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Old 02-22-2017, 02:03 PM   #451
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Hey guys what's the best way to rent a place for a2 weeks, month, 3 months? I've had a look on air bnb and it's quiet pricey for your own place. How to find something at a reasonable price? Mind you, I have very limited Spanish
http://www.compartoapto.com , it all seems pretty cheap. It's all in Spanish tho. I am not sure if the condos are shared or not. It looks like ppl live there already, but are looking for roommates?

Anyone have experience with this type of renting?
Would be great to hear about it.
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Old 02-22-2017, 05:36 PM   #452
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Airbnb is for short term rentals. They're all furnished, centrally located and very easy to book. Owners are looking to get a min 12%+ return on investment. Getting a reduced rate really messes with that number. There is some wiggle room, but generally the more popular the place, the less negotiating power you have.

The more user reviews you have, the more willing they are to negotiate. Also travelling during non peak times is best for negotiating. Generally rent the place for a week at the listed airbnb price. You'll get the owners contact info and depending on the season, popularity of the apartment, and your feedback reviews they will do business with you. And of course the more time you book up the steeper the discount.

That said, do not expect to get a local/spanish speaker rate. You'll still be paying a premium, just a lot less than the sticker price.
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Old 02-22-2017, 06:07 PM   #453
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Airbnb is for short term rentals. They're all furnished, centrally located and very easy to book. Owners are looking to get a min 12%+ return on investment. Getting a reduced rate really messes with that number. There is some wiggle room, but generally the more popular the place, the less negotiating power you have.

The more user reviews you have, the more willing they are to negotiate. Also travelling during non peak times is best for negotiating. Generally rent the place for a week at the listed airbnb price. You'll get the owners contact info and depending on the season, popularity of the apartment, and your feedback reviews they will do business with you. And of course the more time you book up the steeper the discount.

That said, do not expect to get a local/spanish speaker rate. You'll still be paying a premium, just a lot less than the sticker price.

Thanks for the info bro..good one..I am very interested in the shared house, seems pretty cheap and has everything that is needed, plus you get to meet other ppl in that house..anyone experienced this?

I found this http://www.escapetomedellin.com/expat-solutions/, I emailed her about the service she seems to offer, don't know the price yet..will post about it..think it's good info.

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Old 02-23-2017, 03:16 AM   #454
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When I'm buying anything should I ask for discount?
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Old 02-23-2017, 12:12 PM   #455
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Thanks for the info bro..good one..I am very interested in the shared house, seems pretty cheap and has everything that is needed, plus you get to meet other ppl in that house..anyone experienced this?

I found this http://www.escapetomedellin.com/expat-solutions/, I emailed her about the service she seems to offer, don't know the price yet..will post about it..think it's good info.

GL
So I got an email back from her;

Hello Mehdi,

Welcome to Medellķn, I'm really happy that you choose our country and our city to visit.
Anything you need regarding moving or just visiting, let me know I'm here to help you.
I attached my packages and if there is anything you need that is not included in my packages, we can settle it too.
The goal is to help you to make your moving as easy and happy as possible.

Sincerely

Ana Marķa Cįceres
+57 318 306 6824

I don't know how to attach a PDF into this, pm me if you want the exact details, she has two packages, one costs 500 bucks and the other 700 bucks...the second one is also a pick up from the airport.. She will find between 3-5 houses for you, she says. All local prices obv, no gringo shizzle...It should be profitable if you planning it out with 4 guys in one big condo..even if its for two person, I think. Will see if I get here service tho. If there are any fellow grinders interested getting here service and a joint pokerhouse, lmk...ciaooo..

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Old 02-23-2017, 07:45 PM   #456
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So... you're going to furnish everything for 3 months and then.. sell it? that sounds like a major hassle man. not exactly sure how much money you'd be saving after all that time wasted. The offer she gave sounds like she's trying to rip you off lol. Pay $700 to get picked up from the airport and lol help you house hunt?

Dude you just need to figure out how Airbnb is played. I already told most of the good info. The way a professional airbnb prices things is like I said 12%+ in mind with an optimal occupancy rate of 15-20 days per month. That means you can pretty much get a 40-60% discount per month if you rent 2+ months.

honestly dude, just use airbnb or another renting site and be picky and youll save yourself a lot of time and headache. Yeah you're going to pay a little more regardless but so the **** what? its cheap, you're on vacation and you don't have to worry about a single thing going to the airbnb way imo. in most cases its totally worth the juice if you know how to shop and negotiate.


Also, posting that persons full name and telephone number is a bad move imo.
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:05 PM   #457
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So... you're going to furnish everything for 3 months and then.. sell it? that sounds like a major hassle man. not exactly sure how much money you'd be saving after all that time wasted. The offer she gave sounds like she's trying to rip you off lol. Pay $700 to get picked up from the airport and lol help you house hunt?

Dude you just need to figure out how Airbnb is played. I already told most of the good info. The way a professional airbnb prices things is like I said 12%+ in mind with an optimal occupancy rate of 15-20 days per month. That means you can pretty much get a 40-60% discount per month if you rent 2+ months.

honestly dude, just use airbnb or another renting site and be picky and youll save yourself a lot of time and headache. Yeah you're going to pay a little more regardless but so the **** what? its cheap, you're on vacation and you don't have to worry about a single thing going to the airbnb way imo. in most cases its totally worth the juice if you know how to shop and negotiate.


Also, posting that persons full name and telephone number is a bad move imo.
Yeah good to know bro, thanks for that.. She would be happy by this kind of exposure, it is her job. others might use here service if they feel like it.

Gonna try contacting some airbnb's and see how that goes, thanks again.
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Old 03-02-2017, 09:38 AM   #458
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What about: people always talking about paying gringo prices, being constantly haggled and overpaying for everything.

