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LovetheBeach replied to the thread Internet Speeds on the Nicaragua forum on January 21, 2015:
chrismc1571 initially posted:
I'm looking to outsource a portion of my business to Nicaragua (or any central American country). However, I need to be somewhere with a solid internet connection to download numerous word and excel files. Price is not really a concern. What are your speeds where you live? Any suggestions would be great.
LovetheBeach replied on January 24, 2015 with:
You're more likely to get faster and more reliable internet in Panama than any other Central American country.
elduendegrande replied on January 23, 2015 with:
No matter who you go with, it can vary day to day and neighborhood to neighborhood. Claro, in particular, is used to providing bad service but their employees are well trained to blow you off. I`d go cable in a big city rather than 3g in the boonies. Again, service can vary from neighborhoof to neighborhood,as can the power failures.
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Michaelweb710 replied to the thread Nicaragua Real Estate on the Nicaragua forum:
NYCExpat initially posted:
I'd like to hear opinions on final sales price vs asking price for Nicaraguan real estate. During my research online and in-person this appears to be 100% a buyers market. It seems a lot of asking prices are fantasies and if you compare different listing sites/sources you can usually find the property listed for different prices. Example: I've seen the same property listed for 185-225 on different sites. I've also seen property listed for 249,000 reduced 3-4 times down to 165,000 asking. (which implies many of the asking prices aren't based on any logical valuation techniques or market forces) My question is based on asking price what do you think an acceptable starting offer typically is? 70% of asking? It seems there are few buyers and many sellers and there is little reason to offer asking on most properties unless they are clearly price below comparable properties. Curious on others offering experiences and thoughts!
Michaelweb710 replied on January 23, 2015 with:
JGitaldez, I have land on the other side of the Nature Refuge from you, a little south of Astillero up on the hill overlooking Punta Conejo. . . I'm curious, how much did you pay per square foot? did you contract an established group of builders that work for another extranjero or did you simply assemble a group of your own? . . . I was going to start construction this winter - Oct-Dec, but I was just going to hire a group that is already established in the Rancho Sentana/ Guasacate area (run by gringos) and I was worried about getting ripped off and not getting the steep discount on labor that I know is readily accessible. . . If you want to email me in private to discuss numbers my email is michaelweb710@gmail.com
JGitaldezB replied on January 22, 2015 with:
about building class A housing , I built one in a beachfront lot in Huehuete here in Carazo and it was a 7 month deal with local labor and good security , the project came out under budget by 34 percent. It was a 5 br 3 bath two stories,,,,still the nicest in the area.
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timwood202000 replied to the thread Local Bank Account on the Nicaragua forum on January 21, 2015:
Jocubes2 initially posted:
I am American and my wife carries dual citizenship. Today we attempted to open a bank account at BAC with a modest balance in San Juan del Sur and the bank rep recommended we review the U.S. law FATCA before opening the account. I reviewed FATCA on the U.S. Treasuery websiite which I understand was enacted 2010 for the IRS to be informed of American citizen money in foreign countries for purposes of taxation. I did not see NIcaragua on the list of jurisdictions with reciprocal agreements which I interpret as the NIcaraguan bank needs not report our bank account to the U.S. IRS. We plan to stay in Nicaraguan for some time. Is it ususal for expats to open bank accounts in NIcaraua and does anyone know if FATCA is a concern? Any suggestions or comments are welcome. Thank you.
timwood202000 replied 8 hours ago with:
I can do just as you described. For $5000.00, it would cost me $80+. I thought this could be done for $1.00?
majicjack replied 12 hours ago with:
What I can't understand is why you can't transfer money from your US account with a US dedit card when you have an account with these banks. You are the first person I have ever heard of that has this problem. Our procedure is walk up to the counter, present your debit card on the bank you wish to withdraw funds from, tell them how much you want up to your limit and they take your card, put it in the little machine, make out a withdraw slip, ask for your address and phone number and put the money in your hand and/or your bank account. Which ever you choose. Have never had any trouble and the waiting period is how ever long it takes to sign the receipt. The problem sounds as though it may be your card and not the bank?
