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Old 06-05-2006   #1 (permalink)
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want to move to playa

hey there, my name is dina and this is the first forum I have joined. I am from Chicago and I visited Playa for the first time about 3 weeks ago and fell in love. With Playa that is. Genuine people, beautiful weather, delicious food and good music who wouldn't fall in love. With all that said I am considering moving there. i travel a lot throughout the caribean and i have never felt so comfortable and welcomed before. i have been researching on the web on places to rent in playa and i am having no luck. I was hoping I can get some tips, anything would be helpful.
thanks and i look forwar do to meeting some new people

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Well shoot I thought this was an ad. I want to move to Playa 2!
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Old 06-05-2006   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by dina4448
hey there, my name is dina and this is the first forum I have joined. I am from Chicago and I visited Playa for the first time about 3 weeks ago and fell in love. With Playa that is. Genuine people, beautiful weather, delicious food and good music who wouldn't fall in love. With all that said I am considering moving there. i travel a lot throughout the caribean and i have never felt so comfortable and welcomed before. i have been researching on the web on places to rent in playa and i am having no luck. I was hoping I can get some tips, anything would be helpful.
thanks and i look forwar do to meeting some new people
Hola and welcome to the forum. Obviously, there are MANY things to consider when making a plan to move, especially to a foreign country. I am assuming you have done some of that already because you have found Playa.info. This site will prove to be an invaluable source of information and support before, during and after your big move.
To answer your question about housing.....you will most likely NOT be able to secure long-term housing in Playa via the internet. What you can do is reach out to several real estate agents in this area who will have an idea of what is available to rent. That being said, most brokers offices are only going to be handling rentals in a certain $$$$$ price range. If you are looking for something less expensive, you are going to have to do some foot-work here. If you can make a special trip down here just to secure an apartment, great. If not, plan on staying in a cheapy hotel for a few weeks while you pound the pavement. It will not be hard to find a place to live as long as you are realistic about price and location. FYI... you will not be living on the beach for $500 a month.
If you would like to PM me your specific $$ I can give you some more specific help. Any other questions...just post them right here. Good luck.

Oh...I almost forgot. There have been a lot of previous discussions on the forum about moving to Playa. If you give the search function a workout, you will find heaps of pertinent information.
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Old 06-07-2006   #4 (permalink)
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michele thanks for your response. i guess i am looking at spending anywhere from $600-$800 a month. does that sound right? i don't need anything fancy. i guess it will also depend on the job that i get. i am coming to visit july 2nd and will be there for a couple of days. i am going to try to do some foot work and see what is available. any suggestions on where to begin for looking for housing?
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It is far from easy to "get a job " in Playa unless you have the correct paperwork /visas etc ...........
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Hi Dina!
Bienvenida too! Michele is makes very good suggestions I agree with her, I would suggest for that price range of houses once you are here, you get a copy of a small magazine that is printed every two weeks called Andale! They have a large classified section with home rentals, a good area to look for is Quintas del Carmen, if you are lucky, you can still find a 2 bedroom for 6500 or arrownd that price range, if you look in Ejido you can find some for 4000 or little more.
I hope this helps you a bit if you want feel free to contact me too should you need any more information, regarding schools, jobs, doctors, or anything I can help with...
So welcome to Playa, we are all new here!
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OR you can PM me, I have a new place ready to rent IF it's in your price range. I agree w/ all that's been said. Big step, be careful, wise and good luck in whatever you choose.
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Hi Diina! $600-800 for rent a month is about right. You'll just need to do what Michele and Claudia said about grabbing Andale and spending hours walking around looking for "Se Renta" signs. They go up and down so, so quickly. Do absolutely as much research as possible before you leave. I'm sure you've read that it's a different world living here than vacationing. Kinda the rule of thumb is to come with at least funds for living 6 months without work. Good luck!
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You can rent for as long as you can afford and your visa permits .............. work is a different matter . IMHO
Get real peeps , is it that easy .............
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synestre is dead on, IMHO. Finding a job, as a foreigner, is difficult. You need to specialize in something that is not found in the Mexican working population. The amount of money you are planning to spend for rent is on the high end, unless you have some savings you want to burn through, real quickly. If you do find a job, it will probably not pay anywhere near the amount you would need to pay that kind of rent.

A common error made by people moving to this area is the idea that they can live like they are on vacation. Most of us working stiffs do split shifts, work 6 days a week, and rarely see the beach. My advice is that one should not make the move based solely on location. You need to research as much as possible and be ready for some huge changes in lifestyle. It is a great place to live, but rarely for the reasons one thinks of before they make the move.

Some of the most common jobs for foreigners are teachers (figure 8,000 pesos a month), entertainment staff (5000) or timeshare sales (0-who knows?). As synestre said, it is not easy. In fact, these days, it is a little more than difficult. If you have any questions, please feel free to PM me.
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PlayadelSoul brings up some good points. Having lived here for almost a decade now, I can't tell you how many people I've seen come and go within a few months, once they realize that they can't have AC and rib eye on the money they'll make here. Many people working in the service/tourist industry go back to having room mates and riding a bike. A tiny studio can easily cost 500 usd which may very well eat half your salary. Be VERY frugal with money, and count on a few months before you get a job, get your papers sorted out (which you'll most probably have to pay for yourself) and start earning money.
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Really, unless you have a massive bank account, I think these people are right on the money(pardon the pun). Probably better off working your tail off in the states, saving your $$ and going down to play as much as you can. It's kind of the opposite of moving to a ski town out west(which I've done), where jobs are plentiful, but lodging is difficult to find and very expensive.
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I think the best preparation for someone wanting to move to Playa is to get a simple, low paying job at home (think waitress, hotel, etc.) move into a studio apt., sell off most of your belongings, live on a meager budget, sell your car and only bike everywhere.

If you can accomplish this at home, then maybe you'll be prepared to attmpt it in Playa while undergoing the culture shock of another nation, different climate, different foods, different society and way of doing things.
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Originally Posted by dina4448
hey there, my name is dina and this is the first forum I have joined. I am from Chicago and I visited Playa for the first time about 3 weeks ago and fell in love. With Playa that is. Genuine people, beautiful weather, delicious food and good music who wouldn't fall in love. With all that said I am considering moving there. i travel a lot throughout the caribean and i have never felt so comfortable and welcomed before. i have been researching on the web on places to rent in playa and i am having no luck. I was hoping I can get some tips, anything would be helpful.
thanks and i look forwar do to meeting some new people
Hi!

It is difficult, and all the above points are well meant and true. However a whole lot of us have done it, (I have been here over three years) and so it is clearly not impossible.

Good luck and I hope to see you living here with us soon!

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