Tag: Costa Rica real estate

The #1 Ultimate Guide to Buying Property in Costa Rica

Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes It’s funny how I found The Ultimate Guide to Buying Property in Costa Rica online but it’s not really a guide to anything. They advertised it on every Facebook group they could find. I read the whole article, but… It’s just another stupid article by a newspaper that didn’t even…

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Do you need title insurance when buying property in Costa Rica?

The very first time I had any idea what title insurance was all about was in 2002. In Costa Rica, title insurance was not customary. Only INS, the local insurance company, could sell insurance, by monopoly regulations. Not until 2008, President Oscar Arias signed a new law that opened up the insurance market in Costa…

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Do pocket listings in Costa Rica real estate exist?

Pocket listings are not very common in Costa Rica, but seasoned real estate agents do have them. It’s not that the agents are too lazy to promote pocket listings. The owners just don’t want them advertised. What are pocket listings, also called a hip pocket listings? Wikipedia explains what a pocket listing is in the…

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A Costa Rica real estate misconception: what the heck do realtors do anyway?

Home sellers often have a misconception about what realtors do to earn a real estate commission. Let me clear that misconception up, so sellers understand what they really pay real estate commission for. Last week, The Tico Times published my article titled “8 reasons why your property in Costa Rica has not sold in 7 years”.…

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Who is hiding behind all those Costa Rica real estate websites?

Do you have any idea who might be hiding behind all those Costa Rica real estate websites you find all over Google? Don’t you want to know what your realtor in Costa Rica looks like? Have you ever asked yourself Who is Who? Don’t you want to know who you’re dealing with? Why don’t real estate…

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Do we know where the Costa Rica real estate bones are buried?

What was the reason Barry Ashworth of Coronado Realty, Kjersten van Horn of Tucan Realty and I started the American European Real Estate Group Costa Rica in 1996? We wanted to have an organization with agents who know where the Costa Rica real estate bones were buried. That was the only way we could help our…

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Natural Laws of Supply & Demand at Work in the US Housing Market

Supply & demand always affects the housing market, wherever in the world. As you all know, Costa Rica real estate is very connected with Florida real estate. Both are retirement markets and people look to move to warmer destinations as the weather keeps changing with more rain and colder. The Florida real estate market got…

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Compare Costa Rica real estate for sale with Florida real estate

Can you compare Costa Rica real estate with Florida real estate? An article in an online newspaper on Florida real estate this week, gave me a good reason to follow up on my last week’s article “Should Costa Rica real estate adjust its prices or not”. I am shocked at how little the Florida market…

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