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  1. That makes complete sense. I don't mind paying an extra month if it reduces the likelihood of problems. I'll just change the effective date.
  2. Thanks for this useful thread. I've printed the summary to keep in our car. I have a question, though, which I hope is sufficiently related to warrant posting here. I'm in the process of obtaining Mexican auto insurance for when we cross the border into Mexico on July 1, 2019. I have a couple good quotes and am ready to proceed. However, I asked for an effective coverage date of June 28th. Now I've learned, from the Banjercito website, that proof of insurance is required to apply for a TIP. My question, then, is whether I need to make the insurance effective NOW instead of a couple days before we cross. In other words, will Banjercito issue the TIP even though my auto insurance would not be effective until a month or so later? Thanks for any info, and sorry if this is in the wrong place.
  3. Any advice on when to try a crossing and for which bridge? We'd planned to cross as early as possible on July 1st and see if we could make the run from the border in one day. It was unlikely, even without a two or three hour delay to start the morning.
  4. My stateside interview for residency was yesterday. I was told the amounts for permanent residency were $2,361.00 monthly / $94,454.00 liquid. For temporary residency it was $1,416.00 monthly / $23,614.00 liquid. Although I easily exceeded the threshold for permanent, they would only approve me for temporary. They didn't quite seem to understand (or care) that I was retired, had been self-employed, and wouldn't be receiving a pension or social security for a number of years. They wanted to see a pension/SS and a letter from my employer (i.e., me) saying I was on longer employed. Weird, but no biggie. I'll go temporary, which will let me bring in a US vehicle, and my wife, who will have a pension, will go permanent.
  5. My interview to apply for residency is tentatively scheduled for January 3rd. I'll let you know what they say, at least at that place and on that day.
  6. Thanks for the info. I don't see anything from the links to indicate he's selling CBD but...ohhhhh...that could be intentional. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more.
  7. I don't use CBD oil but my wife does. I'm not against it - just don't have anything for which it is medically indicated. From this thread, it sounds like there are no local purveyors in the area. Is that the case? If so, that's disappointing. I hope the trend towards marijuana legalization in Mexico increases the availability of CBD oil, too.
  8. Sorry to resurrect the thread, but has anyone else had ridiculous problems with their Schwab card? I recently obtained one and spent the last three days trying to activate it and set a PIN. Their system was effectively locked over the weekend, it didn't recognize my card yesterday, and today it stated my security number (which is on back of the damn thing) wasn't correct. Their operator is now sending a temporary PIN in the mail but I'm not getting the warm and fuzzies about dealing with this kind of stuff on a regular basis. Once it's operational - presuming it's ever operational - should I anticipate further problems or has it been pretty reliable for those using it? I'd rather pay ATM fees than have my life consumed by this type of stuff.
  9. Go to www.reddit.com and search "NFL Streams". Boom! Every game, every week. Sometimes, you have to check out a couple of the links and/or switch in the middle of the game but, overall, it's fairly reliable. Amazon Prime is also now streaming the occasional game - I think the ones on Thursday. It's much better quality than last year. Edit: I should clarify - this works in the US and I presumed it would in Mexico, too, but am not certain. Maybe with a VPN?
  10. Sorn

    IMSS vs. SP

    If the part about denials for any pre-existing condition is true, then I presume it's shifting enrollment into SP?
  11. I'd be interested what the current (i.e., summer/fall 2018) time periods are for temporary and permanent residencies in Chapala and Guadalajara.
  12. Trust me: I'm listening and appreciate all the advice. It sounds like postponing the trip is the only practical avenue. I knew the rental market was tough but didn't expect it to expand into the hotel/Airbnb market. The high season must be something (we've generally visited on the fringes or in low season). It sounded inconceivable to have to book accommodations five months in advance. But, the market has spoken.
  13. I've appreciated the comments here. However, does anyone have input on the likely availability of hotels/Airbnbs from Jan-March? Is the area really saturated to the point where there is, almost literally, no room at the inn for weary travelers? If so, that would really frustrate a visit to make arrangements for a later move. I guess we could cancel the pre-visit and just book a trip in the off-season in the belief we'll find something but, damn, that seems even more risky.
  14. Thanks for the input and pms. I did mean 2019 - not sure how 2018 has gone by so quickly. We're looking for a smallish place, 1-2 bedrooms and 1-2 bathrooms, somewhere between West Ajijic and Chapala for about $800 - $1,200 a month. I didn't realize my trip was set for the peak season, but see that you're right. This may be rougher than anticipated. I may have to break my social media boycott and get on facebook...
  15. I'm planning a two-to-four week trip to the Lakeside area starting sometime between late January and mid February 2018. My goal is to, within that time, locate and procure a long-term rental to start that summer (i.e., June or July). I've been to the area before and stayed at Airbnbs. Seems like a good plan, right? Fairly long visit, pretty far in advance, and flexible timing on everything. Here's the thing: just about all the Airbnbs and hotels are already booked up. I'm seeing a few options starting a little later in February, but even those are saying "HURRY! ONLY ONE LEFT!" I guess this is my question: is it really that jammed up or is there something going on here? Am I trying to book too early? Are the travel sites trying to leverage me into impulse buying? Is internet booking just not the way things are done around there? I'd appreciate any input or tips on where I'm going wrong or what I could do to improve the odds of success here. Thanks!
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