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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.


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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 »

Mexico Real Estate: Message From Max Katz – Broker/Owner From The Baja Real Estate Group

Hello. I’m Max Katz Broker / Owner of the Baja Real Estate Group and today I will share with you a our snapshot of the real estate market in Baja for 2011 and a few of our goals for 2012.

2011 began with renewed optimism – we experienced a substantial increase in real estate activity in Baja along with a major increase in tourism. We have also seen several Construction restarts along the Baja Coast, a major show of confidence for our market. Our Agents are very motivated and encouraged by the current trend.
Lower real estate prices coupled with developer and owner financing played a big part in our market in 2011. These factors contributed to year over year substantial increases in sales volume.

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Med to Go International – Paving the Way for Mexico’s Successful Medical Tourism Industry. Compilied By: Miguel Sedano.

Mexican Medicine

Baja Doctors

According to recent statistics, over 59 million Americans do not have health insurance.  That said, there is obviously a tremendous need for affordable alternatives for those requiring either minor or major surgery.  Despite Mexico’s ongoing struggles, there are a few areas where the country is feeling a positive impact. Foreign investments are booming and now “Medical Tourism” is taking hold and bringing in a new type of visitor and potentially millions of dollars to the economy. With the ease and affordability of traveling south of the border, along with state-of-the-art facilities, current technology, US trained (English speaking) doctors and surgeons, and virtually no wait times, Mexico is quickly becoming a leader in this fast-growing industry.

A forecast by Deloitte Consulting projected that medical tourism originating in the US could jump by a factor of ten over the next decade. The growth in medical tourism has the potential to cost US health care providers billions of dollars in lost revenue and bring those huge dollars into a host of other countries including Mexico.

Leading the way is a revolutionary company called MedToGo International. I first met the founders ten years ago in Acapulco. Dr. Robert H. Page, Dr. Curtis Page and Robert Page Jr. are an impressive family of over achievers who were, at the time, publishing a book called Mexico: Health and Safety Travel Guide

They spent two years in 50 Mexican cities researching doctors and hospitals suitable for tourists. The end result: the ultimate guide for any tourist (or ex-pat) looking for an English-speaking doctor with excellent credentials (or an accredited hospital) almost anywhere in the country. This book on its own is an extraordinary product.

Over the years, the connections they made and the contacts they had began to take another turn. And, like most successful entrepreneurs, the Page family simply connected the dots. Today they are the only medical tourism company owned and operated by U.S. physicians. They have elevated MedToGo International© (MTGI) into the most trusted and credible healthcare referral service in North America, and offer patients surgical savings of up to 80% of what they would pay in the states. (A knee replacement for a registered MTGI© patient, including six days of physical therapy, costs about one-fourth of what it would be in the United States.)

They have conducted personal interviews and certification background checks on more than 700 physicians and have inspected over 80 private hospitals abroad. Only the top 10%, or those meeting the strictest health standards, parallel to that found in the U.S. are selected. As a result, MTGI© clients can feel assured that they will be working with the finest physicians and institutions outside the United States. In Mexico, their surgical partners are located in Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Leon, Hermosillo, Merida, and Tijuana.

The major areas of elective and specialized surgical offerings include:

* Orthopedic Surgery: Total knee or hip replacement; ACL, tendon or meniscal repair; spinal surgery; shoulder surgery
* Kidney Transplant: Live kidney donor already identified and pre-qualified
* Cardiovascular Surgery
* Weight Loss/Obesity Surgery: Lap Band, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, Metabolic Gastric Bypass
* General Surgery: Hernia Repair, Gallbladder, Nissen Fundoplication
* Gynecological Surgery: Laparoscopic or Vaginal Hysterectomy
* Dental Surgery: Full mouth Restoration
* Plastic Surgery: Breast Reduction, Liposuction, Post-bariatric Plastic Surgery
Their website (www.medtogo.com) is filled with all the information you need to explore the possibilities.  I asked if I could go through the process as if I was a patient, and they sent me the entire step-by-step. I am a stickler for detail, and I can tell you honestly, they don’t miss a thing. From the moment you submit your information for a quote, there is no stone unturned. From an “education sequence” of emails, to complete travel arrangements and assignment of your own English -speaking “Medical Liaison” who will be with you every step of the way in Mexico, they do this right. This is as professional and thorough as it gets.

