Differences Between Buying Resale And Pre-Construction Condos In The Riviera Maya

Are you in the market for a condo in Mexico’s highly-desired Riviera Maya? If you answered yes, your next thought might be “Well, is it better to buy resale or property in pre-construction?”

We are here to help provide insight into this commonly asked question. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons together.

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Purchasing a Resale Property
This is the most simple and direct way to purchase a home in Mexico.

Here are some of the reasons why:
- You're able to see what you’re buying. The property has been built, so you won’t have to imagine what it looks like.
- You won’t have to wait long to move in since the condo is yours upon closing.

Along with the upsides come a few disadvantages to consider:
- The unit could've been lived in for many years, which means renovations could be required.
- Renovations could cost you more money than you wanted to spend.

If your desired home is in a popular building, you may end up in a bidding war. Entering a bidding war could mean submitting a bid for more than your original budget.

Purchasing Pre-Construction

With the growing popularity of the Riviera Maya and the number of homes under development there, considering this type of purchase is very common.

Buying a home during pre-construction has some advantages; such as:

- Being the first owner of the unit allows you to make customized choices, including flooring, bathroom finishes, cabinetry, appliances, and others amenities.
- Lower pricing because homes are typically priced lower during pre-construction due to the risk of project delays or being called off altogether.
- A possibility of making installment payments. The builder may allow you to make a series of payments over time. For instance, an initial deposit may cost around 20 – 30 percent of the purchase price. From there, you can make installment payments at a negotiated price providing more time to gain access to all the funds needed to pay off the remaining amount owed.

Now, let’s cover the disadvantages of buying pre-construction:

- Buying during pre-construction tends to be based on floor plan sketches and building mock-ups, rather than a completed product.
- The construction of the building amenities may still be underway, even when your unit is complete and move-in ready.
- Before the building can officially become registered as a condominium corporation, construction must be complete. Until this time, the buyer cannot record the escritura, or deed, which evidences the buyer as the legal owner.
- There are no guarantees. A condo building can take several years to complete. If the builder doesn’t sell enough units to finish construction, the project gets halted indefinitely.

After reading through these details, we hope you have the information needed to answer the question posed at the beginning of this article. If you need to speak with an expert who can give further advice, we suggest consulting a trusted bilingual real estate attorney and a reputable real estate firm based in Mexico to assist you during the decision process.

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Ryan Gravel
Ryan Gravel

Ryan Gravel is an American real estate broker and developer. He began his career at a young age working for his family owned construction company.
After graduating college at the University of Central Florida with a degree in business, Ryan set out to find untapped prolific markets around the world. His search landed him in Playa del Carmen, Mexico where he founded Virgin Realty Mexico and co-founded the Saatal Development Group one of the fastest growing development companies in the Riviera Maya.
With extensive market knowledge, professionalism, etiquette, innovation and integrity Ryan is known as one of the most highly respected real estate advisors in the region.

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