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Housing inventory not much of an issue in northern Baja California, broker Kathy Katz says

 

Housing inventory not much of an issue in northern Baja California, broker Kathy Katz says

By GLENN GRANT, Special to The Daily Transcript
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Sales have doubled each of the past three years at Baja Real Estate Group in Rosarito Beach and Ensenada, says broker/co-owner Kathy Katz. Courtesy photo

Low housing inventory is a challenge for most San Diego County real estate firms. But it’s a different story just south of the border.

“We have great inventory in northern Baja California,” said Kathy Katz, broker and co-owner with husband Max Katz at Baja Real Estate Group in Rosarito Beach and Ensenada. “There’s been a lot of developer-financed new construction the past few years, but because we got hit by the economy along with everybody else, we have new standing inventory.”

Americans by birth, the Katzes have lived and worked in northern Baja for more than 20 years. They have a second home in Chula Vista but raised their children in Rosarito Beach, where they’re active in community affairs and among other Americans who live in the coastal city.

“I was doing vacation rentals in Rosarito, then met up with a developer and started re-launching his condos,” Kathy Katz said. “I was always in sales, so I guess this was my calling.”

The firm has clients in the United States, Baja and the Mexican interior, and prides itself on educating them about property ownership along the border. A client-relations staff member was recently hired to funnel prospective buyers to agents and help them make informed decisions.

The firm’s eight agents also help clear up prospective buyers’ apprehensions and beliefs about Mexican laws regarding foreign ownership, such as the 99-year land lease.

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360º Baja Real Estate Virtual Tours

 

360º Baja Real Estate Virtual Tours

360º photography showcases your property unlike anything else. It engages potential clients at a more intimate level. The interaction resulting in browsing a whole room or an area far exceeds that of pictures that shows a portion.

360º Baja Real Estate Virtual Tours

360º Baja Real Estate Virtual Tours

They’re a proven marketing method of placing people in the space of your home. Allowing buyers the opportunity to view your home, both, inside and out.

Virtual Tours not only give buyers the opportunity to tour your home once. Our Virtual Tours placed strategically on all our web sites allows the buyer to visit the home AGAIN from their own living room through virtual tours. This is extremely important on larger and more upscale homes where photos are not enough to get the true impact or value.

To see the 360º Baja real estate virtual tours below just click on an image. The virtual tour will load on a new window. Please note you will need a Adobe Flash Player® in order to view these tours. You can get it by clicking on the link below.

See Baja Real Estate Virtual Tours here: http://www.bajarealestategroup.net/Baja_Real_Estate_Virtual_Tours/

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An oasis of music and wine in Baja

 

 

An oasis of music and wine in Baja
Steve Lopez
Recent Columns
October 12, 2013, 12:05 p.m.

In the hills high above Ensenada, on the road to Ojos Negros, a dust-covered, mustachioed cowboy named Don Heriberto Aguilar has found the perfect life.

A trip to Aguilar’s rancho was not on my itinerary in Mexico. I was there to research a story, which will be coming soon, on more than three decades of good deeds performed in Baja California by the owners of Benning Violins in Studio City.

But Tito Quiroz, a musician who started Ensenada’s Academia Benning (which he named for his longtime mentors), was determined to give me and Times photographer Michael Robinson Chavez a look at a Mexico few visitors see. If we were interested, he said, he would take us to a party at a winery in the hills.

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ACA – Obamacare’s Effects on American Expats Living Abroad

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
ACA – Obamacare’s Effects on American Expats Living Abroad
yucalandia.com

Sept. 27, 2013 Update:

This article is for all the Americans traveling or living abroad who have, so far, avoided learning about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With the upcoming Oct. 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014 enrollment period, for ACA – Obamacare, there are bundles of questions that arise affecting US citizens who are outside the USA.
Are US citizens outside the US covered / protected by the ACA?

ACA – Obamacare’s Effects on American Expats Living Abroad

ACA – Obamacare’s Effects on American Expats Living Abroad

Are we exempt?

Is coverage only offered within the US (like Medicare), requiring citizens outside the US to travel for care?
Are expats forced to pay for a US insurance plan, even if they cannot receive care under the plan outside the US?

What fines (a.k.a. “taxes” in US Supreme Court lingo), must be paid for not enrolling in a US health plan?
The full answers will all be revealed in due time, since MOST of the significant parts of Obamacare do not take affect until 2014, and Congress may overturn these provisions before then.

 

 

 

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Huge Dolphin Pod at Calafia Condos – Baja Real Estate Group

 

Calafia Condos Resort & Villas. The area sits on a privileged location that is a window to an assortment of marine wild life, from sea lions, seals, seagulls to dolphins, whales and even orcas.


This video is a common sight for the residents at Calafia Condos, a pod of a couple of hundred or so of long-beaked dolphins working together in a coordinated hunting dance to encircle fish that ends up in a spectacular feast where even the seagulls and pelicans join in.

Enjoy the video.


For more information on Calafia Condos and Baja real estate please visit http://www.bajarealestategroup.net

Mexico Tops List of Favorite Boomer Top 5 Vacation Spots

               Mexico Tops List of Favorite Boomer Top 5 Vacation Spots
By Megan Ray on August 8, 2013

Many older adults use retirement to visit certain countries they may not have had the chance to explore while they were working. While there are no bad choices when it comes to traveling during senior living, a recent survey from WatchBoom revealed the most popular destinations among baby boomers.

