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  1. Eleanor, I would greatly enjoy sharing coffee (or better yet, that beer!) with you, but because it is with you, someone whose head is well placed on her shoulders. Not to hash out any facts. Election discussions rank right up there with root canals for me. The election is over and there'll be four years to bemoan whatever happens, and then another chance to continue or flip. I saw a meme on Facebook that said it all for me. "After the Election If you win, don't gloat. If you lose, don't despair. This has been hard for all of us. Treat others the way you want to be treated. We all will need it."
  2. Wow, I'm sorry that your preferred candidate/party lost, but after 8 miserable years it seems that the U.S. citizenry pulled on those reins and said "whoa there Nellie, that's enough of that!" We'll see what the next four years brings. He may not be my ideal, but the alternative was even less so. Now both sides are represented in posts on the forum, so I vote not to flog a dead horse...
  3. Dennis, it may be possible to pay online now but it wasn't the last time I paid corporate taxes (before they suspended them). I would suggest going to BCR (if you're in country) with the corporation cedula juridica number and ask a teller how much you owe. You aren't required to actually pass over the money, but you'll know what is due. If it is the 550,000 that Registro reports, you can pay, be current, and keep the receipt! Then dissolve the corporation before the end of this year. Note: without the corporate books it will take the lawyer longer because they must re-create the books and have them approved by the Registro before they can dissolve the corporation. I would assume at least 2 months (not counting holidays) for an on-the-ball lawyer, but it could take longer depending on your lawyer. Do it now and avoid another year of taxes.
  4. Dennis, I'm sorry I wasn't more clear in the descriptions. I was interested in whether yours was in a different status. You'd said you would look up your corporation on the Registro website to "see what it says" I'd checked the Registro for status of current and dissolved corporations, to note how they appeared ("inscrita" and "liquidada") I suggested that you report how yours appears, assuming it had been marked as not having paid the taxes, and it still appears "inscrita" The brief PDF was for those that might not be aware you can look up "personas juridicas" online. In the PDF it also indicates how to check whether "personas juridicas" have outstanding taxes via "Impuesto personas juridicas". That is where you could check if it shows outstanding taxes on the corporation. Again, sorry for the confusion. Colin
  5. I just looked up several "persona juridica" (corporations) that I knew were active or formally dissolved by a lawyer. That is what they show "inscrita" and "liquidada". If the taxes haven't been paid, it was widely reported (several years ago), that they enforced the taxes by not permitting actions to the corporation in the Registro. That would prevent changing owner/board membership, selling/buying, other official updates including dissolution. Doppelt, could you report what you find for a "no taxes paid for a long time" corporation? Update: for those unfamiliar, the attached .pdf shows briefly how to check the Registro for corporations. (It has reduced resolution to meet the 500Kb file limit for posting...) Registro - check corporations.pdf
  6. Welcome Bob! I'm sure with your wealth of experience with international living, you'll avoid the "gee, it's not like back home" reaction so many experience, sooner or later. So ask any questions and be sure to learn Spanish (unless you're already fluent?) You'll have no trouble believing those with lots of time here, when they offer conflicting information based upon their own experiences and circumstances. They're all correct based upon where/how they live, so you'll need to evaluate which scenarios will be acceptable to you and Margit. Enjoy the planning, and good luck! Colin
  7. Same experience as Jessica, with AA. In our case, the "fur baby" is small enough for in-cabin transport, so no waiting in baggage claim. Our friends brought two large dogs down on Continental (which requires permit and act as broker). It cost $1700 or so, and they had to pick them up at the customs terminal, near but down a side road from the airport terminal.
  8. Paul, It is also important that people considering a move without pursuing residency, know some of the negative impacts it may cause them. Leaving the country before their visa expires, which may be less (or much less) than every 90 days ...and being scrutinized by the border agent as the repeat entry stamps mount up. Inability to get a C.R. driver license Inability to perform inter-bank (SINPE) transfers Carrying the passport (or a copy with last entry page) at all times. You are required to have identification with you. Even kids. Difficulty in opening bank accounts Inability to get CAJA (social security medical insurance) No path to legal work status Being at the mercy of any irritated neighbor... So basically, being limited to what a tourist might do, with no ability or recourse for many important aspects of normal life. If they still say "so what?", at least it is with knowledge of the many potential downsides.
