Paradise remains safe and welcome…

July 11, 2011

I believe the best way to overcome the the negative and sensationalist coverage of Mexico is to hear from Americans and Canadians who actually live in Mexico and hear how their lives have been affected. For an overall majority, their life has not been affected; they continue to live their lives and for them “paradise remains safe and welcoming”. Here’s a piece from a US newspaper, the Bemidji Pioneer.

As a U.S. citizen and former Bemidji resident, now living in beautiful Punta de Mita, Mexico, near Puerto Vallarta, I am saddened by all of the negative media stories about Mexico.
These stories are, in many cases, very misleading. My little piece of paradise remains safe and welcoming, contrary to some media reports. My local friends and neighbors are suffering financially, as these stories continue to be in the news. For those of you who have traveled to Mexico, you know what a lovely and hospitable place most of Mexico is. Yes, there are problems in some areas, just as in many parts of the states. But, we shouldn’t be writing off the entire country. It is a very large and diverse country with wonderful history, beautiful scenery, wonderfully affordable cuisine with fresh seafood and local fruits and vegetables, and hospitable people who love and cherish their families and neighbors. We have felt very welcomed here. I could share many positive stories with you about our life in retirement here in Mexico. I have felt safer here in our little village than I sometimes felt in little Bemidji. Our crime rate here is very low. Please do not buy into the idea that all of Mexico is dangerous. Come on down. Talk to your friends who have been here and they can tell you that this is a delightful place. You will receive a warm welcome.
Shari Seeling Cronk


Mexico Fights Back…

January 28, 2011

The first news story developed through the efforts of the new formed Mexico Real Estate Coalition recently appeared in the Calgary Herald:

More than 30 companies involved in Mexican real estate have banded together to try to counter what they call misleading news coverage about the country’s violent crime “Our greatest asset is the thousands of Canadians and Americans who currently live in Mexico and love it,” says Christopher Hill, CEO of Stewart Title Latin America. “In the end, the reality of Mexico as a great place to live — full- or part-time — will shine through.” Increasing media reports of violent, drug-related crime have given the false impression of a countrywide epidemic, says the Mexico Real Estate Coalition. But it is only occurring in a few areas — with most of them close to the U.S. border, says the group. Representing the multi-billion-dollar Mexican development industry, the coalition has launched a website at It explains why Canadians and Americans should buy a retirement or vacation home in Mexico, or continue to invest in property, in what has been a popular tourist destination for decades.

Mexico presents an “incredible lifestyle” for retirees and investors when compared with other Latin and Caribbean regions — as well as with U.S, retirement destinations, says Hill. “However, we are going to have to put some work into correcting some of the unfair damage done to the image of Mexico recently in the media.” The coalition kicked of its education campaign earlier this month.

The coalition has been endorsed by Calgarians living and working in Mexico. They include former Olympic skier Cary Mullen, who is developing Vivo Resorts in Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. He supports the coalition’s goal of telling the world that Mexico is basically a safe country. “We are fortunate to be far removed from the borders and removed from the spring breakers and drugs, etc.,” says Mullen. “When people are considering coming to our area, we say” ‘Come and feel it. Don’t just see it, feel it.’ When they feel it, they get how safe it is in Puerto Escondido.” But the safety message has to be spread. “Just as there are safer and less safe areas of every city, there are safer areas of Mexico — and Mexico on a whole is statistically still safer than many U.S. cities and other neighbouring countries,” says Mullen. “I feel the coalition is finally a voice sticking up for the industry.”

Mike and Brenda Kelly of Calgary have owned a home in Mexico for seven years and they enjoy the quiet lifestyle the country affords them. “In all our time in Mexico, we have never seen any crime, or worried about our safety — and that includes the many long drives from Cabo to Loreto,” says Brenda, who operates her own marketing company in Calgary. The couple purchased a home in Loreto Bay in the town of Nopolo in Baja California Sur in 2004. With retirement still a few years away, Brenda says she and Mike have one regret — “we’re too young to retire and don’t get down there often enough.”

Fernando Aramburu, a native of Mexico City who now specializes in finding Puerto Vallarta real estate for Calgarians through Royal LePage Foothills, says there are regions in the country that should be avoided — cities that border onto the U.S., and anywhere in Chihuahua state in northwest Mexico. “Canadians can be confident and comfortable in Puerto Vallarta,” he says. “There hasn’t been much crime there.” The Mexican real estate industry has found it difficult for the past while, says Beverly Hunt of Laguna Real Estate, which is in the town of Ajijic south of Guadalajara. “Of course, the negative media has hurt us,” she says. “First, it’s the drugs and second, it’s the violence the drugs bring. However, people still come to visit, love Mexico and don’t want to leave, just like my husband and I did.”

Benjamin Beja, a vice-president with the coalition and a developer in Puerto Vallarta, urges people living in that area to use the coalition website to spread the good news. “Looking at the hard numbers, Mexico, in general, is safer than the U.S. or Canada,” he says. For the most part, areas where Canadians and Americans migrate to in Mexico are safe, says Mullen. “The greatest testimonial to that fact are the thousands of residents who still live there and know it and feel it,” he says. “In fact, the foreign residents are some of (the coalition’s) biggest supporters. They want to see someone push back again the reports that insist all of Mexico is dangerous.”

More than 30 companies have joined together to form a coalition to promote real estate investment and residing in Mexico. The goal of the Mexico Real Estate Coalition is to promote the benefits offered to people who thinking of buying a vacation or retirement home in that country, but who may be concerned about recent negative news from some of its regions. The coalition has launched a website at It aims to educate visitors through things like testimonials about the benefits of living in Mexico. The website also provides information on Mexican real estate, and reviews facts and figures on issues affecting the country.

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