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  1. 7 points
  2. 5 points
    I think the OP might be smart to tell his brother that the brother just rented himself a lovely home to use when he visits, and go back to his original idea of a small place for himself and his cat. Life would be much less complicated.
  3. 3 points
    Have to agree with you.........it can't possibly be a magic town...its dirty, littered, and no one seems to care or clean it up...any monies received for P. Magico may not ever go to that cause either!! Then making a bike path when there is such limited car parking...how many bikes use it daily...this is not a big city..ie: Toronto, Guad, etc......... Possibly bike groups on weekends, but surely they don't intend to leave that whole area empty MOST of the time for a bike or two.? I have been here 12-13 years, and saw great improvement for a while with less dog feces, added garbage cans around town, the Librimento much cleaner...but this season...it's disgraceful!! The roads are horrific for cars and walkers alike..esp. Revolution....trees grow where they want to with no heed to increased traffic, traffic lights out most of the time, when branches or construction messes are left where they land forever, and they want it to be a Puebla Magico??? Not likely..... Ajijic needs new administration and to get seriously 'cleaned up', and fixed up....make Ajijic limpio again!!!!!! I own here and plan to stay...so please don't tell me to go NOB! It would be nice to see things cleaned up....and fixed. Traffic lights are a safety issue, why are they so neglected?? Infrastructure already can't handle the population and new builds, and they want to have even more tourists? Not likely......in MHO.......
  4. 3 points
    Ajijic is a charming little village .Government service should just .pick up the garbage regularly and do minor repairs on the roads . Thanks to Gringos its free of graffiti and the houses are in good repair and attractive. Very photogenic. Some of the vistas in the area are breathtaking. Sunsets from Malecon are second to none. The only problem I have is some of our Nobies attitude and arrogance .They can ruin my feeling towards the village, but for a short time visitor this should not be an issue. I hope the village gets the title It deserves it.
  5. 3 points
    Hi, My office does real estate due diligence. Many real estate people and notarios fret if I get involved as if I see any red flags I will note them and if they are serious enough to kill a deal I will say so. We do most of our work up front before you commit yourself by making an offer and placing a deposit as after they will all team up on you as everybody wants their commission and NOBODY will open their wallets after the sale to fix any mistakes that were made. Heck, the majority of the real estate people dont speak Spanish so have no idea what the closing papers say and often have brought people to tears to just close if they have any hesitation. Many also refuse to put in contingencies which risks your deposit money. Remember to be a real estate agent you just need to say you are, there is no licensing and testing like in the US or Canada and no protection against fraud or violations of any fiduciary duties.
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    Wouldn't the best solution be a housemate who receives a discount on their share of rent and the house expenses. Doesn't necessarily sound like you need a nurse/housekeeper. At least not yet. You should try the housemate angle first. There are plenty of people moving here with reduced circumstances who would appreciate having the opportunity. That way they would not be working, you wouldn't be responsible and a whole bunch of probable problems wouldn't come your way.
  8. 2 points
    Don't worry about the general comments. You're always going to have naysayers, regardless of the topic. It's normal to compare prices to the US since that's your home country. Eventually, you'll find a balance. Shop around, check out the various docs and go where you're comfortable. You'll see high end for here (specialists out of Guad, usually) and low end and everything in between. When we need routine care, we go to Ajijic Clinic (Clinica Ajijic). We absolutely love Dr. Rodriguez. His fees are reasonable, the care is excellent, and he's very, very patient-oriented. For anything more specific (cardio, ortho, etc), we're really lucky in that we have access to all sorts of specialists here. If one isn't available, Guad isn't that far away.
  9. 2 points
    100 percent true. IMO, Spencer's help is an excellent investment if you're buying a house here. More so, if you're a newbie. Nothing is the same as it was NOB.
  10. 2 points
    The article we are discussing in this thread relates to usage and is contradicted somewhat by the articles I cited. You appear to be suggesting the cartels do not sell drugs to Mexicans and I don't think that is correct, particularly after the government has managed to splinter the cartels and compound the problem by multiplying the numbers of criminal organizations. They are after all criminals and I don't think they hesitate to victimize Mexicans in any and all manner including drug sales, extortion, kidnapping, highway robbery and so on. Perhaps what is more true is that, as it used to be in America, there is still a strong social bias against the users of hard drugs here. In any case the nub of the problem is the social and moral decay of the U.S. and the resulting rampant use of drugs of any and all kinds up there. That is what drives this entire business. The customers are primarily in the U.S., Canada and Europe so that is where the drugs are sent and sold. I'll admit I cannot get my mind around how fast this situation developed and metastasized in the western world and particularly the U.S. When I was a young man drug users were ostracized in America and it was very much a minor issue. No more.
