Thursday, July 15, 2010

Who has seen the fideicomiso?

The weeks go by here punctuated by plans and pictures. We joke about the identity of the strangers who appear in the mock-up images of our future renovated house. Who's the glamorous woman in stilettos in our bedroom? Who's the guy in the red trunks in the shower?  They are a lot like the Sims characters our daughter used to create, only their backstory is more of a mystery.
Meanwhile other messages from Merida contain tantalizing references to it being "time for the beach." I read somewhere that things slow down in the next month and many offices close down. I was obviously, typically, over-optimistic in my earlier anticipation that actual renovations would be well underway before the end of the summer, but it doesn't really seem to matter at all. I'm usually rush-rush, but maybe I'm experiencing mananafication, without even being anywhere near the Yucatan. I think that's part of the reason for this whole project, so it seems to be working.
Except...the architect now needs paperwork to move to the next stage. Presumably for construction approvals. I know, I should know the details. They need the fideicomiso (for the uninitiated, this is the document for the bank trust which holds title to the property). They also need a "cedula catastral "and "croquis catastral". These are words I never encountered in my previous Spanish classes and I keep going back to Google Translate to try to figure out exactly what a cadastre or catastre is, in this context. Some kind of ownership/land description certificate?
Whatever the translation, I clearly don't have them. I know the fideicomiso wasn't ready yet, last time I was in Merida to pick up the keys to the house and start getting it into shape, pre-renovation. I didn't really mind. I wasn't sure what to do with it. The one my realtor showed me was a huge binder full of pages. Am I supposed to keep it with me in Canada, or should our property manager keep it? It doesn't seem like the kind of thing to leave in an empty house. It seemed safer with the lawyer or the realtor until I figured this out. Still, I had some of those anxious feelings, kind of  like the dreams you have about forgetting your baby in the mall.
Anyway, I check on the location of the fideicomiso and other mystery documents, and it seems the lawyer hasn't received them yet. It's nearly 4 months after the sale closed, and he says it normally takes 3-4 months for the fideicomiso to arrive. I guess we'll see if it shows up soon, or perhaps we'll have some delays while the city shuts down for beach time.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


I feel about two tons lighter today. Submitted the final project for my web foundations course, and will give a brief presentation tonight. It was a bit of a late night, partly because I finally read the details of the assignment and saw that I needed to create at least one photo gallery. I wasn't really planning one, so I had to scramble a bit but it was fun to play with the architect's "vistas" for make an aspirational web page for our house, which I've provisionally named Casa Verde . I know. Very original. No, there isn't  a pool, yet, but it will happen.
Anyway now I will return emails (If you've sent one recently, sorry, I haven't been ignoring you), pull weeds in the garden, shave the dog, fix the car, catch up on other people's blog posts I've missed, and eat something that isn't from a take-out place or from the frozen foods aisle. What have I missed?