Living Costa Rica

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Finding an address in Costa Rica is impossible without knowing the cardinal points or directions

Did you realize that finding an address in Costa Rica is not so easy? My mom sent me this joke that makes a lot of sense if you are living in Costa Rica: While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent which direction was north because he explained, he didn’t want the sun…

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New Costa Rica President hoisted gay flag and National flag together

The Gay flag was hoisted together with the national flag of Costa Rica. Last Friday, May 16, 2014, was possibly a big day for many locals and expats living in Costa Rica. Especially for the gay community. The Catholic and Christian communities might not agree but the recently elected President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo…

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Will Costa Rica real estate be affected by closing down of foreign industries?

Will foreign industries leave the country? Just before the Costa Rica elections 2014, the rumor of INTEL leaving the country to move operations to Asia has hit the newspapers. Will other foreign industries follow? Opinions are all over the news. These opinions are not real estate related. As an expert on Costa Rica real estate, I…

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I have my Michigan real estate license, is it valid for Costa Rica?

I have my real estate license in Michigan, so I know what I’m doing”. I’m sorry but you don’t, at least not in Costa Rica. The US doesn’t have a nationwide real estate license either. Costa Rica is another country with a different language and very different rules than the US. Real estate licensing is…

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Costa Rica Real Estate Requirements for International Buyers

Are there any special requirements for international buyers of property in Costa Rica? One out of every 20 emails I receive from international buyers carries a question somewhere along the line of “Could you please send me the requirements for international buyers please”? Ownership of private property is regulated by the constitution of Costa Rica.…

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Dominical Beach property and entertainment for everyone

Are you a prospective traveler looking for the ultimate in tropical bliss and value? Dominical Beach property in Costa Rica seems to have cornered the market. Have you made the trip to this tropical oasis yet? There is a good chance that someone you know has. Wouldn’t you like to be aware of everything Dominical Beach has to…

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Can a non-resident or perpetual tourist renew a driver’s license now?

Is it easy to renew a driver’s license if you don’t have legal residency in Costa Rica? In the past, just about anyone (residents and non-residents alike) could get a driver’s license in Costa Rica. Once it expired, it was easy to get a renewal. But, last year, everything changed. The government announced that new…

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I am sorry, Costa Rica rentals might not include appliances

Estimated Reading Time: 5 Minutes When searching for Costa Rica rentals, you might assume the home appliances will be included. They probably are not, unless you rent a furnished and equipped home. Are you interested in knowing more about renting with and without home appliances in Costa Rica rentals? Then you can ask a knowledgeable…

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