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  1. My wife's family lives in Arlington, a Dallas/Fort Worth suburb. A really nice 3-4 BR house can be bought there for $200K. They spend a lot of money for cooling and heating, the property tax on their $200K house is about $2600 per year with the retired/elderly discount. Things bought there are much cheaper than here, in fact we always go shopping there and load the car up for the trip home. The savings come close to paying for one way of the trip. Chain restaurants are not much more there than here if you don't order alcoholic beverages. If you do, they get you good on those. The climate?
  2. That sounds about right for us as well and when you roll in the benefits of living in this incredible climate, it is a no brainer for us. Bear in mind that this is a pretty expensive place to live by Mexican standards. Not as pricey as San Miguel but overall pretty expensive. Just compare housing costs on the other side of the lake versus here, about a hundred percent difference. Heck, there's a drastic difference just between Chapala and Ajijic.
  3. This is very interesting, Please let us know the details on the RV when you get them. Good luck, great attitude and welcome (soon) to the area.
  4. Just follow the financial press and do the math.
  5. And the new visa laws make that pretty difficult if not impossible. I think Ajijic and the area will be fortunate if it can maintain the present fulltime population. When we came most everyone was in their early to mid-60s and now almost 8 years later makes them that much older so attrition is beginning to have an effect. I do think we will continue to see an increase in upper middle class professional Mexicans moving out here from the city environs.I've felt for some time this place would morph into a GDL suburb with a few expats thrown in. Really, this is an easy commute from all those
  6. I think that is definitely part of the problem here, competition from "crashed" prices in the Sunbelt of the U.S. Where my brother lives in the far east side of Phoenix (Apache Junction area) the developments all fly Canadian flags and market like crazy to Canadians. And they are buying there, you see them in the stores and their Canadian plates in the parking lots. They buy the places in gated, secure developments where they can use it for 6 months and then go off and leave it without worry. The developments all provide snowbird monitoring and maintenance services very cheap. If you are a
  7. VERY doubtful. You have to get a vehicle permit to drive it outside of the free zone in Mexico and I don't think you can do that with a rental.
  8. You might think about living in the RV out at Roca Azul for a while. Very inexpensive and spacious, lots of room for dogs to exercise. That is a lot of pets. You may have trouble getting someone to rent to you so the advice to plan on a lot of time is a good one. Now is the time to be looking for rentals here.
  9. BTW, the real arrival of the baby boom bulge is just getting underway. Too early to call at this point. Certainly, the government of the U.S. and Mexico aren't doing anything to help or encourage retirement here.
  10. Yes, they seem to have picked out the most expensive places in Mexico to live. Clearly the author hasn't been to either San Miguel or PV and priced things first hand. We're dirt cheap compared to both. At this point in time, the cost of living here is probably more driven by proximity to relatively expensive GDL than anything. I don't think there are enough of us expats left to drive anything. BTW there are no similar climates to here anywhere in the U.S. but fantastically expensive southern California along the coast. And even that requires heating and cooling in many places. Certainly, i
  11. Victor's tour is wonderful as is the history of this island. The best part is how a handful of indios thwarted the Spanish and forced them to make a deal.
  12. BTW, after you arrive be sure and look me up as we have a group of simpatico local riders and we take some neat day rides, plus we'll be departing on February 24 for an extended ride through the center of Mexico and around the Yucatan. We'll be riding for three weeks and the schedule is set up to make sure we can do a lot of sight seeing and going to the beach in the Yucatan. My Mexican 2006 R850R BMW had 6K miles on it when I bought it and it looks and runs like new. You can find lower mileage bikes here, all those weekend riders out of GDL who have to have the latest thing really don't put
  13. I didn't say he couldn't do it, i said it was expensive. And it is better to have Mexican plates no matter what you're driving. OTOH, if you are comfortable riding with U.S. plates and you are here on a Temporal, you can get a temporary import sticker that will be good for as long as you are Temporal and that costs almost nothing relative to full importation. You just need to make sure that you do the Aduana notice each time your Temporal renews. Some of the guys I ride with have imported their motos. it was worth it to them. Some are riding on TIPs. After looking at importing versus buy
  14. It is a lot. I looked at bringing a KLR 650 of value $3500 in and it was going to cost another $700 plus the cost of moving it. Then if you want to plate it Mexican, it is another big bunch of money. There's a big bike market in GDL. If you buy Mexican and buy your bike in the same state you live in, plating it is cheap and easy and you don't have foreign plates that make you stand out and a target for the crooked traffic cops. Before you import, check out what might be available here.
  15. What do you take with you when you renew registrations? I have two, one for a car, one for a motorcycle. Thanks.
  16. Any of you who would like to do some Bluegrass music, please PM me. After a trip north and being sick for a few weeks, I'm going to try and get things going again.
  17. The quality of our water supply in Ajijic has improved noticeably. You can now smell chlorine disinfectant in the incoming tap water. We still treat it with double filtration, double UV and softening but it is really much better when it gets to us than it was 5 years ago. And it is on almost all the time now whereas previously it was off at least half a day. The latter point is important as when there is no pressure in the lines they are open to infiltration from outside of dirty water.
  18. Stan, your best bet on this is probably going to be putting up notices where you are teaching in GDL after you get there. Not a lot of GDL people on this board. Good luck and good picking!
  19. These were apparently made by Chamberlain/Liftmaster in the U.S. and sold here as Merik. I'm trying to figure out which, if any, Chamberlain/Liftmaster remotes might work with it. The remote we have looks just like a liftmaster.
  20. Can some of you give us some idea of the size and cost of some of your murals? We have an atrium that could be muralized but the dinero is a bit tight at the moment. Thanks. Eagles, love that one you linked for the picture. Did you notice the turtle with the shadow in the pool, giving the illusion he is swimming there? Neat!
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