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  1. Correo people never seemed to learn where my PO box was in Pavas. They lost just about everything and blamed it on USPS. Even stuff that was insured and with a tracking number.

     

    I'm pretty bitter when it comes to mail in general.

     

    Hi Lucy,

     

    With regard to the Correos in CR I have heard over the years both complaints and praise about them, and it seems to be related to which sucursal of the Correos it was. The Correos in certain towns were getting the complaints and conversely it was the Correos in other towns that were getting the praise.

     

    And believe it or not, the Correos' service used to be generally a lot worse, as recently as, say, around a dozen or so years ago. Apparently though, at some point the powers-that-be went thru and purged the Correos of various not-so-competent and/or less-than-completely-honest employees and thereafter service improved quite a lot.

     

    I've only been into the Alajuela Centro Correos on perhaps 4 or 5 occasions over three years' time and they already know me; maybe not my name yet or which PO Box I'm renting, but they do recognize me when they see me.

     

    While it might not be entirely convenient for you, it maybe could solve your problem if you were to change Post Offices to one nearby. Just a thought but I have heard that other folks resolved their PO problems by doing that.

     

    Cheers!

     

    Paul M.

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  2. The point is that the Correo staff know who we are and where we live regardless what's written on the envelope.

     

    That is one of the things about Costa Rica that has always appealed to me ever since I first started visiting back in 1976: People get to know you and they remember you.

     

    We have largely lost that in the US bcause so many businesses have such a large turnover of employees that it's few and far between that someone is around long enough to get to know us here.

     

    Cheers!

     

    Paul M.

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  3. Truth be told, Paul, we think it was based solely on our name and "Grecia". There are few secrets in these parts.

     

    Actually your explanation makes better sense but with a phone number Correos could've called to ask for directions, which could have been the reasoning by the sender for including the phone number in the address on the envelope.

     

    As Judy Tenuta sez: "IT could happen!"

     

    Paul M.

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  4. A couple of years ago, ARCR sent our monthly verification of CAJA enrollment to

     

    David C. Murray

    2444-xxxx (our phone number, that is)

    Grecia

     

    and it came right to our door.

     

    Wow David,

     

    I never heard of sucessful mail delivery that was based upon a telephone number before. That's great; I love it!

     

    ¡Solamente en tiquicia! (Well, probably 'only'.)

     

    Paul M.

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  5. Hi Pam and welcome to the Forums.

     

    You will find a lot of useful information on here, but I'd suggest you try to confine your investigations in our archives mostly to the last two years as many things do -and have- changed in Costa Ria.

     

    There are also many Forums Members who will be willing to share information and their experiences in Costa Rica with you.

     

    Meanwhile I am forwarding to you this bit of info about the requirements which can be found linked at the:

     

    ARCR (Association of Residents of Costa Rica)

     

    Once you are on the page at the above link, click on the YELLOW Residency tab where you will find the requirements for several residency types and also a list of required documents.

     

    From what you've said so far it sounds like you both could come in under PENSIONADO status. At this point your husband's pension would allow your husband to be the primary and you the secondary both together under his pension -if he is currently receiving it and:

     

    - it is at least in the amount of US$1000 per month

    - it is irrevocable, and

    - it is for life

     

    Pensionado status is the easiest way to gain residency. It can take up to around a year more or less to be approved.

     

    More info about this is available along with the Residency info tab at the link above.

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

    Forums Moderator

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  6. Gentle Forums Members,

     

    If you do not happen to agree with a Forums member -and at times even I do not- do please keep in mind to be respectful when/if responding to that member.

     

    Remember that there is nothing on the Forums that requires one member here to respond to to another member when there is someone with whom you do not agree. Should the disagreement become too annoying for a member then there are settings on the Forums that a member can use so that s/he will no longer see any posts by a member who perturbs you.

     

    But if you feel compelled to reply to a member with whom you do not agree, at least be courteous in your reply when doing so. We do not condone abusiveness at any level.

     

    Sorry to preach again but looks like a reminder is needed so, if the shoe fits . . . So just be polite when replying to others on these Forums.

     

    And please don't reply to this post asking me if it was 'you' who that I was referring to.

