Reference Points

October 23, 2005|By TONI STROUD SALAMA

Live Better South of the Border in Mexico (Fulcrum; $17.95)

You know how it is when you visit a place. You can't help asking yourself what it would be like to live there. Author "Mexico" Mike Nelson has anticipated all the questions. Charts compare costs of living in various regions of Mexico with those in the States and contrast things that cost less in Mexico (property taxes, fresh vegetables, medical care) with those that cost more (gas, cars, postage, electronics).

He discusses renting vs. buying a home and describes the pros and cons of living in Mexico's regions. Nelson is the first to admit that living there isn't for everyone. The sooner you agree with him, the happier you'll be with his advice, one way or the other.

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