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Moving to a new country away from your familiar surroundings can be a very daunting task. Simple everyday tasks, which you would otherwise take in stride, can become insurmountable obstacles to your happiness.
At Retire In Lake Chapala, our support starts from the moment you contact us, by offering you unlimited information to help make your transition to Lake Chapala as easy and as successful as possible.
Contact Ricardo & Michaela

NOW Available on Kindle Edition


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If you are contemplating visiting or moving to Lake Chapala then this comprehensive Ebook is a must. Don't make expensive mistakes!

What this Ebook is all about and why you must have it

Part 1: Discovering Lake Chapala

Chapter 1: What Makes Ajijic Special?

Chapter 2: Top Reasons Why Lake Chapala Is One Of The Largest Expat Communities In The World

Chapter 3: Lake Chapala Climate

Chapter 4: Why You Should Consider Retirement In Lake Chapala

Chapter 5: Fun Facts About Lake Chapala

Chapter 6: A Quick Comparison: San Miguel de Allende vs. Lake Chapala

Chapter 7: 8 Essential Character Traits To A Happy Life In Lake Chapala

Chapter 8: How To Avoid Culture Shock In Lake Chapala

Chapter 9: Visiting Lake Chapala

Chapter 10: Your First Visit To Lake Chapala

Chapter 11: Where To Stay In Ajijic

Chapter 12: Where To Stay In Chapala

Chapter 13: Transportation In Lake Chapala

Chapter 14: Communication: Keeping In Touch

Chapter 15: Eating Out: The 6 Best Restaurants In Ajijic

Chapter 16: Favorite Restaurants: Ajijic To Jocotepec

Chapter 17: Favorite Restaurants: San Antonio to Chapala

Chapter 18: Lakeside Activities

Chapter 19: Grocery Shopping

Chapter 20: Lake Chapala Specialty Markets

Chapter 21: Reality Check: Is Lake Chapala Perfect?

Chapter 22: Safety & Crime

Chapter 23: The State Of The Lake

Part 2: Getting Serious About Moving To Lake Chapala

Chapter 24: Mexico Visa Considerations

Chapter 25: Immigration

Chapter 26: The CURP & RFC Numbers

Chapter 27: Healthcare Options

Chapter 28: SkyMed: The Bridge Back To Your Healthcare

Chapter 29: Cost Of Living

Chapter 30: Banking & Money Matters

Chapter 31: Owning A Vehicle

Chapter 32: Employees

Chapter 33: Pets: Bringing Your Loved Ones To Mexico

Chapter 34: Moving Your Household Goods

Chapter 35: Tech Stuff

Chapter 36: Household Water Systems

Chapter 37: The Important Role The Notario Plays In Mexico

Part 3: An In-depth Look At Housing


Chapter 38: Lake Chapala Communities

Chapter 39: Types Of Homes Available

Chapter 40: Advantages & Disadvantages To Renting

Chapter 41: How To Find Rentals In Lake Chapala

Chapter 42: Rental Checklist

Chapter 43: Pros & Cons To Buying A Home

Chapter 44: Pros & Cons To Purchasing In A Gated Community

Chapter 45: Evaluating A Home For Purchase

Chapter 46: Buying Property: Purchasing Considerations

Chapter 47: Pros & Cons To Building A Home In Lake Chapala

Chapter 48: The State Of The Real Estate Market

Chapter 49: Picking A Great Agent & Real Estate Company

Chapter 50: Maintaining a Home After The Purchase

Chapter 51: FAQ's To Purchasing Real Estate In Lake Chapala

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We Also Offer

PERSONAL  'Week Long' 
Retirement Seminar  

It's often been said that visiting a place is way different from living in a place. Take our week long seminar and find out what it takes to move to and live in Lake Chapala.

We'll take you on tours of all the areas lakeside, you'll meet with a doctor, immigration lawyer, mover, rental specialist, real estate agent and more, so you can learn first hand what it's like to live in Lake Chapala.  You'll also receive in-house classes on a variety of topics such as internet & cell phone services, shopping online, home maintenance and so much more!

This Month's FEATURED Properties

Beautiful, quality homes in the most loved neighborhoods. Ask Michaela or Ricardo to show you one of these gems and begin living the life you deserve.

Looking For A House RENTAL?

If you are looking for a long term rental, look no further!

Here is our #1 blog on how to find rentals in Ajijic. It lists every rental agency, real estate company, Facebook Page, Spanish website and so much more! ALL the information is HERE for YOU!  (for rentals over a month to a year)

PERSONAL  4 Day  'Accelerated Course' Retirement Seminar

Are you short on time?  We understand, which is why we are introducing our 4 day accelerated programs for Retiring to Lake Chapala. 

We offer you options of Mon-Thur  OR Tues-Fri  in a condensed full schedule.

Tour the areas where 80% of the expats relocate to, visit with a doctor, immigration lawyer, mover, rental specialist, and real estate agent, and get the information you need to make an informed move to Lake Chapala.

Documents on a variety of other topics will be emailed to you during the program for self study.

PLAN Your Retirement In Lake Chapala

Over 130 blog articles packed full of information about visiting and making the expat transition to Mexico. This is your ONE STOP shop for expert advice on; Finding Rentals; Pros and Cons; Cost of Living; Buying & Selling Real Estate; Things to Do; Building; Surviving the Hot Months; & So Much More.....

Looking For A VACATION Rental?

If you are looking for a short term vacation rental then check out our new Facebook Page "Lake Chapala Vacation Rentals" or contact us and inquire about our Luxury Studio Apartment.

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Information on what it's like to live in Lake Chapala. Featured homes, expat interviews and video of various communities.  We've got it all for you!  Subscribe and enjoy our videos as our YouTube Channel grows through 2023.

Make comments, interact and let us know what videos you would like to have.

We're here for you!

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Connect With Us On Video

Video chat with us about all your questions. Connect with us on Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and more.

We are here to talk to you "Face to Face"


Just  Contact Us  and let us know when you would like to chat and by what method and we'll set up a time.

We also provide virtual home tours so if you have a home you would like to see then let us know!

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LIKE or Follow Us On Facebook

Now with over 1500 Followers you can join our community and keep up with what's happening in Lake Chapala and Mexico by "Liking" or "Following" our Page.


I post about what it's like to live here, current events, important information on housing, rentals, sales, immigration, healthcare, building, buying, selling, how to bring your pets to Mexico, moving, and so much more.

Check it out by "clicking" on the Facebook icon above and join our community!

Honesty, Commitment, Trust
We lead you every step of the way
to make sure you have
a successful move to Lake Chapala.
Join us today and become part
of our Lakeside family.
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Michaela Sirbu & Ricardo Heckert

Listen to Scott & Camille's Expat Journey

Ricardo has been invaluable in leading us through the vagaries of preparing for the expat life in Lake Chapala. He personalized the seminar to our needs, which to our surprise changed a bit as we accumulated and processed new information.

Scott Woodard - Lake Chapala expat

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