.

The owner agreed to do an alternative contract because we were foreigners and the paperwork was done in about a week.

Please note, sometimes the paperwork can take much longer.

Urban Planning In Mexico

Another thing we love about living in Mexico, or at least our neighborhood, is we can literally walk to anything we could possibly need. Here are all the things we can walk to within 10 to 15 minutes:

  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Doctors offices
  • Dentists
  • Bakeries
  • Mechanics
  • Hardware stores
  • Print shops
  • Clothing stores
  • Salons
  • Barber shops
  • Dry cleaners
  • Butcher shops
  • Delis
  • Gyms
  • Yoga centers
  • Tailors
  • Restaurants, bars and cafes
  • So much more…

Unless we need to go to another part of the city for something specific or are exploring, we never use the car.

Long story short, you can find housing that is decently priced in neighborhoods that have everything you could possibly need. It just may require some extra hoops to jump through if you’re a foreigner.

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