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KeyWestPirate replied to the thread looking for a nice lot/home on the Nicaragua forum on May 25, 2015:
hknbass initially posted:
we are considering moving to NIC. in the near future and would like to buy a 1/2 to 1 acre of flat land near the lake or pacific ocean.needs to have all services in and be a safe area.We have lived in Costa rica for 2 years and are tired of everything here being so expensive. scam artists beware! we know all the tricks played on the ignorant. thanks
KeyWestPirate replied on May 25, 2015 with:
ALL THE TRICKS?? The Nicas have a few the Ticos never dreamed of. All services is easy but do you expect the water to flow and the lights to work,, and what percentage of the time? Water can be dicey on the beach. I was in Tola last week and have never seen land so dry outside of a desert. Lots of water trucks making the rounds.
Nicaman replied on May 25, 2015 with:
Hello we are selling our Quinta 5 minutes outside of Esteli Nicaragua, its 2 minutes from the Pan American Highway, it has a private entrance. We are in the proses of building a new house with two full bedrooms with two full bath and walking closets .house with kitchen living room and a big porch on the outside. On a 4 manzana lot. Its full of fruit trees and a new orchard. All this for 325,000 US DOLLARS. Give me a call if you are interested . In Nica my cell is 505 8504-5550 thanks.
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hknbass replied to the thread Anyone Know Anything about This Property? on the Nicaragua forum on May 25, 2015:
bhjoffe initially posted:
Howdy, folks! We're interested in a property near Granada which we found posted by a "real estate agent" (or property representative ... or whatever they call themselves there). According to the property description, it's located on "Granada-Masaya Highway in front of urbanization San Juan." Is anyone here familiar with that area? Is it decent? Safe? Just in case anyone is interested, here's the complete listing from Craigslist: Any information, input, feedback, suspicions, etc., that you might have about this property and location would be greatly appreciated! Have yourselves a very fine weekend. Best wishes, --Bruce
hknbass replied on May 25, 2015 with:
Majicjack. Seems you are in the know in NIC. We are coming to view properties there next month and need to be near a private school for our 13 yr. old boy.What would you recommend as a good starting point? We live in Costa Rica now but want a change we are not new to rip off artists and the like so we are not entirely green . any help would be appreciated.
bhjoffe replied on May 23, 2015 with:
Excelente, don timwood202000! I've taken note of all your suggestions, which are both valid and valuable. Thanks.
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iguanalover replied to the thread Run to Costa Rica on the Nicaragua forum on May 25, 2015:
youngCND initially posted:
Anyone need to go for a visa extension first week of June? Looking to split collectivo. I"m in SJDS contact if interested
iguanalover replied on May 25, 2015 with:
Facebook is a better place to look.
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youngCND posted Visa renewal on the Nicaragua forum on May 24, 2015:
I need to do a run to Costa Rica for an extension. Anyone else need to cross over in the first week of June?? Contact me, collectivo ?
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youngCND posted baseball in Rivas on the Nicaragua forum on May 24, 2015:
Anyone know the schedule for games in Rivas? Would love to watch a game while down. Thx
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timwood202000 replied to the thread Residence on the Nicaragua forum on May 24, 2015:
elzorro initially posted:
I know that in order to send my household (up to 20k) and vehicule tax free I must have established residency. Now my question is: Is it possible to request the residence while you still in the states and get the residence? This way storage fees does not pile up while you wait. Do I have to be there physically in order to request and for how long? or can I request put in the papers and travel back and wait for approval and then sent my goods? I know some people have done it and would appreciate good info.
