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iguanalover replied to the thread Need work! Will be moving to Nicaragua from the states within a couple months. on the Nicaragua forum on September 21, 2014:
Nicaraguadreams initially posted:
Hello all! How's the life in Nicaragua? :) I am a 30 year old Caucasian male and will be moving to Nicaragua in a couple months. I am looking for work before arriving. I have a wide range of skills. I own a property preservation business here in the states and can do basically anything when it comes to a house. I also have experience in phone sales and teaching. If anyone could help contacting me with someone for work or absolutely any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks to all, really thanks for all you have already done!
iguanalover replied 31 minutes ago with:
You can get some ideas about rent before you get in country, but, you need to be on the ground to get the best deals. Locals post se renta signs on houses with phone numbers, so be sure to have access to a phone. Walk around town and ask in the local Mercado. Eat at local a restaurant, can be called sopas, so that you get known. A friend got a great deal from a lady who owned a sopa where she went for breakfast everyday. Word of mouth is your best bet for getting a rock bottom deal. Find a hostel with a kitchen to stay in while you look around. We did and it was fun. Come down in the off season, if you want into an area with snow birds. They really drive prices up. Make sure you understand about utilities and ask around about neighborhoods when you get into town. Check out security carefully.
alki replied 1 hour ago with:
Word of mouth and here
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bushamy13 replied to the thread Nica Bank loan, or rent to buy? on the Nicaragua forum on September 19, 2014:
goranbockman initially posted:
Hi again guys Hope I'm not wearing you out with my cascade of questions. Thing is, following 3 divorces, I'm left with no savings/ assets, barring my pension which will amount to app $1700/ month. Now should I find the perfect farm for my dream business (gaited horse riding school) I would obviously like to secure it, ensuring that the owner won't tell me one day that he's sold it. I wonder is it possible for a foreign pensionista, holding a cedula, to get a Nica Bank loan to buy a farm? If so would my monthly income ($1,700) be sufficient for bankers to grant me a loan? As an alternative, do you suppose a presumptive seller could be persuaded to sign a long term 'rent to buy' deal? Thanks in advance for kindly sharing your experience. Goran Bockman
bushamy13 replied on September 19, 2014 with:
Within two miles of Granada city center yet 400 feet higher with constant breezes and awesome views. Just a little over five acres rectangular with perimeter fencing and some interior fencing. We have put in a road, brought electricity to it and now has clean, pure water including a water tank that is shared with neighbor. This is located within a few hundred meters where we are building our new home so you will have us as neighbors. Build a home on it or just use as a farm. Presently pasture land, mostly flat with some small hills. Located halfway between Granada and Vista Lago on the Laguna Apoyo. Why buy a city lot when you can have five acres and still be only five minutes everything Granada has to offer? $59,000 asking price
goranbockman replied on September 18, 2014 with:
Thanks John ss I appreciate any advice, including warnings, even pessimism, that will help me steer clear of any pitfalls. I will start small and hopefully find the most favourable options God willing.
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iguanalover replied to the thread clinic operation on the Nicaragua forum on September 19, 2014:
nic53 initially posted:
Am considering moving to nica, from CR, anyone have experience in operating a clinic, farmacia, any input welcome
iguanalover replied on September 19, 2014 with:
There is practically a farmacia on every block where we live. There is a Salvadoran who speaks English very well that services the expat community who don't speak Spanish. There are many, many clinics most with someone who speaks English. Be prepared for a very, very competitive marketplace.
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atz111 replied to the thread Remodel a Nica style home on the Nicaragua forum:
tropicbound initially posted:
Curious if anyone has experience upgrading a Nica style home to more modern standards, what the benefits to, and pitfalls of this approach are. I'm not talking McMansions, but a comfortable home with H/C water, A/C, ceiling fans, real doors and windows, a ceiling, etc. Also wondering about the electrical supply and if people are using battery back-ups with inverters as in much of the developing world and if so are the costs reasonable.
atz111 replied on September 18, 2014 with:
The propane powers a generator which is an option to batteries....two very different systems. About the same cost to install. Not sure propane is easier to get than gasoline which is the other option for running the generator, but stores and runs cleaner. Silence and clean running is the benefit of batteries, although the "run"time" before you have to charge is limited by how much capacity you install (capacity equals cost). When the power comes back on you simple recharge with that. In any case, for a home in Granada, not a real big priority as lately (like this year) the power outages have been infrequent and short. Coulle of years ago...all the time. Things getting better.
cedelune replied on September 18, 2014 with:
Specifically regarding power back-up, my dentist in Granada, who obviously can't wait out the occasional power outage during business hours (I was there for treatment when one happened), has a propane backup power supply. Presumably because propane is more reliable than batteries over the long haul, and you can always get more propane if you need it. A battery-powered uninterruptible power supply would be suitable for electronics, fridge, etc., though.
