Costa Rica Retirement

Costa Rica weather and temperatures

by Ivo Henfling

Working in shorts and flipflops in Costa RicaI just received some very cold looking photos of snowcovered roads full and roof tops and cars covered in snow from a friend and I am sitting here at my desk, looking over my computer monitor at the beautiful Escazu mountains on one side and the Heredia mountains on the other, with the sun shining in the palm tree in my neighbor’s yard.

And I am sitting in shorts, a t-shirt and flip-flops, enjoying the Costa Rica weather and the 78ºF temperatures that we have almost year round.

Don’t you just hate me now? I bet you do! Be smarter than that, move to Costa Rica just as I did many years ago and buy a property in Costa Rica from me. That way I can keep working in shorts and flip-flops. I still think it was the best decision I took in my life.

God, I always hated the cold and I bet many of you do too.

Costa Rica promoted to International Living crowd

by Ivo Henfling

Costa Rica promoted to International Living crowdI am sitting next to Belize and I am in Cancun. Rudy Matthews and I are promoting Costa Rica living and Costa Rica real estate to future retirees, mostly from the US and Canada.

I think Obama will be doing us a favor by winning the next US elections, which will send lots of US citizens our way, just like it happened in the 2nd Bush administration.

So there are lots of people here in the Casa Magma Marriott in Cancun to check out Costa Rica because living in Costa Rica is the way to go.

The Ultimate International Living Convention

Rudy and I are at the Ultimate International Living Convention in Cancun. The ladies at the table next to us work for the Belize Tourism Board and they promote their own Qualified Retirement Program

How NOT to look for property for sale in Costa Rica

by Ivo Henfling

How NOT to look for property for sale in Costa RicaI have seen it happen over and over: buyers fall in love with a property in Costa Rica they have seen on their own, because of a sign on a property or through a FSBO website; they make a verbal offer to the seller and both parties think they have a deal as soon as they agree on the sales price.

Falling in love and showing it to the seller is problem #1 and having to deal with an offer and all related to the real estate purchase is problem #2. Problem #3 is that a lot of those deals go down the drain because both buyer and seller make mistakes for lack of knowledge. 

And these 3 problems are only a few reasons why you should use a real estate agent when you purchase a home in Costa Rica

Moving to a New Country | Tips to Settle-In

by Ivo Henfling

Moving to a New Country | Tips to Settle-InMoving to a new country like Costa Rica can be difficult, especially if it’s a country where they speak a different language and have a different culture. 

There is definitely the uncertainty of the unknown mixed with the anticipation of starting fresh. If you really want to live that happy life when moving here, you need to work at it.

While you’re doing your on-line due diligence, you may be thinking about how to settle in and how you will get familiar with your new surroundings.

GoDutch Realty has been relocating hundreds of newcomers for many years that moved to Costa Rica to retire or just start a new life. No matter if you are going to relocate to Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua or Ecuador, I'm sure you can use a few great tips to help you introduce yourself to your new community.

IRA Limitations when you buy Costa Rica real estate

by Ivo Henfling

IRA Limitations when you buy Costa Rica real estateMany North Americans don’t know you can buy real estate in Costa Rica with your self directed IRA (Individual Retirement Account) or your 401(k) (Retirement Savings Account). 

Very few Costa Rica real estate agents know how you can realize the purchase without running into trouble.

You will need the cooperation of your IRA custodian and you need to have a Costa Rica real estate attorney who knows what needs to be done and of course a GoDutch Realty agent for your purchase.

Soon no more frustrated clients of Costa Rica services?

Soon no more frustrated clients of Costa Rica services?You and I are probably both frustrated most of the time with the services some larger corporations give, like banks and the utility companies in Costa Rica and in many other parts of the world. Globalization and the large corporations are taking over. Therefore the client friendly smaller companies and mom and pop businesses cannot compete anymore, unless they take care of their clients.

Personally, I try to give any business I might have to smaller organizations, especially those that give me a good service. If you live in Costa Rica or any other part of the world, we probably battle these same problems.

In October this year I wrote a blog  about the nicest real estate closing of my life, where I complained about the bad service Scotiabank is giving lately and that many of my clients, who I referred to them, are not satisfied at all. In the past, I did put in complaints with the manager, the supervisor and everyone else I could reach in that bank, but nobody cared.

How retirees in Costa Rica communicate with back home

by Ivo Henfling

The Queen of England uses the internetThere are lots of retirees in Costa Rica and some way or other, they all communicate with their children and grandchildren back home.

If the Queen of England can use email to communicate her decisions to her subjects as you can see in the photo, you can too. The computer age has changed us all tremendously and every day we learn new things, even though we think we are incapable of doing so.

30 Years ago, my mom and dad were living in the Canary Islands, Spain and we would talk to each other about once a month. When we were talking, we didn’t know what to say to each other or we wanted to say too much at the same time. Writing a letter was something like, do I really need to do this every month? Then we got Skype and other VOIP and now we have Facebook.

Further down this Costa Rica blog, I’d like to share a great video about Facebook that my mom shared with me today, by email.

Costa Rica Retirement Dreams | get real

by Ivo Henfling

Costa Rica Retirement Dreams | get realMy mom and dad had Costa Rica retirement dreams over 30 years ago, and they made them happen. At the time, retiring to Costa Rica was an incredible adventure and it still is.

My mom and dad didn’t buy their home in Costa Rica from a GoDutch Realty agent, because GoDutch Realty didn’t exist at the time.

Big mistake! So they lived here only for like 6 years and moved on to the Canary Islands where they were not happy again. Guess why? Just joking but trying to make you clear why I wrote this blog.

Cariari real estate and the busy bee

by Shell Johanson

Cariari real estate and the busy beeBeing a Costa Rica realtor in Cariari is never an easy job. There are twists and turns in every deal. Patience and nerves are always on edge. It means putting up with a lot of things from the buyers as well as the sellers, without the other party finding out about it. It’s part of the job.  

But there’s one thing that I wish I could do something about, I’m going to call it the ‘Busy Bee’. We all know this person because we all have one near. It is usually a family member, a friend or a neighbor who thinks he/she is a fountain of knowledge and loves to share his/her opinions. Never short for words, that’s for sure. The ‘Busy Bee’ is very good at screwing up real estate deals.

Let’s say Juana is selling her home, the ‘Busy-Bee’ would automatically tell her something like this:  ‘You’re selling it for WHAT?  $250K? Are you crazy? This house is easily worth $300K. Why are you giving it away?’

Retirement in Costa Rica is way different

Retirement in Costa Rica is way differentIt is all in a lifestyle. I was reading on Glozal, a social network for realtors worldwide, an article about active Adult (55+) communities, which reminded me of several clients who moved to Costa Rica in the past. After some years, they thought they would be better off retiring to a real retirement community in Florida, where thousands of people retire to every month. Some of them never come back to Costa Rica but the adventurous ones realize that they made a big mistake by moving to Florida to retire and eventually end up in Costa Rica again. Let me tell you why.

Most of us, during our lives and our career, have acquired a lifestyle. Some love to read a good book or enjoy a nice glass of wine, others cannot live without concerts and theater and other just like to read a good book or live a different adventure every day. And that is what my blog is all about today.