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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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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Feb 122015
 
Vegan Lifestyle in the Zone - Question From Reader

Preamble:┬áthis article is my response to question I received from one of this blog’s readers. Its a bit unusual, but I see it as demonstrating a growing interest in The Zone – wellness – in its many forms. This one is specifically “vegan”, but the principles apply to all aspects of wellness. Tinamastes is mentioned quite a bit. This is a high-altitude (relative to Costa

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Aug 202014
 
The Costa Rica Expat Scene

“Myopic” would probably best describe this post. The vantage that I have of the Costa Rica expat scene will be purely autobiographical, what I have seen and some of what I have heard in my 16+ years of living full time in Costa Rica both as a father of a family of 5, an Internet marketer and a realtor. When we made the move to

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Aug 052014
 
Virtual Fly Over of Costa Rica's Pacific Side

This is a typical response that I send to inquirers who have hit our main website, www.propertiesincostarica.com, and who seem to know that Costa Rica is where they want to live. They have gone through the site which is admittedly not organized by the “where” of the listings. It is simply a site of available properties in Costa Rica, much as the name suggests. The

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Aug 042014
 
Should you Move to Costa Rica?

First Steps – Study & Visit I just received the following from a childhood friend from Davis California that has now made a couple visits to Costa Rica. I felt like his questions and my response to them would be useful to a good portion of my readers. He wrote: I’m very interested in your comments about your life in Costa Rica and your take

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May 302014
 
About the Airport

I came across your blog when searching for info on the new Ojochal airport plans. Your article was from aug 2012, do you have any updated news on the outcome of the studies? Are you a real estate professional in costa rica? I am looking to buy…. Thank you! Past articles on the new airport: Interesting question just came in this morning. New International Airport

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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.