  11. 2 points
    You actually need both for reasons outlined above by michael2595. As a novice buyer in a foreign land, you need a lawyer that serves your interest and a notario, a lawyer also, that serves to legalize the transaction.
  12. 2 points
    Oh sure it is. With the cast of The Apprentice in charge how can we lose.
  13. 1 point
    JR has been busy with his Vallartainfo site. I know a lot of people travel to PV from here.. This list of bars and restaurant is spot on, should be, written by a well known barfly (and I mean that in the nicest way!). http://vallartainfo.com/insider-tips/
  14. 1 point
    There a lot of pretty and obliging young mexican girls who wouldnt be opposed to coming to an arrangenent !!
  15. 1 point
    I do not make policy decisions for the cartels. They make these decisions without consulting with me. I can only tell you what the rules are...and what the consequences may be for violating those rules. The Michoacan Brotherhood and the Knights Templarios, in particular, took a very hard line. If you grew opium poppies, you could have your land confiscated and be sent into exile. If you sold heroin to Mexicans, you could face execution. I believe this was the actual cause of the war that broke out between the Templarios and the vigilantes in Michoacan a few years ago. The so-called "lime farmers" (many of whom were living in exile in California) were willing to abide by the rules that forbade them from selling heroin in Mexico but still wanted to grow what had become their most lucrative crop for export to the U.S. So they simply took up a collection in order to purchase automatic weapons for use by the vigilantes. The Templarios lost that war and no longer exist. Not sure if the Michoacan Brotherhood still exists. They may have been defeated or absorbed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. The "lime farmers" felt secure enough to return to their lands in Michoacan and neighboring Guerrero, and went back into the business of growing poppies. The Mexican government, probably with a lot of help from the DEA, actually tracks opium production throughout the country. The trends are very clear; opium production in Michoacan and Guerrero declined while the Templarios were in control and then quickly rebounded once they were eliminated. That's all you get to know. I've probably given you too much information already. And if you ask me a bunch of questions about, I will probably not respond.
  16. 1 point
    Maybe a project for Have Hammers??
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    I hope they get it and get the money that goes with it and use the money to caer to some of the needs of the village The traffic is already awful so that is not going to be ruined.. I live n Ajijic and cannot see why people from Ajijic wouldbe against it.. Maybe instead of bike lanes they could put in some municipal parking to help the traffic on some of the streets.
  19. 1 point
    Beer and wine and being a little fat is good for you. http://www.solmexiconews.com/uc-90-study-drinking-beats-excercise-for-longevity/ I may have to cut back on those trips to the gym, however.
  20. 1 point
    In my opinion......everything in moderation is good for us. Mental health and disposition can be a big factor on longevity of our life. So couple glasses of wine (not bottles) ....why not?
  21. 1 point
    Actually on Facebook pages for local rentals and information there are several single men looking for shared housing opportunities. Everyone keeps their own mess picked up and shares the main area maintenance. And housemate contracts would be a good idea with outline for breaking the contract. We are going to see a lot more shared housing situtations as the housing availability diminishes and people coming here continue to look for places that cost $600 +/_ which is the amount it seems to be averaging. At that it will take two and sometimes three individuals to rent a home.
  22. 1 point
    Sounds like a plan, but what if: The housemate turns out to be a royal PITA? How to get rid of her without ending in a messy situation? Contract? That gets back into legal territory.
  23. 1 point
    Indeed! It's terrific! Going back again tomorrow. A little tricky to locate but once there, delicious and great service. Enjoy! Valerie
  24. 1 point
    EDIT: Yo1 has deleted his Post.... which is the one I am referring to below as being inaccurate. Of the two, I’d go with Sonia’s account of the process. Yes, it can be potentially challenging. The process will start with EXPORTING the vehicle from the US via Customs (which may take a day or two and is handled by the bonded Broker... if it is NOT, then run!), then IMPORTING it into Mexico. Yes it will cost quite a bit so make sure your vehicle is worth it to you. Mexican based brokers are just as good and maybe better. But the idea that it will take a “month or two” is completely inaccurate. Drive it to the border with an appointment with a reliable Broker and plan on spending 2-4 days there before driving back. Remember that one must also then get the vehicle ‘registered’ in your home state which I presume is Jalisco... more cost. YMMV
  25. 1 point
    I agree Angus. I also recommend Luis Enrique as the Notario for closing. But, if you have any questions about the actual real estate contract and your comfort level is flagging because everything is in Spanish, then I would ask Spencer McMullen to go over everything first. Buying a house is stressful enough as it is.
