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VAllarta: Whats An INAPAM Card

INAPAM Card INAPAM is a great benefit for retirees living in Puerto Vallarta. Who doesn’t like to save money, given the opportunity? The goal of INAPAM, officially Instituto Nacional de las Personas Adultas Mayores, is to provide programs for those over the age of 60 years who wish to stay active. This covers a lot of territory. INAPAM’s focus is making sure that elderly people in Mexico are taking advantage of their due rights and opportunities. INAPAM has been around for a long while but it was only at the turn of this century that the government began implementing the program to affect coverage for families, run at both a state and federal level. They provide education on the topics of mental and physical health, host cultural activities and help care providers get the training they need to assist with elderly living situations.

Anyone can get an INAPAM card, as long as you’re 60 years or older and have the proper papers. You are entitled to some great discounts in Puerto Vallarta if you qualify. Property taxes are chief among them. You already get a discount if you pay early and with your INAPAM card you will get a full 50%.
To get your very own card, go to one of the DIF offices in Puerto Vallarta; there are several locations around the city. It helps to speak Spanish but it’s not completely necessary; we know those who’ve managed to stumble their way through the process but it rarely takes only one visit. Bring originals and copies of passport, electric (CFE) or water (Seapal) bills in your name, and any residency card you may possess. It is not necessary to be a permanent resident of Puerto Vallarta but if you are, if might speed up the process. If you come fully prepared, there’s a good chance of you leaving the DIF office with your INAPAM card in hand. Arrive early, no later than 8 am and get your name/s on the list. The office doesn’t open until 9 am but a guard will be there to take names, which will allow you to receive a number ahead of those who come later. By 9 am, that list will be a couple dozen people long and it’s too late then. Take a book, knitting, a friend to talk to, or whatever helps you pass the time, because, like the immigration office, they’re in no big hurry. You’ll also need photos for your card; the photographer (we recommend Plaza Caracol) will know the correct amount required.
As stated, the discount for your Predial (property taxes) is worth the trip, but there are many other advantages. In Puerto Vallarta you’ll get a discounted bus fare, which doesn’t seem like a big deal but you also get the same discount on tour buses, traveling distances all over Mexico. Some restaurants give discounts if you show your card. Ask. Traveling within the country by air can also be discounted. If you have a Mexican driver’s license, it will cost you half price for renewal; theater tickets are cheaper; special events are discounted. INAPAM puts on events specifically for cardholders.
Our advice is to arrive at the DIF office very early, as they are known to run out of cards on busy days.
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Timothy Real Estate Group is a locally-owned and operated real estate brokerage with a strategic location in the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta in the Colonia Emiliano Zapata. Because the Puerto Vallarta area has varying neighborhood personalities, we practice localized real estate. We believe neighborhood knowledge is a top factor in solid sales, and we know our communities well.

We enable our clients to realize their vision for the future.  We understand and plan for their concerns and are dedicated to transforming those concerns to peace of mind and joy.

Our philosophy of transparency, integrity, and professionalism imbues our culture with a tangible sense of purpose and results in the length and depth of the quality relationships we enjoy.  We believe buying or selling a home is first and foremost about people. Of course we have the latest technology, marketing tools, statistics and research, but a successful real estate transaction really comes down to people. Connecting the right buyers to sellers or investors our professional agents structure solid transactions with successful solid outcomes.  We believe in collaboration by connecting people in ways that bring satisfaction and success.

When you combine extensive local knowledge and our long standing reputation for honesty and sound judgment, you have an unbeatable resource at your disposal.  You have Timothy Real Estate Group, a constant leader in Puerto Vallarta real estate


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