Real Estate Services for Northern Nicaragua  

Nicaragua can be a very afforable place to live. Just how affordable depends on your lifestyle and whether you plan to simply retire here, do business here or both.

We estimate very generally that a "typical" couple could live a very comfortable middle-class lifestyle in our area (including frequent restaurant outings, regular movie outings and doctor check-ups) for as little $1500 a month or $18,000 a year, especially if you own your residence. That includes more than enough for frequent dining, shopping and occasional vacations to other parts of Nicaragua and other Latin American coutries.

Prices on this list are updated irregularly and are currently as of
December 2008.

Household-Related
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• house cleaning (just cleaning, 1-2 hours a day, 5 days a week): $20/month
• full-day/live-in maid (clean, cook, iron, 5 days a week): $50-$100/month
• gallon of purified water: $1
• high speed internet access (512kbps): $50/month
• natural fruit juices (orange, pineapple, ice-tea, etc.): 30 cents to $1
• soda (Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Fanta Orange Soda, etc): 50-60 cents
• electricity: highlands: $30-$50/month, lowlands: $50 - $150/month (if a/c)
• laundry (laundromat washing and drying for one big load): $7

Dining
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• typical breakfast (rice, beans, fried banana and eggs): $1.50
• budget (frintanga) lunch: $2-$3
• mid-level lunch: $4
• high-level lunch at a top restaurant: $5
• budget (fritanga) dinner: $3-$4
• mid-level dinner: $5
• high-level dinner at a top restaurant: $7-10
• 1 dinner at Italian restaurant for two = $14.36 (included: beef in mushroom sauce and a medium prosciutto and mushroom pizza big enough for two) with drinks

Education
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• Nicaraguan private school: 25$/month
• English-language private school
American Nicaraguan School: about $200-520/month (including fees)
Lincoln International Academy: $200-440/month (including fees)

Transportation
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• within-city public transport with city bus: 0.16$
• inner-city taxi (within Leon city limits): $1 or less
• inner-city taxi (within Matagalpa city limits): $1 or less
• intra-city bus:
Leon to Managua: under $1.4;
Leon to Matagalpa: under $3
Matagalpa to Managua: under $3;

Real Estate
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• rent a house: $120-800$/month ($1000-$2500/month for best colonials)
• construct modern home (depends on many variables): $50,000-$250,000
• Property Taxes: minimal

Medical care
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• basic women's checkup: $16
• blood and urine test: $15; ultra-sound test: $15
• doctor check-up (with no insurance): $16
• health insurance for access to top private clinic: $30-$50/month
• eye exam: $3; eyeglasses: $100
• multiple tooth fillings: $200
• Zolpidem 10mg (Abien in U.S., Stilnox in Nicaragua) $1.18/tablet
• Metroprolol, 100mg (for blood pressure) $0.14/tablet
• Combivent Inhaler $6 each (versus $97.00 in U.S.)
• eye surgery -- crystalline replacement (both eyes): $2500

Medical care - Hospital Pellas (best in Nicaragua)
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Executive check up includes
blood/glucose/cholesterol/urine/stool/PAP/prostate tests
X-Ray/mammogram/ultrasound/blood pressure/EKG
(depending on sex)

• For women over 40 years of age: $450
• For men over 40 years of age: $350
• For women under 40 years of age: $275
• For men under 40 years of age: $200

Serenity client Debi H. on drug costs:
"Even when the price difference is not significant, as in the case of the Ambien, you don't have the added expense and inconvience of a doctors office visit. When you know what you need, you just go get it. You don't have to pay $65 - $150 for a doctors office visit and fight with the doctor to get the prescription that you know works versus the newest thing on the market that costs more...and the doctor and the pharmaceutical representative company get travel awards for pushing!"

Miscellaneous
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• hair cut for men: $2
• hair cut for women: $3.5
• movie theater ticket: $2
• cup of coffee in a small café : $2
• bottle of local beer: $0.80
• rent a room: $50-60/month

Food
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• papaya: $2, banana: $1, pineapple: 50 cents, watermelon: 50 cents
• orange: $1.5/dozen; bread: $1.5; liter of milk: $1.15; rice (5 lbs): $5,
• beer: 80 cents; chicken breat: $2/lb
• Food prices: 1 lbs potatoes= 40 cents
• lbs dry onions(not spring onions)= 30 cents
• 1lbs garden tomatoes = 40 cents • 3 big carrots = 50 cents --12 oranges= $1
• 1 pineapple= 60 to 76 cents --1 big avocado = 76 cents to $1 --1 whole big papaya = $3
• 1 lettuce head(not iceberg) = 50 cents --1lbs sugar = 50 cents
• 1lbs boneless skinless chicken breast = $1.91 --1 lbs. Rice = 50 cents
• 1 lbs. red beans(uncooked) = 40 to 50 cents --1 bag of 15.96 ounces of Oreo cookies = $1.56
• groceries per week = $50 for a couple, maybe 50% higher if you splurge on (American brand) imports like Heinz ketchup, Bush's and B&M's baked beans,
Kellogg Corn Flakes and Skippy peanut butter.

Other
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Water-Sewage (apt.) $5
• electricity for example costs us 19 cents per KWt under our current energy plan(contract)
• 1 cubic meter of water=approximately 50 cents
Cable or Direct TV $30-50
Gasoline (regular gas) $4-5.00 per gallon
Cereal(large box of cornflakes) $1.50
Beans (5 lbs.) $1.80
Airmail Letter around $.60 to the U.S.
Doctor’s Visit $10-30


* All of these prices are subject to fluctuations.

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