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Articles > Mexico

Mexico

Mexican Street Walking

Posted on Saturday May 26, 2012 (13:22:30)
by Doug Bower

I cannot say whether walking the streets of all Mexican cities is the same. However, I can say to walk the streets of Guanajuato, my adopted town, one immediately becomes aware of two items. One, the reason the Spanish pitched fits trying to plan the layout of this town and two, why Guanajuanteses (citizens of Guanajuato) walk fast but get nowhere on time.

The Spanish, being the good, anal-retentive Europeans we've all grown to know and love, were accustomed to building their cities in grid-like patterns. You know what I mean. Most of America, having inherited this same anal retentiveness from our European ancestors, is built on the same plan. To make it easier to find addresses (I suppose), cities are built in a grid. One finds the numbered streets going one way and the named streets crossing them.   more ...

Articles > Mexico

Mexico

Mexican Living Survival Tip # 1 - Water

Posted on Saturday May 26, 2012 (13:16:29)
by Doug Bower

A typical day in the life of an American expat living in Mexico will include trying to find drinking water. You might be surprised by this but everyone knows that you cannot 'drink the water in Mexico'. This refers to the fact that you cannot drink the tap water in Mexico. Probably every American adult already knows that you cannot drink the tap water. But does the typical American adult know just how one obtains drinking water in Mexico?

In a word: bottles!

The day in and day out routine in Mexico to obtain the liquid of life, that which is absolutely essential for survival, is that you must have bottled water. To meet this need, two companies where I live, Guanajuato, have sprung into being. To say that they are in competition with one another for customers, competition as Americans would define competition, would be a misnomer. That is to say, I think so.   more ...

Articles > Mexico

Mexico

Home Financing Now Available in Mexico

Posted on Saturday May 26, 2012 (13:09:17)
Doug Jones
by Doug Jones

The dream of owning a home in Mexico is on the minds of more and more North Americans, as they experience all the natural beauty and rich culture this country south-of-the-border has to offer. Many North Americans are looking for a place where they can make their retirement nest-egg stretch further than where they currently live. The cost of living in Mexico is definitely much less expensive than where you may presently call home - with one caveat. This is true, once you have your housing expenses figured out. Real estate is rapidly increasing in cost/value. This is good if you already own a home in Mexico, and a reason to act quickly if you don't.

Up until this year, the only way to purchase real estate in Mexico has been 'cash-only.' In spite of the 'cash-only' scenario, a LOT of real estate has been purchased by North Americans - especially in the last four or five years. More North Americans have discovered the Mexico experience, but it is just the beginning. Many baby-boomers have the vision of 'Old Mexico' in their minds - usually an experience of a border town when they were growing up. This is not the Mexico of today. Resort living near the ocean, and charming towns on the interior, as well as a family-oriented culture that is a throwback to the 50's are what Mexico is all about. And word is getting out through the print media, as well as word of mouth. When someone finds their own little piece of heaven in Mexico, the next thing they begin to think about is which friends they want to persuade to move to Mexico as well. What better scenario is there than to be with your best friends, discovering a new life in Mexico?   more ...

Articles > Canada

Canada

Alone In Canada: Ten Tips For Survival

Posted on Saturday May 26, 2012 (09:56:20)
by Thelma O' Connor, Canada Wise

Moving to Canada means leaving behind family, friends, familiar food, routines and your place in the community.

In Canada, you have to start all over again, build a new life, make new friends and find your place in a new community. This is a challenge all newcomers face, but if you come here alone - with no close family or friends to help and support you - then this challenge may seem even more daunting for you.

However, there are a number of steps you can take to help yourself through this 'settling-in' period. Here are our ten tips for survival to get you started.   more ...

Articles > Canada

Canada

Playing the Canadian waiting game wisely!

Posted on Saturday May 26, 2012 (09:52:48)
by Thelma O' Connor, Canada Wise

By now you may feel you know Canada well, from surfing the internet, or from travel books and news items you've read. You've applied for your Permanent Resident (PR) visa and know it could take up to 2 years to receive it. You've been waiting what seems like an eternity and you don't feel like waiting any longer. So you've decided to throw caution to the wind and leave early to start your new life in Canada.

If this sounds like a plan you're making, then you're not alone. It would appear there is a strong desire and a growing trend among people who have submitted their visa applications, to get to Canada as soon as possible, even if they do not have their PR visa in hand.   more ...

