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  1. 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. ==
  2. 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. ==
  3. Epicatt2

    Want to leave the forums?

    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 ==
  4. 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. ==
  5. 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. ==
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    Realtor suggestions

    David, Just FYI: Look in the "Items for Sale or Rent" forum, HERE. PM ==
  7. 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. ==
  8. Wow! Let me add my Congrats to him as well. That's really Great to hear . . . Cheers! Paul M. ==
  9. TeAmo, Eleanor's suggestions above are on-target for how to scope out possible rentals. She is right about 'Word of Mouth' being 'KING'. It really is. One thng she didn't cover is the fact that if you visit the local supermarkets or corner pulperias, or even the little offices where people go to pay their utility bills, etc., you will often find a little bulletin board in there where locals have tacked up notices for their house or apartment that's for rent, along with a telphone number. That can be a very good source of info for locating a place to rent. OK — HTH Paul M. ==
  10. That's actually a very good suggestion, Induna. Those 3-wheelers get dozens of miles per gallon! Plus he's got extra parts for them, too! Hope Newman is watching and will chime in. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  11. Maybe getting some starts of suitable forage grass that a horse (or burro) can eat and plugging it around so as to gradually (or faster) edge out the stuff that is not good for forage would ultimately net you a less expensive horse cost by reducing much of the horsefeed expense. ¡Solamente dos más granitos de arena! Paul M. ==
  12. Maybe a horse might be in order to get you to town and/or to the bus. (Horse prolly could stay with a sympathetic in-town neighbor while you went off on the bus.) Horse could help carry the groceries, etc., back home after a trip to town and he'd also be good to help keep your yard cropped down. Just a tico type idea. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  13. As for me, my take on the 'bars thingy' is that I never have found them to constitute any sort of 'jail' since I have the keys to enter and leave my dwelling whenever I choose. And like Eleanor, I find that I've gotten to the point where I do not notice them. Plus it is great to be able to leave my doors and windows open to enjoy the nice breezes that CR offers, and yet still feel secure. ¡Unos pocos más de mis graniticos de arena! Paul M. ==
  14. Fortunately, James, there are ample taxis, plus many inexpensive buses & routes with frequent service to most everywhere in the country –unless you happen to be way out in the boonies where the bus frequency may often be much reduced. OK — HTH Paul M. ==
  15. Thanks Savannahjo, for those kind words about the Forums. Happy New Year to you, too, and to all of our Forums Members, as we march forward into 2017. The Forums would not be the useful place that it is if it weren't for our members. Collectively they are a font of information, knowledge and wisdom, as well as being a storehouse for many amazing experiences about Costa Rica. Regards, Paul M. ==
  16. Epicatt2

    Income Property?

    Though it is about to change one must really become familiar with rental law in Costa Rica. It is different than in the US and in CR the tenant has certain strong rights, partially hamstringing the landlord. While the rental laws are inscribed in CR's Constitution, they seem likely to be going to undergo some revisions soon as was recently reported in the news, although it is not known yet exactly how or how much the rental laws will be revised. Still I believe that it is most important that the OP learn everything s/he can about rental law in CR before taking the plunge of renting out a newly purchased property. Regards, Paul M. ==
  17. No, no need to beat any dead horses Colin, true. But I was not complaining about the election result per se, rather it was mostly about the public's lack of involvement in running their own government -pretty much other than when it's election time. Mr. T. -may not have been my choice either- though he could turn out to be a happy surprise –or a surprise at least. He's got some l'arnin' to do first though about governing, that seems clear. And as Eleanor said he's scary in many ways. But we will have to wait to see what actually evolves or whether he is held in check by the system. We shalll see . . . PM ==
  18. Eleanor, I can't blame you for saying that's delusional. But you'll please notice that I used the words 'ideal wish' by which I think you can grasp that I am not holding my breath! The US Public abdicated its role in governing the country by electing others in to do it for them and then allowing various of those elected to pursue their own agendas and not those of the Nation. The Public nowadays has stuff like sitcoms and social media to solace them as a way to occupy their time. And so it goes. PM ==
  19. Yes Lucy, your feelings are very much mine, too. Sounds like the age of Fireworks (no pun intended) in gringolandia is nigh on schedule to begin. My ideal wish is that this will result in the US citizenry re-taking the reins. We are living in some truly strange times. Good luck to us all. Paul M. ==
  20. Just wondering how many of those who insisted that they would leave good ol' Unka Samland if their candidate did not win actually have current passports which would allow them to do depart for foreign shores. I'm curious, too, how many with that same intention who don't have pasports realize that they have to have one to follow thru with their emmigration. And if they all actually do apply for passsports how much of a lag-time is that going to create to receive a passport? Enquiring minds, and all that rot . . . PM ==
  21. Mmmmm.... very good point, Tom. Pondering this ought to offer certain chumps a chalupa or two to chew on! (But oops, there I go, waxing pseudo-politic!) Cheers! Paul M. ==
  22. Epicatt2

    Rental property in Central Valley

    Gail, Tom's advice about starting out in a B&B is really very good advice. You can find B&Bs which are well within your budgetary range and stay as long or as briefly as you need as you beging to explore the town. And while you are at the B&B you can will be test-driving the town and meeting people and trying out businesses. Then once you've made a few acquaintances you'll be able to start to ask the questions you want about where to stay longer-term and who might be a reliable and helpful agent/person for you with getting thing set up. The best thing about this way of 'starting up' in CR is by that being in a B&B that takes most of the pressure off of yout find some place in a hurry, and that in turn can allow you some welcome bargaining room during your efforts. Good luck with your upcoming advernture, Gail. Cheers! Paul M. ==
  23. What I last heard, Dana, was that if a US citizen were to go to the embassy and ask to renounce his citizenship that the embassy personnel would tell him to go home and think about it for a few days before returning and asking to formally file a request. And the filing fee that Eleanor (I believe) mentioned which is assessed has recently been hugely increased to, IIRC, somewhere between US$2K to $3K bucks! Then if your request is approved I'm almost positive that you are required to surrender your passport. You will also be assessed somethng like a 30% surcharge on all your US asssets & holdings as a penalty for renouncing your citizenship. After that, even as an ex-citizen, the IRS requires you to file taxes with them for up to ten years after your renouncement. All that sounds to me purposely off-putting on the part of the US. For me I'd have to reallyreallyrealy hate the US to renounce my citizenship (cuz I'm way too cheap to just surrender all that money to them). Anyway, that's my opinion of the whole shebang. [sigh] Regards, Paul M. ==
  24. Eleanor, Will you live long enought after renouncing your US Citizenship to not have to pay US taxes, I wonder? Many folks aren't aware that if a person renounces his or her citizenship from the US that the IRS will continue to assess taxes on the party's income for up to ten years afterwards! Also, there are significant sanctions placed on one's monetary & other assets in the US upon renouncing citizenship. That is around 30% of the value of the equity that is assessed, from what I read. A pretty big bite, that. Anyway, good luck if that is your intention. Regards, Paul M. ==
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