costa rica condos: COSTA RICA FOR FUN AND PROFIT - 05/03/09 11:14 AM
I am trying to find one person in a 1,000 on ActiveRain who wants to come to Costa Rica, have fun, look around, and make some money with very little effort.
Phases one and two of The Oaks Tamarindo, www.theoakstamarindo.com and www.theoaksrentals.com, are fully finished. We are over 80% sold out, and our owners want rentals. During July, a great season to visit for "little summer", we are offering week long activities: Fitness at the Beach, Yoga Awareness Week and Alternative Therapies Week, plus classes in t´ai chi. Surf classes are offered all three weeks. More on this later.
How do … (2 comments)

costa rica condos: Costa Rica: A Good Place to Hide Out? - 03/07/09 08:07 AM

Nearly six months ago, from Costa Rica, I posted "Bush and Congress Agree on Bailout Blunder?" The more things change, the more they stay the same.
If you read the footnotes to banks´balance sheets, banks are getting decimated by write downs of assets caused by mark-to-market accounting. They then go to TARP to replace some of the "lost" equity, go to Congress to get publicly whipped by folks who should know better, but don´t, and go to the market to raise new capital, when they can, at extraordinary cost to their existing shareholders. And we wonder why banks don´t lend. … (0 comments)

costa rica condos: A Costa Rica Engagement - 01/31/09 12:31 PM
Among all the business of real estate comes joy. We finished our resort condominium, The Oaks Tamarindo, just in time for Christmas. And lo and behold, just last week, we got to celebrate our first engagement! One of our new owners, Sherie, from England, arrived in Costa Rica with her boyfriend, and left with her fiance! Yes, the same lucky guy, Lawrence. Check out the rock!
Sherie is a dealer in antique jewelry, and Lawrence runs a business in the neighboring county. So, Sussex and Kent unite in Paradise! Congratulations!

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costa rica condos: Bush and Congress Agree on Bailout Blunder? - 09/21/08 06:47 AM
I have been happily minding my own business in Costa Rica, off to Alberta for a bit of marketing, then Spain, where I am now. So I check in to the internet this weekend, no worries, the Dow is unchanged, politics as usual, whooops! A $700 billion bailout?? That´s more condos than I can build and sell for the rest of my life! Unless, that is,our politicos blunder (again), inflation ramps up and that starter unit goes for a cool $billion. Oh man, I hope I am wrong about this.
And what exactly are our leaders proposing? Destroy the remaining banks, … (2 comments)

costa rica condos: ELECTRICITY COSTS: A REPORT FROM THE OAKS TAMARINDO, GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA - 09/06/08 07:28 AM
I have been reviewing our typical unit owner´s electricity costs at The Oaks, noting that a typical bill during July for a fully occupied unit was $67 CAN for the month. When I asked our on-site concierge, Ana Lorena, for an explanation, she sent me our local electric company´s rates.

 Rates are divided into two seasons, "dry" and "not dry". Because 80% of Costa Rica´s electricity is generated by hydroelectric power, rates are 25% higher during the "dry" season from January through June. For an average user of 625 kWh per month, the July low season rates cost $67.75 CAN. … (2 comments)

costa rica condos: Why Costa Rica Real Estate Prices Are Going Up - 01/28/08 01:26 AM
People who have never visited Costa Rica always ask me the same three questions. Is it safe? How is the medical care? Is the real estate market going up?
 On December 14, the Wall Street Journal reported on a phenomenon that Canadians and Americans also are beginning to discover.
According to the article:  "The housing slump has sent many Americans shopping south of the border.
Existing-home prices... are still climbing in much of Latin America and the Caribbean. ... In San Pedro, Belize, the average price of a 2,200-square-foot home was $697,500 in September, up 18.6% from a year ago, according to a … (13 comments)

costa rica condos: Rainy Season in Costa Rica - 10/21/07 06:47 AM

I came back from Canada this week to find a state of emergency declared and most major roads closed at least part of the week. This is the height of Costa Rica's rainy season, from late September through early November. Luckily, the waters recede quickly, so that traffic is now restored between San Jose (where I live) and Guanacaste (where I live and work). Roads were impassable or hugely delayed for two days as rivers rose. While Costa Rica is  too far south to be in the hurricane routes, heavy rains are the norm now.
For the next three weeks, keep in mind our … (4 comments)

