Cabo San Lucas Homes for Sale

Views Unlike Any Other – An Unmatched and Unprecedented Collection of Cabo San Lucas Homes for Sale

Imagine a place where you can look out your windows or over the edge of your infinity pool and see vast panoramas of ocean blue, a place where it’s not uncommon to spy leaping dolphins and breaching humpback whales, where golf courses parallel sheer cliffs, restaurants offer barefoot fine dining in the sand, and the sun shines almost every day. It’s a vision so surreal and dreamlike as to be magical, but such views are nonetheless shared by many Cabo San Lucas homes for sale.

Would you be interested in a home like this?

Of course you would, because the scene just described is nothing less than a sun-kissed tropical paradise.

But you’d still want to know more, including details about price and availability. Let’s start with the latter…

Beachfront Condos for Sale in Cabo San Lucas

There Are More Cabo San Lucas Homes for Sale Than Ever Before

Cabo San Lucas, the southernmost point of the nearly 800-mile-long Baja California peninsula, has long been famed for its beaches, its big-game sportfishing, its boisterous nightlife, and its half-mile promontory–dubbed Land’s End–that features stunning naturally formed landmarks like Lover’s Beach and El Arco (an 80-million-year-old granite monument eroded by time into the shape of a magnificent arch).

This remarkable community is, along with cape sister city San José del Cabo, part of the larger Los Cabos (In English, The Capes) municipality, which over the past few years has experienced the largest building and development boom in its history. This boom has produced a host of five-star resorts from benchmark luxury brands like Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons, plus an ever-growing number of spectacular upscale residential communities, whose sprawling seaside estates boast amenities that range from gated security and boutique markets to sumptuously appointed beach clubs and championship level golf courses designed by legendary players.

It’s an exciting time to be in Los Cabos, and in Cabo San Lucas specifically, because what this far-from-over building boom really means is that there have never been more scenically situated and elegantly furnished ocean-view Cabo San Lucas homes for sale than there are right now. Even better…

Beachfront Condos for Sale in Cabo San Lucas

The Price is Right, Particularly When Compared to the U.S. and Canadian Housing Markets

The most mind-numbing thing about some of the luxurious coastal “Cabo San Lucas homes for sale” is that their list prices are so much lower than properties of comparable size and splendor in the U.S. and Canada.

How is such a thing possible? For many of the same reasons that the cost of living is so much lower in México than it is relative to its North American neighbors, and that property taxes in Los Cabos are significantly lower than those of all 5o U.S. states, as well as popular Canadian cities like Vancouver and Toronto. 

Economy, exchange rates, and a host of other factors…all of which contribute to, and make possible, some truly once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunities.

It’s Easy to Find Homes for Sale in Cabo San Lucas That Suit Your Lifestyle

Investment opportunities? How about lifestyle opportunities. One of the most underrated aspects of Cabo San Lucas is its variety, not only in terms of breathtaking vantages and eye-catching land and seascapes–from beach, desert and mountains to both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez–but also in terms of lifestyle and amenities.

Do you love fishing? Well, Cabo San Lucas just happens to be one of the meccas of the sportfishing universe. Not only is it the site of the world’s richest fishing tournament–Bisbee’s Black & Blue–but it’s been renowned for over half-a-century for its year-round abundance of marlin, tuna, and many other species. More to the point, developments like Puerto Los Cabos boast their own onsite marinas, with slips available to home owners.

How about golf? Los Cabos is home to over a dozen championship level layouts, including three currently ranked among the 100 best in the world. New Pacific Coast residential communities in Cabo San Lucas like Diamante, Quivira and Rancho San Lucas each have their own signature courses for home owners to enjoy, with designs by household names like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, respectively.

Love kayaking? Surfing? Paddle boarding? Snorkeling and diving? Los Cabos has world-class conditions for all of the above, with newly minted residential communities nearby.

Shopping and dining? Luxury Avenue isn’t the only shopping center in Cabo San Lucas to feature luxury goods from brand names like Cartier and Fendi. And Enrique Olvera, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Nobu Matsuhisa aren’t only famous chefs who’ve chosen to bring their talents and vision to the thriving Los Cabos culinary scene.

