Search found 175 matches

Go to advanced search

by cwcdavid
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: MOVISTAR
Replies: 4
Views: 1295

Re: MOVISTAR

i just arranged a movistar local no which allows seemingly very cheap use with preplan 7d 700m and unlimited calls for 7s for example. problemis that it seems to be throttled. it.s so bizarre, using a uk mobile on three roaming seems to work best on movistar but internet speed must be 3 or 4x faster...
by cwcdavid
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: HELP! Real Estate Tax Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1894

Re: HELP! Real Estate Tax Question

Does anyone know if you need an RUC when you sell and pay this capital gains tax? Also has anyone been through the process to get an RUC without a CE. I.m aware there.s a thread that says not possible but that makes little sense since there are perfectly legal sources of income or profit (eg renting...
by cwcdavid
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Realtor recommendation. Jesus Maria, LIma.
Replies: 2
Views: 742

Re: Realtor recommendation. Jesus Maria, LIma.

Not decided or even decided whether to sell. Answer will be most I can get with minimal stress/hassle. I suspect theoretical market value is 100-150 us [based on 20mins looking at elcommercio listings] or maybe more or maybe less or maybe that's a difficult sale. Really don't know and theoreticals d...
by cwcdavid
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: The Price Boom is Over !!!
Replies: 23
Views: 3478

Re: The Price Boom is Over !!!

So another year is over [almost].

Any change in direction or stagnating market with stock levels rising? [I am in London where that is broadly true but ... special 'circumstances' here atm] ... in Lima I haven't been watching.
by cwcdavid
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Realtor recommendation. Jesus Maria, LIma.
Replies: 2
Views: 742

Realtor recommendation. Jesus Maria, LIma.

Am thinking of getting rid of my apartment in JM. Does anyone have a recommendation for an agent/realtor who could be trusted to just leave with the keys and find a buyer after I have left the country? Here in the UK there are companies who will make a low offer for a quick easy sale [often 10-20% u...
by cwcdavid
Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: airport taxi xmas day / new years eve
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: airport taxi xmas day / new years eve

Thanks guys. I think green taxis are probably the one I've used before. I didn't mention "guaranteed safe" and best of luck to those who want to save soles and go outside. Strangely I am completely against all the security you go through in airports [it's just a pointless very frustrating ...
by cwcdavid
Sat Dec 05, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: airport taxi xmas day / new years eve
Replies: 5
Views: 763

airport taxi xmas day / new years eve

Is it safe to assume that reasonably normal airport taxi service will be available on either xmas day 8pm or new years eve 8pm? Am thinking of buying a flight on one of those days. Also are there still prepay booths in the arrival hall? I think that has to be the safest way which is priority #1. I w...
by cwcdavid
Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:18 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Any low cost airline from countries around peru
Replies: 8
Views: 882

Re: Any low cost airline from countries around peru

Yep that's how it looked. Actually I think it may be 5 or 6 years and I was just HOPING for progress ? What you describe is exactly what I had to do the last times [half a decade ago]. Santiago is the wrong direction and I prefer BA to Havana, maybe Ecuador is a possibility - not visited yet. Really...
by cwcdavid
Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:33 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Any low cost airline from countries around peru
Replies: 8
Views: 882

Any low cost airline from countries around peru

After 4 years I will finally come back to Lima for some months. Since the trip from Europe is so long plus I will arrive at an apartment with 4 years of dust, I would like to stop somewhere a few hours from Lima and arrive fresh and ready with my marigolds. 8) Bogota is somewhere I fancy having a lo...
by cwcdavid
Sun May 16, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: counterfeit soles
Replies: 8
Views: 1183

Re: counterfeit soles

Have had a problem in the past with Scotia ATM in Metro retaining my foreign card and the local branch of Scotia said the ATM was not connected to their branch but some service company. I suspect you will have to contact the phone number on the machine itself. My immediate guess-suspicion is the guy...
by cwcdavid
Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Currency Collapse?
Replies: 25
Views: 4363

Re: Currency Collapse?

Interesting question. Raises two other questions. If we assume that any one of dollar-pound-euro being worth zero will make them all worth zero, would the Sol then survive or collapse? If assets can be rented and business still has income (in euro-land, dollar-land) presumably the new economy will n...
by cwcdavid
Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2743

Re: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?

