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  1. Hmmm... I think I'd rather stand in line than have blood drawn! But then again, they took out all the chairs at our branch, so I may reconsider! Well, they still have chairs if you're waiting for the platforma. We don't usually have urgent business to conduct, so if there's a long line, in most cases we can return another day. The same goes for the post office. Some days there's nobody in line, and other days, I turn around and leave. One place I never mind waiting is the bakery!!
  2. Think about where you are going to live and what banks are in that area. To reference David Murray's statement about Banco Davivienda, if they have no branches near you, it would make no sense (in my humble opinion) to open an account with them. Our former neighbor didn't like the long lines at our local bank, so he joined another bank 45 minutes away. I am not willing to drive that far to conduct business with a bank unless I absolutely have to.
  3. Yes, the first account we opened we were restricted to $1000/month. The second account, $1500. But before our residency applications were approved (and I'm talking 1 1/2 years), we were allowed to up the ante to $5000/month. So we didn't have our cedulas yet.
  4. Kim, we got all our documents apostilled in the States before we left. I don't know if you can even do it here. The Embassy might be able to do that, but I don't know. You'd have to call them. Also, we got our wire transfers set up before we left, too. We had to do that in the States with our bank. They sent us PIN numbers in the mail. My best advice to you is to consult with ARCR as far as residency. We used ARCR to get our residency, and I used them to help me get my CR driver's license. In my opinion, it was money well spent. I would call your U.S. bank to see if you can set up wire transfers from here, but I am thinking you probably will have to return to the States to do that.
  5. Well, when I clicked on that supposedly working link, it did not work. I got a message that clearly stated there was no such link, or entry, or whatever.
  6. James. you gave me a good chuckle with your comment about Ticos mumbling. I remember when we first started studying with our Spanish tutor, she mentioned that Ticos use a lot of slang, and she said that sometimes she has a hard time understanding her friends BECAUSE THEY MUMBLE!!! Of course, our reaction was, if she has a hard time understanding some of them, how will we ever be able to understand what they're saying? But we know how to ask someone to repeat what they said and to speak slowly, so that helps. My hubby backed our car into a culvert creating $2000 worth of damage to the car. We were on our way to SJO, flying out the next day. At the time of the accident, we didn't know where we were, so we didn't call INS to report it. We did call our insurance agent once we got to San Jose to let him know what had happened. He told us we'd have to file a report after we got back from the States. Upon doing so, he said we had a slim chance of getting our claim approved since we didn't report it initially. But much to our surprise, INS approved it and paid for all the repairs. Our car was in the shop for 1 month, and it took about that long for them to approve our claim. While being carless, we would make the 20 minute walk to the bus stop and then take a taxi home with all our goodies. Once we rented a car for 2 days. When you rely on a car to get around, it's really a pain to do without, especially when you live in the boonies. But my hubby also hitched a ride with a neighbor sometimes as most of them knew we were without a car.
  7. James, we never put our car in a corporation, but we do have our real estate in one. We bought car insurance through INS so saw no need to go the corporation route. As far as the IRS goes, it is no big deal owning a corporation here. You have to file Form 5471 reporting a foreign corporation. It was a pain for our tax guy the first time he filled the form out as he had never done it before, but it's just a matter of reporting and nothing else. I assume that if you are making money through a corporation, that is a different matter.
  8. While I don't like the new format, I rarely comment on there anymore because I find the discussions to be not very interesting. There are also too many political rantings, in my humble opinion.
  9. My hubby said to just enjoy the monkeys and hummingbirds to get my mind off of things. I am so embarrassed at the results, but here's hoping he does well. There's nothing we can do about it. So sad.
  10. I agree with you, Eleanor. People say they will leave, but once they look into it, they won't. There's too much involved with an international move.
  11. We had our house built last year on the Nicoya peninsula. Our builder lives on the peninsula, but he mainly builds in the San Jose area.
  12. Our friend down the street has an all wood house. Last year when her daughter was here, they were sitting at the table when it started to rain termites on their heads. I was there a couple of days after that, and the termites were still falling. Yuck!
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