Any hints how to minimize that?
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Old 03-03-2017, 07:22 PM   #459
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What about: people always talking about paying gringo prices, being constantly haggled and overpaying for everything.

Any hints how to minimize that?
yoyo..the single most important thing is to know the language..I have had some contacts with David a great realtor, still low prices imo, he is going to look up some 2 and 3br apartments for me. I'll keep you posted on this..might be some good ones..found also an airbnb 2br apartment for 600 dollars a month fully furnished.. https://www.airbnb.nl/rooms/11667999 ..also a cool guy I think.

And no you are not overpaying for everything..listen to some testimonials on youtube on foreigners living there..pretty good info..just like about David.

Let me know how you are planning this trip Spets! peace
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Old 03-07-2017, 09:50 PM   #460
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Sweet, I'm going to employ technique of renting airbnb for few days and then ask for discount for monthly rates if I like the place
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:24 AM   #461
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Word on the street is that Stars have been blocked by authorities in Colombia? Anyone can confirm?
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:30 PM   #462
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can someone please add me in the skype group? gonna be in medellin next month
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:24 PM   #463
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could I be added to the Skype group? paz5o5o Thanks.

Arriving in about two weeks, and looking to stay for a few months if anyone is looking for a roommate
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Old 06-03-2017, 05:52 PM   #464
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Skype group? Can you add me ... cc.travis

I am now living in Medellin and looking for some local help to get cash onto Stars and other sites. Would love to meet some others playing online here.

I live in the Laureles area. Would be cool to meet some friends here and to get some cash onto my accounts or my Neteller.
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Old 06-07-2017, 03:18 AM   #465
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hey guys, whats the best simcard to get for 2-3 months stay in colombia? So it has some data as well? I heard Claro, Moviestar or tigo were alright.
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Old 07-09-2017, 11:24 PM   #466
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Im in medellin for next couple months. Staying in El poblado area close to lleras park. Its really nice place, ive liked it so far. Give us a shout to grab a beer
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:11 PM   #467
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What's the biggest PLO game at the casino there? Is it running regularly?
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Old 07-23-2017, 02:50 PM   #468
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hey guys, whats the best simcard to get for 2-3 months stay in colombia? So it has some data as well? I heard Claro, Moviestar or tigo were alright.
I used Claro. It was pretty good but I had trouble using the data that I loaded onto it (probably my own fault/problem). Missed a date with a Venezuelan chick because my data wasn't working. She couldn't contact me and she bailed and went home. So yeah, don't let that happen!
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Old 08-04-2017, 11:55 AM   #469
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I have a question about salaries and what Colombians make (converted to USD for simplicity).

My research shows that 2016 GDP per capita (PPP) in Colombia was $14,100. Now I undertstand that per capita GDP is not the holy grail, but it does give a sense of what income is like in a country (I understand that different parts of a country can mean big differences in pay, for example San Francisco vs Mobile, Alabama for a similar job title).

Is someone able to give me an overview of the following:

1) Colombian's minimum wage (if one exists).

2) Average yearly salary for a full-time middle school teacher.

3) Average yearly salary for a manager at a retail shop.

4) Average yearly salary for a high level medical doctor, think heart surgeon or similar.

Thanks in advance for any guidance.
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Old 08-05-2017, 11:04 AM   #470
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What's the biggest PLO game at the casino there? Is it running regularly?
5k-10k (pesos) with unlimited button straddle. (people often straddle for 50k or 75k) runs sporadically at Rio Casino
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I have a question about salaries and what Colombians make (converted to USD for simplicity).

My research shows that 2016 GDP per capita (PPP) in Colombia was $14,100. Now I undertstand that per capita GDP is not the holy grail, but it does give a sense of what income is like in a country (I understand that different parts of a country can mean big differences in pay, for example San Francisco vs Mobile, Alabama for a similar job title).

Is someone able to give me an overview of the following:

1) Colombian's minimum wage (if one exists).

2) Average yearly salary for a full-time middle school teacher.

3) Average yearly salary for a manager at a retail shop.

4) Average yearly salary for a high level medical doctor, think heart surgeon or similar.

Thanks in advance for any guidance.
minimum wage is something like 750k pesos per month.
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Old 08-05-2017, 11:42 AM   #472
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minimum wage is something like 750k pesos per month.
Thx for the reply Tony.

So that comes out to $252 a month. If someone works a 40 hour work week, this works out to 173.33 hours per month. So am I correct in saying the minimum wage per hour is ~$1.45?

edit: I see Colombia has one of the most unequal Gini indices in the world.

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Old 08-05-2017, 03:32 PM   #473
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random input wrt wages...


minimum wage was 550k/mo a few years ago.


2017 it is 737,717 in antioquia. 7% increase from last year. Can google salario minimo

http://www.salariominimo2016.com/cua...2016-colombia/

Roommate spent 3 months looking for a job in finance industry. Tough to secure anything more than 1.5m. Finally got a gig as a uni profesor that paid a little over 2m.

ex-gf got an amazing job working in library for 2.3m, like 1.7 after taxes and benefits/health taken out.
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Old 08-05-2017, 04:31 PM   #474
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ty boliver. this is the detailed, first-hand info i was looking for.
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:32 PM   #475
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Long time poker player both online and live (MTT and Cash). Heading to Med for the first time to check out the city in a week and consider buying property for future retirement and a cool place to live.

I recently saw that PokerStars shut down in Colombia...wtf...just as I was going to put down roots. Does anyone have any news/thoughts on this?

Is it possible to grind out $3kUS p/mo with the live games?

How are all you guys that came down for PS doing? Are there other sites that you can transition?

Thanks in advance.
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