Per their website:

“Once a patient is registered with MTGI© for a surgery, rigorous medical procedures are followed. Beginning in the patient’s hometown, pre-and post-surgery protocols are established with the patient’s physician/specialist to ensure the patient’s surgical readiness and long-term success. Depending on the type of surgery performed, accommodations are made regarding length of stay and follow-up medical care required back home, once the patient is released.

MTGI© also provides a team of U.S. physicians and coordinators who oversee a patient’s care and serve as their advocate while they are abroad. Safety and peace of mind are a top priority. MTGI© is the patient’s medical and travel referral source before they leave, while they are abroad and once they have returned home. Each patient is provided an English-speaking Medical Liaison to attend to them throughout their stay abroad. The designated Medical Liaison is available to facilitate communication, coordinate day-to-day schedule, and provide information.”

Medical tourism is quickly becoming a safe, affordable option for thousands of patients, and Mexico is stepping onto the world stage as a contender. With MedToGo leading the charge, Mexico might just come out the winner.
Below are the bios of the owners:

Robert H. Page M.D.
Dr. Robert Page is an Arizona native who was raised in Douglas, near the Mexican border. He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in 1971. While studying in Guadalajara, Dr. Page co-founded the Tlaquepaque Free Medical Clinic. He completed his Family Practice residency at the University of Arizona in 1978. He served as Chief of Staff at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital from 1991 to 1993 and was an Arizona delegate to the American Medical Association from 1993 to 2001. He is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), and is owner of a bilingual medical practice in Tempe, AZ, with a staff of five physicians and 22 assistants.

Curtis P. Page M.D.
Dr. Curtis Page graduated from Harvard Medical School in Boston Massachusetts from 1996. He later completed 2 years of a General Surgery residency at Emory University in Atlanta from 1996-1998 and later a Family Practice residency in Brooklyn, NY at the Lutheran Medical Center from 1998-2000. While in medical school, he did volunteer work in the Dominican Republic and with elderly Spanish-speaking patients at Alianza Espana in Boston. Dr. Page is also a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and a private family practitioner in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Page has completed many years of scientific research and is published in several leading scientific journals.

Robert R. Page
Robert earned his BA in Developmental Economics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1996. He has conducted economic research in Argentina, Mexico and the US and completed further studies in Brazil and Germany. Fluent in Spanish and English, he also speaks German and Portuguese. Robert has been the project’s field researcher, spending more than three years pre-screening physicians and medical facilities throughout Mexico. Robert currently divides his time between the United States and Mexico, where he works with Mexican physicians and hospital administration on patient-care protocol.

If you are thinking in moving to Mexico, don’t think more act today.  We Can Help.  Call today 858-433-0561 or email Miguel Sedano  info@rentinginmexico.com the perfect home is waiting for you.

Baja California Mexico moving ahead with new border crossing. Compilied By: Miguel Sedano.

While U.S. funding to finish the expansion of the San Ysidro port of entry is not yet allocated, Mexico appears on track to complete its new southbound border crossing.

Mexico is to finish construction in 2012 of the crossing, known as El Chaparral, as well as new bridges that will be needed for the transborder traffic, said Mexican Congressman Gastón Luken on Friday during the 21st summit of the South County Economic and Development Council.Mexico New Border 2012

Luken, who represents Baja California, said that Mexico has allocated $55 million to finish the project as planned. The funds came from fees collected at Mexican commercial border crossings.

“The expansion project should be seen as an investment not an expense,” Luken said about the San Ysidro expansion.

The remodeling and expansion project is to be done in three phases, which together are to cost $577 million.

