Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Guanajuato, Mexico - House Hunting

If you are really considering moving to the city of Guanajuato, you will need to engage in the #1 Survival Factor and that is finding a place to live.

Because American Gringolandians coming to start their expatriation experiment tend to think of Mexico as just another American state (I am not kidding either.), they think in terms of how an American would find a place to live. They want to know which rental-finding service to use.

You are not going to find that in Guanajuato. No matter how hard you look you are not going to find it and you might as well get it our of your mind long before you step a foot over the border that Mexico is not like America. Mexico is not set up like America and no amount of foot stomping is going to change how it is.

Some real estate agencies, both Mexican and American run, have rentals. But the #2 Survival Factor will come into play when you walk into any of these offices: The Rip Off Factor.

Here is the problem: No matter how much you take offense at this Inconvenient Truth, if you are not Spanish and Culturally fluent, the chances of you getting "taken," "ripped off," "scammed," or "gouged" rises to the power of infinity and beyond.

You need a representative. You need someone who is linguistically and culturally fluent and who is objective. You need someone who can spot a scam from a mile away.

Martha Roberts is such a person.

We've known this woman for years and though she charges for her excellent services (as she should), she can spot a flimflam and make sure you do not get ripped off.

Check out her web site. Her contact info is on this site.



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