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  2. I am a long term lurker on the board and have learned a great deal about CR here. As plans to retire to CR have evaporated for various reasons I am now getting ready to sell a plot of land in Guanacaste which I have owned for over 20 years. To my horror I have just learned that a Capital Gains Tax regime (15%) comes into effect in July this year. The amount of tax would be retained by the buyer from selling price and paid over to the government !! I am unable to find much information about what happens when I sell up either before July or more likely after July this year. I did see some reference to a transition arrangement whereby gains on assets owned before July 2019 could be exempt or pay only 2.5 %. Any such Tax My question to the knowledgeable sharers of CR wisdom is as follows: 1) Is there anyway to avoid / reduce this tax burden ? Does anyone know how all those who own land today will be affected? 2) If indeed there is a transition arrangement of โ€˜onlyโ€™ 2.5 % capital gains tax on assets owned before July 2019, is there any impact of the real estate market, I.e.is there a rush to buy / complete transactions before July ? Thanks to all share knowledge - empowering all. mbtico
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  4. It looks to me that you are not leaving enough time for the other dog to get their required vaccines as needed to leave thr USA then enter Costa Rica.
  5. Hello everyone. My wife and I are in the process of moving to Costa Rica. We have two older, medium size dogs. The thought of having any sorta of issues with them being cargo on a flight was something that we are not willing to let happen. So, we have managed to figure out funds for booking a charter flight out of Miami-Opa locka Executive (OPF) - Miami International Airport. We have room left for one person and one medium size dog or possibly two people with minimal luggage. The flight will be leaving the morning of February 18th. We are looking for someone to share the cost with. Serious inquiries only, please. Thank you. Buddy
  6. Hi, Newman. Hope things are going well for you. I have to say, when I first read the title of this post, I imagined property with 10,000 electric meters. Haha. Good luck and hope you get a quick sale!
  7. house for sale in orotina on 10,000 square meters , must see reply to villamarina2018@hotmail.com $500,000 negotiable
  8. Thanks, Paul. I'm tempted to say "Aw, shucks" and dig my toe in the floor, but because I am all grown up, I will refrain. Glad you are enjoying the reading. I figured an old Florida hand like you would like reading about "old" Florida! ๐Ÿ˜Š
  9. Hey! This is a really nice book, Eleanor. Not sure why you waited so long to publish it. I started reading it last night and am enjoying it a lot. Back in the mid-70s I visited Cedar Key with a Tampa friend who was an avid birder to go birding with her and saw the village before the gentrification you mention had begun. From my experience on that long ago visit it is plain to me why you liked it so much. It was truly a quaint comfy place back then. Paul M. ==
  10. Letting everyone know that my book "Clam Queen to Bijagua Gringa" is now available as a Kindle book on Amazon. It's the story of life in a tiny fishing village on the west coast of Florida and my move to Costa Rica and my early life here. I arrived in Cedar Key, Florida in 1985 and found it to be a place I wanted to live. Full of eccentric characters, artists and fishermen, it was an isolated village, 4 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. But over time, it became "gentrified" and lost most of what made it so attractive to me. Spending a vacation in Costa Rica got me thinking about a "new life" and after several trips, I bought a 3-hectare "parcela" and thus began my life in Costa Rica where I have lived ever since 2002. Lots of Costa Rican adventures but no "gory details" of legalities or anything like that. Just all of my wonderful (and a few awful) experiences. Pura Vida!
  11. Hi. We have two horses for sale near San Isidro. We have a 9 year old registered sorrel quarter horse mare and an older (20+ years) unregistered bay quarter horse gelding. The mare is trained for barrels and the is 15.2 hands. Beautiful and well behaved. The gelding was a trail horse and is in good health. He would be great with kids and is easy to ride with no bad habits. We would prefer they go together as they have been field buddies for several years. Please reply if you have questions.
  12. SW, this is all so weird... That link worked for me twice yesterday but today it isn't working and Wikipedia says 'no such page'. Feh! So I visited Wikipedia just now and did a search there for 'Vehicle Identification Number' and ''lo, the same page that I got when the link was working yesterday came up. So I copied the URL in the address field and here it is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_identification_number That should work for you. Finger X-ed! Paul M. ==
  13. Well, when I clicked on that supposedly working link, it did not work. I got a message that clearly stated there was no such link, or entry, or whatever.
  14. Maybe.... "that link does not work for me." Because in the post just prior to yours, I clearly indicated that it, indeed, does work.
  15. I was able to access it earlier by clicking on it and again just now after reading your post STW. It could maybe have just been a glitch caused by your browser. Try again later or use a different browser. Fingers X-ed! Paul M. ==
  16. That's amazing, drareg! So much information! Thanks for putting that up.
  17. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_identification_number Stinky linky in previous post
  18. For anyone that wants/needs to know the country of origin of any vehicle, it's right there as the first 1 to 3 digits of the VIN. It's easy to know if that Toyota Hilux is built in Japan or Thailand, or that Hyundai i20 is built in Korea or India. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_Identification_Numbers_(VIN_codes)/World_Manufacturer_Identifier_(WMI)
  19. Hi, Ya'll. I'm not sure this is the correct forum for this - but - here goes. I am in the process of finishing up the manuscript for a new book: From Clam Queen to Bijagua Gringa: A journey of small town life on Florida's Gulf Coast to living with the volcanoes of Costa Rica" I'm looking for someone who is an experienced copy editor to proofread and do some editing - mostly for structure and grammar and not for content. I have a background in writing and editing and have self-published several books so the book is in pretty good shape. It's about 13,000 words. Let me know if any of you are copy editors and would be willing to tackle this project or if you know someone in Costa Rica that you could recommend. You can send me a private message, if you like. Thanks!
  20. eleanor2

