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Avocados and Puerto Vallarta

To our amazement, we have discovered there are over 500 varieties of avocados in the world! Avocados are considered a fruit, though most North Americans think of them as a vegetable. From the Nahuatl (Aztec) word ahuacatl, avocado means testicle and is therefore considered an aphrodisiac, since fertility foods often resemble reproductive parts of the…

Real Estate Market Report for Puerto Vallarta’s First Half of 2015

As in many real estate markets throughout North America the market south of the border in Mexico’s beachfront tourist destinations has been showing incredible signs of growth. Owning a second home is not usually a priority during economic downturns like the one we just lived through. Consequently the vacation and retirement home market did slow…

Are we in a housing bubble? Not even close, Trulia says

Thanks to, for this important information… Trulia: Home prices are actually 7 percent undervalued  Though recent leaps in home prices may stoke fears of another bubble, the housing market is definitely not in one, listing site Trulia said in introducing “Trulia’s Bubble Watch.” Bubble Watch assesses the market’s susceptibility to bubble conditions by comparing…

20 ways to get capital-gains tax break

If you’re a stock or mutual-fund investor, then you probably know that investments held for more than a year and sold for a profit are subject to lower tax rates as long-term capital gains. Generally speaking, if you’re in the 25% tax bracket or higher, you will owe 15% of your profits to the Internal Revenue Service. If you’re in the upper-income category, you may owe the maximum 20% rate for 2013 and beyond.