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Mexico: Recent hangings in Cabo:

CNN covered the case of 6 bodies hanging from bridges at the Manuel Marquez International Airport and Cabo San Lucas. It appears this is the first time such a visible gang war murder has been put on display. I'm inferring that from the report. Up to now I've heard repeatedly from many that the source of murders is relegated to within the gangs and that such tourist type areas have not been targets. Not having moved to Mexico yet, all I can go by is this report. How do you feel about this recent news coverage. Is it really just an aberration? Or, is it a new norm starting to take place?

Mexico: No-see-ums?:

I just saw on a Puerto Vallarta Facebook group a thread about No-see-um bites. I'd never heard of them before. But, a little bit of Google search led to them being in parts of the US as well. Has anyone here encountered them? Any input is helpful. If from the Puerto Vallarta area, even more helpful. Thanks

Mexico: Equifax breach would pose problems for expats:

You can put security freezes on your account. That means no creditor can access the report and no one trying to get credit in your name can do so. Have to do so with each of the three credit report agencies. There may/may not be a charge depending upon what State you have in the US. If you don't have a residence in the US also, I don't know if there's a charge. Each agency would probably be able to answer that.

Mexico: Hospitalization Question:

I've been looking at some health insurance quotes with various deductibles. My understanding is that doctor/specialist visits are not that much compared to the US [$50 approx?] Also, that prescription drugs are essentially low cost. So, I'm not concerned about those costs. However, inpatient hospitalization I know would be pricier. Have any here had experience with hospitalization and the cost for the admission? I'm not prying for details about what the admission was for [unless you wish to disclose that.] I'm mainly interested in knowing what an IP admission could cost. I know, that's so dependent upon the type of illness and/or surgery. I'm just trying to get a "broad brush" idea of costs.

Mexico: How much am I expected to tip?:

RVGRINGO, wow, thanks for saying what you did about taxi drivers and to tip only if they help you with bags, etc. Just a few days ago I said this on a Facebook Group I joined a while back: "Puerto Vallarta: Everything You Need Or Want To Know." As by it's name it focuses on Puerto Vallarta. However, when I said "I understand you don't tip taxi drivers, but what about others?" I got ripped up one side and down the other with comments like: Why wouldn't you tip, the person who told you this is wrong, you should tip just like in the US, etc. I'm glad to see I wasn't crazy in reading o another site about taxi driver tips. Only a few other people had seen and referenced some travel sites to come to my defense. But, the general consensus of the group was to tip.

Mexico: USA Today:

I hope this link posts. It's a story I saw today. Any comments? http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/investigations/2017/08/16/blackout-victims-mexico-resorts-have-little-hope-justice/565961001/

Mexico: Americans retiring in MX, concerns and questions.:

My major financial concern is health insurance. Medicare is no good in Mexico, Being 69 in September the Mexican issued insurance is therefore not possible. Seguro Popular is undesirable from other discussion sites I've been on. That leaves an International Plan as the only option. From on-line quotes [i.e., not actually speaking with an agent] the cost is high enough to wipe out the other generally lower living costs . A lesser concern regards the high cost of electricity for those who use A/C. My last concern is whether or not I could tolerate the late June through September heat/humidity. I wanted to be there this month but could not make it. I'm used to Palm Springs desert heat. But some people do not feel comfortable with the higher humidity in PV when combined with the lower [90] heat. I think only I could really answer that.

Mexico: Those who moved to Puerto Vallarta from Palm Springs area:

I'm focusing on only those who may have moved from the Palm Springs area desert climate. Our climate while desert, is not quite like that in either Arizona or Nevada. While Palm Springs has much higher temperatures than Puerto Vallarta, the humidity is much lower than in Puerto Vallarta. I'd be particularly interested in hearing from any who may have made a move similar to what I'm considering. How was the adjustment? Did you find PV better, worse, or just different from PS?

Mexico: Does anyone bank with USAA?:

I'm not in Mexico yet, but am planning a move. I've checked into Schwab International. Per their website, $25,000 is required to open the account. This may/may not be a problem. This is just an FYI.

Mexico: The tired, endless, going no where political Topic.:

I am for discussing anything that affects expats and for providing/sharing information with expats. I personally have benefitted from responses to other people's Topics as well as the helpful information provided to mine. On most topics raised dealing with the current US Administration and the potential or real impact on expats, the discussions have been brief and civil However, the Topic "Effects of policies of new administration on lives of expats living in Mexico?" has gone too far, too long, IMO. It is often going onto tangents. Certain people consistently use denigrating name calling in their argument thinking this gives greater weight to their comment or makes it seem more accurate. It does neither. I have made a few comments on the Topic, but have largely desisted since it has become, IMO, an abomination. I eagerly look for other posts of interest. However, they seem [could be my perception] to have become fewer. I wish there was a way to just table that discussion. It is, again IMO, serving no useful purpose. I have asked the moderator to look into it. But, so far see that it is still going strong. Again, I have no problem, in fact I believe it's a good idea, to discuss how the current political situation has on expats. But, have it reasonable, polite, informational. Then, TABLE it. Perhaps I'm the only one who feels this way. But this "feeding frenzy" Topic is far from what I expected from this forum.

