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Everything posted by T&VSmith

  1. I searched for "Ionwat", the OP, in the directory and came up empty. I would not expect a reply.
  2. 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.
  3. Income Property?

    Mortgage???? Where will you get a mortgage? Possibly a little premature?
  4. We built and are very happy with our decision. We had a SUPER contractor but he only builds in the Puriscal area.
  5. 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.
  6. Yes, I get calls from Canada to my cell phone quite often.
  7. It should not be a problem for the spouse. We have a couple in our community where he has the work visa and his wife is here as a dependant under the visa.
  8. I am from Canada and I never thought about this. I had the same thing 40 years ago and nothing showed up on my check.
  9. There is nothing for sure at this point about reinstating the tax, but I would be very surprised if they did not.
  10. 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.
  11. We also live in a community where there are 18 houses and only 7 are lived in year round. We are lucky in that the ones that come down for a few months are great people and it is nice to have the increased contact while they are here. That does not stop us from visiting and working with our Tico friends one little bit. We have combined English / Spanish classes with 4 locals, have two teens that come to our house once a week for advanced English, and volunteer teaching English once a week at the local high school. Life is what you make of it!
  12. Welcome to the forum Bob. We made the move a year and a half ago and have never looked back. Best of luck to both of you! Cheers .... Terry
  13. We used a product called Kaboom and a rough pad such as one would use for cleaning pots and pans.
  14. Well said Induna; If you choose to be a PT you are at the discretion of immigration personnel's whim. If you choose residency you are at the whim of the law. I could not find the post that was over a year ago but a family of four was to be here for six months (Mum, Dad, and two kids) and they got three different stamps per number of days by the same immigration officer. The two extremes were 15 days and 90 days. There obviously are pros and cons to PT versus residency and each person has to make their choice and abide by what happens in Costa Rica. For us, residency was the way to go but I cannot knock another who chooses differently. Cheers .... Terry
  15. 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.
  16. New member Nuevo Arenal

    Welcome to Costa Rica and the forum Rainbow!
  17. Hello!

    Welcome to the group JJ Cheers .... Terry
  18. 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.
  19. My wife and I are both using Android, Samsung Galaxy and have for years. We just purchased two more from EBay. If you are purchasing a Smart Phone similar to the Samsung just ensure it is capable of 4G (almost all are). We use it for Facebook, texts, WhatsApp, Waze (signal dependent), etc. We downloaded the Spanish Dict app and it is invaluable for talking translation when strapped. Smart phones rotate the screen if you wish and it is GR8 for us fat fingered friends.
  20. 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.
  21. 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