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Predial Tax Discounts 2018 in Playa del Carmen

Get an early bird discount on your predial tax and save! If you are lucky enough to live in the Riviera Maya, surely you are getting ready for the holidays: family, delicious meals, parties. The high season is one of the best times for residents, there are plenty of tourists and snowbirds spending money, so financially is a good moment for everyone.

It is easy to go crazy with the expenses during the holidays, and be broke for the beginning of the next year. So it is important to keep your expenses low and try to use this money wisely, and what better way to use the extra cash than paying your Property tax?

What is the Predial Tax?

The Property tax in Mexico (Predial), is a tax paid to the county government, for the right to own real estate property. This payment is made once a year and allows the local government to cover expenses like: trash collection services, roads, maintenance of parks, and every other thing needed to run the city.

Predial Tax is based on the value of your property and the payment must be made during the first two months of the year. It is important to pay on time to avoid late fees, although some municipalities offer discounts on fines a few times a year.

Early Bird Discounts

The Riviera Maya counties such as Solidaridad and Tulum, offer special Early bird discounts for the landowners that pay the predial in advance. This not only allows the taxpayer to use the extra cash earned on december to pay in advance, but also to get a big discount.

In addition to this benefit, the government has a lower rate for retirees, pensioners and people over 60 years of age.


Paying your property is easier than you think. In general, you only need to present the payment receipt of the previous year. Or, provide your property registry number (cedula catastral or numero catastral). If you are not sure where to find this information, normally is placed with your property deed.

Discounts on property Tax: Solidaridad

The property tax can be paid as of December 1, 2017, the discounts that apply are the following:

  • December 20%
  • January 15%
  • February 10%

The discounts do not apply to the payment of taxes of previous years, and discounts will not be made on surcharges for late payment. Solidaridad County  has a website in Spanish where you can check the amount of your payment for this 2018, as well as previous years and surcharges.

Where to pay property tax in Solidaridad?


Location Monday to Friday Saturdays Address
Tesorería Municipal 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Primer piso Av. 20 Nte. /8 y 10 Col. Centro
Dir. De Tránsito 24 horas 24 horas Av. 115 / Av. Mayapan y Calle Caoba
Módulo de Licencias 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Av. 115 / Av. Mayapan y Calle Caoba
Centro de Salud 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Calle 106 / Av. 25 y 30 Luis Donaldo Colosio
Centro de Salud 28 de Julio 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Av. Misión del Carmen / Calle M. Morelos y Av. de las Naciones
Centro de Salud Nicte-Ha 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. NO LABORA 10 Av. Nte. / Av. Pintores y Calle Agustín Melgar
Dir. De Comercio 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. NO LABORA 1ra. Sur con Calle 20
Registro Civil 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Av. Juárez / 40 y 45 Nte. (Int. De Plaza Papagayos)
Proteción Civil 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. NO LABORA Av. Tecnológico / Calle Cedro y Chemuyil
Puerto Aventuras (Poblado) 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Calle Xiat / Chechen y Caracolillo
Fiscalización 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Av. 35 / Calle 14 y 16 Col. Gonzálo Guerrero
Zofemat 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Av. 125 Nte. / 14 y 16 Nte. Col Ejidal

Payment of property: Tulum

For the residents of Tulum, the discounts that are being applied will be:

  • 1st – 20th December: 15% Discount
  • 21st -31th December: 10% Discount
  • January: 5% Discount


Where to pay Predial Tax in Tulum?


Location Monday to Friday Saturday Address
Central 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Av.Tulum Lt.1 Mza.1 Col. Centro

Tulum QRoo, CP 77780

Tel: (984) 87 121 01 ext. 1402




If you are interested in knowing the amount of your property tax in the municipality of Tulum, you can check your dues online (Spanish only).

Paying your Property Taxes on time is a good way to use your money, so do not wait any longer and take advantage of these great discounts. Investing in your property in the Riviera Maya is always a wise move, and you’ll be able to start 2018 with the right foot.

If you’d like to learn more about investing in the Riviera Maya, click on this link.

Three Delicious Options to Enjoy Thanksgiving Day

Fall is here and once again we are ready to celebrate one of the most representative North-American holidays: Thanksgiving. This tradition goes back to the time of the pilgrims, when the first europeans came to colonize big areas in North America.

