how to find a place to live in mexico

how to find a place to live in mexico

Looking for an apartment or house to rent can be a bit daunting. Especially if you don’t speak Spanish. The absolute best way to find an affordable place to live is by walking around. Yes, you read correctly. By walking around.

If you’ve chosen a city, then I would suggest choosing a neighborhood or two as well. Most people, foreigners in particular, start out by living in the center of town. This makes it easier to get around and be central, if you will, to get the lay of the land.

The reason you’ll want to walk around neighborhoods of interest is because that’s where the Se Renta signs will be in windows or on fences. Most people across Mexico do not advertise available rental homes beyond a handwritten sign stuffed in the window of an empty house. Why? Because that’s just the way it’s done…and it works.

Once you decide what type of house you want to live in, walking around is how you will find an affordable place and by affordable, I mean the same prices locals would pay for the same house.

If walking around is not on your list of things to do, then your other option will be to look online. If you’re in Mexico and finding search results in English, you can bet you will be paying double for anything you find. These places are catered toward the newbie English-speaking foreigners who will pay the asking price because they don’t yet know what the real local rental prices are.

If you do your online search in Spanish, you are much more likely to find nice, quality homes to rent for a fraction of the price being asked by the English-speaking ads. Again, those ads are geared toward the newbie foreigners. Spanish ads are placed by educated locals who are more interested in finding a quality long-term tenant than they are in making a few extra peso for a six-month or one-year contract.