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  2. Yes, it was a 6.3 earthquake. Quite bigger than usual. The epicenter was about 60 miles away from the property. Gladly we didn’t have a big impact at all. The house was shaking for about 30 seconds, but no things flying off the shelves or anything like that.
  3. In the news I saw that about a month ago there was a huge earthquake in Chile. And looking at the map it seems like it was close to your region. How are you guys? Any damage? Was it close? Did you feel it?
  4. Hello Karen, Yes, you are correct, it is currently wintertime here in Chile. And yes, I am glad to report that they do have farmers markets in Chile during winter. Here in Santa Cruz, Colchagua Valley, we have 3 farmers markets that I know of during the week. I would say that they are about the same size as in the summer time, but of course the veggies and fruits and the prices are different. Sometimes, when it rains on a farmers market day, you will find that about one third of the sellers do not show up. Currently we have lots of potatoes, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, carrots, radishes and still plenty of greens. I would say that I do not see a huge difference in the veggie department. Maybe a bit higher prices on bell peppers, no asparagus and the avocados do not taste as great as they did in summertime. The bigger difference is in the fruits. Of course we do not have strawberries or for that matter any other berries. But we have more apples,pears, oranges, lemons, pomegranates, persimmons, grapes, kiwis and such. And of course, the prices are still lower than you would find them in the States or Europe in wintertime or even the summertime. Persimmons and pomegranates are 1,000 CLP per kg, which is US$ 0.65/lb (at current exchange rate) Oranges and lemons are about 500 CLP per kg, which is US$ 0.33/lb (at current exchange rate) Apples and pears are about 400 CLP per kg, which is US$ 0.26/lb (at current exchange rate) I hope you will find this information helpful! I will attach a few pictures of this Saturdays farmers market!
  5. Hello Rufina, I enjoyed reading what you have on the farmers market in October, which is springtime in Chile. Do you think you can write a bit about what you currently have? As I understand it is wintertime there right now. Do they even have farmers markets during winter in Chile? If yes, what would you be able to find for sale?
  6. Hello Dylan66, Yes, we will do updates regularly soon. For now, we had more of paperwork to get done, and we put part of the roads in. Also, we imported the equipment for metal frame manufacturing from Australia and delivered it to the property. It is operational now. As soon as more of the active part will begin we will post updates regularly on the website.
  7. Elwez, thank you so much for all the information! That was quite brave what you did! I am not ready to do the next step yet but thank you for your offer. I will stop by the development on my next visit to Chile. Meanwhile, I will continue observing this site, do you know if they will have some progress updates? I would love to see some pictures, to see what is going on... Do you know at what stage the subdivision is at?
  8. @Dylan66 - The money issue is an obstacle. You can't have a queasy stomach and buy land in Chile. I flew my money in, which is scary until you understand the laws and understand your rights. Have the withdraw receipt from your bank, and then declare it to the TSA in the U.S. and upon arrival in Chile. They will take you to a back room at the airport, count it and document it. I remember being incredibly nervous about it, and when it was all over thinking to myself "That's it?" You can find lawyers in Chile that you can trust. It takes some ground work but they are there. I can recommend a lawyer, who is the son of the immigration guy I am working with to get my permanent Visa. He has done work for other expats, and everyone who uses him swears by him. If you ask Rufina, she has my personal contact info. I'd be happy to talk to you on the phone if you have any questions.
  9. The biggest obstacle for me was the money transfer. They do not have title companies, like in the United States. The buying and selling transaction is handled between lawyers. You can not open a bank account in Chile until you become a permanent resident. That means, you will need to either fly in with cash into the country, which is so risky to me or you need to trust your lawyer with a big amount. I don't know how other people do it, but both options made my stomach queasy!
  10. @Elwez, thats cool! Thank you for the info! @Dylan66 what do you mean? What kind of obstacles?
  11. @C Wilson - I purchased a lot from this project and the property is legally inscribed in my name.
  12. No, I never pulled the trigger on the purchase. Too many obstacles!
  13. Thanks Dylan66, I will keep that in mind. By the way, where did you end up buying land in Chile?
  14. Calvin, I think It is important to have an attorney that is on your side! When I was looking to buy investment property in Chile, I had my own attorney, someone to look out for my interest. I was searching to buy retirement property in the Lakes area, closer to Patagonia. Found an awesome deal, everything looked great and the price was right. Then my lawyer discovered that it was in dispute with the Indigenous people on that land. He said that if we would not have caught that, I might have lots of trouble down the road. I don’t know if that applies in the area where this community is, but I think it’s worth checking that out.