Errm, aren't you comparing demand for dollars now to be held so that you can spend them later VS buying a contract to receive dollars at a fixed price later? (=hedging) whereas I was comparing demand for dollars (as future contracts) vs oil sold in whatever-say-S.African-Rand therefore no demand for...
by cwcdavid
Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2743

Re: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?

... if at some point oil is no longer traded only in dollars! You implication appears to be that the currency in which oil is traded has some causal relevance to the value of the currency. I think that is largely the reverse. The value of a currency is determined by supply and demand. Need for exec...
by cwcdavid
Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2743

Re: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?

Invitation to some on topic replies: The OP asks for experiences on holding euros instead of dollars or soles as long term savings. I have done exactly that for 10 years + and have seen the comparative purchasing power of my savings increase vs holding dollars or soles or pounds. I intend to continu...
by cwcdavid
Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2743

Re: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?

In my experience real estate is really priced in Soles and expressed in dollars at the current x-rate. I have actually seen people increase the dollar asking price due to x-rate movement (of course there is a sticky effect when it comes to decreasing the price). Fundamentals are that real-estate pri...
by cwcdavid
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2743

Re: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?

My answer to what currency to hold if you plan to spend the money in Soles sometime later is always Soles. Currency speculation is more risky than I have stomach for. If you must hold another currency the personally I believe dollars is the last choice. When oil is no longer traded in dollars, the d...
by cwcdavid
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2743

Re: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?

My point is not that certain nationalities may not discuss currencies but that a lot of what is written in the MSM has a vested interest. In particular many Brits and Americans talking about the euro have in general consistently talked it down. You will very often find remarks in the media from Warr...
by cwcdavid
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:17 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2743

Re: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1250433/Greece-debt-bailout-EU-leaders-split-euro-crisis.html the headline: "says FRENCH banking chief" you might think that means the boss of soc-gen ... the detail: "In a note to investors, SocGen strategist Albert Edwards said"...
by cwcdavid
Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2743

Re: Buying Euros instead of Soles ?

Americans and Brits have been predicting the imminent end of the euro since day 1. That's a lot of days. Perhaps there's a reason for this? The linked article is I guess from the language use written by an American. If you believe in it (a break up) and even as a basic precaution the sensible thing ...
by cwcdavid
Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Are visa rules changing, Again?
Replies: 11
Views: 1757

I wonder if the the chance of the maximum being 90 days is higher if you happen to be a US citizen? Would need a more random and maybe larger sample to determine that but it wouldn't surprise me. Regardless it is not really to Peru's benefit to have such an arbitrary system. Peru immigration would l...
by cwcdavid
Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:04 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: bankaccount... buying house
Replies: 8
Views: 1141

Yes it is possible. If you use a tourist visa when you buy the house, you need a permission to sign contracts (stamp in your passport). Search this forum for that term. Not difficult to get just some hassle but essential. You cannot be on overstay when you get the permisso and it's only valid until ...
by cwcdavid
Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:33 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The concept of 'Blame' in Peru
Replies: 26
Views: 4202

Let's blame someone for getting off topic :twisted: Both my responses added comments that brought them on topic. Yours does not. The discrimination discussion is maybe interesting but you are correct that it does not belong here. Anyway we don't agree and that will not change. So ignoring all your ...
by cwcdavid
Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The concept of 'Blame' in Peru
Replies: 26
Views: 4202

For Netherlands, not an unusual event. Perhaps there is still an honour code there but a weaker one. I agree that this is not an educated generalisation. I disagree. I think it is correct generalisation and I can-have argued why. That their honour code is "weaker" is a subjective opinion ...
by cwcdavid
Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The concept of 'Blame' in Peru
Replies: 26
Views: 4202

Apologies for giving the wrong impression in earlier post [Now edited: Changed to "reduce their own costs". Was "pay their share" . Change to reflect what I was thinking more accurately.] That it is a one off generalisation is however not true. IME it is the norm, the Dutch will ...
by cwcdavid
Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: sending used books
Replies: 4
Views: 554

