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An Expat Talks about Moving to Cartago, Colombia

Dec 06, 2017


Colombia

An expat in Cartago, Colombia has found a little bit of heaven living in Colombia. He appreciates the much lower cost of living and admits he lives like a king in Colombia for $2,000 a month. He advises others moving to Colombia to bring only the necessities and buy furniture there.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Cartago

Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

Miss my friends, some of my regular TV programming and my boat. I should have left my old furniture, sell your stuff before moving to Colombia. They have nice stuff to buy at good prices.

What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

Rent first. Get to know the area you are moving to first. Bring only the money you need while here. The money is taxable in the US but not in Solombia if pension of Social Security. Colombia is a heaven!

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

I have a US $70,000 home I found and fell in love with. This home in the Gig harbor area in WA will cost $600,000. Some expats buy homes in more expensive areas out of town for US $120,000 with swimming pools and entertainment areas.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

I visit the area many times and was in love with the Cerritos, Cartage and Quindio area. This area is safer than the USA.

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Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

One dollar in the area will buy the equivalent of $9 dollars in the USA. I have a car if I want to drive, however at less than US$1 for a taxi ride in town, I prefer for them to pick me up. You can live in Colombia on US $2000 with a maid cleaning, cooking. I travel to the coast for six days for US $500. I live like a king.

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