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jdocop

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  1. I think what Scott is saying is that he paid $800 for a car in the states. What he doesn't yet grasp is that CR will place a value on that car that is determined solely by them, and it makes no difference what he actually paid. If they say the car has a value (in CR) of $2,000.00, then that is what he will pay that exorbitant tax on (79.03% of $2,000.00 equals just a wee bit more than he paid for it, now don't it? - like, nearly $1600.00 in import tax, for an (alleged) $800.00 car!) And, Scott, that doesn't take into account what it will cost you to ship the car, nor what it will cost to register it in CR!
  2. This issue is being hotly discussed on another thread at the very moment. The gist of that thread is that you should really spend some time in CR before you decide whether or not you even need to have a car. From most of what I have heard and read, I would suggest that you not even think about importing any vehicle to CR, however. If you must have one, wait, and buy it there. (Reason #1: import duties, registration, transport cost = serious money)
  3. I have to add to what Kahuna has posted. I would recommend that you take a look at profiles (that's why they are there, you know) should you have any questions about who we are. For what it is worth, I never read Scott's book myself. But, as Kahuna has pointed out to you (and, you keep ignoring) issues have been raised by him in his posts, and your responses do not address them. One more time, let me explain how our family found and bought property in CR, and how I will buy when and if I decide to do so: we visited for years, got to know people, then talked about the possibility of maybe living there someday. People then reacted to what we said (Ticos) and would mention different properties that might be available. When it was time to actually look at property, we just drove around with our Tico friends, who introduced us to the owners. All negotiations took place between owner and potential buyer. Then, when it looked like a deal was possible, we went to the lawyer, who took care of the paperwork. No realtors ever involved. None. No need. What part of this process do you all not understand? As for using our real names, you might look into the history of the internet and BBs/forums. Personally, I have used this same online name (or, handle, if you will) for about fifteen years, dating back to when email and BBs were text only. As I told you, if you'll look at my profile (just click on my online name) you'll see more than you need to know about who and what I am. Certainly more personal information than your own profile reveals. (note to Kahuna: his profile reads like yet another commercial)!
  4. you can also use your PC's character map: ¿ ñ è é à ¢ ¡ Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Character Map.....then, just make sure it is set for the font that you are using, and select the character that you want, hit 'copy,' and in the document/on the site, either right click and paste, or simply hit ctrl/v.....
  5. I'm with TG. To my way of thinking, Panama is way too hot, and way too humid, and I don't care for the Spanish that is spoken there. Thanks just the same, but I'll stick with CR.
  6. Excuse me, guys, but who cares? This, after all, is a forum about Costa Rica, is it not? And, this thread is for real estate in Costa Rica, so why do we care about what is happening in Panama?
  7. For what it's worth, please let me point out that a mention of Tico homes by your friend, Scott, is not the same thing as mentioning not just the traditional method of buying property in CR, but the preferred method for any one who is trying to get the better deal (for all parties, btw).
  8. Dave, one word: exactly! I have seen reports of similar studies that also concluded that there is a tendency on the part of a realtor to talk his seller into lowering their asking price much too soon, because it somehow becomes more important to the realtor to move the property, thus settling for a smaller commission, than it is to get the most money for the seller.
  9. for what its worth, I'd say that you most definitely do not want to have to carry the responsibility yourself, as suggested by TicoTomasino. I don't care how iron-clad your contract is with someone, being an absentee landlord, with no one back there to actually take charge, is not the way to go. I have seen better representation for property management from individual realtors, as opposed to any big company. But, you will still be left with a major loophole if disaster strikes. I mean, unless you are willing to give your power of attorney to your property manager, there could be situations that only you can deal with. And, that is not easy to do when you are in a foreign land. Here's an option for you to consider: When you say that you want to rent out your present home, that suggests to me that you might have it paid for. If that is the case, why not go ahead and sell it now, and put the proceeds into a trust, or some other interest bearing instrument that could be there later should you need to go back and find a new place to live?
  10. To Kahuna (and, with all respect to Mediatica) may I just say, "Amen!" I couldn't agree more. For my purposes (I am not a business person, and have no intention of being one when I get to CR - we're just lookin' to be pensionados) a Tico friend or two, and our CR banker, along with a Tico lawyer are more than adequate to make us feel safe in any major transaction involving property.
  11. No offense, Jeff, but I, for one, would not want to deal with such as you. How can you all possibly think that you have justified charging on both ends of the deal? Are you sure that you aren't some kind of lawyer (OK, bottom feeders, jump in here)? If I was either a buyer or a seller, I'd be suspicious. How could I believe that you are working for me as either party, when it is clear that you are playing both ends against the middle, with you realtors being the middle? Thanks all the same, but I will stick to the CR that I know, where I will find what I want as either a seller or a buyer, through my Tico contacts, and make sure that my CR lawyer represents MY interests in the deal.
  12. LOL...........¡p__nche Kahuna! ¡Si tiene razon! ¡Entonces, portanse bien todos ustedes gringos! ¡Sin vergüenzes!
  13. Dave, I beg to differ. I have been speaking Spanish for a lot of years, and have encountered the term both in Mexico and in CR. I do not believe it carries the derrogatory connotation that it once had, mostly because Spanish speaking people have other terms for gringos that most gringos are not aware of, such as Gabacho, especially in Mexico. I am used to being referred to as the Gringo, and am not at all bothered by it.
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