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  1. There are no filters for renting to people here as there is up north - references are for the most part useless and there is no credit history information.  So a Facebook page can tell a lot. However color just isn't important and never occurred to me to use for that purpose and I doubt any of the nationals running rental services think about it either. 

    Anyway what can be told is if people keep their homes and yards neat and tidy.  Do they have family and friends or are they loners?  Are they consumed with politics of either bent?  Do they seem to have an angry personality or a needy personality seeking validation from others? Do they have an extreme focus on animal rescue?  Are they curious about the world?  Have they travelled?


    It's just one of the tools now that people use to decide who to rent to just like others use it to decide who to employ or who to date.  The world is changing.


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  2. If I have to have music while we dine I would enjoy a pianist over a singer strumming a guitar or a trio any day.  The best music in town is Tangos piped in music with speakers which are nicely balanced around the room and where the one nearest where you are sitting can be turned off completely if you ask nice and tip well.

  3. You will need to go to the local Facebook pages for rentals  and there are 5 or 6 of them. Then go on the general information pages, and there are a dozen of those active.  On those pages you should list what you want with all the information but not your price.  Let the responses come in without limiting yourself to a specific price.  It is already very slim pickings for winter season as you have found out.  Making it even more difficult is that for those who have arrived here and are finding it is not for them they are breaking leases by finding a replacement tenant so the original tenant gets their deposit back.  So word of mouth and who you know is taking on an even greater importance.  


    The most clever thing I have seen recently was a couple who are looking for a place asap.  On the postcard-sized card is a photo of them and their dog.  It lists every social media address they have along with their phones and emails.  On the back is a list of what they are looking for in a rental.  They have been handing these out.  Very clever.


    Do not dismiss making your Facebook page public because I know rental agents who use that method to see who the people are and how they live where they came from and this helps them cull out renters from the huge numbers of people coming to their offices and calling them.  

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  4. On ‎8‎/‎16‎/‎2018 at 2:43 PM, lakeside7 said:

    There's been a couple of references to ironies for 100 pesos  a day...is a correct number??

    Usually when take your ironing to  womans house it is by the piece or the basket.  Items folded and layered in a small basket to even with the top is usually around $100 pesos.  You can't cram them in or you will get called on it.  You can usually return to pick them  up in 2 days and you supply the hangers.  For someone who comes to your house it will be more.  You can do it as an hourly fee about $60 pesos but then some iron fast and some iron very sloooooooowly.  It is important to iron your own things once to know how long it takes that you feel is reasonable for  your number of items.

    If your housekeeper is doing the laundry and the ironer is coming in you will need to teach the housekeeper what should be ironed and what should not.  They won't necessary know that the rayon dress shouldn't be ironed.  Also things like nightgowns and mens undershirts will make it into the basket.


    We pay the same amount every week regardless of the number of pieces.  $250 pesos for a weeks worth of clothing ironing.  Comprised of shorts/pants, golf shirts and tshirts and womens cotton or linen light over jackets.  Some weeks there is a lot  if we have been especially out and about that week and some weeks barely a small basket full but she gets the same amount of money regardless of how much there is to do and how long it takes her so it all works out.  She gets paid when we travel because she counts on that income every week so it really does work out fairly for both of us.

  5. It sounds as though this fellow is a tad misinformed about the area.  Just so he knows there are no apartment complexes here with rental offices on site.  There are  no condo groups with rental offices.   There are a couple dozen rental agencies and a dozen or so private managers and then the word-of-mouth and friend-to-friend market is very active here.   People look for months for a place not only here in person but they follow a dozen internet sites and facebook pages for leads to housing.


    Pets are becoming a problem when renting in a reduced availability market.  At you $1500 price point the furnishing will be nice and a dog or two is unlikely to be welcome.  There are just too many people who don't have dogs who also have money that many landlords say no to pets.  I do not know anyone who rents their investment or personal homes to dog owners.  If the places are are unfurnished then cats are okay but not likely for dogs. 


    On your first trip for 3 days do not bother going to LCS.  It is a garden, pretty but you don't need it your first day.  For half a day hire someone to drive you around to establish some frame of reference.  Have a real paper map that you can mark on and a notebook.  For your driver get a guy in his 40s not one of these 25 year old girls who haven't a clue what you are needing to know and might want to see so they just wander drive.  For another half day hire a different person to show you Chapala in a walking tour.  And then do the same for Ajijic and Jocotepec, each a half day.  There you are done.

    Good luck.


