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Like second-home sales in the U.S., sales of Mexican homes have been limping along. They are a luxury that buyers have been unwilling to revisit until the economy improves.While anecdotal evidence is beginning to reveal increased activity in some of the more popular resort areas, a lack of bank funding or sales has slowed most developers' projects."We have some buyers who have returned to look and buy," said Max Katz, who operates Baja Real Estate Group in Rosarito Beach, about 70 minutes south of the California border."But it doesn't help when U.S. television (media) repeats the same shows on crime in Mexico that they were showing 18 months ago."Much has been written about the kidnappings, roadside hijackings, crooked cops and the infamous banditos in some of the regions of Mexico. Most of the violence south of the border, however, is directly related to the drug cartels and the authorities who are trying to eradicate them. There is absolutely no pattern of any inn...