timwood202000 replied on May 25, 2015 with:
I have her info. here: -- Lic. Marjorie Freer PH: 505 88866266
atz111 replied on May 25, 2015 with:
Mudanzas Mundiales is the company...about 2 miles past airport on right going into town.. Marjorie contact..speaks English.. This has been a while and I think she might have been promoted...but she (and they) were great on three shipments. Not the cheapest, but sure made it go smooth...not a hitch and straightened out a few things I screwed up with the inventory list before we got into customs.... Lined up a local mover to take to Granada...etc
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Beautiful area . Half Plus Acre. Clear Title, owned since 2000. If interested please contact Raul Barberena he can give complete details about the property. His mobile is 011-505-78256611. Office 011-505-25343476
KeyWestPirate replied to the thread Purpose of Forum on the Nicaragua forum on May 22, 2015:
majicjack initially posted:
I imagine the people that initiated the Expat website and forum had in mine to be used as a tool to help other expats or want to be expats gain information on the different countries and one very good source of information are expats living in these countries. They have actually experienced many of the subjects discussed on the Forum. We are all human(supposedly) an to be human is to make mistakes. However to be attacked on this site by a whatever is not what was intended. People that resort to name calling show only their ignorance in the truest sense of the word. These people hide behind a computer and really disgrace this site and its purpose. These people have no purpose to help give advice or information. Just ridicule others and wallow in their on self imposed self importance. There are other ways to inform someone of a mistake they have made other than the immature name calling and pointless degrading of a persons character. The truth of the matter is the people that made the mistake while trying to help someone has much more character than the one doing the degrading. In turn, this person only shows the world how immature, insecure and hateful he is. and in bad need of professional help. I come from South Texas ranch country and most of the people I was raised around are real men .If you have a bitch with them you meet face to face. Cowards do not do this. They are so brave when they know there is no recourse for the other person to counter his BS and inflammatory remarks. I truly would like to meet this person face to face. Not with the intention of discussing anything but solely to kick his ass. People would not ask what got a hold of him but how in the hell did he ever get loose. There are some in this world that this is all they understand.
KeyWestPirate replied on May 22, 2015 with:
I never thought of it quite that way, but it's true: Where you live in Nicaragua or the US colors your perceptions immensely. Dinosaur?? I prefer to think of my self thusly: But, I do know John S, and I know that he speaks the truth based on many years of living and running a business in Nicaragua.
waltermboyles replied on May 22, 2015 with:
JohnnyKaw, I agree with your analysis of the Forum participants, old dinosaurs & all. It reminds me why I left the US & do not want to hang out with Gringos. Good info, though. W.Boyles
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elzorro replied to the thread water to homes on the Nicaragua forum on May 22, 2015:
iguanalover initially posted:
This is copied from the Nicaragua New bulletin which is published by the Nicaragua Network each week. It has some interesting information about different topics. This is the only explanation about how the water utility works that I have seen. The cost for water can really vary from place to place as well as the availability. The article: Water shortages are a growing problem in Nicaragua due to deforestation, contamination, and global warming. Erwin Barreda, president of the Nicaraguan Aqueducts and Sewers Company (ENACAL), said that the problem on a national level is serious. As the country waits for the entry in force of the rainy season, he urged water users who live in low neighborhoods to use water sparingly so that those at higher elevations in towns and cities can also have water available. He said that families in at least thirty municipalities and neighborhoods at higher elevations or at greater distance from water pumping facilities are having difficulty getting water in their homes. He added, “We prepare for each dry season with forty cisterns spread out over the entire country and we install valves to control water distribution so that all the population can get some of this vital liquid in their houses.” A 2014 study by the Humboldt Center indicated that more than two million people in 96 of the country’s 153 municipalities, representing 46% of the nation’s population, confront some level of water scarcity. That figure could reach 85% of the population by 2050, the study predicted. Water scarcity is greater in the countryside in areas around Villanueva, Somotillo, Cinco Pinos, Mateare, Murra, Ciudad Dario, Bonanza, Nueva Guinea, and San Jose de Bocay. Along with climate and environmental causes, the scarcity is aggravated by the limited amount of investment in distribution infrastructure, a situation particularly serious in Managua where the population growth is greatest. In Rivas, the mayor’s office and the fire department are sending out tanker trucks to provide water to the city’s neighborhoods because a pump is not working and a new one has to be purchased. People who have wells sell water to their neighbors but some say that their wells are going dry due to climate change. On May 12, the government announced that, in 2015, it plans to carry out 900 infrastructure projects to improve water and sanitation services for 260,000 families in 144 municipalities and four indigenous territories. Government spokesperson Rosario Murillo said, “A fundamental element is attention to rural aqueducts of which we have 4,604 in the country.” She said that a system will be set up under which the water in those systems will be analyzed every six months and “This will have an enormous impact on the health of families and communities.” (El Nuevo Diario, May 14; Informe Pastran, May 12)
elzorro replied on May 21, 2015 with:
There isn't a runaway population problem. Nicaragua is one of the less populated country in the region with a ~ 5.8 million maybe 6 tops.