  15. Hello Calvin, You have great reasons to be concerned. My advice is to start looking if the land someone is promoting does actually belong to them or if they do have the right to sell it. One should not blindly trust the seller's lawyer but should hire an own attorney in order to do all the due diligence. In our case, the property is fully paid for and has no encumbrances, but do not take my word for it! Do your own investigation or have an attorney do it for you!
  16. Hello Calvin, welcome to the forum!
  17. Hi, I am new to the forum and to this website. I am very curious about your subdivision but I am even more skeptical. I read about Galt's Gulch and other similar projects in Chile on the internet and as far as I know, many people lost a lot of money. What can you tell me about that? How do I know that this is not another scam?
  18. Hello, my name is Calvin and I am from Waterloo, near Omaha, Nebraska.
  19. Hello Karen, YES! In fact, we do encourage planting trees, vineyards, and gardens. We do not want to micromanage your property as some other developments might do, but we do want every owner to plant trees or vineyards. After all, this is a sustainable community.
  20. I was just on my lot in late September, walking the grounds with the project developers. We walked through the plans my wife and I have in mind for the land, and altered them with their suggestions. We are looking to make as much of the land as productive as possible. We picked out over 50 fruit and nut trees, though we soon realized that we will need more than that. Then we marked off about a quarter acre or so for a small organic vineyard. Finally, we walked off about a 500 square foot plot for an initial garden for veggies and annual fruits. We plan on doing a lot of canning for the winter months, so a lot of the garden will probably go towards that effort. So, short answer - you can do what you want. It's your land. Hopefully there will be some general neighborhood guidelines that discourage eye sores like junk cars on the land, but other than that, it's dealers choice. I looked at another property in the O'Higgins region where the land was micromanaged by the neighborhood and very restrictive. It was an enormous turn off. I wouldn't have made my purchase if I was being told what I can and can't do with it in terms of what I could plant. Hope that helps...
  21. As I already mentioned before, I do love to garden and since I am retired, I always eat from my own garden. Is that something you will allow in your subdivision? I think a community garden and aquaponics are amazing, and I do love to volunteer my time for that, but there is nothing as awesome as going outside your backyard door and getting the fresh herbs and veggies for your dinner salad.
  22. Hello Elwez, Yes, the farmers market has changed somewhat in the spring. Some prices on products like the bell peppers started to go down and some, like the apples, started to climb up. And of course, with the new season, we see new produce. I think you guys left right before the great stuff started to appear. Right now we enjoy lots of great asparagus at a $1.45 a big bundle. About 4 weeks ago we started having strawberries. First, they were at 1,700 CLP/kg, which is $1.12/pound and today I bought some at 750 CLP/kg, which is $0.49/pound. Within the last week, we bought more than 50 lbs of strawberries. We love to eat them while they are fresh and in season and freeze a lot for smoothies as well. The watermelons are still by the slice and I think that will change only in a month or so....
  23. The farmers markets are near the top of our list of things we miss about Chile. It's been about a month since we last did our grocery shopping at one in Santa Cruz. The last day we went they were selling watermelon by the slice at the Saturday market, and I heard that someone found fresh strawberries at the Sunday market. With Spring in South America now in full swing, we're wondering how the varieties and prices of fresh foods at the markets have changed?
  24. The main flaw in their plan that I see is - 203 houses on 50 acres. According to this article, they want to be "nearly self-sufficient". IMHO this will be hard to achieve. They need more ground! After some area (I hope there will be some) will be designated to the community use, like clubhouse, pathways (they can't cut those out), parking for electric cars that will be on the perimeter of the property, they will not have much space left. Plus they still promise traditional fields and orchards surrounding homes. From their original plan, larger animals have been already illuminated and now it is just chicken and fish. Even that also takes space. If you do quick calculations the lots of only 1/4 of an acre would take the whole area. What about all of this cool stuff? Where would it fit? That is why they don't want to do roads, they can't lose more ground. So, they took a clever path, wrapped this packed urban living into "new, modern idea" and are trying to sell it as a self-sufficient farm. I am a bit disappointed in these guys on one hand. They had such a promising start and end up with this... On the other side - I respect them. If they can sell it at that price, charge HOA on top, plus make residents work there?!!!!!!!! Wow, that takes some selling skills.
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