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  1. 5 points
    House prices back up then? Better investment than bit coin!
  2. 3 points
    History of Chapala.com and rainy season: Rainy season always starts middle of June. Someone reports rainbirds around Christmas. We ALWAYS get a couple very strong storms the end of May which ALWAYS prompts a declaration of an "early rainy season". Then there are 2 weeks of little or no rain, after which rainy season starts.
  3. 2 points
    To those who are so passionate about this, why not talk with management to organize a meeting with those of us who mistrust this process so that we can ask our questions? So far all I am seeing are third party advocates for a promised service, but no actual corporate presence. Even their website is non-transparent: http://www.iloxtelecom.com/ You would think that if Ilox were so keen on doing business here they would be happy to come on down and provide some transparency. By the by, my company subscribed to a service like this in a small town in Michoacán that also touted the best service and made some large claims about speed. The “company” turns out to be an enterprising local boy who has taken advantage of the new Telecommunications laws in Mexico to buy space off the existing Telmex network at a discount. He then resells it to his clients at slightly less than what Telmex charges, but the level of service is the same…and definitely no fibre optics although he proudly insists his service is faster (Speedtest begs to differ). The downside of using this service instead of Telmex is the loss of the use of the Telmex grid when travelling, and getting bumped offline when the Telmex and/or their system goes down. Which it does. A lot.. Here is an article about similar companies in Canada that may shed some light on what Ilox is trying to do if they are legit, and an article from Forbes that compares services in North America, showing we are not alone in our suffering: https://community-broadband.ca/choice https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmurnane/2016/09/15/comparing-internet-access-speeds-in-canada-mexico-and-the-united-states/#36b4aa781039 I too would love faster internet, especially fibre optic, but before I pay upfront for a service that promises so much, yet does not seem to have the necessary start up capital to open up a store front where we can talk to them directly, let alone have sufficient resources to install a regional fibre optic network, I will want to see this companies permits to build fibre optic lines in our area, see the required government licenses, see their articles of incorporation, how they are financed, who is their management etc. It is called doing due diligence. Otherwise, I fear we are being sold a bill of goods. So for those who are passionate advocates of this service, why not get organized with Ilox's management to come and meet the sceptics directly…if they pass scrutiny, they will see a flood of applicants. If they balk at presenting to their potential investors…well, ‘nuff said and adieu.
  4. 2 points
    I'm with computer guy on this - the rainbird topic is right up there with "well the rain is good for the Lake" and "Welcome to another day in paradise! "
  5. 1 point
    I updated the figures for 2018 http://www.chapalalaw.com/immigration-2/ VISA REQUIREMENTS AT MEXICAN CONSULATES OUTSIDE MEXICO: To qualify for the temporary visa they must show a monthly income of 300 times the minimum wage (for 2018 it is 88.36 pesos) or 26,508 pesos or $1,369 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.37 to 1 (using January 3, 2018 exchange rate). This must be documented with 6 months bank statements. People who have liquid assets may qualify showing that they have maintained an average balance of 5,000 times the minimum wage (for 2018 it is 80.36 pesos) or 441,800 pesos or $22,808 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.37 to 1 (using January 3, 2018 exchange rate). This must be documented with 12 months bank statements. To qualify for the permanent visa they must show a monthly income of 500 times the minimum wage (for 2018 it is 88.36 pesos) or 44,180 pesos or $2,281 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.37 to 1 (using January 3, 2018 exchange rate). This must be documented with 6 months bank statements. People who have liquid assets may qualify showing that they have maintained an average balance of 20,000 times the minimum wage (for 2018 it is 88.36 pesos) or 1,767,200 pesos or $91,233 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.37 to 1 (using January 3, 2018 exchange rate). This must be documented with 12 months bank statements. It has been reported to us that in the past there was no minimum age limit on people applying for permanent visas but now many have reported that consulates are asking to see pension or retirement income in order to apply for the permanent visa or they are not giving them to people who are under 50 or 60 years old if at all. Shop around as consulates have different internal guidelines and if you are in this situation it pays to make some calls. You can apply for visas for your spouse (gay couples included) and children at the consulate at the same time or we can do it when you are here in Mexico once the primary applicant has their visa. Remember that in order to do this we will need birth / marriage certificates and apostilles (legalized copies for those from Canada or non Hague Convention countries). Please be advised that the consulates might have their own special rules. Processing time varies from a few hours to a few days on average. We can consult with you prior to your trip to the consulate and then prepare you for finishing the process here in Mexico as well as advise you how to properly fill out the FMM form upon arrival so that there will be no processing delays. Clients have reported that the consulates in Laredo, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona are some of the easier ones to deal with some only requires US$1,000 per month to get temporary during last year. While the law says you must give 6 or 12 months bank statements, many