Add it all up and majestic ocean views are only one of many reasons to consider the incredible collection of Cabo San Lucas homes for sale in 2019.Windermere Los Cabos Real Estate

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Call us toll free from the USA / Canada at (855) 877-2226 or if you are in Los Cabos (624) 331-3330 for more details. We’ll help you find and buy your dream home in Los Cabos.  Contact Us today

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Posted on February 6, 2019 at 2:33 am
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Los Cabos Lifestyle Experience

Always Sunny, Never Dull – New Year Adds New Facets to the Los Cabos Lifestyle Experience

Los Cabos is like a diamond in the sense that not only does it boast many brilliant facets–from stark deserts and rugged interior mountains to the dramatic confluence of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez–but whichever angle you view it from, something always sparkles.

Each new month, for example, brings fresh new events and activities that add luster to the Los Cabos lifestyle experience. Here are three that stand out for January.

Golfing Glories That Never End

Los Cabos Lifestyle Experience

(Photo Credit: Cabo San Lucas Country Club)

It’s hard to overstate how impressive Los Cabos’ portfolio of destination golf courses really is, with three courses ranked among the 100 Best in the World, and well over a dozen championship-level layouts from legendary names like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Davis Love III and Tom Weiskopf.

Now add 1992 Masters Champion Fred Couples to that list. Couples collaborated with Todd Eckenrode of Origins Golf Design on the newly opened Twin Dolphin Golf Club, an 18-hole course that boasts magnificent vantages and views of scenic Santa Maria Bay and the luxurious new Maravilla residential community.

Couples’ Twin Dolphin isn’t the only newsworthy course this January. The Cabo San Lucas Country Club, the only local track to feature on-course views of The Arch and other iconic rock formations at Land’s End, is showcasing an all-new look after a major renovation project spearheaded by acclaimed Mexican course architect Agustin Piza.

Cabo del Sol, home to Jack Nicklaus’ breathtaking Ocean Course and the Tom Weiskopf crafted Desert Course, is also making news as it hosts the 11th annual Los Cabos Pro-Am tournament on Jan. 14 – 18.

Where “Magic” Happens

Los Cabos Lifestyle Experience

(Photo Credit:  Tropic of Cancer Series)

It’s no coincidence that Todos Santos–a Pacific Coast community about one hour by car from Cabo San Lucas–was the first place on the Baja California peninsula to be named a pueblo mágico, or “magical town.” This government designation is given only to places of magnificent natural beauty, or that possess great historical or cultural significance.

Todos Santos qualifies on all three counts. Once a thriving sugar capital, and the richest town in Baja California for much of the 19th century, Todos Santos was reborn in the 1980s as an artists’ colony, beloved by expatriate painters for the unique quality of its light.

The town’s artistic talents are shown off at the beginning of each new calendar year, when in quick succession it hosts festivals celebrating music, literature, art and film. First up in 2019 is the Tropic of Cancer Concert Series, slated for Jan. 10 – 20.

Lords & Ladies of the Wind

Los Cabos Lifestyle Experience

(Photo Credit:  La Ventana Classic)

Every winter between the months of December and March, two important events occur locally:  thousands of whales migrate from their summer arctic feeding grounds to their winter breeding grounds in coves and inlets around Baja California Sur; and strong El Norte winds blow down the Sea of Cortez, turning the Los Cabos municipality’s picturesque and lightly developed East Cape into a windsports paradise.

Everybody knows about the whales. Few outside the community of dedicated windsurfers and kiteboarders know about the incredibly favorable wind conditions. For years, the small East Cape community of Los Barriles hosted a famed worldwide competition known as The Lord of the Wind each January. Sadly, no more Lords and Ladies of the Wind shall be crowned, at least in Los Barriles. Farther up the coast, however, in another windsports mecca called La Ventana, the competition is still as fierce as the offshore breezes. This year’s highly anticipated La Ventana Classic is scheduled to take place Jan. 16 – 20.

Windermere Los Cabos Real Estate

Coming to Cabo San Lucas?

Call us toll free from the USA / Canada at (855) 877-2226 or if you are in Los Cabos (624) 331-3330 for more details. We’ll help you find and buy your dream home in Los Cabos.  Contact Us today

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Posted on January 2, 2019 at 12:30 am
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Buying and Selling Real Estate in Los Cabos

A Basic Guide to Buying and Selling Real Estate in Los Cabos

It’s amazing how much can be obscured by the simple act of translation. Buying and selling real estate in Los Cabos, for instance, is not a difficult process, but some common misconceptions–fueled by foreign language documents and poorly informed travelers– have left many Americans and Canadians with the mistaken impression that they aren’t able to own land in México, or that the terms are particularly onerous.

Neither is true…in fact, buying a dream home in Los Cabos has never been easier than it is right now.

Common Misconceptions & The Truth About Real Estate in México

Much of the confusion about buying real estate in México stems from misconceptions about the “restricted zone,” and Mexican bank trusts known as fideicomisos.

