Dec 132017
 
Understanding Real Estate in Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Zone Part 2

In Part 1 we considered the early foreign investors in real estate here in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific zone.  The idea being that in so doing, we’ll have have a better understanding of the real estate market here. We continue now with Bob (early visionary investor) as he proceeds to segregate and sell his large parcel (finca). Bob’s vision for what is to come is

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Oct 152017
 
Understanding Real Estate in Costa Rica's Southern Pacific Zone Part 1

I’d say that about 1/10th of my time spent with people looking to buy property in Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific zone is spent in the actual buying/selling of property. The other 9/10ths is a mix of conversations regarding what’s involved with living here, as well as discussing the business of real estate in Costa Rica. At its core, the lack of an actual MLS (Multiple

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Mar 102017
 
Uvita Costa Rica is Growing

We are in high season here in the southern pacific zone. The months of November through April are typically when there are more tourists here than during the rainy months. There is another type of “high season” happening right now as well. This has more to do with world conditions. I know, those from the States are going to think that Mr. Trump is pushing

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About Bugs & Chilis

 Posted by on January 31, 2017  Living in Costa Rica, Personal  No Responses »
Jan 312017
 
About Bugs & Chilis

My first three weeks in Costa Rica (1999) my legs were red and itchy from the knees down. After those three weeks, it’s been smooth sailing. My legs cleared up, and aside from the occasional bloom, bugs have not been a problem.

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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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Is the Property Survey Accurate?

 Posted by on September 7, 2016  For Sellers  No Responses »
Sep 072016
 
Is the Property Survey Accurate?

I’ve encountered an interesting and potentially troublesome snag in our profession here. It has to do with the accuracy of the survey (plano in the local vernacular), or more accurately, the real estate agent’s knowledge of said plano. When we (sellers of real estate) take a listing from a seller, we review the property with the seller. She shows us the property and we review

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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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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.