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  6. Didn't we go thru this tech center complex stuff a decade ago followed up by a major amusement park complex followed by casinos in the mountains.  Pipe dreams all of them. What makes anyone think that the government of Jalisco would in any way support diverting any potential tech focused enterprise from the Guadalajara massive efforts in the tech direction to the area they have already decided will be a playground.  



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  7. I just finished interviewing house/pet sitters for a 10 day trip.  This is the first time I went outside our usual plans which is the ironing woman or renting our house for longer trips.  Each local person I talked to and there are plenty of them was $200-300 pesos a day.  Of 13 people it was almost evenly divided between those who actually stayed in the house and those who did not but "visited" 3 or 4 times a day.  Pretty much what I had been led to expect but I had been told to ask specifically about overnights.  Several of these people told me they don't take more than 3 assignments at a time.  So asking the right questions is important and state clearly what your definition of house/pet sitting is and what it isn't.

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  8. Well I have to disagree with Natasha because the housekeeper is not like any other housesit person.  We pay our ironer $100 pesos a day.  She does not stay in our house all day since she has life things to do and other jobs.  She is welcome to stay overnight should she want to but it is not required.  She makes the decision based on what she knows is going on in the village at the time.  If I paid a housesit person $250 a day I would expect them to stay around  most of every day and evening and definitely overnight.  


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  9.  I had to report a car license plate as stolen.  Reported it to the Ministerio Publico.  No one told me this until after 4 months had passed and innumerable visits to try to figure it out.  The person who finally told me was at the auto license registry in Guadalajara.  When I finally went with the report and all the other paperwork to the Chapala office they told me they figured I knew the procedure and just wasn't doing it.  It was so frustrating.  I don't know if it is still that way.  Get some real advice.  Better yet hire someone to do it all for you.


  10. Hire a needy kid on the block to pick it up and dispose of it every morning before you open the door.  The kid will thank you, and you will be happier and the whole neighborhood will like you more and they will know that the dog owners are not taking care of their dogs' business.  It is not going to stop since the dog has chosen your stoop and the neighbors are unlikely to stop putting their dog out.



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  11. I had the same "Mexicans are dirty and cheap don't eat where they would" vibe from the original poster statement.  I have been taught to ALWAYS eat only where the place is crowded and busy because that indicates that the restaurant food is trusted.


    I agree that you shouldn't interact with the beggars around the tables.  Toward the end of your meal buy a plate of pollo and beans to set at the end of your table. Then before you leave give one of the beggars a nod.  

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  12. We voted with our feet.  Eight women out to lunch easily $300 pesos per with wine, margaritas, salads etc...so the owner likes to see us coming in.  We get our first round of drinks and are deciding on entrees and in walk a man with a boxer type dog.  The medium big dog isn't able to settle and paces.  We are still chatting so we order round two.  Woman comes in with small yappy dog with smashed in nose that runs all the time making the dog sniff and snort.  She is joined by another woman and both begin to pay extraordinary attention to the dog calling its name, asking it to lay down, calling its name again.  We all noticed, we were all not comfortable with the bigger dog but agreed the smaller dog was a serious annoyance with all that snuffling and sniffing and the woman touching its face while it was on her companions lap.  THen the dogs began to fuss at each other.  


    Anyway it came time to order and we looked at each other and decided to go around the corner to another restaurant.  We apologized to the owner and our regular waiter and both of them just shrugged their shoulders.  Oh well.

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  13. Helene, bring your nice car.  There are plenty of nice cars here.  If you need something smaller buy a small village car after you are here a few weeks.  If you go back in a year or two you have your nice car.  It is nice you are coming back.  It is also highly probable you will not stay.  It is THAT different.


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  14. Bellon has been a disappointment too many also.  Tejeda has too.  Neither is able to MAKE the insurer do anything outside the bounds of your policy but they can and should be on top of every claim and have an honest and rational explanation for anything that is not allowed when you make a claim. 


    Like any professional they also have only so many "judgement calls" they can push on higher ups to get what is needed.  Since your issue is on a relatively minor repair I am pleased that the agent has not used any "chit" or "goodwill" he might possess on your behalf.


    You have been here a long time, as have I, and this is the very first time in 14 years I have heard a complaint about Tejeda in any form. We would hesitate to affect a long-term relationship of that type for a minor brouhaha.  


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  15. Coming to Ajijic and the general Lake Chapala area in a couple weeks to film is the BBC series Marigold Hotel where a group of pensioner celebrities travel the world looking for a retirement place. You can see it on YouTube. I like the Cuba one best. We all know that every once in a while HGTV shows up here wandering around. This a whole new level of exposure. Hold onto your hats, the times they are changing.

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