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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Jan 252015
 
Raw Land Making a Comeback?

Over the past couple of years, there has been a definite trend of houses selling and raw land not so much. This high season has started off with a bang with a slightly different tone. Raw land is in an uptrend. Lord knows why this shift, but here’s some of this blogger’s speculation on the matter. However, before I get to that meat, allow me

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Sep 062014
 
A New Type of Property Buying Option in Costa Rica

Video done by Chuck Chastain of Aerial Media Typically the type of property that I have sold over my years in Costa Rica real estate have been multi-acre, ocean view properties. These have been sold to hardy individuals that have deemed themselves up to the task of taming these jungle laden acres to their will – and then keep them that way. There is a new trend popping

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Apr 282012
 

  The Guys In The Zone discuss the state of the Costa Rica real estate market in Uvita. What does an abundance of property options–lots, large parcels, houses, and commercial–mean for buyers? Why are so many families and retirees relocating to Costa Rica? Drawing on nearly 15 years of experience, Ben and Rod answer these questions and more.

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Mar 232012
 
State of the Market

I have received numerous inquiries over the last few days, from sellers of property here, asking how the season is going for Costa Rica real estate. Here is my answer. Things having to do with real estate here in Costa Rica’s southern pacific zone are not getting better. I make this point because I understand that there is some talk about optimism in the U.

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Feb 192012
 

Ben Vaughn, co-owner of Guys In The Zone Real Estate, explains the three listing options available to Costa Rican property owners. There is no Multiple Listing Service in the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica, which expands the listing possibilities– the Open Listing, the Exclusive Listing, and the (new) Modified Exclusive Listing. Please visit Ben and Rod at www.guysinthezone.com and explore our current properties listings,

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Dec 092011
 
All About Golf In The Zone

Instead of going belly-up and hurting all those who put their belief in the words of dealers (such as yours truly), and who bought untitled land there, the GITZL shareholders got together and prioritized… (now prepare yourself. We are talking here about behind the scenes corporate maneuverings, in an effort to make vast sums of money) – the wellbeing of those who had bought land in the project. The shareholders, at personal expense, allowed the project to go to the primary shareholder without a struggle. This primary shareholder, of his own volition, felt that it was important to protect the land owners there, that their ownership would be recognized and guaranteed.

I know, you’re thinking that you have stumbled upon a science fiction account of life on another planet. But you haven’t, and this is not. What you are reading is a firsthand account of my observations over the past 4 or so years. I am also one of those shareholders who lost in excess of $100k in the process (but who knows? The fat lady has not yet sung.)

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Sep 192011
 
Talk Show 15 - Income Generating Property

“Houses that produce rental income” has become an increasingly popular Costa Rica real estate strategy in The Zone. In this video, The Guys explain WHY this investment strategy is smart and how it can be achieved in a fertile rental market.  We moved out of the office and shot the video “on location” at such a property above Dominical, Costa Rica.

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Aug 122011
 
Pura Vida Poll,  August 2011

August begins a new Guys In The Zone tradition, the poll question. As some of you know, we have been increasingly active with the social marketing and networking lately. LinkedIn, in particular, has inspired many new connections and ideas. The Poll will be a regular addition to our Talk Show and articles, and who knows? It may even inspire youto submit your own poll question

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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.