Hosting Barry Wolfryd

Agave Sotheby’s International Realty supporting local Artists,
is proud to feature the “Half-Truths” artworks of Barry Wolfryd

Please stop by our office to personally tour the current exhibit
Sollano 19 Centro Histórico, San Miguel de Allende.

Barry Wolfryd

Born in Los Angeles, California but he has conducted the major part of his artistic carrier in Mexico, where he has lived for the last 40 years. The influences of sixties music from Dylan to Frank Zappa and the New York art scene inspired Wolfryd to carry out his first creative trials. These experiences developed an ideological base that he would bind with the culture by means of historic consciousness and social critique. Wolfryd began his artistic studies in 1972 at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.A. At 22 years of age he moved to Mexico, arriving in Cholula, Puebla and commencing his studies at the Universidad of the Americas. In 1975 he enrolled at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Since 1985 he has had 35 individual exhibitions and participated in more than 100 exhibitions in galleries and museums in the United States, South America, Japan, Mexico and Europe. Some of the exhibitions over the last ten years have been hosted by institutions such as Museo de Arte Contemporáneo en Vidrio de Alcorcón, (MAVA), Madrid, Spain (2018); Universidad de Leipzig, Alemania, (2018); The Mulberg Castle Gallery, Schloss Mülberg, Alemania (2018); Venice Glass Week, Venice, Italy (2018); Technology Museum, Real Fábrica de Cristales, Segovia, Spain (2017); José Luis Cuevas Museum, CdMx, Mexico (2017); Cultural Institute of Mexico, Guatemala, Guatemala (2017); Museum of El Carmen, CdMx, Mexico (2017); Museum of Modern Art, Trieste, Italy (2016); City Museum, Quito, Ecuador (2016); Cultural Forum of the Embassy of Mexico, Berlin, Germany (2016); Center Culturel du Mexique, Paris, France (2015); MEXCAT, Barcelona, Spain (2015); Instituto Cervantes, Tokyo, Japan (2015); Palazzo Costanzi, Sala Veruda, Trieste, Italy (2015); MIAA Museum, Frederiksaerk, Denmark (2014); Franz Mayer Museum, CdMx, Mexico (2014); Museo Arte Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico (2014); VI Miradas Bienal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico (2014); X Bienal of Monterrey, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, CdMx, Mexico (2013); X Bienal of Monterrey, MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico (2012); Franz Mayer, CdMx, Mexico (2011); The Arocena Museum, Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico (2010); The Thoreau Center, San Fransisco, Ca. (2008).

The work has been reviewed by prominent curators and critics such as Jorge Juanes, Merry McMasters, Mónica Mayer, José Manuel Springer, Santiago Espinoza de los Monteros, Érik Castillo, John Mason Hart, Andrés de Luna, Luis Carlos Émerich, Luz Sepúlveda, Fernando Gálvez , Carlyn Aguilar, Luis Ramaggio and Sergio C. Fanjul.

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This work is the result of collecting part of the works that I have created as a sculptor, painter and plastic and graphic artist using different techniques in each of the disciplines and arts in which I express my vision, approach, perspective of everyday things, of the landscapes, people, characters, identities among many other aspects of daily human events and even in environments from imagination and surrealism.

Throughout many years as an artist I have been fortunate to present and exhibit my paintings, sculptures and artistic works in different exhibitions, forums and shop windows in some countries including Mexico, which has given rise to interviews and opinions from critical experts and art curators who have offered their sensitive opinion to my versatility of works, which is why, as they are creations that have led me to experience great life experiences in all their ranges, as well as a great effort to materialize them and leave a record in this life and in this world about my emotions and visions, I decided to compile a large part of all those works to concentrate them in this book that is a dream come true.

Each of the works that I have created and that I have included in this book have a history, a reason for being and existing, from my sensitive vision as an artist, for this reason the colors, the strokes, the volumes, the techniques, the tonalities, The titles with which I have baptized each one is a living stamp of my being, gathered with such affection and truth that now the perfect time has come to turn it into a book and relive my years as an artist on each page.