Phase one is under way which involves the demolition of the existing port of entry building and expansion of traffic lanes from 24 to 62.

The second phase, which is to start in 2013, involves improving the pedestrian processing facilities.

And in the third phase, the I-5 southbound lanes will be shifted to accommodate the expansion of northbound lanes. The new southbound lanes are to connect to El Chaparral.

The total San Ysidro project was to be completed by 2016 but that date is now in doubt because the U.S. Congress has not yet funded phases two and three. When pressed as to what a potential funding delay means, project managers say that the expansion will be finished, but later than planned.

What’s more, a potential delay would also affect the planned U.S. expansions of the Otay Mesa and Calexico border crossings.

The annual summit drew about 400 people to the San Diego Convention Center to hear a variety of leaders and analysts discuss the region’s economy. One panel featured elected officials from all levels of government in California, as well as Luken, speaking about “The Future of the Border Region.”

They all spoke about the importance of securing the funds to complete the San Ysidro project.

“Reducing the wait times should be the priority,” stressed Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, during the panel discussion.

He said that reducing wait times by one hour per day would generate an additional $7 billion in revenue per year for San Diego County.

For his part, San Diego Councilman David Alvarez said he recently visited Washington, D.C. as part of a regional delegation that included officials from both sides of the border, including Luken, to lobby members of Congress to approve the funds to complete the expansion.

“There are no funds yet, but we must make the effort to raise awareness of the importance of transforming the San Ysidro border crossing,” said Alvarez, who represents District 8.

U.S. Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, said, “many people would die to live in a region like this one.” That’s why an investment should be made to make traveling between both countries easier, something that would spur economic development in both countries, he said.

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Choosing to retire at Calafia Condos – Testimonial – Baja Real Estate Group

Brad Billingsley, an American retiree living at Calafia Condos, talks about why he chose to retire to Mexico and why he chose Calafia Condos.

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Canadians Buying Mexico Real Estate

NUMBER OF CANADIANS BUYING REAL ESTATE IN MEXICO ON THE RISE

NUMBER OF CANADIANS BUYING REAL ESTATE IN MEXICO ON THE RISE

NUMBER OF CANADIANS BUYING REAL ESTATE IN MEXICO ON THE RISE

Routinely drawing upward of 85 percent of its tourists from Canada and United States, Mexico is steadily becoming home to Canadian snowbirds who can’t resist the lure of its great weather, strong currency, tax benefits and lifestyle rich in culture.

According to HiFX, one of the largest providers of foreign exchange services to individuals and businesses, last year more than 32 percent of new homeowners in Mexico were from Canada.  This trend has recently been mirrored in sales center traffic for local real estate developments.  In just this past week, Calafia Condos, Resort and Villas in northern Baja California saw six families through its sales office from Canada alone.

Lyndie Meissner, originally from Ft. Francis, Ontario, said it’s the sense of freedom found only in Mexico that prompted her to buy a home there.

“You can drive up and down the warm coast to enjoy the water with no worries of traffic jams,” said Meissner.  “It’s like going back in time to the Wild West.  I lived in Dana Point, Calif., in the 1970s, before any homes were there and we camped on the beach.  Now, Baja California is the only place left on the West Coast with that lifestyle.”

Meissner has lived happily in the small town of Calafia, Baja California, for 23 years.  She initially bought a second home in Baja but has since traded-up to the penthouse at Calafia Condos, Resort and Villas and has made Baja her permanent residence.  In fact, Meissner sold her previous business and started a new venture in Baja California, where she now has 10 employees.

For Meissner, Mexico living has become a family affair as her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter also live close by in Baja.

The north coast of Baja California is filled with shores of alluring waters, warm sunshine and kind-hearted neighbors, many of which are American or Canadian expatriates.  In fact, the city of Rosarito, Baja California, just south of Calafia Condos, Resort and Villas, claims nearly 40 percent of its residents are expatriates.

According to real estate officials at Baja Real Estate Group, Baja California is the perfect location for a delightful vacation get-away or home-away-from-home for the price.

