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Tom and Marcia

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  1. Income Property?

    This advice will cost you nothing, but be worth ten times as much. I don't know how old you are. Regardless of your age, use any "found money" to pay off your debts. Once your debts are paid off, stay out of debt. Debt free life simplifies everything. Talk to one or two reputable investment advisers. Discuss your idea of income property and get their opinions. Carefully evaluate risks of any investment. Chasing high returns can lead to high loses. Think long term. An easy tool to use is any online mortgage calculator. Enter the amount of money you have to invest, select the interest rate you can get, and select the number of years. The "payment" will be an indication of how much you can take out every month until the investment is gone. T
  2. The whole issue of a border wall is just hot air. But, I read one comment that nobody else is talking about. If there were a border wall, would U.S. citizens be denied access to the Rio Grande? No one has asked Trump about that. T
  3. Rental property in Central Valley

    If you are only looking for a few months, try vacation rentals by owner vrbo.com. You will find it hard to find a place without being here. The best way is word of mouth. Look for a cabina or BnB for short term. The majority of rentals are for 3 year leases, although you can get out of them very easily. Why do you need hot water? It's not as important as you might think. Electric shower heads provide unlimited hot showers and rest doesn't matter. T

    Do you know that Guanacaste is suffering from extreme drought and water shortages? This can greatly impact quality of life and property values. I'm just trying to help. Please come, enjoy yourself, and rent. You won't miss any great buys. T

    You may be one of the lucky few, but most people regret buying property here. There is no good reason to buy. Rental values are way out of line with sales prices and selling is difficult. BTW. Anyone can call him/herself a real estate agent. There are no standards or licenses. T
  6. The U.S. is not so easy to visit. Ask any Tico. My take would be to keep the citizenship to have the passport. It's only a piece of paper and doesn't change where your heart is. T
  7. Those tickets work like any other lottery ticket. Somebody wins, but you're more likely to be bitten by a shark in San Jose. T
  8. Eleanor, There is a mall exit inbound from the pista. There is still construction going on in the vicinity of the exit. I don't know how well it will work in the future. I don't know about the outbound exit situation. I was just going to kill some time. I'm not a big mall fan. When we are in the states a mall is a convenient one-stop shopping location. T
  9. I was just out driving around yesterday and decided to check it out. That was a mistake. The line to the parking lot started just past Walmart. I went into Alajuela and the line from the other direction was backed up to the gas station at the traffic lights. It was Sunday. I'm sure that it will be easier to visit closer to Christmas. I didn't get in either line, so I can't rate the mall experience. T
  10. LIKE button has never worked for me. m
  11. Once again, its' the end of life as we know it. T
  12. I haven't imbibed for many years and I don't care if someone else wants to for medical or other reasons. I know that doctors agree that there are valid medical uses for THC. I still think that it is strange that a doctor will prescribe a drug to someone and tell them to decide how much and how often to take it. I know that there are oils and other extracts where the dose can be controlled. For most people it goes like this- Patient: Doc, I'm bummed. Doctor: You need pot. Patient: What kind? Doctor: You decide. Patient: How much? Doctor: You decide. At least people aren't going to jail. T
  13. Based upon my limited legal experience, I think cutting a tree down to block the road will result in arrests and fines. But good luck. I think MOPT has its hands full with the Caribbean side of the country right now. Safer to just park your car in the road, so it can be moved before things get out of hand. It's still not a good idea and will accomplish nothing. Also, how long do you think local traffic will put up with some Gringos protesting? T
  14. Why do you always see the imminent financial collapse of Costa Rica around every corner? Here is another possible reason for the increase in number of used cars available. A Tica friend predicted an increase in the number of used cars and advised cation after the recent massive flooding in the U.S. Someone buys all those cars from insurance companies. T

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