An Email Hack!

ISSUE #838: Nov. 15-21, 2020


Brian Timmons, Newsletter Author
Brian Timmons

Dear friends,

When I started Residencias Los Jardines, I started writing a weekly newsletter -determined to tell all the good, bad, and the ugly. I knew some readers would be interested in the construction process. I expected others might be interested in the lifestyle of two people who had decided to live outside the box. For others, the adventures of Lita, the parrot and the cat took on an entertainment saga all its own.

Residencias Los Jardines is finished. We periodically have re-sales and rental availability. Some readers may be interested in this information.

Brian Timmons
Developer / Property manager
Residencias Los Jardines


Market activity
sales & rentals

Sales: Los Jardines: Units #116 and #124

Rentals: Los Jardines: Available immediately: #124 $800 mo.
Paradisus: Building A unit 12-4 $1,100 mo.

Residencias Los Jardines
property management, rentals & re-sales

Unit #116: $ 195,000 $ 189,995 / See Unit
Unit #124: $ 125,000 $ 115,000 / See Unit

Unit #124: $800 mo. / Available immediately / See Unit

For sale

UNIT #116
$ 195,000 $ 189,995

Total Area (Sq Ft): 1290
Total area (Sq M): 120
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor(s): 1
Type: Semi-Attached
Furnished: Yes

This 1,290 sf single floor home includes a 300 sf front terrace plus parking for one car and a separate, secure storage locker. It is and end unit and therefore attached on only one side by a 6 inch cement demising (common) wall, which prevents sound transfer.

UNIT #124
$125,000 $ 115,000

Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
Total area (Sq M): 61
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Floor(s): 2nd Floor
Type: Semi-Detached
Furnished: Yes

This 662 sf, + covered parking for one car, is a one bedroom home on the 2nd floor overlooking the large pool. It is ideal for a single person or couple.

For rent

UNIT #124
$800 mo. NEW
Available immediately

Total Area (Sq Ft): 662
Total area (Sq M): 61
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Floor(s): 2st Floor
Type: Semi-Detached
Furnished: Yes

This 662 sf, + covered parking for one car, is a one bedroom home on the 2nd floor overlooking the large pool. It is ideal for a single person or couple.

Our Lives

What Happened This Week

Weather: Despite the latest hurricane to ravage Nicaragua and Honduras, we did not see any effect... no additional rain, not too much cloud cover and in fact, we are progressing into the dry season... more sun, warmer temperatures, less rain and less frequently.


1. Email Hack: Around 9 yesterday morning, I received a phone call re results of which suggested someone had hacked my email. A short time later, I received another call which confirmed to me that the hack had happened. I got hold of our local IT guy and we went to work to contain the damage and to nullify all contacts of what had happened. I do not know what happened behind the scene nor if any damage was done. Someone had set up a very similar account password and hitchhiked on my contacts. The scam was a familiar one, I needed to get a Google Gift Card for my niece, I can't do it, so please you do it and I will reimburse you. I am sure most, hopefully, everyone saw this for what it is... a scam...

2. Courts and the Legal System: No progress -the lawyers for the INS suite (now 6 years and running) gave a note only to say there had been no movement... The complaint we filed to advance the foreclosure has not been responded to. The cancellation of a mortgage is requiring endless documentation / information / clarification...

3. Return to a new normal: I don't yet know what is "new" normal but when I drive around, I do see almost normal activity most of which is accompanied by masks and sanitary protocols entering stores. It seems people are going to restaurants and some visitors are actually coming to CR. Traffic is back to it's crazy normal + more absolutely craxy food delivery motorcyclists and now motor powered bicycles as well. Construction activity continues seemingly unaffected. Where the demand is, I haven't a clue. It makes no sense to me unless you believe (I do) that drug money in being laundered via construction... wow, I didn't know aspirin was so profitable... I am now returning a 2nd vhicle I borrowed for 3 weeks in March while repairs were being done on my car, COVID restrictions were imposed preventing my driving two days a week so I kept the car, and now that restrictions are down to one day a week, I will return the car better than I received it and accept peace and quite on Tuesdays. Some social activities are returning albeit in smaller venues -I am struggling with Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings... "my new normal" makes me nervous to the point that I feel more comfortable in passing on these activities... they are nice but not necessary and increase my health risk and open myself to political conversations which I do not want in a social setting... I don't need that... if I need risk, I can go for a drive--if I need an argument, I can talk with my wife. The hammock is preferable... my new normal. When I reflect on life in N. America -US and Canada I cannot help but be extremely glad I am here... CR is not perfect but comparatively, my life style here is much more preferable to what it would be north.

News Items of the Week


CR is proposing to attract more long term expats by reducing the threshold of residency from $200,000 to $150,000 and some other reductions, It might help but they need to to a lot more to make it expat friendly if they want to attract that market... beginning with making banking easier, immigration processing faster, court system functioning.



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