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Buying property in Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Costa Rica

Buying property in Playa Hermosa Guanacaste Costa Rica

It’s always difficult finding a real estate agent you can completely trust and that’s even harder in another country. Added to that, Costa Rica does not have any licensing requirements for real estate agents.

That’s one of the reasons our team goes to Costa Rica and works with agents in different areas of the country, finding those who treat clients like we do, who have the local knowledge and expertise and who put our client’s interests above their own. When we introduce our clients to a vetted colleague in Costa Rica, that agent is doubly accountable – to our client and to us.

This week Mike has successfully closed two more transactions for our clients – one a condo purchase in Colinas Paraiso, and the other a building lot in Monte Paraiso. Both of these are in Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste.  One of our clients was a bit hesitant about working with someone he didn’t know in a country he wasn’t familiar with – here are his comments after meeting Mike:

“I just got back from Costa Rica and I have to tell you that Michael went above and beyond what I could have ever hoped for in an agent. Any concerns I may have originally had about going there and being taken advantage of were quickly dispelled by such a consummate professional.”

Thanks, Mike, for all you do for us and for our clients!

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Costa Rica isn't all cherries and blue martinis

Enjoy life - and research property

Enjoy life - and research property

This morning (July 29th)  A.M. Costa Rica published an article “Real estate shortcomings are beginning to surface”. Fraudulent land sales in Costa Rica have been around for years – so have land sales in Florida that turned out to be swamp land. Don’t ignore due diligence because you’re enchanted by the surf on the beaches and the unspoiled land and wildlife.

If you’ve ever been to Costa Rica, you’ll recognize the truth in the observation that many developments are just fancy entrance gates and perhaps some roads. Not all developments intent to take advantage of early investors – many have great plans, but don’t have enough sales or enough financing to proceed. Yes, being an early purchaser can get you the greatest rewards due to pre-construction pricing, but that’s because such sales bear the highest risk. Financing, sales, permits, new laws – all these can affect the viability of a project.

There are some great opportunities for buying real estate in Costa Rica – and also some great pitfalls. That’s why we introduce our clients to reputable real estate agents in Costa Rica that we’ve met and vetted. Since real estate agents in Costa Rica don’t need to be licensed it’s important to choose the right one.

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Why Costa Rica? from our perspective

Beach at Playa Bejuco

Beach at Playa Bejuco

The Simms Team has started helping clients purchase properties in Costa Rica.  Why?

Sales of homes and condos here in Tampa Bay have slowed down, often because the prospective purchaser hasn’t been able to sell their existing home. Purchasers of second homes or vacation properties often don’t need to sell a home – they are often taking money from alternative investments – the stock market or an IRA, for example.  We are already representing buyers Read the rest of this entry »

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Costa Rica building lot – Playa Panama

Sunset from Playa Panama, Costa Rica

One of our clients just returned from Costa Rica, after meeting a colleague of mine there. After an whirlwind 3 day tour, he learned a lot, got to know the Guanacaste area, and is purchasing a lot that he plans to build on in 4 or 5 years. This is in Playa Panama, about 20 minutes drive from the Liberia International Airport. If you’re thinking of buying in Costa Rica, let us help by introducing you to a professional agent who will have your interests at heart. Our client had a bit of trepidation about buying in a foreign country, but when he returned, his comment was “Any concerns I may have originally had about going there and being taken advantage of were quickly dispelled by such a consummate professional.” If you’re thinking of buying in Costa Rica, let us help by introducing you to a professional agent who will have your interests at heart.

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