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Mexican FolkArt Market 2013 in Rosarito Beach

Mexican FolkArt Market 2013 in Rosarito Beach

The Mexican FolkArt Market 2013, on its first ever edition, took place on the 9th & 10th of November. The cultural event featured Top Mexican Artisans from all over the country showcasing their art and crafts.
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ROSARITO AND ENSENADA ADVENTURES

ROSARITO AND ENSENADA ADVENTURES – Rides in Rosarito, dining in Ensenada offer memorable views and moments south of the border
By Wendy Lemlin Oct. 13, 2013

If you go – Getting there

Cross the border at San Ysidro and bear to the right, following signs for Rosarito-Ensenada Scenic Road and then signs for Ensenada Cuota. For the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Susanna’s, take the third Rosarito exit, and continue straight to Blvd. Benito Juarez.

Returning to the U.S.

Important: You must have a valid passport to re-enter the United States.

Some hotels and restaurants, including the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Susanna, offer a one-time “Fast Pass” allowing access to the faster, specifically designated border lanes.

Ensenada lodging
Casa Natalie: Hotelncasanatalie.com/English.
Hotel Coral & Marina: Hotelcoral.com
Rosarito Beach lodging
Rosarito Beach Hotel: RosaritoBeachHotel.com
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Talks Of Ownership Laws in Mexico Generate Surge in Real Estate Sales

Changes to foreign ownership laws in Mexico expected to generate a surge in sales
The historical amendment to Mexican Constitutions´ 27th Article, has stirred the interest in   properties along the Baja Riviera, as evidenced by the surge of real-estate activity along the Northern Baja Coast. “We have seen an important increase in the number of inquiries by potential clients since discussion about the reform hit international media outlets”, said Maday Valdenegro, Sales Manager at Santa Barbara in Bajamar.

Manlio Fabio Beltrones - Mexican Federal Senator

Manlio Fabio Beltrones – Mexican Federal Senator

The amendment to article 27 was approved by the Mexican Senate on April 23rd, “but it still needs to be approved by a majority of Congresses of each of the States in Mexico for a reform of the law to be final”, noted   Javier Troncoso, an Attorney at Law based in Los Cabos

The reform would now allow foreigners to acquire real estate within the “Restricted Zone” (100 kilometers wide from the borders and 50 kilometers wide from the coastal shores).

“Historically, once an amendment has passed in the Mexican Senate, the State Congresses have approved it. An amendment to the Law of Foreign Ownership would still be needed”, added Troncoso. read more »

New Mexican Immigration Regulations

On Thursday, FRAO invited Lic. Marisol Angulo, director of the INAMI office in Rosarito Beach to discuss the new immigration policies and procedures.

New Mexican Immigration Regulations

New Mexican Immigration Regulations

Key information from the meeting:

  •  The former FM3 and FM2 is being replaced by a Visa Temporal, or temporary visa.  After 4 years of holding a Visa Temporal you can apply for “permanent status” and then you no longer have to renew your visa on a regular basis, unless something changes, such as your marital or employment status, you move, or your citizenship changes.
  •  To apply, you must be able to show income of $30,000 MX per month.  Or at $12.50 MX pesos to the US dollar, $2,400.00 US per month, per person.  There is no variance for a shared household; two people need to show $60,000 MX or $4,800.00 US per month.  (FYI:  To qualify for permanent residence in the US, a foreign resident must prove 125% of the federal poverty level, or currently about $1,576.00 US per month for a family of two.)
  •  To prove your income, you need bank statements to document income employment or government pension deposits.
  •  Further, if your income is from employment or government pension you need bank statements from a Mexican bank, or if from a US bank, the statements must be translated by an official translator showing FOUR months of this kind of income.
  •  If part or your income is from investments, rental income, etc., then you must provide TWELVE months of bank statements showing this income.

The first step to applying for your Visa Temporal is to obtain a FMM, or “tourist visa” and this visa must be obtained at a Mexican embassy or consul office.  The closest one to Rosarito is San Diego.  This document is only valid for 30 days, and you must begin your application process within that 30 days.  If you go past the 30 days to begin the process, there is a significant fine.

Foreign Residents Attention Office

Foreign Residents Attention Office

If you entered Mexico on an FMM tourist visa obtained at the border, good for 180 days, this is not correct for anything other than a casual tourist visitor.  To obtain the 30 day visa, you must first go to an INAMI office and have the 180 day visa cancelled, even if it is expired.  If you have lost or destroyed that expired 180 day visa and it cannot be cancelled, you are in violation of Mexican law.  If you have an expired FM-2 or FM-3, it must be “cancelled” before beginning any new process.  If your expired FM-2 / FM-3 has been stolen, lost or destroyed you must go to the Ministerio Publico and file a report then present this report to local immigration BEFORE going to the Mexican consulate to apply for the FMM.

