Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter from Loreto, Mexico

This week is Semana Santa or Holy Week; which is traditionally the most travelled weekend of the year in Mexico.   Families pack up their coolers, tents, food & drinks, as well as grandparents, cousins, teenagers and babies all head to the beach to spend a wonderful 3 or 4 days enjoying the surf, sand and sun.  
 
I also took time off and there is no greater beauty of Loreto than from the water.   I wanted to share the following photos with you of the Islands of Loreto and how far our developments have come in just a few short years.  
 
Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you soon!
 
"Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family"
Barbara Bush

Puerto Escondido, Natural Hurricane Hole

La Mision Hotel, Downtown Loreto, BCS
 Founders Neighborhood, Loreto Bay, Nopolo, BCS

Aqua Viva, Loreto Bay, Nopolo, BCS
 

Villa Del Palmar Resort and Danzante Bay Golf Course, Ensenada Blanca, Loreto, BCS
 
Campers at Juncalito, BCS
Islands of Loreto, BCS

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Expansion of our Loreto Bay Homes Rental Program!

The next few weeks will see hundreds of visitors descend upon our tranquil seaside village.  Families of all ages are coming from across Canada with the popular nonstop WestJet Airlines flight from Calgary, Alberta.    Mexican families are coming by car or air with Aereo Calafia from Tijuana; or flying to La Paz from all over Mexico and driving up to the beach communities of Loreto.   Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week) is the largest travel vacation week of the year where families get together to enjoy the sun, water and good food and fun.   We have people coming from  USA, Monterrey, Mexico City and Cabo San Lucas to discover Loreto for the first time.   It is all very exciting. 

Loreto Bay Homes started our Rental Program in 2010, in an effort to help owners recover some of their expenses.   In those days it was difficult to rent a home for $50 a night; or $500 a month.   NOW we are renting our good 2 bedroom Chicas for $225 US a night; and may not consider renting our most popular homes for $2500 USD a month as it is not in our Owners best interests. 

There are still some houses that need updating and we continue to work to bring all our homes up to Luxury Standard, which is where the marketplace wants to be. This year in particular, we have had many visitors walk into our offices who are staying at the Loreto Resort (INN) or booked through vrbo.com and have not been happy.   They want to book with us next year as they are surprised to find that our prices are as competitive as the private online rentals, and we offer full Concierge Services and ensure that their vacation is stress free and exceeds their expectations.  
With all this extra demand for rental properties, we are excited to announce that we have joined forces with expert hoteliers who have decades of Hotel Management Experience in Mexico.    This partnership will be able to take our Rental Market to the next level with dedicated professional staff that not only offer great hospitality and guest services; but ensure the homes meet the highest level of amenities and quality condition.    
Our new company is called Ocean Golf and Villa Rentals, and will have a large Reception Office at FN64 Paseo Mision de Loreto; which is across from the Loreto Golf Clubhouse and located in the center of Loreto Bay.   This office will be open 7 days a week for Guest Services; and booking tours, taxis, spa treatments, golf packages, and much more.  
 
We are pleased to welcome  Maggie daSilva, who is our Administrator of Rental Program.   Maggie is extremely qualified as a Manager and has worked decades in the Customer Service Industry in Canada.    Maggie has been living in Loreto for the past 3 years and truly is looking forward to sharing experiences to ensure that our visitors have a wonderful time and look forward to coming back soon.   Maggie is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.    Her email is MDasilva@OceanGolfandVillaRentals.com    and her cell phone number is 613 113 0598.   
 
We have just approved the budget for expanded marketing to include Tour Operators and Wholesalers; internet and print advertising; and trade shows in strategic cities to increase awareness and premier destination marketing.    
In addition, we will have a Reservations Office and Call Center in Las Vegas; with 1-800 number for easy inquiries and reservations in English.   All rental deposits and tour bookings will be taken through a secure credit card processing system; and there will be online accounting for Owners to see their reservations and account status.   

