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Real Estate Boom, Reduced Prices & Buyer Opportunities in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the entire Riviera Maya including Bacalar and Majahual are experiencing a Real Estate Boom since a couple of years now. But what does this actually means for you as buyer?

Let me show you, how you can take advantage of reduced prices from already existing quality Condos and Houses instead of buying new pre-sale condos, that are not finished yet.

While you will find almost every day new constructions and advertisements for new properties including Pre-Sale Condos in Playa de Carmen or Eco-Chic Houses in Tulum, it is hard for Property Owners, who enjoyed their vacation rental home in Playa del Carmen for several years, to sell. Why is that? And how can a buyer take advantage of it?

Several reasons. As a buyer you want a new property and you think condos and houses, that are existing since several years, are outdated and need remodeling. Wrong. New Construction does not always mean Quality! There are lots of timeless Condos in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, that can be updated inside with a new theme/decoration. You will be surprised how many unique properties are out there!

Condos and Houses that are 5 to 10 years old, have administrators that are up to date with the maintenance of the grounds like garden and pool, while new buildings still have to establish their owner association and find a good administrator.

New Constructions are usually smaller in size due to higher land prices, developer use similar materials, designs and concepts to make their product competitive etc. Existing condos in Playa del Carmen and Tulum can have very interesting layouts, huge spaces or magnificent views and perfect locations.

Also don’t forget: Real Estate Agents are Sales People, generally concentrating and driven by what sells. During a Real Estate Boom agents are getting pampered with free tours for their clients to showroom of projects under construction or parties, that celebrate sales numbers with wine and food. Master Broker appear and offer higher commissions for sales in their projects, give out high end brochures and can afford expensive software that offers virtual tours to their potential buyers.

This and other reasons make it so much more attractive to concentrate on what the market seems to demand and leads to price reductions on existing condos in Playa del Carmen to make those properties stand out from the new crowd and atractive to potential buyers. It is worth a look at those properties and compare them with the new pre-sale products. You will be surprised!

Playa Rentals & Sales has a large list of property owners who are interested in selling their condo or house in Playa del Carmen, they have enjoyed for many years. Most of them are not on our website or listed, so please ask if you are interested to receive those informal listings.




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Xcalacoco Beach in Playa del Carmen

Beautiful beach Playa Xcalacoco just North of Playa del Carmen

Xcalacoco Beach is a well-kept public beach, used and visited by locals & residents of the surrounding communities of Lol Tun, Privanza del Mar, Lol Ka Tun, etc. Xcalacoco is located between two hotels, Le Reve Hotel & Spa, a small boutique hotel, and the Azul Fives Resort. However, the beach is usually quiet. Most of the guests of the resort stay in one of their several pools.

The water at Xcalacoco is often very calm and parts of the beach are rocky. Because Xcalacoco beach is public, there is no service, so you need to bring your own drinks, snacks, towels & chairs. Please take care of the environment, take your trash with you, and please don`t leave cigarette buds in the sand. A lifeguard should be on duty.  For all who do want service, there is a public beach club of the Selvamar community close by.

How to get to Playa Xcalacoco from Playa del Carmen?

There is no public transportation, so you need to drive, but please note parking is very limited. Xcalacoco Beach, therefore, is perfect for all the people vacationing/living in the gated communities nearby like Lol Tun, Privanza del Mar, or Lol Ka Tun or El Cielo. With a bike, you need at the most 7 minutes to the beach. On your way stop at the convenience store called OxxO that sells everything you need for a beach day, including cold beer and water.

Driving Instructions to Xcalacoco Beach Playa del Carmen

Coming from Playa del Carmen drive on the 307-highway direction Cancun. Go past the entrance to Grand Coral/Nick Price Residences. At the traffic light (at the Coco-Cola factory), turn right on the road. Drive down the road. You will pass the gated communities of Lol Tun, Balam Tun (here you can find the convenience store OxxO), Privanza del Mar, and Lol Ka Tun until you come to the Azul Fives Resort. Follow the street and you will see a small public beach access. If you come to Le Reve Hotel & Spa you passed the entrance. As mentioned parking is very limited! But this also means, that not many people come to this beach.

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3rd of June 2018 – Andale Bazar

Save the date! – 3rd of June 2018! – Andale Bazar – Playa del Carmen Fleah market

The Andale Bazar (a local flea market) is an event organized by a local classified magazine called Andale! Since 2004 Andale! is a free classified magazine that is distributed in many public locations throughout Playa del Carmen (restaurants, schools, shops, gyms etc.). Andale! is published every 15 days and is financed by advertisements. There is also an online version. Andale! organizes 2 events the year, both are flea markets that have the community in mind. So you will not only find families selling goods they do not need anymore, you will also find local artists selling jewelry, handmade bags or clothes. In addition, vegan products have been on display over the last years. Snacks & cold drinks you will find offered everywhere and there is also a small stage where you have some entertainment like music, theater or a clown for children. This is a must go event in Playa del Carmen for tourists and residents a like. The Andale Bazar is organized twice a year. In December and May. Enjoy and take lots of photos!

Location: Plaza Las Americas

Online version of Andale! you find here


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Colonia Hollywood in Playa del Carmen

Let me introduce you to the vibrant neighboorhood called Colonia Hollywood in Playa del Carmen. Colonia Hollywood is located between Avenida 20 and 30 and between Calle 20 and 34 and is the perfect location for young & creative people.

Colonia Hollywood is a mix of expats, newbies and short term vacationers, visiting Playa del Carmen frequently. You can find studios, 1 BR or 2 BR apartments, starting at around 7000 Pesos up to 25.000 Pesos (or more for luxury properties). On Calle 26, 28 and 30 between Avenida 20 and 30, you can find the few houses available for rent or sale in Playa del Carmen, a lot of those converted to apartment buildings in the last years.

We have currently (May 2018) a Duplex (Two 2 BR houses with front and backyard for sale).

Colonia Hollywood has quiet a few very good restaurants, and in our opinion the best Ice Cream Place in whole Playa del Carmen. You also find a few local, small businesses here from expats, like The Suitcase Clothing Shop, Cat Eye Creation Photography, Casona Interior Design.

Our Restaurant tips for Colonia Hollywood in Playa del Carmen

# 1 Elemento (inside of Casona on Avenida 25 between Calle 28 and 26) – Mexican Art Cusine for a moderate price – MUST GO Restaurant!

# 2 Cafe Choux Choux (Avenida 20 corner of Calle 24) – Cafe & Restaurant with many vegan & vegetarian options & great coffee!

# 3 Los Aguachiles (Calle 34 corner of Avenida 25) – Marisqueria – Cantina – Seafood Tacos

#4 Papa Charly Pasta Factory (Calle 30 and Avenida 25) – Simply put: great food – great prices!

There are more options and I invite you to walk around this pretty neighboorhood, take some photos and share with your friends. I am sure you will discover a lot of things.



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