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  3. Hi Laura, Long time, no see! Welcome back to the Forums.... So... I did a quick Google search and found this online article about ServiEntrega in La Nación from around 2013: Servientrega anuncia su llegada a Costa Rica [ https://www.nacion.com/economia/servientrega-anuncia-su-llegada-a-costa-rica/E5EIEBXNHBGV7KZFITZJGQVS24/story/ ] . . . but no confirmation of where exactly in CR or when ServiEntrega might have been going to open up shop. Also at the same time noticed this: Las franquicias Servientrega y Redservi ingresarán en Costa Rica [ http://www.100franquicias.cr/Noticias/2016-06-21-Las-franquicias-Servientrega-y-Redservi-ingresaran-en-Costa-Rica.htm ] I didn't search further, but per these two articles ServiEntrega is likely operating somewhere in CR. A bit more Googling may turn up where they are located. Or.... Perhaps one of our other Forums Members may know whether ServiEntrega is currently operating in CR. OK — HTH Paul M. ==
  4. Is there at least one Servientrega in Costa Rica? If so, where in Costa Rica are they located? I couldn't find Costa Rica on their website. Servientrega
  5. Hello, everybody!  I live in Paute, Azuay, Ecuador! 

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    Hello Tazy –and welcome to the Forums. Terry is correct about the ARCR Membership Number: When/If you join ARCR as a paid member they will issue you one. But it is not necessary to be an ARCR Member or have an ARCR number to be a Forums member. To clarify, we are called the ARCR Forums, yes, but we are a separate entity from ARCR. ARCR does however support the Forums. OK — HTH Paul M. ==
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    You will get a membership number if you sign up and join ARCR it is not necessary to be a member of the forum itself.
  9. I am a new member to the ARCR. In my profile setting-up I am asked for a registration number. Does anyone know how I get that registration number?
  10. http://www.city-data.com/forum/politics-other-controversies/2865959-costa-rica-health-care.html
  11. Congrats. La Migra in the States can be a real pain. I have never known anyone who has had a good experience, even when the outcome was good. Your patience has been rewarded. So now you all are a TicoGringo and a GringaTica.
  12. Wow! Let me add my Congrats to him as well. That's really Great to hear . . . Cheers! Paul M. ==
  13. I'm excited to announce that my esposo just passed his US citizenship test & interview! Huzzah!!! In about two weeks we'll have his oath and then we apply for his passport and then he's a GRINGO! While this was a hugely frustrating and expensive process, my CR residency is still pending... With his new gringo passport we have the ability to move out of the USA without ever having to reapply for visas again! Costa Rica as a more permanent location may or may not be in our future. My esposo gets horribly homesick, but he knows financially it makes more sense for us to stay up here. We'll see where life takes us. But for now, the world is our oyster! (And since he's dual, he can still go to Brazil visa free!)
  14. Glad it has been a positive experience!
  15. So, after some research, it is pretty common that the seller pays the tax on commission. We negotiated that out and will pay 7%. There is always great debate on this forum of renting vs buying. We just accepted the SPA (Sales Purchase Agreement) rom the buyer and have sold (or the buyer will forfeit the deposit) our property for 106% of what we purchased it for 7 years and 5 months ago. Great investment, a special property and now onto the next one!
  16. Greetings friends. After over 7 years on this site, my wife and I are selling a property and I wanted to get a feel for sellers fees and specifically if it is standard for the seller to pay for the taxes on the real estate commission for the broker. I can see generally there are taxes paid for that, but not who is responsible and I am thinking since it is not specially called out it is just something the real estate person pays themselves?
  17. Where's this month's seminar being held?

  18. Eleanor, well you got a taste of what my plumbing disaster was like anyway. .. I have PTSD from that plus the tropical storm last week where I had water coming in my front door and bedroom. I hope NO MORE water problems for at least a few months! Would love to have a 3 wheeler for backup! Now if someone will just give me the $ for one, LOL.
  19. James, this is the main reason I moved closer to town. I lived 3 km up a very steep hill on a very bad road and it just became too much after a while. I now live about 300 meters from the center of town on a very quiet street that features toucans across the street, parrots nesting in my back yard and monkeys moving through from time to time. I have fruit trees and a few plantings for the kitchen. So really, the best of both worlds! Yes, I have to put up with the thump of my neighbor's bass and the occasional very loud truck, but that's not really a big deal. In return, I can easily walk to shopping and banking and the bus but use my car when the huesos viejos are acting up. Edit: About an hour after writing that, I was doing some laundry and the hose to my washing machine flew off and sprayed water all over the porch and everything in it, including ME! hahaha I thought about you James. Yes, I had to sweep and mop and clean off the water and change my clothes and then make a note to buy a hose clamp and fix the hose to the washing machine.