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

    Forums Moderator

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  7. go to Yahoo - search nuclear false flag Gordon Duff - this ítem was on Yahoo last night , dated just after midnight, the morning of Mach 29, 2014 - the ítem quickly was clipped from the site (Yahoo), but this morning I found it doing a search on Yahoo!

     

    I did the exact search, Newman.

     

    That it sounds far-fetched is simply my personal opinion having checked on the veracity of the content of the article by searching verious of the established news agencies, as I mentioned. So I could be wrong, but it i was my opinion.

     

    Paul M.

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  8. So Lucy,

     

    How about Travelers' Insurance? Is it issued for as long as six months' time? That should work for either or both of you, especally if you're only to be in the US 'temporarily'.

     

    BTW, have you not yet checked on the ACA website? Isn't there anything on their website that explains the requirements for someone who's living abroad but visiting the US temporarily?

     

    Good Luck, whatever happens.

     

    Paul M.

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  9. Anyone who's been in Costa Rica long enough to investigate the situation here soon enough learns that there are no real Realtors in Costa Rica and neither is there a national MLS (Multiple Listing Service) in place. And there is no Govt Licensing Agency which ensures professionalism in real estate sales in CR by registering/licensing the sellers.

     

    What there are in Costa Rica (up to now) are only real estate salespersons, so that any Tom, Dick, or Harrietta can come to CR and as soon as they arrive hang out a sign (and often do) setting themselves up in real estate without any qualifications whatsoever. And this situation doesn't seem about to shange anytime soon.

     

    Yes there are a few honest real estate sellers in CR but there are surely more than plenty of those who are only in it for what they can get.

     

    For that reason the potential buyer should be aware of all this and act accordingly and cautiously.

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

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  10. I would support pinning a postive topic. I do not support pinning a topic that is negatively slanted bordering fear mongering.

     

    Sorry, Jesse but despite your concern that what was pinned is negative there is no doubt in my mind that letting other newbies here on the Forums be aware that there can possibly be some negative aspects to buying property in Costa Rica -so that they can be on the look out for those sorts of things- is a useful thing to do. And having done so I am not hearing any overwhelming outcry against flaging that particular information.

    Also, there is nothing stopping any of our Forums members from making posts that present information differing from the pinned post. If you are unhappy with the so-called negative posts, then by all means don't just complain... Start up some new, positive threads.

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

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  11. Hello Jesse,

     

    Here on the Forums we are by design going to see opposing opinions expressed. That's pretty much a given.

     

    CRF's post pointed out what too oftern can happen to folks who come to CR and become essentially 'blinded by the glory of the tropics'. At that moment of exposure there are prolly more of them than we might expect who seem to just set their brains aside and, basking in lo tropical make some rash buying decisions without thinking them thru.

     

    I felt that Marsrox' three posts made for a useful alert and provided a reasonably comprehensive synthesis of the sorts of problems others have run into in CR when buying property.

     

    That's why this thread was pinned. To the contrary, you are not required to agree with mine or Marsrox' opinions, although others here may.

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

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  12. Paul; enjoy your apartment, please, but do not assume that gardening is an unimportant pass-time for 'little old ladies' like myself. Why move to a location with a perfect climate and fertile soil and not gain pleasure from watching, and helping things grow?

     

    Hello Annelise,

     

    Not sure why you posted the above, but rest assured that is not my feeling at all. In fact, gardening is the one thing that I cannot do at my apartment in CR that I wish I were able to do.

     

    I am an avid orchid hobbyist and in Florida have a large collection of them, plus a number of other plants that I enjoy, including roses, ferns, gingers, bananas, and some exotic tropicals.

     

    Unfortunately, inside my Alajuela apartment there is NO PLACE for me to grow even any low-light plants since there's no place where I get any direct sunlight entering there except one small area high up on one wall of the kitchen about nine feet above the floor. There is one very small area around 3 by 3 feet out back over the edge of the wall of my pila (my apartment is on the 2nd floor) where I have hung a 2 by 3 foot shelf and there I have a about eight medium-sized pots of cooking herbs growing. That's it! I find it ironic that my apartment, more than suitable in every other way, does not allow me to grow any plants while I am in CR and I miss doing that while I'm there.

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

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  13. Marsrox,

     

    Thank you again for this follow-up commentary.

