Ranked as one of the best places to retire by International Living, young and eager travelers from all over the world and their Generation-X parents are increasingly looking towards Mexico's resort city of Puerto Vallarta as a viable candidate for family vacation getaways and second home ownership.
What was once an unknown quiet and quaint fisherman's town located on the Bay of Banderas' coastline, Puerto Vallarta has quickly scaled to world ranks, becoming one of the premiere beach resort cities for young North American investors and Baby Boomer retirees.
What turned out to be one of the biggest scandals of that era catapulted the unknown village to international fame and vacation hot spot for Americans. Fast forward 50 years, and the small artist retreat has slowly developed into a world-class resort known for it's natural beauty, warm climate, rich culture, culinary destination and affordable investment opportunities.
As with other resort cities, Puerto Vallarta and it's outlining communities have gone through various stages of growth over the years, trying to adapt to the needs of a fluctuating supply-and-demand chain associated with the increase of global tourism and investment trends.
According to the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), international travel arrivals continued its seven-year streak by an increase of 3.9% in 2016, reaching a total of 1.235 billion travelers. The Americas enjoyed its share last year with a solid 4% increase, capping out at 201 million international visitors for the region, the first time it's cracked the 200 million benchmark. Mexico more than doubling the regional average, to maintain it's ranking as one of the top 10 tourist destinations in the world.
A continued year-over-year robust growth in foreign tourism, coupled with a favorable exchange rate to the US Dollar and stronger US economy, has had a considerable impact on the local real estate market and construction boom. Not since the last major residential developments from 2003-2007, has the city experienced such an explosion of new condominium developments.
Over a dozen new buildings in this region have broken in the last 5 years, some of which are sold out and occupied, with approximately half scheduled for completion by the end of 2017-2018. With Studio apartments starting in the mid $100,000 USD to $1+ Million USD for luxury homes, there is something for everyone. Since the average delivery time for a new development averages 18-24 months for most 7-8 story buildings, investors are able to take possession of their new tropical investment in a reasonable amount of time in the hopes of using it as their family vacation home or placing it in the vacation rental pool.
As with the increasing expansion of the maritime port and international airport, both private and public sectors are working to successfully complete the necessities associated with long-term infrastructure needs for commercial and residential sustainability. With a positive outlook for the remainder of 2017 by the UNWTO panel, Puerto Vallarta continues to fuel the needs of its international investment growth.
This article was originally published on The Huffington Post. The author, Taniel Chemsian, is a real estate agent with Timothy Real Estate Group. He is also an official Huffington Post blogger and a regular on HGTV's popular real estate series 'House Hunters International.' For more information, visit his website, his Facebook page, or contact him at Taniel(at)TimothyRealEstateGroup.com.
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