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T&VSmith

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  1. Back in 2010 we came across a fellow by the name of Casey Stamps. He is based out of an office in Dominical and covers the areas you have listed. We did not end up buying in that area but we found Casey very knowledgeable and likable. He is still in business and can be contacted through this link.
  2. Income Property?

    Mortgage???? Where will you get a mortgage? Possibly a little premature?
  3. We built and are very happy with our decision. We had a SUPER contractor but he only builds in the Puriscal area.
  4. We have had both Movistar and ICE but in our area Movistar did not function well at all. I regularly call and receive calls from Canada on my cell phone. I have two "business" neighbors that talk from the USA regularly. We use Skype or Majic Jack if possible but there are many direct calls on our cell phones.
  5. Yes, I get calls from Canada to my cell phone quite often.
  6. There is nothing for sure at this point about reinstating the tax, but I would be very surprised if they did not.
  7. I was going to say that as well but I was not positive. We are shutting down an S.A. for a community association and that is on the list of do's that our attorney has for us.
  8. We used a product called Kaboom and a rough pad such as one would use for cleaning pots and pans.
  9. Architect fees

    We had a different experience, we had our architect design our house from scratch. Once the design was achieved and we were a go we were given a figure for Gustavo's fees and that is what we paid. That fee included regular visits to the project. It did not matter what we put in the house in any way. We put in extra money for things we wanted and that did not change Gustavo's fee at all.
  10. We are putting on two Christmas parties for the locals, one for the Ancianos and one for the Ninos. We took Adeila (one of the local ladies) shopping for the first trip and went to PriceSmart where she had never been. The look on her face was priceless and now Vivian's English class ladies have all called "shotgun" on the other two or three trips we need to do. Every day we have something new ...... tomorrow it is two local teens returning to the house for "advanced English" and of course the usual goodies. They come weekly.
  11. Construction with COVINTEC

    Please do not continue to debate this point as it seems as though you have made up your mind. Come on down and toss the dice! It is a lot different when you are actually here and experience your new life.
  12. Construction with COVINTEC

    If you were going to rob a house would you do it in plain sight of a main road or would you "case the joint" and do it out of sight at your convenience? I have no intention of burgling anyone but I would choose option 2. Cheers .... Terry
  13. Construction with COVINTEC

    The key words are "in the back". This means that you are not defending yourself but are the perpetrator. This is VERY clearly explained when you take the firearms course here in Costa Rica. (and yes it applies to arrows)
  14. Our aquaducto just went computerized. One fellow here says we can now pay that on line instead of the climb up the hill to Sterlin's house!!!
  15. Construction with COVINTEC

    Eleanor, it is also weird, 75% of them never say we are Gringos but rather Canadiense. We have had Tico friends into the house and they are taken with the pictures that we brought down with us. Most of them are wolves, ducks, geese, etc. in snow settings so it is always a conversation starter. They want to know if they are real and where they came from. It is always a good ice breaker and so many have been interested we can now talk about them in Spanish <g> We had a Tico friend explain that Gringos are from the USA and we are Canadiense from Canada (it was not quite as simple as that as it took over half an hour) but the bottom line is that we should all be proud of where we come from. The one thing that does discourage me a bit is that some of the Ticos seem to look down on the Nicos and we have quite a few on the work force here and have found them to be equally nice.
  16. Construction with COVINTEC

    I don't know about other areas but in our community literally everyone has a nickname. We were involved in Christmas festivities in the area. Both my wife and I volunteer one day a week for the graduating class's English class. We know all the regular workers in the community. My wife teaches weekly English classes for some of the local ladies. There are very few that do not have nicknames, even the seniors do .... It is very weird. You know you fit in when the locals give you their nickname of choosing. Translated my wife's and my nicknames are the Cheena Lady (she is of Japanese descent) and I am the Pura Vida guy (due to my Pura Vida license plate on my Rhino). These are MUCH better than some of the nicknames in high school!!!
  17. Construction with COVINTEC

    "and an arrow into the back can be pretty serious as well." The words in the back ensure that you will go to jail.
  18. In 2010 we researched this intensely, my wife was in the legal profession and the thought of not going through escrow was appalling. Being from Canada complicated this. After speaking with our USA trained attorney and against my wife's better wishes we did a direct transfer. By that time we knew the seller and again our attorney made us feel comfortable. This will not work for everyone but we are here and happy. Only you can evaluate the level of trust.
  19. I sent you a rather long winded PM on what we just did. It has some "delicate" information so I did not want to post it publicly. Cheers .... Terry
  20. Construction with COVINTEC

    Here is a developer that has used it for years on the Pacific Coast. We first saw it in 2010. You may get some "help" from them but after a lot of research by both us and our home builder we went with conventional block and mortar. It is considerably less expensive using covintec.
  21. You are right. We had over a hundred and I couldn't give them away. They all were toast.
  22. Make that two Savannahjo, we purchased our property five years ago and just finished building in September of last year. We also do not have "so much money it really doesn't matter if you get stuck with your purchase." but are not of the opinion that we are stuck with it any moreso than we were with our house in Canada. Again just another forum member's opinion.....
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