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[quote=”Cancertomnpdx”]Why did use both amounts for your residency or did? Social Security Administration will not, repeat will not, give you a statement for just a $1,000 but for your total payout.[/quote]
I don’t understand what you mean by this. For the record, I have not yet retired to CR. I plan on doing so within the next year. Secondly, no spouse involved, just myself.
You indicted you pay 8%. Am I to assume that I should expect to pay 8% of my projected SS Benefit of $2,700 since my private pension income falls below the $1,000 threshold?
[quote=”furlan99″]Kindly advise on policy regarding pets (Dogs, parrots) when relocating to Costa Rica permanently. Would appreciate information or a web site to consult about the requirements of moving to Costa Rica. Banking, social security, real estate agents experienced in ex-pats. Thank you very much.[/quote]
I’m just going by memory here and I know it’s been addressed here before. As I recall, when it comes to parrots, getting them into CR is not that troublesome. It’s getting them out of CR, should you decide to leave, that could potentially be a much bigger problem.
[quote=”bushmaster”]Just look before you leap Sarci surveyor. Situations are entirely different for nearly everyone. Costa Rica and many other people find what they want by “hands on” research. Comes here the backpackers, wanna-be livers in CR, on and on.
My wife and I are very wealthy people who have visited Cr many times. We sold our estate in Hawaii, and my pet Maserati. We now live in a condo in Jaco. Prime area. We have a spectacular condo surrounded by jungle, beach and oceanfront.
Cheap? No. Life and retirement here can be as expensive and/or cheap as you wish. You have to find the area that suits your life style wishes. No one else can do it for you.
There are simply too many life styles age and health related matters. Stay in CR and travel for as much time as you can. Then decide. Let others pick for you and you will be in living hell.
Thanks but I get all what you’ve said. I’ve made at least 15 trips to CR over the past 20 years and been to all 4 corners. My question is targeted to anyone that might have [b]first hand experience[/b] about the pros and cons to living [b]specifically[/b] in Sarchi. Thanks for your efforts though.
Why buy when there are incredible deals on rentals?
Aren’t AirBNB and VRBO essentially the same thing or are there differences?
Additionally, regarding the pets, unless they are all “indoor” pets brings them at your own peril. There was an extensive thread on here awhile back about all the threats and dangers to domestic pets, such as attacks from snakes..scorpions and many other critters, not to mention the many threats to pets caused by toxic plants etc. You might want to look into that further. As well as, “in general”, Costa Rica is [b]NOT[/b] an “inexpensive” place to live.May 3, 2015 at 4:04 pm in reply to: Costa Rica’s New International Airport Is NOT Going To Happen! #200114
Hate to spoil your confidence, but I just saw “Mickey” scamper across the road on my way home![/quote]
That was a [b]REAL[/b] mouse.March 29, 2015 at 2:28 pm in reply to: Students studying abroad in Costa Rica – Is my daughter safe? #166488
The additional information you provided helps a lot and it sounds like she will be fine since she will be in some sort of a structured setting. Costa Rica, in genera, is quite a safe country especially when compared to most of its neiboring countries. Just following the basic common sense rules should result in a good stay for her. Staying away from drugs is imperative. The temptation to smoke a little weed is always a greater risk with younger kids and I would encourage her to not go there because the legal system to unwind those messes can be very complicated.
That said, having been born as an American and being raised abroad in many different parts of the word, Africa, Asia, Latin America etc. I’m convinced that every young American should be able to experience some time living abroad and becoming culturally more enriched. I think your daughter should go for it and I’m certain she will have a great experience.March 29, 2015 at 3:37 am in reply to: Students studying abroad in Costa Rica – Is my daughter safe? #166484
If she is thinking of Jaco or nearby my advice would be to turn around and Run, don’t walk.
Seriously though–You really haven’t provided much information at all with which anyone can make any sound recommendations or suggestions. You question is akin to asking “is California safe?”
[quote=”lillianwickram”]these are super important points. My dogs are family members. What steps can a person take to keep their animals safe? I’m thinking an 8 foot fence, motion activated lighting, video cameras? I would rather have people think I was a bat ass crazy northerner than think my dogs could be preyed upon.
Why would you want to move to CR if you have to live in a fort. Sounds like you should reconsider if that’s the right move for you.February 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm in reply to: IRS Obligations – Property held in a corporation and US taxes #199986
[quote=”Margaritamomma”]We were told by both our realtor and our US tax preparer that we did not have to report it to the IRS.
1. A realtor has no business providing tax advice.
2. Sounds like you need to find a new U.S. tax preparer. Is your “tax Preparer” a solo or small practice or a large firm? Do you have any documentation (i.e. e-mail correspondence) that identifies what may be bad/inaccurate advice? If you do wind up being assessed penalties perhaps your “tax preparer” could be liable?
” keep in mind the dangers your pets will face that you may not currently deal with.”<<———This is a VERY important point.
Unless you plan to keep all your pets as indoor pets the hazards they will face from other predatory animals will be significantly greater than what you would typically find in the U.S.
[quote=”Scott”]and only about 11% in the US…. “[/quote]
That 11% may not stay that way much longer… :cry::cry:
I was in Sarchi but that was probably 15 years ago. If I wanted to “[b]knock around[/b]” there looking at different furniture stores are the stores mostly concentrated nearby each other where I can walk around and see most of them or are things spread out where I should have a car for the day. I was thinking of taking a cab from SJ and being dropped off and then taking a cab back but if most of the stores are not centrally located then maybe better I should rent a car. Any thoughts? Thx.
[quote=”Imxploring”]I’m a frequent visitor to Sarchi and had most of my furniture custom built there for my home in Arenal. You will find some fantastic designs and woods there. And remember most places will make your furniture to order if you need a special size or have your own design ideas. Simple drawings and measurements are all you need. Or take pictures of other ideas you have and give them to the shop or email them. Just check with them on shipping… The cost gets a bit high on larger items and might not make sense. The only other issue is climate. As much of the wood used in CR is not heat dried the issue of changing the environment by having it shipped to a different climate may result in some unpleasant results.[/quote]
If I did decide to have anything shipped it would be to my home in Southern California so not sure how the “heat dried” thing would come into play as it’s always pretty warm here with very few exceptions.