You're not just buying a home, you're joining a community and starting a new life.
You've dreamed of a move to Mexico - you've heard the call of a simpler life near the beach and you've got an idea of the type of home you would like to have. But homes don't exist in a vacuum - all of Mexico is not the same, heck, all of the "Riviera Maya" is not the same. Each town has its own personality, culture and community. Having a home you love doesn't mean much if you don't connect with the community around you.
Life is slower here, and that’s the way we like it! Although Puerto Morelos is no longer a complete secret, we've still maintained our small town charm with a laid-back vibe.
In recent years, many people from all over the world, all ages and all walks of life have chosen to call Puerto Morelos home! And understandably so.. It’s paradise found.
While purchasing in Puerto Morelos can carry a hefty price tag, maintaining your home and your new life is surprisingly affordable.
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Get in touch to schedule a Zoom call where we can chat about your wish list, price range, and discuss the initial legal & financial considerations when buying. It’s all about getting familiar and comfortable with the idea at this stage!
If you’re ready to move forward, we’ll get busy pulling together listings for your review. Just tell us the ones you’re interested in and when you can get here to see them, and we’ll set up all the appointments in advance. (Virtual showings more your thing? We can do that, too.) It’s house-hunting time!
Once you’ve found “the one”, our knowledge and experience kicks into high gear. We’ll navigate comparable sales data, coordinate the closing, and every little step in between over the next 2 to 3 months. Finally, closing day is all about popping that bubbly and guiding you through a smooth transition as you begin your new life as a Puerto Morelos homeowner.
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Spoiler: it's not quite as easy as it looks on TV.
We’ve all seen the scene: Realtor meets couple at a cute oceanfront cafe, we hear the couple's wish list and the agent whips up three properties to view that day. The happy go lucky buyers visit these three magical homes, drink a margarita on the beach, choose a house & then BOOM, they are homeowners.
Easy peasy, right?
Well, we don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but the reality of the buying process in Puerto Morelos is more than what fits into a 20-minute episode. Just like producing an episode of House Hunters, the work begins long before we hit the ground and start looking at homes.
Whether buying property in Mexico is still filed under “wild ideas” in your mind, or you’re ready to make a move today, our team will meet you where you’re at and guide you toward your Caribbean oasis.
It also involves homework. Yes, homework! No matter how many homes you've bought and sold at home, you're now considering a purchase in a different country - different laws, different costs, different currency, different cultural expectations.
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“My wife, Kathy and I are retired teachers from Texas and decided to live another one of life's adventures in Puerto Morelos in 2020. After much researching online, we contacted Kim at Run Away Realty to purchase a property, VIRTUALLY!
We had complete confidence and trust in Kim and Gabriel because Kim knowledgeably and patiently answered all of our questions and shared an empathetic understanding of our concerns. The steps and timeline of the buying process, in Mexico, was totally explained in either conversations, emails, or messages. We felt so supported throughout this buying experience that we bought, a second property, again VIRTUALLY, in 2021, with Run Away Realty's guidance! We absolutely recommend Run Away Realty. Kim, Gabriel, and their team are amazing professionals.”
— Mark N.
“I can’t say enough about Keith’s amazing help when purchasing our condo in Puerto Morelos. He was so helpful and provided us with all of the information we needed to make this process so easy. Keith was always prompt to answer our questions. I’m sure some were silly, but he always answered them graciously. As my husband could not attend in person on possession date, Keith researched and guided us through the steps to obtain a power of attorney. At first it seemed overwhelming but in the end it was a rather simple process thanks to him.
I highly recommend Keith at Run Away Realty. He is such a professional and efficient realtor. Also a big thanks to Kim and Gabriel for guiding us through possession date and helping make our day so much fun.”
— Leigh M.
“Kim and Gabriel made the buying process easy. After falling in love with Puerto Morelos, we decided to attend a Moving to Mexico Monday info session that Run Away Realty was hosting, just to check it out. We saw immediately that Kim and Gabriel had the knowledge and honesty we were looking for, along with friendly personalities. The next day we contacted them to possibly look at properties. Both were happy to show us whatever we liked, without being pushy, and kept in touch with us after we were back in Michigan regarding new listings.
After we found a condo we loved, Kim walked us through the details of the buying process and estimated costs, so we knew exactly what to expect. We even closed during a pandemic, which was new to all of us. I felt like Kim was at our side every step of the way. We are very glad we found Run Away Realty to be our partners in this great new adventure.”
— Paula F.
“We had a wonderful experience working with Kim Tempel (Run Away Realty) to find a vacation home in Puerto Morelos. From the moment we met her we realized we had a local real estate agent who was very knowledgeable and helpful regarding the Puerto Morelos real estate market.
