Costa Rica or New York?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Medical Care, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Investing in Costa Rica, Newsletters

Costa Rica or New York?

We came across an extremely well done and informative video that shows the very different Covid-19 responses between New York City and Costa Rica.  As you will see – As of now – Costa Rica has had far more success than New York in keeping the number of people out of hospitals and more importantly keep the number of deaths down.

The author of the video is José Cayasso (commonly known as Caya).  Caya is a Costa Rican graphics designer and entrepreneur as well as the CEO of Slidebean.  He has deep roots in both Costa Rica and New York and now lives in Costa Rica full time.

Moving to Costa Rica

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Charity, Costa Rica Living, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Investing in Costa Rica, Newsletters, Residency

Moving to Costa Rica

COSTA RICA CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Just recently, we sold my buddy’s townhome. I was the listing broker and another associate brought the offer. The buyer felt, that since it was a 12 year old property, the air conditioning units were dated and probably needed to be replaced. He asked for a $10,000 credit from my seller, to offset the cost of installing new units. It turns out that my friend had already replaced most of the condensers, and was going to send me the receipts to show to the buyer’s agent. When he spoke with his wife about it, she told him to just “split it” and get the unit sold, as she was excited to have it closed. You see they had a bigger and better property in mind, and needed to sell this first, before making an offer on the other one. She did not want to lose this other house.

I think she feels like money grows on trees, he said to me, and I feel like I am getting hustled.

A couple days later we do the inventory. After they had signed off on it, his wife changed her mind. There were some kitchen and closet organizers that she felt would go great in their future home, and asked her husband to see if we could have them excluded.
“So let me get this straight. You were willing to just give this guy $5000, but you want me to tell Simons that we might blow this deal up over $20 plastic tubs?”

Yeah.

I have literally seen two ladies, practically come to blows, over a $50 kitchen matt, as it was not on the list.

It is PRINCIPLE she demanded. But I WANT it, the other one screamed.

“I will buy everyone a new rug, as a housewarming gift!” as I stepped between them like a referee in a Championship Boxing Match.

Oh the difference between Men and Women.  Of course if the argument was over the well used BBQ out on the terrace then watch out….  

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