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Podcast 020: The Mayan Train: Discovering Mexico’s Lesser-Known Towns and Natural Wonders with Susana MacDonald

In this episode of the Dream Retirement In Mexico podcast, host Risa Morimoto welcomes guest Riviera Maya region real estate agent Susana MacDonald to discuss the latest developments and opportunities in Mexico’s real estate market. They begin by highlighting the accessibility of transportation in the area, particularly with the future addition of a train that will make traveling from the airport to Tulum easier and faster. This improved transportation opens up new areas for exploration, including the rising vacation destination of Bacalar, known for its beautiful lagoons. She emphasizes on the growing trend of developers creating communities with amenities such as natural pools, cenotes, and nature trails.

The importance of working with independent agents and attorneys when purchasing property in Mexico is recommended as they provide vital protection and guidance for buyers. The episode also touches on the upcoming Mayan train project, which will connect the five states of the Yucatán Peninsula, making it easier to access lesser-known areas like Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatán, and Tabasco. Susana also recommends doing thorough research, seeking qualified advice, and exploring different areas to find the right investment opportunity. 

Overall, this episode provides valuable insights for anyone interested in retiring or investing in Mexico’s real estate market and encourages listeners to embrace adventure and discover the hidden gems of the country.

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Key Moments: 

[00:07:15] LeonaVicario creates new market for spacious homes.

[00:09:26] Opportunity for adventure, amenities, and beach proximity.

[00:14:24] Developer, sales team, independent agent, buyers, attorney.

[00:18:25] Major cities have large areas and smaller towns attached. Leona Vicario is growing due to the nearby train. Playa and Tulum also have development, with growth expected in Tulum.

[00:19:43] Train propels growth, especially in Bacalar.

[00:25:36] Invest sooner, seek legal advice, be confident.

About the Guest : 

Susana MacDonald is a real estate professional helping individuals find their dream properties in the stunning locales of Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulum for over a decade.

Her passion for this breathtaking region of the world runs deep, and her knowledge of the local real estate market is as thorough as it gets. Whether you’re seeking to invest in a new property or looking to sell your existing one, she is here to guide you every step of the way.  She has been featured on House Hunters International several times, guiding her clients to find their perfect home in the Yucatan peninsula.

At the core of her commitment is safeguarding your investments. As a licensed real estate professional, she is dedicated to ensuring that your real estate transactions are not just smooth but also secure. Your peace of mind is her priority.

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