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El Cartero

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  1. Before I worried about matching I would be concerned about the paint type I wanted to use. Then my alternatives are to match closely or exactly or to repaint everything with the manufacturers closest color. Hope this makes sense, quality first color next.
  2. I believe it all depends on what and why you need a clearance letter. State clearance for Jalisco is done in Guadalajara. Federal clearance is done in Mexico City although there is a Federal Department that SHOULD be able to do it in Guadalajara they are not geared up to do so. Both State and Federal clearance letters have been/are required on the path for citizenship/passport.
  3. I believe there is a fee to register your new car in your name; AND a fee to purchase plates. The purchase of plates is different and runs about 4 or 5 thousand pesos. The first fee is in your dealer prcing. It replaced the yearly “tenencia” we once had. The fee for plates is your hook. Dealers can do this for you but will charge you the additional 5000 pesos.
  4. Things do change but I have AT&T Mexico. AT&T is/was partnered with Iusacell, Nextel, Pegaso (formerly Movistar), and Telcel. Roaming out of the United States will have roaming charges. You might check out roaming options from AT&T and consider keeping your US phone for the exclusive use of your US friends. Also check Vonage option keeping your existing number. Of course you would have another phone for use in Mexico.
  5. Hire a lawyer to prepare the necessary paperwork and severance pay. Then have the lawyer fire them. Do not even bother talking to the maid oe gardener about it.
  6. Is it too early to start a Do Not Call list?
  7. “Part of San Antonio is a residential area” Do we really have bylaws/ordances in place to designate an area as either residential or commercial?
  8. The guy that takes me to the airport is his own contractor and I do not tip! (I also would never pay 600 pesos —— 450 max —). The Uber Driver or Airport taxi I tip because they pay a service fee ——- (and neither charge anywhere near 600 to bring me home)
  9. I don’t see anyone complaining just commenting and considering a different lifestyle out of the gringo bubble. That’s not bad it’s adventurous - the very reason many left their native homes. To each his own and opinion too!
  10. Went to the website but nothing would come up when I clicked on spa for services and rates. Nor could I find pictures of the different types of room. Pages cut off so might just be my iPad. So what did you do, like, eat etc? Some good reviews on trip advisor. Thanks
  11. What small city did you move to south of DF — is it a University town? Most I know that have moved, other than for medical motives, have picked Colima or the coast and none had any desire to go back to the excited states.
  12. The questions for me include, do we have the infrastructure, sustainable resources like water, planning etc., to support a growing community. We avoid this hectic time of the year by spending it on the beach in the quiet community of Cuyutlan. Friends of ours return to Texas for a few months to avoid much of it.
  13. Toadstool it’s your realtor, to whom you gave a list of ‘must haves’, that would be to blame. Maybe some blame could go to the home inspector you hired to check put the home before you bought. Lakeside raises a good point too about first checking. No sense trying to lay blame better to be asking how to resolve the problem. It’s not a unique position in which you find yourself. To not have used a good realtor, to not have used a home inspector is akin to buying a car on your own in Guadalajara.
  14. Fred on departure she will: 1 check in at the airline before going thru security. 2 There she will will hand over both passports and the agent will fill out a departure card similar to the one she used to get before citizenship. Obviously ask for a couple more to facilitate next time. The agent enters data on the computer to facilitate entry to the EU. That’s EU passport data. The card she filled out has Mexican passport data and she staples to the boarding pass. On return from EU I do the usual precheck and go directly to departure gate. When boarding I show my Mexican passport. The whys and wherefores is not something I care about. All I want is to check in and get a coffee
  15. Bezerk, two things, imo, for you to consider/research. Tax implications and investment strategy. These two things are unique to each individual so pointless recommending any personal bias. So do you want to leave the money in the northern climate? Hide it? Or keep it close down here in Mexico? Do your future plans include buying anything major like a car or renovations? All these impact on what you might do. Me, I’d want to keep it away from any Government’s prying eyes and sticky fingers. I’d first get it down here in a bank that provides a US dollar account and make my decisions from there to coincide with my living objectives.
  16. Danza del Sol for Sunday brunch Villa del Arte the old Brunos and old Tango Hole in the Wall Chili Bang Bang
  17. Lovely but not something I’d likely use here
  18. Google dosfuegos catering or facebook.
  19. Reading this I might get one. I don’t drive in Guadalajara and haven’t been stopped here in several years of not having one. Never needed one to renew plates either.
  20. I note you specified from December thru May and agree with you 100%. Perfect for snowbirds but for year round Lakeside is best. Many living here have beach houses they primarily use thru the winter months and for weekend retreats. Not all can afford that option. Too, with snowbirds selection the beach for their 4 or 5 month visit traffic on the carretera might improve
  21. Bdlngton I think you would be the type of person that SHOULD be on this board. Your approach has clarity, humility and wisdom. Alas the bulk of humanity seems to fall into the complainer category. I was very appreciative of the advise I received from this board over a dozen years ago and try to pay back in kind, which is why I post on occasion.
  22. Carretera 3 or 4 stores east of Colon lake side
  23. Best for both burger and mexican together is fonda dona lola. Sorry can’t do accents with this ipad.
  24. I am reluctant to comment because most people only want to hear what they want to hear. I have used a contractor to build a house. A gringo and proclaimed expert in fact. Maybe what happened to me can be avoided by you. So here’s the facts... 1. Budget was established which he exceeded by over 50% 2. Paid monthly equal payments with one month in advance. 3. He agreed to pay all licenses and imss. Reality - he paid no building fees, taxes or permits. No inventory control was in place and he over ordered, placed the material in a bodega and sold it keeping the money. So you can figure out what should be in place to safeguard yourself. He did this, I later discovered, with several insuspecting clients. My neighbor and friend used a local contractor. He falsified documents and sued the client claiming possessionof the house he built. A house valued at close to 1-million usd. would I ever build a house again? Not on your life. There are deals to be had on existing homes and bought right I could throw 100grand into a reno, get what I want and be money ahead.
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