  20. Hey Eleanor, I appreciate Paul's sentiment and intention to help but I agree: It's not that easy or affordable having and caring for a horse. Also there is this issue. This grass I have is African, impossible to replace without using Monsanto roundup / rodeo which I am against using, so there's really no practical way of having a horse here without buying feed AND fixing the fence and being prepared for vet calls and etc etc. Can 't afford a moto either right now, plus an old guy like me on a moto on a bad road? Not sure that's such a great idea either. (Last time my friend gave me a ride back from the mechanic's on his, the shaking of my bones left my back hurting for 2 days!) And if I did wreck (as most do one time or another) my old bones might not recover very quickly. The only viable alternative really - at this point - is a taxi or getting rides. Meanwhile as of today, with this "tropical storm", the whole country is flooded, roads are closed, bridges are out and so a car is not much good anyway. I'm stuck here til they fix the roads.
  21. That's actually a very good suggestion, Induna. Those 3-wheelers get dozens of miles per gallon! Plus he's got extra parts for them, too! Hope Newman is watching and will chime in. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  22. Maybe James should buy one of Newman's tuk-tuks and keep it as a backup?
  23. I think you've gone off the rails a little bit, Paul. Plant grass to feed a horse/mule/burro? I guess you would then need to construct a corral, make sure your property is fenced, see that there are no plants that are poisonous to the animals, build a shelter for them to keep out of the rain, bedding for the shelter, vet calls (8 miles out...or more....), medicines, grain, vitamins..... it's complicated looking after a living thing. If having a Plan B for transportation is a real worry and a real need, then so much easier just to buy an inexpensive used motorbike. It doesn't eat when you don't use it and can sit on blocks under a tarp while not in use. I feel your pain, James! I've lived in a remote area like yours and while it's truly a blessing with all the wild around you, it can sometimes be a curse. I'm sure you will figure it out.
  24. Maybe getting some starts of suitable forage grass that a horse (or burro) can eat and plugging it around so as to gradually (or faster) edge out the stuff that is not good for forage would ultimately net you a less expensive horse cost by reducing much of the horsefeed expense. ¡Solamente dos más granitos de arena! Paul M. ==
  25. Hey Paul, we did look into getting a horse and as it turns out it costs a bit to feed them and our local expert says we have a type of grass they won't eat so we'd have to buy feed which is a bit expensive actually for someone on a tight budget. Wouldn't mind having one though. Then of course you're bound to have vet bills at some point... I would like to have a burro or mule instead actually, but the same problems exist. Looked into buying one and WOW! I guess around here they are much more expensive than a horse is! Go figure! Guess that's why we don't see a lot of burros and mules. However I heard they USED to be cheaper... I figured out that IF I had no car here I'd just have to pay $22 or so for a round trip into town every week. Not ideal but do-able and actually cheaper than owning a car what with insurance, gas, upkeep, etc. But it's just that a car is so important to have in the case of an emergency, and also much much more convenient!
  26. Maybe a horse might be in order to get you to town and/or to the bus. (Horse prolly could stay with a sympathetic in-town neighbor while you went off on the bus.) Horse could help carry the groceries, etc., back home after a trip to town and he'd also be good to help keep your yard cropped down. Just a tico type idea. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  27. Appreciate your comments. Unfortunately most of them don't apply to me as, yes, I do live in a very remote area and there is no nearby bus nor nearby taxi, the taxi has to come from 8 miles away so it's expensive. Yes a neighbor might be able to help me with a ride. But the pickens are slim. Or I might be able to get a ride if I go out and walk and "hitch-hike". No store is going to deliver where I live. A rental car would have to be a 4x4, I'd have to go all the way to Alajuela or the airport to rent one, and last time I did it cost $500 a week with insurance. A taxi from 8 miles away would be cheaper! So yeah, I know, I live in a place where a car is pretty much a necessity and if I am without it, it is a hardship. That's just how it is and I accept that. I just wish that car insurance was reliable like it is in the USofA. Some things here just aren't as good.
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