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Christmas traditions in Costa Rica

Christmas traditions in Costa Rica

Christmas traditions in Costa Rica are probably not what you are used to.  You can prevent culture...

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by Ivo Henfling
Everything about utilities in Costa Rica

Everything about utilities in Costa Rica

When you move to Costa Rica, utilities are a very important, if you purchase or even rent. Some...

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by Ivo Henfling
What is a chorreador de cafe in Costa Rica?

What is a chorreador de cafe in Costa Rica?

I’m pretty sure you don’t know what a chorreador de cafe in Costa Rica is. In simple English,...

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by Ivo Henfling
Terrace homes in Atenas in the spotlight

Terrace homes in Atenas in the spotlight

Did you know that we are the ultimate solution for terrace homes in Atenas? By we, I mean GoDutch...

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by Ivo Henfling
Why we do not take property listings outside our area code

Why we do not take property listings outside our area code

Some property sellers do not understand that we do not take property listings outside our area...

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by Ivo Henfling
What is a rancho in Costa Rica real estate?

What is a rancho in Costa Rica real estate?

The nice weather allows us the use of the rancho in Costa Rica for all our fiestas. At any time of...

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by Ivo Henfling
The 10 things I hate most about bad landlords

The 10 things I hate most about bad landlords

A reader suggested I should do a blog about bad landlords. Recently, I did a blog on the 10 things...

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by Ivo Henfling
8 Important things to do before moving into your new home

8 Important things to do before moving into your new home

Closing date is coming up and there is so much to do before moving into your new home. Getting...

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by Ivo Henfling
Aguevado or Pura Vida, depending on your mood
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Aguevado or Pura Vida, depending on your mood

In Costa Rica, the word Aguevado is kind of the opposite of the well-known Pura Vida. This word...

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by Ivo Henfling
Is double dipping common in Costa Rica real estate?

Is double dipping common in Costa Rica real estate?

Double dipping is not only common in Costa Rica real estate, it is perfectly legal. Why is that?...

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by Ivo Henfling
How to get mail when moving to Costa Rica

How to get mail when moving to Costa Rica

Wondering how to get mail to Costa Rica once you’ve moved here? To get mail is really one of...

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by Ivo Henfling
Do you want to learn Pachuco when you live in Costa Rica?

Do you want to learn Pachuco when you live in Costa Rica?

I learned to speak Pachuco before I learned Spanish. I didn’t have a clue until I started dating...

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by Ivo Henfling
Homes with a flower garden in Atenas

Homes with a flower garden in Atenas

Have you ever thought of buying a home with a flower garden in Atenas? Well, you should! We have...

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by Ivo Henfling
How to stop home buyers in their tracks during a showing

How to stop home buyers in their tracks during a showing

Did you know there are several ways to stop home buyers in their tracks during a showing? When...

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by Ivo Henfling
What the heck is a casita in Costa Rica real estate?

What the heck is a casita in Costa Rica real estate?

Do you know what a casita is? If you’re looking to purchase a luxury house in Costa Rica, you...

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by Ivo Henfling
Can you rent a furnished house without furniture?

Can you rent a furnished house without furniture?

Why not just rent a house without furniture? That was my first reaction to Claire asking if she...

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by Ivo Henfling
What exterior house color is the hardest to sell?

What exterior house color is the hardest to sell?

I’d love to hear from my readers which exterior house color makes a home hardest to sell. Feel...

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by Ivo Henfling

Avoid a Do Nothing Retirement for a Better Final Phase of Life

Is a Do Nothing Retirement your future? Back in the day when retirement was mandatory at age 65 and...

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Más Tico que el Gallo Pinto

Más Tico que el Gallo Pinto!

In Costa Rica, you will hear the expression Mas Tico que el Gallo Pinto.  Literally translated,...

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by Ivo Henfling
7 benefits of renting an apartment in the Central Valley
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7 Benefits of renting an apartment in the Central Valley

Some of you are not even thinking of renting an apartment in the Central Valley when moving to...

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by Ivo Henfling
Is a lifestyle at the beach for you?

Is a lifestyle at the beach for you?

A dream of a lifestyle at the beach usually involves white sand beaches, palm trees, and quite a...

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by Ivo Henfling
To rent furnished or unfurnished when moving to Costa Rica?

Rent furnished or unfurnished when moving to Costa Rica?

Moving to Costa Rica and you don’t know if you should rent furnished or unfurnished? I know that...

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by Ivo Henfling
Go-Fish seafood in Distrito 4 Escazu

Go-Fish seafood in Distrito 4 Escazu

You don’t need to Go-Fish it yourself, and they’ll serve it cooked. We’re not family,...

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by Ivo Henfling
Is there a severe water problem in Atenas?

Is there a severe water problem in Atenas?

The severe water problem in Atenas was in the news again, this time in the Diario La...

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by Ivo Henfling