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  1. I agree with ebjr here........most Ticos I know don't have credit, but if they have anything of real value, it is because they saved and paid cash!
  2. I'm with CRF all the way, except we will be at a different spot than she. The main thing is to be far from the 'madding crowd.' Fortunately, we don't have any particular health issues, and our attitude is that that would be a bridge to cross if/when we come to it.
  3. Cuidado! costaricalending.com is NOT a legitimate web site, so I would question the validity of such an email address.
  4. The first post comes closer to what I remember reading, in that the luxury taxes will be on properties that cost more than a certain dollar amount overall, and had nothing to do with tub and closets............I would surmise that your architect just didn't want to be bothered with things that are not standard in Tico housing.
  5. Gee, Miss Vicky. Did you find all of that all by yourself? Did you not notice that this is a thread for discussion about real estate trends in Costa Rica, and NOT for sales pitches? Please put future sales pitches down where they belong, and leave areas like this for people to exchange ideas without being subjected to sales pitches.
  6. Sorry, but the pedant in me requires that I inject this comment: It seems to me that it would be misleading to recommend Musica Ranchera as being connected to Costa Rica (by any sort of tradition) to one not familiar with Latin Music in general. Actually, Ranchera Music is traditional only to Northern Mexico, and has been adopted by other Latin cultures, the cowboys of Guanacaste included.
  7. Newman, you really do not need to quote the entire message of the person's last post. Just hit the 'Fast Reply' button, and you get an empty box down at the bottom of your screen (you might need to scroll down)....
  8. Ultimately, it looks to me as if you waited too long to ask these questions. Did you not have a CR attorney to represent your interests at the time of purchase? That, unfortunately, is the first and foremost rule in buying property in CR. You say you now have hired an attorney, so I would guess your best bet is to hope like hell he/she is a good one. Meanwhile, from everything I have read and heard, to win out in any litigation, you will need the patience of Job, and a not inconsiderable sum of money. Personally, I am not at all impressed with the advice you have received from my friend, Newman, because his outlook is totally negative. Keep talking to your future neighbors, and consider trying to find an attorney who knows the local municipality/politicos, 'cause your best hope of defeating this "realtor" is going to be to beat him over the head with the power of 'who you know vs. what you know,' if you know what I mean (no pun intended).
  9. Shea, you might be surprised at how affordable a CR attorney can be. I don't recall exactly where you are, but we use a lady in Guatuso who is very good, very reasonable, and very nice person besides!
  10. I think that CRF's response got less attention here than it should have gotten. (for one thing, M & J never responded to her). If these folks have not made sure that they will be legally able to teach in CR, rent vs. buy, house vs. apt., and other options become moot. I think they should make sure that they have gotten past that hurdle before they worry about where to live.
  11. A game warden was driving down the road when he came upon a young boy carrying a wild turkey under his arm. He stopped and asked the boy, 'Where did you get that turkey?' The boy replied, 'What turkey?' The game warden said, 'That turkey you're carrying under your arm.' The boy looks down and said, 'Well, lookee here, a turkey done roosted under my arm!' The game warden said, 'Now look, you know turkey season is closed, so whatever you do to that turkey, I'm going to do to you. If you break his leg, I'm gonna break your leg. If you break his wing, I'll break your arm. Whatever you do to him, I'll do to you. So, what are you gonna do with him?' The little boy said, 'I guess I'll just kiss his a$$ and let him go!' May your stuffing be tasty May your turkey be plump, May your potatoes and gravy Have never a lump. May your yams be delicious And your pies take the prize, And may your Thanksgiving dinner Stay off your thighs! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
  12. I are guilty, also....didn't know there was one, but generally don't see how it would be of much use to me until I can actually get there full time (and, with this horrible economy, who knows when that might be)?!
