Even a Lawyer Liked it: She’s Planning to Retire in Mexico and Here’s What she had to Say


I read (speed) your book last night. […]

Your keen sense of humor and ability to laugh at yourself shone throughout and helped me navigate helpful chapters like the one on immigration status that a lawyer has to admire. I can tell that you’re dedicated to eating well, and  have to confess that your graphic account of the neighborhood markets was frightening. Your depictions of the hearts of your Mexican neighbors, especially when your husband was injured in a bicycle collision, were poignant.

Thanks for introducing me to your Mexico. I took my kids once to a Club Med back in the early 90’s (they’re now [in their 30s]) and didn’t have a chance to experience anything Mexican.

But I’m traveling to San Miguel de Allende at the end of June, brushing up on some high school Spanish, and looking forward to the experience.

You have the gift of writing as if you were speaking to the reader. I look forward to reading (and paying for) future books/articles.

Thanks for everything,

Really wish I had read your book before building in Mexico….

Michele Berkner, Canadian Snowbird, writes:

I have just bought your book and will be diving into it on the plane back to Canada today, but before I leave Mexico this time around, I have a situation that I am hoping you can help me with.

[We want to sell our Mexican car to someone we know in Mexico.] The only problem is that we are being told that there is a minimum price we can sell it for. At the time [we took ownership of the car] the value was 81,000 pesos and we are told we must sell it for a minimum of 28,000 plus pay for the transfer 2800 pesos.

The source of this information is dodgy at best, but I can’t find anyone who has ever heard of this before…….your help would be much appreciated!


home-sweet-mexico replies:


Thank you for purchasing my book. I hope you are enjoying it.

I have never heard of such a rule, though, there are lots of laws I have no idea about.

I think it would be a good idea to ask a car-owning Mexican friend (preferably one who has nothing to gain from your car sale and one who has been to university) an open-ended question if there is anything you need to know about selling a car.

I know that you can work this out in a way that is beneficial for both parties.  If a third party seems to be dishonest or is blockading the process, try to work with a fourth party — preferably at a different location.

Best of luck!

Julia C Taylor

Michele Berkner:

Hi Julia:

Thanks so much for your reply and yes, enjoying the book a lot!!

I was able to determine that there is no minimum selling price, you just need the original factura (plus copies of course), all the tenencias over the past 5 years and the tarjeta [de] circulation (plus a million copies of these last 2 as well….I would imagine!).

I also appreciate your recommendations on getting the correct information by working around those who seem to wish to blockade anything I try to attempt….that would be the accountant who will be losing her job as soon as humanly possible.

Really getting a good laugh from your book.  A friend of mine gave me a book called “God and Mr. Gomez” after we had finished building our home.  Its another good book with lots of laughs if you haven’t read it!

Thanks again




Thank you for the suggestion of the book. I haven’t read it and it sounds interesting. I think I’ll have to read it soon.

I’m so glad you are enjoying my book and that you found a solution to your lack of information about selling a car.

Would you mind if I put up a quote from your email “Really getting a good laugh from your book…?”

Sorry, to bother you with my request but this is the way that I get all of the positive reviews on my web site. I wait until someone sends me a compliment that comes from their own heart, then I ask them if I may use it to help sell my book.

Many thanks,


Michele Berkner:

Hi Julia:

No problem to use quotes from me!  The book is very informative and it’s a great read due to the humour….and truth behind everything you have written…..really wish I had read it before building in Mexico as it would certainly have made my life a lot easier!!

Thanks again for everything!


home-sweet-mexico replies:


Thank you! I have been sick with a flu and am finally able to put up your quotes. May I use your name or just your initials? I guess I’ll start with your initials, then fill them out with your name if you give me permission.


Michele Berkner of Canada:


Sorry to hear about your flu!!  Feel free to use my name…Michele Berkner…or initials as I am not trying to keep anything hidden at all.

Your book was great and again, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT TO HAVE READ IT PRIOR TO BUYING LAND AND BUILDING A HOUSE IN MANZANILLO…….I still go back and read about the small un-truths as that is just soooo soooo true!  I even had to run a few tests to prove this to my husband!!!

Thanks again so much for your book and all that info you have provided…..practically free….to all us knot-head Canadians/Americans who blindly go to Mexico thinking it will be exactly the same as it is at home!!!!  I now know that if I need a new bank card it will take 3 trips of 4 hours each to get that accomplished…..instead of the Canadian 10 minutes “here’s a temporary card and you will have the new one in the mail within the week!”

Having said that, I love Mexico……..it’s such a great laugh!!

Take care.


Mexico: The Trick is Living Here is a Good start toward moving from Canada to Mexico

Hello Julia;

I am investigating the possibilities, options and economics of expatriating myself from cold Canada. At least for the winter months. …My plan is to purchase…. Only after visiting several times and much due diligence first though. I think the information in your book and website are a good start. Thanks again.


[Excerpt of an email to the author. Re-printed with permission.]