Expat Real Estate Guy

 Posted by on August 16, 2020  Uncategorized  No Responses »
Aug 162020

Ok, so what’s a guy to do when he encounters one of life’s dramatic curves and finds himself living back in the U. S. of A. All very unexpectedly and certainly, unplanned. Hmmm… Well, there is much history of learning Costa Rica and the real estate therein. Phone calls and emails indicate that there is some value to this.

I’ve been requested to assist in the sale of some properties there in Costa Rica’s southern pacific zone. I am going to market the properties here on my site, but will encourage real estate agencies to do the same. Just let me know and I’ll get you set up.

First offering is this one.

Moving On

 Posted by on November 30, 2019  Personal, Relocation to Costa Rica, Stories  No Responses »
Nov 302019

The below article was written on March 7, 2019 and not posted until November 30, 2019 I hear from people who tell me that they have read my entire blog. I find this difficult to believe. When I started blogging (I think this was around 2003), it was recommended that blog articles be around 1,000 words long. Since that time the attention span of readers

Aug 042018
Learning Spanish: Make as Many Mistakes as You Can

Helpful information for those wishing to learn Spanish. Our innate desire to not make mistakes works against us in our efforts to learn Spanish. I have found that studying Spanish can actually be overdone. Some of us students of Spanish focus on the academic over the practical. Frankly, the academic or “memorize” approach can get prohibitively boring. Jump in and get involved with the language. This article expounds on this.

Aug 032018
Water - What's All The Fuss?

One thing you get used to, living in Costa Rica, is that there is really nothing constant but change. There have been some rather profound changes here as of late, not in laws, but in the application of existing laws regarding water. The current catch is that, if you buy a piece of raw land, this is to say a property that has no house

May 172018
Understanding Costa Rica Real Estate Part 4

This article can serve as a stand-alone read, but if you’d like to read the preceding, sequential articles in this series, please click for: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. The scope of these articles starts roughly in the 1970’s up to the present. The idea here is that we are living in, working in, visiting or whatever – a foreign land. In this

Apr 162018
Sales Process Overview: Part 4

This is part 4 of a 4 part series. Click for: Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3 Due Diligence The term for due diligence is normally 3 weeks, and closing is usually in 4. Due diligence starts when the deposit is made, which follows the the written Offer to Purchase having been signed by buyer and seller. This document will have the contingency

Apr 132018
Understanding Costa Rica Real Estate Part 3

After venturing through the early days of real estate in Costa Rica, this is to say, the beginnings of what led up to the current market conditions in parts 1 & 2, we now embark on the boom before the crash. Let’s say that a couple acquires their home by the usual means; scraping for the down payment and then struggling to make the payments.

Feb 212018
Nuts and Bolts of Buying a Property For Vacation Rentals

Below is a copy and paste from an e-mail inquiry regarding buying a property for the purpose of investment initially. It needs to be an existing rental property that the buyers intend to move to and live in at a future time. They need for the property to, at the very least, cover its expenses during the time they own it prior to moving to

Jan 182018
Market Status - January 2018

Blue Zone did 24 sales in November and 16 in December, nicely closing out the 2017 year and calling to mind the feel of the market in the heady market years of 2004 – 2007. Back then the main concern of property buyers was finding an available and attentive real estate agent. The main topic for conversation amidst the real estate agents was: “do you


Interested in Costa Rica real estate as an investment. They primarily live somewhere else, but they own property in Costa Rica for the asset appreciation potential as well as possible rental income. Some just buy and hold (land-bank). For developed properties, the investor has a vacation home to visit as desired.

Migrators spend a regular amount of time in Costa Rica during each year.

Re-locators are those that are looking to move to Costa Rica from wherever they are. They will live full-time in Costa Rica.