majicjack replied on May 21, 2015 with:
Water is rationed in Quilali. We are supposed to get water every other day and most of the time we do. The water is usually on for three to four hours. It is really not a problem because we have a large storage tank. We have installed a one horse pump on one of the two large pillars we have and use it to take showers. We also have 1900 liter elevated tank. Water is not a problem. The locals head out in numbers to the river to bath and wash clothes. Our washer works fine with the gravity flow from the overhead tank and it provides sufficient water for indoor plumbing. I put in a water heater for showers. The storage tanks are not expensive at all and the pump goes for about $50 and the heater around $40. You will need to install a 50 breaker.. A little plumbing is required but it's a breeze. Sure beats the hell out of cold showers because this mountain water is cold. There are numerous ways to deal with the water situation and not at that much expense.
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JohnSS replied to the thread Property vs. Location on the Nicaragua forum on May 22, 2015:
bhjoffe initially posted:
Wherever we've lived around the world, we've always lived among the natives and locals ... ... not in an enclave for expats. Our circumstances are somewhat different now, "thanks" to our age and the next chapter in our lives. Retired and living on Social Security + Medicare (with wraparound "Medicare Advantage" health insurance), we're looking to get out of the increasingly political hotbed that's going to explode one of these days over any number of issues national, international, and local. Remember "states' rights" and the Civil War? Anyway, our plan is to settle either in Cuenca, Ecuador (perfect climate year-round, beautiful history, etc.) which is a bit too far, costly and time-consuming in terms of airfares and transit times to the states, and complicated in terms of moving our three dogs through four separate take-offs and landings. Granada, Nicaragua, has much that we like going for it, including that it takes half the time and half the cost to travel to and from the USA. Granada proper, however, is a little too hot for our comfort ... and doesn't lend itself well (at a price we can afford) to opening a small "boutique" bed and breakfast. Lake Apoyo, however, does. We have come across this large, new property that has plenty of rooms, a separate guest house, a pool, and two garages ... for, what we think, is a reasonable price: $165,000 USD. The issue we grappling with is that the property is part of the planned "Club Vistalagos" which has much going for it in terms of its proposed efforts to revive and preserve the ecosystem and natural resources. But it's a gated community for Canadian and American expats. Sure, our guests would probably feel safer in such a compound ... but something simply bothers me about moving to other people's country and then living apart from them in a zone of my own. I would appreciate any input or feedback you might be willing to share on our dilemma ... as long as the discourse is civil, polite, and as honest as possible. Thanks for your consideration.
JohnSS replied on May 22, 2015 with:
Big crime in SJDS and the talk of the town - A local raped a sow and was arrested. His name was Nestor (Nestor the Molester) and his neighbors said they weren't surprised. Most agree serious violent crime here is not a big problem. Actually most of the petty crime is really negligence instead after you have been here long enough to learn the ropes. Learn to take care and you are fairly secure but that may require a guard (and a guard to guard the guard), security service, alarms, etc depending. Dogs are iffy due to poisoning. Employee "crime"is the same. Takes perseverance to learn to keep everything from walking away. Need to watch closely for the trash bag that goes out and is then picked up quickly by a friend who is text messaged. We learned to instantly fire anyone who was in the know & highly suspect - Fair because at the very least they know who did it. The employees usually know why so they straighten up for a while. I still let my guard down & get robbed a lot but it is just a tax you pay to live here.
atz111 replied on May 20, 2015 with:
To add some balance to the three people who report rampant crime here...been here six years...two locations, no walled compound, normal precautions especially when away a few days. One incident not in a home but on a job stolen. Got careless and should have seen it coming. Nothing...crime or just plain thievery.. at home or in neighborhood which is mostly other expats on the block. I must confess, if it were as bad as these guys report, I would not be here.
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