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An Expat Talks about Moving to Merida, Mexico


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Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

Three things I wish I had brought:

Trader Joe's grocery store anything organic (food)

Three things I wish I'd left at home:

Can't think of anything

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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

Bring as little as you need to, because moving is expensive. And you can get most things here. All the appliances work the same, etc. I would suggest renting for a few months while you look for a home, even though its a hassle to move. But that way you get to know the neighborhoods a little and will make a wiser choice. We love where we live but we just got lucky.

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

A renovated colonial stone house, about 100 years old. And it's very typical of the expats around here.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

We wanted to be in the city, near the center. And we wanted a home that was old and renovated. We found lots of homes to choose from on www.jensyucatan.com and chose from one of those.

Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

Much lower. Average price of a home to buy outright is $100K USD

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Oct 10, 2010 09:08

Did you find any disparity in home prices for "gringos"? I searched on line in English and Spanish and found several comparable centro homes with higher prices on the English sites.

Sep 12, 2013 13:30

Average cost of a home in Merida is 50,000 usd but many expats buy in centro historico therefor they pay much higher prices. Their are many neighborhoods and new developments that expats when 1st arrive dont now about because their realtor does not share this information as many of these developments to pay agents a commission.

Feb 6, 2018 22:28

A couple of points" 1) The average home price here in Mérida is NOT $100K. It is low, but not that low. 2) We read a lot of these sorts of comments about leaving everything and buying new things here. We found it to have been horrendous advice. Many things here are very expensive - more than than in the US, and some things just aren't that easy to find at all. Shipping most of our property by boat from Florida to Mérida was actually cheaper than moving in the US. There are many things we didn't bring that we wish we had. Unless your furniture is crap, you are better off bringing it.

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