Mexican law states that persons of any nationality can own real estate in the country, however, there are certain regulations for property within 50 kilometers (approximately 30 miles) of the coastline, or within 100 kilometers of México’s border with other countries. This area is known as the “restricted zone,” and its specific regulations were included in the Mexican constitution for reasons of national security.

Can foreigners (U.S. and Canadian residents) buy real estate in the restricted zone? After all, that’s where many of the best properties, from beachfront homes in San José del Cabo to hillside luxury villas in Cabo San Lucas, are located. The answer is yes. You can buy and sell real estate in the restricted zone, and even will it to your heirs after your death. Foreign owners, contrary to any misconceptions, have the same rights of ownership and succession as Mexican nationals. However, all of this must be done within the fideicomiso system.

What is a fideicomiso (pronounced fee-day-coe-mee-so)? It’s a bank trust, generally with a small annual fee, and a renewal period set at 50 or 100 years. Contrary to another common misconception, a fideicomiso is not a lease. Leaseholders cannot sell their property, remodel it, or use it as collateral. Owners can, and despite the strangeness of the process for U.S. or Canadian residents, a fideicomiso is essentially the same as simple fee ownership. The bank does not own the real estate. You do.

The Purchasing Process

Buying and Selling Real Estate in Los Cabos:

The purchasing process in Mexico is actually very similar to that in the U.S. or Canada. You find the home of your dreams and you make an offer. If that offer is accepted, then you proceed to closing. There are specific details to note in each part of this process, however, beyond the fideicomiso aspect.

The first is the art of finding the home of your dreams, or at the very least a secondary home which you or your family or friends may use as a seasonal residence. It’s very important, in México as elsewhere, that you choose the right ally. Windermere, for example, is a real estate company with over 300 offices and 6,000 agents west of the Rockies. Our agents have well over 100 years combined experience in the local market, and know all the ins and outs and the subtle distinctions and legal fine print, of buying and selling real estate in Los Cabos.

We’re a name you can trust, and we know every available property in the area, including those that are still in the planning stages. This is an important note, which we’ll explain below.

With resale real estate, the property is purchased from an individual, with a reservation held by deposit (typically 10% of the purchase price), followed by an OTP (an offer to purchase), a contract or purchase agreement, and finally the transfer of the title deed (via fideicomiso). With pre-construction real estate, the property is purchased directly from the developer, which generally entails a waiting period during the construction phase before you can take ownership.

Make sense? See, we told you it wasn’t as complicated as you had been led to believe.

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Posted on January 2, 2019 at 12:18 am
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Property Taxes in Los Cabos

Property Taxes in Los Cabos Are Lower Than You Think (And Easier to Pay!)

It’s no secret that Los Cabos is home to some of the most spectacular real estate on earth, from sprawling hacienda style properties overlooking the ocean to gorgeous beachfront condos and breathtaking hilltop luxury villas.

Discerning travelers and those interested in the secondary home market also know that cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo are destinations on the rise, thanks to a thriving culinary scene driven by celebrated chefs, and upscale amenities like pampering spas and championship-level golf courses.

But what’s not so well-known are the Los Cabos area’s property tax rates, and how well they stack up against those in the U.S.

Differences in Property Tax Rates Between the U.S. and México

Not only are magnificent ocean view homes more readily available, and at much lower average list prices than those of its North American neighbors, but Los Cabos also offers superb value in terms of annual property taxes.

Los Cabos property taxes, known in Spanish as the predial, are assessed annually at only 0.1% of the value of the property at the time of its purchase. That’s well below the rate for all 50 U.S. states. Hawaii, for example, is the U.S. state with the lowest annual property tax rate at 0.27%. Colorado, California and Texas occupy the proverbial middle ground at 0.57%, 0.79% and 1.86%, respectively; while Illinois and New Jersey, at 2.32% and 2.40%, have the highest annual U.S. property tax rates.

Los Cabos is also a value when compared to Canada, easily besting the property tax rates of cities like Vancouver (0.25%) and Toronto (0.64%).

Annual Taxes based on the above for a $500,000 usd home:

  • Colorado @ 0.57% = $2,850 usd
  • California @ 0.79% = $3,950 usd
  • Texas @ 1.86% = $9,300 usd
  • Hawaii @ 0.27% = $1,350 usd
  • Illinois @ 2.32% = $11,600 usd
  • New Jersey @ 2.40% = $12,000 usd
  • Vancouver @0.25% = $1,250 usd
  • Toronto @ 0.64% = $3,200 usd
  • Los Cabos @ 0.1% = $500 usd

How to Accrue Additional Savings on Your Los Cabos Property Taxes

In addition to the built-in savings on property taxes vs. U.S. rates, home owners in Los Cabos are also eligible for additional savings simply by paying their taxes in a timely fashion.

