I agree that buyers have to be aware that the sales agents at development sales offices are not accountable for what they say to buyers. I found out that the sales staff at Real Del Mar are not considered agents of the Frisas Group, or any of the developers who are building in the development. That is the other thing many do not know, there are many developers building there. There have been so many problems. Frisas, the company who bought the property and subdivided it is from Mexico City and has no ties to Tijuana, and do not care about the area or the people. They are there strictly for what they can get out of it. There are so many other places you could go and get better value for your money. It is too bad that this group is tarnishing the reputation of the whole area, even the entire country of Mexico.
I visited Real Del Mar with a Realtor last year. They showed us a model. Then they say, but you have to put in your own kitchen, but you have to put in your own closets, but these fixtures are not what are in the bathroom. In other words, the model is not what they are selling. I got out of there fast. You have to ask, about every little detail about what actually comes in the house. I have never seen anything like that. You basically get a shell, you have to put in any wood finishing yourself, they give light bulbs, but no fixtures. So it seems relatively inexpensive, but by the time you finish it you will be as expensive as the other developments in the area. Oh, and look at the plumbing. I have never seen anything so CHEAP. It was as waste of time to go there, except what I learned about Mexican real estate, and how bad the construction can be.
I was taken to Real Del Mar by an agent who knew I was interested in houses. I was shown a model at an area called Almalfi. I was told my house could be ready in six months. Well, I never bought it, I just felt uneasy. They were not putting my deposit into an escrow account, they did not have inspections and other basic checks and balances. I have been contacted continuously about this, or a condominium. I went there again, and over a year later the house they tried to sell me is not there, nor are any condominiums. I just want the agent to quit calling me to follow up again. I can see why people who have bought there are upset. The "amenities" they promise, pools, rec rooms, barbecue areas etc. are not in yet either. I would be afraid to own a home in a development that runs business this way. Condo ownership is even riskier, because all repairs and maintenance depend on the integrity of the developer. STAY AWAY from Real Del Mar.
Some complaints make it sound like Mexican real estate developers are targeting foreigners, but this is not true. I was staying at the Marriotte in Real Del Mar with friends on a golf weekend and met a woman who is buying there, but having to rent because her house has not been started yet. She was told her house would be ready in the summer of 2005. When it was not, she was told that it would be done in November. She and her husband have rented for over two years because they believed they would have their house. They are Mexicans. The people at Real Del Mar lie to everyone. Also, if a house is being resold and the salespeople in the Real Del Mar sales office are involved you could still have trouble. They don't give buyers all the right paperwork, and don't follow the real estate law. Don't deal with them. Go to an outside realtor. Get an independent lawyer. Be careful. It is better not to do business in Real Del Mar.
Along with not building promised houses, they have sold rights to condominiums that have never been built. ...
Because Frisas Construction of Mexico, the parent company of Real Del Mar, did not test the soil in areas of their development, they sold houses that have become unstable, and are failing to deliver other houses sold. On top of this, they have failed to deal honestly and fairly with the customers they sold homes to. Instead of working to solve the problems they have created, they have lied repeatably about the situations effecting numerous home purchases in the northern Baja development. The project manager, Jose Luis Corona, has failed to treat customers ethically. This is resulting in ongoing law suits. They have tried to stall and make clients so angry they would just take the money back and forget about the homes. The problems are that most these homes were purchased in 2004 and the prices have risen, so some buyers are being priced out of the market by these mistakes and poor business practices. Until you see postings from the people who are involved stating that they have resolved the problems and been given the homes they hold contracts for, do not do business with Real Del Mar, Frisas Construction, Jose Luis Corona, Pedro Corona, Coldwell Banker-Mexico. I know until I see that Catherine Gladen, the first person I saw that wrote about this posts that they gave her what she was promised, I am telling everyone I talk to about Mexican Real Estate in Baja to go somewhere else.
In December of 2004 I went to Baja to purchase a retirement/vacation home. I entered into a contract with Pedro Corona, a business man from Tijuana to purchase a home in the development, Real Del Mar. The sales office of Real Del Mar handeled all the process. I was supposed to get the home in July of 2005. Pedro's son, Jose Luis Corona is the project manager. He has lied to me over the last two years about getting the house. Pedro was going to get me a house that was already built, then Jose wanted more money. He told me in Mexico they have a saying, " A bad deal is better than a good fight." Anyway, I heard from others in the same situation, and am suing using the same attorney. I want anyone interested purchasing a home in Mexico to be aware that the company, which is part of Frisas Construction, has a very bad reputation. Do not do business with REAL DEL MAR. They do not respect women, Americans, and tell us what we want to hear. There are many good developments, but the sales office at Real Del Mar, Baja, is not ethical.