Articles > Canada

Canada

Canada - Top Dozen Moving Tips

Posted on Saturday May 26, 2012 (09:49:58)
Some simple preparation and basic facts, however, can eliminate a lot of the anxiety from your move. It will also give you the best possible start to your new life in Canada. Here are a few helpful tips:

Know where you're going!

Canada is an immense country. Many newcomers are not familiar with the geography of Canada and don't have a true appreciation of its vast size and the diversity of its people, its landscape and its climate from coast to coast.

In choosing your settlement destination, consider the following factors, such as strength of the local job market, cost of living, access to affordable housing, weather patterns and the like, instead of basing your decision on arbitrary factors.   more ...

Articles > Canada

Canada

Canada - No Work Experience?

Posted on Saturday May 26, 2012 (09:48:04)
by Thelma O' Connor, President of Canada Wise

This is a dilemma that many immigrants face when they arrive in Canada. New arrivals are eager and enthusiastic to join the Canadian work force and make a smooth transition to their new life. They suddenly find themselves faced with what seems like a no-win situation: no Canadian work experience - no job; no job - no Canadian work experience!

It seems clear that most employers here will ask for Canadian work experience. What exactly does this mean? It usually means that employers want to see at least one to two years of work experience in Canada or in a Canadian work environment (which may include working for a Canadian employer in another country). Employers want to see that potential new employees are aware of 'Canadian workplace culture and work practices' and that candidates know about their field of work in a Canadian 'context', so that they can quickly become effective on the job.   more ...

Articles > Canada

Canada

Canada - Choosing Your Destination

Posted on Saturday May 26, 2012 (09:46:16)
by Thelma O' Connor, President of Canada Wise

You've decided to move to Canada but before you go you must choose a destination in which to settle. Canada, with over 10 million square kilometers of territory, is the second largest country in the world, with many wonderful cities, towns and rural communities beckoning the newcomer. The vastness of this country makes choosing a destination all that more difficult. Do you choose to live near the ocean, in the mountains, in a large city, on the prairies, or in the lake regions? Suddenly, choosing somewhere seems overwhelming!

So how do you go about deciding which place is best for you and your family? You might imagine that most newcomers would suggest that economic factors were the chief reason for their choice of final destination, perhaps even climate or the existence of a particular ethnic community in an area. However, surprisingly enough, according to a recent survey of immigrants to Canada, most newcomers (78%) settle in areas where their network of friends and relatives live! Three quarters of all new immigrants also settle in one of Canada's three largest cities, Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal. Only 19% chose their destination because of job prospects, 7% lifestyle, 6% education prospects and 6% because of housing prices in the area.   more ...

Articles > Australia

Australia

Affordability and the Cost of Living in South East Queensland, Australia

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (13:14:46)
by Tracie Hocart
Residential Property Solutions


Affordability, Cost of Living, GFC, Resources Boom, skills shortages, budgets, cheap holidays, strong Aussie Dollar, infrastructure spending, under supply of housing – these are just some of the phrases appearing frequently in the media today. And, I’m sure it’s not just isolated to Australia. In fact, throughout the world, countries are going through a time where cost of living, affordability and the health of world economies are big news. This is no surprise given that we are all continuing to ride out the last waves of the Global Financial Crisis – some doing better than others.

Since the GFC, consumers in Australia have changed their habits. They have had to. Banks have tightened their lending policies for individuals, and more so, for businesses. Individuals and families have started to save. Prior to that consumer spending was at significantly high levels. Everyone wanted luxury and spent to get it.   more ...

Articles > Australia

Australia

Floods and the Brisbane Property Market

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (13:12:58)
by Tracie Hocart
Residential Property Solutions


I was only 4 years old when the 1974 floods swept through Queensland and I really can’t remember a lot about the actual event, apart from the fact that there were a lot of the round plastic garbage cans (common at the time) floating around the streets. Following that time, everyone just rolled up their sleeves and got on with the clean up. There was a real no nonsense approach to getting things back to normal. Yes, it was devastating to many, but people realised that the only thing to do was to fix matters and move on.

Since 1974 the population growth in South East Queensland has been enormous, as has improvements to infrastructure. Things have been ticking along nicely despite the GFC. In fact, with the mining industry booming here we have been expecting big things in Queensland over the next few years.   more ...


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