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Vallarta Life: Location, location (rentals)

Finding a Rental in Puerto Vallarta


There are many rentals in Puerto Vallarta and scads of sources to find one; agencies, bulletin boards (electronic and onsite) in supermarkets; cafés; Facebook sites or simply Google Rental Puerto Vallarta and an amazing amount of possibilities will pop up.

We always check reviews, regardless of what we’re shopping for, and if possible, in this case, personal references. Our Canadian friends are often upset to find prices listed in US dollars. That’s actually not legal in Puerto Vallarta. Prices for rentals in Puerto Vallarta should be listed in pesos. You will likely be asked for first and last month’s rent and expect to pay a deposit, as well.

If you find a rental that appeals to you, be persistent. Contact the agent and if they don’t get right back to you, keep at it. Our friends in this business are busy showing units, doing paperwork, procuring new spaces, and answering requests. If you do make an inquiry on something you’re honestly interest in, due diligence is in order; follow up. Many agents tell me they’ve units for clients who disappear. Communication goes both ways.

Those looking for rentals often complain about the price. Too much. Way overpriced. Gouging. Our response to this grievance is the old real estate motto: location, location, location. A rental unit on the beach, with a pool, elevator, and security is going to be dear. Another adage is whatever the market can bear; many owners who rent consider it a business arrangement. Their intent is to make money. That said… you don’t need to stay on the beach or in the Marina, with a pool, elevator, and security. There are countless condos and apartments within less than a thirty minute walk to the beach and persistence will find them.

Are you bringing a pooch? This should be the first question, since it can be an instant disqualifier. Ask if there’s outdoor space that’s secure for Fido, if needed.

Ask what amenities are onsite. Is there A/C? Not really needed in Puerto Vallarta in the winter months, but very desirable from June to October. Do you want a washer/dryer setup? Chances are there will be a laundry service (lavanderia) around any corner, so that’s not a huge necessity either. These things all boost the price.

Photos only tell you so much. Make sure you know exactly how many people a place sleeps, how many bedrooms, size beds, fold out futons in common areas. Number of bathrooms; take into consideration how many people will be fighting over the toilet at the same time. Is there a contract? You really are much better off with one, regardless of what someone may have told you.

It’s not true that the market is set to appeal to high-end seekers. Families are very welcome, as well as bargain hunters.

Que es cómo es. 

About Boardwalk Realty Vallarta:

Here are a few of our guiding principals at Boardwalk Realty:

“First of all, we really want to get to know you,”   When we know you, we can tailor home tours to your tastes.”

Secondly, there’s the legal side of owning in Mexico. “Besides our own experience, we can save you a lot of time and money by offering you complimentary consultations with our partner attorneys.  The nuances of how you buy here can save you a lot of money when you sell. It’s important to know what you’re doing on the purchase so that when you sell you can best use any tax advantages. This service is free to our clients and can be invaluable.”

Both partners agree that the most important element of Boardwalk Realty is our ongoing service and commitment to our clients after the sale.  We are both passionate about protecting the investment and security of our clients.  “Our clients become our friends, we see them socially, and we treat them as we would like to be treated ourselves”, adds Mike.

Boardwalk Realty Puerto Vallarta represents buyers and sellers of real estate in the entire Bay of Banderas area, and will soon add a rental and property management division.

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