We weren’t quite sure what type of transaction we wanted but Kim was able to show us a very diverse inventory that only a local person could provide. We found her very professional and she communicated with us often through the buying process. We had such a great experience that we have again enlisted Kin to help us find a second property in the area. Can’t recommend Kim and her partner Gabriel enough. They really are part of the local community!”
— Robert M.
“We have been vacationing in Puerto Morelos for 20+ years, always renting someone's house or condo. Last year we decided to look at what was available to buy. We met with Kim and spent a day looking at available properties-all amazing but not quite right.
Fast forward a few months...While I was in Minnesota at our home, cruising Facebook, I happened to see a live showing of a home being shown by Kim. I watched. I knew. That was our house! We worked with Kim via long distance...We didn't see our home in person until we came down to close! We trusted Kim's knowledge and expertise. Her guidance was spot on... We came for a week to close in December and returned in February to spend our first winter in our new home. Are we happy? We are soooo happy. We are busy making it our own and enjoying every minute.”
— P. Miller
“My husband and I fell in love with Puerto Morelos while on vacation. Run Away Realty was recommended to us by the host at the Airbnb where we stayed. When we arrived back home, I contacted Run Away Realty and got in touch with founder Kim Tempel. She was very kind and thorough with every question that we had. We communicated via email and Zoom meetings, and she was able to send us properties that were on the market and in our price range. I had my heart set at being in the seaside village part of Puerto Morelos, but we really kept an open mind and am glad that we did. She encouraged us to look beyond the seaside village, which was the correct move in the end. During this time, Kim and her newly added team member and fellow realtor, Keith Smith, held a series of informational sessions on moving to Puerto Morelos that took place once a week for about 5-6 weeks, I believe. I attended the online informational sessions and gained a wealth of knowledge via this form of education...
— Viridiana V.
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“...I would highly encourage anyone that is even thinking about buying property in Mexico to attend these sessions when they offer them. Their YouTube channel also has many informational videos that are beneficial to understanding how the process works. Shortly after, my husband and I made plans to make a trip to Mexico to look at properties. When we arrived, Kim was unable to show us properties due to circumstances that were out of her control, but luckily, her counterpart Keith Smith stepped in, and we made plans to look at a few properties during the course of a couple of days. We looked at lots and houses, but nothing that really compelled us to make an offer on. The day after leaving Puerto Morelos to return home, Keith made us aware of a couple of lots that had gone on the market that day in Puntarena. These lots were adjacent to one another and backed up to the botanical gardens in a beautiful gated community. We made an offer and negotiated with the owner. Needless to say, we came to an agreement and have now closed on those lots. We plan on building in the future. Keith really facilitated this process for us and was absolutely wonderful to work with. I would highly recommend Run Away Realty to anyone that is thinking about buying in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Kim and her team are highly knowledgeable with years of experience, and will make sure that every i is dotted and every t is crossed from start to finish. They are great with explaining the process, answering questions, calming nerves, and just plain good people. We want to thank Kim and Keith and the entire team at Run Away Realty for helping make our dream of owning property in the Mexican Caribbean a reality. We could not have asked for a greater team to work with!”
— Viridiana V.
see what's out there
One “unique” quality of the Mexico real estate market? There’s no official MLS. Nada. So you must rely on vetted sources (like us) to track down legitimate listings for you. Start by searching within our featured listings or, better yet, get in touch to tell us what you’re looking for and let us start the search..
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Let the adventure begin! We know the process of buying in a foreign country can seem scary and overwhelming - you don't know what you don't know, right?
We're here to break it down for you! Within this guide, you’ll find tons of Puerto Morelos-related info and a list of what to consider before you start shopping. You’ll feel educated and clear on what to do next to find your perfect spot in paradise.
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Avoid the trap of falling in love with an illegitimate listing - without an official MLS it can be a little bit of the Wild West down here!
You could rely on random information and opinions from people who may or may not actually even own property in Mexico (or be familiar with how ownership works for foreigners), but is that the best way to handle a legal transaction, a big chunk of your money and your future?
Gain access to vetted properties that fit your preferences and criteria, that are all lined up for you upon arrival (that part is like the TV show!)
Feel adequately informed during negotiations based on our expertise and database accumulated over a 10+ year history
Be prepared well ahead time for your all-cash transaction and understand the current laws around foreign home ownership, tourist VISAs, residential VISAs (and whether you even need one), & more
Have your ownership documents reviewed ahead of time and flagged for potential issues by our team - and tap into our network of professionals who can assist you with each step of the transaction (you don’t have to go find people on your own!)
Know you have a former attorney who means business when it comes to the legal and financial aspects of your purchase - we don’t skimp on happy hours OR the seriousness of your transaction!
Understand what it takes to move your life here & set up your new home - i.e. - How do you move your household goods? Should you bring your car? How do you set up utilities? When are taxes due? Where are the best places to get groceries? Who do you hire for home improvements? (Yep, it’s a lot. But we’ll walk you through it!)
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