Thanksgiving is celebrated on November 23, 2017 in the United States. It is a celebration that brings together family and friends around a delicious traditional dinner. Thanksgiving dinner traditionally includes turkey (cooked in different ways), mashed potatoes, green beans, and apple or pumpkin pie.

Thanksgiving Day in the Riviera Maya

What is so special about Thanksgiving?

The idea is to reflect and be thankful for the good things that have happened in the year. Thanksgiving is also the first of the end of the year festivities, which includes Christmas and New year’s eve.

If you’re currently living in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cancun or somewhere else in the Riviera Maya, here are some options to celebrate Thanksgiving Day:

Thanksgiving Dinner at home

Dinner at home is the most traditional way to celebrate. Also, it can be as simple and casual or formal and elegant as you wish. The most important thing is to make sure you have the necessary kitchen implements to cook dinner. For example to make sure your oven works (sounds funny but it is hardly ever used in the tropics).

Another option is to cook the turkey, and ask your guests to bring the accompanying dishes and desserts. Keep in mind that some ingredients might be scarce or hard to find. However, most of the local supermarkets offer several basic ingredients like: turkey, premixed stuffing, fruit stuffing for pies, etc.

Thanksgiving Day in the Riviera Maya

Catering service

If cooking is not your favorite but still want to celebrate Thanksgiving, we have great news for you: you can hire a chef or catering service to cook your dinner. This option allows you to enjoy the day in a more relaxed way, and deliver a beautifully cooked dinner.

The Riviera Maya has a vibrant community of North American Expats, which makes many businesses offer this service. Restaurants, chefs and even some local supermarkets offer delicious prepared dinners. You just have to order them in advance and pick them up before dinner.

Thanksgiving Day in the Riviera Maya

There’s is nothing more traditional in the Riviera Maya,  than to celebrate important moments in our favorite restaurant. There are thousands of restaurants available in the area! We are sure you’ll find something to fit your  taste and budget.

Make sure to compare prices and verify what the diner includes. Most venues include the cost of dinner, but do not include the cost of drinks, taxes, tips, etc. Make your reservation as soon as possible,  as spaces are quickly sold out.

Thanksgiving Day in the Riviera Maya

Something we love about the Riviera Maya is the ability of both foreigners and locals to adapt old and new traditions and make them their own. Thanksgiving is a beautiful opportunity to share with your friends, and celebrate all the good things that have happened in 2017.

We are sure your thanksgiving dinner will be unforgettable, whether you start your own tradition, or choose a traditional dinner.

Everyone at Valle Bambu wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Celebrate Halloween in Playa del Carmen

The fall is one of the best seasons to be in the Riviera Maya! Autumn brings cool nights, big october moons and little tourist occupation. A perfect time to enjoy all the attractions before the high season.

Halloween is a popular holiday in Playa del Carmen, and people come together to celebrate. This tradition is becoming increasingly popular in the Riviera Maya. This is due to the growing community of North- American expats living in the area.

So, if you are lucky enough to live in the area or to be visiting during this fall, make sure to be part of the Halloween festivities. Here are some ideas to have the best Halloween celebration in Playa del Carmen:

Trick or Treat on 5th Avenue

Celebrating Halloween in Playa means trick or treating on the famous 5th Avenue. This is an excellent choice for those who enjoy sharing experiences with locals. Participating in this Halloween tradition does not require a great effort. You only need imagination and time to make your costume, candy to share and a good attitude to have a good time.

Do not worry if you do not have a costume! You can still be part of the fun.  Just show up with some candy and share with the hundreds of children swarming all over the place. In Mexico people is not concerned about getting candy from strangers, so feel free to share candy or even small coins with the local kids.

Another great activity for Halloween is people watching groups of locals characterize for  “Day of the dead” and parade around 5th Avenue with elaborate costumes and makeup. This is something special about our community: it unites people from all over the world and allows us to share our culture with them.

Halloween Costume Party

Another local tradition is to never miss a night of fun! No Halloween is complete without a Costume Party, so be part of the fun and enjoy everything Playa del Carmen has prepared for the scariest night of 2017.

Canibal Royal

If you dream of having a Halloween Party right at the beach, The Full Moon Papadiablo is the place to be. This event has a strict Costume-Only access policy, so make sure to plan ahead!

