Purchasing a Property in Mexico

Generally speaking in Mexico foreigners can acquire either direct ownership of property under their own name, through a trust or a company depending on which part of the Mexican Territory the property is located.

Under Mexican laws, foreigners cannot own property outright within the restricted zones. The restricted zone encompasses all land located within 100 kilometres (about 62 miles) of any Mexican border, and within 50 kilometres (about 31 miles) of any Mexican coastline. Instead, a real estate trust (fideicomiso) must be set up to hold title for the foreigner. Since foreigners are not able to enter into contracts in buy real estate, they must have a bank to act on their behalf, much as a trust is use to hold property for minors because they also cannot contract.

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