     

    You have provided for us a very important synthesis of potential problems and difficulties that the expat considering buying property in CR can experience.

     

    If nothing esle it will give the newbie expat (and others) some important things to consider before taking steps toward buying a property.

     

    Certainly your comments here will not save everyone from rushing into an unfortunate real estate purchase or becoming nvolved in some other sort of undesirable situation.

     

    Because of the amount of information that you have provided in the three posts you have made to this topic I have decided to PIN this thread so it will be easy to find for future reference.

     

    Best Regards,

     

    Paul M.

    Fourms Moderator

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  14. Hey Marsrox,

     

    Your Parts I & II in this thread should give any sensible newbie gringo expat at least a bit of pause.

     

    I've heard tales like this before here and there. Your narrative ties them all together into a nice big bouquet. Thanks for taking the time to write them down in one place for folks to read through and consider.

     

    Your two narratives only reinforce to me the sensibleness of renting rather than buying. I have a decent casera in Alajuela and a nice, but not fancy, but definitely safe, apartment in a secure tico building. I cannot see any reason to sink my funds into buying a property of any sort. Plus if there ever should be unpleasant problems that develop then as an inquilino I can always up and move and rent elsewhere since I am not tied to an unsaleable property.

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

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  15. Okay... Thanx David.

     

    I do know about "Mutual" -and BTW it's not "Mutual de Alajuela" anymore; it's just "Mutual", without the reference to Alajuela. I only just found that out a couple weeks ago.

     

    I have a dollar savings account at Mutual and have maintained it for four or five years now. Opened my first account in CR at Mutual when Scotiabank, BAC (Banco San José), and Banco National at first all refused to open an account for me. (Later on I did finally open colón and dollar savings accounts at BNCR.)

     

    But Mutual is not really a Credit Union; it seems to be more like a Savings & Loan. And I cannot write a check from my Credit Union account in the US in dollars to deposit into my Mutual account. That is because due to CR regulations Mutual can only receive instruments demominated in Colones!

     

    Just FWIW . . .

     

    Paul M.

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  16. Hello again Ron,

     

    When I searched for credit unions in Costa Rica several years back I was told by more than one person who was knowledgeable about banking in CR that there are no credit unions in Costa Rica. At least none which are equivalent to what we know as credit unions in the U.S.

    So, what is it that are you referring to in Costa Rica as a 'Credit Union', please, if you don't mind me asking.

     

    Regards,

     

    Paul M.

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  17. Do you suppose, Mark, that the Central Bank (BCCR) is purposely allowing the colón to float free again against the dolar maybe to somehow influence that upcoming election run-off?

     

    Is it possible that by BCCR doing so, it could make one or the other presidential candidate look better or worse, thus causing ticos to lean more one way than the other when voting?

     

    Just a thought. And since I am not much politically inclined, maybe this suddenly changeable tipo de cambio really has nothing to do with my suggestion above.

     

    ¡Puro Tipo!

     

    Paul

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  18. Thanx for that bit of information, Stfree.

     

    I suppose earthquakes or no, that the Caribbean lowlands in Nicaragua will give a similar run for their money (as did Panamá) to these new developers and also to the workers who will be digging out a route for the canal thru the swampy parts of the country.

     

    Much of those lowland areas are still unsettled since they are oftern quite swampy and inhospitable.

     

    Paul M.

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  19. I also think he did this to get some sympathy vote & if he loses can say it was because did not campaign.

     

    Carol,

     

    I'm with you on that. It is part of what I suggested earlier in this topic (Post #4), and I would not be surprised that that is what it is, what with the penchant in CR for 'quedar bien'. That is something akin to the Japanese attitude of not wanting to 'lose face'.

     

    Paul M.

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  20. Mornin' Rick,

     

    What I read in several of the articles reporting Araya's withdrawal is that by law his name is still on the ballot but it is somehow inactive. He withdrew, after all, and announced it pubically. Actualy I wonder whether this action was a ploy to garner sympathy -and votes- out of pity for him. The survey Wednesday that came out of U of CR showed Araya as trailing benind Solís by 40% for the run-off.

     

    I'm sure ther'll be more about this situation in today's continuing media reportage.

     

    What a world . . .

     

    Paul M.

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