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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Feb 042014
 
Sell a Property in Costa Rica

Once pleasantries are exchanged, we get to the core issue: “We’d like to sell our property and we’d like for you to give it a look”. If I don’t know the property, here are points I’d like to know: Where is the house? Is there a view? What size is the house? What size is the property? When was it built? How many bedrooms/baths? Is

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Sep 222013
 
Understanding Costa Rica Real Estate

Back in 2004 I found myself running a small real estate company in Dominical called Horizon Properties. At that time, the concept of a property listing having a value within the agency, and amongst the various agencies, was non-existent. As the chief cook and bottle washer of the company, I pretty much expected to procure the listings. I would oversee the posting of the listing

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Jan 062013
 
How to Sell a Property in Costa Rica

It is common to think that you know all about how to sell because of your experience in real estate in another land. In Costa Rica real estate, this type of thinking can be a real hindrance.[/caption] We have posted quite a bit on this blog about seller’s options in Costa Rica and in particular, The Zone. In this article I will list the pros

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May 152012
 
Why Baby Boomers Are Buying Real Estate And Retiring In Costa Rica

The U.S. Census Bureau defines the Baby Boomers as those born between January 1st, 1946 and December 31st, 1964. As of January 1st, 2011 more than 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 per day, a pattern that will continue for the next 19 years. The question isn’t if there will be a lot of people retiring. The question is… where are they going to go?

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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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May 142011
 
Exclusive Listings Revisited Part 3 of 3

Disclaimer: This program is no longer offered by Guys In The Zone Real Estate. We have closed our doors and are working in tandem now with another company that does not recognize this method of listing properties. This series of articles is all about options for selling a property in Costa Rica. Part 1 dealt with the most common type of listing that sellers use

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Apr 052011
 
Exclusive Listings Re-visited Part 2 of 3

Costa Rica real estate imitates the workings of the MLS market place of other countries. The result is a hybrid market place that isn’t quite as good as the mature Multiple Listing Service of other countries. Is there a better way? This article features a consideration of an alternative business model.

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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.