Great. Thanks for the replies. Sounds like I do have a good chance of some small parcels getting through. I also read elsewhere of an exemption for value under 100$. Guessing 4-5 scruffy paperbacks should pass that. I only care about the words, don't need a smart cover. Based on Craig's reply sounds...
by cwcdavid
Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The concept of 'Blame' in Peru
Replies: 26
Views: 4202

One idea that you might like to throw into this discussion is that it is us (the collective Brit-Canadian-Irish and many USA) people who have this different culture where owning up to a mistake, saying sorry and fixing it is considered the right thing to do. The reason for that comment is that what ...
by cwcdavid
Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: sending used books
Replies: 4
Views: 554

sending used books

I know this has been discussed before and naysayers always prevail but .... Does anyone actually have any experience of putting some used novels in a parcel (printed paper rate so parcel or box closed only with string) and sending them to Peru? If anyone did it 1. what did you have to pay to customs...
by cwcdavid
Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:47 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: 2 laptops
Replies: 13
Views: 1381

Thks for the info tupac.

How much did you pay for one laptop?
by cwcdavid
Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: 2 laptops
Replies: 13
Views: 1381

I read previously - probably here - that 2 laptops are allowed. Something like one business, one personal. Does that only apply if you have some sort of business visa? More important does anyone have experience of being stopped with two? What will they charge if one of them is 5 years old (with rece...
by cwcdavid
Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:33 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 108832

Hi just a thought .... yes you're sounding less like a LAN rep now. OK? A discussion forum wouldn't be a discussion unless people had different opinions. So do stay and discuss ... The guys who think this little board will change LAN's policy seem to have lost sight of the fact that the few people h...
by cwcdavid
Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 108832

Re: new rule

Garcia's involvement is irrelevant- this discrepancy has existed for years. Only now has it become a regulation. However, it has been headed this way for a while. When I first moved to Peru I could easily purchase in-country flights on the LAN site with my U.S. issued bank or credit card. A couple ...
by cwcdavid
Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 108832

Re: Not a surcharge

This $178.50 is not a surcharge, it is a fine. If you purchase a ticket that is a "Promotional Fare) Classes O, Q, N or S and do not have a DNI or a Carné de Extranjería (legal residency) you will be charged the $178.50 at the time you check in or you will not be allowed to board. Also, the is...
by cwcdavid
Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: arbitrios n impusto predial - what if you don't pay
Replies: 1
Views: 513

arbitrios n impusto predial - what if you don't pay

Anyone know what happens if you don't pay these on time? Also any ideas on how to pay them from outside Peru? I am due to pay several - apartment, cocheras, etc. - but I am not in Peru and I am not likely to be in Peru for some time. Perhaps even years. Have emailed the municipalidad asking for a co...
by cwcdavid
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Has anybody heard of the project Vista Verde ?
Replies: 1
Views: 696

I'm guessing it was finished last Sept or so. The structure was complete already a year ago. I visited and got info around Feb and returned a week later for more info ... having accepted the smallness of the rooms and high price just because I could find nothing better. Would do for a while I though...
by cwcdavid
Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Strange Law-No building permitted in Coastal areas in summer
Replies: 6
Views: 807

Excellent law that puts people above money making. After your investment project is finished you will maybe appreciate the fact it isn't surrounded by construction noise and dust for the few months in the year it is used. Makes total sense in places that are empty for 6 months to restrict activity t...
by cwcdavid
Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: onward ticket?
Replies: 8
Views: 1402

is getting "lo maximo" on a tourist stamp now automatic? Do you specify a planned length of stay on the arrivals form? I haven't been back yet since the new rule and after it changed there were mixed reports of people getting - needing to ask for - not getting the fulll 180 day stamp. Any ...
by cwcdavid
Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Driving licenses in Peru
Replies: 7
Views: 4231

Probably you don't need to threaten calling the embassy but just give a certain level of confidence in the way you speak and behave. Act scared and expect to be shaken down. Act like you're the local magistrate and the cop is one of your servants and expect to be saluted. One footnote on owning a ca...
by cwcdavid
Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:33 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Capital Gains Tax In Peru?
Replies: 10
Views: 1468

