When the Covid-19 contingency began in mid-March, none of us really knew what this would mean for Puerto Vallarta’s real estate market. Over the last few months we have continued to close pending deals, as well as receive new offers on properties. Some of our current clients are residents that have rented over the years, and are now ready to make this their permanent home base. Other buyers are out of country, but have decided that they are ready to take the plunge and move to PV once this is all over with. As we continue to work throughout this time when public health is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, I just wanted to share a few updated tips for buying, and specifically touring properties in 2020.
At a time when many countries still have travel restrictions, and people in general are hesitant to jump back on airplanes, we have begun to get creative when it comes to touring properties. Zoom, the teleconferencing app that has taken the world by storm, is now proving to be a valuable tool in the real estate market. Live, virtual tours with your agent are as easy as a digital sign-in away. Just because you can’t travel, doesn’t mean you can’t get an up close and personal look at your favorite properties on the MLS.
For those buyers that are in town, we are indeed still touring, with some added safety measures for everyone’s well being. Safe-touring basics include wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer after touching doors and countertops.
Always insist that your agent wear a mask, and be sure to wear your own mask as well. Come prepared with your own hand-sanitizer. Riding with your agent is much less risky than taking a cab or Uber to a listing to view.
Lastly, please don’t view property unless you are really ready to buy NOW. It is not worth the risk of exposure to different properties if you are six months or a year from being ready to invest. Take it from the experts and STAY ON THE BEACH. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by touring prematurely, just to have your dream property be scooped up by someone else before you are able to truly commit.
This post was inspired by an article written a few years ago on buyer preparedness. While still valid and noteworthy tips, I thought it would be great to add a few timely additions for Touring Properties in 2020.
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Puerto Vallarta is no doubt an artist’s haven. The colorful landscape stimulates the imagination and brings out the creativity in all of us. You literally cannot walk more than a block in downtown without stumbling upon an art gallery, urban mural, or statue of some sort. It’s no wonder that it doesn’t take many residents long to start looking for Art supply stores to start creating their own masterpieces. Here a few resources to help you get started on your artistic journey in Puerto Vallarta.
This is a fantastic art supply shop with two convenient locations. The more popular location is the downtown Puerto Vallarta locale found at Juárez 534 in El Centro. This is the street that leads out of downtown towards the airport, the shop is just a few blocks north of the Guadalupe Cathedral. At México Mágico, artists and crafters can find all the basic supplies required, from easels and blank canvases to acrylic paints and assorted mediums.
Assorted wooden boxes and frames to paint!
There is also a second location in the Los Sauces neighborhood that can be found at Av. Las Torres 131-A . Mexico Magico has a wide variety of high quality supplies that will please beginner to advanced artists. I highly recommend a visit!
La Perlita is one of the original crafting shops in downtown PV, with an additional location in El Pitillal. This store is packed to the gills with wonders! From paint, to artificial flowers, ribbon, yarn, safety pins, glass vases for centerpieces, foamy paper, and so much more, La Perlita is definitely worth a look around to see what will inspire you to get started on your next project.
Parisina is primarily a fabric store, but also has a wide array of crafting supplies and seasonal holiday decorations. For those who know how to work a sewing machine, this large corporate chain store is air-conditioned heaven on earth! The three main locations in Puerto Vallarta are in downtown on Juarez (not far from La Perlita and Mexico Magico), next to Soriana across from the San Javier Hospital, and the third is in the MacroPlaza shopping center near Pitillal where “the other” Wal Mart is. Beautiful store with lots of treasures!
Where is your favorite Art Supply store in Puerto Vallarta? I would love to hear from you in the comments….