Author: Ed Noriega

Even though you will mostly make your way around Tulum with English, it is always good to speak the local language. But language schools always means time and money, something you might not have or don’t want to spend on right now. Luckily there are plenty other ways to learn Spanish with only little time and no money involved.

Step 1: Get to know basics of the language

This is crucial to get a grasp on how the Spanish language is built up and the general sentence structure works. There are many Apps for Android and Apple out there.

Duolingo
This Apps can teach you a lot of languages. It’s totally free and teaches you vocabulary as well as time tenses. Unfortunately it doesn’t explain the rules behind the correct or wrong answer.

AnkiApp
Download Flashcards or write your own. Perfect for new words you learn in your everyday life around Tulum and want to remember. You will learn vocabularies faster, if you don’t write the translation on the back site but a picture of the concept or an explanation in Spanish.

Google Translator
It works as a mobile dictionary and can even translate whole sentences for you, if needed. If you don’t have mobile internet, don’t worry. You can also download languages and use it offline. Tip: it works best with English-Spanish translations, but it’s never better than a bilingual person.

Memrise
Another App and website designed to teach you the most common vocabulary. Designed as a game, you get points for correct answers and can compete against others.

Step 2: Speak it!

So you know the basics, and now is the best time to start talking with strangers. In Tulum this should be very easy, Mexicans are super friendly and like a chat or small conversations. Don’t worry about the mistakes you will be making. Of course you will. But that is not the point, you need those mistakes to improve, and the conversations with native speakers allow you to learn correct pronunciation, common phrases and understanding at a normal speed of a conversation.

If you want to continue to learn Spanish with people at home or you are looking for a more serious language exchange than just the chatting on the Mexican streets, here are some helpful communities.

meetup.com
Lets you find people around you with the same interest, that want to meet up with you. You can organize your own meet up for different topics. It is also great if you are new in a city and want to get involved with the community. You will need a profile as well.

iTalki.com
This website is solely to speak foreign languages with native speakers via skype and is free as long as you offer half an hour or so for others to learn English. If not you can also pay.

Tandem
Do it the old-school way, and write a flyer with your information searching for a person speaking Spanish and wanting to learn English. Pin them to the notice board of your favorite cafes.  There are also groups on Facebook that may afford an opportunity to set things up.

Step 3: Immerse yourself in the language

It’s time for you to cut out your native language as much as possible from your everyday life in order to learn Spanish and surround yourself with it. We give you some options to help you with it.

Set the language on your devices to Spanish
You know what you do without even reading the English anyways. But the small nudges towards the new language will help you learn some vocabulary.

Listen to the radio and podcasts
Spottily has a radio playlist called „Latin“ or you can listen to the Charts „Top 50 of Mexico“ mainly with spanish lyrics, and some english to give you a break. Various Podcasts help you learn and explain the language in short bits (about 10-20 minutes).
Here are some beginner podcasts:

  • Spanishpod 101
  • Coffeebreak Spanish
  • Notes in Spanish Beginner (also offers Intermediate)

Reading books or newspapers
Reading texts can not only improve your spelling and vocabulary, it also allows you to comprehend the sentence in your own speed and revise it over and over until you understood the full meaning. Newspapers are a good way to learn Spanish, but we also offer you some books, suitable for beginners.

  • “Papelucho“ by Marcela Paz – A kidsbook with a lot of everyday life vocabulary
  • “El principito“ by Antoine de Saint-Exupery – A lot of past tense, with a well known story
  • “Cuentos de la selva“ by Horacio Quiroga – Short stories with different imaginary animals
  • “El Aquimista“ by Paulo Coelho – A whole novel, easy vocabulary, philosophical storyline
  • “Como agua para chocolate“ by Laura Esquivel – Mexican family story, also available as movie
Learn Spanish by watching a movie
Watching a movie in Spanish is a great way to familiarize yourself with the language.

