Doing Business in Baja, Mexico

I’ve just been reading an interesting article in the Mexico Matters newsletter by Jose Perez called “Baja California Real Estate, a Retrospective 1984 – 2008”. The title is quite a mouthful and so is the article. Mr. Perez is an American investment consultant who lives in northern Baja. He has strong feelings about living and doing business in Mexico and isn’t timid about speaking his mind. Among the “hot button” topics he touches on in this article are border crossings and security, gringo safety in Mexico, land fraud and the risks (and potential rewards) of doing business in Mexico. It’s quite a good read, so if any of these topics is of interest to you, I suggest a visit to his website here:

http://www.mexicomatters.net/

Scroll down the page and you’ll find the article — currently at the top of the list of featured articles. I don’t know Mr. Perez personally but I have to say that I really enjoy his frank, pull-no-punches style. Unlike most business-related Mexico writers, Mr. Perez isn’t afraid to talk about his failures as well as his successes. I especially like this line, “Like so many business failures, I became a consultant in the field I failed in – foreign investment in Mexico. As one of my clients, Barney Karger, said to me: “If you want to become a millionaire in Mexico, bring two million”.

By the way, if you go to the New York Times website and do a search for real estate in Baja, you should be able to find a recent article about the coming land grab and soon-to-be gringo seaside enclave in Loreto.