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New Construction

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Phase 3: The construction of the remaining 11 residences.

Scheduled to begin in November with completion expected by
January 31.

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Progress Report

October 16-22, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #54

Contact phone numbers

Internet Phone:
New York 315-279-6711 // Toronto 416-907-5758

Costa Rica:
Cell 506-305-3965 // Land 506-282-4142 Ext. 101

NOTE: our land line in CR has changed;
we are now integrated into the compound network.


Pictures: misc. of all areas under construction.

The story this week is RAIN: we got the WILLMA sideswipe-more than normal rain but no wind. Normally, about 16 hrs.; only the mornings were dry.

CONSTRUCTION

RAIN!!!! Progress suffered on areas not yet covered; other areas advanced unaffected.

114, 115, and 116: 115 is substantially finished-only the final coat of paint and final cleaning. We ended up changing the color scheme and beneficially so. While I was never particularly happy with the color I had chosen, the need to change was prompted by the granite supplier changing the bathroom granite from what I had ordered to what he had. Instead of making him eat it, I decided to look for a solution. That solution resulted in the change of color all round. The granite installed in the kitchen was done in record time and was what I had ordered. The previous granite supplier worked hard at getting himself fired and he was successful! I now have a new supplier and a new opportunity for ...???? I give people lots of feedback so they know how they are doing (in my eyes) and just what they have to do to improve if they are falling short. It's amazing the people who can't change...

Unit 106: Progressing nicely. The sub roof is completed on both upper units-we now have a dry area in which to work. The one step parging system by Intaco (a building supply company here) works great-it saved a lot of time and gives a good product. The first white coat is finished on both ground floor units and the drywall framing is now completed. Rough-in ceiling electrical is completed and ceiling boarding will start next week.. Kitchen designs have been finalized and approved by the purchasers. Floor tiles have been selected and secured.

Units 121, 122, and 123: The collar tie and 2nd. floor as well as the ground floors of 123 were poured today. We had hoped to be ready to do the same for 122 but the rain delayed us-we were not ready. I bought them a chicken lunch and they are working into Saturday afternoon-we got an additional 45 min. before the rains started but the chicken fortified them so they are continuing. We now move on to the steel framing on 2nd. floor, of 123--weather permitting-the welders are nearing completion of their work on 106.

Units 117-120: All drywall boarding has been completed and taping has started. Window installation has started. All finished roofs have now been installed.

Misc: We started cleaning up a number of areas-the triplex (114/5/6), the east roadway, the front of 117-120, and 106. We're at the stage now where clean up is feasible and certainly all looks better as a result. We will soon be moving to the landscaping stage-first with the triplex and shortly there after, 117-120-I'm thinking about it and looking to see what I can harvest and relocate from what I currently have.

Reconditioning of 110 and 111: both are now completed.

Units 101 and 102: No progress.

Electrical System Up grade: It's been messy..and continues so. We're preparing to connect all the underground PVC conduits and to pull the cables.

Marketing: the anticipated offer on 123 came through. It was purchased sight unseen by a woman who trusted her representatives; she is using our legal group. I understand she / they are now interested in purchasing 113 for their daughter. We'll see.

Units 107 / 108: haven't yet closed but will do so this next week; funds have been wired.

There continues to be a significant level of interest and activity. We'll see.

My brochures are not yet in-hand-this was the Tico 5 day promise. We'll begin distribution next week. I'm not a graphic artist nor do I claim to be competent in marketing. I received some advice along the way and hopefully the product benefited from it. We now have what I feel is a fantastic brochure.

The e-mail marketing campaign will also begin next week. I have some more thinking to do on it. My website people have made some great suggestions and have married together the scripts and products I've sent them into a seamless presentation. It's sooooo great to find responsible, pleasant, service oriented people who add value to your product!!!

I would like to think the leads generated from this project might transcend Los Jardines into the next project

Other:

CableTica, the cable TV company didn't like the way we wired the TV access. They seemed to want us to buy their cable------I'm not sure what the outcome will be but so far we've said, "no" you want customers, you supply and install YOUR cable. We'll supply the leads to each house. We're waiting for their response...

Next Project

I was offered two other pieces of land and had one follow up inquiry on the piece near here that I love. The intended use doesn't fit the terrain so I don't think it's going anywhere. The 8 lots near Arenal don't interest me as it rains too much there and I've had enough of that in the Central Valley. Re. the 2 hectares in Escazu: I haven't had a chance to check it out. I drove the area but as usual, couldn't locate the lot and the RE agent was unavailable and continues not to return my calls.

Useful Websites on Costa Rica

http://www.therealcostarica.com/default.html
http://groups.msn.com/CRLeBoard
http://www.arcr.net/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CostaRicaLiving/
http://welovecostarica.com

OUR LIVES

"el gripe" Sickness happens even in paradise!! Lita and I continued our recovery from colds which seemed to consist of recovery/relapse/recovery..The cycle seems to have been broken at the recovery phase. Time will tell. Recovery and rain dampened any personal life however we did have a chance to confirm that Gino still makes fantastic pizza rivaled only by Lita's recent version of spaghetti and meatballs.

The boat: it sits while the purchaser's finance people twiddle and diddle; It's getting cold. Whoever says that N. Am. is more efficient than Latin Am. is not entirely accurate.

Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon toed parrot.

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