All of these benefits and features are available to all owners in Loreto Bay that want to be part of our Rental Program for a low 2 year membership fee of $255 USD.       Owners can keep their existing Property Managers so there is continuity and ensuring that the homes have the very best maintenance and care possible.  

For more information, contact Maggie daSilva today!   During this summer we will be ramping up our promotions and setting up our offices and new team so that we are fully ready for next October 2016. 

"A Warm Smile is the Universal Language of Kindness"
William Arthur Ward

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Good Morning from Loreto! 
 
Spring is in the air, and it is another beautiful day in Loreto. I was out for an early morning walk seeking writer's inspiration Wandering through the residential areas of Aqua Viva (AV) certainly gave me an appreciation of how far we have come in only a few years since that fateful day of June 6, 2009.   

It always seems slower to those that are living the progress every day, and we tend to focus too much on the TO DO items left unfinished I was happy to take the time to stop and soak in the beauty and relish in the accomplishments of the AV Owners and the business people that helped them to obtain the dream and life in paradise.  

While I was neck deep in our own issues in Founders Neighborhood (FN), I would often have AV friends come asking my opinion on what they should do, and if I thought it was worth the further investment.  I always encouraged them to hang in there and said that AV would one day be the premier place to live in Loreto Bay.   My favorite quote during those dark years was ...
"In the End Everything Will Be OK; If it is not OK, it is not the End"    
Congratulations my friends ... the End is very much in sight and it is ALL OK!  

Having grown up in Victoria, B.C. which is the Flower Capital of Canada, I am not easily impressed or awestruck by flora.    However, the boulevards of Aqua Viva are seriously breathtaking.   Meandering along curved paths and off the beaten track, you will find secret gardens and open spaces with mature plantings. 

In every direction the homes are quality construction; often times larger than FN as owners negotiated for vacant lots next door and incorporated them into their construction.   The details are well thought out as AV owners had the time to customize their finishes.   AV was Phase II of the project and accordingly, the design and plans are 5 years newer than FN.

AV homes all have gas stoves and dryers. Whereas only FN custom homes have this option; with all FN Village homes having electric stoves.   AV homes have closets ... this is something only a Loreto Bay owner would laugh and fully appreciate.  
I am so pleased to announce that in 2016, we have sold 4 completed homes in AV from $179,000 to $225,000.   No more $135,000 listings in AV ... those days are long gone now!  We also sold 2 shells, which is even more important as every finished home adds value to the entire development; no matter where it is located.  I have 2 more hot prospects with their 1st choice in AV, priced as high as $399,000.
 
In the same time period, we have sold 3 homes in Founders priced from $197,000 to $233,500. These sale prices are also up from last year for our Casa Chicas.  In addition, we had two low ball offers made this year; both of which were not countered or accepted.  
This is a very strong indicator of how our real estate economy has changed.  At Loreto Bay Homes, Buyers know that our prices are fair market value and our Sellers are confident with their product and listing.   
In total we have had 13 offers of real sales made in the last TEN weeks.  

There is approximately $8MM USD in construction happening in Loreto Bay at this time. There are 2 very large custom homes being built on the canal in AV; 3 custom homes on the 9th Hole; 3 custom homes on the beach in FN; 2 more custom homes on the golf course in FN; and I am building out the commercial Casa Alta and vacant lot on AV158/159.   


All of these should be completed before the end of the year. This is truly amazing and not a total surprise.   People on the ground know what a great place this is and will become. It is the time to invest before choice locations are no longer available at reasonable prices.    
Our DEAL OF THE WEEK is AV198 which is a Nueva Chica 2 bedroom, 2 bath, located among finished homes near the community pool.   It has a tower with amazing mountain and canal views.  Very nicely furnished and includes most housewares.  It is an amazing value and has just dropped the price to $168,000 USD.   Don't delay on this one!  http://www.doradoloreto.com/real_estate.php?LIS_ID=282

 
No matter where you choose to live in Loreto Bay, you are part of our wonderful and safe community.    Our development has 800 homes sites; and there is a friendly neighborhood just right for you.  