Mexico: Trump protests in Mexican cities:

I just read that Mexican citizens are now protesting Trump. The article said they are not protesting Americans, just Trump. The triggering event was the new roundup of undocumented citizens. Previously, only those with criminal records were deported. NOW, any whom they come across in the process of apprehending the criminal are also deported - even though there were no criminal offenses committed in the US. I was wondering if any know of expats also joining in on the protests? Solidarity.

Mexico: Effects of policies of new administration on lives of expats living in Mexico?:

Your questions were very interesting. However, you lost me at the point you said "or are you only comfortable taking over other people's threads?" You thereby set the stage for the comment about “troll.” While I wouldn't have responded that way to you [i.e., troll,] you did set the tone. To further show you wanted to start an argument you said “A bunch of intellectual cowards who only feel comfortable going after someone and are fearful of actually expressing a coherent opinion of their own.”

Mexico: Puerto Vallarta Expats - Who Rented, who bought:

I've read many articles and heard advice on whether to rent or to buy a home in Mexico. So, I'm not seeking that type of information here. This is primarily directed to those who live in Puerto Vallarta. I would like to get your own experiences. I'm focusing this topic on PV since each city/area has it's own characteristics of renting vs buying. and this is the area I'm interested in. Whether you chose to rent of buy, what were your reasons for doing so? If you had it all to do over again, would you do the same? What problems, if any, did you run into that came as a surprise? What practices/legalities/etc did you experience that may have been different from doing the same in the US? Any other information that you would like to share. Thanks.

Mexico: Anti-Amer.sentiment in the Riviera Maya:

MexJuan1, well said. I'm not in Mexico yet. However, I am eagerly awaiting my ability to move. This man is a danger to the World. I want to get out before it becomes another Nazi Germany. The Jews who recognized the dangers in Germany left before things went totally downhill. Those who did not leave, well, we know how it turned out for them. As a gay man I'm additionally concerned about the potential ugly conservative GOP pushing their hate.

Mexico: Shipping books & music?:

I did a search and sa/w that JohnPS made a posting on 12/28/2016 on this subject. Here's the link: http://www.expatexchange.com/expat/index.cfm?tpcid=3406771&dbname=ee&frmid=254&forumid=0&shared=N&skey=dvd

Mexico: Crime in Mexico?:

I've heard and read a number of stories about the drug cartel related crimes. How murders have been between members of drug cartels. I've also read accounts accusing Mexican law enforcement being behind massacres of suspected drug members. Those accounts implied the people were suspected, but not proven to be, members of drug cartels. Expats residing in Mexico would be in a position, more or less "first hand," to provide an insight on this apart from news headlines. Input anyone?

Mexico: income taxes:

From what I understand, US Social Security benefits are not taxable in Mexico. Just as they are not in the US. In the US, the benefit is not "income." It's money coming back as a benefit based on social security taxes to your income [which are matched by your employers.] {There is a point at which additional income can cause a portion of the SSA benefit to become taxed.}

Mexico: Puerto Vallarta real estate listing prices:

I have no familiarity with the real estate pricing process in Puerto Vallarta [or for anywhere in Mexico for that matter.] In the US the listing price does not necessarily equal the selling price. In fact, it rarely does with a savvy buyer or seller. Negotiations are the norm. In a seller's market, it is not uncommon for the house to go for more than asking as multiple bidders rush to outdo the other. The reverse is true in a buyer's market where the listing sits without offers and the buyer frequently accepts a lower, sometimes much lower, offer. Either that, of the seller pulls the listing off the market. In a "normal" market, the negotiations also usually take place, but with smaller swings between listing and selling prices [unless the listing price is far out of line.] Is it similar in Puerto Vallarta? Do buyers and sellers frequently negotiate the actual selling price? Or is it "my way or the highway?" If negotiating does take place, do buyers tend tend to start off with a specified percentage lower price, e.g., 5%, 10% or more, to test the seller's flexibility? Or, is it just every case being different?

