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  1. I believe that you can get a permission letter to leave for the first part of the process, however once you have been fingerprinted you cannot leave until the Visa is delivered. good to ask Spencer or Sonia to avoid surprises.
  2. No offense taken ComputerGuy, and I smiled when you called me a conservative even though that is not categorically correct. The area of Canada that I live in certainly is in a prolonged downturn and some of that can be attributed to Liberal policy and lack of follow thru, investment is way down and companies are selling off and leaving. If you are looking for evidence just look at how our markets have performed since the liberals have been in power. My reality is that we have laid off 10 staff in my department in the last 3 years so Google or not we are feeling pain. For the record I think Canada has very good healthcare, perhaps a little slow to get into but you will not hear me complain at this point in time. As always, people have a choice who they listen to.
  3. I rarely comment on these forms, however as a Canadian living in Canada, teaching at a college I have to support "Islander", it is a fact that businesses and investors are leaving Canada. We are now run like a banana republic where even approved projects are shut down and our personal and corporate taxation rates are extremely high. Our debt is out of control and we have done nothing to help the planet. For a Prime Minister who cares so much about the economy he sure flies around in an empty plane a lot.
  4. I see lots of contributors want to base the prices on when they bought and that is fair, what will the market do? Anybody's guess. I feel there is value in owning a home and being where I want to be, if I loose money in the end I have to look at what I gained in exchange and if that's a rich relaxed lifestyle with less stress and more sunshine, I would have to say I am willing to take that deal. it seems that some of the people who have lived lakeside preferred it when there were less people but for me I have only seen it's it is today. It is still wonderful.
  5. Hello, We bought a new house in a gated community last year. I did a decent amount of research on the area as well as on the demographics of baby boomers. We paid in the mid twos for the property, it is 3 bedroom with 3 bathrooms. 2400sq ft. there will be lots of people who will say that gated communities are not real Mexico and even more that say the price is much to high. As someone in my late 50's all my life the baby boomers I have seen prices rise with the tide of boomers my whole life, for example when I was in my 20's a lake lot could be had for $25000 by the time I was in my mid 30,s it was $100000+. My point is that on average between Canada and the States alone aproximatly 11000 people per day are retiring and I feel that is going to put pressure on all Ajijic type markets, it is great to say that prices have always been lower and things can be hard to sell however that simply does not ring true in current times and the past is the past. i was in Ajijic in July sitting beside a camera crew doing a program for BBC on retirement places, it is just a start, retirees are becoming very big business and I believe the prices will continue to rise, and by the way, much like Vancouver, Ajijic has very limited land and that also needs to be considered. Did we pay to much? Is a gated community the wrong place to be? I do not know the answer to these questions and only time will tell. I do know however that I am very happy to be in the game. I will be renting the house out for a few years so the gated community will make that easier and the rent will offset some of the capital cost and in the end we have a place to go once our working lives are complete. In closing, we bought where we liked it, Ajijic is very nice as is the whole lakeside and the people truely make the place special. I wish you good fortune in your quest and my thoughts are don't wait to long or that place you can afford today might be out of reach soon.
  6. Just went through the process, used Spencer and highly recommend his services, from the time I applied to getting fingerprinted was one day short of three weeks and from finger prints to receiving card was 12 days. keep in mind that once the fingerprints are taken until you get the card travel out of Mexico is not possible.
  7. Walmart has some that are very good, bought one today. however go to the section that has the toilet seats because the ones in the cleaning section are not as good. the good ones have blue handles and are very soft, about 12"
  8. It sounds like, (no pun intended) she is wiser tp purchase at Costco here. Thank You for your input. Jim
  9. Actually she is comparing to our local Costco, I am a big Costco fan but still curious if there are savings to be had? When I look at dental and some medical it seems possible.
  10. I am curious if anybody there has compared the cost of hearing aids in the lakeside area to either US or Canada? My mother in law is looking at buying some within the next year, she will be staying in Ajijic for a few month next November on and could buy them here in Canada or wait until she is there. Thanks
  11. Ferret, as a matter of fact, it does make me feel better. Thank you ( let's not talk about the cost from then to now however)
  12. I am a Canadian home buyer and weighed your question for days this summer, I am the very end of the baby boomers in age and for most of my life I watched prices of property increase just a few years before I could afford the property, for example when I was in my late 20's a lake property might sell for 20 thousand, by the time I could afford the property in my mid to late 30's it was much higher and it has continued to rise. I attribute much of the increase to demographics, there is a large bubble of people ahead of me. As gringal states there is about 10000 people a day retiring and by the way that is just the American population so add Canadians and many others. We have chosen to purchase and hope to rent the property out until we retire, the up side is that we might be able to offset the initial cost with rental income and possibly the prices will go up as time goes on. If there is a big increase we are in the game and wont be priced out. On the other side there is risk that prices drop or civil unrest cause big problems. I guess I willing to take the risk. And sadly I am not in Vancouver or Toronto.
  13. Thank you suegarn, I did send an e mail but I have not yet received a reply so if anybody had a friend living in Puerto Arroyo please ask them to Contact me jim
  14. I would ask but I am in Canada enjoying winter at the moment! we are super envious of all you folks enjoying the Great Lake Chapala weather!
  15. Sorry, I could have been more specific, it is in west Ajijic just north of the main road.
  16. Hello, i am wondering if anybody can provide me with contact information on the Puerto Arroyo home owners association? Thanks jim
  17. For myself, ( a few years away from living in Ajijic), I truely enjoyed looking at the weather site, not sure what the difference was but I agree it was like an old friend and also a bit of an attraction as the site gave a great picture of all things weather related. I can speak for myself that is a modest fee for use would keep the site alive I would gladly support it and I would suspect many would. i would also like to thank those who developed it and those who have kept it alive Jim
  18. Thank You for all the comments, it certainly seems like it will be challenging, I think probably I will need to sit in front of a couple bank employees when we get there in July, prior to that I will need to find out how many Pesos I can bring into the country with me, hopefully in the end we will figure something out... Let the adventure start... the forum is great and I expect I will be regular here for a while. have a great holiday all Michelle and Jim
  19. First of all, Thank you all for the comments, there is definetly some info I have not thought of! The exchange rate is always the catch and what the banks post is often much higher than I can get from the exchange house. ( I have a relative that works for a company that buys large amounts of foreign currency and the also give me their rate) To clear things up, I am not a resident however that could change eventually. We spent three weeks in Ajijic last summer and fell in love with the people and the village. I felt Ajijic is a combination of going back in time but also there is something special with all the hidden surprises that we found daily. To make a long story short we decided to buy (yes I know that a smart person would live there a year before committing) so the first order of business is furnishing the property. i also want to say that the response that I have received on this form goes to show what a caring place Lake Chapala is! jim
  20. Hello all, My wife and I will be furnishing a house in July 2018 in Ajijic, I am hoping to get suggestions on the best way to transfer Canadian money to Peso's. Would it be best to open a MX account, can I do without being a resident and so on... Any suggestions or experiences would be appreciated as I see the exchange rate is very good at the moment. Thank you Jim
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