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Escape the cold in Costa Rica

Pacifico Beach Club Costa Rica

 As another cold spell hits St Pete, you may want to consider escaping to Costa Rica. In Guanacaste, on the northwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica, temperatures have been low 70s in the morning, rising to the low to mid 80s in the afternoon – consistent throughout the year. Low humidity, cooling breeze, no need for a heated pool here. It’s warmer than St Pete in the winter and cooler than St Pete in the summer. So – if you’re tired of the cold, hop on a plane for Liberia Costa Rica (LIR) and half an hour later you can be relaxing in the pool or at the beach.

These condos at Pacifico in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste are in a lush, gated community that’s within walking distance of a supermarket and a variety of restaurants and shops. It’s a 5 minute golf cart ride to the Pacifico Beach Club. Furnished resale condos at Pacifico are available from $215,000. Other properties being offered from less than $100,000 to $1 million plus. Contact us for more information on buying a property in Costa Rica.

 

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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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Get help buying real estate in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Sunset from Hotel El Valero

Costa Rica Sunset from Hotel El Valero

It’s SO important to use a reputable real estate agent and a reputable attorney when you buy real estate in Costa Rica. You should know from buying real estate in Florida or other parts of the US that it’s what’s in writing that counts as only what’s in writing is enforceable. That’s even more important when you’re buying real estate in Costa Rica or other countries around the world and it’s especially important when you’re buying land or a pre-construction property that has yet to be built or completed.

What if you’re loooking at raw land and you’re told the lot will have a certain view or elevation or building pad? It had better be written in the contract. What if you’re told Read the rest of this entry »

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Vistas del Pacifico Playa Panama Costa Rica

Vistas del Pacifico pool overlooking Papagayo Costa Rica

Vistas del Pacifico pool overlooking Papagayo Costa Rica

Vistas del Pacifico is a gated, hillside community just 25 minutes from the Liberia International Airport in Guanacaste Costa Rica. Enjoy this community pool that overlooks Culebra Bay and the Papagayo peninsula. Choose from a luxury condominium, a luxurious home, or a lot for your dream home – all of them enjoy this pool, though most of the properties have their own private pool as well. Surrounded by nature, you’re just 5 minutes from Playa Hermosa and 10 miles from Playas del Coco.

If you don’t want the waves that attract the world’s surfers, Playa Panama is for you – it’s a great place to swim as the currents aren’t strong and the tide is often low.  The one mile beach is surrounded by atropical forest of sarno, brazilwood and other exotic trees. Several excellent restaurants are close by. Enjoy privacy and natural surroundings that are close to lots of amenities.

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Playa Hermosa – Guanacaste

Costa Rica view in Playa Hermosa Guanacaste

Of the varied areas in Guanacaste region, on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, my favorite was the Playa Hermosa area, from  Playa Ocotal to Playa Panama and Papagayo. This is a typical view from the hills.

Kevin Brass of the International Herald Tribune posted his analysis and market report of the area today.

Kevin was fortunate, as I was, to have Mike Simons as a guide.  Before I met Mike in Playa Hermosa, he sent me enough reading material to keep me occupied for weeks. If you contact him directly, please tell him that Sharon Simms sent you!

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