Property Taxes in Los Cabos

(Photo Credit to CaboCribs)

The annual deadline for property taxes in Los Cabos is March 31, however, the Los Cabos Municipal Council offers discounted rates to those who pay early. Discounts are awarded on a sliding scale: 20% off the predial for payment in January; 15% in February; and 10% in March.

For those considering Los Cabos as a retirement destination, senior citizens over 60 years of age who are also permanent residents qualify for property tax discounts of up to 50% off the standard predial. These savings are available through México’s INAPAM program, which issues a card to enrolled seniors entitling them to discounts on a wide variety of goods and services.

How to Pay Your Los Cabos Property Taxes

No need to stress the payment process, either. It’s completely modernized and conveniently easy. Home owners are able to pay the predial online at http://www.eloscabos.gob.mx/. The only prerequisites are your clave catastral (a 17-digit tax ID number) and a valid credit card.

The Big Picture

Los Cabos continues to take steps to reward home owners who pay their property taxes on time and in full, as well as to streamline the process for maximum ease and convenience. Consider these attractions in tandem with the stunningly beautiful locale, and lifestyle factors like abundant upscale amenities and a lower cost of living, and it’s no wonder that the Los Cabos real estate market has never been hotter than it is right now.

Windermere Los Cabos Real Estate

For more information about Los Cabos real estate, please call us Toll Free today at (855)877-2226 to find out more about buying a dream home in Los Cabos or contact us here, thanks!

John R. Vering

 

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 9:24 pm
John Vering | Category: Living in Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Real Estate of Los Cabos | Tagged

The Good Life at Land´s End

3 Reasons Los Cabos is the Fastest-Growing Destination in Mexico

In Los Cabos, rapid growth isn’t just an abstract concept or an impressive set of statistics, it’s a tangible, measurable fact. Not only is Baja California Sur’s southernmost municipality the fastest growing tourist destination in México, it’s also among the country’s fastest growing destinations for U.S. expats, and for seasonal residents who are buying second homes in the area.

One need only cruise the coastal highway between cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo to see the evidence of this explosive growth. There, a striking collection of new luxury resorts and residential developments are vying for the most breathtaking views of gorgeous golden sand and the glittering blue waters of the Sea of Cortez.

And that’s merely one of many coastal zones with ambitious new developments in progress.

Los Cabos, long the discerning snowbird’s preferred winter getaway spot, is suddenly hotter than ever, and no one seems in any hurry to go home. For many, in fact, it now is home.

Here are three reasons why…

Climate & Setting

The Good Life at Land´s End

(Photo Credit Blue Sky Cabo)

The weather isn’t just sunnily, palm tree perfect when frigid winter temperatures are buffeting much of the U.S. With an average of 350 days of warm sunshine annually, just about every day is perfect in Los Cabos.

But it isn’t just the temperate year-round climate that’s attracting new residents, it’s the jaw-dropping scenery. Surrounded on two sides by water – Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas is the symbolic demarcation between the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez – and with an interior that segues seamlessly from picturesque playas to stark, cactus-framed desert landscapes and rugged mountains, Los Cabos is one of the most spectacularly beautiful and geographically diverse places on earth.  Legendary French explorer and naturalist Jacques Cousteau once called the Sea of Cortez “the world’s aquarium,” and the area’s wealth of natural wonders are always on display, both on land and beneath the sea.

Lifestyle & Amenities

The Good Life at Land´s End

(Photo Credit Quivira 13th Hole)

Los Cabos’ varied terrains translate to abundant activities and lifestyle pursuits, from the area’s famed big-game sport fishing and year-round surfing to mountain biking and off-road racing. The most popular activities, however – at least in recent years – have been leisurely pastimes like golf and spa visits.

No surprise, really, given the incredible options.

No place outside the golf’s ancestral home of Scotland has more world-class courses in such close proximity as Los Cabos. The cape cities boast over a dozen top courses from legendary names like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, three of which are currently ranked among the 100 best in the world.

