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The Cúpula

The beautiful cúpulas that you see incorporated into the Mexican architecture add to the charm, but did you know they serve a purpose as well? Check out this article by J. Brad Grieve The Cúpula: Spain’s gift to Mexico’s colonial architecture by J. Brad Grieve Home Construction & Maintenance in Mexico Other than a great view […]

Grading & Drainage

Do you have questions about controlling the flow of water in and around your property? Here is some great information on the grading and drainage for your home. Grading and drainage in Lake Chapala by J. Brad Grieve The Mexican House There have been times when I step into a house and immediately know there […]

How to make a Payroll receipt in Ajicic & Chapala

Whenever you pay out cash for wages or contract work, you should obtain a signed receipt or recibo. If ever there is a wage dispute, the emphasis is upon the employer to prove that wages were paid. Mexican Labor law leans heavily towards protecting the employee, which is refreshing to see, but you also need to […]

How to get your Online Telmex invoice

One of the many services we provide when you buy a home from Chapala Realtors, is to set up your Telmex (Telephone) account.  We will then send you the account and password so that you can log in and monitor your monthly billing.

Online CFE invoice

One of the many services we provide when you buy a home from Chapala Realtors, is to set up your CFE (Electricity) account.  We will then send you the account and password so that you can log in and monitor your bi-monthly billing

Notario’s Closing Costs in Ajijic & Chapala

Closing costs are approximately 3 – 4% of the purchase price for most transactions. Recently, the high dollar exchange have many clients paying less, in the 2.6 – 2.8% range. Most notaries will provide a line item spreadsheet, prior to closing, itemizing each cost. You cannot avoid these closing costs as a buyer. They are […]

Guides to Mexican Labor Law

Mexican labor law can be quite confusing, but it’s very important to understand your rights as well as the rights of your workers. A good place to start is by reading articles such as this one at ICLG. When in doubt it’s always best to contact a lawyer. Hiring, firing, promoting, deomting, raises, IMSS, etc. […]

How to make phone calls from Ajijic

In addition, here are the Area Codes for country, state and Lakeside Making a phone call can be confusing, especially for newcomers. Cell phone to cell phone or landline to landline is pretty basic, but did you know you have to dial different numbers if calling a landline from a cell phone? Or different again […]

How to Calculate Domestic Staff Severance

Severance or Finiquito When you sell your home, you will need to severe the employment of all your staff (maid, gardener, etc.).  They can then be recommended and re-hired by the new home owner.  You need to calculate each employee’s severance or finiquito, which includes severance days owed, vacation pay and Christmas bonus or Aguinaldo. We highly recommend keeping receipts […]

How to Calculate Domestic Staff Christmas Bonus in Ajijic & Chapala, Mexico

Feliz Navidad! Your domestic staff will expect a Christmas Bonus or Aguinaldo before December 20th of each year.  How do you calculate that, you ask?  You can download this spreadsheet, input the required information in the blue boxes and voila! It will auto-calculate an estimate for you. We highly recommend that your staff sign to acknowledge payment […]