El Día de la Candelaria; discover it in Puerto Vallarta

El Día de la Candelaria is primarily a religious and family celebration. Know as Candlemas in the USA, this festival takes place on February the 2nd. Basically, it got its name because of the ritual of bringing the candles to the church to get them blessed there. The Candlemas in Mexico marks the end of the winter season and is celebrated in a very joyous manner.

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Another very traditional Mexican celebration El Día de la Candelaria!

However, Candlemas festival is the continuation of another significant celebration held in January 6th every year, known as El Día de Los Reyes Magos. On this day, the families catch up with each other and have a meal together. Moreover, gifts are exchanged with the highlight of the event being the cutting of the traditional Rosca de Reyes- an Epiphany crown-shaped cake that has figures of Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds that figure, is designated to host the Candlemas dinner.

February in Puerto Vallarta, full of tastes!

In Mexico, El Día de la Candelaria celebrations are marked by colorful parades, musical performances, dance and streets decorated with impressive lanterns. During the festivities, the locals visit the church, entertain family and friends with meals and parties. Usually, Mexicans cook the delicious Tamales on this date. In fact, if you have not already tried this typical stuffed corn-cake, you must try them!

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Tasty February activity in Puerto Vallarta

In addition to, Puerto Vallarta offers some very original options to learn more about Mexican Culture! For example, some amazing cooking class in an authentic Mexican Restaurant. Such a good option to try the delicious Tamales handmade by yourself! You can imagine the delicious souvenir you will bring back home! Obviously, if just prefer to try the delicious typical Mexican food, this Restaurant is a very good place for a dinner too!

Beautiful winter in Puerto Vallarta

I hope to meet you soon in Puerto Vallarta! And I highly recommend that you come and enjoy this fantastic season with us. Remember that the Swanson-Larson team are your eyes in the Paradise. Please, feel free to contact us for any question. We will be pleased to answer any doubt and set up a tour regarding your needs and wishes. I invite you to visit my page, for more information and some beautiful property listings currently on the market!

Living amazing adventures in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta lifestyle offers not only beaches and space to chill out but also plenty of great and diverse outdoor adventures. In fact, Puerto Vallarta offers an opportunity to explore and discover an incredible and exotic flora and fauna!

Jungle adventures in Puerto Vallarta

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First of all, El Tuito offers an unusual opportunity for adventures in Puerto Vallarta. It is  a little tiny village in the middle of  the jungle. In fact this is, one of the largest exotic jungle of the Pacific Mexican Coast! You can go on your own, and like a real adventurer explore this fantastic place. Of course, you can discover the jungle wildlife by walking around. If driving the two hours south of Vallarta is not your idea of fun, you can also take a taxi boat from Boca de Tomatlan and find incredible virgin beaches!

Crocodile adventures in Puerto Vallarta

You might have already seen the famous big crocodile in The Marina. However, did you know that you can enjoy real crocodile adventures in Puerto Vallarta? As a result of wildlife protection, Puerto Vallarta has his own crocodile reserve in town. Only five minutes from The Marina and ten from Downtown. The national reserve El Salado offer you exciting guided visit there…

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Adventures in Puerto Vallarta to have fun

Similarly, you can find some excellent tour agencies that offer private tours in Puerto Vallarta. ATV and bicycle tours are just some of examples of ways to discover the Old Town and the beautiful green mountains of Puerto Vallarta! In the same way, if you prefer water adventures in Puerto Vallarta, what’s better than a private Surf or Paddle board lesson on unknow beautiful beaches?

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YOUR stay in Puerto Vallarta, a la carte!

Those activities can be a great way to have fun, stay active with local sports opportunities and experience exciting adventures in Puerto Vallarta! We would be delighted to give you more suggestions, tailored to your desires!

Likewise, remember that I can be your eyes in the Paradise and help you to find your perfect slice. Please, don’t hesitate to contact me and I will be pleased to set up a tour regarding to YOUR needs and wishes.

Getting ready to sell Puerto Vallarta property?

Now is a great time to sell Puerto Vallarta property

By John Swanson

If you have waited on the sidelines for the market to come back before selling your home, it has! Now is a great time to sell Puerto Vallarta property! The numbers show it all over the bay. There are more buyers here looking for more real estate than any year since 2008 (also known as “The Great Depression II”).

Agency or FSBO to sell Puerto Vallarta property

So, what’s the best strategy to sell Puerto Vallarta property and how do you get started? Fear not! We have prepared this series of articles to help you prepare and be fully informed to list your Puerto Vallarta investment for sale and the steps that go into getting a successful sale. Our job is to help take you from “We should take advantage of the strong market” to your property being “Sold!”

