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by simoncornell @, Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, March 16, 2017, 15:25 (100 days ago)

First of all just want to say thanks to Rob for the help on Facebook. Second of all let me explain my situation. I'm a older single male, I'm 60 so I can't retire yet but have some money in my retirement account. I have been an educator for the last 35 years and I am burned out and I really don't want to keep working. I recently moved back to Fort Worth but it's very expensive to live here and my money is being sucked out of my account like a vacuum cleaner. My objective is to find a nice place by the beach (rent for awhile and possibly buy something later on). I have heard nice things about Zihua/Ixtapa but don't know anything about it really, so if I could get some sound advice it would be appreciated. I'm getting ready to book a 2 week vacation to visit and check out the area. Of course if I do decide to move down there permanently it would be nice to have somewhere for my 2 dogs and I to live. So my main question is where does one begin? My Spanish is basic, even though I studied it for 2 years but that was 40 years ago (no recuerda nada), anyhow I'm looking at Rob's rental site but they seem to be high end or vacation rentals so if anybody can provide some links or namesks to a reputable realtor in town I'd appreciate it or possibly how to go about finding a cheap abode to rent. I'm not looking for a high end luxurious condo but something nice and hopefully close to a beach (rent between $500-$800) 2 br if possible. If not, tell me I'm dreaming and point me in another direction. I'm not very familiar with Mexico but I have looked at property in San Juan Del Sur in Nica. and the Dominican Republic. Loved SJDS but property has gone crazy there in the last few years and didn't like the DR, so if somebody can give me some hints or advice on the housing situation, mucho appreciado.
Simon

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Thursday, March 16, 2017, 15:31 (100 days ago) @ simoncornell

Simon;

Hit your Profile and click the email forwarding so people can respond off-line.

You will see the envelope behind your name in your posts when it is up and working.

Keith

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by simoncornell @, Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, March 16, 2017, 15:56 (100 days ago) @ Labrat

thanks

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by BobM @, Thursday, March 16, 2017, 15:46 (100 days ago) @ simoncornell

You can certainly find something in your price range here. It won't be "high end," as you say, but you can find something livable and within walking distance of the beach.

The people I know who live in housing such as you describe find that their situation can be a bit of an "adventure" at times. But hey, you get to live in paradise and it's a lot cheaper than the states.

I'm sure you'll get more specific advice. Come on down and take a look. Good luck.

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by simoncornell @, Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, March 16, 2017, 16:00 (100 days ago) @ BobM

thanks Bob, I found a nice price for a hotel but waiting on my Expedia credit card to be sent since I have misplaced it. How does Zihua compare to Ixtapa? Lot of expats in the area?

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by dhunsber @, ¡Dondequiera que voy, estoy aquí!, Friday, March 17, 2017, 07:51 (99 days ago) @ simoncornell

How does Zihua compare to Ixtapa? Lot of expats in the area?

They are two quite different places, each with its own plus sides and down sides, of which you can find many descriptions in the archives of this board. There are many expats in both places.

I (a happily retired educator who visits the area annually) happen to greatly prefer Zihuatanejo, and I think you should book your trip, come on down and decide for yourself which place better suits you.

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by simoncornell @, Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, March 17, 2017, 11:01 (99 days ago) @ dhunsber

Thanks for the info. dhunsber, I know how I'm spending the next few hours and that is emailing all the folks back that took the time to respond to my post. I really didn't expect such a wealth of information from so many people. I certainly agree that the only way to experience anything is to experience it for one's self. Although it's always nice to get other people's perspectives. But I have made my mind up on one thing and that is I will be coming down to check it out. Who knows, I might end up coming back and staying for long term and having a drink or two with some of you folks. Not to sound like a broken clock but thanks to all that contributed.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day and Peace.
Simon

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by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Friday, March 17, 2017, 11:27 (99 days ago) @ simoncornell

Love it when a plan comes together!!

Keith

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by simoncornell @, Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, March 17, 2017, 16:58 (99 days ago) @ Labrat

thanks Keith for your help and comments.

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by simoncornell @, Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, March 16, 2017, 17:15 (100 days ago) @ simoncornell

What a great site, I have already gotten 2 emails regarding my post and would just like to say thanks. It's always nice when someone takes the time to respond since I'm sure my question has been asked a million times before. Just nice to know that there are still a lot of helpful and lovely people out there and feel free to let me know positive or negative aspects too. I lived and taught in Korea and I certainly know the pitfalls of living in a foreign country where language and culture is completely different.
anyhow, thanks.
Simon

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by Roberto G., Thursday, March 16, 2017, 19:08 (100 days ago) @ simoncornell

Another way to find a good rental is to rent a small hotel room for a short time and talk with the locals who work in the service industry and they can tell you of apartments for rent which are very reasonably priced.
Good luck....

