Mexico has seen an extreme boom in the number of people relocating from Canada and the U.S. in recent years.
Mainly after the pandemic because there was a surge in the number of people who either became remote workers or decided life was too short and retired earlier.
Now, what does this have to do with finding the best rentals? Let me explain
Search Where The Locals Search
Time and time again, I’ve seen the rising costs of rentals advertised online. And it begs the question, “who are they advertising these rentals to?”
They’re not for locals- they are targeting foreigners. Foreigners whose dollars afford them a higher cost of living in Mexico. Your dollars have significantly more purchasing power in Mexico. But that doesn’t mean that just because you can afford it, you’re not overpaying.
This is why I want to share how to find the best rentals in Mexico.
If you’re looking for inexpensive rentals, you won’t find them on the various expat groups. These groups are not meant for locals. They are meant for English speakers to have a platform to share information.
You have to search like a local would search. That includes learning some common keywords when you start your search.
Keywords such as:
Rentas baratas (name of city)
Rentas económicas (name of city)
Departamento barato (name of city)
Casas baratas en renta (name of city)
And I also want to point out that it doesn’t matter if you’re living in Puerto Vallarta, San Miguel de Allende, Ajijic, Los Cabos, or any of the popular places in Mexico. You can find affordable rentals in those cities too!
But if you’re looking online and you’re only finding the most expensive rentals, you might not be looking in the right places or with the right keywords. You have to search how a local would search.
Where Can You Find Affordable Rentals?
Word of mouth is the best way to find affordable rentals in Mexico. Plenty of great rentals in Mexico are NOT advertised online.
Although we also recommend Facebook groups and Facebook marketplace. However, remember that you’ll likely need to know Spanish to speak with whoever is advertising a rental. Or at least know someone who can translate for you.
If you don’t know anyone, this is when having a realtor help you find a nice rental in Mexico.
Handy Cheat Sheet For Renting in Mexico
Expectation vs. Reality
You may also need to be realistic with your expectations.
If you need to live facing in an ocean-front, modern high rise- you’ll pay more. Or, if you want to live in one of the trendiest neighborhoods of any city, there will be more competition, and it will be harder to find the most inexpensive rentals.
To give you an idea, I went to a Facebook Group for locals in San Miguel de Allende where you can find rentals in ALL budgets. I found this rental in “Los Frailes,” which is a very nice neighborhood of San Miguel de Allende.
The house is a 2 bedroom 1 bath. Has a patio. And is unfurnished.
Rents for $7,000 MXN a month. That’s about $350 USD or $470 CAD
And that’s not uncommon to see in many local Facebook groups.
disclaimer- I don’t know the landlord- so please understand this is an example only
You Really Can Live A Better Life for Less in Mexico
So, I hope this helps you get creative. And see how living like a local will reward you.
And if you’re not looking for budget rentals, this will also help you find the nicest place for your money. Maybe even elevate your lifestyle without breaking the bank.
Either way, learning some Spanish and learning a few other tips will help you be ahead of the game.