The party will be held on October 31st from 7:00 p.m. and there will be prizes for the best halloween costumes.


Before Hallowen $ 150

Cover: $ 300

For further information call:  984 169 28 07

Diablito Cha Cha Cha

This event will be held on October 31st from 8:00 pm with live music and DJs. there is going to be a Halloween costume contest. This party will also offer free transportation to the Full Moon Papadiablo event starting at 1:00 a.m.

Deck 5 Pool and Skybar

This party will be held on October 31st from 8pm. It has FREE access to the first 50 people to arrive with a Halloween costume.

There will be a Halloween contest with amazing prizes such as: hotel stays for two people, gift certificate for DECK 5 and KEEL, as well as complimentary bottles.

Reservations on: 984 803 2409 or inbox.

Here in Valle Bambu we hope that this Halloween 2017 is special, and full of fun. We are sure that whatever your plan for that night, will be full of the magic of our beautiful community.

Valle Bambu, the best residential subdivision in the Riviera Maya!

Life in a Condominium

How many times have we heard similar phrases from people who already bought their house in a private or condominium and say:

“I do what I want because it’s my house”

“I want to paint my house of another color so that it differs from the others”

“I’m going to put a roof on my parking lot “, etc.

It may seem to you that there is nothing wrong with any of these statements. Indeed there’s not any problem, there is nothing wrong with the owner wanting his house of a certain color; or making modifications to his parking lot. The problem is that when we buy a house in a private or condo we sign a contract. Therefore, at the time of the signing, we are accepting the regime of ownership in condominium of that private.

But, what is the condominium property regime?

In simple terms, condominium property regime is a document that regulates coexistence, urbanization, operation, modifications and administration of a condominium. This is what we understand as such to lots of land, departments, houses or premises constituted in a single plot of land. These properties or lands are governed under the same administration and therefore the same laws and regulations.

As a result, living in a condominium implies to follow a series of regulations that are part of the regime of property. These rules have as purpose to guarantee the healthy coexistence between owners.

It is important to consider this before making the decision to buy a house in a condominium. Basically, because we must be aware that even if we are the owners of the property, that does not give us the right to do what we want in our property. Inside it yes, but as for the facade and the outside, we must focus on doing what the regime of property in condominiums allows us to do.

If you’d like to know more about Bank Trust in Mexico, read our latest blog entry here.

Why Do We Buy With Bank Trust in Mexico?

You may have asked yourself what is the restricted zone and what is a Bank Trust. Also, why in order to own a property in Mexico you need to acquire a bank trust. The restricted zone is the territory located within 50 kilometers from the beach and 100 kilometers from the border.

To begin with the Article 27, section I of the Political Constitution of the Mexican States, reads as follows:

 “Only Mexicans by birth or by naturalization, and Mexican societies, have the right to acquire the dominion of lands, waters and their accessions, (…). The State may grant the same right to foreigners, provided that they agree with the Secretary of Relations to consider themselves as nationals with respect to such goods and not to invoke, as a result, the protection of their Governments, as regards those; under the penalty, in case of breach of the agreement, to lose to the benefit of the Nation, the goods that they would have acquired under it. In a belt of one hundred kilometers along the borders and fifty kilometers on the beaches, for no reason can foreigners acquire direct dominion over land and water. “

According to the Mexican law, a foreigner can only acquire a land within the restricted zone through two legal entities. These two methods that allow you to acquire a property are: Bank Trust and Mexican Corporation.

When the Mexican constitution was written it had the intention to protect this land. Also, to prevent the great loss of land that had occurred throughout history. In order not to amend the Mexican constitution, the Bank Trust was released to promote high-demand international investments; especially on the coast. Foreigners can acquire residential properties outside the restricted zone without a fiduciary. However, some buyers decide to obtain it.

Bank Trust

What is a Bank Trust?

A Bank Trust is a document in which a foreigner entrusts the administration of his property to a fiduciary entity. Here we must understand that when buying through a Bank Trust, you as the buyer still own the property; the bank is simply an administrator of the same and has no right to dispose of the property. A Bank Trust will never represent a danger. The reason is that the bank won’t relate any of it’s legal problems to your property.