consulates only ask for 3 to 6 months. Laredo requires an appointment be made online prior to going, we can help you make your appointment and go over documentation requirements so you do not have to make two trips. We can make your appointment for your visa at the following consulates for a small fee: United States Laredo, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado South America Quito, Ecuador; Bogota, Colombia, Europe London, England; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; Rome, Italy; Milan, Italy Asia Beijing, China; Hong Kong, China; Tokyo, Japan; New Delhi, India VISA REQUIREMENTS AT THE NATIONAL IMMIGRATION INSTITUTE INSIDE MEXICO: To qualify for the temporary visa they must show a monthly income of 400 times the minimum wage (for 2018 it is 88.36 pesos) or 35,344 pesos or $1,825 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.37 to 1 (using January 3, 2018 exchange rate). This must be documented with 6 months bank statements. People who have liquid assets may qualify showing that they have maintained an average balance of 20,000 times the minimum wage (for 2018 it is 88.36 pesos) or 1,767,200 pesos or $91,233 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.37 to 1 (using January 3, 2018 exchange rate). This must be documented with 12 months bank statements. This is most commonly applied to those who renew late and have to prove income again. To qualify for the permanent visa they must show a monthly income of 500 times the minimum wage (for 2018 it is 88.36 pesos) or 44,180 pesos or $2,281 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.37 to 1 (using January 3, 2018 exchange rate). This must be documented with 6 months bank statements. People who have liquid assets may qualify showing that they have maintained an average balance of 25,000 times the minimum wage (for 2018 it is 88.36 pesos) or 2,209,000 pesos or $114,042 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.37 to 1 (using January 3, 2018 exchange rate). This must be documented with 12 months bank statements. Immigration has been applying a rule the past few years that in order to change from temporary to a permanent visa that you must show that you receive a pension or retirement income, even $1.00. This has effectively stopped many people from “jumping ahead” if they only have savings and do not receive any pension or retirement income, in these cases people must complete all 4 years as a temporary before going to permanent if for only financial reasons (not family related). You can apply for visas for your spouse (gay couples included) and children at the consulate at the same time or we can do it when you are here in Mexico once the primary applicant has their visa. Remember that in order to do this we will need birth / marriage certificates and apostilles (legalized copies for those from Canada or non Hague Convention countries). *2016 Note – Immigration has changed their position during the past year and now will deny renewals for temporary visas for people who entered Mexico with permission to work for a company and then change to be self employed. They are alleging that the same entry conditions do not exist. We feel this is a violation of the 5th Article of the Mexican Constitution as well as Human Rights so please plan accordingly if you are inside Mexico and wish to switch jobs.
  6. 1 point
    Update on Subscriptions to Ilox I am Dru Davies and I live in El Chante. My neighbor has been actively collecting subscriptions and advanced payments and taking them directly to the Ilox office in Guadalajara. I am sending this to give you, who are interested, the latest, correct information. As of Wednesday, April 18, Ilox has received 100 paid subscriptions. They have an additional 25 that include only the required paperwork but have not received proof of deposit from the subscriber. They need 200 paid subscribers to proceed with the project. If they do not receive that number, they will abandon the project and refund the prepayments within 30 days. I signed up when this began in 2017. In February I received a letter from Ilox indicating they had received 453 signups of which 390 were willing to prepay a year. In El Chante, we have very poor Internet service, not only slow but intermittent. Ilox seems to be the answer to our problem. I have seen many posts on various web boards about similar problems and the fact that Telmex seems less than interested in upgrading their infrastructure. I have read that some people are uneasy about depositing money into Ilox’s Bancomer bank account because they do not feel confident it will be returned if the project does not move forward. Ilox had a letter on file with PROFECO, Mexico’s consumer protection agency, stating that the any money deposited will be refunded within 30 days if the needed number of subscribers is not met and the project does not move forward. I have lived in Mexico for 22 years and have had 4 dealings with PROFECO against companies who misrepresented a product I purchased of did not provided the agreed upon service. PROFECO has come through every time and I have no doubt that Ilox will refund money if the project does not proceed. This is the best chance we currently have of getting reasonable Internet and telephone service here at Lakeside. PLEASE if this is something that would be of benefit to you and you are interested, subscribe and prepay the one year. Showing interest by submitting the original “letter of intent” is great but if we do not get enough people to sign up and prepay, it will be “all for not”. I would be more than happy to help provide additional information. If I do not know the answer, I will get it from Ilox. Please do not delay as the deadline is approaching. You can also email Ilox at: info@mail.tvrey.com.mx or Tom Kessler, trkess@gmail.com He is the man who has spearheaded this movement to get Ilox to provide service at Lakeside. Dru Davies drudavies@gmail.com
  7. 1 point
    Nicorette is a nicotine substitute for people who are trying to quit smoking. This is a mist form of it. If you don't know the name then you probably don't know where it is available.
