Tell us about yourself, type of business, last employment
It started in December 2007. We had been living in Puerto Vallarta for many years working in tourism. The town had become a growing city and we were ready to move on. Some friends asked us to housesit their beachfront home in Todos Santos, Baja Sur. They were going to India and would be gone for 6 months. The house had been for sale for over a year and the prospects did not look good. So we packed up our stuff, quit our jobs and we were excited about living rent-free in the Baja. What would it be like to live without paying rent or a mortgage, something neither one of us had experienced as adults?
As it turns out our friends found a buyer for their house and told us that we could only sit the house for 6 weeks until the closing. What to do? We were ready for a long-term adventure living in the Baja in a half million-dollar home in front of the beach. We searched the Internet for house sitting agencies that had listings of sits in Mexico but there were almost none to be found in the country.
“Necessity is the mother of invention”. After much planning and the use of our previously acquired Internet marketing skills(we have run 2 different websites in unrelated areas). We decided to launch our own website in February 2008, HouseSitMexico.com. We placed print ads looking for homeowners and house sitters in a number of English language newspapers as well as Internet advertising.
The response was gratifying. HouseSitMexico.com has had 45,185 visitors since its inception in February, with dozens of homeowners connecting with house sitters.
In August we launched HouseSitAmerica.com to tap into the US market and so far we have
had 22,247 visitors. We want all of our people to feel that this is a family of house sitters and a way of life full of adventure with no stress.
As for us, we left Todos Santos in March to sit a B&B in the Copper Canyon. From there we spent 6 weeks sitting a beachfront place in San Jose del Cabo. We are now finishing a sit in a 3 bedroom house in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco. Soon we will be sitting in Puerto Morelos long term.
We manage our websites seven days a week: you need something to do while house sitting. Customer Service is the most important factor in this business. We answer every contact that we get quickly and are here to provide whatever information our clients need about house sitting or Mexico.
We are house sitters providing services to homeowners and house sitters!
Muriel & Stan
Housesitting: A growing trend in Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, México. April 5, 2008.
"Over one million Americans and Canadians own vacation homes in Mexico…”
New York Times Jan 25 2008.
HouseSitMexico launched its website in February to bring homeowners and housesitters together. The market for second homes in Mexico is growing at over 50,000 per year.
Homeowners list their houses in order to attract qualified housesitters who will protect their home while they are away. Many of these owners spend only a few months a year in Mexico to take advantage of the near perfect winter climate. Having their house occupied by a housesitter thwarts burglars and provides care for plants, pets, pools, maintenance, etc..
Housesitters benefit from living rent-free in a luxury house or condo in the finest areas of Mexico usually paying only for utilities.
HouseSitMexico advertises its services in 6 English language newspapers throughout Mexico to reach homeowners wanting to secure their homes and not leave them vacant. In addition, HouseSitMexico reaches thousands of homeowners and housesitters daily through extensive advertising on the Internet.
Since its inception HouseSitMexico has helped dozens of homeowners and housesitters connect.
"It is amazing how fast this is growing,” says Bea Bigle, co-founder, "There is great need for this type of service and we are filling it".
Our website us up and running!
To start as a house sitter you can sing up and place an ad that will run for 1 year. In the ad specify your requirements.
You can search the homeowner's directory and if you like any of those housesit jobs, once you are registered, you can contact the homeowner.
You do not need to have experience as a house sitter, if you have done it before then you already have references from past sits. If you have never done it before you can use references from friends, landlord, comercial, etc.
Many homeowners do not wish to place an ad but rather search through our houses sitters directory for a qualified sitter, that is why it is important to place a good ad, clear and with your requirements.
Our last sit was in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco and now we moved all the way down to Puerto Morelos (Cancun) to our new assignment. We are flexible and go where ever the next asignment is, quite an adventure.
If you have more questions I invite you to go to our Q&A section in the website and learn more.
Hello... just joined up, and hope we can share info/stories/pix's etc... I met George thru authorsden.com, where we are both writers/authors, and we are planning to move to MX very soon...just sorting thru the "where" part at this time. My husband Joe wil be joining our site too...and I mentioned that Geo said ya'll house-sit.... I have always been very interested in this, and wonder how one can get into this? Is it difficult to get assignments, etc??? What is required? We are both retired and love to travel, and have no ties, so this would be a great way for us to travel and still be frugal...:-)) I'd really appreciate any advice or suggestions, and thank you for your time... We are looking into Ensenada, but are probably more set on the LakeChapala/Guadalajara resort areas...etc... Do you have any particulars about any of these places? Sorry to bombarde you...that's just me... thank you... linda law