Step 4: Entertain yourself and learn Spanish at the same time

Watching movies or shows
Instead of just watching the next episode of your favorite show tonight, why not learn some Spanish at the same time by changing the language to Spanish (maybe with Spanish subtitles, maybe with engish subtitles). You can also go a step further and watch some of the shows or movies below.
Movies

  • “Tres metros sopre el cielo“ 2010 (youth romance)
  • “Papelucho y el marciano“ 2007 (Kids)
  • “Como agua para chocolate” 1992 (mexican classic)
  • “Diarios de motocicleta” 2004
  • “El laberinto del fauno” 2006

Shows (available on youtube):

  • youtube Extr@
  • Destinos
  • Malviviendo

There are many options to engage in the Spanish language without paying for class every day. Even if you just try a few of them, you will see how your vocabulary grows and how much more you will understand. And don’t forget, everybody makes mistakes learning a language, that doesn’t mean locals won’t understand you. Just speak it and be surprised where it might get you.

Like it does with learning a language, it truly depends on what and how much you devote to it but with a little bit of dedication and some perseverance, you will be saying “Que hermosa es la playa!” before you know it!.

Residential lot in Tulum

This residential lot in Tulum is situated in a gated neighborhood in the north-northwest part of town.  A calm, safe residential area is what constructors aim for.   It is perfectly situated just outside the city center with only a short drive to the beach.  Just down the 307 towards Playa del Carmen or even Cancun airport (130km) this is a one of a kind opportunity to settle down in tranquil Tulum with your family and built your dream house on this 219 square meter lot.

Residentiall lot in Tulum for sale
Secure subdivision, 24 hour security and all infrastructure already in place.

Residential Lot in Tulum: safe and already populated neighborhood.

The whole residential area includes designated green Areas, parks, commercial areas, a bicycle path as well as other services on sixty hectares.  It has all high quality underground services that are already there. As a result, you will get wide roads, street lighting, water, sewage and rainwater drainage:  all underground.  All this is already there, waiting for you to start building tomorrow.

If you are familiar with Tulum’s challenges, you will know that infrastructure is one of them.  The best way you have to insure that your living standard will be everything you want from it is: make sure the area has the minimum modern amenities and services.   This fantastic location gives you that and more!

Residential lot for sale in Tulum ´s secure subdivision
Residential lot for sale in Tulum ´s secure subdivision
Residential lot in Tulum for sale
Broad paved streets, all underground infrastructure

Probably the biggest advantage of this property is that, in addition to all the individual attributes of this lot, the same owner is selling four lots NEXT to it!  Buy, one, two, three or up to five of them side by side.   You could potentially buy all five and turn it into a bigger lot for a whopping  1147.5 square meters next to one of the green areas.

For more information click here or here and get in contact with us today.

 

Ocean View Condos in Akumal

If you are looking for a private, secluded ocean view condos look no further. We offer all this close to the beautiful, cozy town Akumal. It is just over an hour drive form Cancun Airport. Most of all, this is the perfect place to get away from every day live, or even settle down forever.

The Complex includes a common lounge and infinity pool meters away from the shoreline.  Because of this, you get private terraces overlooking the mexican, caribbean sea.  One more reason why the light, airy apartments with 114qm and two bedrooms are an ideal fit. The common area contains an island kitchen opening into the living room as well as the dining area. Vast Windows brighten the whole apartment.  As a result, these are text book Ocean View condos for you to enjoy.

Bedroom in Ocean View Condos
Fantastic light available on these Ocean View Condos in Akumal

 Akumal offers splendid ocean view condos.  Enjoy living right on the Mexican Caribbean.

This Complex also has a penthouse available with 110qm and a 47qm rooftop terrace with your own pool. You can select from two bedroom and two and a half bathrooms a spacious island kitchen and two terraces reached through the common room and one of the bedrooms.

The best time to purchase ANY property, yet alone ocean view condos, is when the developer does not have the actual, physical building to deliver.   Because you must wait to take possession, developers must offer attractive pricing in order to fund the project and get it moving forward.     As a result, the value from buying in pre-construction reduces gradually as the project advances.

The details on ground floor Condo are available here.

For more information on the first floor Condo, click here.

To get more information on the penthouse, click here.

Once a project is finished, your chance to take advantage of these prices … is gone for ever!

