The biggest mistake of our lives.

by Joseph B. Smith
(Jinotega, Nicaragua)

Nicaragua definitely is not the place to visit or retire. Yes, Intur and land developers can show you albums of beautiful sunsets and coves but a still photo does not show the truth about a place. Only living in a place for a period of time will show its ugly side.

Nicaragua has a very ugly side once you leave the safety of walled gated communities or manicured tourist hotels. One possible reason is that Nicaragua is a completely different culture then you are accustom to in the States.

A person use to the middle class suburbs and bedroom communities will encounter a very filthy, noisy, anarchy a virtual hell on earth, but to a person from most of Latin America this is normal. The problem is you are from the U.S. and this is not the place for you. If we had this to do over we would NEVER come to Nicaragua again.

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Nicaraguans are scammers
by: Anonymous

The Nicaraguan girls are on the prowl for rich Americans with loose wallets. They are taught classes on how to marry an older American.
I know what you're thinking, but this happened to our family.
Within 2 months she was on the bank account, 4 months and she had the company visa cards in her name. She began sending thousands back home to her family without his knowledge.
Then came the secret will where she got the house, bizz, and bank accounts.

It was all easily done their motto is, SEPARATE THE OLD MAN FROM HIS FAMILY, AND THE REST IS EASY PICKINGS.
Please be careful when dealing with these people, their smiles and attention can deceive most elderly Americans while they clean them out.
Her parents would arrive with empty suit cases and leave back home with them full of the things they stole from and 80 yr. man.

We had no idea this was happening to our relative.

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Stay where you call home.
by: Anonymous

We are all better off with people like yourself that can't or don't want to live outside of your comfort zone. Stay closed minded, ignorant and arrogant. Stay where you call home. We are a
retired couple loving Nicaragua. We have lived in Managua, Leon and are in the process of moving to Esteli. We have been well received and respected.
People are very friendly and helpful. We are loving Nicaragua!!!!!

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thanks
by: Anonymous

Thanks for sharing your experience !!!!!!

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You are giving advice but have never been there!
by: Anonymous

You are plan on going there for a few months but have never been there before .You dare to give a person that lived there several years advice about the place ! You have got some never !!!!!!!

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Just my thoughts.
by: Anonymous

In my experience as it relates to talking with expats in Nicaragua, I have learned (from them) that some of the worst people in Nicaragua are the other expats. I guess there are many scams going on, by everyone, not just the indigenous people of that country.

It sounds like you might have had a completely different experience if you weren't harassed so much you felt compelled to leave. That sucks. After all, the three previous years must have been okay or else you wouldn't have bought. I'm sorry you had such a negative experience.

I do not live there, but I do plan on moving there for a minimum of 3 months to a year, just to see if I like it. I do plan on taking language classes the entire time I am there, and volunteering as I see fit. The way I see it, if you can communicate, you have won half of the battle in a foreign country. My next stop will be Thailand, I plan on trying to live there for a year...and again, taking Thai language classes daily. I'm sure it won't be easy, as Spanish is much more understandable. I guess my point, if there is one...is that no matter where you live, outside the U.S., assimilation or at least striving for that should ease the pain of a foreign land. All of these places have different laws, systems, and cultural differences that the U.S., that is for sure...and in no way would I presume to be able live the same as I do in California. Sure the closer I can get to western standards, the better, but I would never expect the same service there as I get here. Not from the police, the legal system, purchasing land, medical, or even paying utilities.

Anyway, I got off topic. I'm sorry that you have became bitter when it seemed as if you really did want to make it your home. I hope you have found some peace where ever you end up.



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Assumptions
by: Anonymous

Your ASSUMPTION (and you know what happens when you ASSume) is incorrect! I am a not a real estate agent nor developer and certainly not WORSE!...far from it, I am an ordinary person looking to see where the best place for me is to retire ! I do understand that there are many crooks out there trying to get our US dollars. This Chilundo or whatever his name is sounds like he has a real racket going. I am sorry that this happened to you. I actually have contacts in Nicaragua and have never heard them speak of this, so I will ask them.

My name is Elizabeth Center my personal email is mslizzz1@gmail.com...there is am no longer anonymous.

Many people are flocking to south of the boarder places, places they never heard of or knew anything about 10 years ago... just that life is cheaper and you can live a luxurious life on very little money.

I hope you find your dream place and find the kind of life you are looking for...too bad you had to go through such an experience to find out that Nicaragua is not for you. The world is full of corrupt individuals that lurk around trying to get something for nothing, it isn't just Nicaragua that has that problem. Just look at the news here in the states and what congress is trying to pull!

Anyway, good luck in your search and best wishes for a happy worry free retirement.

Elizabeth Center
Atlanta, GA


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After 3 years
by: Joseph Smith

Your right after three years renting in the area we thought would be a good place to live and finding a area with people in the same income range we did not do our homework. Even though we avoided many of the real estate scams and made sure we had a perfect and clean title to our property and getting all the necessary authorizations to build. We should have known a crook would rent a house across from us and blast us 24/7 with noise to force us to abandon our home. Since he started his siege against us I have found that Cholino has done this to others. He tries to force people to abandon their homes so he can take possession of the house and then sells them for what ever he can. I also have learned that several of the police are in on the deal. That is why I post what is happening to me to warn others that Nicaragua is not a safe place to live and that there is nothing but crime and corruption here.
Since I am answering a anonymous post I feel it is safe to believe that you may be a real estate speculator or worse in Nicaragua.

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Looks like you didn't do your homework!
by: Anonymous

Anywhere you go outside the US will be different and you cannot expect it to be "just like the State". If you did then you did make a mistake by moving to Nicaragua. Cultural differences and not speaking the language can be a big deterrent to adjusting to living outside the US. Too bad you didn't learn about this country before you went. I am sure you were hypnotized by the low cost of living and were lured by how luxurious a life you could have with your US income. There is poverty right here in the US. Have you ever been in a ghetto? There is a very ugly side to the US too. Of course you are entitled to your opinion but I think you are probably on of those "ugly gringos" that are going south of the border to live the good life that they have always dreamed of but couldn't afford in the Stated. Nicaragua is not perfect for everyone too bad you had to find out the hard way that it wasn't for you. To anyone considering moving outside the US for retirement, I suggest that you research, visit, learn the language and know that if you want everything to be like in the states, then maybe you should just stay in the states!

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