Interviewing a real estate professional to navigate the listing, marketing and sale process

So, you are getting ready to list? Here are some questions to ask, as you are interviewing a real estate agent to represent your deal. There are many advantages to listing with an agent. Some of the few are security in the sale, and closing process, exposition of your property to thousands of potential buyers and often higher sale-prices than one could garner on their own.

  1. Is this the best person to market and sell your home or more of a friend/ acquaintance? Selling your property is business and usually one of the most significant investments in your lifetime. Choose the very best talent you can to market your home or a choice to list with a friend may become expensive!
  2. Is this potential agent an excellent communicator? Do they have an organized presentation? Do they have lots of experience with top attorneys and Notaries? What is their track record? Are they with a senior sales agency in the bay? You need someone who “gets you” and is clear and competent with answers to questions that may come up. Usually, people with this talent will “get” the potential buyer as well, making them feel informed and comfortable making the purchase of your property.
  3. Choose an informed agent abreast with the most up to date legal procedures for your sale – Ask if there are tax advantages or ways to keep your transaction risk-free?
  4. Is the agent/ agency too big or small? If they represent various large developments, they may not have time to serve you well. Too little is no good either- where is their webpage on a Google search for Puerto Vallarta Real Estate? It’s an internet world, most buyers come from internet inquiries. You want a strong presence. Like “Goldilocks,” there is a “just right” when it comes to agency presence and style.
  5. Do they belong to our Real Estate Association “AMPI”? AMPI agents will get you on the most used Multi-list website with the best-trained agents on the bay.
  6. What is their fee? Beware of “bargain” agents here– you may get what you pay for, which in some cases is less than stellar service. You might think of listing your home as similar to plastic surgery. Your property sale is not the time to look for the cheapest guy. More important here than to “nickel and dime” commission is to ask yourself “Am I getting what I pay for?”. If an agent is spending the time and money to be tops in sales, they are likely to get you more for your property, covering more than their fee.

Marketing strategy to sell your property in Puerto Vallarta

Selling your property for a fair price, and within a reasonable timeline can relate directly to how well your agent markets the listing. Marketing online and in print are both important to getting your property before the eyes of both agents and eligible buyers.

Digital Marketing

There are two MLS in Puerto Vallarta: Flex MLS and MLS Vallarta. Your agent should use both of these MLS. As some agents use either one or the other, having your property on both ensures that your property gets the max exposure needed to sell! There are dozens of other online sites; your agent should be able to show you an extensive portfolio. Publicity is an essential tool for selling your property.

Some critical questions to ask your prospective agent with regards to marketing your property:

  • Do you have a personal webpage?
  • How well does it perform in google search with the keywords “Puerto Vallarta Real Estate.” If the agent looks at you like you are speaking Greek, you can assume that the answer is: “Not well.”
  • How many websites will publish my property? The more sites on which your property appears, the more likely it that buyers will see it!

Print Marketing

Puerto Vallarta airport saw more than 1.8 million passengers during the first half of 2017. If even 50% of those passengers pick up a newspaper or local entertainment guide that would represent 900,000 readers that could view a print ad featuring YOUR property. It only takes 1 to make a sale! Print marketing is not a thing of the past. We believe it’s important that your listing agent has a diverse marketing profile, including print marketing to sell your home in Puerto Vallarta.

In conclusion, determining that you are ready to sell your property in Puerto Vallarta can be a full decision. Hiring professional help in the process can make the experience enjoyable. Reach out if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a listing presentation for your property. We are here to add value to your experience, selling your property in Puerto Vallarta!

The Swanson-Larson Team offers unrivaled expertise, resources and tailored service to help you achieve your buying and selling goals. Contact me to answer any questions you may have about living and owning in Puerto Vallarta.

 

Boardwalk Realty in Puerto Vallarta: Buy a Condo, get a Luxury Lifestyle!

Sometimes we realized that some oportunities are just amazing, unavoidable and unique here in Puerto Vallarta. Let us share with you our Luxury Lifestyle heart stroke of the moment!

Nature lovers, we may found your piece of paradise!

