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    Currently in Portland, OR
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    Seeing new places and meeting new people, loving the sound and smells of beautiful places, finding new adventures with my crazy husband, loving my pets, reading, thinking about and discussing interesting topics with great friends and a glass of wine.

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  1. hi, I've seen lots of (useful) discussion here about capital gains tax, but I'm looking for some professional advice in advance of buying. Specifically, someone who can advise on: Trade-offs/tax advantages to losing US homeowner's credit and mortgage interest credit on US taxes, assessing/revising our retirement portfolio based on a big cash investment (house), developing other tax write offs, etc. If you have someone you can recommend, I'd appreciate it!
  2. Thanks all! This has given us some great ways to target our "on the ground" time the rest of this week! This is such a helpful forum community, compared to many others I've been part of over the years. I really appreciate that fact that people are so solution-focused! So, overall then, it sounds like that link I posted (regarding groceries) are the kinds of prices I can definitely expect to find--If I do a little legwork/brainwork, yes?
  3. Hi all, we're here in Lakeside doing our research and would like some insight from those of you already established here--since there is only so much we'll accomplish in our 9 days! 1. So far we've checked out SuperLake and it seems the prices there are much more expensive at home. Where do you shop for your day to day groceries? Are you buying mostly Mexican brands, and is that a big cost savings? 2. Based on where you are shopping, do the grocery prices here seem accurate to what you are paying? https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Ajijic 3. Will the tianguis be signi
  4. what is the protest about? something at the airport?
  5. we're heading down next week for our first exploratory trip. I went to our bank today just to get some "safety pesos" (like, the plane lands late and the exchange is closed and the ATMs are down so I can't get a taxi--I've had weirder in international travel...). As he exchanged my dollars, the teller told me that if I use my ATM card for a purchase in Mx, there will be a 3% charge and if I use it for a withdrawal, it is $5USD fee plus whatever that institution adds on. Is it true that most restaurants and shops are pesos only, or do they generally take credit cards (mine will give me a b
  6. Thanks for all the feedback. It sounds like there is a real range of different arrangements--great to know! (sorry about the typos--not so easy on my phone)
  7. hi, My husband, my sister, and I are researching a late 2107 move to the Chapala area. My sister may be thinking of stretching her retirement dollars a bit by offering house/pet sitting. She has years of experience managing rentals, and is a serious dog lover. I'm curious if anyone can either point us to a place where most the local folks find sitters, and/or a range of how much sitters might get by the week, just as a point of reference. Is it more like "we give you a place to live for free" or is there usually some kind of compensation? All advice welcome!
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