We currently have three different, excellent pre-construction Tulum apartments for sale, two even with Lock-off option, as well as a luxury Penthouse. 

Main Front

The Complex is in the Aldea Zama neighborhood and offers plenty amenities for the owners of the Condos. It includes a yoga area, hammock area and a reading area. Two common pools one equipped with a juice bar just outside and a lounge to hang out. For the evening hours there is a fire pit to connect with neighbors or friends. High speed wifi will be available in all common areas with another bonus like the Beach Club access you get with the Condos. Relax in the world famous turquoise clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean whenever you desire. The Complex will also be family and pet friendly as well.

Location
The Location in Aldea Zama

The Interior design of all the different Condos offers an abundance of light trough the floor to ceiling sliding windows, and shines a light on the morrocan mixed with modern clean style decor. With drop back tiles and different natural materials such as wood and stone the rooms are welcoming while giving you a luxurious feel right away.

Interior Lounge

Living Area

Pre-construction Tulum options only come every so often.  Timing is crucial.

Option A: 136qm, ground floor, 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom

This Condo is on the ground floor with two different sections.  One accessible through both of the two bedrooms with ensuite bathroom. You can enter the other section through the common area of the apartment, with an open kitchen and a vast living room.  This is by design, as if you prefer to add a lock off option, you can.
A small Laundry room and storage space and an extra full bathroom complete this luxury Condo.

You can find the full listing and additional information here.

Floor plan

Master bedroom

2x Option B: 147qm, first floor, 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom, Lock-off Optional

We are able to offer two of these Condos, that are situated on the first floor.  Because they are inverted floor plans, it makes them almost identical, yet different.   With 147qm it is spacious, and two equally big bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms each have a sliding door to one of the two terraces. The third bathroom is fully equipped.  This gives you the exclusive option to us it as a third Lock-off Bedroom, if desired. This leaves you free to decide if you want to rent out to vacationers.

You can find the full listing and additional information here and here.

Balcony

Bathroom

Option C: Penthouse 405qm, roof terrace, 3 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, jacuzzis, pool

The exclusive penthouse offers three bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms on 405qm.  This allows space for a welcoming lobby, an entertainment area, a relaxing area and an open kitchen. You can reach the roof terrace  via the spiral staircase which offers you a nice view over the neighborhood. A grill and bar area, two jacuzzis on a wooden patio as well as a pool and a palapa.  You will be hard pressed to find a more complete luxury Penthouse.

You can find the full listing and additional information on these pre-construction Tulum apartments here.

The Complex

Fire pit

Lot for sale in Tulum - Aldea Zama

Price drop and NEW Listing – Lot for sale in Tulum

First of all, this is great news for you if you are in the market for a lot for sale in Tulum!

There are two lots for sale, both in Aldea Zama, both for $130,000 dollars.

Lot for sale in Tulum

Lot 1

It is in block 13, lot 50. The area is of 360 square meters. It faces a small green patch to the front and is in the a residential area that has been having a lot of activity in terms of building activity. Currently there are 11 finished homes and 7 being built.

The lot is being offered WITH the Mexican corporation required to own property in this part of Mexico, if you are a foreigner.  It was listed for sale a few months ago and the seller just decided to drop the price immediately.  It was taken down from $137,000, down to $130,000.

Because you can build up to 170% of the total area of the lot in multiple levels.  Meaning, a grand total of 612 meters in three levels.  You can only occupy up to 60% of the area, which means the ground level can only have 212 meters of construction.  This is specially relevant because it means 212 meters at street level, and 200 on the subsequent to levels. It is a LOT of living area.

 —— UNDER CONTRACT —–  Lot 2

It is in block 7, lot 11.  The area is of 336 square meters. It is next to a designated green belt. This means you do NOT have a neighbor on one side … but a green belt instead.  As a result, you end up with a fantastic property.

The owner wanted to build, but this past week he decided this is not something he wants to put as much time as it seems they will have to… therefore, he is cashing out.

Much as on the other lot, one can build up to 170% of the total area of the lot in multiple levels.