In addition to the Bank Trust, there is also the option of creating a Mexican Corporation. This would be for those who plan to acquire more than one property and/or open a business in Mexico. Nonetheless, this option is a little more complex as it has more requirements. Basically, it is important to consult with your real estate adviser to know which of the two suits you best.

Click here to read our latest blog about the help you need to buy real estate in Mexico.



La Escondida Condo Hotel Playa del Carmen

Get to Know More About La Escondida

La Escondida condo-hotel in Playa del Carmen is an incredible way to invest in real estate. Whenever we are going to make an investment, there are several aspects that we must
consider. These factors are: location, accessibility, design, surplus value among others.

As you may already know, Playa del Carmen is a city with a high value in real estate. However, the surplus value can increase dependending on the location. That is the case of La Escondida, which is located in the “new residential area of Playa del Carmen”. You can easily find this area near two main roads: the Federal highwat that connects with Cancun and Tulum and the Arco Vial.

Apart from connecting with these two important routes, you are close to one of the city’s largest shopping centers: Centro Maya. Moreover, there are several shops and public places such as hospitals, gas station, Starbucks. In addition, La Escondida is just 15 minutes away from the beach. How great is this? Living in Playa del Carmen in an area that provides great benefits.

La Escondida Condo Hotel Playa del Carmen

La Escondida condo hotel in Playa del Carmen offers great amenities and hotel services

Furthermore, La Escondida is one of the few residence in Playa del Carmen that offers the concept of condo-hotel. Also, this residence features an incredible pool of 9,580 sqft. In addition, it has an area of more than 139,930 sqft for 50 residences. The space that exists between the residences adds to the privacy comfort for each condominium owner. Additionally to all these great features, La Escondida is a gated eco-friendly community that provides 24-hour security.

Besides having an incredible modern design, nature is everywhere in La Escondida. Living
in such a place will make you feel like you are on an eternal vacation! This could be your best opportunity to invest in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy all the great benefits La Escondida condo-hotel in Playa del Carmen has to offer.

For further information about this property, click on this link.

La Escondida Condo Hotel Playa del Carmen

The Possibility of a Better Life in Playa del Carmen

“Good things happen to those who wait for them, the best to those who go for them”.

How many times we are simply dreaming of a better lifestyle but we do nothing to get it?

It is beautiful to dream awake, but it is even more beautiful to dream and act. Sometimes we do not have what we want, not because we cannot have it, but because we have not really decided. Since when do you dream of having your own home? And what do you say about that vacation that year after year postpones?

For things to happen we need to decide and act. And if this year you have promised your family and yourself to own a home, or a vacation, it is time to start acting to make those dreams come true.

Who wouldn’t love to live in the Riviera Maya? Close to the beautiful turquoise Caribbean waters and amazing sandy beaches. Living in Playa del Carmen is like living in paradise. Additionally, this desirable town has charming and brand-new developments that offer a tranquil life.

Valle Bambu – The possibility of a better life in Playa del Carmen

Moreover, if you’re looking for a safe and peaceful family home, Valle Bambu could be your answer. This development aims to provide an upgraded an valuable lifestyle. Valle Bambu is located in a prestigous area in Playa del Carmen. We believe this is the perfect place to invest in your future.

In the residences of Valle Bambu our objective is to satisfy the needs of the families and couples that bet for a better lifestyle. We want to help you in the process of getting it. Our new development Arcos Bambu consists of small clusters (less than 30 houses per private) contemporary modern style for you to enjoy comfort, luxury and privacy.

We also offer financing plans so that buying a home is much easier than you can imagine. Houses from 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with swimming pool, barbecue and play area in the common areas, just 15 minutes from the beach in the new residential area of ​​Playa del Carmen, one of the areas of greatest added value in the region.

These are some of the advantages that we offer in Valle Bambú. One of this incredible possibilities is to have a better life in Playa del Carmen!

Investment in Real Estate for Beginners

Investment means to allocate a portion of our income or our savings to acquire a benefit in the future. In this case, investing in real estate would increase the initial amount. When investing, you must take into account 3 very important factors:

1. Performance is the gain you want to have.

2. The risk is the possibility of obtaining or not the expected gain.

3. The term is the time to obtain the gain.

Now, if what we are looking for is a good return on our investment (ROI), we must ensure certain factors. Firstly, that the property we want to acquire is at the lowest price we can get. Secondly, the property is located in an accessible area that will soon have added value.

