Must you become a legal resident of mexico prior to purchasing property?

No, you don’t have to be a legal resident. All you have to have is legal status to appear in the presence of a notary public to sign the deed. You would to be a legal Resident (Temporary or Permanent Visa holder) if you want to qualify for an exemption on capital gains tax if you sell the house you bought or built here since the law grants the exemption to the homeowner over the sale of its primary residence. A tourist permit does not grant residency, it’s for leisure purposes and only valid up to 180 days.

By – Rafal Solorzano – Baja Legal Advice

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