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  1. Erin, Sounds to me like your architect is playing the old 'bait & switch' game with you. Do you have a signed contract with him which specifies the work he was to do and for how much? ¡Puena Suerte! Paul M. ==
  2. Hi Kim, I chose to maintain a checking account in the US (where my SSA pension was deposited) when I went to CR. I eventually opened an account at Banco Nacional (BN) and after six months I was allowed to deposit personal checks from my US bank (credit union, actually) in my BN account. In the beginning there was a 3-week float before the funds were released to me so I just deposited it far enough ahead of time that the money would become availabe to me at the time I needed to use it. After about three months I went in to the Plataforma in BN and spoke to a customer service person at that desk about shortening the float time. He went into the back and after about 20 minutes came back out and told me that my checks would now clear in ten days. After that my checks were clearing in 5 to 7 days. I was told that I could deposit up to US $900 per month via my personal check with no charges or fees assessed. Over that cumulative $900 amount per month there would have been a deposit fee of around US$40. I never deposited more than US$700 per month and could retrieve my monies using my International BN Servibanca Debitcard which BN issued to me per my request at the time I set up my account. (BTW - You will absolutely wantto specify that you want an International, not Domestic Servibank Debitcard if you decide to go the BN/personal check route. That's because the domestic card can only be used for things purchased inside Costa Rica.) As far as needing an apostilled SSA statement of earnings, you can get one in spanish by making an appointment (by email) with the US Embassy in Pavas. The SS Desk will issue you a letter on official SS letterhead, in spanish. That will be suitable for La Migra, especially if you were to go to the primary office in La Uruca. I pointed out (very nicely of course) to La Migra that the letter was issued by the US Govt on the official US letterhead which made it as official as humanly possible so that it did not need to be apostilled and they finally accepted the letter as true and official without me having to arrange for an apostille. BTW, you can have the SS letter apostilled at the Embassy but they charge US$50 to do that. OK – HTH Paul M. ==
  3. JCP, This is critically important advice from David. Do not ever use the seller's attorney; you want your own attorney who's working for YOU! And still, you do need to thoroughly vet any attorney whom you intend to use. OK — HTH Paul M. ==
  4. 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. ==
  5. 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. ==
  6. 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. ==
  7. Great example, David. And for Martha, who is considering importing an SUV from the US: It has long been known that certain automobile brands/models from the US are different from those same brands/models marketed in LatinAmerica. These latter are built for the the LAmer market and are different than those for the US. This is not necessarily a good or a bad thing, but whoever is considering importing a car from the US to CR should at least take into consideration the possibility that the local versions of the parts may not be compatable with the US model and whether the US parts can be readily/easily gotten in timely fashion. Obtaining those parts can take a considerable amount of time to arrive and there have been reported instances where the wrong part was sent and then re-ordering the part is necessary. Meanwhile that US model car may be undrivable for an extended period of time while awaiting the needed part or parts. OK — HTH Paul M. ==
  8. Hi Martha, There's a expat gringo who has an auto service & repair buisness who also does vehicle sales and re-sales, mostly from other US gringos. His business is Auto Shop Santa Ana and his name is Allen Dickinson. He might have just what you need as his inventory is always changing. Here is the contact info for you: AUTO SHOP SANTA ANA Allen, 8502-6305 (English) Joaquin, 8815-7668 (Spanish) Email = < allendickinson70 @ yahoo.com > I have no financial or other interest in this business but have met Allen and he is afriendly, honest fellow. OK — HTH Paul M. ==
  9. Which, David, is why we encourage the members to familiarize themselves with the Forums' posting Guidelines. Saves a everyone lot of grief! Paul M. – Forums Moderator ==
  10. Because at the time, Eleanor, it appeared that no messages were getting thru to the Forums and that none had been for about a week. And that, simply put, was the reason for that post: To hopefully atrract some posts to see whether any of them were getting thru. (Terry's did.) And that as the story goes is the News From Lake Wobe . . . . Cheers! Paul M. ==
  11. Your message got thru to on here & I can see it, Terry. Maybe they're all watching soccer right now with a grim determination. Paul M. ==
  12. David, Just FYI: Look in the "Items for Sale or Rent" forum, HERE. PM ==
  13. Hi Laura, Long time, no see! Welcome back to the Forums.... So... I did a quick Google search and found this online article about ServiEntrega in La Nación from around 2013: Servientrega anuncia su llegada a Costa Rica [ https://www.nacion.com/economia/servientrega-anuncia-su-llegada-a-costa-rica/E5EIEBXNHBGV7KZFITZJGQVS24/story/ ] . . . but no confirmation of where exactly in CR or when ServiEntrega might have been going to open up shop. Also at the same time noticed this: Las franquicias Servientrega y Redservi ingresarán en Costa Rica [ http://www.100franquicias.cr/Noticias/2016-06-21-Las-franquicias-Servientrega-y-Redservi-ingresaran-en-Costa-Rica.htm ] I didn't search further, but per these two articles ServiEntrega is likely operating somewhere in CR. A bit more Googling may turn up where they are located. Or.... Perhaps one of our other Forums Members may know whether ServiEntrega is currently operating in CR. OK — HTH Paul M. ==
  14. Wow! Let me add my Congrats to him as well. That's really Great to hear . . . Cheers! Paul M. ==
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