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  1. Salazar's on the frontage road below the carretera in Riberas, just east of Mirasol. They custom-built a whole pile of iron fencing from a drawing, on time & on budget, very pleased with the quality and finishing, even delivered it all to site. Very nice guys, honest, too. Have since had them do other custom work, always happy with results.

  2. It is ironic that both buyer and seller are Canadian and the issue is USD. It's like the old saying about two dogs fighting over a bone that neither owns.

    Counter in CAD for what you are willing to accept and forget about USD. They will either walk or accept and that will be the end of it.....then it's a new day as you will have done your best.

    Buyer is not Canadian but Mexican. They do not want to make offer in Mexican pesos or US, only Canadian, because it is sinking and they come out like bandits.

  3. There are no independent appraisal firms here! You're at the mercy of the real estate agent when it comes to determining price.

    The funny thing is, this agent criticized the previous agent of 3 yrs ago for doing exactly the same thing- over valuing a property to get the listing, then dropping the price. Only difference is, this one is telling me that only Mexicans would be interested in my property (really? I bought here & I'm Canadian, and half my neighbors are also!) and trying to convince me that the drop in the peso means my property has therefore also dropped by nearly $100,000 US since early December on an original $325k price.

    Currently, I am being urged to counter but was told that even a $390 Cndn ($275k US) is too much and the buyer will walk. Sounds like he is getting the steal of a lifetime to me. I know the smart thing to do is to let them go and hope for a better offer but that is the real scary part- who knows when or how much. I so wish For Sale By Owner had been a more realistic option. I sold my last 4 properties myself, saved over $100,000 commission and the buyers got a better deal. So not enjoying dealing with the real estate mafia here!

  4. I am an absentee owner not returning and the agent knows this so I think I have been 'marked' as desperate. It is listed just below $300,000 US well down from last list at $380,000 US a couple of years ago and well below all current market evaluations as well. The offer came in at $345k Canadian -- that is $237k US which I replied is an insult and countered at full list. Not sure if my agent is double-ending the deal but I don't doubt it. At 7% commission, that is a huge chunk of change in their pocket (incidentally, about 3X what commission would be on same sale in Canada where many agencies are now at a flat 2%). This property is not a dud, rather it is one of the nicer ones Lakeside, with a recent $100k total renovation and second to none lakeviews. Agent says the Mex. buyer will not care what I paid for renos as they would not have invested so much in it themselves so that is irrelevant. Uh huh.

    The agent has told me I should not be concerned that the offer is in Canadian funds since I should be looking at it from his point of view, that it is still more than I would have gotten a couple of years ago when the loonie was closer to par with USD. In other words, I should not be so greedy as to hope to break even, I should be grateful to only be losing a little.... My big concern is that closings in Mexico are notorious for dragging on, with a mid-March close, the loonie may have plummeted further, costing me tens of 1000's more in loss. Oh, it has slipped that the buyer is planning to have a pool built with all the money he saves. Seriously?

  5. I have an offer on my property there but it is in Canadian, despite the listing in US funds. Has anyone ever dealt with an offer like this before? I have concerns that by the time of closing, the amount will be worth considerably less than today due to the unstable nature of the loonie lately. The agent insists the buyer will not pay in US funds and that they are doing me a 'favor' making it in Canadian. I should mention, it is also considerably below the list price and my agent is pushing me to accept saying 'this is all my property is worth' despite him stating it has a market value of $80,000 US more just one month ago...

  6. Moving back to mi casa Lakeside, now Permanente so can't drive my pets down. Will have to fly cats down in cabin (too hot for cargo now & horrible experience last time- no thanks!).

    My house will be vacant August 1st so I will be looking for a RELIABLE and RESPONSIBLE house & pet sitter to live in and look after them until my return appr. December. Absolutely non-smoking!!! Will also have to deal with housekeeper & gardener, pay bills, and liase with property manager & myself on any issues regarding the property. Manager lives next door and will be checking in routinely so anyone with crazy ideas need not apply. References will be checked and a lawyer-drafted contract stating obligations from both parties will be signed, and enforced. Sorry if this sounds strict but had a couple of serious whack-jobs in once who killed one of my pets.

    Would ideally suit a single woman or couple with impeccable references. House is 2 bdrm, 2 bthrm, large garden, lakeview, semi-rural gated community of Tapatios & expats near San Juan Cosala. Very peaceful & scenic, but up the hillside, far from carretera- a vehicle is a necessity.

    If interested, please PM with email address so I can send particulars. Gracias!

  7. You can get bio-identical progesterone and estrogen topical gels here, imported from France. I found them to be quite effective and it's easier to tweak the dose with a gel than a pill.