  8. 1 point
    Semalu, If you are correct about us 'passionate advocates,' I guess I stand to lose a few thousand pesos. But if you aren't, we all stand to lose a service that if it isn't here and I was considering moving here now, i wouldn't be. Other than that, what you say is quite well said, especially the part of having a local office and rep. If that was the case, I believe that you are correct: people would be lining up. With all that being said, I have already spent too much time of the limited time that my old age allows me saying anything more.
  9. 1 point
    No, it's the same thing, year after year. Gets tedious after a while.......
  10. 1 point
    Ditto to SunFan. Today, my TelMex internet was down approximately 2 hours. Nothing new! Last night, couldn't stream as service fell below 2 MBPS Nothing new! Must be because of the rainy season here in Lower La Floresta!
  11. 1 point
    I can't believe there aren't more people Lakeside who suffer from TelMex's indifference and can afford to prepay for first class internet service. I remind folks Shaw disappears in less than two years and if you can't stream now to get your NOB shows do you think TelMex will be looking after you down the road? What a shame if we loose this opportunity. SunFan
  12. 1 point
    I am not much of a conspiracy theorist - but we are experiencing massive sunspots right now, which are disrupting communication systems, and also massive hacker attacks backed by governments not friendly to the U.S.A.
  13. 1 point
    I believe that all problems should be reported the Admin. Go to PM. In the 'To' field type 'chapala'. Then send a message to the Admin. There is nothing the members here can do to fix the problems.
  14. 1 point
    Anyone needing further information can contact Tom Keesler at trkess@gmail.com.
  15. 1 point
    It appears that there are an inordinate number of postings from those who say that they don't have a dog in the fight!
  16. 1 point
    From her business card: Dra. Jessica Quintanilla Flores We first encountered her when she was working the night shift at Ajijic Clinic several years ago. My husband had a gruesome household accident requiring many stitches in his arm. Suffice it to say there was mega-blood. Her way of handling it impressed me. Several years later, she joined Dr. Leon's team and we became her patients. When he moved his office, she went out on her own.
  17. 1 point
    Please god, no.
  18. 1 point
    I heard one, lone call yesterday afternoon. Skies were overcast. However, it really only means a few of them have struggled out of the earth earlier than the majority. They say the season will start 45 days after the first one, but whichever way you look at it, June 15 is about average... no matter when they begin buzzing. That being said, I fully expect this thread to come alive with observations and predictions, and I'm just glad I got my licks in first... it will change nothing.
  19. 1 point
    For those interested, I just finished an excellent ebook called The Monk of Mokha. It's a true story (written by Dave Eggars of The Circle fame) of a young man from Yemen who remade the Yemeni coffee industry into some of the highest-ranked beans in the world. All during a time of war with Al Qaeda. A fascinating look into both the culture and the craft of harvesting.
  20. 1 point
    There is a reason why america and most other countries have these requirements you are all trying to dodge. Money laundering and terrorism.!
  21. 0 points
    A cop was there this mid day making a very poor effort to regulate traffic. Looks if lights have been hit and now facing the floor!!!
  22. 0 points
    Yes. Let's treat everyone as if guilty. The American way is what it has become.
  23. 0 points
    I think the person who attended said it was on the 11th. I suggest getting in touch with the poster who is a major enthusiast...Kessler?
  24. 0 points
    To be strictly technical, Ickytoes is trying to persuade people to buy some other party's product, not something of his/her own. Now, where can I get that super anti-aging cream, eh?"
  25. 0 points
    It is sad that they feel the need to mess up the road like this. Each Tope as you head west out of Ajijic going to San Juan Cosala reduces the evaluation of houses in the RC by $1,000 USD. Don't believe it just compare the price of like houses with a view West of there to RC prices. Why even bother to pave the roads or fix potholes if you think topes are ok?
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