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Finding an Apartment

Finding an apartment in a foreign country when you’re not there may seem like a daunting task, but with the Internet it’s pretty easy. Once I decided to make the move, I immediately went to Craigslist Buenos Aires to see what apartments were available. I had some specific requirements – furnished, located in Palermo Soho, accepts dogs, has some outdoor space, and is as roomy as possible.  Luckily, Craigslist lets you search and sort by apartment features and area. In addition, since my Spanish is very basic, it’s helpful that many of the ads are in English. If you’re fluent in Spanish, you probably have a number of other options available to you that I did not.

Craigslist has both owners and real estate brokers who post ads. In many cases, the real estate brokers will charge a fee for finding an apartment which is usually one month’s rent. This is a question you should ask up front if it is not specified in the ad. Foreigners will also be charge a much higher rate than locals.  This is especially for short-term, furnished rentals. Anyhow, I was willing to pay a bit more for the first six months so that I could find a clean, safe place and learn my way around. I figured I could move after the first six months and find a better place if we had to.

Luckily, on the first day of searching, I found an apartment that looked perfect.  It was in Palermo Soho, was large, and while it did not have outdoor space, had an indoor pool! The owner was listing it and there was no fee, plus his English was very good so it was easy to email back and forth. He sent over photos of the apartment:

It looked great! It was a bit more than I wanted to spend, but I didn’t want any problems, so I decided it made sense to do it for the first six months at least.  I sent over the U.S. $510 deposit. Continue Reading →

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Not Everything Goes According to Plan – Part II

As much as you may plan, not everything always goes according to that plan. Case in point: while all my luggage made it in one piece, not all the contents of the luggage made it in one piece.  I just discovered this today when I moved into my new apartment and I hooked up my computer and LCD screen.

Yep, my LCD screen is completely busted – cracked beyond repair. It now looks like moderrn art, so while I may set it up on the wall in the living room (just kidding), it’s not going to do me much good in the office.  Luckily, the apartment came with a computer that has a small monitor, so I’m making do, but I’ll be looking for a new LCD shortly. The one thing that I didn’t want to do since electronics are so expensive here. Oh well, in the grand scheme of what has happened in the last day, this is relatively minor. I still have not had the energy to write all about that, but it will be coming shortly…look for Part I.

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Moving Day

The last few days have been pretty crazy. I left Vermont on Sunday after finalizing all the packing up and preparing the house for the ski season. The last couple of days in NYC have been filled with running around – returning my leased car, sending some final pieces of mail and FedEx, returning license plates, canceling insurance, Craigslist’ing some last items, getting things notarized, returning cable boxes, re-packing, etc. As much as I prepared, it still seems like it’s coming down to the wire. But, there’s no turning back now.

I’m leaving for the airport in a few hours and giving myself lots of extra time to get all of the luggage checked in. I’ve always wondered when I was at the airport who those people with all the bags were. Well, today that is going to be me, because no matter how much I tried, I still ended up with twelve bags! Yep, five duffel bags, three suitcases, a pet carrier, backpack and two large carry-on bags. I’ve been re-packing and weighing all the bags to make sure they’re under the 50 pound limit (of course, my scale is probably not going to match Delta’s and I’ll have to spend time at the airport moving things between bags). So, let’s do some quick math: 2 bags each = free, 4 extra bags at $150 each = $600, 1 Delilah (dog) = $100, TOTAL: $700 extra.  Hopefully, I do not get hit with any overweight or oversize charges!

Off to do some more re-packing and running around now!

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A Great Resource for Those Moving to Buenos Aires

When I originally started contemplating making a move to Buenos Aires, naturally I went to the web to start researching what was involved and what I might expect. I found a lot of great sites – some of which are listed under my favorite links on the right. I also ordered an ebook by Laura Zurro called “Moving to and Living in Buenos Aires.”

I just happened to pick that book back up again this week and realized how much useful information she has compiled together.  The chapters include:

Chapter 1: Why We Moved to Buenos Aires
Chapter 2: Research and Planning – Planning the move
Chapter 3: Visas – In depth explanation of visa types, how to qualify, necessary documents
Chapter 4: Working in Buenos Aires – The reality of working in Buenos Aires and how to make it work for you
Chapter 5: Moving Your Belongings – What you need to know about bringing your personal belongings to Buenos Aires by container or by suitcase
Chapter 6: Real Estate in Buenos Aires – Detailed information on the best places to live, amenities, how to rent a property, how to obtain a CDI, purchasing a property
Chapter 7: Kids – What to expect if you want to move to Buenos Aires with kids
Chapter 8: Healthcare – Detailed explanation of health care available in Buenos Aires, including a discussion on maternity and alternative health care
Chapter 9: Pets – Step by step explanation on preparing and moving your pets, and what to expect for them once you’re living in Buenos Aires.
Chapter 10: Settling In – Furnishing your home, daily house routines, utilities, paying bills, banking
Chapter 11: Keeping in Touch Back Home – Bill pay, Internet, phone, business
Chapter 12: Food and Drink – What to expect about food, groceries, shopping
Chapter 13: Cost of Living – Detailed cost of living comparisons
Chapter 14: Social Life and Recreation – What is available for social life and recreation
Chapter 15: Security – How to stay safe in Buenos Aires
Chapter 16: Transportation – Getting around by public transportation, driving safely
Index: Real estate abbreviations and terminology

I re-read all 99 pages of it and it definitely reminded me of a few additional things I needed to do before we leave.  I’d strongly suggest ordering this book from her for $24.95 as it’s worth every penny.

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