San Miguel de Allende Real Estate Market Ongoing Trends

Globally known for its charm, creative community and culture, San Miguel de Allende is grabbing attention of several expats worldwide. Situated 150 miles north of Mexico, this city has been voted as the World’s Best City by readers of the Travel & Leisure magazine. It is well-said by Marshall Field, entrepreneur that “Buying real estate is not only the best way, the quickest way, the safest way, but the only way to become wealthy.” So, investing in San Miguel de Allende real estate can be a good decision both for personal usage or vacation rental income. As per the reports of the real estate portal Lamudi, the city is considered as not only the top travel destinations in Mexico but also one of the best San Miguel de Allende real estate investment markets.

Considered as the safest place in Mexico with moderate temperature throughout the year, investing in San Miguel de Allende properties can turn out to be the best decision of your life.

Why San Miguel de Allende Real Estate Market Is On Rise

According to the reports of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, it is estimated that more than 1 million Americans stay in Mexico for full or part-time. Also, it is expected to rise in the coming future as many retirees will also get allured to San Miguel de Allende due to its moderate climate and economical living. Not only this, the demand for luxury homes in San Miguel de Allende is also on rise from Mexican people.

With the continuous rise in Mexico’s economy, several Mexicans are able to invest in San Miguel de Allende homes. Also, many baby boomer age Mexicans who have been working in the United States prefer to own luxury condos in their homeland for spending their retirement years in peace.

How Will Baby Boomers And Retirees Affect San Miguel de Allende Real Estate Market

Both Mexican and foreign born baby boomer generation will make a huge impact on San Miguel de Allende luxury homes market as they wish to have a lavish lifestyle at economical rates. As said by Donald Trump, “Markets always change, and as soon as there’s downturn, cleanliness becomes a major value.” So, smarter people study the market first before investing in any luxury home in San Miguel de Allende.

Since the past few years, it is observed that the huge percentage of foreign market is willing to reside in San Miguel and showing their interest in San Miguel de Allende properties. As the buyers are getting more conscious regarding the security, so the gated community with full-time security support will gain huge market share.

Prime Luxury Homes In San Miguel de Allende

Buyers who wish to purchase luxury homes in San Miguel de Allende for personal use have the facility of selecting a captivating turn-key property and remodel the condos depending on their needs. Apart from generic appreciation, remodeler will also witness a huge jump in luxury villa value due to the upgrade and advancement of historic properties. These San Miguel de Allende houses come equipped with all the amenities and luxury items that are sure to allure potential buyers.

In A Nutshell

So, the time has gone when people used to visit San Miguel and invest in luxury homes on impulse. But now, buyers look for various things before taking a final decision and consider every aspect as to what all they need in their luxury villa and search according o their budget. The city offers colonial and lively culture with great history that motivates people to invest in luxury properties in this city. The ever-growing number of visitors is bringing rapid change to the infrastructure which simply means that in the coming years, San Miguel de Allende real estate market will totally change from its current phase. Buyers will reap the benefits by investing in San Miguel de Allende luxury homes for the future.


A Buyer’s Guide – Purchasing Your Home in San Miguel de Allende

Picture of Parroquia San Miguel Arcangel. Imagen cortesía de Agave Sotheby's International Realty

Bienvenido!  Agave Sotheby’s International Real Estate is the leading Brokerage in San Miguel, helping clients like you realize their dreams of owning a home in our idyllic colonial paradise for more than 10 years.

A small boutique agency comprised of the most experienced and select agents with a dedicated corps of professional support staff, we are a dynamic team engaged with you, our clients, throughout the buying process and beyond.

Almost three quarters of buyers in San Miguel come from the United States and Canada and our market has evolved to reflect standards and practices familiar our foreign clients and consequential to our Mexican clients.  The following is a brief outline of the steps we take to ensure your satisfaction and protect your interests.

