Need Help Making the Transition to Life in Mexico?

It can be overwhelming stepping into a new country, new culture and a complete different way of life. Let me help you!

Let's plan your 'Move Abroad'

Save yourself the headache and frustration of trying to figure it all out yourself.

I’m here to help make your move abroad go smooth and easy.

One common mistake new expats make is paying too much for their housing. If you're overspending on a home by $400 per month, that can be very costly over the course of a year ($4,800) ... You can often find your dream house on 'the other side of town' for significantly less and with more space; but you wouldn't know that as a newbie arriving to a foreign country.

Real estate agents get paid by commission. They're not interested in showing you the lower priced homes; they figure foreigners got money to spend and they tend to show the higher priced homes because that equals a bigger commission for them.

We don't collect commissions. I don't care if you want an expensive or cheap home; my fee is the same. I find exactly what you want based on your needs.

The other common mistake is choosing the wrong neighborhood/area... If you choose right, your transportation costs drop drastically because you're not having to hop an Uber for every little trip to the grocery store, restaurant or fruit stands. 

My Uber bill for a family of 4 averages about $239 per month; and that's with us going everywhere we want without thinking about it.

So let's connect so you can move abroad and thrive with ease. Check out our three packages below. One is a telephone consult. The other is a local exploratory tour around the city; and the other is a relocation assistance package!


This is an exploratory call and planning session to discuss your move abroad.

Planning a trip abroad? Need help planning your visit? Get your questions answered to make your trip & transition a smooth one...

  • 60-minute exploratory call and planning
  • Ask all the questions you like
  • After initial call, send all the questions you have for 5-days via my private messaging app



Wanna hangout and explore the various parts of Merida? This package is for you.

*This package is a ONE-DAY tour (up to 6-hours). This is primarily a crash-course intro to the city... We'll essentially hang out for the day and see the city (this is not a package for tourist stuff (Cenotes, pyramids, museums, Cancun trips, etc).

  • We'll walk the main parts of Merida's Centro (it's like downtown but with more charm and personality). If time permits, may hit up a local Mexican cantina or two.
  • We'll walk the different areas of Merida. Merida is broken-up into neighborhoods, and each has it's own personality. It's great to see a few to get an idea of what your options are (I suggest you rent a car for the day; I'm happy to drive for you. Time is limited and a rental will make it convenient as most Uber drivers will not allow passengers in front seat).
  • We'll walk a few neighborhoods/parks so you can get a feel for the different Colonias/areas
  • Dine at a local Mexican restaurant for lunch or dinner (you pay for yours and my mine)
  • Quick visit to grocery stores/malls to get an idea of costs. If you like, we can visit the main market in Centro. It's great and most expats don't make their way down here; I love it!
  • If you'd like to look at a house/apt, to see what you can get in your budget, we can do that as well (this is optional and up to you). Let me know in advance so I can find a listing or two to schedule a viewing.
  • We'll make sure your apps are functioning and working so you can communicate and get around the city. 
  • You'll have me as a contact for any emergencies during your visit here (if you get lost or need assistance, I'm here or I'll get someone who can assist you (within a 20-mile radius of Merida)

*Read the fine print below:

*If you require more than one-day, we can add on additional days at $395 per day and these are great for those visiting for medical tourism (for getting medical procedures done like dental, vision, surgical, labs, x-rays, etc.)

If a rental is not available, it's suggested you get a driver and they usually charge about $150-$180 pesos per hour ($7 to $9 USD). We'll use their services for about 6-hours. 

*You'll cover my meals while we're out; and if we need the services of a driver, you'll cover their meals while they're out with us (it's a common practice here). This package has a limit up to 6-hours.


relocation assistance

Making a move and need help finding a place and getting setup and moved?

*This package is designed to help you find a rental at the best price. We'll start looking for properties prior to your arrival and will set appointments to view them when you arrive.

We can typically find your rental within 3-7 days ... Yeah, that's how we rollz :)

How We Work: We'll send you a bunch listings of homes/apartments based on your requirements, budget and criteria.

You select up to 6 of the listings you like to see and we'll schedule a time to go out with you to view those properties if they're available.

So far, our clients have been able to find their dream home from the 6 they were able to see (most usually choose their home by the 3rd or 4th viewing).

If you don't find what you need, you can sign-up for another block of 6 at a 35% discount off our price (no one has had to do that yet - we've been fortunate to get it right based on your list of 'must-haves').

What We Do:

  • We schedule home viewings around your arrival time to Merida (we start searching the week before you arrive)
  • We'll pick you up & take you to the viewings (you must rent the car / or hire the driver)
  • We'll assist with getting services turned on (cell-phone, cable, Internet, etc.)
  • After you move-in, we'll take you around your new neighborhood to find all of the essentials like grocery stores, laundry services, water refill stations, local markets to buy fruits, veggies and meats, etc.

*Read the fine print below:

*I have an attorney who will review your rental contract and make necessary changes and/or recommendations before you sign. They'll let you know if the contract is not a good one and if you should walk away. The attorney charges $1,000 pesos (which is about $50 USD).

*If you don't find what you're looking for, you're welcome to buy another block of 6 properties to view. I'll knock 35% off the 2nd block. To date, no one has had to purchase a 2nd block. I include this limit because some people are extremely picky and over-the-top lol... This limit is set to keep this from being an endless cycle of looking and looking; there has to be a cut-off point. We are extremely careful and take our time to only find and show you properties that meet your specific requirements.

*For this package, you'll need to rent a car and I'm happy to drive it for you if you're not comfortable. Due to time constraints, a rental gets us around much quicker. If a rental is not available, you'll need to get a driver and they usually charge about $150 - $190 pesos per hour ($7 - $9 USD). We'll use their services for about 2-4 hours each day on average when appointments are scheduled.

*If we're out all day and need to eat lunch/dinner, you'll cover my meals. If we need the services of a driver, you'll cover their meals as well (it's a common practice here).

*Due to increased demand, on occasion I personally may not be available to attend viewings with you. On those occasions, one of my colleagues will take you out on my behalf. They know my process and can assist as well.


*Price of rentals rise this time of year as 'snowbirds' make their way here. Inventory is getting scarce. I take on 2-3 clients per month. If interested, book now to secure your spot.

*Please note: My goal is to find what you want above all else. I don't earn commissions from landlords or agents; my sole purpose is in looking out for your interests. If something is too high, I'll tell you. If you can find a better deal, I'll let you know. I want to help you assimilate into local culture quickly and as smoothly as possible. I'll give you the real so you can be successful in making the transition and staying here. It's hard for most to adjust and you will have some challenges and doubts during your first few months here. I'm here to help make this move easier for you and/or your family. My rates aren't the cheapest, but the benefits you get from hiring me are priceless. You're not just a transaction to me; I'm looking out for your needs. 

Hi, I'm Cartess Ross

So here’s the deal … I try to be transparent in all I do, in hopes that my experiences can help someone else!

I’m nearing 50-years old and I’ve done a poor job managing my money. No savings. No 401k. No investments. I 'fudged' this up royally!

I started Move Abroad and Thrive because I realize I must get my finances together over the next 10-15 years … I don’t want to be hunched over the computer trying to keep up with Google algorithms, lol …