Saturday, March 15, 2014
And the beat goes on..........real estate beat that is........
I was told by an INM (immigration) official that the total number was around 200,000. NOT one million as you read over and over in every darn publication because writers always interview realtors. It's simply NOT true.
The last definitive information, according to Steve, is from an INM report of October 31,2009. Here are the true numbers - A total of 262,672 expats from everywhere. Americans, 59,996 and Canadians, 10,869. I would venture to say most of the Canadians are on the West Coast. At least it seems that way if you're in Puerto Vallarta and all points up and down the coast.
I actually think that there are more Americans and Canadians in Ajijic and Lake Chapala along with Mexico City then in San Miguel. But, the realtors here are interviewed more often and they hype these made up numbers thinking it will get more people to move here.
In all actuality, many people have told me they wouldn't consider San Miguel because the latest number being trumpeted by a local realtor is 15,000 Americans! And who wants to live with that many Americans? Their words to my ears.
Most of the expats I see in San Miguel are tourists. And, believe me, there have been a slew here this winter! Whew.
The above photo is a hot air balloon that swooped down right by the house one morning this week. It's usually around 7:30AM. Even though the door is closed and the drapes are drawn, there is something magnetic about the swooshing sound of a hot air balloon that always gets me out of bed! It's just a sight to see, every single time!
A GREAT way to start the day.