We are consultants and advisors for buyers of property located throughout Mexico. Activities include the elaboration of contracts, research, formation of Mexican corporations, title investigations and mediation of title insurance policies, the sponsorship of seminars and educational presentations. We are specialists in the establishment of Fideicomisos. (The Mexican form of real property ownership by foreigners purchasing property in certain areas of Mexico).
COMPANY PROFILE: The Settlement Company® was established in 1991 to assist foreigners with the bi-lingual legal and tax guidance required to safely purchase property in Mexico. Its service include: neutral depository services (Escrow), obtaining foreign relations permits and appraisals and supervising all aspects of the closing process, due diligence, mediation of title insurance, legal and tax advice, including fiscal planning and the calculation and payment of taxes, conflict resolution and casualty insurance, as required.
The company operates throughout Mexico through its' Virtual Closing® process and has served clients from Canada, Mexico, the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
The partners have combined experience of more than two hundred years in real estate law and practice in Mexico and the United States. Its founder, Linda Neil, has lived in Mexico for more than forty years.
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR - (LA PAZ OFFICE) CLOSING OFFICER - LIC.:
Lourdes Guadalupe Amador Silva (Lula) received her early education in La Paz. Her post secondary education was at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, where she graduated with a degree in business administration, specializing in tourism management. Her distinguished business career includes; management at a large hotel in Los Cabos, working as the Trust Officer supervising Fideicomisos (Titles) for a Mexican bank, managing a real estate office in La Paz, legal representative for a U.S. Mortgage company and assistant manager at a luxury hotel on the East Cape. She comes to The Settlement Company® from a legal firm where she was in charge of obtaining titles for buyers of property in Mexico, translations and helping clients process immigration documents and applications. In addition to her responsibilities of managing the office in La Paz, she will be in charge of Closings for the La Paz area and assisting the Executive Closing officer in Los Cabos. Languages: Spanish/English
Commenting on her appointment Linda Neil founder of the company said, "Lulu brings a solid back ground in the real estate industry to us. She will help us as we grow and expand our services, especially in the Mayan Rivera, using our Virtual Closing®. process. In addition to managing our office in La Paz, she will support our increasingly popular tax program for owners of Mexican property."
DIRECTOR - ALICIA PARRA RODRIGUEZ:
Born and educated in Baja California Sur. Alicia speaks both English and Spanish. A twenty year veteran at the The Settlement Company®, Alicia has become an expert in the Virtual Closing® and has supervised the closing of transactions throughout the entire country, probably more than any other one person in Mexico. Alicia has in-depth experience with bank trustees and with manifesting properties. She is an expert in the practices and procedures of the Public Registry, the Property Tax offices and with Notaries Public throughout the country.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE - QUIRINO PARRA:
Quirino was born in La Paz, Baja California Sur. He received his early education in that city and graduated from the University of Baja California Sur, with a degree in International Affairs. As Director of Finance, he is responsible for the company trust accounts, day-to-day accounting and long term financial planning. Quirino plays an important role in the company. His attention to detail and keen mind for numbers are valuable assets. Quirino is the developer and Director of the Rental Tax Program, a program that is rapidly growing in popularity, with foreigners owning investment property in Mexico . Languages: Spanish and English
DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL MARKETING - JOHN K. GLAAB:
Born in Canada, John was educated at the School of Communication and Business administration, Michigan State University. Following a long career in public relations and international marketing in Canada, he moved to Mexico in 1994. John was the first REALTOR® in the state of Baja California Sur, to earn the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation. He was on the planning committee for the very first ever international resort symposium in Cabo San Lucas. In 2012 he was named International Realtor Member of the Year, by the National Association of Realtors®. John is an active participant in the Associated Realty of the Americas (AREA) group It is a small association of prominent North American REALTORS®. He has worked in international education as a founding Director of Global Mexico. He is a Patron of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific (United World Colleges) John's articles on real estate have been widely published. John works six months each in the La Paz Michoacán office six months in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