Mexico Tops List of Favorite Boomer Top 5 Vacation Spots

Mexico Tops List of Favorite Boomer Top 5 Vacation Spots

Mexico came in as the top spot, as it earned more than 1,100 votes from the surveyed boomers. Its popularity among the older population should not come as much of a surprise, according to The Huffington Post. For starters, it’s teeming with activity and is famous for having beautiful weather. It’s also affordable and easy to get to. A little further south, Costa Rica landed at the No. 4 spot

“Costa Rica doesn’t have the preponderance of all-inclusives, [but] it’s still a fantastic destination because of all the natural beauty,” Nina Meyer of the American Society of Travel Agents, told the news source. “The dollar value is still very good, [and it has] easy access.

Tropical destinations weren’t the only places to make the cut. Canada came in at No. 5, while Spain landed at No. 3, thanks in large part to how easy it is to get around while still speaking English.

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This Sure Beats California…

Originally posted on InternationalLiving.com | By Patti Morrow

Margit Gantt wanted to find a more fulfilling lifestyle than the one she had in California. She was looking for great weather every day…somewhere she could get more for her money.

"Ensenada, Mexico feels like California did years ago"

“Ensenada, Mexico feels like California did years ago”

She and her husband Patrick knew where they wanted to be. They often vacationed in the seaside community of Ensenada, Mexico. “The feeling here is like California years ago,” said Margit. “It’s different and familiar at the same time. That’s what we love about it.”

Ensenada is on the Pacific coast of the Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Even though the population is approaching 400,000, it still maintains small-town charm.

In 1989, the Gantts took the plunge and decided they were staying. They never regretted it.

“It’s a thousand ti mes better,” said Margit.

“California is so overcrowded now, a bit of a circus, and people aren’t a community. It’s different here. Even strangers still greet each other on the street.”

The Gantts tried out several locations before settling on their current home—a three-bedroom hillside villa with panoramic views of Ensenada Bay, the city, and the mountains.
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Crime In Mexico: Is Baja Safe For Travelers?

by Dave Seminara

Fifteen years ago, my brother who lives near San Diego took me to coastal Baja in Mexico and the experience has stayed with me ever since. We ate fish tacos, went swimming at a sublime, deserted beach and fell asleep on the beach to the sounds of the surf. In December, I’m heading west to visit my brother again, this time with my wife and sons, ages 3 and 5, but when I asked him to take me back to the same places we visited long ago he told me that it wasn’t safe.

Beach in Rosarito

Beach in Rosarito

“No one goes down there any more,” he said. “Those places are all ghost towns.”

And after contacting Budget, the company we’d reserved a car with at its LAX location, and being told that we weren’t allowed to take our rental car down to Mexico, I wondered if perhaps my brother was right.

Crime in Mexico is serious business and anyone who suggests that safety isn’t a legitimate concern is kidding themselves. But I’ve been traveling to different parts of Mexico for years, including recent trips in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and I still believe that there are parts of the country that are safe to visit.
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Shine on Baja – Largest ‘Mob Art’ Project in Baja’s History

 

Art for Art Sake

Shine on Baja - Largest 'Mob Art' Project in Baja's History - Art of Art Sake

Shine on Baja – Largest ‘Mob Art’ Project in Baja’s History – Art of Art Sake

When: Saturday November 3rd
Where: From Playas de Tijuana to Ensenada
Time: 7:00 pm

Please, join hundreds of Baja residents as we “light-up’ the coastline with beautiful multicolored, biodegradable “Wish Lanterns”. The lanterns will drift long enough to create a spectacular bejeweled string of lights up and down the coastline!

Restaurants and hotels along the coast with desirable “Launch Areas” will be designated “Points of Light” for the project.

Promote your own “launch party” on Saturday, November 3rd, and help shed light on our beautiful peninsula.

Debbie Shine - Artist / Interior Designer

Debbie Shine – Artist / Interior Designer

Shine on Baja is nonprofit community art project by artist and interior designer Debbie Shine.

Contact event organizers, Debbie Shine: debbieshinebaja@yahoo.com (661-614-0400) | Robin MacKenzie: tatblue@aol.com

Cost Of Living In Mexico

 

WITH AN ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING THAT IS 30 PERCENT LESS THAN IN THE STATES, BUDGET-CONCIOUS HOMEBUYERS ARE LOOKING SOUTH TO MEXICO

CALAFIA, Baja California – Early retirement, a lower cost of living and being able to maintain your lifestyle while watching your wallet are all reasons why  American buyers have turned to  Mexican real estate especially in our struggling economy, said  Max Katz, sales director at Calafia Condos Resort and Villas, a new community in Baja California. Once considered to be a well-kept secret, the significantly lower cost of living in Mexico paired with great home values are attracting Americans south of the border who want a great home and a rich lifestyle at a fraction of the cost.

Calafia Condos Resort & Villas

Calafia Condos Resort & Villas

Overall, the cost of living in Mexico is about 30 percent less than in the U.S., he said.

“Golf here is cheaper than compared to the U.S.,” said Bob Dawson who moved to Mexico 13 years ago with his wife Carol.  “The food is good too.  In fact, just the other day I bought a delicious thick rib eye steak for only $5.  Ocean fishing here is excellent and it is quite easy and cheap to rent a boat for a day excursion.”

The Dawsons moved to Mexico 13 years ago so that Bob could retire five years sooner.  They now own a home at Calafia Condos Resort and Villas, which is only 30 minutes south of the international border.  The favorite part of their home is the great ocean view and they can even watch whales migrating from the balcony.    read more »