Nov 232016
 
Two "Below Market" Ocean View Properties

What a glorious rainy season it has been. After a few years of lighter than normal rains, we’re having a season now that fits the descriptions old-timers here give to what rainy season “used to be like”. Rains starting in the early to mid-afternoon. Going into, and perhaps through, the night. Partly cloudy but clearing glorious mornings with Costa Rica’s plethora of wildlife providing the

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Nov 172016
 
What to Bring When You Move to Costa Rica

This article is a copy and paste from an e-mail with a couple that have purchased a property here in Uvita. They are moving from Canada and are going to build a primary home for their own full-time residence. Plus, they are going to build at least 3 rental cabinas that they will run as a business to support themselves. They asked a series of

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Jun 142016
 
Property Buyer's Checklist Part 2

I find “temperature” an interesting consideration. I moved to Costa Rica from the high-country of Colorado USA. I think that I spent the first 2 years here thawing out. During those early years I would find myself looking at a steep driveway entrance to a house and wonder at how people would get home during winter. Hah! The climate in Costa Rica is exceptional –

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May 262016
 
Disappearing Breed: Under $100k Ocean View Lots

Updated on January 19, 2018. This particular article can be used as a guide for available under $100,000 ocean view properties in the market. I’ll make every effort to keep it up to date but you might want to check with me for availability. One of the things you can count on when you are a real estate agent in Costa Rica. The question: “how

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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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Oct 212015
 
How Properties are Priced in Costa Rica

When I told a seller recently what his expenses would be in selling a property, he responded by saying “I’ll need to ask more for my property then to cover these expenses”, to which I responded “exactly!”. The following is a conversation I recently had with this seller here in Uvita. He admitted to me that he had no experience with selling a property in

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Aug 302015
 
Buy a Property With Seller Financing

It is a common question: “I’d like to buy a property in Costa Rica. What kind of financing is available?” To be a foreigner in Costa Rica and look for a bank loan is like falling down the rabbit hole. The dizzying maze of requirements and documentation and “go visit that guy” and “you need to talk to the other department” and “you need these

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Apr 062015
 
Is There an MLS in Costa Rica?

Question: Do you have MLS there so that you can search all available properties or are you limited to your listings? In other words, can you as a prospective buyer of real estate in Costa Rica work with just one real estate agent, or do you need to scour the various websites looking for the various properties that fit your criteria and then inquire of

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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.