“A better bargain cannot be found elsewhere along the coast of North America,” says Kathy Katz, partner in the Northern Baja Division of Prudential California Realty.  “Many snowbirds are discovering the benefits of buying real estate in Mexico.  We not only have an enviable year-round climate but we offer homes literally on the beach for less than $300,000!  We are only 30 minutes from the U.S. border and our property taxes are as little as $200 a year.”
The exotic beach town of Calafia is ideally located between Rosarito and Ensenada and is home to charming shops, restaurants, clubs, art galleries, beaches and more.  Calafia Condos, Resort and Villas recently celebrated the start of construction on its third high-rise condominium tower.  The initial two towers are sold out.  Sales for Tower III are under way and prices range from $298,000 for a two-bedroom oceanfront residence to $650,000 for a 15th-floor penthouse.  Calafia Condos, Resort and Villas provides expert guidance in purchasing real estate in Mexico with skilled experts in the areas of title insurance, escrow services and real estate law.  For more information contact a sales agent at 1-866-CALAFIA or visit www.calafiacondos.com.

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NUMBER OF CANADIANS BUYING REAL ESTATE IN MEXICO ON THE RISE Routinely drawing upward of 85 percent of its tourists from Canada and United States, Mexico is steadily becoming home to Canadian snowbirds who can’t resist the lure of its great weather, strong currency, tax benefits and lifestyle rich in culture.

According to HiFX, one of the largest providers of foreign exchange services to individuals and businesses, last year more than 32 percent of new homeowners in Mexico were from Canada.  This trend has recently been mirrored in sales center traffic for local real estate developments.  In just this past week, Calafia Condos, Resort and Villas in northern Baja California saw six families through its sales office from Canada alone.

Lyndie Meissner, originally from Ft. Francis, Ontario, said it’s the sense of freedom found only in Mexico that prompted her to buy a home there.

“You can drive up and down the warm coast to enjoy the water with no worries of traffic jams,” said Meissner.  “It’s like going back in time to the Wild West.  I lived in Dana Point, Calif., in the 1970s, before any homes were there and we camped on the beach.  Now, Baja California is the only place left on the West Coast with that lifestyle.”

Meissner has lived happily in the small town of Calafia, Baja California, for 23 years.  She initially bought a second home in Baja but has since traded-up to the penthouse at Calafia Condos, Resort and Villas and has made Baja her permanent residence.  In fact, Meissner sold her previous business and started a new venture in Baja California, where she now has 10 employees.

For Meissner, Mexico living has become a family affair as her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter also live close by in Baja.

The north coast of Baja California is filled with shores of alluring waters, warm sunshine and kind-hearted neighbors, many of which are American or Canadian expatriates.  In fact, the city of Rosarito, Baja California, just south of Calafia Condos, Resort and Villas, claims nearly 40 percent of its residents are expatriates.

According to real estate officials at Prudential California Realty, Baja California is the perfect location for a delightful vacation get-away or home-away-from-home for the price.

“A better bargain cannot be found elsewhere along the coast of North America,” says Kathy Katz, partner in the Northern Baja Division of Prudential California Realty.  “Many snowbirds are discovering the benefits of buying real estate in Mexico.  We not only have an enviable year-round climate but we offer homes literally on the beach for less than $300,000!  We are only 30 minutes from the U.S. border and our property taxes are as little as $200 a year.”

The exotic beach town of Calafia is ideally located between Rosarito and Ensenada and is home to charming shops, restaurants, clubs, art galleries, beaches and more.  Calafia Condos, Resort and Villas recently celebrated the start of construction on its third high-rise condominium tower.  The initial two towers are sold out.  Sales for Tower III are under way and prices range from $298,000 for a two-bedroom oceanfront residence to $650,000 for a 15th-floor penthouse.  Calafia Condos, Resort and Villas provides expert guidance in purchasing real estate in Mexico with skilled experts in the areas of title insurance, escrow services and real estate law.  For more information contact a sales agent at 1-866-CALAFIA or visit www.calafiacondos.com.

