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James MacDonald
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La Paz and El Centenario, BCS 23205
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January 2018 Newsletter

Why We Moved to La Paz
Our sincere thanks to Jim and Rebecca MacDonald for contributing the following story.  We are so pleased that they are enjoying their full time expat life here in El Centenario. It's rewarding to know that Vista Properties played  a part in opening this new chapter of their lives.                                                                                                                 - Miriam and Robin
Move to Mexico? Are you crazy? That’s the response we got from many of our friends and family when we told them our plans to move to La Paz in Baja California Sur. When people ask what prompted the move, we laugh and tell them, “Too many episodes of HGTV’s House Hunters International!” It’s true. We would watch, and dream, and then one day we realized we could make a move like that, too!
If you’ve dreamed of moving to Baja but don’t know where to start, we’ve been there. Many people ask how we made such a big change. Wasn’t it intimidating? How did you know where to look or what to do? Can you even buy real estate in Mexico? Where did you start? We tell them, if you start with a great real estate agent, that makes the rest of the process so much easier. One year later, our move to La Paz is one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. We moved to Baja, and you can, too!
Please continue reading Rebecca and Jim's story on our website.                 
               Click HERE for the links to our 2 earlier newsletters.
Not only a fantastic HOME, but it also has a CASITA, GARAGE and ROOFTOP PATIO!  
The lot is huge with a great location in a gated and guarded community. 
Heated pool and easy-care desert landscaping! 
Tastefully decorated with quality furniture and blinds! 
Click HERE to see the listing.
One of our English newspapers here published the following study examining why people moved to Mexico and whether expectations were met.

Mexico News Daily | Saturday, October 28, 2017
Why do expatriates move to Mexico?  

Weather, cost of living and a simpler lifestyle were the top reasons offered by the vast majority of expats contacted for a new survey.  Expats in Mexico: A Research Study found too that most of those who relocated to Mexico saw their expectations met and were happy they moved.  Completed by 1,129 expats, the survey offers insight into the motivations, expectations, concerns, experiences and opinions of people who have moved to Mexico to live, either to continue working or to retire. The study was conducted and published by Best Places in the World to Retire, which describes the report as “a must-read” for anyone considering  moving to Mexico.

The rest of the article and a link to download the survey in its entirety is on our website,  HEREIt's a lengthy survey but well-presented.  And if you're having doubts about moving to Mexico, this survey will assuage them.  
In our last newsletter we started an ongoing feature called “The Tiendas of La Paz”.  This time we are focusing on my favorite market in the city, the Mercado de Abastos, and my 3 favorite tiendas there.

If you have a favorite tienda in La Paz or El Centenario that you would like to see featured in our newsletter and on our website, please submit the name to fernwoody@gmail.com. 
Take a stroll through the Mercado de Abastos...

Ahhh, there’s something so satisfying about going to a market. It’s a hive of constant movement, a busy dance full of color and rich in ripe smells.  I enjoy being part of that time-honored exchange between vendor and buyer, especially when the vendor is also the owner of the business.  If you want to get back to your primal roots in the marketplace, head to MERCADO DE ABASTOS.  Having opened in 1980, it’s not the oldest market in town, but it’s certainly the largest. It’s a great place to get everything you need in one stop….fruit, veg, pork, chicken, beef, cheese, eggs, olives, tortillas, seeds and chiles, medicinal plants, paper and plastic products, cleaning products and petfood...

If you'd like to discover my 3 favorite tiendas in the market, click HERE to finish the article and view photos.

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