Category Taxes

Poll #1 Results – Top Reasons To Buy Property In The Zone 1

I was excited to find the Poll functionality on LinkedIn a couple of weeks ago. The question I came up with “What is the top reason to buy land in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific zone?” seemed like a good jumping off point for this regular feature on the blog. Although the sample size was small, … Read on...

Who needs a pool when you have a river?

What People Are Buying In Costa Rica 2

Who needs a pool when you have a river?

This gorgeous natural swimming hole sits below one of the nicer homes in Uvita.

It’s one of the most popular questions we, the Guys In The Zone, field— “What’s been selling? We get this question from both buyers and sellers.  Generally speaking, the answer is— great deals.


Price is the #1 determining factor … Read on...

Why Canadians LOVE Costa Rica! 3

Half of my family is from Canada, eh.  My mother grew up in Newfoundland until the age of 13 when my grandfather found work in California.  The extended family that stayed behind, some later moving to Ottawa, would frequently visit us in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially during the cold, winter months.

A few … Read on...

Confusion Around Costa Rica’s Luxury Tax 4

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So, I get this great e-mail from some super in-the-know real estate guys the other day that answers a number of my questions regarding the new Luxury Tax law. After this “clarification” I post to my Facebook page and Tweet the news where I stated … Read on...

Directing Your IRA To Costa Rica

The Mysterious Disappearance of the “Equity Buyer”

It doesn’t take a real estate tycoon to figure out the primary reason for the decline in Costa Rica real estate activity— the disappearance of the “equity buyer” [noun- a mortgage holder who uses the amount of ownership built up through payments and appreciation to purchase additional real Read on...

Costa Rica Corporation Clarity

I think that in every real estate transaction that I have been involved in here in Costa Rica, the buyer has opted to use a Costa Rica corporation to purchase the property. I have explained the pros and cons various ways when asked, but I don’t think that I have ever put it as well … Read on...