Month: July 2014

Buying Property along the Beaches of Mexico

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By Linda Neil, A.B.R.

Foreigners who wish to make money through the purchase of vacation or retirement homes and condominiums on beautiful Mexican beaches or along the U.S. and Belize borders do so through a Mexican bank trust, or fidei­comiso.

Article 27 of the 1917 Mexican Constitution, prohibits foreigners from acquiring fee simple title to residential real estate in areas referred to as “restricted” zones.  These restricted zones refer to any land: within 30 miles (50 km) of any coastline or 60 miles (100 km) of either border.  Also included in this zone is the entire Baja Peninsula.

The fideicomiso law, providing a legal, simple and safe circumvention of the constitutional provisions was established in 1973. The trust places legal title in the name of a Mexican bank under a permit from the Secretary of Foreign Relations, so the bank may administrate the property on behalf of the buyer/beneficiary, who…

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Notaries in the United States vs: Notarios in Mexico

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Jonathan Pikoff a practicing lawyer in both the United States and Mexico provided us this article describing the difference between a Notario in Mexico and a Notary in the U.S. (Texas).

by Jonathan A. Pikoff and Charles J. Crimmins

I. Introduction

When you are told the Mexican Notario Publico will charge $3,000 dollars to make you the beneficiary of a trust on a Mexican beachfront condo, you certainly know things are different in Mexico. This article will clarify the misconception that commonly occurs when individuals familiar with the Texas Office of Notary Public encounter a Mexican Notario Publico.

Despite sharing a common linguistic derivation, these two titles convey vastly different responsibilities upon their respective officeholders. The differences between Notary Public and Notario Publico are profound; according to Texas law the “literal translation of the phrase ‘Notary Public’ into Spanish is prohibited.”i The intent of this legislation is to prevent…

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Where to stay while in Baja?

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Baja california sur has a great rarity of place to stay, visit, camp and enjoy, I have been living in the Los Cabos area for 38 years, I was actually lucky and bless to have been born in Cabo San Lucas, as a matter of fact in the first real hospital.


Los Cabos Arch

Working in the hotel industry has allow me to work and stay in some of the most amazing location on Mexico, recently my wife and my three children were invited to stay an costa baja resort and spa, to us traveling as a whole family and with children from 8, 5 and a 6 month on its not easy.

However we had the most amazing stay we can remember, we arrived, and our concierge Felix give us the key to our room, plus a key to our very own Golf cart (my kids loved the…

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A Review for Loving Rose: The Redemption of Malcolm Sinclair by Stephanie Laurens

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Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest, and hopefully spoiler-free, review.

As I raved in my review post for The Masterful Mr. Montague, I adore Barnaby and Penelope as a mystery-solving couple, so I started reading Loving Rose: The Redemption of Malcolm Sinclair by Stephanie Laurens – book three in the Casebook of Barnaby Adair series – with gleeful anticipation.

The Blurb:

Miraculously spared from death, Malcolm Sinclair erases the notorious man he once was. Reinventing himself as Thomas Glendower, he strives to make amends for his past, yet he never imagines penance might come via a secretive lady he discovers living in his secluded manor.

Rose has a plausible explanation for why she and her children are residing in Thomas’s house, but she quickly realizes he’s far too intelligent to fool. Revealing the truth is impossibly dangerous, yet day…

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Sharknado 2: The Best and Worst Moments


Syfy’s Sharknado 2 never aspired to be high art, but its titular plot device — massive tornadoes that cause sharks to rain down from the sky, which made last year’s original a viral hit — did all it could to get people tuning in and talking with one campy, ridiculous OMG! moment after another. Below, reactions from TIME’s television critic James Poniewozik and reporter Nolan Feeney.


  • Best Death (human): I’ve got to call an upset here and give this to a *non-shark* killing: the head of the Statue of Liberty flies across New York Harbor and takes out Shark Tank‘s Daymond John, Cloverfield-style. You gonna take that, sharks?
  • Best Death (shark): “This is for you, pops!” If you had “Richard Kind uses a souvenir baseball bat to knock a shark into the Citi Field scoreboard a la The Natural” in your Sharknado 2 pool, congratulations!

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The London Diary – The Grand Finale at Stonehenge

The Twins & I

The next day we left for Salisbury, which, of course, is famous for Stonehenge. It was close to the end of our trip now, the penultimate night. The last night would be in London.

For this night I had booked us into a guesthouse in Amesbury, a small village, a little distance outside Salisbury. I was hoping that we would be able to walk to Stonehenge, which was supposed to be just down the road from our guesthouse, Mandalay. It was, but nobody mentioned that to get there, you’d have to cross a busy motorway and climb over a barbed wire fence.


We slogged all the way back to town and got a cab. It took us back the same way, crossed the motorway at the circle a long way ahead and circled around to the visitor centre. That’s where and we got out and trotted up to the window…

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A Little Relaxation

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My birthday is this weekend and my roommate and I decided to take a bit of a road trip.

When my mind races and I can’t control it, I look for an escape. My escape this week was traveling. Sadly, I’m already thinking about how I’ll be when I get back home– things are never out of sight, out of mind. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m still enjoying myself.)

What are some things that you do to settle your thoughts?

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