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Real Estate tip by Rudy: For Sale by Owner


For Sale by owner Costa RicaI share with you comments that I hope will be informational and helpful concerning Costa Rica Real Estate to you, your family and friends . My comments are based on my personal perspective of the real estate market here in Costa Rica.


Several months ago there was a discussion of buying Costa Rica real estate on CostaRicaLiving forum. One article caught my eye stating number one – DO NOT HIRE A REALTOR. That is interesting because a person much wiser than me warned me many years ago about making broad generalizations about people, professions and even countries. I have always believed that and generalizations can sometimes get you in trouble.

I would like to share with you my perspective of “For Sale By Owner “. Before evolving into sales I did consulting here in Costa Rica real estate for one year. I enjoyed it except I was continually dealing with problems people had gotten themselves into. Ninety eight per cent of the problems were when a buyer went directly to an owner or developer. First of all the owner may think their property is registered segregated  etc and ready to sell or they know it is not and hope someone comes along with a check. The buyer may think so also- only to have given the seller a down payment or purchased the property to find it was not what they thought they were buying. It happens.

Going directly to a developer-ever check a developers contract – it is skewed a little – usually totally in favor of the developer. Representing a client – the developer contract should be changed to be fair to both parties. There are many people who contacted me wanting their deposits back from Paragon Properties – it was and is too late and Paragon has legal problems all over.
TRUE STORY- Last month a client from Hawaii  contacted a FSBO on Viviun – he came here – made an offer on a different property that was not accepted and had to leave early due to a problem back home.

He wanted me to check out the 200 acres he had an interest in. I went to the property – it was divided into four sections – the sellers gave me three sections that were registered. The fourth – they had a survey only – out of the 200 acres – it was 160 acres – the largest parcel. Checked it out – was not registered and the land was IDA which can be a problem here.  Access was terrible – The land was cheap and will continue to be so. The buyer could have sent them a check and regretted it.
Everyone has choices and I respect that -many deals through FSBO may proceed and close without problems. I feel that REPRESENTATION is the factor you want on your side. A good realtor will check out the property and represent you in the many areas of the sale that are not readily noticed. A good realtor works very hard for you.  

Patrick Mulheren has an excellent detailed article on FSBO on the GoDutch Realty web site for November if you wish more information.

Best Regards – Rudy Matthews        cell 8839-6961

Rudy Matthews is a former Tampa, Florida resident with a vast and varied experience in real estate. Rudy is our primary Costa Rica Home Specialist and will provide you with an excellent perspective of “Quality Lifestyle Communities”. His in depth background in real estate is very helpful to you in identifying sound and safe opportunities here in Costa Rica. He is a low key consummate professional and many satisfied clients appreciate his straightforwardness and honesty.

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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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