Many of our readers have asked up about financing a real estate property in Mexico. Can you get a mortgage in Mexico? What type of loans are available? What financing options do you have? In our effort to get good answers to these questions, we asked our resident expert Sebastian write an article for you. Here it is:
6 Financing options to purchase real estate in Mexico
There are a lot of expats that are looking to purchase properties in the Riviera Maya for investing and some for retirement or both. Often people have multiple questions for me about the options they have for financing a real estate property in Mexico. I am happy to help any reader interested in investing in real estate and show them all the options available, so that you can decide which best fits your needs. I have more information in addition to this article and will be happy to talk to you about your needs and keeping this tailored to your specific circumstances.
Let us first consider a number of variables that need to be taken into account:
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The first thing that is important to point out is that 90% of the foreign buyers in Mexico are cash buyers. The real estate market in Mexico is a cash market, which is definitely a big plus, since it gives stability and lowers the risk of home loans defaulting.
However, if you do not have the full amount for what you want, there are still several options that a lot of investors don’t know about.
Financing Options for Presale Real Estate in Mexico
There are a lot of pros and cons of buying presale, we will get more in depth in another article. Many investors are looking to buy presale because the purchase price is lower, they are getting a better deal, it’s a brand new property, and you have payment options during the construction of the property. There are different time frames for delivery of presale units. Most range between a 6 month to an 18 month delivery can depend on how much liquidity you have available now. This is one example of a financing option for your real estate purchase.
1. Example of developer payment options in presale
- 30% Down payment – 40% in payments during construction and 30% upon delivery.
- 50% Down payment – 30% in payments during construction and 20% upon delivery.
- 80% Down payment – 20% upon delivery.
*Usually starting at 50% and above, developers offer a discount for a higher down payment.
Some options offer a 30% down payment and remaining 70% upon delivery. This is very attractive for investors that don’t have the liquidity and would like to finance the remaining 70% with a financial institution like the options you will find below.
2. Developer Financing
Financing for immediate delivery properties in Mexico
3. Financing in the US or Canada in USD
- Refinance a new loan (Cash out/Refinance): A client recently secured a 4.2% fixed interest rate, which is the lowest interest option we have found at present. If you would like more information on how to achieve this, please contact us to give you all the details.
- Home Equity Loan: If you own a property you most likely have equity in your home and you can tap in to that equity. It is a simple and easy process and you can get something around a 6% fixed interest rate.
- Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC): This is a more flexible option and you can take money out as you need it. The interest rate might be variable and all will obviously depend on your equity and your credit score.
- Personal loan: Interest rates will most likely be higher in this option.
*Additional fees may apply depending on several factors for any of the above mentioned financing options.
4. Financing in Mexico in MXN with a Mexican bank
- Full legal certainty from the bank that you are getting the mortgage with.
- Securing a loan in Mexico will not impact your credit score back home.
- The exchange rate will most likely be in your favor and you can derive income in UD dollars from buying a property that rental clients rent in USD., whereas your mortgage is in Mexican pesos.
- Having access to extra cash that you didn’t know was available to you.
- You can deduct taxes on the interest that you have paid on your mortgage in Mexico.
5. Financing with your 401K/RRSP using a self-directed IRA in USD
6. Cross Border Finance Companies
We hope this article has answered some of your questions about financing property in Mexico and if you can get a mortgage. Of course working with a professional that is knowledgeable about the area and what options are available to you is key. If you have questions for Sebastian regarding financing in the Riviera Maya area or would like to work with him, you can contact him below. He is one of our recommended realtors to work with in the area.
Please note that Mexico is a large country and this information is selective to the Riviera Maya area only. If you are looking in another area of Mexico, you will need to contact someone who works in that area. Local banks have different requirements and different parts of Mexico have developers that work in different ways. If you email Sebastian about another area, he is not able to give you advice.
If you would like to see an interview we did with Sebastian talking about the real estate market in Tulum, click here. You can also read an article he wrote about ROI in the area.