Analyzing what the market currently offers in Playa del Carmen in terms of real estate, we see that we have many options. However, not all are good and that is where you must be careful. The reason? Certainly, you will not want to invest in a place where you do not generate a good performance .

Arcos Bambú is the newest development of Valle Bambú Residentials. A whole range of previously built and satisfactorily sold homes back us up. In fact, this project was born of the good response obtained in the market with previous residentials built. To name a few, we have: Residenciales Bambu, Bosques de Bambu and La Escondida; developed by  group R4.

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Another excellent feature of this development, is its location in a high value area. Another plus point is that, Arcos Bambú is on presale prices. However, unfortunately this stage lasts for a short period of time, which means prices will soon rise. This could be the ideal time to invest in Arcos Bambú, if a better return on your investment is what you are looking for.

Arcos Bambú offers lots at just $4,950 pesos per sq. meter. If you take a tour around the city, you will see that no other residential offers such affordable prices. In addition to the low prices, the financing plans make this offer even more irresistible. By giving the 30% of down payment, you receive 12 months without interest. Or, if you give 40% of down payment you will have up to 24 months without interests.

What could be better than buying cheap with the certainty that in a few months your investment will rise by 30-50%? Investing in Arcos Bambú will give you a good performance in the short term and with the lowest possible risk. Come and visit our offices located in Arco Vial and Diagonal 85, Fraccionamiento Bambú. Our advisers will gladly give you more information.

Investing in Arcos Bambu


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The Help You Need to Buy Real Estate

Buying a house or a lot in other country can be scary. Especially if it’s the first time you are making a purchase of this kind and you are unfamiliar with it. However, consulting with professionals in real estate is a great idea. They will provide you the information and guidance throughout the entire process. As a result, the experience may be very pleasant and easy to carry.

At Valle Bambu we put at your disposal a whole team of professionals ready to advice you at every step before, during and after acquiring a property. Our mission is to offer you a quality service by presenting you the best offers on the market.

With a wide range of properties to offer you, working with us is synonymous of saving time, money and energy. Why spend time searching online for one property after another? You can rely on the expertise and large portfolio of products that we have to offer you. We facilitate the process of research for you.

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We specialize in providing real estate listings and quality service to buyers

Our team specializes in helping local, American and Canadian buyers to find and purchase their dream house. Our listings include real estate in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya or anywhere in Mexico. Whether you’re looking for a house, penthouse or a condo, we will find what suits your needs and interests.

We want to be the help you need in this process of buying in another city or even in another country. And this is the reason why our agents will share additional information regarding the selection of real estate products that we offer.  We also share options for foreigners interested in purchasing a property in Mexico. All with the intention to educate you about the process of buying real estate in Mexico.

If you don’t have an agent yet, visit this website, where you will find frequently asked questions, blogs, e-books, and much more information gathered from the advice of our professionals and experts. All this will answer many of the questions that usually arise during this process.

Do not be left with the doubt and get in touch with one of our professionals today!



Make Sure You Are Investing in the Best Place!

No matter if you buy a house or land. If your interest is financial or equity. There is a very important factor that you should not lose sight of when choosing: the surplus value.

If you are not familiar with this real estate concept, you may wonder what the surplus value is and why it is so important to take it into account. It is the increase in value of a house or lot, due to extrinsic circumstances and independent of any improvement made in it.

Although it is impossible to accurately predict the areas to be seen in the future and the time it will take, there are some factors that you should take into account that we describe below:

• Location

When purchasing a property, the surrounding area must be observed. Government buildings, shopping centers, hospitals, supermarkets, etc., can increase the value of the land or the house you are buying.

• Accessibility

No matter if it is a large modern house, if it is not accessible, this valuable factor could decrease its value.

• Services

The greater the number of services with which the land or house counts, the greater the added value. Drainage, sewage, street lighting and public transportation are essential. A good idea would be to ask the neighbors if any of these services is deficient before making a decision.

• Development plans

Knowing the future construction plans around the land or house you are thinking of buying is very important, because they could increase or decrease its value.

With all these factors in mind you can make a more successful decision at the time of purchasing. Remember that a thoughtful and analyzed investment is a safe investment; so if you are going to invest make sure you choose the best option for you!