This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Costa Rica: What Are We Doing Here?I sold my house in San Isidro. I got a decent price for it. I followed my own counsel and did seller financing and it has turned out to be one of the “good” business transactions in my business [...]Related Articles
This is the outline that I used for my presentation. May 11, 2013 Presented by Ben Vaughn & The Avid Reader (Davis, California), free of charge for anyone interested in the topic of what is involved with living in Costa Rica as an expatriate. Ben Vaughn: • grew up in Davis • spent 20 years in the Aspen valley in Colorado • [...]Related Articles
I have just returned to Costa Rica from my regular visit to Davis California. This trip was predicated by the fact that my mother had been diagnosed with cancer. The preparations for the trip were rushed. My mother’s surgery to remove the cancer from her throat was scheduled on Monday, so the Monday prior, my [...]Related Articles
The reasons for moving to, or visiting Costa Rica are diverse. In my time here I have been asked the question “why did you move to Costa Rica?” so many times I’ve lost count. However, I am not just the askee of this question. I am the asker of the same question, different sense. “What is [...]Related Articles
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Hola y Aloha Everyone, It is currently raining pretty good which is an indicator that the rainy season is on the way. It has been a really dry, extremely hot verano (summer) this year so the rain is more than welcome. A lot of news to pass on. Be sure and pay attention to the part [...]Related Articles
There might be a b… b… A b-b-b… Hmmm I can’t quite bring myself to say that word. Let’s just say that we seem to be experiencing a hot time in the real estate business in Costa Rica’s southern pacific zone. I feel like we are at a new beginning of sorts here in Costa [...]Related Articles
Life in Southern Costa Rica in the Good Old DaysAn article by Jack Ewing Ben’s note: Jack Ewing & I have known each other for years and have worked together off and on with various projects. I regard him as one of the preeminent authorities on the history and ecology of the area. Jack is the [...]Comments
- Great story, we will have to spend some time at the Refuge on ... by Danny
- Lovely story. by Luis Figuer
Property Tax Assessments – There is an interesting article in amcostarica about maritime zone property tax assessments being made by Aguirre. Not mentioned in the article is the amount of the assessments being made either by inspection by the canton or when an individual goes in for the five year value declaration. If the property [...]Related Articles
It all starts with land I got asked the other day what the opening of the new Matapalo Police station has to do with real estate (see Frank Walker’s post), and by extension, why is it mentioned in my “Costa Rica real estate” blog? Well, I’ll tell you. It all starts with land. I was told some [...]Related Articles
New guest author Frank Walker's first installmentI have invited a new guest author to my blog. Frank Walker puts out a newsletter once a month that I have subscribed to now for some time. I always find his depiction of the news enlightening and fun to boot. Plus I wonder just how the heck he [...]Related Articles
Current Costa Rica Consulting Conversations 1 - Effects of non-residents not being able to get a drivers license
New Costa Rica law: non-resident expats living in Costa Rica as perpetual tourists are now not able to obtain, nor renew an existing, drivers license. Residual effects of this law on insurance and on those "in-process" for residency.Related Articles
how this works in Costa RicaThis question just in from a land owner in Uvita. I have a question about owner financing of real estate property for sale, and do not really know anyone else, besides you, to trust with a realistic, objective and intelligent answer. We just received an email from the real estate agent who [...]Related Articles
it is likely different than what you thinkWe have posted quite a bit on this blog about seller’s options in Costa Rica and in particular, The Zone. In this article I will list the pros and cons of the various Seller’s Options and hopefully help to unravel some of the perplexing issues presented by the [...]Comments
Holiday season conversations enlightening to this bloggerThe place is packed. More and more people who bought land in the past are building or have built (and are happy about it.) Travel & Leisure put The Zone as the #1 place to visit for 2013. What the heck is going on? I was invited to a house [...]Related Articles
end-of-the-worlders a growing segment of those making the moveI met a fellow the other day who has just moved to Ojochal. He’s been here all of 5 weeks, but he totally sold out and has moved here to “simplify, and lead a self sufficient life”. This gentleman is not alone and in fact, this is a [...]Related Articles
Living some here, and living some thereMigrators Keeping a property “back home” and having a property in Costa Rica is a common device used by many here in The Zone (Costa Ballena). This is especially evident this time of year as we transition into the dry season and familiar faces that have not been seen for [...]Related Articles
Great to see you resurface with another (as always) straight shooting and informative article. If I ever have the chance to fulfil the dream of spending more time in CR, I know who I’ll call on first!
Several months ago you highlighted a local company called “Mango Construction”, if that partnership has continued and you’re able to do a little case study on any clients you’ve both served, I’d be interested.
Hope this finds you in relatively good health!
What is the current market like in Costa Rica real estate? I get asked this question quite a lot these days. Well, actually that is probably the question that characterizes the life of a real estate agent anywhere – and probably at any time, except when it is clearly known that there is a recession or [...]Comments
It is a well-known law that limits the amount of time that a non-resident can stay in Costa Rica to no more than 90 days. So, for those that like to visit for longer than that, or for those that migrate and spend say, half the year hear, listen up, er… read up! I just received [...]Related Stories