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Yes. But there currently is no systemic global collapse. What % of fuel,food,meds etc does cr import? All is well for me as I sit on the beach in south Florida at the moment too.:D
In regards to what countries will do better in an systemic collapse, I have my doubts about countries like Costa Rica etc. Sure the peoples are resourceful and can live well on very little. But in the Armageddon scenario I believe that the corrupt elements would seize power in the chaos that would result with no military to enforce marshal law, “keep the peace” so to speak. We have seen this happen in many countries after a systemic collapse of government or financial markets.
I am not saying the USA will be a pleasant place to be, but our strong, well organized/armed military/law enforcement will be able control the chaos. Americans are resourceful people as well and the majority don’t live in big cities like Miami, NYC, LA, Chicago etc places I would not want to be. But rural parts of the US will fair much better. We also produce a great deal of food and have a fairly good (yet ageing) infrastructure.
If I believed any of this could happen (which I really don’t, just playing along) I think the large nations will do just fine relatively speaking. There will be no controls in Costa Rica, the “bad” elements, gangs etc will have no one to interfere with their activities.
A lot of tough talk on here, but when confronted by a roaming gang on your farm in CR with zero law enforcement to back you up? We’ll see how you do with your guns. Hoping we never have to find out:)
Esterillos. Pull into the first entrance (says ATV rentals) and walk South.
This is like watching a ping-pong match:)watch it if you are buying coins those premiums will eat into your ammo budget.
I think there was a story here about an expat that left his house for a period of time and thieves dismantled it brick by brick… literally. Unfortunately in CR you most likely could not leave a yurt unattended for more than a few hours.
I think a traditional Yurt would actually hold up well in an earthquake. The framework is a wooden lattice that should be pretty flexible. Now the base that it sits on that might be another story:?
The 2012 dollar is certainly worth less than it was in 1970. however real wages have risen as well since 1970. we are not buying commodities in 2012 with 1970 dollars.
will the world collapse because of fiat currency and our current excesses? personally i don’t think so, but i certainly would not try and convince the true believers otherwise. we are free to believe what we want. there certainly is another side to the story equally convincing for our survival.
I think I will have to capitulate and agree with Tom on this. I really did quite a bit of research on the prefab method (I listed a # of links in a previous old thread). I spoke with many of the companies. One thing that I found out is on many of the prefab builders sites they show you a finished product. However most only supply the slabs for the walls, pour the floor. You then have to hire a local contractor to complete your roof and install your mechanical’s. Others may be different, but those I spoke with confirmed this, something to keep in mind when looking at a manufacturers website. Overall I think you save about 10% over a comparable block built house. I think the biggest advantage is the time savings, once it is delivered the walls will go up in a few days.
I was very excited about prefab options in CR, but like anything the devil is in the details. I remember my wife telling me “there is a reason they build the way they build here, it works”.
maybe a great idea for some small cabinas you want up fast? The steel frame construction I have seem on WLCR looks interesting?
Currently we have a unique situation as Gold trades in parity with equities and rises and falls with the dollar. Has gold been a good trade over the last few years? Certainly. But so has APPLE and many other equities. I bought APPLE at $96 dollars, I use the product and at the time they had 1 billion dollars in cash, I thought it was a good trade.
I also own gold but stopped buying at around $1200 dollars. One big potential pitfall I can see with the gold trade is so many people “own” it via ETF’s and if for some reason the herd goes the other way and we see big volume selling of these etf’s we may see sharp price destruction in gold as the physical gold owned by these financial companies is sold off.
People have been talking about “dollar collapse” for a very long time. I guess anything can happen, but I act in the present moment, not based on world apocalypse; guns and food storage will be more valuable in that scenario. Even a quick search of this forum will reveal those who saw the Euro becoming the next world reserve currency. Hope you kept your dollars and didn’t buy Euros last year or the year before when that was popular on this site. If you could not see the structural problems with the Euro zone, wonder how your current predictions will turn out?
Anyway it is an interesting discussion and we (USA) certainly have a number of issues to sort out. But I think the death of the United States has been greatly exaggerated. I am hoping for the best, but always prepared for the worst. In the mean time I am living in the present moment, not resisting life. balanced portfolio/balanced life. Best wishes everyone!
Glad to hear you are okay Scott, looks like your home held up well structurally.July 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm in reply to: Hacienda Matapalo’s “Paradise Lost” featured on CBS Miami #174079
Or at least if you do prefer a gated environment; purchase one that has been completed with homes built. I have seen many completed communities sitting with no homes built. Not a great situation to be in.
We were married near Jaco at Xandari (Pacific). I think one of the restaurants at Los Suenos baked our cake. I thought it was pretty good, I’ll see if I can get the info.
That said, the German bakery in Liberia is pretty awesome. They also have a truck that makes deliveries down the coast selling their baked goods.
Good luck with the wedding! (I bet some of the guests may be complaining about coming to CR. But after they experience it they will be so happy they made the trip!)
Diving the Pacific was disappointing for my wife, who is a diver. As others have pointed out, very poor visibility.
May not be a bad time to buy real estate now, especially for those that plan to hold it 7-10 years minimum. If we get the hyperinflation that some are expecting a fixed rate mortgage at the current low rates will be very good.
Certainly gold has been a real winner.