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Costa Rica promoted to International Living crowd

Costa Rica promoted to International Living crowdI am sitting next to Belize and I am in Cancun, at the International Living Convention 2012.

Rudy Matthews and I are promoting Costa Rica living and Costa Rica real estate to future retirees, mostly from the US and Canada.

Obama might be doing us a favor by winning the next US elections. This 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. That’s because living in Costa Rica is the way to go.

Costa Rica promoted to International Living crowd

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. They promote their own Qualified Retirement Program. I am looking at banners of developers and tourism boards in Uruguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Belize.

Latin America is being presented as a paradise for retirement. International Living promotes living in Costa Rica and Costa Rica real estate as well as in other countries.

Lots of exhibitors

International Living has done an incredible job of organizing this Ultimate Event for future retirees. Only Disney does it better than they do. Over 360 people have been listening to some of the most interesting speeches given by experts from all the different countries for the last 4 days.

Costa Rica promoted to International Living crowd

The exhibition area is huge and there are 45 tables, each table has a different exhibitor. Most exhibitors are developers in different countries. A few are real estate offices and there are attorneys from different countries. There are some banks, a safety deposit box company in Panama, and offshore asset protection companies.

Costa Rica attorney Roger Petersen

Costa Rican attorney Roger Petersen gave a 30-minute explanation of what living in Costa Rica is all about. He showed he is a natural at this, the crowd loved him. Roger gave an honest flyover, showing good and bad, of different topics like:

  • Residency in Costa Rica,
  • Property ownership,
  • How important location can be when buying Costa Rica real estate,
  • And a little bit about every area in Costa Rica, beach, and city.

In a 20 minute workshop later in the day, he pulled another crowd of those interested in more details. I took the advantage of handing out our beautiful flyers full of information about Costa Rica in general and hot properties in the Central Valley.

Costa Rica promoted to International Living crowd

Advantages and disadvantages

Most visitors typically fit in the GoDutch Realty niche market. It is fun. We are learning, as this is our first tradeshow. We expect quite a few of the visitors to come to Costa Rica soon. They all need to do their due diligence and figure out the advantages and disadvantages of all the different places where they want to live for the rest of their life. I have had also quite a few people asking how to use their 401K to invest.

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Ivo Henfling

If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the central Valley, or looking for any property for sale in Escazu, you need to call me. I have been selling real estate in Escazu for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and other areas. To me, a deal is not a good deal unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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