costa rica real estate: Foreclosure Sales in Costa Rica - 07/24/09 05:20 AM
Lucky, the Foreclosure Dog.

Lucky wandered into The Oaks,, in search of food last week. We adopted him, are feeding him and will put him up for permanent adoption by one of our owners as soon as he is in shape. The economic crisis has caused some Costa Ricans to stop feeding their pets. With a world economic crisis, there simply is not enough money for some families to feed both their pets and their children.
Can a smart broker get lucky, too? I think so. Every week we get wind of distress sales, which are snapped up … (7 comments)

costa rica real estate: 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 real estate: THREE QUESTIONS THAT EVERY VISITOR ASKS: #1 - 01/07/08 05:04 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?
Let's start with safety. Having lived here now for nearly three years, and in two different areas, one being the beach areas surrounding Tamarindo, the other being the mountains outside San Jose, I have accumulated some sense of life here and a feeling for the question of safety.
Personally, I feel much safer, physically, living in Costa Rica than I did living in either Miami or L.A. The stories that I hear from … (1 comments)

costa rica real estate: South of the Border in Costa Rica - 12/17/07 11:06 AM
   Since I live and work in Costa Rica, I found the Wall Street Journal's article on red hot real estate markets in Central America fascinating. Following are some excerpts, with my comments following, marked in italics and underlined.
South of the Border,The Market's Still Hot
Americans Find Second-Home Boom Endures; Wildlife in the Neighborhood
By JUNE FLETCHERDecember 14, 2007; Page W12
The housing slump has sent many Americans shopping south of the border.
Existing-home prices in the U.S. dropped 4.5% in the third quarter from a year ago, according to S&P/Case-Shiller. But they are still climbing in much of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Buyers are being enticed … (2 comments)

costa rica real estate: 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 real estate: 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 real estate: Costa Rica Medical Tourism - 10/06/07 12:03 PM
The article below is from Friday's edition of The Tico Times,, 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, and, 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 real estate: 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,, have been from western Canada, defined as Toronto to Vancouver. Could Costa … (1 comments)

costa rica real estate: 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,
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!

costa rica real estate: 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,, 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!
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 real estate: Costa Rica /Annexation of Guanacaste Day and annual weather - 07/29/07 12:34 PM
Monday we are celebrating a national holiday in Costa Rica, the Annexation of Guanacaste Day, commemorating the 183d anniversary of the annexation of Guanacaste.  On July 25, 1825, the citizens of Guanacaste peacefully voted to secede from Nicaragua and become a part of Costa Rica.
The celebration is Monday because it fits better with a second holiday Thursday for the Virgin of Los Angeles, the patron saint of Costa Rica. An annual pilgrimage of the faithful begins today and concludes Thursday at the Basilica in Cartago, the seat of the Catholic Church in Costa Rica, where the image of the Virgin … (1 comments)

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