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Is Costa Rica Dog Friendly? In a Word… YES!

Dogs Like The View Too

A topic often overlooked when mulling over your retirement decision is how friendly your next home is for a cherished family member… your dog. Where Costa Rica is concerned, there are a few factors that have to be considered here and I’ll touch on each one. After living in Florida for 30 years where most dogs are practically prisoners, Costa Rica, for a dog and it’s owner, is certainly a breath of fresh air. Dogs are a part of the culture here for a couple reasons… 1) They’re Animals:  and most every Tico has a strong reverence for all living creatures.
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Costa Rica Realtors & Setting The Sale Price: Servicing BOTH Seller & Buyer

Jaco Beach on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

These days, in the Costa Rica real estate market, realtors must play both sides of the equation with equal reverence. That is to say, provide the same level of service to the property SELLERS as we would the BUYERS. Where the buyer is concerned, we’re only too aware that they need to have the knowledge and confidence to make a relaxed, informed investment decision. To do that, we must be intimate with the property in question and to be of service to them in every way imaginable while giving them the confidence that we are doing all we can to help them get the best
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Where Do I Retire?… TIP: Cheapest is NOT Best!

In my business, I am constantly asked questions regarding the merits retiring in one country versus another. A very valid question to be sure as retiring off shore can be a harrowing experience. And of course, being a realtor in Costa Rica, I just might have a bias opinion, and that’s ok because admittedly, I do. But you also might consider that it’s a justified bias based on a qualified opinion after living here for several years, and helping many expatriates relocate and retire in this fantastic part of the world. This blog was motivated by a recent article I read from Yahoo Finance about the
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Buying a Small Hotel in Costa Rica: Making the Right Choice For You

Buying a small Hotel in Costa Rica can be an interesting learning experience as you’ll understand economy of scale, cost of maintaining a business, compensation for Costa Rica employees, and what it takes to be a successful marketer in the hospitality industry in Costa Rica. Escazu 10 Room Boutique Hotel, Restaurant, Bar & Owners Apt $998,000 You learn that many different things come into play such as the location as it relates to area traffic and asking price, annual return and growth, depreciation allowances, and over all condition of the hotel you are buying. Escazu Quaint, 8-Apartment Complex $790,000 TWO
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Brand New CHEAP RETIREMENT HOMES in Atenas, an Upscale, Gated Community in Costa Rica

A small, upscale, gated community in Atenas, in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

A Brand New, Single Family Retirement Home in an Upscale, Gated Community in Atenas, Costa Rica For Only $178,000! A small, upscale, gated community in Atenas, in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. This is your opportunity to purchase a high quality, 3 bedroom, single level home, in an upscale, gated community in one of Costa Rica’s most popular mountain towns, said to have the best year-round weather in the world! This is indeed, a rare occurrence as Atenas has long been the desired destination for retirees and reasonably priced, quality projects are hard to come by. But this one
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Substantially Discounted Real Estate Opportunities in Costa Rica: Be The First To Know About Distress Sales, Foreclosures & Blood-In-The-Street Deals

Rendering-Exterior at Sunset Lake View

Doesn’t it seem that everyone is getting great real estate deals in Costa Rica except you? You read about it on the internet, you heard about a friend who capitalized on the buyer’s market, but you can’t seem to uncover these opportunities until after the fact, when someone else has scooped it up. It’s not an uncommon tale, and there’s a reason for it… Who Knows First? If a seller here in Costa Rica is in a must-sell, distress situation due to any number of reasons, they have to come to terms with substantially lowering the price of their property
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Crime In Costa Rica: Giving it to You Straight

Costa Rica Police

There’s so much written on crime in Costa Rica, it will make your head spin. I know, I just looked it all up and realized that I can’t possibly put this down to tidy statistics to make a point. So instead, I’ll rely on my personal experience of moving to Costa Rica in 2011, and shoot from the hip… so to speak. Violent Crime: Where violent crimes like rape, assault & murder are concerned, Costa Rica is, by far, the safest county in Central America and most of South America. It’s crime statistics, per capita, are below or equal to that of
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The “American Dream” is Out of Reach for Most Middle Class Households

American way

A typical, American, middle class family in the 1960s, the picture of the American Dream. According to a new study by USA Today magazine, $130,357 annual income is what it takes to achieve the coveted American Dream for a family of 4. Even with 2 full time incomes, that number is unattainable for most people evidenced by the US Census Bureau’s report that between 2008 and 2012, the average household income was about $53,000 annually. At the heart of this are two predominating factors: 1) the cost of living has skyrocketed over the past 15 years for everything like home costs, a
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Arenal Lake View Building Lots Drastically Discounted-The Best Value in Costa Rica

Lake View 2

Rarely do the planets align to create such a real estate investment opportunity in Costa Rica. A new residential, lake view development in Lake Arenal was recently foreclosed on and now is under new management who is very motivated to liquidate this asset. So a full financial commitment has been made to complete the interior paved roads, sub-divide all the titled building lots, have all utilities available at each property and a solid home owner’s association in place by October 2014. And that’s not even the best news… Spectacular Lake-View Building Lots 40% Off! Drastically discounted, lake-view building lots for
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Costa Rica Jungle Paradise, For a Song – Dominical, South Pacific

Stairs to Loft

As realtors, we see many Costa Rica real estate opportunities come across our desk, and for different reasons. Some are distress sales, properties priced so low that they command attention. Then there’s the enchanting property that appeals to your romantic side with it’s luxury, great location and stunning views. For this, you’ll usually pay a premium. But this particular property caught my attention because of it’s unique combination of location, Costa Rican atmosphere, size, versatility and LOW LOW PRICE! A rustic, Tico home, right in the thick of the rain forest in Dominical, Costa Rica. This is a rustic, tico home,
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