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  1. Hacienda del Carmen

    http://www.haciendadelcarmen.com.mx/en/rates. It does look lovely.
  2. Lakeside increased population?

    As someone who is moving down in 6 weeks after having spent a year in intensive research (and yes, visiting), it feels good and bad to have others saying what I have been thinking. We will land in Chapala, and then we will see. We can be comfortable in Chapala for several years, but then might be priced out. But my husband really wants to get settled somewhere he can live long term (as in, the same house), and I don't want to buy there; it just ties up too much capital for me to be comfortable, and too hard to get it back out if things go wrong. So my plan is to look around; Morelia, Queretaro, Tequisquiapan, and lately Xalapa have caught my attention. However, it also jus tmight be over the hills to Ixtlahaucan. Prices in Jocotepec are already starting to inflate in the last few months. Lakeside has some advantages that are still attractive: the proximity to the airport, big city culture in Guadalajara, and the plethora of activities Lakeside, several of which are really important to my husband. The large number of English speakers has sparked development of English language services that will make aging easier - assistance with healthcare and bureaucracy, for example No place else has quite the same mix. And yet - I look at development and think, environmental disaster not too far in the future; not to mention crowds and inflation. I have often heard complaints about incivility on this board but I have to say I have not encountered it. I have asked some newbie questions, but not the most egregious ones I hope, and received some very thoughtful answers. Occasionally people start their own little dialog but I can ignore that. So I want to thank the many, many of you who have already helped us. Anyway, compared to Facebook web boards are models of polite ,drama-free communication. I look forward to meeting more of you in person next month, after the last month of my working life has driven me to the edge. My husband retired last month; I agreed to stay on to manage an important event which now has me tearing my hair. So I will need a week to un-frazzle when I get there - but then, Mexico is good for that, if you have the right attitude. regards to all, Elisabeth
  3. Hotel Oasis in Matehuala?

    Has anyone stayed there? Pet friendly; new on Booking.com and doesn't have any reviews yet. I've read the reviews of Las Palmas, which some of you think is rather old and tired, and was looking to see what alternatives there are about halfway from Laredo. Thanks!
  4. Why do you belong to this board?

    Lisa, I am moving this spring. One of the best things I did for myself early on was to go back through the posts on this board about 2 years, reading the ones that seemed like they would help me understand. I think that helped me ask more specific questions.
  5. Thanks, Liana, that's very helpful. Making a note of that!
  6. Looks like I have found someone for immediate help. Would be interested in collecting names possibly for the future; you can PM me if you prefer.
  7. HI folks, We are coming down in April to look for long term rental, but I just became aware of a house I am interested in which is available now - on a block that I know well. So I am looking for professional help - the type of person who calls herself (usually it's a her) a concierge, to look at the house and give me more pics and information about it, and help with a contract if it seems suitable. I have contacted a couple people on Facebook but either everyone there is busy now, or involved with Carnaval (or out of town for Carnaval?). Any contacts would be appreciated. (If I didn't know the location well, I would not consider doing this long distance).
  8. Amazon MX - Impressive!

    Great to know, thanks for posting.
  9. We expect to come with a Temp Residency visa for my husband and a Permanent one for me. He doesn't qualify for permanente yet, and he is attached to his car, so it works out. However, I have seen different information: I know I can't own the car, but can I drive it? Will he have to be with me? I have consulted Sonia's website but still feel confused.
  10. I keep hearing how expensive it is to get them once you are in Mexico.
  11. Interesting! I don't want to pay for too many apostilles, but don't want to be caught short either if any agency want to keep an original.