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El Cartero

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About El Cartero

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  • Birthday 08/09/1938

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  1. Matching Interior Paint Colors

    Before I worried about matching I would be concerned about the paint type I wanted to use. Then my alternatives are to match closely or exactly or to repaint everything with the manufacturers closest color. Hope this makes sense, quality first color next.
  2. Police Clearance Letter

    I believe it all depends on what and why you need a clearance letter. State clearance for Jalisco is done in Guadalajara. Federal clearance is done in Mexico City although there is a Federal Department that SHOULD be able to do it in Guadalajara they are not geared up to do so. Both State and Federal clearance letters have been/are required on the path for citizenship/passport.
  3. Licensing a new vehicle

    I believe there is a fee to register your new car in your name; AND a fee to purchase plates. The purchase of plates is different and runs about 4 or 5 thousand pesos. The first fee is in your dealer prcing. It replaced the yearly “tenencia” we once had. The fee for plates is your hook. Dealers can do this for you but will charge you the additional 5000 pesos.
  4. Keeping US Cell Phone number

    Things do change but I have AT&T Mexico. AT&T is/was partnered with Iusacell, Nextel, Pegaso (formerly Movistar), and Telcel. Roaming out of the United States will have roaming charges. You might check out roaming options from AT&T and consider keeping your US phone for the exclusive use of your US friends. Also check Vonage option keeping your existing number. Of course you would have another phone for use in Mexico.
  5. Do you pay staff for sick days, and how much?

    Hire a lawyer to prepare the necessary paperwork and severance pay. Then have the lawyer fire them. Do not even bother talking to the maid oe gardener about it.
  6. Is it too early to start a Do Not Call list?
  7. “Part of San Antonio is a residential area” Do we really have bylaws/ordances in place to designate an area as either residential or commercial?
  8. Tipping Disagreement

    The guy that takes me to the airport is his own contractor and I do not tip! (I also would never pay 600 pesos —— 450 max —). The Uber Driver or Airport taxi I tip because they pay a service fee ——- (and neither charge anywhere near 600 to bring me home)
  9. Lakeside increased population?

    I don’t see anyone complaining just commenting and considering a different lifestyle out of the gringo bubble. That’s not bad it’s adventurous - the very reason many left their native homes. To each his own and opinion too!
  10. Hacienda del Carmen

    Went to the website but nothing would come up when I clicked on spa for services and rates. Nor could I find pictures of the different types of room. Pages cut off so might just be my iPad. So what did you do, like, eat etc? Some good reviews on trip advisor. Thanks
  11. Lakeside increased population?

    What small city did you move to south of DF — is it a University town? Most I know that have moved, other than for medical motives, have picked Colima or the coast and none had any desire to go back to the excited states.
  12. Lakeside increased population?

    The questions for me include, do we have the infrastructure, sustainable resources like water, planning etc., to support a growing community. We avoid this hectic time of the year by spending it on the beach in the quiet community of Cuyutlan. Friends of ours return to Texas for a few months to avoid much of it.
  13. Beware Puerta Arroyo

    Toadstool it’s your realtor, to whom you gave a list of ‘must haves’, that would be to blame. Maybe some blame could go to the home inspector you hired to check put the home before you bought. Lakeside raises a good point too about first checking. No sense trying to lay blame better to be asking how to resolve the problem. It’s not a unique position in which you find yourself. To not have used a good realtor, to not have used a home inspector is akin to buying a car on your own in Guadalajara.
  14. citizenship question

    Fred on departure she will: 1 check in at the airline before going thru security. 2 There she will will hand over both passports and the agent will fill out a departure card similar to the one she used to get before citizenship. Obviously ask for a couple more to facilitate next time. The agent enters data on the computer to facilitate entry to the EU. That’s EU passport data. The card she filled out has Mexican passport data and she staples to the boarding pass. On return from EU I do the usual precheck and go directly to departure gate. When boarding I show my Mexican passport. The whys and wherefores is not something I care about. All I want is to check in and get a coffee
  15. Dollar or peso account

    Bezerk, two things, imo, for you to consider/research. Tax implications and investment strategy. These two things are unique to each individual so pointless recommending any personal bias. So do you want to leave the money in the northern climate? Hide it? Or keep it close down here in Mexico? Do your future plans include buying anything major like a car or renovations? All these impact on what you might do. Me, I’d want to keep it away from any Government’s prying eyes and sticky fingers. I’d first get it down here in a bank that provides a US dollar account and make my decisions from there to coincide with my living objectives.
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