Frequently asked questions
When you enter into an agreement with a real estate agent to sell your house in Yucatan, you are primarily asking for one thing: that the agent create a listing with the features of the house, a nice description, and a few photos. Then, you want that agent to market your home's listing as much as possible, until they find a buyer for your property, which they will then hand off to a Notario to actually complete the transaction. In exchange for this service, you agree to compensate the agent with 6% of the sale price of your house, or, in most cases, between $3,000 and $18,000 USD.
Foreign buyers interested in a home in Yucatan, however, don't need to have their hands held by real estate agents. They are "do-it-yourselfers," and they don't mind having to do a tiny amount of the legwork needed to close on a property, particularly if it means saving a few dollars. At Yucatan Direct, our goal is to provide you, the seller, with the exact same tools the real estate companies use to market your property. Using our tools, you can create a listing for your house, add photos, video, and have the whole thing be indexed and searchable both by our site and by major search engines. But it doesn't stop there. We market your house, lot, or vacation rental the same way the big companies do, by advertising and promoting on other websites, creating paid-inclusion search results, advertising in print media, and much more. In short, we ensure your house receives the same exposure to the buying public as it would by listing it with a real estate company, and we do it for free, instead of $18,000. Doesn't that make more sense?
You can create a listing for your property on Yucatan Direct absolutely free. You won't have to pay one red cent, for the lifetime of your listing. If you want extra promotion for your listing, you can upgrade to "featured" status, which will include your listing on the home page of our site for a small fee, as well as qualify your property for promotion across our network.
Buyers who are interested in your property will contact you via email, and you take it from there. If you have your own Notario Publico or lawyer, you can make arrangements with them to prepare contracts and the transfer of funds. If you need a recommendation for these services, please look at our Recommended Services page.
Please note that your email address is never displayed on the site. The amount of personal details you choose to share with your potential buyer is your responsibility.
For as little as around $12 USD per month, you can upgrade your listing to "featured" status. Featured listings receive extra exposure by being featured on the main page of our site, and also receive special attention in our offline marketing efforts and in our promotions on other websites. Making your listing "featured" helps get more eyeballs on your listing, and will help you sell faster!
You can choose to give your listing "featured" status during the listing creation, or you can upgrade an existing listing by clicking here.
To ensure a high quality, visually stunning listing, we require that images you add to your listing be at least 800x600 pixels or greater. Trying to enlarge or "upsample" photos will make them appear blurry or pixellated. For best results, upload photos that are 800x600 or larger. You will find our image uploader on the "create listing" page.
Shooting a "walkthrough" video can be a great way for buyers who may be browsing the site from afar to feel as though they are taking a tour of the property, and can be a great tool for selling. If you would like to include a video on your listing, first upload your video to YouTube. After your video is processed and added to YouTube, copy the URL (it should look something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqTuN-35580) and paste it into the "YouTube Video URL" field on the "Create Listing" or "Edit" page. We'll embed the video right in your listing automatically!
After your listing has been created, you can edit it by logging back into the site any time and clicking on "My Listings."
To edit your account information, log into the site and click on "My Account."
In order to keep our listings relevant (and keep your inbox clean) please remove your listing after your property has sold by logging into your account and clicking "My Listings." There, you will find a link to delete your listing.
No. Your email address is never displayed on the site, preventing email address harvesters from finding it and inundating you with spam. The only emails you will receive are from buyers who want to purchase your property, and ocassional communications from us.
Yucatan Direct's suite of tools is designed for independent sellers to list comission-free properties quickly and easily. If you represent a real estate agency, we do not prevent you from listing properties with us, provided you clearly indicate that you are a broker on the account creation page. Users who do not disclose their affiliation with an agency or real estate company will have their listings removed and account access blocked.
In Mexico, there are no licensing requirements or guidelines for real estate agents. Absolutely anyone can make up a logo and hang a sign on a spare bedroom, and call themselves a real estate agency. It is not a profession recognized or required by the government in order to buy or sell property. Instead, these middlemen insert themselves into the process, collecting a commission before handing you off to a lawyer or a notario publico, which is who actually handles the contracts and the transfer of funds.
Horror stories abound locally about dishonest agents injecting false senses of urgency into transactions, about properties that sell for far more than the actual amount of money given to the seller, with the agent pocketing the difference, agents preparing "contracts" that are not legally binding, agents selling properties that they don't have the legal ability to, and much, much more. They have no obligation to report any defects or problems with a property. At best, real estate agents are an unneccesary part of the process; at worst, they can make the whole experience extraordinarily painful.
At Yucatan Direct, we strive to give sellers and vacation property owners the same ability to market their properties as they would have with the real estate companies, but without paying high commissions. In many cases, the seller will pass those savings along to you, since they no longer have to pay tens of thousands of dollars to a real estate agent. You deal directly with the seller, and cut out the middleman.
No. You need a Notario Publico, which shouldn't be confused with the Notary Public in the United States, even though they sound similar. Here, a Notario Publico is a government appointed real estate lawyer who researches all aspects of a property prior to the transfer of ownership, including title research, taxes, fees, and provides the final "stamp of approval" on any sale. You should also consider hiring a lawyer to help with the closing. Our recommended professionals, who will be happy to assist you once you have found your property, can be found here.
There is no formal Multiple Listing Service, or MLS in Mexico, which is why 10 different real estate websites will display 10 different versions of a property for sale, including price, lot dimensions, features, and numbers of bedrooms. We have even seen different websites describe properties as being in completely different towns. It's another great reason to work directly with the seller of a property.
Absolutely not. There is no fee for buyers to search for houses using Yucatan Direct. Finding your property and connecting with the seller is completely free; we don't even make you sign up for an account, first.
On the property listing page, you will see a form that will allow you to contact the seller of the property directly. Send the seller an email using that form, talk to the seller to arrange a showing, and then get in touch with your lawyer or notario. From there, it's up to you!
We are currently developing a Spanish language version of the site, which will link buyers and sellers across language lines. Please check back soon.
Unfortunately, no. Once you have found the property you would like to buy, it is up to you to make arrangements with the seller. We can recommend some services to help you with your transaction, but we can't assist with or be responsible for the actual details of the transaction. Our focus is on marketing properties and fostering direct connections between buyers and sellers, not on brokering deals ourselves. For more information on this, please take a moment to review our terms and conditions.