Many people do not want to wait until they are retired to live the type of lifestyle that Mexico offers. Many expats move to Mexico and open restaurants, some give charters and tours or become scuba instructors, many get into real estate, among many other things .
Rather than purchasing a home, in Mexico condominium and apartment units are very popular among expats. The main reason for that is the added benefits that come with owning a condo unit. Things like maintenance help, property management, utilities paid, etc.