Summer Arrived in Calafia Condos

Just in time for Halloween, summer arrived in Calafia. Here are some pix from Oct 29, 2010.  The wind was < 5mph.

Flower hanging out at the new Tower 3

Flower hanging out at the new Tower 3

Calafia Paradise is now complete - T3/T2/T1/Villa's and a glimpse of Las Olas Grande from the beach

Calafia Paradise is now complete - T3/T2/T1/Villa's and a glimpse of Las Olas Grande from the beach

Marilyn and Karmella on Calafia beach

Marilyn and Karmella on Calafia beach

Karmella frolicking in the waves

Karmella frolicking in the waves

Karmella on the rocks

Karmella on the rocks

Karmella and Ron on the run

Karmella and Ron on the run

Sunset at 80 degrees - from our deck

Sunset at 80 degrees - from our deck

Another picture of the sunset

Another picture of the sunset

Sunset through the Coronato's place

Sunset through the Coronato's place

Striped Ocean

Striped Ocean

Weather forecast for Saturday: Rain then sun.

Marilyn K. Simon, Ph.D.
Online Faculty Mentor
Del Mar, CA
Calafia Mexico

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How Americans are Stretching Their Money South of the Border in Baja California Mexico

Americans struggling with the economy are finding relief south of the border. The overall lower cost of living, affordable beach front housing, lower property taxes as well as proximity and accessibility to US services, have made Baja California a preferred choice for relocation among retirees and families alike.

How Americans are Stretching Their Money South of the Border in Baja California, MexicoROSARITO, BAJA CALIFORNIA. MEXICO – Many Americans with reduced and fixed incomes are looking outside of the US for retirement and economic relief in these tough times, finding it just south of the border. Baja California, Mexico is leading the trend to cater to retirees, by offering services that appeal to the growing number of foreign residents. These services include assisted living, property and personal care among others at significantly lower prices than in the US.

US store names like Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Smart and Final, Applebee’s and Ashley Furniture are some of which are becoming more common in strip malls around the area. State of the art medical facilities equal to those on the US have been and are being constructed in order to provide quality medical care services to the growing number of foreign residents, the only difference being the lower cost. read more »

For some East Bay retirees, Mexico an affordable alternative

By Kathleen Kirkwood

Brad Billingsley and his Wife

Brad Billingsley and his wife Linda

Brad Billingsley could have been waiting for his tee time at an Arizona golf course.

Instead, the former Lafayette resident and his wife Linda were in a lagoon off Cabo San Lucas, snapping photos of gray whales bobbing next to their small charter boat.

“Every day, it’s an adventure here,” Brad Billingsley said. “It’s added 20 years to my life.”

Brad, 62, and Linda Billingsley, 61, are among the “silver surge” of baby boomers seeking alternative retirement nests in Mexico, according to a recent report by the International Community Foundation.

It’s not certain how many U.S. retirees are living in Mexico — a 2004 study puts it between 500,000 and 600,000 — but the foundation and other researchers say the number is bound to increase as more boomers settle into their golden years and find Mexico an affordable alternative. Almost half the retirees living in coastal areas are getting by comfortably on less than $1,000 per month, said the report, which cites the growth of real estate projects targeted at retirees as proof that expatriates are flocking south of the border.

The Billingsleys had seriously considered a retirement community with a golf course in central Arizona. But they lacked the enthusiasm for fairway living that seemed to consume retirees there. “Their entire lives were involved with golf,” Brad Billingsley said.

In 2007, the couple became expatriates and settled into a $300,000, two-bedroom beachfront condominium in Rosarito Beach, in Baja California.

They’ve made the most out of their retirement dollars, Brad Billingsley said. The cost of living — from groceries to health care — is low in their beachfront town and there’s plenty to do, such as driving down the coast to Cabo, walking on the beach and shopping at the local mercado. read more »