Spas too are abundant, not to mention abundantly pampering. In annual rankings from Travel + Leisure, Los Cabos dominates rankings of the top spas in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Overall Quality of Life

The Good Life at Land´s End

(Photo Credit Cabo Adventures Luxury Sailing)

Beautiful weather, gorgeous natural settings, and a bevy of luxury amenities and lifestyle options are all very persuasive arguments for the area’s high quality of life…but that’s only scratching the surface.

Los Cabos has a lower cost of living than the U.S., and significantly lower list prices for coastal real estate; meaning it’s possible to buy the home of your dreams for a fraction of what it would cost in the U.S.

Add it all up and the real question isn’t why are so many people moving to Los Cabos, but why isn’t everybody?

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For more information about Los Cabos real estate, please call us Toll Free today at (855)877-2226 to find out more about buying a dream home in Los Cabos or contact us here, thanks!

John R. Vering

 

 

Posted on November 9, 2018 at 11:41 pm
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10 Questions You Should Always Ask When Buying a Property in Los Cabos

Real estate remains to be one of the most influential investments in many parts of the world. One such part is Los Cabos, where you can always find a property to suit your needs. Owning properties in this part of Mexico is a dream for many people looking to invest in destination living in a pleasant climate. There is also a big market for luxury real estate in the area. However, if you are not well prepared, making this dream come true can be difficult.

The wisest thing to do is to hire the services of an expert in the real industry to protect your interests and assist you with the process of buying in this popular luxury tourist destination. Below are ten questions we suggest you ask your real estate agent when buying a property in Los Cabos, Mexico, to ensure you are educated in settling for the right choice and make your buying process smooth.

1. How long have you served in the real estate industry?
An agent who has been in the business for long may be more knowledgeable about how things are run and have more odds of finding your dream home. To ascertain the quality of their services, you may even inquire if the agent has gotten any awards for their performance.

However, being in business for long doesn’t guarantee a quality service. You should therefore not despise the services of a newbie. The essential thing is ensuring they are licensed to operate.

2. Where is the property located?
Los Cabos is a big municipality located in the Baja California Sur peninsula. It includes Los Barrriles, Cabo Pulmo, East Cape, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, among other areas. Each of these towns is unique regarding the environment and the facilities they offer.

For instance, if you want your property in a town with a busy nightlife, varied beach activities, tours, shopping, and cruises, then Cabo San Lucas is the place to buy. San Jose del Cabo, on the other hand, is a more peaceful town with great restaurants, more tranquil beaches, and a fantastic art district. Therefore we suggest you ask where exactly the property is located to get the right fit for your needs.

3. Can we submit a lower offer than the price listed?
Sometimes the prices in real estate are negotiable. If you think the property you are about to buy can be offered at a lower price, do not hesitate to ask the agent whether the listed price is definitive.

4. Are there any health or safety issues I should be aware of?
Before buying a property in Los Cabos, consult with your real estate agent about any health or safety concern you may have, such as the quality of indoor air, lead paint, mold, mosquitoes, etc. Being informed about all these issues can help you counter them.

5. Can you give me some references?
When buying a property in Los Cabos, you can always ask your realtor whether they can give you any references to previous customers. If any, make an effort to reach them and inquire about their experience with the agent.

6. Can you show me similar properties in the area?
The more options the realtor has, the better for you. You want to get real value out of your investment and not just go for any property you find in the market. Therefore, to find your dream home, go house hunting with your agent and evaluate all your options.

7. Are there any zoning laws?
Knowing the zoning laws and any planned project or development in the location of your desired property will enable you to make an informed projection of possible future changes in the neighborhood.

8. Are you aware of any disadvantages the property may have?
No matter how perfect a place may seem, your agent knows best. A property inside a development may have HOA issues, noisy roads nearby at night, or any other situation you may not notice in a regular day tour.

9. Do you offer any guarantee for your services?
If after making an offer things do not work out the way you wanted, your agent should be able to cancel the agreement. A good agent should offer you the flexibility to change a deal without any hassles.

10. How long has the property been on the market?
When a property is listed for too long in the market, doubt arises. It is not necessarily a bad thing, but you can always calm yourself by clearing any doubts with your real estate agent. Find out if the property is too expensive, or if there may be something wrong with it.

Buying a property in Los Cabos with the help of a real estate agent from Windermere is definitely a safe investment. The real estate industry may be too difficult to handle alone. Windermere, where dreams become a reality, is currently providing over 100 years of Real Estate experience in the Los Cabos area. Regardless of the type of luxury property you are looking for, may it be for destination living, leasing or any other purposes, we have got you covered.

Posted on January 31, 2018 at 8:20 pm
John Vering | Category: Los Cabos, Real Estate of Los Cabos