The Space for Expatriates
Here’s a brief video of a new listing that would be perfect for someone moving to Cabo as well as a vacation home.
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Carol Billups is Broker/Owner of Cabo Realty Pros. She has enjoyed working with both buyers and sellers for over thirteen years and still thinks hers is the best job on earth.…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on December 24, 2014 at 11:32am — No Comments
People sometimes ask “Don’t you miss the changing of the seasons?” No, I don’t miss COLD at all! And besides, we have plenty of seasons here in Cabo San Lucas. Obviously we have high season, windy season, turtle season and whale season (we won’t mention hurricane season just yet). And we’ve got Chocolate…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on December 3, 2014 at 4:17pm — No Comments
Facebook is breaking my heart. On one hand I see wonderful postings about how every man, woman and child is working their buns off in the clean-up/recovery effort and what great strides they…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on September 29, 2014 at 6:15pm — No Comments
Yikes what a day! I’ve been working the phones trying to find the earliest flight home and it’s a mad-house. None of the airlines seem to be taking reservations yet, but they all have a different idea of when the airport will re-open. It’s taken all day to compile this, and I figure there may be someone else who needs the info, too, so I might as well post it. I plan on checking daily… it will be interesting to see how it…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on September 25, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
We were prepared for a storm, not a natural disaster. As anyone reading this probably knows Cabo was trashed on Sunday night, September 15, 2014, by Hurricane Odile. On Saturday we went to bed with the prediction of a near miss by a Category 1 hurricane. When we woke up on Sunday the prediction had been changed: a direct hit by a Category 4. By that time there was really not much to do but maybe buy more food and stress.…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on September 24, 2014 at 3:51pm — No Comments
There’s no doubt about it. Getting ready for and actually making it through the storm are a lot easier than living with the after-math. Now is when we need to address the damage.
Obviously the first priority is any injuries; that must be the first focus. The reason you got…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on September 2, 2014 at 2:20pm — No Comments
Water! How could I have forgotten that? Going back to ‘before’ stuff for a moment: you’ll want to stock up on drinking water. Big Time. First of all, the aqueduct will break. It always does, but we never know how long it will take to fix. So stock up. While you’re at it, get paper plates so…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on August 30, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments
After all these many years I do not ever recall being up to N on the hurricane names before it’s even September! YIKES! So I figure a few words on storm season are in order. I think we’ll deal with Before/During/After. Frankly the Before and Afters are the most important.
Most of the…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on August 28, 2014 at 3:29pm — No Comments
I love that phrase going around on Facebook. And it perfectly describes what I’m going through selling Casa OZ.
Casa OZ is the most screaming hot deal in Pedregal right now, and the agents who have seen it all agree it’s a bargain. The main house has three bedrooms and 3…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on July 19, 2014 at 11:17am — No Comments
As promised, we’re back on topic with the cost of living in Cabo. Recently I posted the prices of many commodities at the supermarket. For some time now my shopping habits have been dictated not so much by value as time. I need to get in and out as quickly as possible. But if you have the luxury…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on June 18, 2014 at 3:13pm — No Comments
We were discussing the cost of living, and we will go back to it. The last post was the cost of groceries in the store, next we’re going to talk some strategies to cut that pretty dramatically. But in the meantime I got sucked into a Facebook discussion about whether to rent or buy if you’re moving to Cabo. And I think what I have to say may be important to someone out there.
First, obviously I *AM* biased. My work is to sell houses, not rent them. So of course I’d rather see…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on June 9, 2014 at 1:57pm — No Comments
Believe it or not, this is the most popular and most heavily read topic on my blog. But it certainly is not the most exciting to write. But, it’s time for an update. So anyway, here are some prices taken from my recent grocery receipts. Most are from MEGA in Cabo San Lucas, with some Costco thrown…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on May 30, 2014 at 11:13am — No Comments
OK, it’s official. I am a tight-wad. Yesterday I put a survey up on Facebook about tipping in Cabo. A lot of the 99 responses were from the Caboholic Support Group, so we need to start with a big THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to take the survey. Now, as promised, here are the results which will…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on May 21, 2014 at 2:48pm — No Comments
This morning someone started a thread on a popular group about Cabo on Facebook. Her question was ‘who is the best realtor to work with in Cabo?’ Reading the suggestions (and thanks to those who nominated me) I realized that very few people know what to look for in a realtor. And trust me: the nice guy…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on April 29, 2014 at 2:58pm — No Comments
Several people have suggested I update the blog with more on the basics; as the blog grows it’s getting harder to find the very important information on how we own property in Mexico safely. And especially in light of the recent news I figure there is no better time to re-visit the topic of Fideicomisos, or trusts.
You’ve still got a week left to save big on your property taxes here in Cabo! Yes, depending on your definition of big.
When clients ask me about property taxes, especially if they are considering moving here, I always tell them not to worry. Annual property tax is simply not an issue here. For example, one of our listings is a three bedroom home in a gated community known as Maranata with community pool and party area. It is located on the corridor only about 3 minutes…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on January 27, 2014 at 3:02pm — No Comments
Year End Real Estate Report: Baja California Sur
It’s traditional at this time of year to look back and see what the old year brought and what that might bode for the year to come. In real estate it’s…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on December 31, 2013 at 11:12am — No Comments
I feel just like Martha Stewart today, passing on decorating hints. But really, I think my client is just sooo clever that I wanted to pass this along.
You know how you’re on the beach and the vendors come by with those gorgeous pareos or sarongs, and you just can’t resist. So you buy one. Which is great while you’re in Cabo; you can wear it anywhere and feel all sorts of glam. But when you get home? Obviously you’re not going to work wrapped up in a sarong…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on December 26, 2013 at 3:18pm — No Comments
I shouldn’t admit to this, much less blog about it, but in the interest providing more information about the cost of living in Los Cabos I finally can comment on the cost of auto maintenance. For those who don’t know me personally, I drive a bright blue PT Cruiser. It has been such a wonderful car that, although in my profession it is customary to change cars every year or so, I just can’t give it up. It has been perfectly trouble free, which means that it hasn’t asked for…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on August 14, 2013 at 1:33pm — No Comments
Los Cabos: Retire in Paradise
by Carol Billups
If you’re interested in delving into the traditional Mexican culture, you are probably reading the wrong chapter. But if you want a comfortable retirement without some of the normal frustrations of expatriate living Los Cabos may be just what you need. Our…
Added by George Puckett on July 28, 2013 at 3:10am — No Comments