Meaning, a grand total of 571.20 meters in three levels. You can only occupy up to 60% of the area. Same as the other lot, which means the ground level can only have 201 meters of construction. This means 201 meters at street level, and 200, and 169 on the subsequent to levels.

Lot for sale in Tulum - Aldea Zama

 

Request all additional information by visiting the LISTING PAGE for this lot for sale in Tulum.

Condo for sale in Tulum

A fantastic opportunity for a one bedroom condo for sale in Tulum has come up in the growing, popular beach town destination.

If you are familiar with Tulum, you may know that Aldea Zama is the most modern neighborhood and the closest to the beach.  Modern infrastructure, modern standards and proximity to the beach are really just the beginning.

This fantastic one bedroom condo for sale in Tulum, comes fully furnished, equipped and with a calendar to envy most vacation rentals in the area.   The rental figures are available, but this unit outperforms the average unit in Tulum by almost 30%.   It is very well reviewed and it rents quite often.

So, WHY on earth would the owner sell such a fantastic performer, well located, and well managed unit ? Why does one buy something so correctly chosen yet sell so soon?

They need to sell in order to proceed on another investment.

Under regular circumstances, you hold on to a property like this:  brand new, freshly delivered and in an upward trend establishing itself as a successful property, but when an opportunity knocks on the door, tough choices must be made.

If you are a couple, looking for a winter-in-the-sub headquarters.  If you are an investor looking for a well performing rental unit, you must look into this property.    A young family looking to take their first steps into a real estate investment in Tulum, Mexico but the list is quite long for ideal buyers of this condo for sale in Tulum.

If you are looking to “try Tulum for size” before considering a larger purchase, this may be a great approach:  Instead of renting, and having that money go nowhere… buy this unit and earn some (thought modest) value in appreciation.

Details and specs of the condo for sale in Tulum

condo for sale in Tulum

This is a one bedroom unit with an interior total of 680 square feet.   The outdoor area includes a pool-front facing patio and a private outdoor area with a jacuzzi.  The outdoor total adds up to 359 square feet, putting the total for the unit at 1040 square feet.

Click here to find all the details, as well as additional photos for this condo for sale in Tulum.   There are some photos  AND a video that shows the space.  All additional details are there of course.

Use it, rent it.  Live in it through the winter and rent it out the rest of the year!  It is ready now!   Additional photos available upon request.

Aldea Zama - BRM Real Estate

Owning property in Mexico requires jumping through some hoops, but this amazing Tulum lot, comes with everything you need to bypass all the bureaucracy and start building ASAP!

This fantastic lot is located in the well recognized area of Aldea Zama.  The most modern neighborhood AND the closest to the beach in all of Tulum are just the beginning.

Because of it’s privileged location the lot is closer to the ocean than the town of Tulum itself.   This means you are also closer to the supermarkets, the upsTulum lot for salecale commercial area of Aldea Zama, and modern, reliable utilities and infrastructure.

Proximity to the ocean not only means less of a commute for you: Your potential renters, if you where to rent out your home when you are not using it, would seek this location.  First three rules of real estate:  Location, location, location!

Because the real estate purchase closing procedure, this close to the ocean, requires foreigners to establish a trust of a corporation in order to hold title in the restricted zone, most people need to wait between 45 and 60 days in order to have all the required paperwork in order.   This Tulum lot comes with its own corporation ready to go!  You could have a home designed and built in time for high season, were you to act now.

A residential lot in Aldea Zama is a magnificent investment. It positions you on the less crowded format of property available: A single family, detached home, in a residential community.   Fast forward 10 years, there will be upwards of multiple thousands of condos. Single family homes, by contrast, will be under the 300 mark.

Tulum lot location within the block

Tulum lot location

This lot sits on Manzana 13, a coveted location at the heart of Aldea Zama.  It’s design allows it to have the potential to become a gated community.  Should all the future tennants

With a total area of close to 4000 square feet, this lots allows for 2300 square feet of area to be used at ground level, and a whopping 6100 square feet of total construction, with the front of the lot facing across the street to a green area!

Request additional details on the listing page for this Tulum lot for sale.