Mexico: Drive or not drive to transport personal goods and pets.:

I’m considering options on a move. I understand the need to get rid of a personal US automobile within 4 years if I decided to bring the car. However, by driving I'd have an automobile from the start and not need to immediately purchase a car, I'd be able to move personal items [e.g., bedding, kitchen electrics, electronics,] and transport two pets. [I have reservations about having them travel by air.] My questions: • Have any driven from the border to Puerto Vallarta? I’d need to make at least two overnight stops in Mexico. Are there available motels along the route? [I also read it’s not advisable to travel by night.] • Would there be danger in leaving the car overnight with visible personal belongings inside? • How available are gas stations along the route? Payment suggestions, i.e., credit card, pesos. • What would happen regarding license plates? Would I need to replace my plates with Mexican plates upon establishing residence? [I would obtain a temporary residence Visa.] • Any other things I should consider? My other option is sell the car before moving, ship personal goods, bite the bullet and have my pets accompany me by air, and use taxi/bus/bicycle for transportation until I purchase a car.

Mexico: U.S. brokerages and mail forwarding services:

I'm gathering info for a potential move and had the same question. Over the past few weeks I checked out major financial institutions in the US. All of their online applications stated the individual must provide a physical residence address. A mail forwarding service address might get overlooked during the application process, especially if done so on line. However, it could eventually get discovered as the experience JohnPS had shows. I'm a follower on the "Two Expats in Mexico" website. The man running the site recently had an article about opening a Mexican bank account and visa requirements.. I privately emailed him asking about using a US bank and a mailing address. He replied a mailing address as being problematic for the same reason. However, he suggested a way to accomplish having a US based financial institution and a mail forwarding service: Use a trusted family member's address for the financial institution [if they would agree.] I would add a trusted friend would also seem a viable option. The relative/friend could forward written financial institution communication to the chosen mail forwarding service. If I chose to go this route, I'd take it a few steps further. I'd choose paper free communications, my relative/friend wouldn't receive monthly and year end statements/forms. I'd also opt out of the institution sharing my information with third parties. My relative/friend would have third party junk mail greatly reduced, if not eliminated. Each financial institution's website has a "Privacy Policy" link, which BTW isn't always easy to find. It describes what, if any, information they share and how to opt out of sharing. A relative/friend would have minimal inconvenience from delivery of physical mail. One could have a US financial institution and a mail forwarding service for any other items.

Mexico: Definition for...:

I've been planning a move to Puerto Vallarta. At first, as a lark. When I saw things go bad, very seriously. Yes, I agree expats in Mexico could be targets, as could any in the Central American, South American, perhaps even Europe / Scandinavia / Netherlands / Finland. Who knows. The rules are no longer in effect. Using Mexico as my example, if relations between the two countries really do evaporate, what next? I could see transferring of money, e.g., Social Security benefits, US pensions, etc., being blocked. So, how would I be able to live? Too old to start a viable job. Mexican people turning on expats? I have no finger on the pulse since I'm not there. Those coming to Mexico are clearly leaving the US for a reason. It's not because they're overly satisfied with the US for a variety of reasons. It used to be largely finances. Now, politics is in the mix. But, those leaving the US for Mexico are obviously sympathetic to Mexico and it's people. In that we have a common bond with the citizens. So, from my point of view, the best that can be done is show how those who have left the US are with the Mexican people. Yes, there will always be some who will act in a vigilante style: LIKE THE ALT RIGHT, WHITE SUPREMECISTS, and KKK would do to us if we returned to the US. I'd prefer to take my chances with a people that I choose to be with and a Country I chose to move to.

Mexico: Mental Health Care in Mexico:

I'm also on antidepressants due to being bi-polar. I've checked in on a few sites. My most expensive one is Pristiq. In the USA over the counter [no generics are available] it costs approx $400 without coverage. On my Medicare Advantage program it's $90. In Mexico the price without insurance is comparable to my $90. Example, here's an online source. For a 14 day supply of tablets its $770. But, that's Mexican. At the current exchange rate it's less than $40. So, 28 days, approx the same as the USA 30, is $80. I believe the costs out of pocket whether covered by Seguro Popular or other, including the many lower cost supplemental insurances, will be easy to obtain. I'm in early stages of planning a move, but the meds are not a concern of mine. http://www.fahorro.com/pristiq-50-mg-oral-14-tabletas.html

Mexico: Gas stations closed:

Not true about USA media ignoring it. I knew about it last week. CNN for one covered it. http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/05/americas/mexico-protests-gas-price-hikes/index.html

Mexico: Buying, Renting a Home.:

I noted in AK2MX18's post the recommendation for buying vs. renting. The suggestion was to rent. I haven't seen posts on this. So, I'm sorry if I'm rehashing old ground. What are the advantages/disadvantages of buying? The same for renting. Thanks in advance.

Mexico: Fact-Finding: PV neighborhood searches, cel phones, taxis:

I looked on line for the item about cell phone GPS being not legal. All I could find is that cell phone use while driving is illegal in Mexico City, but not the rest of the Country. Is there a Mexican Driver's Handbook? Here in California, we can get the DMV handbook on line as well as at the offices.


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