Role of the Notario
However, in Mexico the Notario Publico is the KEY person in completing the sale of a property. They will have a law degree, and have gone on to special studies in Real Estate.
Your Real Estate Agent should be able to recommend a good Notario, who will ensure that you have a clean title to your property, with no liens or encumbrances. They will prepare and register your deed, and be your guide to a clean transaction.
There are several very good Notarios in the Lake Chapala area. You may expect to pay approximately 3½ % of your purchase price in closing costs, which include all legal and government fees.