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Old Monday, June 10th, 2013, 09:25 AM
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My husband and I are in the process of completing paperwork for residency in Aruba and, if possible, I would like to contact someone who has moved there and how they are doing with finding a place to live, have utilities connected, getting a phone where you can call the US without spending a fortune, and general questions like that. Thank you
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Old Tuesday, June 11th, 2013, 09:25 AM
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How exciting! Aruba is a wonderful island and you will soon find out why they call it One Happy Island - wonderful people, terrific weather, so much or so little to do - all depends what you want. Here are a few inputs based on the questions you asked...

Place to live: Check the message boards or friends on the island for a reputable agent. One agent that is reputable and trustworthy is Miriam at Century 21 on Palm Beach Road. Purchasing property is different than USA where the buyer hires the Notary (not lawyers) to administer the transaction. Lots of info available on internet so i wont embellish here. Also you need to focus your search - rent/buy? condo/house? ammenities? location?

Utilities: Elmar - electric, WEB - water, Setar - cable/internet/phone. Literally take a number and wait your turn when you go to their offices... be patient and acclimate to "island time". The process is funny if you dont let it drive you crazy - bring a good book to each place you visit.

Phone to call USA: We use MagicJack. Get the device at Walmart for $40 and signup for a 5 year contract for $100. Provides unlimited calls back to USA. You will need a computer and internet connection though. For Aruba land line or cell phone you will need to go to Setar (MIO is an option for internet/cell).

Best of luck and let us know how your transition goes.
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Old Tuesday, June 11th, 2013, 10:48 AM
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Thanks we will be renting for a while. We love the island so much we have already been three times this year and are planning another few weeks at the end of the year.
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