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
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
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
Referring someone to one of my blogs on how the trust system works, I realized how far they’d have to page through to get there. So, it’s time to revisit how we hold title in Mexico. And, for the regulars, I’ll add an update on what is currently happening in Congress about changing…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on July 15, 2013 at 3:02pm — No Comments
One of the many pleasures of my job is helping new residents get oriented. This is most important for clients who are moving here to live full time; folks buying vacation homes have property managers. But if you’re here full time you’ve got to learn where and how to pay bills, where to shop for groceries, and many other day to day details. So, as soon as they get here I like to take some time out of the office, put them in the car with a map and something to write on, and we…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on July 6, 2013 at 10:59am — No Comments
First, the good news: the real estate market in Cabo is HOT HOT HOT!
Second, the not so great news for sellers: there is still a ton of inventory out there at prices we haven’t seen since the early 90’s. So the competition is incredibly fierce.
Some sellers are offering…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on June 22, 2013 at 10:07am — No Comments
Living in Los Cabos: Whale Watching
We went whale-watching last week with friends; we were lucky enough to find one who seemed to enjoy being the center of attention. Whale-watching is one of my favorite things to do in Cabo. The whales are here from roughly December to March. The tours are quite reasonable, and although they can’t guarantee you’ll see a whale it is almost impossible not to have a great time. If you go, please use one of the professional charters who will…Continue
Added by Carol Billups on March 2, 2013 at 11:38am — No Comments
Living in Los Cabos: 2012 in Real Estate, Year End Report
At the end of each year I send out a summary of the real estate activity to my clients, neighbors and friends who generally want to keep an eye on our market. In recent years their most pressing question has been ‘is it finally turning around?’ This year I think they’re going to like the answer. The year 2012 was good for real estate in Los Cabos. I believe the indicators show that yes, although we still have a lot of…Continue