Rent here going up

...with the promise that they're going to take the house off the market. I had been paying C$1700 a month which went from $75 a month to $71 a month with changes in the exchange rate. I thought that eventually they would raise the rent if they hadn't sold the house and they haven't sold the house. The new rent for both sides of the house will be US $100 each. How the neighbors will take this, I don't know, but hope that they stay since they've been very good urban neighbors over the last two years. Rosario Pastora will has the house on the river for maybe rent if she gets rid of her tenant, but that has been on-going for around a year now. I like some things about that other house, but reality is this half-house is big enough but not too big, and having close good neighbors means I can leave for a few days without fearing everything in the house will be gone when I come back. Bit of a jump, but not unexpected, and the house on the river would be some US $20 more, US $50 more than what I'm paying now.

The rent increase is in the range I decided a while back that I'd find acceptable. If the house is still for sale, I'll look a bit harder than I have been looking. If not, I'll put in the tile backsplash I've got tiles, cement, and grout for, and plant some things in the ground rather than in pots.

This is a great country for ambiguities, patience, and cognitive dissonance. At this point, it's just home with all the contradictions and absurdities.

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Home Is Home

but that rent increase is probably negotiable. They probably said $25 hoping to get half. Start asking your neighbors if they know of anything for rent close by and the word will quickly get back to your landlady. You might even find something you like a lot better.

If she comes by to negotiate, tell her about your planned improvements, and suggest that this work be credited to any increase. She clearly did not sell the house; what does that typically mean?. You pay her every month like clockwork, don't get drunk, raise hell, and play your radio loud at 6 AM and 11 PM. You may have an obnoxious presence here and on TRN, but to your landlady you're the perfect tenant and she knows it.

Offer a $100 finder's fee to anyone who can come up with something you really like, and take your time making the choice. If nothing appears that you like better, you haven't lost anything.

This is a game, engage.

Jajaja

This is Jinotega. Everything else I've priced in the last year has been $180 to $250 for a whole house. There are some cheaper houses around $100, but they're a bit less finished and none are vacant now. The other half house I looked at was $80 or $90 and much smaller with no patio, but with nicer cabinets and a very tiny bedroom. My landlady's sister-in-law gave me a lead on yet another house and knows I've been looking and knows I'd like a lease/contracto for two years.

Basically, the owner hasn't sold the house because she was asking $50K US and wasn't taking any of the offers she'd been given, though I did hear that she changed her mind about a $42K US offer but the guy had already bought another house before she decided to take the offer anyway.

Phil has a section about soft bargaining in his Live Like a Nica book. I highly recommend reading it.

The landlady lives in Managua and lived in the DC suburbs before that. The family fled when the Sandinista and the Guardia were fighting it out in Jinotega. One side held the house as a bunker as it's in the corner. When the family came back, they found two bodies in the back yard. I heard that from her daughter.

From everything else I've seen, the price is fair, and at $100 a month, I don't fix stuff.

Rebecca Brown