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 … Read on...

Property Buyer’s Checklist Part 2

Elevation, temperature, misty, humidity, view spoiling clouds and mold. These are the next points on the checklist about buying a property at altitude in Costa Rica.

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. … Read on...

Disappearing Breed: Under $100k Ocean View Lots

One of the things you can count on when you are a real estate agent in Costa Rica. The question: “how is the market there?” Perhaps not a daily occurrence, but almost. I was asked this today. One of the consistent qualities of “the market” here is that there are always those that are looking … Read on...

Costa Rica Property Buyer’s Checklist

I’ve recently been working with a fellow, a prospective buyer from the US. He is a great model of what I receive from so many of my prospective buyers when they start to get serious about the big move to Costa Rica and buying a property here.

To the right you can see what is

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The Hidden Market

Little House view
View from the “Little House”

I’ve just submitted an article to Tico Times about the time we are in right now that is favorable for spec home building. Now let’s add to this another factor that is not as obvious. Well… it is actually every bit as obvious. It’s just that it is hidden, which … Read on...

The Magic of Costa Rica – Rainy Season versus Dry

Costa Rica rainy season experience.
Antonio taking advantage of a downspout & wheel barrow to shower off after a mango-skin fight.

Before moving to Costa Rica in 1999, my family and I had lived in Colorado for the previous 20 years. We lived in the gorgeous Aspen valley. There was one busy season there at that time: winter. Aspen was … Read on...

A Morning in “The Zone”

Toucan in guarumo. Uvita Costa Rica
As I was preparing this article to post, I had this visitor. Ahhh, such are mornings in Costa Rica (and evenings… and afternoons).

At this writing, we are in the later stages of the rainy season here in the zone. Its a bit of a paradox why the rainy season here is called the “low” … Read on...