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  1. Kiko

    NEW Mexican Citizenship Exam 2018

    Bien hecho Henry. Quick question for you, did you use a facilitator or lawyer for this process? If so, will you be kind to share the contact info?
  2. Kiko

    Cairns or Westies

    Interesting story about Westies to share. We had a Cairn some years ago and my neighbor was a Westie breeder. He told me that the Westie was created in part from the Cairn terrier. According to him, there was a member of the royal family in England who was an avid hunter and his favorite hunting companion was a Cairn terrier. One day he shot his favorite Cairn terrier after he mistook the Cairn for a fox. Heartbroken, he began the process to breed a white Cairn, known today as the Westie, so he would never make the same mistake again. I don't know if this is a true story or not, but I found it to be an interesting story nonetheless.
  3. The simple solution to the traffic congestion in SLS upon entry to the town is to bypass the main street. Turn North for a few short blocks and you can follow the Malecon street at lakeside around town. Sundays, dia de vampiros, is the worst day by far.
  4. Kiko

    Only the Lonely

    Phillip Slater's book "The Pursuit of Loneliness" is a good read if you are interested in books that dissect American culture.
  5. I am looking for this book to borrow or buy. I need it asap. Thanks..
  6. Kiko

    Michoacan Pottery

    Michoacan, El Alma de Mexico.
  7. Kiko

    Mexican Citizenship test

    I was told by the atty that the test portion (over 60) is to read a couple of paragraphs in a magazine article, something like the Mexico Desconocido magazine. Then you go into a second room and answer 5 or 10 (?) multiple choice questions related to the magazine article. The mistake some applicants make is that when they take you to room two for the multiple choice test, the applicant leaves the magazine article behind in room one. You may take the magazine with you so that you can refer back to the article. I recently obtained hearing aids and I feel that the aids have helped a lot with my comprehension of Spanish. I feel much more confident in conversation. Now that I can hear my own voice I speak at a normal volume level. In my opinion that is important because those who speak loudly in this culture tend to be viewed as aggressive or impolite. Better to blend in, than to stand out in my opinion. If I flunk the first time, I will call my uncle El Mencho to go with me on the second try.
  8. Seguro Popular for assessment by a GP, no cardiologists in the facility. Their assessment is basic, an EKG maybe along with a couple of aspirin sublingual. Most likely they will punt you to Guadalajara. I suggest to have a back up plan for transportation to Guadalajara rather than wait for an ambulance.
  9. Kiko

    Racquet Club

    Carlos would be a fool to turn in his receipts without a signature from a RC board member. He must have a good attorney.
  10. Kiko

    Racquet Club

    Sounds like a ladder would solve the problem.
  11. Kiko

    Hearing aids

    Costco branded Kirkland hearing aids in Mexico are the 7.0 series. The newer 8.0 series is not available here yet. 7.0 series is Iphone friendly. The 8.0 series is Android friendly also, but some glitches with some phones. Some Samsung Galaxy phone models seem to hook up well with Android 7.0 Nougat or 8.0 Oreo but none will work with older versions, i.e. 6.0. Three month buy or refund in Mexico. Six month buy or refund in the states.
  12. Let my clarify my post for you with additional information: I have no problem with my real estate agent, I have used him for years. I have a problem currently with the Notario but he is working with us on a solution. I have used him also for years. I caught his error at closing. This is not personal. Now for the details of the transaction that you are unaware of. In 2013 we purchased a property for 130,000 and the value on the dead was recorded at 45,000. I understand and agree that this was "how things were done." We sold this property for 200000 recently. The deed was in joint ownership. The Notario and I agree to transfer 50% the ownership of this property prior to closing. The reason is this: Each person receives a 200,000 capital gains exemption. We had other properties for sale. By transfering ownership of one property to my name only and the second property into my wife's name then we each would benefit with a 200,000 capital gains exemption with two sales. The Notario's assistant told us that he completed the transfer prior to closing. At closing I discovered that he in fact had not done so. The net effect is that although we paid no capital gains on the sale of the first property, our entire allowed 400,000 exemption is now gone. The sale of the first property only required an tax exemption of less than 200,000. Since ownership of the two deeds was not separated, we will have a significant capital gains on the sale of the second property valued over 400,000. I am not throwing anyone under the bus here. There are good real estate agents, brokers and attorneys at lakeside. I have done business with 5 Notarios here and two in other states of Mexico. Nonetheless there are some who are incompetent and prone to errors. My point is simply get independent legal counsel if you are new or unfamiliar with Mexican Real Estate law. Here is an excellent link if you care to be informed: http://www.insidelakeside.com/t20342-how-to-lose-money-in-mexican-real-estate
  13. Yes we are both Residente Permanente and the three properties had structures. The issue of primary residence never came up in discussions with the Notario. In a nutshell, the Notario made a mistake on the transfer of ownership of the deed of the first property. Because of that error we lost a 200,000 tax exemption at closing. We are working together on this and I think we may have an option.
  14. The info I posted here in regards to capital gains taxes and exemptions is current as of the last three months at lakeside. I have been to two notarios and three closings in that time. Oftentimes no intent to deceive a client, but just sloppy work. Everyone is real busy so shit happens. Who knows maybe tomorrow it may all change.
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