Gringo Furniture takes the stress out of finding quality furnishings
NEW Idea for Foreigners Buying Property in Mexico!
A new Gringo is in town and it looks like she is really going to make a difference to the landscape of furnishing property in Mexico. Foreigners buying real estate in Mexico have many obstacles ahead once they take that plunge to buy their DREAM vacation home. Once past the closing of the property, reality sinks in and they realize they are now in a different country, with a difference language and a different culture. All this can add up to stress and frustration, taking the fun out of their new vacation home.
Launched in September 2006, a solution to take one of the biggest stress’s out of owning property in Mexico “buying furniture”. No longer will foreigners have to endure language difficulties, over pricing, endless trips to different stores, out of stock products and arranging & waiting for numerous deliveries.
Karen Scott is the person behind www.gringofurniture.com. Her idea was born after she finished furnishing her second home in Puerto Morelos Mexico, on the Mayan Riviera. She had already experienced all the downfalls of furnishing her first villa in 2002 and was prompted by friends to use her on-line experience to start a business geared towards people just like her.
She told us the story behind her idea
In 2005 Karen and her husband began construction on their new vacation home in Puerto Morelos. The thought of having to spend more horrifying weeks shopping was, to say the least, daunting. Their villa was twice the size of the last one and had an additional 2,000 sqft to furnish. That is when www.gringofurniture.com started to grow in Karen’s mind.
The idea continued to grow in Karen’s mind as the finish date of the villa loomed closer and closer. She researched, found partners, got financing and decided her new villa was to be the test run for Gringo Furniture. To her delight she was able to pick out exactly what she wanted for her villa in the comfort of her own home in Canada. Measuring each piece and comparing it to the construction details of her new villa, she knew exactly if a piece of furniture was going to fit or not. The final price tag was probably the best surprise. She was under budget by $10,000 and had not compromised on anything.
Karen then booked her flight to Mexico for Mid October to receive the furniture. She arrived on the Sunday and the furniture arrived on the Monday at 11:00am. By 6:00pm that evening the house was furnished and she was able to go out for a long, enjoyable dinner. She now had the rest of the week to get things exactly the way she wanted them, hang pictures, buy nick-knacks, visit with friends and most of all take long walks on the beach. Unfortunately, life is never as we expect and Hurricane Wilma dropped by for a visit the Thursday of that week.
Karen tells us that not only did the new villa withstand the category 5 hurricane winds but so did the furniture and incredibly, so did the town of Puerto Morelos. Within weeks, things were on track to being rebuilt and the town was ready for high season which was a mere 6 week’s post Wilma. See the villa and its furnishings here www.casamerlot.com
Now in Mexico, not a hurricane, but something that will stir up the marketplace and the landscape of furnishing houses in Mexico. After much research, planning and trials, Gringo Furniture has hit the marketplace and has already furnished many home all around Mexico.
It will be focused initially on the Mayan Riviera but hopes to grow throughout Mexico in the next few months. Different lines are being researched and new products will be added. Currently Gringo Furniture is sourcing out vendors for all areas of the home to make it a ‘One Stop” store for all home needs. They feature currently: furniture for all rooms, custom made kitchen cabinets, mattresses and curtain rods. They have additional services of receiving the furniture for you and setting it up.
Their site is up and running and customers can buy all their furniture safely and securely on-line then have it delivered to their home within 4 weeks. If a customer wants that personal touch they can book an appointment and meet with one of our consultants on the Mayan Riviera. Customers will be able to choose from an assortment of fabrics and finishes to customize to their tastes.
Keep and eye on this company as it is going to fill a long standing need for foreigners buying in Mexico.