  9. Architect fees

    True, it is normally a percentage of the amount/value that is assigned by the College of Engineers, which is why you agree to a percentage not an amount. When the architect or engineer submits the plans, the College reviews them and assigns a value based upon such things as square footage, features, and expected materials. That number is (fortunately!) usually lower than your actual costs will be. When you actually begin building, whether you stay close to that estimate will be determined by you (and the price of materials at that time.) The materials you select (e.g. granite, cabinets, doors, fixtures, etc.) are usually better quality than the engineers would expect. There are often changes or additions you decide to make, which also increase the cost but don't affect the agreed-on percentage. So you won't really know even a ball park estimate, unless your architect or engineer helps with that. I've seen the College value being 25% or more lower than the actual construction cost. Most gringo construction that I have known cost more than the $50k you mention. Also remember that you are required to have an engineer, who visits the ongoing construction and records things. It is a College requirement. If you have both an engineer and architect they (hopefully) work as a team, and will both be part of that percentage-based payment. Be sure to ask your architect that question. When construction happens, you pay the materials as they're needed. You pay the labor (including their CAJA, INS, and Aguinaldo) although you may get the engineer or architect to do the legwork, for a fee.
  10. Missy, the word for "toe kick", "baseboard", etc. is rodapié. Hope that helps. You learn a lot of words when you build a house here, in Spanish.
  11. In San Jose he should be ok. Not all rural Acueducto (water companies) are set up to accept online payments via bank, much less credit card. Ours only started bank transfer support a year and a half or so ago.
  12. In Grecia there is a pool store in front of the "new" (San Jose & other long distance) bus station. 1.5 blocks west (toward Sarchi) from the park.
  13. Newbie here

    UrbanManUSA has reason to be cautious about environmental differences. I applaud the concern. We've known so many people with exactly the problems he has heard. Those who truly settled (CRF, Eleanor, Jessica, ...) all seem to have found acceptable environments as we did. I'll echo all those joys of remote living (wind, birds, spiders, distant dogs)... and add the experience of the many we know who live closer to town and in proximity (near) road and Tico families. Which is where most people we know first settle when they move here... and we've heard all of these noises which drive them up the wall... Sounds in passing: Motorcycles - louder the better Quads - more on Sunday when they're riding for fun Loudspeaker (advertising blaring from) cars. A Tico tradition. Horns (beeps to alert for passing, say "hi", or to get attention of a resident (e.g. Mark)) Sounds that continue: (which people find most annoying because they may be all day or all night) Barking dogs (next door and nearby) Party music/noise, or just general loud music at any time Drum practice at the local school soccer field It is hard to generalize about people but easy to say that Ticos grew up with the noise level and ignore it. I know. Many are my friends. Some people are more sensitive to noise, either from sensitive ears or from perceived lack of control over their own environment. So just be cautious (Urbanman) when deciding where to live, or even whether C.R. is right for you.
  14. Tom and his wife were regulars at the ferias in Atenas and Grecia for many years. Before coming to Costa Rica (15 years ago?) Tom had worked in bakeries (among other things) and applied that knowledge to our benefit. Honest-to-goodness real baked goods (pies, cakes, brownies, cinnamon buns, bread...) "just like home". We've never found equivalent baked goods anywhere in Costa Rica (not that they don't exist.) Tom's signature "boater" straw hat was always an eye-catcher. I didn't realize he was retiring but he will be sorely missed.
  15. Since we're recounting... I first came to C.R. 44 yr ago (1971), spending a couple months with Tico families. My Spanish was then good enough to skip 3 yr of college Spanish, gracias a los Ticos. Lived here a couple years later near UCR, substitute teaching at the Costa Rican Academy, working with the Little Theatre Group, applying for residency (all paper back then), job offer from (long defunct) San Jose News, but my best friend wanted me to be his best man... sigh... couldn't afford a round trip. Retiring here had been on my radar ever since. Made it six years ago. And yes, walking San Jose streets day or night was never a concern... rather it was fun!