Considerations

Good Times

and an improving economy will boost every aspect of Nicaraguan tourism, mission, medical, and just the guy who wants to look at volcanoes; AND will eventually encourage more retirees to look at Nicaragua. The Hard Times might be over.

The US presidential election may have been won last night, to Nicaragua's benefit.

Nicaragua Too Poor to be Socialist

While the author admits this idea comes from scribbles on a cocktail napkin at Rancho Santana rather than a serious study, he does make some good points. It is from the Australian edition of The Daily Reckoning and looks at Nicaragua's economy vs. just the US food stamp program.

With most of our readers in the US, it is a useful data point for those who are concerned that Nicaragua is too Socialist to agree with their political views.

Why are "we" here?

About 25% of the traffic on NL is from people in Nicaragua. The majority is from people in the US but there are also readers from all over the world. I thought it might be interesting for those who are considering Nicaragua but don't currently live here to hear why we are here.

Who Would Be

better for Nicaragua? Obama or Romney?

As this horse race (Oh So Slowly) approaches the finish line the choice of candidate will have some impact on Nicaragua. Could this new presidency begin a "reset" of relations between Nicaragua and the US?

How Would You Prefer to Deal with Government?

Thread http://www.nicaliving.com/node/20556 is about how you feel about the government enforcing laws that are already on the books. It is important and there are certainly some opinions. But, as we always do, a totally different topic has appeared in that discussion. This post is an attempt to give that new topic a place to live.

Is There a Trend in Nicaragua to Enforce Laws?

I am specifically talking about laws that may affect "us" more than the average Nicaraguan. We have recently seen:

  1. Enforcement of customs regulations, e.g., confiscation of seeds being imported without permits.
  2. Elimination of the $500 each six months allowance on imports duty-free.
  3. The requirement to be physically present in Immigration when submitting applications for residency.
  4. Not being able to register your car if you don't have a cédula.

Pragmatism And Moderation

Where do you live and why

So we don't as of yet have a plan as to where we would ideally like to live in nicaragua. But just curious where you started your journey and why? Best city to acclimate to the customs and culture, etc

Date is Finally here, shipping Household goods and firearms HELP

Within 3 weeks my Wife and I are finally making the permanent move to Matagalpa, we have bought a Finca, built a casa on the land, moved in, and have obtained our retiree CEDULA's.

Final stage is to get our household goods (no car) to the finca, we are using mudanzasmundiales.com , Managua.. I'm told they are good. but as usual, conflicting information prevails. Nica Consulate says no limit of value for the household goods tax exemption, others say the limit is $15000 or $20000.??? 40 foot container

The Future for Retiring Gringos

There are more and more usanos considering expatriation as the way they can deal with living on their US-based retirement income. Our primary interest on this site is, of course, how Nicaragua may (or may not) be a reasonable choice.

If you are one of these folks, it seems unrealistic to just assume there will not be changes back home in your retirement income. Beyond the fall in real value of the US dollar and many other fiat currencies, there really is the future of what you saw as stable retirement benefits to consider.

Ever Consider Honduras?

Not Honduras proper, but the border region? I was curious about towns near the northern border, dug out my Moon Honduras. Had a bit of an Eureka! moment. There's a town just over the border from Somoto, San Marcos de Colon, that the author calls the best kept secret in southern Honduras. Says it may be the cleanest town in the country. About 9000 people, and 980 meters elevation. Has some motels and restaurants. Don't know much about it beyond that, just curious, with the C-4 agreement what it might be like to live near the border and go back and forth?

A Helpful Website

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/

Scroll down to the Latin America section, you'll see Nicaragua. Most of the posts appear to have been made by locals. I've looked at many other places there and many photos are exceptionally well done.

Regional Crime Comparision

InSight Crime has an article that compares crime in Nicaragua to other countries in the region. The punchline is that besides being lower, most of it isn't even where you are likely to be -- unless you are running drugs.

While Managua is, as you would expect, Nicaragua's most violent city, it is not the most dangerous area based on per capita homicide rates.

Living Like a Nica

Bought the above titled e-book last night. Have only had the chance to read the chapter on the various towns but quick skimming around showed it to be very informative. As it was published in if I remember right 2005 is there anything that might be considered outdated? One thing I've been wondering about. How large is one manzana(spelling?)? I've seen references to buying x amount of them when buying land.

Other Cities/Towns to Consider?

Hi, new here. I'm 50, hoping to take my pension early at 55. Problem is my company terminated our pension plan so I'll be getting about $13.5k a year instead of in the low $20's at 55. Have been doing alot of reading but am only familiar with Mexico. I like what I've read about Granada and the northern cities. I'm curious about Boaco, read that an American owns a pizza place there. And it looks great scenery wise. As much as Granada offers I'd prefer a cooler climate. Esteli seems to be a good compromise between weather and infrastructure.

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