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atz111 replied to the thread ?moving from honduras to nicaragua ?? on the Nicaragua forum:
BOBNYC initially posted:
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.
atz111 replied on September 17, 2014 with:
Close.....might not be top of the line but they are around.
JGitaldezB replied on September 17, 2014 with:
Good move on moving, you will love it here although SJDS is a bit like Granada, to many folks from all over ......
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JGitaldezB replied to the thread Dogs in Nica on the Nicaragua forum:
keywestgirl initially posted:
I read on another site recently that walking a dog on a leash in Nicaragua required carrying a large stick to to keep stray dogs at bay. How true is this? If you're like me and your dog is a member of the family, how is living there with a dog? I 've been considering Nicaragua for a retirement home, but if living there with my lab is a hassle, well, I guess I need to consider other places. Nothing about living in a 3rd world country has made me think twice about making the move until I read this.
JGitaldezB replied on September 17, 2014 with:
Hi there KW, yes we have dogs and we need to carry a stick to keep the strays from biting our leashed dogs, we have 10 dogs and three cats here in Diriamba , Carazo
khamael35 replied on September 15, 2014 with:
It's a small world, exactly where I live. You can't miss me at 6'5" 275 Say hi if you see me walking around.
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JGitaldezB replied to the thread Hipica on the Nicaragua forum:
iguanalover initially posted:
Sunday, August 17, is the Hipica in Granada. I think this Sunday is the running of the bulls. These events happen all over the country on different dates. Granada's event is very popular as everyone has relatives in town and the party is BIG. The Hipica is a horse parade. It starts about noon or whenever the starters are ready. It is really interesting to see, at least once. I had seen paintings of some very different horses in homes and businesses but I thought they were stylized, they were not. Nicaragua is true horse country and the ranchers have many different breeds. The Hipica we saw had at least 500 horses of all kinds and a few mules too. The cowboys were in full dress. It starts at one end of town, winds thru the streets and ends in the center of town. It is very informal and the Tona flows freely. By the end of the parade, things can deteriorate depending on how much Tona has been consumed. Hipicas are held in many towns, you will see a banner with the date on it. If you get a chance, go. Remember, the crowd can be huge and rowdy with lots of pickpockets. Don't take anything you don't need with you and don't get too friendly with anyone. Be prepared for it to last several hours, it can be an endurance test. It was truly a local spectacle and extremely interesting.
JGitaldezB replied on September 17, 2014 with:
Come and visit where it all started, Diriamba Carazo...I am orginally from Granada but lived abroud most of my like now make my home in Diriamba , its nice and smaller and cooler Temp wise ,,,regards
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JGitaldezB posted Pet Shelters Pet health care on the Nicaragua forum on September 17, 2014:
I would like to know if orgs like this are incountry. I have heard of someone in Granada but find it had to locate. My GF has 8 dogs and three cats , me I have two dogs , all good on two houses , what a family but she loves these animals so much she is pulling them off the street and its getting expensive,,,,and suggestions , George in Diriamba
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AlexCatLady replied to the thread What phone to buy? on the Nicaragua forum on September 16, 2014:
AlexCatLady initially posted:
I know nothing about phones...(got a flip phone for emergencies in US) What is the best phone to get to be able to continue my hour long conversations with my friend in LA while living in Nica? Do I keep a US phone number? Do not know how international phones work. But I know practically all of you will now!! Thanks in advance!! :)
AlexCatLady replied on September 16, 2014 with:
Heaps of thanks for all these ideas :) !!
majicjack replied on September 16, 2014 with:
We have Magicjack and it works fine when the signal is good. It works very well if you have cable instead of the stick. You should be able to get one at Radio Shack in Nicaragua
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AlexCatLady replied to the thread Help! No cat litter? on the Nicaragua forum on September 14, 2014:
AlexCatLady initially posted:
I'm here in Granada making arrangements for future permanent stay...and went to the supermercado to check on cat food/litter (I'm bringing my cat)...well, the cat food they have...but they had never heard of kitty litter! Anyone have ant suggestions what to do? My spoiled kitty is used to The World's Greatest litter! Help!! Granada BTW I think is paradise!
AlexCatLady replied on September 14, 2014 with:
Fantastic idea! Thanks :)
KeyWestPirate replied on September 14, 2014 with:
Also look for someone who manufactures boxes for cigars. They are pretty much everywhere, ask at that cigar shop in Granada. They use a nice hardwood with an aromatic smell. The shavings are created as the lumber is planed to size. They generally give them away for the asking. I used to get truckload quantities, and provide the workers with gaseosas in exchange, but I doubt that you will have to pay for your small quantities. Bring a big plastic bag or two.
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