It was my understanding that you will pay INCOME tax on buying and selling houses if you only keep them for a short time or sell a few in one year. You are then considered to be trading property and therefore pay income tax. Last time I checked there was no CGT (capital gains tax) in Peru. So if you...
by cwcdavid
Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Micro Finance Lending
Replies: 16
Views: 1918

http://charity.immigrantx.com/oxfam-uk.php The 90k is for Oxfam UK. Note 5 p45 says "employees. The total emoluments of the Director (Chief Executive) were 90.505 pounds." This is ca. 125.000 uero compared with the chief exec of Action Aid who gets 171.000 euro. Vote here whether this is a...
by cwcdavid
Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Micro Finance Lending
Replies: 16
Views: 1918

Some analysis here. http://charity.immigrantx.com/nonprofit.php It is based on analysis of the published accounts of a few of the biggest UK charities. Craig, Thanks. I also have experience of one organisation that pupshes a (IMO) hateful catholic agenda whilst collecting money claiming to be a NGO....
by cwcdavid
Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Micro Finance Lending
Replies: 16
Views: 1918

I am rather interested in this subject ... ... I don't really see that as "lending" ... Am interested in other comments on this. Rather than be huckstered in by this NGO/charity phonyness you would be better off depositing your money in a real bank that operates in an economically sound m...
by cwcdavid
Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Micro Finance Lending
Replies: 16
Views: 1918

I am rather interested in this subject and agree the website you found is a good initiative and so far the best of it's kind. I am interested in doing something in this area and whilst they cause a money flow from rich to poor, I think they do themselves a disservice by their setup and the lack of b...
by cwcdavid
Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The excuses thread
Replies: 17
Views: 2230

As for por/para, the explanation is stunningly simple. Por is used when you get something in return, Para when not. I.e. Gracias por tu ayuda Vs el dinero es para ti. If however you said el dinero es por ti ... well... :shock: Learn't something new. Thanks. But I thought discussing strip clubs was ...
by cwcdavid
Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Earthquake Insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 3120

So what does it cost and how does it work? I mean if your building falls in an earthquake and you have insurance but no-one else does do you get paid the previous value without rebuilding or is it conditional on the building actually being rebuilt (or worse - fixed - since then there's nothing to be...
by cwcdavid
Fri Nov 21, 2008 8:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Question for the Brits
Replies: 23
Views: 1961

20 pounds is not a lot but if ALL your costs are paid, what do you need to buy? A bus ticket in London is a pound. A tube day pass is 5or 6 pounds. A coffee is anything from 1.20 to 5. There are tickets at the Royal Opera House for 5 pounds, also tickets for 500. If your volunteer program is in Lond...
by cwcdavid
Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:30 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British man in a bind in Peru
Replies: 38
Views: 13824

The petition reads; "We, the undersigned, call on the British Prime Minister and the Foreign Office to act in the case of Simon Burke, a British National, currently being held in Peru. Simon Burke needs to be allowed back to the UK and we ask the Prime Minister and the Foreign Office to interv...
by cwcdavid
Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British man in a bind in Peru
Replies: 38
Views: 13824

The linked discussion consists entirely of posts that assume the police are lieing and Simon is innocent. Nasty was my description, if a policeman was lieing in such a situation, I would call him nasty (amongst other things). That discussion is based on only part of the story (the English people inv...
by cwcdavid
Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: British man in a bind in Peru
Replies: 38
Views: 13824

So, an unbiased summary of facts availailable is: Peruvian police - prosecuction officers cliams they were both involved. An English woman who has admitted being a drugs smuggler claims her travel companion was not involved. Is it only me that on balance is slightly more inclined to believe the Peru...
by cwcdavid
Sat Nov 01, 2008 11:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Real Estate Market in Peru
Replies: 41
Views: 6044

I agree houses are a better buy. But there is a catch ... Almost all houses more than 40 years old do not have any steel reinforcement in the concrete construction. This makes them much more high risk for collapse than newer built condos or apartments in the case of the type of big earthquake that h...
by cwcdavid
Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Financial Work in Lima
Replies: 18
Views: 2498

Isn't it just a lovely world we live in? If someone in government uses information, there are other words than "high standard". And on other threads here we are discussing the ethics of those who work long hours cleaning toilets in hotels but - oh terrible sin - do not have the correct st...

Go to advanced search

Login  •  Register