May 232016
 
Costa Rica Property Buyer's Checklist

To the right you can see what is the net result of my e-mail thread with Adrian. Due to the sheer volume of the data points, I’ll be working through this list episodically, probably in a series. What I appreciate about Adrian’s approach is that he set out to identify the questions. This can be a tricky thing. You know how it is when you

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Mar 092016
 
The Hidden Market - For Limited Budget Buyers

March 17, 2018: This article is primarily about how to buy property in Costa Rica with a limited budget, which is a timeless topic. However, there are a few dated points regarding available properties as well as my referencing one of my Tico Times articles, which has been moved or removed. I’ve just submitted an article to Tico Times about the time we are in

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Mar 142015
 
Water Issues are the Hot Topic in Costa Rica Real Estate

I met with a water engineer the other day at a property that I have newly listed. From that encounter, I now know more about this elusive & mysterious new law – well its not so much a new law as a new application of an existing law. They (you know, the “they” that put men on the moon and developed collapsing grocery bags) have

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Aug 262014
 
Should I Buy or Build a House in Costa Rica?

Construction, that is to say, building a house in Costa Rica, is a project for the adventurous relocator, and for those that are looking to optimize a real estate investment strategy. Whereas the following did not use to be true, times have changed; building a house in Costa Rica is entirely do-able, money-saving and potentially lucrative if you are a real estate investor. There are

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May 222012
 
Living Off The Grid In Costa Rica

My business partner Ben likes to call them the “End of the World-ers”. People who have reason to believe there will be major global changes in the near future. They are interested in buying land and living off the grid in Costa Rica. By off the grid I’m referring to not being connected to the government-run electrical system. They are looking at Costa Rica as

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Nov 102011
 
Talk Show 16 - Construction

Even though we call it Talk Show 15, this is indeed the 16th Episode of the Guys In The Zone Talk Show. This episode delves into the topic of construction in Costa Rica. Ben, the founder of Guys In The Zone, interviews Matt Callero of Mango Construction (mangoconstruction.com). Matt offers some answers to the popular questions– Is it difficult to build? How much is construction

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Dec 132010
 
Million Dollar Homes in Costa Rica, Part 2

The three-year Costa Rica real estate trend has reflected a significant drop in value, including property in the luxury home category. Although there are some very nice luxury homes in the area, this young market enables another popular strategy…

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Nov 192010
 
Million Dollar Homes in Costa Rica, Part 1

As recent as 2006, this area was considered the new frontier in Costa Rica. Access was difficult and more exhaustive than it is now. Developments were few and far between. Then, the real estate boom hit. This boom affected all aspects of real estate—raw land, developing, construction, rentals and associated services. All of the key elements for million dollar homes…

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Oct 122010
 
"El Diquis" Hydroelectric Dam in Costa Rica

Over the past decade, the dramatic increase in tourism and investment has sparked a bit of a power-struggle between proponents of economic growth and socio-environmental protection groups. In this case, the “power” is the proposed billion dollar hydroelectric project called “El Diquis”…

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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.