replied to the thread pre move vacation
on the Nicaragua forum on August 01, 2014:
As I mentioned before I,am currently living in La Ceiba ,Honduras ,but due to the high violence here it,s time to move on. I,ve only heard good reports about S.J. SUR. the hard part is to get my Hondurian wife to make the move,so I plan to take her on vacation this Nov. for afew weeks. For her sake I hope she will like it, For myself I didn,t,retire to live in a town I have to worry about the high crime,and violence. How many full time ex pats ive in S.J. Sur. I,am really hoping to enjoy it there tks Bob
One more note! We learned the hard way- if you find a house you love- talk to all of the neighbors- NOT just the closest ones... they might know the "special reason" why they are "selling that particular house"- like in our case the well goes dry every year!! And they had paid a neighbor to fill it up the day we came to "inspect it"!! 2 years later we still don't have water!
What you say is what I have read from others, a lot of others - buy from a local. I have also heard it is best to rent and let it be known at restaurants, other businesses that you are looking to buy and it is likely a bona-fide property owner will approach you along with numerous con-artists, supposed real estate agents, etc., and just go slowly and check everything first and get anything and everything in writing.
replied to the thread Did I read somewhere that...
on the Nicaragua forum on August 01, 2014:
I recall reading somewhere on this forum that even as a homeowner I would not be permitted to do work on my own property? The reason cited was that I would be taking work from locals. Is this the case? I am currently a building contractor as well as a craftsman/tradesman and hope to build or at least customize our home when/if we locate to Nicaragua. As well as possibly start a construction business or even do jobs as extra income.
replied 12 hours ago with:
Can't wait - we arrive in Nicaragua on the 31st!!
Some damn good waves in Poneloya and Las Penitas. LOL
replied to the thread freight forwarder
on the Nicaragua forum on July 30, 2014:
I'm going to be moving to Nica in April 2015 & have seen several old postings, regarding a freight forwarder that handles all the customs issues.
I'll be shipping a truck from Long Beach, Ca. port to Managua.
I've seen a posting from Nicaman that stated he used a guy who offered all these services.
I have sent several private emails, but have not heard back from anyone on this matter.
If anyone knows the contact info for this freight/ customs guy, please let me know.
I just imported a 1990 Ford F250 diesel. Import taxes were about $750, and the agent got $125 to fill out the paperwork. I brought it in through El Espino, and put it into my foreman's name. The process went pretty fast, two days, but we were also importing a lot of other stuff.
SUV's are not considered trucks, nor are vans. The 7 year restriction applies to them.
I believe that motorcycles fall into the 7 year rule, but I'm not sure. I've been told this . . .but haven't checked.
replied on July 30, 2014 with:
I called the Nica consulate and they said there was no limit on the year of truck and taxes would be almost nothing , based on the value under $25K.
Believe me, I'm open to anyone who has a great plan with less work and $$$.
I'm open to everyone's previous knowledge and help.
replied to the thread Residency Questions
on the Nicaragua forum:
Two things: If you are applying for residency, can you get into Nicaragua with a one way ticket? Secondly, once you've applied, can you stay beyond 90 days while you wait for the pensionido residency or do you have to leave the country? Thanks! Bill
A round trip ticket costs about the same as on- way with most airlines except Spirit. Buy an onward first-class ticket on another airline and once you are there you can cancel it and get a full refund unlike budget fares.
You can come to Nicaragua without a round trip ticket. It just depends on which airline you fly on. While you are waiting for your residency to be approved, you will still need to renew your visa every 90 days. The first renewal can be done without leaving the country( just Pay at immigration for three more months About C$ 1700 cords. The second you will need to leave. Costa Rica is the place most go. Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala does not count as leaving because of the C-4.
replied to the thread The Canal
on the Nicaragua forum:
I have worked in China. China has what could be more or less a slash and burn policy when it comes to any type construction. The only difference between working for the Chinese and slavery is you do get small salary. There will probably be no top management positions other than a figure head and bought by some rich individual. The Nicaraguense will be used for labor only and paid the bare minimum required by law. I have spoken with people that work in the Zona Franca in Tipitapa and their opinion of the Chinese is not very high but they say the have to have jobs.
Environment wise Lake Nicaragua is in the top ten I believe as far as natural lakes. So many people depend on this lake for their lively hood. I have a boat and have fished on this lake and myself and friends have had some very relaxing times. I wonder what
the damage is going to be to this lake? I think don't that any damage done to the environment will be repaired buy the Chinese. They will not make an effort to restore the outlying areas near the canal.
