House Hunting in ... Aruba

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This three-bedroom home, its concrete facade painted bright red, was custom-built in 1995 to evoke a traditional Aruban farmhouse called a cunucu, which blends European and Indian influences.

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laPlaya

Fort Worth, TX

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Feb 6, 2012
 
an island is a great place to vacation but think long and hard about buying a permanent retirement home! Will your family really visit you with airline tickets averaging just below $1,000 per person from USA to Aruba? How often will you get back home? Probably not as often as you think. Can you live without stores familiar to you? There's no Walmart or Target down there. Most importantly who will you trust to read the Dutch language contracts that you will sign?
It's the best beaches in the world but no t for more than a month.
SellMyHouseFast

Fresno, CA

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Feb 16, 2012
 
Maybe you can sell your house in Fresno and move to Aruba! Lol! http://www.ibuyhousesfresno.com
Nicolas Carlos

Oranjestad, Aruba

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Feb 22, 2012
 
You want to loose your investment ! then go ahead, most of the properties are lease land, this means you never own the property, and when the government change the rules you have to go without comparison!
Also on lease properties you are not allowed to lease out apartments or rebuilding or make extensions as you wish.
Next is that all valuations you get present are 50% over the existing value, because the * certified architect* will value the property by the wish list of the owner. And watch what value you will see on the lease land, you will be surprised! actually the value is non, cero! the house, this is anyway bad build in construction multiply the m2 by max. 450.-$ then you have the real price.
this is written by an European architect, not an Arubean !
laPlaya

Fort Worth, TX

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Mar 25, 2012
 
Nicolas Carlos wrote:
You want to loose your investment ! then go ahead, most of the properties are lease land, this means you never own the property
This is not unheard of in the USA either. For example in Palm Springs many homes are on land leased from Indian tribes (Native Americans). Same type of arrangement exists when you buy a co-op apartment.
Gifford White

Fort Worth, TX

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Apr 11, 2012
 
Never buy a home in a foreign country without first renting for a year or so.
Clark Richard

Utica, NY

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Apr 19, 2012
 
Never buy a house anywhere inc luding the USA without spending alot of time there. I'm not talking about a week's vacation every year.
tnt

United States

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Apr 19, 2012
 
First time I heard of Aruba it was when I heard of a killing there.
Bev and Tom

Waretown, NJ

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Jun 4, 2012
 
We boughtalmost 800 square meters leaseland in 2003, had a small 3-bedroom, patio, carport house built for us in 2004, stay there November through April every year since. Taxes and fees are less than $1000 yearly. One mile from the beach, 10 minute drive to Oranjestad. Medium size supermarket 5 minutes away - many American products available. Got fruit trees in the backyard, bearing bananas, plantains, coconuts, mangos and quenepas. Good friends include Arubans, Americans, and Dutch. It's a piece of paradise and we highly reccommend it!

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Jun 4, 2012
 
Bev and Tom wrote:
We boughtalmost 800 square meters leaseland in 2003, had a small 3-bedroom, patio, carport house built for us in 2004, stay there November through April every year since. Taxes and fees are less than $1000 yearly. One mile from the beach, 10 minute drive to Oranjestad. Medium size supermarket 5 minutes away - many American products available. Got fruit trees in the backyard, bearing bananas, plantains, coconuts, mangos and quenepas. Good friends include Arubans, Americans, and Dutch. It's a piece of paradise and we highly reccommend it!
Do you rent out your home in Aruba?
Michael Turchin

Dallas, TX

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Sep 12, 2012
 
Bev and Tom wrote:
We boughtalmost 800 square meters leaseland in 2003, had a small 3-bedroom, patio, carport house built for us in 2004, stay there November through April every year since.
I think I would be terribly bored after a month. Aruba is awesome but in small doses. Too far away from home and the airplanes tickets back to Miami aren't cheap.
Annette Finley

Fort Worth, TX

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Jun 12, 2013
 
Vacationing somewhere is much different than living there. Be careful!
Working Stiff

Fitchburg, MA

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Nov 8, 2013
 
Most people are now using Aruba as a replacement winter home instead of Florida. In Florida you will never know what the weather will be like and for how long.

I do agree Aruba can get boring after a week or two. It is a limited activity island. Also it is becoming like Las Vegas more and more now.

Too much traffic now. Too much American music. Too much American based stores and products. I know for most Americans that may be good but it is also nice to get away from all that for awhile too.

It's losing the tropical island appeal as they try to cater to Americans.

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