There are websites on the Internet where people can post their complaints. Complaints about anything. If one looks, complaints about real estate in Baja can be found. Here are a few from Complaints Board.
2007-08-11 by Janis Smothers:
I saw the CBS story and because it was on the news I thought it would be accurate. Now I have a major financial problem because I bought a house in San Antonio Del Mar. By the time I sell, if I can, I will have lost thousands. Right now I am losing money every month on the interest and finance charges. What happened to responsible reporting? If something sounds too good to be true it certainly is. The people who make money on these things are the ones who get in early and out fast. It is like a pyramid scheme.
2007-08-28 by Justin Brooks:
Know first hand what a problem buying in a place like that is. I bought a place in Real Del Mar in 2004 for $170,000.00. It cost $12,000.00 in closing costs, and another $2,000.00 in other fees to establish the trust. I am now trying to sell the place, and have only been offered $220,000.00. I have been to told it is worth $260,000.00 by people in the development and realtors, but I have only had one offer is eight months. I have been paying almost $1,200. a month for three years. That is over $40,000. in interest. When I sell I have to pay 35% capital gains on what the Mexicans consider capital gains, the difference between the $220,000. and $170,000. It is easy to see with the money I also put into furnishing it, this has been a very expensive and not profitable experience. If I had put that money in the same mutual fund I have my 401 K in I would have received dividends, capital gains distributions, and growth on the price of the shares. I thought I was investing, but instead I was getting an education, and I learned a lot from this mistake. I paid a lot for this education.
2007-07-18 by Mario West:
Moving to Baja is like moving to a Ghetto. You are surrounded by deplorable poverty, exploitation, and crime. The police pull over tourists and foreign residents expecting bribes. The drug cartel is out of control. Some developers are also politicians and are the ones running the show. You will definitely get what you pay for if you buy Baja real estate. No services, the sewage is regularly dumped in the ocean or surrounding areas from the trucks that pump the septic tanks. You need to read back issues of the Gringo Gazette. It is true, the residents of beach communities get no help from the city with these types of problems. When they complain, the city retaliates against those who complain. Stay away from Baja real estate.
2007-08-07 by Mathew Warner:
This really makes me sick. I researched about buying a home in Mexico, and there were all kinds of sites put up by sales groups, like Baja Relocation that make it sound like heaven across the border. Now I see what I should have known. I should have looked for complaints about Mexico, Baja, etc. to get to see what problems others have already had. I have a property that has all kinds of issues and I can’t sell it. The real estate agent says there is nothing I can do about the seller not telling about the structural problems. And I smell raw sewage that is dumped in the ocean regularly. The agents should be left to rot in Mexican jails.
2007-08-28 by Nestor Torres:
When a true Mexican leader, like [Hugo] Chavez, is finally elected, we will take back all the land the foreigners have taken, and give it to our people. It is our Mexico, and those who violate our land shall lose!!