A nice way to end my scenic walk was seeing my friends Mario Cortes and Juan Carlos, playing golf with their buddies early this morning.  
This is THE PLACE TO BE!   

I look forward to seeing you in Loreto Bay very soon.

"Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom"
George S. Patton

Sunday, March 06, 2016


Hello ... I'm still here in Loreto!  
It has been over 6 years since I blogged about my adventures in Loreto.  When people ask why I stopped writing, I simply said that I was too busy living ... or more accurately trying to dig myself and Loreto out from under the collapse and ruin that the "Perfect Storm" of global recession left us.   I never considered returning to Canada or the USA for stable and secure employment.   It was never an option to leave so many broken dreams and hopelessness behind when I was such an integral part of creating the virtual community that become my home.   So with amazing support of my Mexican and Loreto Bay friends, we rolled up our sleeves and went to work on the road to recovery.   It has been another amazing journey that provided me with more life lessons that one person should ever have to learn.   Everyday there were experiences where I would have to improve my skills of patience, empathy, compassion, negotiation, compromise, and most importantly understanding.   The stories are too numerous; the lives affected are too many; the losses too sad; and the triumphs unrecognized except by the special few who make the difference... and that is enough.    The past is the past ... the future must be bright as it is all we have. 

For those that are interested, my life is good.   My daughter is all grown up and doing well in Calgary.  My parents both passed last year but I got to spend time with them, appreciate them, and have closure in many areas that should have been resolved long ago.   I am blessed with the most loyal, fun, and supportive friends that any one person could hope for.   My business is prosperous and my team are my family.    I have just signed a deal with Mr. Owen Perry of the Villa Del Palmar Group, wherein we are partners in a new real estate company that will represent both Loreto Bay and Danzante Bay.    The Danzante Bay homes will be opulent Country Club living on the signature Rees Jones Golf Course; and Loreto Bay will be a more friendly and affordable community.    We are also joining forces in our rental programs.   Together we can offer both the Hotel Resort as well as the Neighborhood Community experiences.     Our prime objective is to ensure every visitor has a wonderful vacation and wants to come back with their friends.   This is good for everyone, including the people of downtown Loreto.
For those that have not returned to Loreto for several years; you will find an amazing friendly and beautiful place that exceeds the original vision.  Our community is financially strong and a cohesive group of like minded individuals who want to live in peace among nature, and without the day to day drama that too often occurs where we came from.    It is important to live in the moment and appreciate all the beauty that surrounds us.    
 
I was beaming with happiness this morning seeing large hot air balloons on the 8th green in Loreto Bay.  The shots of propane fire could be heard throughout the neighborhood as people came to see this incredible sight in our own backyard.   I have been told that Carlos Slim has brought 2 separate groups of 200 to 300 people this week to the Loreto Resort and there are many festivities, golf tournaments and events happening.   While it is important that we should not expect him to improve any services for Loreto Bay as there is no direct benefit to his organization; all tourism and promotion he does of our area is a huge boast to both the local economy and destination marketing.   We benefit from being his neighbor.
 
The back drop to the balloons is the still glistening waters of the Sea of Cortez where we often see Paddle boarders (with dog), kayaks, and often whales and dolphins.    Loreto is one of the most beautiful, safe, and easily accessible places in the world without a doubt.  
I made a gut decision, which seems to work for me, that I should start blogging again.   I'm not sure yet how regular I will be with my postings, but as long as there are good things to talk about ... I am very happy to share my experiences with you.  
Come back and check often ... or better yet come back to Loreto and see for yourself what an amazing place this has become.  
"Life is really simple ... but we insist on making it complicated"
Confucius
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