Ready to Relocate and Transition to Life in Merida?

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

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Why work with us

A common mistake new immigrants (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. 

Real estate agents in Mexico get paid by commission. They're not interested in showing you lower priced homes because they think foreigners have more money; and so they tend to show higher priced homes for the larger commission.

Also, most local landlords (over 60%) don't pay commissions to real estate agents and refuse to work with them. As a result, these agents won't show you those properties because they won't get paid. By working with a real estate agent, you instantly lose access to 60% of the available inventory to view.

Because we're not real estate agents, 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, and ensure you're not overpaying, while making sure you get the best value for your dollar.

The other common mistake is choosing the wrong neighborhood or area... For example, in some neighborhoods you'll pay less (or more) for utilities like electricity. And electricity can get costly during the summer months when you're running the a/c a lot. If you're on a fixed income or a strict budget, saving your coins matter. 

Also, if you choose the right location, 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. You can walk around the corner and get what you need and not pay a dime on transportation costs. 

While most areas are safe in and around Merida, some areas are more prone to flooding, poor Internet connectivity, blackouts (where the electricity gets shut down more often than other areas), bugs, mosquitos, scorpions, and spiders. Knowing where and where not to be can save you a lot of headache and frustration.

If you'd like to hire us for your relocation needs, take a look at the options below

Relocation Assistance

*Our services are 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 once you arrive. We can typically find your rental within 3-7 business days.

How We Work

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


You select up to 7 of the listings you like to see and we'll schedule a time to go out with you to view those properties.

 

So far, our clients have been able to find their dream home from the 7 properties they've selected to view (most usually choose their home by the 3rd or 4th property viewing).

What We Do

We schedule home viewings around your arrival time to Merida. Because homes get rented quickly, we start searching and sending you rentals to consider 1-3 days prior to your arrival. Sending you properties a week before is usually unproductive because they're gone by the time you arrive.

As part of our service, we'll pick you up and take you to the viewings. You won't need to take Uber and risk getting lost or dropped off in the wrong place (it happens more often than not). I'll pick you up and take you back to your hotel or AirBnB.

In-between looking at rentals, we'll assist you with getting your services turned on (cell-phone, Internet, etc). We'll also make sure all of your apps like WhatsApp, Uber/DiDi/InDriver is working. 

We'll also ensure Rappi (food delivery app) is functioning (sometimes Rappi won't function on US credit/debit cards–we have workarounds to make sure it works so you're not stuck in your AirBnB/hotel without food from the grocery store or local restaurants).

Once you get moved-in and have an address, we'll assist with helping you get a bank account, so you can have a local Mexican bank account (if you wish to pay for services like electricity or water online versus walking to the convenience store or the electric company and standing in line, some of the service providers require you have a national bank account (from Mexico). Your U.S. debit/credit card may or may not work. We'll help you get this setup so it's more convenient for you.

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.

And, on move-in day, we'll take you out for a day of shopping to get all of your essentials. Most people use this day to look at furniture (if they moved into an unfurnished house), and others use this day to buy essentials for making their new home comfortable (think groceries, cooking/eating utensils, bathroom and bedding, new mattresses and pillows, 5-gallon water jugs (you can't drink the water from the tap), etc.

There's a lot you don't consider when you move-in to a new place. While our prices are much higher than others, it's because we do much more.

Others simply show you rentals and that's it. We're helping you get fully-situated into your new home and will connect you with additional resources to help your transition be a smooth one.

I also try and connect you with 1 or 2 other 'immigrants' I think you might mesh well with ... It helps make the transition easier when you have someone to connect with upon arrival. 

The Fine Print

I have a recommended 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 a good one, or if you should walk away. The attorney charges $1,500 pesos (at today's exchange rate, that is about $85 USD), and you're responsible for this fee should you decide to hire them.

If you don't find what you're looking for in the first block of 7, you're welcome to buy another block of 7 properties to view. I'll knock 50% off the package price for the 2nd block. To date, no one has had to purchase a 2nd block yet. We're very careful in finding properties that meet the requirements you set in the beginning.

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.

Please note, this service is not for helping you find doctors, nor taking you out to tourist destinations (like museums, Cenotes or other tourist hotspots. 

This service is solely to help you get moved into a place. If you require additional assistance and need help find doctors or other special services, we can quote you separately.

Previously, you had to rent a car, but that is no longer the case. I now have a car and 'll pick you up and take you to view listings, and I'll take you back to your rental/AirBnB (this price is predicated upon you being in Merida).

The only other requirement is if we're out all day and need to stop for lunch/dinner, you'll cover my meals (don't worry, I'm a cheap date, lol).

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; but this is rarely an issue as I'm usually available when you book me.

*Payments made are used to secure and block the dates you arrive so we can plan and schedule appointments for you to see rentals. Because these dates are blocked out to accommodate you, there are no refunds. We will start searching and pulling listing to view within 1-3 days of your arrival date.

Your Costs

Our fee is a flat-rate: $1,795 USD (get an additional $150 discount when paid with Zelle or CashApp)

Sign-up below to lock-in this rate and to secure your block of time based on your arrival dates. We don't start looking, nor schedule appointments until payment has been made. 

*This is our busy season and the price of rentals increase this time of year as 'snowbirds' make their way here. Inventory is getting scarce. I only take on 2-3 clients per month. If interested, book now to secure your spot.

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Relocate to Merida

'God bless????????'

Just in case I didn't tell you just how much I appreciated all you did for me, thank you a billion. You are the best. God chose well when he chose you. God bless????????

'Cartess was awesome'

I used him twice to help me find our rental. He was patient and I never felt rushed. Cartess was awesome. Hire him now!

'He's the G.O.A.T.'

Don't hesitate to use this guy. I thought I could do it on my own and ended up calling him 4-weeks later to find my place and he found the perfect spot for me and my dogs in 3-days. He's the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time)

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