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    Physical addiction includes withdrawal symptoms and compulsively taking the drug to feel normal. With cocaine, people who abuse the drug may strongly desire the physical effects, not just the mental effects, of the stimulant. They may enjoy the increased energy, higher self-esteem, sense of accomplishment, or even the suppressed appetite (leading to rapid weight loss) that the drug causes. However, as a person enters into binge cycles with cocaine abuse, they are more likely to also suffer serious, dangerous side effects, including damage to the cardiovascular system, paranoia and delusions, and damage to the nose, mouth, throat, and upper respiratory system. Cocaine’s Potential for Reinforcement Cocaine is one of the most potent stimulants available, and it is highly addictive. It affects neurochemistry through the brain’s reward pathway immediately, so taking it even once can trigger addiction in many people. The drug prevents dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with elevated mood, pleasure, and excitement, from being reabsorbed, so instead, it lingers in the brain, causing intense euphoria. Once cocaine begins to wear off and dopamine is absorbed, the brain is too exhausted to make more dopamine without help; this leads to depression, exhaustion, mood swings, and other early withdrawal symptoms. To avoid these feelings, the person may immediately take another dose of cocaine in a process is called reinforcement. Not only does cocaine change how neurotransmitters are released, but a study found that cocaine addiction actually changes a person’s genetics, and this could lead to physical addiction. The drug activates genes that code for the protein delta-FosB; this protein, in turn, activates production of GluR2, a component of glutamate receptors, and these bind to the neurotransmitter glutamate. An increase in the ability to bind to glutamate intensifies a person’s sensitivity to cocaine’s rewarding effects, which is a physical change leading to reinforcement for taking the drug. Most of the withdrawal symptoms associated with cocaine addiction are mental and emotional, but the body can strongly crave the drug to regulate resulting depression, fatigue, anhedonia, and other symptoms. This can lead to relapse. https://americanaddictioncenters.org/cocaine-treatment/is-it-physically-addictive/ It is splitting hairs to pretend cocaine isn't physically addictive. Of course it is and quite frankly the heavy pot users I have known are similarly addicted. Mental or physical, addiction is addiction and in addition pot smoking damages the lungs in a similar manner as regular smoking. Get high on life, not drugs.
  28. 1 point
    Dr. Valenzuela also trains internationally.
  29. 1 point
    We used Spencer McMullen at Chapala Law as our representative in the transaction to deal directly with the real estate company. The laws are so different and same with the real estate agents and agencies then what we are used to in the states. The Rules and regs were foreign to us and real estate agents basically have no certifications or education requirements at all (buyer beware) and we thought we could handle it ourselves but as says went by we knew we couldn't handle it without having major issues and all documents were in Spanish and Spencer who is a certified translator for the gvt worked diligently on our behalf and chose the notario. Without him we would have had much difficulty.
  30. 1 point
    Our team continues to grow each day. We'd like to welcome Dr. Claudia Plancarte. Graduate of University of Guadalajara Specialized in Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the University of Guadalajara and University of Barcelona, Spain. Board certified by the Mexican Counsel of Geriatrics and is a member of the National College of Geriatric Medicine. Provides care to patients in our medical offices, home visits and nursing homes. She will be working closely with the current CHAPALA MED team of physicians on cases that require her level of expertise. Her consults are the most comprehensive I've seen and encompass everything from nutrition, exercise, fall-proofing a home and avoiding poly-pharmacology. Empathetic and great bedside manner.
  31. 1 point
    Went to a restaurant on the west side and noticed cars parked all over the already complete part of the bike path to nowhere. Not surprised fewer people trying to bike to work. With the traffic we have now it is simply suicidal to do so. That stretch going up the hill west from Juarez is beyond suicidal and apparently will remain so. The original idea was to make the bike path continuous but this project certainly will not accomplish that. As it stands it appears it will only benefit bike riders coming from the east who want to ride into Ajijic. Unless, of course, it ends up being just a fancy place to park cars. Just a small clarification about Pueblo Magico, the designation isn't only about historical or significant buildings. Some of these places feature specialties that are of unusual attraction. In the case of Ajijic I believe the very active art scene and quaint streets around Centro and the Malecon would qualify, particularly if some additional effort were put into more street murals. Once you've visited a number of these places you find there is quite a variety of attractions that qualified them and some, quite frankly, seem to have been chosen for political reasons (such as passing them out with some geographical equality) rather than really being distinctive. And some of them are really outstanding. It is my goal to visit all of them either by moto or car and I've made a good start.
