Living Costa Rica

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Why are lockboxes not utilized in Costa Rica real estate?

Often, visiting expats, assume we have lockboxes in Costa Rica real estate. Well, we don’t! Potential buyers and tenants assume real estate agents can make a showing appointment at the spur of the moment. Unfortunately, we don’t have lockboxes in Costa Rica. Therefore, an agent needs more time to set up a showing that you…

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Who is responsible for the condition of the house until closing day?

Estimated Reading Time: 7 Minutes Do you know who is responsible for the condition of the house is in on the closing day? You probably think that’s an easy question to answer. But it really is not, because it depends on the circumstances. This time, the circumstances were quite common: a house that has been…

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Does using price trend tools in Costa Rica real estate make any sense?

Some real estate portals offer price trend tools for those looking for comparable prices. There are many reasons there are no comparable prices in Costa Rica real estate. Statistics don’t exist either. Therefore, a price trend tool is quite the opposite of what a user is looking for. There are a few Costa Rica real…

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Do Hurricanes damage property in the Southern Caribbean of Costa Rica?

Several clients have already asked me if hurricanes damage property in the Southern Caribbean. One important reason is that Costa Rica is often confused with Puerto Rico. Costa Rica is NOT an island, it is a country in Central America, in between Panama and Nicaragua. In Puerto Rico hurricanes damage property quite often. Costa Rica…

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Double accounting customary on investment property in Costa Rica

Many businesses and investment property in Costa Rica have a double accounting system. One is for the tax authorities and another for the business owner. Naturally, there is a significant difference between the official records and the reality. Investors who find an interesting investment property online, first send an email to the listing agent. That…

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Are Gringo prices for Costa Rica property a myth?

Is having to pay Gringo prices for Costa Rica property a myth or are they real? Often, foreign buyers ask “What’s the difference between Gringo prices and Tico real estate prices”? It is quite common to hear ridiculous statements like “real estate agents sell more expensive”. You’ll pay Gringo prices for Tico properties. We can…

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Virtual Staging – How to show a luxury home everyone will want

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Trying to sell an empty luxury home? Virtual staging is your solution! Now you can show a luxury home that everyone will want. Doesn’t the photo on the left look absolutely gorgeous? Well, that room was empty when the photo was taken. In Costa Rica, as you all know, it can take many years to…

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