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The MV Realty’s Guide To Searching For A Real Estate Agency iconwht

The MV Realty’s Guide To Searching For A Real Estate Agency 

Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes If you don’t know where to start when searching for a real estate agency, this MV Realty’s Guide is your solution. Purchasing a property is one of the wisest investments you can make. The purchase allows you to enhance your equity, take advantage of tax breaks, gain more personal freedom,…

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6 Mistakes when Using a Corporation for Property Ownershipiconwht

6 Mistakes when Using a Corporation for Property Ownership

Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes For years, lawyers have recommended using a corporation for property ownership in Costa Rica for resident and non-resident foreigners. For many years, lawyers recommended a corporate structure to own a property because of personal liability, estate planning, tax planning, and a few other reasons. Also, real estate developers used to…

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Tico construction is very different from US built homesiconwht

Tico construction is very different from US built homes

Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes Did you know that Tico construction is very different from US-built homes? I’ve seen opinions from expats who think they know but don’t. We DO have construction codes here in Costa Rica, BUT they’re only a bit different. If you don’t believe that, check out the INVU construction regulations. And…

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The Primary Coffee Growing Regions of Costa Rica

Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes There are three primary coffee growing regions in the world – Central and South America, Africa and The Middle East, and Southeast Asia. These are along the equatorial zone, between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, and widely known as the “Bean Belt.” In Costa Rica, eight…

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6 Tips for Foreign Students Who Want to Study in Costa Ricaiconwht

6 Tips for International Students Who Want to Study in Costa Rica

Estimated Reading Time: 6 Minutes Why do so many international students decide to move to Costa Rica these days? Is the very air good for brain functioning? Or did they leave studying to custom dissertation services and now enjoying life? To begin with, the country is attractive thanks to its warm climate, easy-going culture, and…

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Should you buy or build a pied-à-terre in Costa Rica?iconwht

Should you buy or build a pied-à-terre in Costa Rica?

Estimated Reading Time: 6 Minutes Have you achieved the desired level in life to start thinking about buying or building a pied-à-terre in Costa Rica? I can give you many good reasons first to visit our beautiful country. More and more future ex-pats are attracted to moving to Costa Rica for business or retirement purposes. But…

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How to Deal with Smoking Neighbors in your Condominium

Estimated Reading Time: 5 Minutes Does having smoking neighbors bother you with increasing awareness about respiratory illnesses and other health problems? Whether it’s cigarette smoke, general tobacco, or marijuana smoke, the smell from a next-door neighbor can be distasteful. Since 2012, we have had an anti-smoking law in Costa Rica. This law prohibits smoking in…

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7 Secret places in Costa Rica that need to be explorediconwht

7 Secret places in Costa Rica that need to be explored

Estimated Reading Time: 5 Minutes Costa Rica is still full of secret places you’ll love to explore. As fascinating as the ‘entertainment park’ offered by a Fair Go casino, tourists are slowly returning to visit countries like ours. But tourists are still looking to stay away from the crowds. So, finding some little-known spots may…

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The Cheapest Way To Transfer Money To Costa Rica: Currency Brokers

Estimated Reading Time: 6 Minutes When you purchase a property in Costa Rica, and your savings are in a different currency than US dollars, you will need the assistance of currency brokers. Transferring money to Costa Rica for your property purchase is not cheap, the reason for this article. While property in Costa Rica is…

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Comparison: Vacation in Finland vs. Vacation in Costa Rica

Estimated Reading Time: 7 Minutes Are you considering a vacation but can’t decide to have your vacation in Costa Rica or Finland Costa Rica? Do not worry! We have included all of the pertinent information about these lovely countries here. Visitors widely recognize Finland for its stunning landscapes, including hundreds of lakes and saunas. In…

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How Important is Digital Marketing Tools for Real Estate Advertising? iconwht

How Important are Digital Marketing Tools for Real Estate Advertising?      

Estimated Reading Time: 5 Minutes Digital marketing has completely changed our business. For example, when I started in real estate 35 years ago, the only option for marketing properties for sale was in the newspapers. The Tico Times was the only newspaper for English-language clients in those days. So every English-speaking person in Costa Rica…

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