  32. 1 point
    Jeff, talk to an attorney. When I came here 20 years ago most Mexican estates here had live in help. the government changed the law and ALL of these households got rid of the live in help. As I recall it the government folded in the value of residence and meals supplied and that had to be figured into severance and alquinaldo. There may be other considerations as well. But now no one has live in help, except on ranchos in Texas. So far the IRS hasn't figured out the value of that bunk house. Talk to an attorney, or find a gringa roomate who will do the cleaning.
  33. 1 point
    Seriously, instead of applying for a status that it has no legitimate chance of earning - and which has already been achieved by innumerable places with real depth of culture and ambiance - why not apply for something more unique and appropriate? "Pueblo Geriatrico" - now that's a slam dunk (though there will be protests from the jewelry-rattling set in San Miguel de Allende but we'll just give them "Pueblo Disneylandico" status as a consolation prize). As for Chapala, land of endless (and endlessly incompetent) street construction and even more endless promotion of totally out-of-scale Tapatio tourism (witness the recent two week shutdown with 120,000 drunken Tapatios for carneval - a mere 400% of the town's population), Pueblo de Polvo y Ruido has just the right ring. Let other villages have their Magico status. We have plenty of Tragico to go around.
  34. 1 point
    You may get more useful responses if you tell us what your rental budget is, your preferred location(s), etc. Good luck...
  35. 1 point
    One of the other applicants is the town of Jamay on Hwy. 35 between Ocatalan and La Barca. The town has made a very concerted effort to present the town as a "must see" tourist destination. Their central plaza is simply one of the most beautiful I have seen anywhere. Unlike Ajijic, the town of Jamay gets my vote. I hope they get it.
  36. 1 point
    There is an election here in July. I would wait and see who wins before I would buy a lot of pesos.
  37. 1 point
    I wouldn't invest all of it in anything that pays 8% and consider it "safe". My stash would be in an insured dollar account in one of the major financial institutions in the U.S. that currently pays peanuts in interest. (The peanuts, however, will very likely be growing steadily in the future based on financial and political events in the U.S.)
  38. 1 point
    If it’s big dollars, and $50-100k meets my definition, and if I were risk adverse I’d be looking to put some of it NOB in a guaranteed account making peanuts..... but safe. If one feels that can be done in Mexico without any risk then flail away, but.....
  39. 1 point
    Yes, and that is the problem (not upping the pay). Gas has just gone up, CFE rates, everything that depends on transport will, etc. It costs your employees just as much to fill up their cars as it costs you, but they are less able to afford it. My maid, who has been working for me for 4 years and does a fantastic job, told me in Dec.that she needs to have her hourly rate increased by 10 peso/hr. in 2017, which I thought was totally fair. Altho she doesn't have to drive to my house, as she lives just up the block, she has 3 kids to ferry around and 5 mouths to feed.
  40. 0 points
    This thread is a wonderful opportunity for artists to advertise their openings, classes and other art related events. Use it!
  41. 0 points
    Maybe I'll print out the picture and show it to them. If the masons are using them they must have a source. Thanks for the ideas! Ned you think your friend would sell some?
  42. 0 points
    Well they didn't say anything about the SIZE of the wine glass.
  43. 0 points
    I would echo Vetteforron and be very carefully ahead of the Mex election where the firebrand liberal/socialist is the front runner. If he wins, think of Venezuela.
  44. 0 points
    I think this is hilarious. I always wanted to write a short story about a couple who moves from the U.K. to Chicago. They don't want to live in the suburbs, in a "MacMansion" - they want to live in the "real" Chicago. So they buy a brick town house, in an urban neighbourhood, for a very low price. They start blogging about their experiences. About the interesting murals which seem to spring up every where, on anything. They hear the kids letting off firecrackers in the night. They get hostile glares, but believe that will change once people get to know them and appreciate pouring their wealth back into the local community. Homeless people, sleeping in abandoned cars is considered "innovative". Finally someone sets them straight "You are living in a GHETTO, man, a freaking GHETTO!".
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