The benefit of the new system is that once you achieve permanent status or immigrado status, (which can lead to Mexican citizenship) you no longer have the expense of indefinite renewals as we currently have with the FM-2 and FM-3.

You must have some affiliation (work or residence) with Rosarito Beach to process your application in the Rosarito Beach INAMI office.  For example, if you live in San Antonio del Mar, you are in Tijuana and must go to the Tijuana office.  If you live in La Mision, you must go to the Ensenada office.

If you are a board member or officer of any community group, or “Civil Association” you must have a work permit, and that number must be on your Visa Temporal.  If not, you are in violation of Mexican law.

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On Thursday, FRAO invited Lic. Marisol Angulo, director of the INAMI office in Rosarito Beach to discuss the new immigration policies and procedures.

Key information from the meeting:

· The former FM3 and FM2 is being replaced by a Visa Temporal, or temporary visa.  After 4 years of holding a Visa Temporal you can apply for “permanent status” and then you no longer have to renew your visa on a regular basis, unless something changes, such as your marital or employment status, you move, or your citizenship changes.
· To apply, you must be able to show income of $30,000 MX per month.  Or at $12.50 MX pesos to the US dollar, $2,400.00 US per month, per person.  There is no variance for a shared household; two people need to show $60,000 MX or $4,800.00 US per month.  (FYI:  To qualify for permanent residence in the US, a foreign resident must prove 125% of the federal poverty level, or currently about $1,576.00 US per month for a family of two.)
· To prove your income, you need bank statements to document income employment or government pension deposits.
· Further, if your income is from employment or government pension you need bank statements from a Mexican bank, or if from a US bank, the statements must be translated by an official translator showing FOUR months of this kind of income.
· If part or your income is from investments, rental income, etc., then you must provide TWELVE months of bank statements showing this income.

The first step to applying for your Visa Temporal is to obtain a FMM, or “tourist visa” and this visa must be obtained at a Mexican embassy or consul office.  The closest one to Rosarito is San Diego.  This document is only valid for 30 days, and you must begin your application process within that 30 days.  If you go past the 30 days to begin the process, there is a significant fine.

If you entered Mexico on an FMM tourist visa obtained at the border, good for 180 days, this is not correct for anything other than a casual tourist visitor.  To obtain the 30 day visa, you must first go to an INAMI office and have the 180 day visa cancelled, even if it is expired.  If you have lost or destroyed that expired 180 day visa and it cannot be cancelled, you are in violation of Mexican law.  If you have an expired FM-2 or FM-3, it must be “cancelled” before beginning any new process.  If your expired FM-2 / FM-3 has been stolen, lost or destroyed you must go to the Ministerio Publico and file a report then present this report to local immigration BEFORE going to the Mexican consulate to apply for the FMM.

The benefit of the new system is that once you achieve permanent status or immigrado status, (which can lead to Mexican citizenship) you no longer have the expense of indefinite renewals as we currently have with the FM-2 and FM-3.

You must have some affiliation (work or residence) with Rosarito Beach to process your application in the Rosarito Beach INAMI office.  For example, if you live in San Antonio del Mar, you are in Tijuana and must go to the Tijuana office.  If you live in La Mision, you must go to the Ensenada office.

If you are a board member or officer of any community group, or “Civil Association” you must have a work permit, and that number must be on your Visa Temporal.  If not, you are in violation of Mexican law.

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 Launch Party at Castillos Del Mar Hotel

Castillos Del Mar Hotel is taking part as one of the designated “Points of Light” in the Mob Art project known as Shine on Baja. This unprecedented event in the Baja area is being promoted by Debbie Shine as a way to ‘shed light’ on the beautiful Baja Peninsula.

Castillos Del Mar Hotel

Castillos Del Mar Hotel

The main attraction is the simultaneous release of hundreds of multicolored self-floating hot air lanterns along the Baja coast, from Playas de Tijuana to Ensenada creating a spectacular view of the night sky. Launch time is scheduled at 7:00 pm local time.

Come and join us at the post launch party at Castillos Del Mar Hotel, at 8:00 p.m. for specials on drinks,  food and live music! Bring two lanterns to launch for video/photo.

Try our classic margarita on the rocks and get a FREE wish lantern.

For more information on this and other Events at Castillos del Mar contact Adriana Madera at Ph. (661) 612-1088

Castillos Del Mar Hotel is located on Km. 29.5 (Popotla Blvd)
http://www.castilloshotel.com
Facebook: Hotel Castillos del Mar en Rosarito
Ph. (661) 612-1088

Logo Castillos Del Mar

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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

Mexico Real Estate Snapshot For The Baja Real Estate Group – By Max Katz

Hi I am Max Katz Broker and Owner of the Baja Real Estate Group.

