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Hello everyone.  I'm new to the forum, but not to the project.  My wife and I have purchased a lot in the neighborhood and plan to move into our new home in September of next year.  We had our first child in Santiago in July, and we just finished our requirements for permanent residency.  We just got back to the States from a long stay in Santa Cruz, but we've really fallen in love with the area and look forward to our return to the O'higgins Region.

I look forward to reading some of these posts...

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Hello Elwez, it's a bit strange to call you that, when I know your real name😉!

It was a pleasure to have you and your beautiful family close by and to get to know you better! We really enjoyed spending time with you guys and completely fell in love with your cute baby! 

It's great to see you here, on the forum....and to read your thoughts!

We will try to keep you posted on the progress of your house construction in this forum, so other people also may get to know the process.

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