    Monthly Rentals

    What kind of rental are you looking for? Do you have a price range? How long would you want it for? What other resources have you used? Are you thinking of the Uvita area or?
  21. cottoa00

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    Am looking for monthly rental info... my interest is in the southwest pacific area. Only other rental info on this forum was from 2014.
  22. My wife and I just bought a new condo in Langosta, near Tamarindo on the Pacific Coast. It's two bedrooms and two bathrooms with two large, furnished balconies. It has great views of the mountains and a partial ocean view. It is located in the Peninsula Condominiums. Please visit my website for more detail including rates: https://casatranquliolangosta.com/ Please me know if this is not allowed. I read the rules and the discussions from several years ago and it seems like it is permitted. Take only photos, leave only footprints, David
  23. Sweat it not. If you use one of the recommended importers, they will take care of all the details and deliver the car to you ready and legal to drive. That's their business.
  24. Encuentra 24 Is filled with dealer ads, many of which post low-ball prices. Many of the dealer cars are US imports that have been damaged or have salvage titles. My free advice, for what it's worth, is to by a car that was originally sold new in CR, and have a good, trusted mechanic look it over thoroughly. A car sold new here will have a complete record and guaranteed dealer support, especially if it is a Toyota. Parts should always be available locally. Ironically, many Costa Ricans think it is better to buy a US car because the roads are better. I think that many don't know about road salt. In any case, take your time, know what you want/need, and have a good mechanic check it out. I also recommend using your own notario for the transfer, since they are responsible for verifying the car's data, legal status, fines, liens, etc. The seller's notario may not be working in your interest. This is probably not necessary, but I grew up in the North East and I never trust a car salesperson.
  25. Thanks induna and eleanor2. But if I won't have to pay a whopping sales tax for the cars listed on encuentra24.com then I'm a little puzzled at the prices I see there. To take one example. I see late model Toyota CRVs listed there for mostly in the $19,000 to $26,000 range - which is the same prices I see for those SUVs on Car Max in the US. I expected them to be nearly double the US price given the import duties levied. What am I missing? [I should mention that after going back and forth several times on this, I have finally decided to sell my 2013 Ford Escape and buy a car locally when I arrive rather than ship my car there. Yes, I know that some are firmly in the other camp on this question but I didn't want the additional hassle of importing a car and having it made CR roadworthy.]
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