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We’ve had a great 2017 and want to thank our readership for following our Costa Rica real estate blogs 2017. I see readers come and go, some keep visiting our blogs after they’ve left Costa Rica to live elsewhere years ago. Others start doing their homework years before they decide to move to Costa Rica. You can read the 2016 most popular blogs also.
I’d like to take the opportunity to wish you happy holidays and an incredible year’s end. I sincerely hope your 2018 will be full of happy surprises. Maybe you will allow us to assist you in your next adventure if buying or renting property in Costa Rica is part of it. That’s the reason we always offer free advise on our real estate blogs.
Again, in 2017, we have been able to send out our weekly newsletter punctually every Tuesday night. Once in a while, when we really have a great deal, we’ll send out a special newsletter promoting a bargain – price reduced property. I hate receiving a crazy amount of emails myself, so I am very careful with what I send you.
For 2017, the most popular property promotion was:
Owner dying … to sell – with a 31.4% of the sent newsletters were opened. 17.82% is the average opens for the real estate industry.
60.4% were subscribers located in the US and 20.3% were subscribers located in Costa Rica. The interesting part is that many of the promoted properties sold within weeks, except for this Owner dying … to sell. The motivated seller has decided to reduce his asking price again for the Christmas holidays, he wants it sold, check it out now.
Our most popular real estate blogs in 2017 were very tax-oriented. Many ex-pats and retirees move to Costa Rica for a particular reason: Pay little tax or hide income from their government.
Even with all the changes, expats and retirees still pay very little tax in Costa Rica, unless they run a business. The biggest tax we all pay is the import tax.
It seems that hiding income is coming to an end, little by little. Governments are starting to get control. For a long time, it was customary for expats to purchase a property in Costa Rica through a corporation or Sociedad Anónima, to hide.
Now, the Costa Rican government is obliging every owner of a corporation to register through Form D-140. This has been an incredible mess. The Costa Rican Legislative Assembly approved the new corporation tax 2017 in June this year. The tax authorities were not ready for this, which provoked a huge run on the tax offices. They had to re-schedule the presentation of form D140 to next year.
Most popular real estate blogs 2017
All this movement and the lack of information from the Costa Rican government provoked also a run on the following most popular real estate blogs 2017:
The new Costa Rica annual corporation tax 2017 is in effect, read now.
How to fill out Form D-140 for inactive corporations, read now.
Who pays taxes in Costa Rica, from 2012 but updated in 2017, read now.
Financing a home
Can I finance a home purchase in Costa Rica, a blog from 2016, was also on top of the list of the most popular real estate blogs in 2017, read now.
Thanks for your business, in the name of all our affiliates. We wish you all happy holidays and a prosperous 2018. We hope to keep you on our newsletter list. If you want to buy a property after the Christmas holidays, feel free to contact us.
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