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The Gringarican Handbook - stories about moving to Vieques, PR, life in the slow lane and becoming a Gringarican

Friends, Bette Midler, 1973

I return to Vieques in February to close on the pink house - to be  known affectionately as Casita Rosada Dulce - sweet little pink house.  The last two months have been a flurry of emails, faxes and priority mail between Puerto Ricoand various U.S. towns.  The house will be in my mothers name, as well as mine and my sister's.  As my sister and I are married, our husbands must be on the deed as well.  Nothing is easy, but purchasing Rosada is much easier than what our lot has been.
 
Since I am the only one attending the closing, Powers of Attorney must be executed by all other parties.  Puerto Rico POA's are necessary, which consist of documents prepared by the attorney, signed in front of the U.S. notary and then the notary info must be documented in the state capital.  Three states, Florida, Maryland and Vermont are involved.  I coordinate closing, money, POA's, insurance and all of the other things that go along with the purchase of a house.
 
Luckily, a dear friend from Vermont will be at her home in Vieques during the house closing and I will stay with her.  Since she is a real estate broker, it will be good to have her counsel and expertise.
 
Once in Vieques we just want to relax, but she is gracious to lend me her car for must do tasks of banking (certified checks required for all transactions) as well as changing electric and water company accounts.  The actual closing process with the Sellers, Realtor and Attorney takes about 4 hours and then, finally, I am a Vieques homeowner!!  One of the first homeowner duties is to change the locks and luckily, friend Lisa is well versed in this skill.  She also takes me on a familiarization tour of all of the island hardware stores.
 
Luckily, we have a bit of socialization time and get to spend beach time with Gilly and a Valentine dinner with friend, Harry, an island contractor.  Isn't he lucky to have two Vermont beauties as his dates!!  I am thinking his services are definitely in our future!
 
Living in the potted palm in the front courtyard of our new house is a tiny kitten.  I promise to look after her if she's still there when I return in April.

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