Above all, at Agave Sotheby’s International Realty, we strive to educate you; sharing relevant and reliable data about current market conditions, offering every option available for your consideration in cooperation with other certified local brokerages and agents, and providing the professional guidance necessary for you to make your own, well informed decision.

Once you decide to purchase a home, the first step is an astute valuation to negotiate honest terms.  We facilitate this by sharing reports of comparable recent sales, monitoring construction costs and calculating current metrics.

With a clear understanding of value, you may then proceed to a formal written offer, the Proposal to Purchase.  No earnest money is exchanged with the Proposal to Purchase.  Rather, it is a means to demonstrate the seriousness of your intent and to clearly outline your terms. Upon mutual acceptance of those terms, validated with a fully executed Proposal to Purchase, we draft a binding Purchase Contract or Buy/Sell Agreement.

The Buy/Sell Agreement delineates the legal rights and responsibilities of both Parties, Buyer and Seller.  While some details may be unique with each transaction, the essence of our Purchase Contract is standard.  Drafted by our Agave Sotheby’s International Realty legal team with input from the most highly regarded local real estate attorneys, the Buy/Sell Agreement is also regularly updated to reflect new laws which may impact either Party.

The Buy/Sell Agreement is ratified with a 10% earnest money deposit held in Escrow and includes a contingency for you to conduct an inspection of the property.  This inspection includes a thorough examination of the home itself as well a meticulous review of all pertinent documents necessary for the legal transfer of title.

In Mexico, all real estate transactions are regulated and authorized by a “Notario Público.”  Unlike a United States Notary Public, the Office of the Notario Púbico in Mexico is more akin to an American Judgeship or a European Ombudsman. Only the most qualified and reputable attorneys who complete years of post-graduate study are granted the title of Notario Público. They are legally and morally bound to adjudicate each transaction objectively and ensure compliance with Mexican law.

Agave Sotheby’s International Realty, being the most productive brokerage in San Miguel and owing to our seasoned legal department is fortunate to have cultivated and maintained close partnerships with the most prestigious and respected Notarios.  Along with their qualified associates, these Notarios are easily accessible, highly informative and a tremendous resource to consult with you and offer objective, independent counsel throughout the purchase process.

After signing the Buy/Sell Agreement and releasing the inspection contingency, most transactions in San Miguel close escrow within 90 days, the majority within 60 days. Because we are primarily a vacation destination, our homes sell quickly, with an average spread of less than 5% between asking and sales price, and virtually all transactions are paid in full through Escrow.

Titles are transferred directly to you, the Buyer, regardless of your nationality. Even if you only possess a tourist visa obtained the moment you enter the country, the Mexican government recognizes you as if you were a full citizen, granting the full breadth of due process pertaining to home ownership without need of a trust or third party “fidecomiso”.

Closing costs in San Miguel de Allende Real Estate is approximate 6% of the total purchase price, in keeping with standard fees throughout the Mexican Republic.  This amount is inclusive of virtually all the transactional expenditures associated with the acquisition of property. Namely: Legal consultation with attorneys in the Office of the Notario Público, Title Research and issuance of the Legal Certificate of No Liens, a survey of the property as conducted by a city certified engineer to ensure the actual meets and bounds coincide with measurements on record, a Court Certified Translator at closing (if necessary), processing the Permit to Purchase Real Estate for Foreign Buyers through the federal office of the Mexican Secretary of State, and the delivery of the Certified Deed in your name as registered with the Municipal Public Registry.

The only expenses you may incur outside these standard closing costs are for the inspection (generally between $300-$500 USD), the Permit to Purchase for Foreign Buyers ($2,500 MNX or approximately $140 USD), and your half of the cost of the Escrow account ($300 USD).

Now having briefly summarized the technical process, you can begin to focus on the fun …the joy of dreaming, the excitement of knowing those dreams are soon to be real, and the comfort of feeling secure that you are in the best of hands, not only with the premier local brokerage but also with the oldest and most prestigious name in international real estate.  On behalf of our Agave Sotheby’s International Realty family, we welcome you home.