Published On: Sun, Mar 12th, 2023

Looking for long-term rental in SMA?

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How does it take to find a Long-Term Rental in San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende (SMA), in Mexico’s central highlands, is often called the prettiest city in the world… for good reason. It’s got beautiful colonial architecture, constant spring-like weather, and a friendly, welcoming population.

But due to SMA’s popularity, it can be tricky to find a long-term rental within your budget.

Here’s how my husband Keith and I found ours.

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We started our research about three months before our anticipated move date to SMA. Keith did internet searches for long-term rentals to get a feel for price ranges.

We figured that a monthly budget of $800 to $1,200 a month should suit our needs (2-bed, 2-bath, quiet but within walking distance of services/shops, a large kitchen for me, patios for Keith’s gardening).

Next, we needed a real estate agent.

Facebook has lots of “Expats in San Miguel de Allende” groups. We joined them all and noted the posts about rentals and real estate agents.

We avoided any rentals posted by the owner because their agenda is to rent out their home. And they seldom list prices so they can adjust the cost to whatever they think the renter can afford.

When we saw recommended real estate agents pop up again and again, we contacted each. But only one was quick in his communications, fluent in English, and intent on making us happy in our future home.


San Miguel Times



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