If it would be a boom to the people of Nicaragua and it could improve the life of the Nicaraguense then good. But I think this will be a short lived boom to most.
They have been debating this for years and I am sincerely hoping that the debate will continue for many more. It is pretty tough to go out and raise 60 billion dollars. Drawing a map and digging the hole are two different things.
I believe the US concern as to the environmental impact is that if there is a real disaster then more Nicaraguans will be impoverished and see their only hope is to head North. No doubt some State Department group already has funding to research just such a scenario. The current administration has declared the provisions of the "Monroe Doctrine" to be obsolete and dead. How a future administration will address this will be interesting.
replied on July 29, 2014 with:
When the Chinese built the new stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica they wouldn't hire local workers.
replied to the thread Expat issues??
on the Nicaragua forum:
After reading through many threads I get the impression that many expats are either all type A personalities with little patience for others or they simply want what they left behind. We are looking to retire to the South or Central America area and really like Nica but my concerns are safe areas to live with reasonable cost. I like the Granada area and would prefer to be in an area where there are some expats yet I don't want a rendition of home. If I wanted that then why move? Thanks for any info on expat areas in or around Granada. From North Carolina
I believe most Nica's are honest. What has to be understood is, most make such small salaries and believe that ALL Americans have tons of money, that there is a temptation to move that money from your pocket to theirs.
Beyond this, the opportunities we find don't exist there. A sale of a piece of land, or a house, might be the only significant transaction a Nica enjoys in ten years. He wants to maximize his gain, and he is willing to wait you out.
Finally, the Nica hears about someone paying $8K for a Mz of land somewhere, and thinks the 20 Mz you want to buy from him is worth the same.
The $8K Mz might have been on a paved road, a short distance from the MGA city center, with water and electricity readily available. What I'm trying to say is, there is not a lot of sophistication in setting prices. A counter offer can be viewed as an insult, and worse, a threat to the seller's manhood, so you have to be relatively non-committal in your response. Nicaraguans are very proud,, you'll get some flexibility as a Gringo, but you don't want to push it.
"That's three times what it's worth" .. may be a true statement, but you don't want to say it.
Finally, the seller might have an unrealistic mortgage or other liens, and simply cannot sell it for less than what he owes. The guy next to me has 10 Mz that he would sorely love to sell me, talks about it all the time, but he has to sell it for $42K, more than twice what it's worth, because that's what he owes. He's a loyal Sandinista, his wife was vice mayor of Condega for a period, so that probably explains the loan.
But, this should not discourage you. It;s still a great country to retire in, the Nicas are warm and friendly. It's a challenge, but it keeps your mind active. I return to the US regularly, and while here, can't wait to get back "home".
Talking to the neighbors is always very helpful. If you have an agent, go back by yourself and chat up the people living around the property. Nicaraguans are very social, love to gossip . . bring along a bag of cookies for the kids.
replied on July 28, 2014 with:
thank you magicjack and keywestpirate for honest description of what a third world country is like. it all makes sense and is obvious in theory but can be very deceiving once you are there and once you are a fresh gringo there. it is not easy to have no trust in nicaraguans that seem to be the sweetest people you met in your life. we are yet to make our permanent move there. as much as we love traveling there I do understand real life is different. we will have to learn how to say 'no' many times a day and how to double check every legal transaction.
Completely Furnished one bedroom newer American style house. Has cable, internet, air conditioning, etc. It shares a beautiful enclosed garden with two other houses. It is located in a safe area.
replied to the thread Customs Agent
on the Nicaragua forum on July 27, 2014:
I recently moved to Granada, and I'm hoping to send a shipping container from the US to Nicaragua. I have everything lined up except for a customs agent. Do any of you have experience shipping a container (40 feet) into Managua, or know a customs agent who speaks English.
Talk to Fran Butler on Facebook. They sound like they have found what they need, re. container shipping.
replied to the thread ?moving from honduras to nicaragua ??
on the Nicaragua forum on July 23, 2014:
currently living in la ceiba, Honduras I love it here but the crime and gang problems are threw the roof.can I find a 3 bedroom rental housel for under $500 a month in san juan del sur.
Check out the del sur news, an online newsletter from SJDS. It has classified ads including rentals.
There have been some rentals advertised on the expats on SJDS facebook page. This is a good time of the year to look.
Cliff side home overlooking picturesque horse shoe shaped bay. Sunsets from the deck nightly. LOW cost of living. Modern home, 3 BR with Air throughout. Pool. Caretaker.