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Real Estate in Yucatan

By Working Gringos

We recently came across an article published in UADY’s magazine about the possibilities of reclaiming and recycling old buildings in Merida’s center. Of course, we think this is an idea whose time has definitely come, but what does it mean for long term investment? Here are some ideas, and as always, we welcome yours!


By Dr. Steven Fry

Whether you are thinking of buying or selling real estate in Merida or on the Yucatan Peninsula, it is helpful to think about what the future may bring to this part of the world. Dr. Steven Fry sheds some light on the subject…

By Working Gringos

Click here to read the last installment in the “Building Our House” series…the happy ending to the eight-part installment that follows the Working Gringos as they build a house in Merida, Yucatan…

By Working Gringos

Colonial homes in a tropical city like Merida are nothing like most of the homes we extranjeros are used to living in. We fall in love with these stately beauties… but then we have to take care of them. We have a lot to learn. Let’s start with what to look for at the very beginning with some tips from Jorge Sosa, the Handyman…


By Working Gringos

Yes, the Working Gringos are still building their house. As the scheduled deadline is two months away, we’re hoping to bring the project in just a little bit early. But as everyone who has ever built a house knows, this “last little bit” can seem endless…

By Mitch Keenan

Mitch Keenan, the director of Mexico International, a leading real estate agency here in Merida, passes on eight useful tips for preparing your Yucatan house for sale…

By Working Gringos

Mitch Keenan got back to us with his view of the new Yucatan beach law, called Descreto 801, and compares it to a similar law (POET) on the coast of the Mayan Riviera…


By Working Gringos

The law was signed into effect last summer, but the actual impact is just starting to be weighed by real estate professionals in Merida. Here’s our first report…

By Working Gringos

We’ve just emerged from la temporada, the traditionally slow summer months in Merida, then submerged in one of the wettest rainy seasons we can remember, so you might think we haven’t written an article about building our house because there hasn’t been much progress. Al contrario, Yucatanistas!..

By Working Gringos

Join the Working Gringos on their continuing saga (or is it now an epic?) about the ups and downs of building a house in Yucatan…


By Working Gringos

Here’s our next installment in the continuing series of articles as we report on building a house in the Yucatan. It’s been a long time since we updated this series. Now you’ll see why…

By Working Gringos

Many of our readers have asked if there are any special considerations when building or renovating a house in Yucatan. Here are some of our lessons learned…

By Working Gringos

As our regular readers know, we’re building a house here in Merida. The design is done, the perimeter walls are up and it’s time to get serious…

By Working Gringos

Many people come to Merida to investigate and invest in the real estate market these days. What’s the attraction?..

By Working Gringos

A few mornings ago we set out early to check on our new property. The designers/contractors had told us that the albaƱiles (workers) had begun demolition and we wanted to check it out for ourselves…

By Working Gringos

Earlier this week, when Working Gringa was visiting a friend around the corner from our office, we were dismayed by the sound of heavy construction two houses away…

By Working Gringos

Nearly every week, we see another article in the press about gringos buying real estate in Mexico. Most of these stories are none too pretty, but they are not stopping the tide…

By Working Gringos

Sometimes, no matter how badly you want something, the system is so stacked against you, it just isn’t worth it…

By Working Gringos

Buying, restoring and building houses is a favorite gringo pastime in Merida, and the Working Gringos are no exception…

By Working Gringos

One of the first things we noticed about properties for sale here in Merida was the floors. No kidding. Because many of the floors, even in the most humble of stores or homes, are covered with beautiful mosaico tiles…