Actually, your Luxury Lifestyle is a green paradise, located in la Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Full of diverse green colors and flowers this little Jungle area offers a beautifull habitat for plenty of tropical fauna and flora. Currently, Alamar counts three towers in a huge Natural Park Center. In fact, the idea of this developpment is use less space possible for bulding, to have more nature and wildlife around your inn. Moreover, every tower has its proper gym and swimming pool with an incredible ocean and jungle views! In addition to, Alamar offers too a very private and luxury beatch club, five minutes walking from your condo. Such a good way for a beach day: conveniencies of the restaurant and the beach instalations without carring all your staff every time you want to enjoy the beach.
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Sport lovers, this option may suits you perfectly

In the same way, the development named Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta could offer you a very Luxury Lifestyle. Built in the golf course “El Tigre” this devloppment allow you a huge range of activities and conveniences. Indeed, you and your family can have full access to all the sports instalations and to a fabulous beach club. This area counts with individual houses and condominios, all in a very secured gated comunity. Close to every city infrastructures, this devloppment is a great place to enjoy vacacions or full time living. Futhermore, Paradise Village offers great commun areas with swimming pool and very well maintained gardens.
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Very Luxury Lifestyle in Puerto Vallarta Bay

Everyone deserved find his Luxury Lifestyle. So, please note that I can help you to pass the first step, showing you how many choice you have here in Puerto Vallarta Bay. You maybe prefer a very private and quiete place like Alamar or maybe a more convinient place for shopping.

Remember that I am here to help you find your piece of paradise. Fiding for you the best options in all the Bay, regarding to your Luxury Lifestyle dreamt. More information about those developments available on request. Please feel free to contact me for any concerns or questions. I will be pleased to answer you and set up a tour, regarding to your needs and wishes.

Día de los Reyes Magos, discover it in Puerto Vallarta!

Yesterday, January 6 we celebrated the Epiphany in Mexico. Also named the Day of Holy Kings or here in Mexico El Día de los Reyes Magos in remembrance of the biblical story of the three kings’ visit to Jesus.

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Celebrate the Day of the Holy Kings

In addition to getting presents from baby Jesus on Christmas Eve, Mexican children receive gifts from the Reyes Magos on January 6. It is also customary to eat Rosca de Reyes, which is a wreath-shaped fruity bread traditionaly baked with a figure of baby Jesus inside.

Tasty tradition for El Día de Los Reyes Magos

Día de Los Reyes Magos

Indeed, on this day the rosca de Reyes appears. This delicious sweet bread has a crown shape and it decorated with candied fruits. Usually, it hides some little plastic figurines inside. This tradition is comes from French tradition back in 1311, which passed to Spain and then to Mexico. Consisting in hiding a very tiny, crowned Child Jesus originally made of golden and silver. Nowadays, those silver Figures were replaced by porcelain coming from Japan, or mostly common from ones made in plastic.

Mexican tradition for this day!

Traditionaly, the persons who received the figurines on el Día de Los Reyes Magos are supposed to host the party on Candlemas Day. Mexican people used to cook some delicious Tamales.

Bon apetit from Boardwalk!

Finally, I hope this article helped you to understand better this Mexican Tradition. But especially, I whish you to enjoy this sweet day. Arounding by your loves one to enjoy the delicious rosca de los Reyes!

Remember that the Swanson-Larson team are your eyes in the Paradise, helping you to look for your piece!

Charity in Puerto Vallarta: they need your love and support!

Following the Christmas Holidays, full of love and generosity, I found appropriate to speak about supporting a charity in Puerto Vallarta. Furthermore, that could be great way to integrate yourself in your new paradise. Donations are always appreciated however volunteering can be helpful for this marvelous country and personally enriching! In fact, we can find many options to support a Charity in Puerto Vallarta, and plenty of great causes to help children with their safety, health and education.

Charity in Puerto Vallarta, fighting for children welfare

Like everywhere in the world, children are the first victims of poverty. Thanks to Charities in Puerto Vallarta some children benefit by having a safe and sweet home, access to health care and nourishing food and a great education, provided by a few noteworthy Charities.

A safety place to grow up

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Puerto Vallarta offers a number of shelters who rescue children from unfortunate situations. These organizations provide them safety, love and education. An especially great Charity in Puerto Vallarta who specializes in children’s safety is Corazón de niña. This organization helps children facing abandonment or abuse. Corazón de Niña is home to 30 children, offering them a beautiful house and lot with gardens and areas to play, consequently changing their lives for the better. In addition, this particular Charity in Puerto Vallarta is launching a new educational project for the children.

A good health to enjoy the life

Similarly Pasitos de Luz is a Charity in Puerto Vallarta that offers services to developmentally disabled children. This organization specifically helps disabled children by providing them vital services. For example, it fights for extremely poor families to get what is necessary to have good health and a better way of life for their disabled children.

