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Why does Costa Rica not have a good real estate MLS?

by Ivo Henfling Costa Rica has never really had a good MLS system and that is mainly because the two Costa Rica real estate boards have not organized themselves enough to make it happen. And most real estate agents in Costa Rica prefer 50% commission of nothing instead of working together. This makes it harder […]

Pre-construction changes when you buy from a Costa Rica real estate developer

by Rudy Matthews Shell Johanson, a fellow associate recently wrote a great article about remodeling in Costa Rica and renovation. Shell made a point that remodeling is many times more difficult than building new construction and I totally agree. I have done both and once you start remodeling the problem is you find more to be […]

IRA Limitations when you buy Costa Rica real estate

by Ivo Henfling Many 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 […]

Los Suenos Resort and Jaco Beach are great options to have a good time

by Rudy Matthews This past Thanksgiving I went to Jaco Beach with my son, sister and niece. My sister and niece were visiting from Florida and their two favorite places here in Costa Rica are the hot springs and spending time at the beach. Playas de Jaco is located on the Central Pacific Coast, between […]

Why purchase Costa Rica real estate with the help of a real estate agent

by Ivo Henfling To purchase Costa Rica real estate you should ask a professional and responsible real estate agent to help you with. You will be moving to another country with a different culture than your own where they speak a language you don’t understand. Do NOT try to save yourself the 5% real estate […]

The nicest Costa Rica real estate closing of my life 1

by Ivo Henfling I just went through the nicest Costa Rica real estate closing of my life, even though it was probably one of the most difficult ones too. I have had some real nice closings but I’ve also had some real impossible ones. Well, we went through practically every obstacle that anyone could ever […]