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  1. J

    Middle class neighborhoods

    Yes that sounds about right and of course the owners are in good position if they insist on USD$. I found the air bnb service charges were heavy and if the owners quote cleaning bills as well then you can pay a lot.
  2. J

    Middle class neighborhoods

    Are these figures a good proxy for what you will pay for short term rents though? Most Airbnb renters want USD$ and in my experience $500 pcm is pretty basic for one or two room apartment in convenient area. I would be interested to hear if people get better deals for (say) 3-6 mont rentals...
  3. J

    Middle class neighborhoods

    Are you looking to buy or rent? If you are renting long term many barrios are not that expensive though 'middle class' may mean north of Avenida Cordoba to many people. Cabillto is very pleasant south of Corrientes.
  4. J

    Default?

    The main problem, as I see it, is Argentina is behaving like Argentina. The Argentines have gone into the negotiations with a chip on their shoulder, throwing around lots of attitude and bluster. But they don't hold the high cards in the negotiation. And this attitude has won them no friends...
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    Buying Real Estate in BA

    One reason for falling demand: "A new study says that the average income of working Argentines has slumped by more than 40 percent in dollar terms since 2015. In all, the report found that the median salary among the formally employed workforce had suffered a brutal collapse of 44.3 percent in...
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    Default?

    There is a respectable case for arguing that staunchly pro-business governments are usually in power when overtaken by the crisis, often engendered by their own policies, and it is left-leaning governments which then are elected to pick up the pieces and deal with the fall-out, including taking...
  7. J

    Buying Real Estate in BA

    Very sage advice with good warning flags. What surprises me is that you are so sure demand is strong and will remain so: given the ridiculous exchange rate and cost of buying dollars when you are paid in pesos how do hard working ordinary citizens get say 10 million pesos to buy dollars for an...
  8. J

    Buying Real Estate in BA

    Easier three years ago but the interest rates are crippling for most purposes unless you get a soft loan from government or charitable trust. If you had any property overseas then you could arrange a much better deal remortgaging there and using cash to buy here I am assuming. Most banks etc...
  9. J

    Buying Real Estate in BA

    Someone that intends to stay for life , makes sense to buy..1 Things to Consider for resale value.. All electric or Gas appliances Front, Rear or Pulmon Higher floors less desirable due to Blackouts Building Age Listing of Expensa amount & Overdue Expensas. Location, Location, Location 2...
  10. J

    Buying Real Estate in BA

    Hi All Every time I talk about buying an apartment in BA my (mainly expat) friends say, "No. Bad idea." When I ask why, the usual response is "You can never sell again!" They talk about looking in windows of local agents where the same property has been there for two or three years. I think...
  11. J

    They looked slightly out of place...

    Like your tactic of evasive, alert action. This is what I did on Independencia when followed from a subte by two would-be predators. Keep in the light at a safe distance but make the pursuers aware of your own awareness. The prescription of surrendering quietly only operates when the options...
  12. J

    Two Argentines, two Brazilians, a Chilean and a French woman walk into a Peruvian temple.....

    The real mistake they made was to hide as the site closed and then for unknown reasons they trampled around the site in the dark. The defecation was apparently not (or may not have been) a calculated act of insult but just because they were stupid about the comfort break along with everything...
  13. J

    Customer service - lack of

    I keep wondering when reading these comments about the primary importance of culture and the overwhelming given to attitudes, with the assumption/assertion that Argentinians just don't have the "can do" outlook that would secure success (aka conjones etc). But the structures are really...
  14. J

    Customer service - lack of

    A short footnote to our discussions re service cultures: just flew back to Eze after a couple of months in Europe. Due to land 09.15 am but we ran into a storm cloud so pilot aborted landing and re climbed steeply (first time I have seen this in Argentina) and we approached from another...
  15. J

    Tango me....

  16. J

    Tango me....

    And milongueras too are people or are we all amilongueros?
  17. J

    Customer service - lack of

    Lots of interesting views here: I have found a huge variety in service, though agree that shop service in BA can be very patchy where not downright poor. There was something of a service revolution in attitudes in Europe in the 1980s, eg when auto industry realised that unless they improved...
  18. J

    Thoughts on Fernandez, IMF, Morales, and Argentine politics?

    You are quite correct but the US was the main bartender and offered more drink to a staggering Macri, in the hope it would save him from falling down. The conservative-liberal government was given loans far more readily than the present government, who are already being told who to have as...
  19. J

    Tango me....

    An excellent summary of one way in which the word is used. As much or more a kind of cultural appreciation than a technique.
  20. J

    Tango me....

    Thankyou. I hear the term "milonguero" so much that it seems to be used in different ways. Someone said that a teacher will teach them "milonguero" style, which seemed to be more specific than "someone who is more interested in the embraced partner and the feeling between them than any...
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