In many ways, Mexico today is like the U.S. was 50 years ago before big government, big business and special
interests whittled away the lifestyle our parents took for granted. Then, neighbors trusted one another… and you
could afford to raise a family on one income. People were more family-focused… more relaxed. Life seemed safer;
they didn’t worry about random violence.
Government-funded health care uses the same high-tech medical procedures that are available in the U.S.,
but medical insurance only costs $270 per year including medications, with no deductibles or co-pays. There are
countless state-of-the-art hospitals and care homes being built for the aging baby boomers arriving from north of the border.
LOW COST OF LIVING
A couple can live comfortably for about $1,200 per month for everything, including a housekeeper.
Utilities average one third of the cost in the U.S. No State income taxes and property taxes are about $300 a year!
According to U.S. government figures, Mexico’s economy moved ahead of Canada’s last year, making it the 11th largest
economy in the world. Business Week reported that Mexico’s middle class has swelled to record levels and solid jobs
provide security. Mexico is one of the world’s largest oil exporters selling 1.2 million barrels of oil to the U.S. each day.
Mexican stocks have outperformed U.S. stocks (as measured by the S&P500) by 10 to 1.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Safety is a key consideration when acquiring a primary or secondary residence - at home or abroad.
Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) homicides reported in the media suggest visiting or living in Mexico is unsafe.
However, a review of crime and homicide data covering the past decade provides new perspectives and a different
conclusion. Mexico is as safe in non-border resort and retirement areas as it was 10 years ago.
This year, Mexico’s government launched a 5-year, $250 billion program to build new highways, railways, airports and ports
throughout the country. Mexico has a First-World infrastructure, including high-speed Internet, mobile telephone networks,
high-tech medicine, paved multi-lane freeways and much more.
WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT MEXICO
Unfortunately, most people never see the real Mexico. They get their ideas about Mexico from the resorts and tourist shops
they visit on their holidays. But that description isn’t any more accurate than a person visiting Disneyland and assuming they
have seen the U.S. Over one million Americans already call Mexico home, and as the Baby Boomers begin to retire, hundreds
of thousands are planning to join them.