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Thinking of Retiring in Mexico?

Mexico has always fascinated Americans. Many Americans toy with the idea of retiring to Mexico all their lives and many of them do take the plunge. As the cost of living in USA is increasing every day and standard of living Mexico improving, more people are opting to retire permanently to Mexico. A retirement destination with sunny climate, beautiful beaches, friendly people, good medical care facilities, stable government, booming economy and world class real estate – Mexico is all this and more. The best part is that one can retire in Mexico and lead a very comfortable life for very less as compared to USA. Retiring to Mexico is not as complex as people think. In fact, Mexico is retirement friendly.

The Mexican authorities offer attractive benefits like a special visa and inexpensive health care for expats who come to Mexico attracted by the warm weather and white beaches. The “rentista” is a special type of non-working visa available to retirees 51 and older. To obtain a “rentista”, an expat needs to provide a letter from the bank or social security administration confirming that he/she receives a certain minimum income each month. Expat Retirees are also eligible for IMSS, medical insurance system. MSS stands for Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. It’s a Mexican social security plan that costs $200 per year and covers medical, dental, and vision care. IMSS gives you complete coverage including prescription meds except for certain preexisting conditions that have varying time periods before they are covered.

To encourage retirees to buy Mexico Real Estate, Mexican government has made buying property in Mexico for foreigners a simple process. Non-Mexicans can obtain direct ownership of property in the interior of Mexico. However, foreigners cannot own property outright within the restricted zone i.e. property in Mexico within 50 miles of the coast or 100 miles of a national border. Foreigner needs to set up a Mexican corporation which will technically own the land or a beneficial trust called a fideicomiso.

While buying Real Estate in Mexico, an expat make sure to contact a reputable real estate agent to help you get your corporation or trust established in right order. Since, there is no real estate license system for selling and buying property in Mexico, meaning that anyone can be a real estate agent whether or not they are familiar with the intricacies of laws and procedures. Before purchasing property in Mexico, research real estate companies and choose one only after evaluating their experience, references and communication skills.

Since property taxes in Mexico known as Predial is substantial lower in Mexico as compared to USA, buying Mexico real estate makes more sense than ever. You need to pay taxes only on slated sale price every year even if the property’s value increases.

The manifold benefits to retirees such as cheap luxury condos, affordable healthcare system, breathtaking beauty, relaxed atmosphere and rich culture are just what expats look for and get in Mexico. If you’re contemplating about retiring and purchasing home in Mexico, you’re in for an exciting journey.

Authour: Tom Budniak

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Realty Executives Mexican Caribbean offers many investment oportunities like Mexico Real Estate, Beachfront Condos, Rental Villas, Apartments etc. If you have any questions or advise regarding Mexico Real Estate, Feel free to contact Tom BudniakMexico Real Estate.

Thinking of Making Homemade Dog Food? Check With Your Vet First

There’s a reason why they call a dog a man’s best friend. They are a source of unconditional love, they boost our happiness day in and day out and they’re always there to greet us like we’re the best things since sliced bread. It is only natural then that as dog owners we want to take the very best care of our best friends as possible. Right down to the foods they eat.

While the vast majority of dog owners feed their dogs store bought food, there has been an increasing trend in serving our pups homemade food––a trend, in fact, that has been popular for over 10 years now. The fact of the matter is, though we’d like to, we cannot always trust commercial dog food producers to produce the healthiest food possible for our canine creatures. For one, they’re running a business. A business with a bottom line. A business that needs to grow and to profit. And as a result, we’re often left with a product that is filled with chemicals, fillers such as corn and potatoes and other ingredients that are the opposite of healthy. In recent years, we’ve also experienced scary recalls of major name-brand pet foods for melamine contamination.

With such developments, it has become increasingly clear that the only way to truly know what goes into your dog’s food is to put it in there yourself. If that’s the case, here are a few things to keep in mind.

The largest challenge a home cook faces in making his or her own dog food is ensuring it contains an appropriately balanced nutritional content. Dogs require a protein source, a carbohydrate source, vitamins, minerals and some fat, which is carefully calibrated in most commercially made food products. While the Internet can be an excellent source for homemade dog food recipes, you don’t know who wrote them and what credentials or expertise they have on the subject matter. For this reason, it is best to turn to a trusted expert such as your Veterinarian for well-balanced recipes and advice.

Your Veterinarian, for example, will be able to point you toward certain go-to sources of proteins and carbohydrates, such as lamb, chicken, beef, rice, potatoes and pastas. More importantly, though, they’ll also steer you clear of ingredients that can be harmful to your dog, like raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts and raw meats. (It is a general belief among Veterinarians that all meats should be properly cooked to avoid exposure to salmonella and E. Coli.) What’s more, they’ll suggest that you have your dog and your homemade diet evaluated at least twice a year.

Your Veterinarian will also be able to let you know whether or not you’ll need to purchase supplements for your dog for optimum nutritional health. More often than not, dogs that eat homemade dog food need nutritional supplements to avoid nutritional deficiencies that can lead to healthy problems. Calcium is a difficult nutrient to get into homemade dog food and therefore a common deficiency, which can cause soft, weak bones and fractures.

Making your own dog food is a great way to show your love for your beloved pet and an extremely healthy option when executed properly. Just be sure to consult your Veterinarian first for properly balanced recipes and supplement advice. Then cook away!

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