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JGitaldezB posted Construction materials for sale on the Nicaragua forum on January 21, 2015:
in the Carazo area, old doors and windows of Mahagoney is what we are looking for ...any input
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JGitaldezB replied to the thread Housing in Tecuantepe on the Nicaragua forum:
extexan initially posted:
We are going to be volunteering at the animal rescue in Tecuantepe soon and are looking for a apartment or small house in the area. Starting Jan 20 for 2 months. Anyone know of a place for around $ 300 a month. Thanks
JGitaldezB replied on January 21, 2015 with:
volunteering at the animal rescue please let us know about the program
JGitaldezB replied on January 21, 2015 with:
please let us know about the program
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explorer56 posted English speaker driver - my own recommendation on the Nicaragua forum on January 21, 2015:
I wanted to share my experience and recommend a driver / guide I hired on a recent trip. I spent 8 full days with him driving around Granada, Masaya but mostly Managua looking for a rental property I need for commercial use. He is very reliable and honest. He speaks perfect English having lived in the US for 6 years (although language was not an issue for me as I speak fluent Spanish, living in Costa Rica for 22 years) He drives a 4 door Toyota, newer model, has air conditioning. He charges very reasonable rates. His name is Gabriel Matus / cell number is 7781 1337 / email address is One bonus is he has a membership at the government commissary in Managua where military families can buy groceries, appliances and all types of goods at a discount. He will take you there shopping if you want. If you like, tell him Jeff from Costa Rica referred him.
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Nicaman replied to the thread old cars ? on the Nicaragua forum on January 21, 2015:
alki initially posted:
I have been restoring/repairing/customizing cars from the 30s to the 70s , I was wondering if they are around in Nica ? Are there car clubs ?
Nicaman replied 4 hours ago with:
Glad to know you are moving to Esteli its a good city i have been living in Esteli for about 4 years let me know when you will be here so we can meet. I have wanted to start restoring some cars for some time know.
mapper55 replied on January 21, 2015 with:
I believe that you can import Classical or Historical cars that are older than 10 years old, but I don't know what the Nicaraguan Government classifies as Classical or Historical. This link displays the law about importing vehicles (in Spanish), but I would check very carefully before you import or drive your vehicle to Nicaragua. http://www.dga.gob.ni/preguntadetalle.cfm?recordID=75
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JohnSS posted ATTENTION: KeyWestPirate on the Nicaragua forum on January 21, 2015:
In case you missed the post on TRN: DON"T MISS THIS! Great present for your wife's birthday or better yet wedding anniversary. http://managua.craigslist.org/grd/4839493221.html
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terpsma replied to the thread expats in Matagalpa? meetings? on the Nicaragua forum on January 19, 2015:
fhammette initially posted:
how to meet expats in Matagalpa? do you have a monthly meeting? when or where. I spend 6month per year here. thanks frank
terpsma replied on January 19, 2015 with:
The get together is We'd. Jan. 21st at 12:30 PM CT. The restaurant is Rincon Pinareno. It is two to three blocks S. Of the Central Park on 1st Ave. NE.
terpsma replied on January 19, 2015 with:
The get together is in Esteli at Rincon Pinareno at 12:30 PM on January 21st. The restaurant is across the street from Enanoal, the water co. On 1 st ave. NE. About two to three blocks south of the Central Park and Catholic church.
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iguanalover replied to the thread Border crossing questions on the Nicaragua forum on January 18, 2015:
ssure38 initially posted:
I have a health issue that gives me about 5 or 6 good hours a day. After that I'm pretty much done. I've never been to C.R. by land and need to make my first trip before Jan. 30. Does anyone know what day would be the least amount of traffic? Also, would you advise trying to cross over and then turn around and come right back? I'd buy return bus tickets ahead of time. I don't care if I use them or not. Just want to get there, do this and return to Granada as quickly as possible. Any advice? Thanks again for you folks being here for us rookies.
iguanalover replied on January 20, 2015 with:
The papers are easy. Name, passpost number, birthday, where you are going, etc. It is not difficult. The blank forms I just happen to have are in Spanish and English. Small print, don't forget your glasses and a fine point pen. Print in caps. When you go into immigration on the Nica side, there will be someone selling the forms. Buy a dozen and take the extras home with you. Next trip you can fill them out at home before you go. I pay 10 cords a form. Both forms will fill out the same except for the last question - country are leaving and country you are entering. The border is very calm and tame these days. No mud, just dust.
KeyWestPirate replied on January 20, 2015 with:
The three days is for the customs exemption coming back into Nicaragua. You're supposed to be out of the country 3 days to claim your $500 exemption. You can ask for "Conejo" on the Nica side, if you want a guide the first time. He'll guide you through the process for $5. PeƱas Blancas is as easy as it gets, and everyone there is very friendly and helpful. Most Costa Ricans speak English, and Nicas cannot resist "Can you help me please?"
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