Getting familiar with a new community, It’s currency, culture and homes, can be challenging when you are not familiar with the area, especially if it is in another country such as Mexico. Our little piece of paradise on Lake Chapala, Mexico is a beautiful, safe, friendly and most of all an inexpensive area to live in. Not only that, it is easier than you think to get settled here. Look at some of our videos, which include local traditions and even aerial footage of the different towns giving you a feel of being Lakeside:
Would you like to see the area & some homes FOR SALE or FOR RENT?
Through our website, we receive hundreds of questions from people who want to move here but are hesitant. They want to get some local insight or a “feel” for the area through some guidance, but also about getting to know the area. There are different towns lakeside, homes for sale, homes for rent, local contacts, activities, events, best restaurants and so forth. Below are some of the most common questions we received on a weekly basis:
- I want to do an exploratory visit; can you take me to see some homes in different areas?
- Which Lakeside town is right for me and what are the pros and cons?
- What kind of activities and events go on in Lakeside?
- How do I buy a house and what do I need to get started?
- How do I rent a house and what do I need to get started?
- Should I live in a gated community or in the center of one of Lakeside towns?
- Where are the local markets, shopping centers, entertainment, etc.
- Are there hotels or B&B’s close to amenities that I should stay at while visiting the area?
- Can you recommend some good restaurants?
- What transportation do you recommend I use while I am there?
Common questions like the ones mentioned above are why Access Lake Chapala offers 2 TYPES of tours that will guide you through the communities around Lakeside, along with showing you the ropes. We start of in Chapala and end in San Juan Cosala, in which we cover most of the areas highlights as well as different properties through out the villages. We also put you in touch with the right people for immigration, health care, movers and overall local contacts we use.
Once we are finished showing you the area we go back to Access Lake Chapala’s offices and give you an informative seminar that will give you important information on Immigration, Car Importation, Real Estate, Contracts, and Wills. You will also be given a handout to take home that you can refer to anytime you like.
1 – Homes for Rent Tour (99 USD)
RENTAL TOUR: Why do you charge for the Rentals tour and offer the Sales Tour for FREE? Good question! The commission structure on rentals is very low, and we get a VERY HIGH volume of potential retirees who are not in the market yet for BUYING, only for RENTING. They may want to check out the areas rental market for potentially renting a home 1, 2, 3, 4 or even 5 years down the road. If we were to tour people around all day who are NOT yet ready to rent, we would not have time to attend to the clients who are ready to buy or rent a home right away, which is where we make a commission. That is why we charge a small FEE OF 99 USD for people who are not ready to rent with the next 45 days, which basically covers gas and time, to show you the area along with 3 rental property examples. For those who area ready to start renting you can contact us through any of the rental listings on our website requesting to see the rentals you pick. Access shows its clients who are ready to rent homes they select from our website free of charge and can reserve/hold a home with a deposit, but you need to be ready to move into the home within 45 days. Why do we do this? Landlords want to rent their houses as soon as possible and if they were to hold their house for someone who wants to rent 3, 6 or 12 months down the road, they lose out on other tenants who want to move in right away and sign a year long lease. Homes in the area get rented rather quickly. If you see one you like but are not ready to move in yet, you can keep an eye on the site to see if it will still be available 45 days before you want to move in. During that time, you may find another home you like, we are always adding new homes to our inventory. Click here to read what you need to get started renting a home
2 – Homes for Sale Tour ( FREE)
SALES TOUR: We establish a relationship with our buying clients and eventually earn a commission if they come back to buy from us in the future. For those clients who are in the market for buying a home, even if it is in the future, we invest our time and energy to work with each client individually, touring them FREE of charge through the area. We show them homes for sale they pick from the ChapalaMLS (www.chapalamls.net) and/or our website. We go visit the homes picked from the MLS or Access Lake Chapala and give useful information on the different Lakeside towns such as: pros-cons of the are, good restaurants, activities, local events, contacts and more. We also give you guidance regarding banking, transportation (legalizing or buying a car), paying utilities (electric, phone, internet), moving belongings and more. We stay in touch with you after the tour and are there for you if you have any follow up questions. Once you are ready to make the commitment and move Lakeside, we will revisit the areas you liked. We will select the homes on the market at that time, finding the perfect home for you. It’s incredibly fulfilling to know we are helping our clients open a new chapter of their lives. This is why we work so hard to not only find that perfect home, but also to handle every last detail of the purchase process, from negotiating the terms of sale to recommending moving companies. Click here to read about the process of buying a home in Lake Chapala
Check out some videos of our happy clients and a sample of rental homes we show you:
Our objective is to give you a realistic evaluation of the Lake Chapala area. This tour lets you make a decision with knowledge and confidence, giving you the opportunity to make the moving transition simpler.