    I did a lot of research on hormone replacement about 20 years ago. Premarin is one of the cancer causing hormone drugs. It's name comes from PREgnant MARe's urIN. That's right - pregnant mare's urine. The mares are bred in horrible conditions, and kept nearly constantly pregnant so they will excrete certain hormones in their urine. 17 horse hormones are used in this drug, along with an artificial molecule of something to make the formula unique and patentable. Is this really what you want to put in to your body?

    Progestin is an artificial version of progesterone which is the actual human hormone and is not expensive. The Big Pharma companies hype their products for profit while the bio-identical hormones are actually quite inexpensive. Big Pharma can't make a Big Profit off of them because natural human hormones are not patentable. Good luck!

    I'd find a good, alternative doctor here to help you with this!

    According to the entry in Wikipedia, under 'Controversy': "Animal welfare groups claim that animal husbandry and urine collection methods used in Premarin's production cause undue stress and suffering to the mares involved. Allegations of abuse range from concern over stall size, access to water, exercise, cruel treatment, collection system, continuous breeding cycles, and premature death."

    They failed to mention the 'byproduct' of the Premarin industry: the untold thousands of foals born to the mares which had to be kept in a constant state of pregnancy to produce the hormones in their urine. There was no market for the never-ending stream of foals of mixed breeding, and they were shipped to slaughter by the truckload, swept under the rug by the corporation making enormous multi-million dollar profits, and conveniently ignored by the product users. Thankfully, fears of cancer put an end to the worst of the PMU farms that had sprung up all over North America. Profits before ethics.

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  8. I have used Miguel on several occasions and he did fabulous work. He took on a pair of antique wing chairs that needed not just new covering but new stuffing and he even touched up the wood arms and legs. They came out better than expected and his prices were very good, plus he is a sweetie, very accommodating (and not hard to look at either, girls!).

    However, this time I need the same guy who custom-made my sectional sofa as he has access to the specific material that was put on and a tenant ruined by moving my new furniture into the patio sun to become bleached.

    He had the little shop next to Gloriosa on the Libramiento. I can't even remember his name. Does anyone know him or how to find him? Thanks.

  9. It looks like the quote feature isn't working so this is in response to lakeside7. Picked up my pemanente yesterday. Allowing for the holiday break it arrived exactly in the time expected. I arrived in the office around 11:30, there were probably 2 people in front of me. I don't see how having any more people working there would have been beneficial. Referring back to a thread by Spencer about the possible closing of this office entirely I could see it happening if the amount of traffic present yesterday is any indication.

    Quote feature working now! DC5, can you tell me how long your permanente took, from first applying, to fingerprinting? Then how much longer until you had your card after fingerprinting? I've heard it can be months... hope that isn't true.

  10. Need to renew, possibly change immigration status. Have dealt with 2 individiuals in past & had issues. First one was outright dishonest, pulled a scam to extract extra $, saying Aduana claimed I was lacking something (that I couldn't possibly have gotten into the country without!) & would have to pay for it again or wouldn't get processed. Unfortunately, she played the exact same scam on me 2 years running, so was fired. Then went to another, but very difficult to get a straight answer, lots of stalls, runaround, very vague replies that come too late or not at all- incredibly frustrating!

    Who can be recommended that is good, honest, reliable, communicates to clients (preferably in good English), gets things done on time without problems and knows the immigration laws & how to interpret them? I will be back shortly and need to book now.

  11. Can anyone tell me what will happen to either Canadians or American vehicles crossing over the border into the US if the license tags has expired? My Canadian plates expired within a year of arrival and is now nearly two years out of date. I have been told I can not cross the US border- true? What about trying to get back into Canada? Is there a way to comply without sending for new tags? Don't have time before leaving for that.

  12. yes, Guadalajara is the place, here in lake side is boring! just restaurantes....argh!

    Actually, there is lots to do, and many other active, fun-loving, young and 'young at heart' types around to do things with, but it does take some work to search them out. There isn't much organized for this certain age group, most is geared to the older crowd. Hey, not all of us 'youngsters' are working, and many older folks aren't yet retired, so hard to pigeon-hole everyone. I am 48, and no longer working. You can call it retired, or just permanently unemployed, whatever!

    There is rarely a day with nothing to do, you just have to decide what things you like to do, then go find it and others to join you. I printed up non-business cards with my contact info (no address, just general locale) &on the reverse it says, 'Activity partner available for: Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Riding, Dog walking (can lend you one!) and volunteering at a local orphanage. Let people know what you want to do, and they will find you.

    There is a group that hikes in the hills weekly, there is a group that meets socially every week, some that do trips into Guad for shopping. There is a new kayaking club meeting weekly at La Tasca, and those without gear can borrow. There are people who bike, jog, horseback ride in groups, too. Plus several gyms and exercise classes. Oh, and golf if you do that. We could use a dog walkers group, I would join.

    I can introduce you to some 30's & 40's females here who keep really busy. PM me if you want info.

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