Development Trends

Baja California Real Estate Law

Moving fast towards transparency and certainty.

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In Mexico the main trend is towards transparency and regulations and more and more people now prefer using the services of a registered real estate agent.

Already 6 states in the country have a real estate regulatory law in place, Baja California being one of them.

The new state law aims towards enforcing actions to prevent fraud and generate certainty on every real estate business transaction.

The law is complex but it will be gradually enforced to formalize the activities of the sector in the state markets. It is critically advisable to only buy from a trained and licensed agent or corporation.

The real estate license has to be renewed to ensure agent proficiency. The new law also aims at making sure the taxes are properly handled within the country economy.

Currently is the best time for agents to register since the law is still pretty flexible, at a later time the requisites to get such registration will be far more complicated.

There are registrations for both individuals and agencies.

The law aims at having agents that understand the Mexican law. If you are a corporation the license procedure has to be followed by both the corporation and its legal representative.

You get a registration for the corporation and the license for the agents. Whomever works as an agent for the corporation must be licensed.

Individual agents working for corporations cannot release contracts as individuals during transactions.

This law is in existence since 2014 and enforceable since then, but penalties have been gradually  applied.

Mexican notaries are one of the key filters that will prevent fraudulent transactions.

Chapter 4 of the law contemplates the possibility of denouncing illegal practices to confront agents breaking the rules or committing fraud.

Chapter 6 contemplates all public notaries will refuse to make any registrations if done by unlicensed agents or corporations.

Chapter 9 covers the fact that only registered and licensed individuals can advertise or promote as business providers.

Currently the law is in a state of flexibility but eventually will be fully enforced. Each License has a life of 3 years after which period has to be renewed.

The organism in charge of guiding the Baja California real estate law is the Mixed Commission which starts activities later next year.

From 300 currently active agents in Baja California, 150 have already registered.

Corporations and agents need to ensure their mission statement is in line with their professional activities before the Mexican Tax Agency. All data will be validated by Sedeco [State Economy Secretariat\ with regular inspection visits.

There are 16 agents and corporations currently registered from San Felpe at Sedeco

It is crucial for real estate professionals to be able to identify the right kind of contract to be used on each real estate transaction. Penalties under this law are bolder and include monetary fees, permanent termination of licenses and registrations and or jail.

Once the Mixed Commission is installed the different aspects of this law will start being applied in full, meaning the legal.loopholes will no longer be active.

Also all the benefits of this law will start permeating through all real estate business activities since bringing legal certainty is the main goal of this law.

The Mixed Commission will be creating policy that sustains a proper and healthy business environment preventing fraud and promoting transparency, this involves the creation of a code of ethics.

The place to start a real estate business registration for agents and corporations is: www.bajacalifornia.gob/sedeco.

This information was provided in an excellent presentation done by the C.P. Claudia Limón López from SEDECO [Baja California Economic Development Secretariat] for AMPI – San Felipe.

Special thanks to Jesús Manuel Carrillo, Juan Carlos Maciel, Darryl McDonogh, Giovanni B. Abatt, Uria Amor, Patty Bell, Ervey Franco, Jim Moore, Patricia Haros and all the team at AMPI – San Felipe.

San Felipe Marina Resort & Spa Announces Major Overhaul of Website

By: Lindsey Dae Baker-RicciardelliSAN FELIPE, MX (August 20, 2014) San Felipe Marina Resort & Spa recently announced a refresh of their website experience. The new and improved website offers a clean, consistent and intuitive design that makes it easier for guests to find the accommodations they desire and book their stay. Major improvements include: a new reservation booking page; ability to book rooms directly from the resort’s Facebook page; a crisp look and feel; content in both English and Spanish, and updated photography. The restructured website allows for a seamless booking experience whether it’s by phone, online, or via a mobile device.

“We want to create a reservation process that is effortless whether it’s from a laptop or a smart phone. The new website is launched through digital marketing software that gives property owners like myself complete control of our online content across all devices anytime, anywhere, stated Armando Ramos Sr., owner of San Felipe Marina Resort & Spa. This control translates directly to our customer service and guests’ online experience.”

About San Felipe Marina Resort & Spa

The San Felipe Marina Resort & Spa offers 68 luxury suites, all with sweeping views of the Sea of Cortez. Each suite comes equipped with contemporary amenities designed to make your stay with feel like home. After a fun-filled day in the sun and sand – take a stroll to the resort’s famous El Secreto restaurant for a fresh seafood dinner. No matter how you decide to spend your days and nights, the San Felipe Marina Resort & Spa is perfectly-suited for long weekend getaways or extended stays. Recreational amenities include: a palapa bar, eight tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a gym and spa, a clubhouse, and a 14-slip marina.Click pic and visit now.

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SeaPort Airlines Files for Government Approval to Begin Service from San Diego, CA to San Felipe, BC

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PORTLAND, ORE.SeaPort Airlines submitted its application on June 20, 2014 to the U.S. Department of Transportation to start service from San Diego, California in the United States to San Felipe, Baja California in Mexico. San Felipe would be SeaPort’s first destination in Mexico, expanding its current network of 23 airports across nine states. Service to San Felipe will also require approval by the Mexico Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). SeaPort will file the requisite application with Mexico authorities shortly.