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by simoncornell @, Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, March 16, 2017, 19:11 (100 days ago) @ Roberto G.

good idea, thanks for the clue Roberto.

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by OlsenMN, Thursday, March 16, 2017, 19:16 (100 days ago) @ Roberto G.

Another way to find a good rental is to rent a small hotel room for a short time and talk with the locals who work in the service industry and they can tell you of apartments for rent which are very reasonably priced.
Good luck....

Yup! That is how most of us did it. The good apartments are rented from locals, not on the internet, and most of the waiters etc. know them and will take you around and show you (they get a commission from the owners and a tip from you).It is easy and all of them speak English if you don't.

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by simoncornell @, Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, March 16, 2017, 19:54 (100 days ago) @ OlsenMN

That makes sense, locals have to live on the local economy and of course realtors are looking out for the buyer's interests not necessarily the renter's. I went with a realtor in SJDS for the simple reason I met him online and was looking to buy and he was a great guy. Of course the casa's I did see were in expat communities with private roads and security (some armed). I'm not sure if it's it the same there, I do know that Mexico has or had a bad reputation for violence, I lived in Midland Texas for several years and one did not venture into Juarez, again I'm not sure what the situation is there. I now live in the D-FW metroplex and there is plenty of violence here which is another reason for finding accommodation elsewhere, I was thinking about check out Puerto Vallarta or Acapulco but me thinks it's probably very touristy and not cheap. Thanks for the input, Olsen.

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by joe26170 @, Full time in Z, Friday, March 17, 2017, 23:38 (99 days ago) @ simoncornell

Simon, You should have NO problem finding something at the low end of your price range. 6000 pesos a month will get you a very nice apartment in centro or a beautiful house in one of the colonies.

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by simoncornell @, Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, March 18, 2017, 14:06 (98 days ago) @ joe26170

Thanks Joe,
Perdon, mi espanol es muy malo so I will have to write the rest of this out in English. Well the easy part is done, I have booked my flight and hotel so I will be in town June 6-20. I think 2 weeks is plenty of time to find a nice rental, then come back and sell off crap I don't need or want and make some hard decisions and then head on down south of the border. I would like to thank all of you for all the help and advice, it was actually the correspondence I received that swayed me, plus I need a vacation. As long as me and my 2 dogs can be by the beach and and just watch the waves, I'm a happy camper. I don't wanna be the guy screaming at the kids to get off my lawn, might open up a cantina, no food just drinks and just play 60's music. ooops I'm just fantasizing out loud. Anyhow I'd love to meet you guys over a few cold ones, so email me. I'm pretty good with getting back to people and once again my sincere gratitude to all my new neighbors.

Gracias,
Simon

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by simoncornell @, Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 00:05 (96 days ago) @ simoncornell

Hola,
I have already booked my flight/hotel. I am coming down and I do appreciate the advice and input from everyone. Maybe, I should explained myself a bit more. I am not an idiot nor a fool, I am a ex-Political Science/Government Professor that taught the crap for many years. I am looking for a cheap place to live for awhile. I don't want to buy property (i'm not ruling it out) but that is not my main concern. I have allowed myself 2 weeks to find accommodations for a longer stay. If I don't find it, then I go home. My main goal is to lower my finances than living in the US (TEXAS). I want a cheap place, not a ghetto, and close to the beach. I want to wake up, and see the ocean, whether it's Ixtapa or Z, I can care less.. My vision is to see the Ocean, not escape one bs experience for another. Just being honest and I hope you can be too.

Simon

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by simoncornell @, Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 05:28 (32 days ago) @ simoncornell

Well,
Alrighty then. I have heard from quite a few of you and I certainly appreciate it. I haven't posted much because there wasn't much to say. I am still coming down as planned June 6-20 and I will be staying at Villa Mercedes. The object of the visit remains the same, to find a place to rent for myself and my 2 dogs and to see if this is where I would like to "hang my hat" for awhile. I have gotten a lot of good advice and tips and certainly would like to meet some of you in person. If you have any more tips, warnings, or information please let me know ASAP as 2 weeks is a short time. I will try to get back to everyone that spent the time to email me to confirm our correspondence. Take care.

Saludos,
Simon Cornell

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by simoncornell @, Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 07:50 (32 days ago) @ simoncornell

Thanks for all the replies and information all the good folks of Zihua/Ixtapa and other people that responded, I certainly appreciated it.

Peace and Saludos,
Simon

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by simoncornell @, Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, June 02, 2017, 00:51 (23 days ago) @ simoncornell

yep, that was it.
Thanks