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The right to Education

Puerto Vallarta has a lot of great schools and universities. Through Charities in Puerto Vallarta like Becas Vallarta, you can help children from the beginning of their school life to the end of their studies. Furthermore, Becas Vallarta offers opportunities to volunteer, to support children and youth to achieve their goals.

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You are the one missing in the valuable fight for children’s fundamental rights in Puerto Vallarta!

Please, don’t hesitate to contact me for futher informations about any other daily life aspects. I will be pleased to answer you and set up a tour regarding you needs and wishes.

Remember that I am your eyes in Paradise and can help you to find your piece!

New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta

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Every year, same concern: where should we spend the last night of the year and hail in first one of the next year? A sunny and warm place sounds like a good plan! Especially if the New Year’s Eve includes live shows and music, very traditional customs and great food!

A very traditional Mexican New Year’s Eve

As a past Spanish colony, Mexico kept plenty of Spain’s customs, always innovated with Mexican “spice.” Particularly at this time of the year, Mexican traditions lead us to a very warm ambiance full of colors and flavors. For the New Year’s Eve, Mexican people used to eat 12 grapes when the midnight bell rang. One grape for one knock, what could be interpreted like one for each month past or coming.

Enjoy a walk throught Puerto Vallarta

New year Every year, Puerto Vallarta down town become the best place to enjoy the New Year’s Eve. Indeed, many streets downtown became pedestrian only, making it very enjoyable to walk down and stop to eat some delicious Tacos or Tamales.  In addition to a typical street food market, you would be able to enjoy the second edition of the Fireworks Festival with live music shows, right one the malecón! Likewise, the Romantic Zone and Olas Altas will be full of music, flavors and great people watching! Anywhere you may be will be enjoyable and don’t worry about missing the Fireworks show: you will see it from every angle of the city!

Special greetings from Boardwalk Realty

Finally, I would like to wish you a pleasant New Year’s Eve with your loved ones. Remember that my pleasure is help you to find your perfect slice of paradise. Please, don’t hesitate to contact me for any concerns or question. I am your eyes in Paradise and I will be delighted to set up a tour based on your needs and wishes.

 

Puerto Vallarta area resort- retirement Luxury Lifestyle

Boardwalk Realty: Buy a Condo, get a Luxury Lifestyle in Puerto Vallarta!

The Banderas bay offers many luxury lifestyle options. We specialize in finding you the home you desire. For those wanting a tropical home that offers plenty of activites, and “resort-style living” we have two great options here for you to consider. Home opportunities sometimes appear that are just beautiful and unique, capturing just this style of luxury lifestyle in Puerto Vallarta. Let us share with you our Luxury Lifestyle heart stroke of the moment!

Nature lovers, we have found your piece of paradise!

Located in la Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Alamar is a Luxury Lifestyle embedded in a Green Paradise! Full of diverse green colors and flowers this Jungle area shelters plenty of tropical fauna and flora. Currently, Alamar has three completed towers in a huge Natural Park area. The idea of this development is use low density building, to leave more nature and wildlife around your condo.

Alamar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89XRSAyatnk

Alamar amenities

Every tower has its own gym. There is a swimming pool with an incredible ocean and jungle views at the “Jungle Club” at the foot of the condo towers! Alamar offers too a very private and luxury beach club, five minutes walking from your condo. This club offers a great beach day: conveniences of the restaurant and the beach installations, private cabanas, chairs and even a beach volley-ball court.

Sport lovers, this option may suits you perfectly

In the same way, the development named Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta offers all the creature comforts affording no short of a Luxury Lifestyle. Built on the golf course “El Tigre” this development offers a huge range of activities and conveniences.

Paradise Village amenities

You and your family can have full access to all the sports installations of the country club. In addition you have access to a fabulous beach club. This area offers a mix of private homes and condominiums, all in a very secured gated community. Close to everyday urban conveniences, this development is a great place to enjoy vacations or full time living. Paradise Village offers also great common areas with swimming pool and well maintained, lovely gardens.

Luxury Lifestyle in Puerto Vallarta Bay

Everyone deserves to find their personal Vallarta lifestyle, we can just help you to pass the first step showing you the best of the many choices you have here on the Puerto Vallarta Bay. You maybe prefer a very private and quiet place like Alamar or maybe one closer into the activities of Vallarta, in an oasis like Paradise Village. Whatever your lifestyle may be, we are here to help you find it!

The Swanson-Larson Team is here to help you find your piece of paradise, fiding for you the best options in all the Bay, regarding to your Luxury Lifestyle dreamt. More information about those developments available on request, please feel free to contact us for any concerns or questions. We will be pleased to answer you and set up a tour, regarding to your needs and wishes.