SeaPort Airlines is committed to providing more destination options to our customers in Southern California,” said Rob McKinney, President of SeaPort Airlines “We’ve had a flood of requests from customers for flights to San Felipe and we’ve been listening. Our applications filed today are a first step toward our plans to bring direct air service between San Felipe and San Diego this fall.”

Service on the new route is slated to begin in November 2014 and will initially operate four times each week. All flights will be operated with 9-passsenger Cessna Caravan aircraft. Flight times and fares will be available on www.seaportairlines.com upon receipt of government approvals.

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About SeaPort Airlines

Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines, Inc. operates daily scheduled flights in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas. SeaPort Airlines reservations can be made by calling 888-573-2767, at www.SeaPortAirlines.com, or through all major GDSs. The company currently has an interline ticketing and baggage agreement with Alaska Airlines and is working to establish similar agreements with other U.S. and international carriers. Follow SeaPort on Facebook and Twitter.

Detonating Progress Through A Recreational Port And Nautical Activities

Combined efforts to renew the San Felipe Harbor have a big chance of happening within this year. Plans for bringing a series of sailing events involving regattas of different categories and yacht fleets as a component are on their way.

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A meeting for this purpose recently toke place, where authorities of federal, state and municipal levels as well as the proponents of the project from the private sector gathered to discuss all the options.

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Armando Ramos Arévalo, with help from other important businessman and investors, is behind the initiative of bringing forward a new era for the port facilities with a vision of creating a state of the art seaport village and set San Felipe to a much higher competitive level by dramatically upgrading the quality of port services in every way possible.

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Actions aimed at dredging the port will finalize by December and opening sea trips between San Felipe and Puerto Peñasco as well as regattas are on the verge of materializing this year, with a ferry bridging the 2 ports in the very near future.

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The new highway between Mexicali and San Felipe has to detonate progress and the feasibility for nautical projects benefits greatly from it. San Felipe is ready to start promoting diverse beach and nautical activities such as kite surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking and enabling a recreational port to house fleets of yachts and other types of adventure and leisure ships. The institutions represented in the meeting were COTUCO, SEMAR, FONATUR, DELEGACION SAN FELIPE, SAN FELIPE MARINA RESORT & SPA, CAPITANIA DE PUERTO, CONSEJO DE DESARROLLADORES, GOBIERNO DE MEXICALI, GOBIERNO DEL ESTADO DE BC.

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Current Fonatur Port Facilities

Sea adventurers can start their expeditions in the San Felipe Port from where they can sail about to every other destination in the Sea of Cortéz – Golfo de California and beyond.

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Tours arriving at San Felipe Marina Resort & Spa

Projected Plans For Daily Flights Between San Felipe and San Diego

SeaPort Airlines is currently conducting community research of San Felipe in the hopes of starting flights to San Felipe sometime between March 23rd to September 15th, 2014. In a meeting promoted by Wayne Cobb from Baja Diamante and held October 10th at San Felipe Marina Resort & Spa, Rob McKinney, president of the airline, discussed the plans for these commercial flights to San Felipe.

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Meeting in San Felipe to discuss SeaPort Airlines bringing commercial flights to San Felipe Airport.

Projected plans are for a daily flight between San Felipe and San Diego, with the possibility of flights to Burbank, Tucson and Phoenix further on in the future. Planes used would be Cessna Caravans, which seat 9 passengers.

The Airline is working on the possibilities that once in San Diego, passengers could seamlessly continue on to connecting flights via Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines, as well have the ability to book flights online through sites such as Expedia, Orbitz and many more.

Started in 2008 in Portland, Oregon, SeaPort Airlines specializes in regional flights, and is passionate about connecting communities and providing a great service to its passengers at an affordable price. They are also currently serving the Imperial County Airport, offering flights to San Diego and Burbank.

During the meeting, it was noted that the San Felipe Airport would require some revamping of infrastructure, including work on the ramp, security at customs and adjustments to fueling and grounds, but the current runway length of 4,921 ft. is more than adequate for the Cessna Caravan.

Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Juan Tintos Funcke, is working with SeaPort Airlines President Rob McKinney, to provide historical and current data and information on the market and demand in San Felipe.

SeaPort Airlines in San Felipe, expressing plans for commercial flights.

SeaPort Airlines in San Felipe, expressing plans for commercial flights.

The realization of commercial flights from San Felipe would mark a great step for the town, benefiting the entire town, but especially the tourism industry as well as San Felipe residents looking for transportation alternatives to driving the 390 km (242 miles) between San Felipe and San Diego or the 200 km (125 miles) between San Felipe and Calexico.

You can check SeaPort Airlines website Here and their Facebook page Here.

Green Development is Happening in San Felipe at Rancho Costa Verde!

The future of “Green” technology is happening in Baja California’s premiere green real estate development.

Rancho Costa Verde is a green solar powered resort built on a concept that is entirely “off grid.”