  13. I hope you are aware that he is just a nice Jewish boy from Southern California.
  14. Ken is correct: there is no such thing as a Dental Insurance (imho) that is worth the cost, anywhere! As for having the law to protect the patient in the U. S., that is not necessarily the case any more: First of all, thanks to Dubya, in Texas, there is no longer any real legal recourse for victims of medical malpractice, and has not been one since he was governor. He and his buddies put into place a "cap" on malpractice lawsuits that essentially makes it not worth the effort, so lawyers will not take this kind of case any more - and, they haven't ever since he got that bill passed. (Actually, the Republican party, along with the Medical Lobby, sold the Texas voters a bill of goods on this issue, and no one has been able to overturn it). As for Dentists seeming to all be specialists, that is not something privy to CR. It is common all over the world, and is very much like the various medical specialties that we are now faced with. However, we have a very good general Dentist, and are aware of several in Guanacaste. As for pulling a lot of teeth, remember you are in a Third World Country where two things dictate these decisions: cost of services (it is cheaper to pull a tooth - for the patient - than it is to contemplate fillings and caps and crowns and root canals, etc). and cultural differences.
  15. Energy, I don't know who you think you are, but no matter how badly you view me or my posts, there is no call for your sophomoric, childish, and offensive remarks. You do not know me, and you do not know anything about me, and you most especially do not know how wrong you are about me. I would suggest that you read the rules of this forum very carefully before you launch future attacks against others on the forum, because I think you have crossed the line here. fyi, the photo/.gif of me is from a trip to Costa Rica in 2007, and that beer in question happens to be a Bavaria.......pura vida
  16. ay yi yi.......Laura, never think for one moment that the manner in which other countries mark a special day has anything to do with "replacing" whatever it is that we do. If anything, our commercialized candy-obsessed evening is our replacement for what most of the world still believes in. The Day of the Dead, and the visiting of cemataries (not just to pray, but - all over Latin America - often a picnic is held on the grave of a dearly departed one) is closely tied to the Catholic religion, and is also that religion's way of incorporating the old pagan beliefs into something that the Church could accept.
  17. I have another point for your to consider, Laura: I think you need to chill. You have been obsessing about this proposed move for nearly two years (that I know of), and it looks like you are still at least five years away from being able to make it happen. That, imho, is way too much time. Too many things can happen between now and then to totally change your mind, or your goals, or even your ability to make this happen. I would suggest to you that, in the event that something major was to occur to stymie your achievement of your goal, that could totally discombobulate your life, or worse. I think the best preparation for you is to back off (yes, learn Spanish), take your occasional vacation trips to CR, and save your money. But, seriously, you need to stop obsessing.
  18. jenniferedwards: I have a great deal of difficulty placing any credence in your entry, since your apparent command of the English language is so poor. That, coupled with the fact that the link in your message is to a Real Estate Broker purported to be in Great Britain, and whose web site provides a (misleading figure showing the) population of Costa Rica as being over 34,000,000, leads me to question anything that you might have to say on this subject.
  19. A very scary thought, and I hope to hell you're wrong, Newman. 'Cause if you're right, CR won't be a very nice place for gringos pretty soon.
  20. I would suggest that you do one of two things: contact a U. S. Customs Broker near you (if you are exporting something like this from the states, you may well end up using one of these experts anyway), or do some serious googling - CR, import taxes, motorized scooters, etc. OK, three things: also, you could try to contact a Costa Rican mover/moving company - not to be confused with a mover in the states/Canada, who says he can affect a move to Costa Rica, but an actual business operating from Costa Rica).
  21. Here's a quick - and reliable - update for folks like nj; see this morning's AMCOSTARICA's article on credit in Costa Rica here: http://www.amcostarica.com/
  22. You are correct, Paul. I wrote to those folks, too.....and, I know that they were well aware that the majority of their constituents were not in favor of their action, but they went ahead anyway....
  23. And, that, my friends, is one more reason that this "bail-out" is such a really lousy deal for the American Sucker, er, uh, taxpayer!
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