I want to share with you what we are experiencing in the Rosarito, Ensenada Corridor. These first six months of 2012, sales have doubled. Homes, that are well priced, sometimes are seeing multiple offers and selling close to list price. Much of the activity we are seeing is not only due to price, but a credit to our seasoned agents. Our marketing and sales training are paying off.

As sales double so has our market reach from Canada to Mexico City. Our buyers range from retires looking for a better lifestyle to the second home buyer looking for a beach front getaway.

I am very proud of our online marketing team, they have done an outstanding job. Adding features that make it very easy for buyers to become well informed. They have given our sellers incredible marketing exposure; through open house videos posted YouTube, social media and one of their newest marketing tools the 360º Virtual tours.

Referrals also remain a big part of who we are at the Baja Real Estate Group, We want to thank our friends, family and neighbors for always thinking of us when thinking of Mexico Real Estate.

Please take the time to read our newsletters, they are always filled with great information for both Buyers and Sellers. If you are not on our mailing list. Please sign up at News@bajaREgroup.com. If you are interest in Buying or selling your home in Mexico. please contact one of our agents at Sales@bajaREgroup.com.

We will make it as easy as possible.

Once again thank you, our customer, for helping make the start of 2012 a success!

Max Katz
Broker/Owner
Baja Real Estate Group
(619) 200-7408
http://www.bajarealestategroup.net

Actor Robert Redford says adios to Baja California

Robert Redford left Baja California last weekend, as quietly as when he first arrived in June to film J.C. Chandor’s “All is Lost” at Baja Studios south of Rosarito Beach.

A few days before returning to the United States, the 75-year-old actor shared some thoughts during a brief meeting with a small group of local Baja California reporters.

Redford told them about his fondness for Mexican culture, his need for privacy, and the pleasure he had taken in working on the film with Chandor.

“The reason I did this film was that he had created a vision that’s fresh and new but was also very bold, and I thought that this was a good thing for me to do at this time in my life,” Redford said.

In the movie, Redford is the lone actor, playing a man fighting for survival at sea.

A video released Friday by the Baja California Tourism Secretariat shows the actor relaxed, frequently joking and laughing while speaking with the reporters.

Redford told them of growing up in Los Angeles, in a neighborhood where most of his neighbors were Mexican. “I’ve always loved enchiladas,” he said, then quipped, “my favorite food is tequila.”

He said “more people should know” about areas of Mexico that are safe, and accused U.S. media of overplaying the violence. “It’s unfortunate since there are so many areas of Mexico that are safe to visit, that more people should know this,” Redford said.

Asked whether he felt safe in Baja California, the actor laughed as he answered, “Yes, but can you print this after I leave?”

The terms of the July 17 news conference were carefully negotiated with Baja California officials, and those in attendance agreed to withhold publication until after Redford had left.

No members of the U.S. media nor Mexican national correspondents were invited. At Redford’s side as he spoke were Chandor, Baja California Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, tourism secretary Juan Tintos and Kurt Honold, president of Baja Studios.

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Mexico Real Estate Testimonial – Why I choose to live in Northen Baja California

 

Why I choose to live in Northen Baja California
Written By: Tomas Dolcini

Since I was a child growing up in a predominately Spanish-speaking neighborhood, my dream had always been to buy a home and live in Mexico, preferably by the ocean. On May 6, 2011, that dream came true for me and I signed off the escrow paperwork for my beautiful Mexican-style villa in a Golf Resort called Bajamar located in Ensenada.

Mexico Real Estate Testimonial - Buying A Home And Living in Mexico

Mexico Real Estate Testimonial - Buying A Home And Living in Mexico

The entire experience was an adventure for me. Having purchased a home here in the United States, I was somewhat familiar with how a real estate purchase worked, but was unfamiliar with the Mexican laws. I had heard that Americans could not purchase property along the Baja Peninsula and could only lease for 99 years, so that concerned me. I wanted to reside in Mexico, but be close to the United States, so my family and friends could easily visit. I never thought in a million years I would be able to afford a home with an ocean view in Mexico, because homes with ocean views in the United States cost over one million dollars.

I decided to do some research and stumbled across a website titled www.owninginmexico.com. I was blessed to have found that website. This website had links with thorough explanations to all the various developments in Baja California, and lots of pictures to see what I was up against. I was flabbergasted at the inexpensive prices that were totally within my budget. I made a phone call to ask some questions and spoke with Kathy Katz. She was very enthusiastic and answered all of my questions in a friendly and professional manner. I enjoyed the conversation so much and hung up feeling so positive, that I booked a flight and headed out for Baja that same week to look for houses.

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