Rancho Costa Verde is a San Felipe real estate development with a totally unique green master planned beach community that includes a beach club with clubhouse, restaurant, bar, pool and casitas.

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Located south of San Felipe at KM 52.5 Rancho Costa Verde offers beautiful quarter acre properties, each with an incomparable view of the Sea of Cortez, from the unbelievable price of $17,500 with a bonus. That bonus is the use of one of the casitas, located in the Beach Club Complex for one week a year for the home site owners, forever, as long as they are owners – it’s like getting a free vacation week with each purchase of a property.

Green solar powered resort style living is happening now in Baja, California.

The entire Beach Club Complex with restaurant and bar as well as an infinity saltwater pool and hot tub along with twelve bungalow units, or casitas, will be completely solar powered. The Beach Club Complex will utilize salt water desalinization systems as well as waste management systems to provide, conserve, and recycle water.

Being green without getting disconnected.

The beach club bar/kitchen along with the restaurant will be equipped with air-conditioning, high definition televisions and high speed wifi internet. Each of the casita units will also be equipped with A/C and full bathrooms. The infinity pool, pumps, hot tub; all will be powered by electricity created by the sun.

The development is permitted for a well that will provide water to the entire beach club complex through a desalinization system. The bar and grill, the pool and hot tub, and each of the twelve casita units will all be provided electricity through cutting edge solar power technology.

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All the luxuries and amenities one would expect at a first class beach club.

“The difference between our beach club from any other is that it will be completely solar powered and self sustaining,” says Frank Ingrande, principal and co-founder. He continues, “We at Rancho Costa Verde are very excited to show that ‘Going Green’ no longer means going without. This Beach club will be a clear example of what can be done today, as well as what the future holds, for green construction technology.”

Rancho Costa Verde is a cutting edge development and totally solar powered community, which takes advantage of the very latest advances in solar power and green technology, as well as the unique, breath-taking natural amenities that only Baja California provides, to offer a style and standard of living that many Americans once thought out of reach.

Registered Ecological Preserve.

Rancho Costa Verde is a 350 acre San Felipe real estate master planned community that will remain 50% undeveloped. What that means is that half will never be touched while 40% is set aside as a registered ecological preserve.

Availability.

Of the 350 acres there are only 364 home sites. When owners are ready to build, Rancho Costa Verde is building luxury custom homes from less than $80 a square foot. The average custom parcel is a 1/4-acre, and starts as low as $17,500.00 and includes the use of the casitas every year.

To learn more about Rancho Costa Verde, you can email them at info@ranchocostaverde.com or call 1-800-211-7400.

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Only 28 kilometers south from San Felipe: Marinazul Golf & Resort

A real estate development project identified commercially under the name of Marinazul Golf & Resort is about to begin infrastructure works.

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Promoted by the Spanish corporation Inveravante, which belongs to the Galician businessman Manuel Jove, directly linked to the oil, banking, wind energy, aerospace, gas carrier, metallurgy, automobile, hydro, telephone, art, real estate, finance, tourism and wine
industries in Europe, North Africa and Latin America.

Marinazul is classified within the sector of hotels and restaurants and is a type “A” tourist project, which includes hotels, condos, golf course and real estate development.

According to the two environmental impact manifestos delivered by Inveravante-Crecentia corporation to the Secretariat of
Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) in September 2011, Marinazul is located in the coastal corridor San Felipe – Bahia de los Angeles, a pristine area recognized for its high potential to attract international tourism.

The start of the project was awaiting its authorization while the environmental impact requirement was still under review in SEMARNAT on April 15 of last year.

The Spanish investor expects the development of basic infrastructure will be completed in a period of five years, and the time they will take to complete the work is estimated in about 25 years, while project life is estimated at 50.

The land on which the megaproject is intended to carry out operations is also known as Campo Santa Maria, Ejido Delicias or Percebú and is part of the Ejido Plan Nacional Agrario located within the municipality of Ensenada. The project will have an economical impact
benefiting the town of San Felipe, which is located 28 kilometers north of the project.

The investor, represented in Mexico by project manager Manuel Rodriguez Gonzalez, explains in the environmental manifests that due to the complexity and nature of the works, a master plan was raised and it is aimed at tourist-oriented real estate development.

The project involves performing a set of buildings and infrastructure that will allow the creation of tourist activities, which include
sports, relaxation, recreation and commerce among others.

For these reasons, Marinazul projected land development is considered a private investment of “high social benefit.”

The most important aspects that distinguish the project are:

1. – Design adapted to the natural conditions of the land, thereby allowing for the optimal use of the land in a sustainable
manner.

2. – Optimal use of water, including recycling wastewater for use in landscaping and irrigation of the golf course, and the
installation of a desalination plant as a source for drinking water.

3. – Exclusion of wastewater discharge.

4. – Integrated waste management.

5. – Implementation of an architectural approach according to the characteristics of the existing environment.

The Spanish consortium considers that the project Marinazul should be placed as a single property, whose estate covers an area of
1,200 hectares, which will house all specifics of the project that will consist of various infrastructure deployment phases.

Source: www.sinembargo.mx