Thanks for the idea, what also makes us search challenging is the lack of connections. Would you recommend any reputable notaries in the rural Buenos Aires province? Do they not have websites with listings?
If the term ¨notary¨ is synonymous with the term ¨escribano/a¨ I doubt they would have websites with listings. That is the business of real estate agents and I seriously doubt an escribano with a good reputation would want to create that image. There may be a few escribanos who buy and sell properties on the side, but I imagine they would advertise them one at a time.
If I ever found one that owned a property I wanted to buy I would seriously consider using a different escribano for the escritura. Hopefully, the seller who is also an escribano would not be offended. If he is, that could be a warning sign.
I believe you will find most (if not all) notaries/escribanos in the ¨rural Buenos Aires province¨ are located in urban areas such as Bahia Blanca, Tandil, Mar Del Plata, etc. There was a ¨glitch¨ that delayed the closing for my house for ten months. Fortunately, the seller allowed me to move in while he resolved the problem. Although there were escribanos in Punta Alta we agreed to use one (with a better reputation) in Bahia Blanca.
I disagree about the safety issue with the rural properties. If your property is low-key, meaning if you don't have a fancy swimming pool and a huge casa and crazy truck and don't come across as a foreigner who is full of cash then there is no reason to be worried about safety.
I don´t mean to offend, but this is delusional...and extremely dangerous. This line of ¨reasoning (aka rationalization) will be detrimental to you and your wife´s safety and well being.
Did you not read the links I provided in my previous post, especially
what happened to Mc kenna?
As a foreigner (aka newcomer) who is making improvements to an existing dwelling or building a house (however modest) you will come across as a foreigner who is not working and (relatively) full of cash.
Of course we'll have a proper fence and lots of trees for privacy, dogs and all that is necessary to be protected on a basic level. The main thing though is that we do not come across as wealthy foreigners anyways, we don't even dress up nice and our cellphones are old and cracked so nobody would think of us as a target.
People with fences, dogs, and trees, shabby clothes, and cracked phones still get robbed. Once in a while they do get killed. Earlier this year that´s what happened to a friend of one of my good friends who lives in Punta Alta. His friend lived in the rural area southeast of Punta Alta. He was robbed and shot in his home on a Saturday night. He was not a foreigner and he was not at all wealthy. His quinta was not within the urban zone and (obviously) not easy to protect.
Would I leave my wife alone? Sure why not. Do you really think that the entire rural Argentina is on a lock down? I don't think so, there are dangerous areas such as west of Greater Buenos Aires area, and other areas as well, but we are not going to live close to a villa where people deal drugs and shoot each other because of petty crimes, we want to live in a small community and know our immediate neighbors, that should be enough to guarantee basic safety...
The entire country
is on a lock down...every night of the year. And we all live in houses and apartments with heavy duty shutters(aka anitrobo curtains) iron bars on their windows. I haven´t been in Capital Federal since late June of 2010. Have stores with street access stopped locking their doors during business hours?
Even here in the country, far from the nearest villa, nobody opens the doors to strangers, including me.
Even then, one of your immediate neighbors might be the one who tries to rob you.I know this from personal experience.
The nineteen year old wannabe gangsta was the wayward (uncontrollable) son of a very nice family who works on the quinta about 200 meters from my house.
He would have bashed my skull in with a four foot long wood 4 x 4 (cm) he grabbed form the front of my house if I had not been able to break it in half with a four foot long 5-8¨ metal rod I was holding as he ran toward me, swinging his¨weapon¨ in an obvious attempt to do great bodily harm.
In his twisted mind he had ¨good¨reason to kill me. I knew who he was. I knew his name. He introduced himself and asked me for drinking water just the day before. He said he was working at the brick factory across the street.
Fortunately, right after I broke his weapon and chased him into the street, a car with three young men who also live nearby drove past my house. I yelled to them and they chased after the thug (who they also knew). He got away but was arrested three days later.
He was sentenced to three years probation, but he hasn´t shown his face in this area since the incident. His family will have nothing to do with him.
...beyond that there is a greater risk of dying due to a car crush or poor health than robbery.
So far, the only real threat to my life in the eight and a half years I´ve lived here was the aforementioned attempted robbery and aggravated assault.
Nonetheless, I try to stay off the highway as much as possible and I rarely drive at night. Fortunately, the highway is well lit all the way to Punta Alta and a ¨well equipped¨ hospital is less than fifteen KM from my house.