FOUNDER and CONSULTANT - LINDA NEIL:
Born in California, Linda is the Founder of The Settlement Company®. She is also licensed as a real estate broker in California and has lived in Mexico for over forty years. Linda has guided the development of a mortgage company and has extensive experience in escrow, appraisals, liens, foreclosures, contract law and managing the development of tourist projects. She has developed partnerships and joint ventures including several Mexican-American investment companies. Her skills in negotiating contracts and in reaching a meeting of the minds between parties from three distinct cultures has placed her services in demand as a consultant and for speaking engagements on Mexican real estate law and custom in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Holding a post graduate degree in real estate from UNAM ( Mexico's national university) she has been widely published on the subject of acquiring real property in Mexico. Linda is co-author of the NAR publication, "Doing Business in Mexico" and has taught that course, both in Mexico and the United States. Memberships include the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), Asociacion Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios (AMPI), and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Linda has served two full terms as a National Advisor of AMPI, is a founding member of AMPI-Los Cabos and has served as State Coordinator for Baja California Sur. She acted as Liaison between NAR and Mexico during the years 2011 and 2012. She holds NAR designations: CIPS, ABR, SRES, RSPS, CNE, Languages, Spanish and English
LEGAL COUNSEL - CLAUDIA MENDEZ VARGAS:
Born in Puerto Lic., Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Baja California Sur where she received her early education. Following high school in Loreto, B.C.S. Claudia attended the State University, where she received her degree in law, magna cum laude. In addition to her legal responsibilities with the company, she is a law professor at the state university. She has served on the Technical Committee for Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Humanities. In 2002, Claudia attended and delivered a paper at the XIII Latin American Conference on Roman Law in Havana, Cuba. Claudia served as Secretary General for the PAN political party for the state of Baja California Sur for the years 2007 and 2008. In one of her recent projects at The Settlement Company, Claudia was successful in representing a group of clients in a class action suit against a major Mexican bank. Additionally she has successfully litigated in several other problematic real estate issues for our clients. Her specialty is Real Estate Law. Language: Spanish
FINANCIAL PLANNING CONSULTANT - RAOUL RODRÃGUEZ-WALTERS
is a US certified financial planner™ who was raised in a bicultural and bilingual household in Mexico City. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Economics in 1989 and a master's in personal financial planning from the College of Financial Planning in 2003. Together with his wife, who worked for over ten years with the High Commissioner for Refugees, they lived in Venezuela, Sudan, the Republic of Georgia and then again Mexico. He has traveled extensively in Latin America, Africa, Europe and to a lesser degree the Far East. Having been an expatriate himself, Raoul has a deep appreciation of the needs of those living abroad.
Raoul has worked for over 12 years in the financial planning industry, launching and managing the first cross-border financial planning firm, Mexico Advisor, specializing in US-Mexico issues. Concurrently, from 2001 to 2005 he worked as a technical expert for the US delegation that negotiated the International Standard Organization's standard for financial planning, known as ISO 22222. He has particular expertise in issues related to international taxes and estate planning. Raoul has written and spoken extensively on issues related to US- Mexico personal finance and international personal finance issues. In 2009 he co-wrote the chapter on estate planning law in Mexico, published in International Successions, edited by Oxford Press. In addition to being a CFP, Raoul is a registered tax preparer, is a member of the Financial Planning Association, and was a founding member of the Cross-border Financial Planning Alliance.
ADVISOR FOR U.S. CITIZENS ON THE RENTAL TAX PROGRAM - DON D. NELSON:
Don D. Nelson has advised his clients on US Expatriate, Nonresident, and International Tax law for over 35 years. He assisted hundreds of clients with their US and International tax matters throughout Mexico. He is licensed as an Attorney in California and admitted to practice in the US Tax Court and California State and Federal Courts. Don is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker.
Don is also an expert on Arbitration and Mediation. He is one of the founders of CENTRO DE MEDIACIÓN Y ARBITRAJE DE BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, SOCIEDAD CIVIL which is Baja Sur Mexico's first neutral arbitration and mediation dispute resolution administrators.
Mr. Nelson is an independent advisor and not an owner or partner in the Settlement Company.