costa rica condos: Costa Rica Referendum -CAFTA - 10/07/07 02:15 PM
This is off-topic, but I can't resist.
Today marks an important moment in the history of Costa Rica. For the first time, the people are deciding, in a direct referendum, the fate of the proposed Central American Free Trade Agreement among the United States, the Dominican Republic, and the other nations of Central America. By all reports, the people are almost evenly divided, and we probably will not know the result until tomorrow, or later. The streets of San Jose have been packed all day, by people in favor and opposed, but so far as I know with no acts of violence, actual … (5 comments)

costa rica condos: Costa Rica Medical Tourism - 10/06/07 12:03 PM
The article below is from Friday's edition of The Tico Times, http://www.ticotimes.net/, and is reprinted with permission. If it's too long, the take away is first class knee replacement surgery that would cost $45,000 in the U.S. was done for $12,000 in Costa Rica.
I travel between The Oaks condominiums near Tamarindo, http://www.theoakstamarindo.com/ and http://www.greensealrealty.com/, and my weekend home in the mountains near San Jose. Those of you who are Californians and go from the beach to spend weekends at Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear get it. Except here, the mountains also are the city.
My dermatologist, Dr. Rodolfo Nunez, is a New Yorker who practices at CIMA Hospital in … (2 comments)

costa rica condos: Trump/Learning Annex Calgary Expo - 10/06/07 04:51 AM
Diary of a neophyte. Only one week to go before the Trump Real Estate Wealth Expo in Calgary! Todd and Danielle told me they heard there is "a bit of selling". I hope they're right. Well, marketing anyway.
Including rental of a 10 by 10 exhibitor booth, booth accessories, air fare and hotel rooms for two people, materials and newspaper advertising, the total cost is pushing $20,000! Wow. Not to mention taking out my old ski underwear.
Why? I'm following my customers. About 20% of my walk-ins at The Oaks Tamarindo, www.theoakstamarindo.com, have been from western Canada, defined as Toronto to Vancouver. Could Costa … (1 comments)

costa rica condos: Trump/Learning Annex Calgary Real Estate Expo - 09/27/07 02:38 PM
Confession of a dummy. I'm going to my first Trump Expo as an exhibitor, October 13 in Calgary. I know, I should have checked it out first as a guest, but I don't have a lot of free time to fly up to the States or Canada from Costa Rica. We're representing my development, The Oaks Tamarindo condos, and my environmental real estate agency, Green Seal Realty, www.greensealrealty.com.
Has anyone been to one of these Trump expos? What is it like? What would you recommend to an exhibitor? What should you expect?
If you've had an experiece, thanks for sharing!
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costa rica condos: Costa Rica Environmental Planning - 09/23/07 05:03 PM
The only edit was when, with help, I figured out how to link the video. Thanks! So if you have read this, stop here.
Here is some new wording for my web site, http://www.theoakstamarindo.com/, concerning environmental concerns. It was easy to write, since I've already lived it. If you have additional suggestions, I'd love to hear them!
THOUGHTS ON AN ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY
THE LAND
To have a chance at creating an environmental community in an area that generally lacks strong zoning laws,  you need to begin by considering the land.
Ideally, you want land that is not environmentally sensitive, meaning not on a nesting turtle beach, … (7 comments)

costa rica condos: Discovering Costa Rica....Renewable Energy - 09/16/07 06:31 AM
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, one way to do it is to move to Costa Rica! I was cleaning out my gmail (no more storage!) and found this article by Peter Freeman on renewable energy from the April 18 issue of The Guanacaste Journal. I have included excerpts below.
The article appears generally correct, though a little too Pollyannish. It looks like oil-based generation may rise to 20% of Costa Rica's total energy production before new hydropower or geothermal plants can be brought online, as demand increases faster than supply. So, conservation is important, but solar energy probably … (1 comments)

costa rica condos: Discovering Costa Rica…..How do condo developers or agents measure square feet, or square meters? - 09/15/07 02:10 PM
Before I came to Costa Rica, I thought I knew what a square foot was, or for that matter, a square meter. There was an accepted definition from the local Board of Realtors. No more.
                                            
Now, when I read a web listing that says: "Approximately 850 sq. ft., 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, plentiful balcony space".  I start thinking. Hmmm.  I wonder if they measure their square feet from the outside wall to the outside wall of the unit. Or from the mid-wall to the mid-wall. Or from the interior wall to the interior wall. And what's up with that "plentiful balcony … (0 comments)

 
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