Purchasers of Mexican real property can now receive Owner's Policies of Title Insurance that can be issued on both sides of the border from various companies to both U.S. and Mexican buyers. Most title insurance policies today are U.S. contracts of indemnity guaranteeing ownership rights as vested in a fideicomiso (bank trust) for residential property acquired by foreign buyers in the prohibited zone, or for properties held in a Mexican corporation for non-residential purposes (i.e. industrial and commercial). Mexico is not unlike the U.S. in that there is a definitive legal framework for ownership of land by foreigners known as the New Foreign Investment Law (Dec. 28, 1993) and as mandated under Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution. In addition, there is formality and compliance in the development of real property. Regulatory statutes and procedures are mandated on a state-by-state basis and require a series of official approvals, permits, and authorizations, coupled with public disclosure and written notification by the governing public agency.
American title Insurance is available for Mexican real estate whether acquired directly or through a trust. The cost of the insurance depends on whether the property you are purchasing is covered by a master title commitment. The best way to protect yourself is to get title insurance. Most Mexican companies don't sell it, but Houston based Stewart title Guaranty, Lawyer's Title, and Fidelity National Financial does. The insurance runs about $4 to $7 for every $1,000 of property value, versus $3 to $4 in most of the U.S. In addition to title insurance, property insurance is also available in Mexico and the rates are relatively low.
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