international 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)

international real estate: ASTHMA ATTACK IN COSTA RICA - 06/15/09 01:55 PM
This morning my long term girlfriend, Rox, suffered her first asthama attack in over six months, here in Escazu, a suburb of the capital city of San Jose. We had just come back from vacationing in moist, hot weather in Bocas del Toro, Panama to rainy, chilly weather in San Jose. Where we live, in Guanacaste, the weather is hot but dry, so asthma problems had been history.
Anyway, it´s seven in the morning, Rox can´t breathe, and off we go to a "doc in a box" provided free by the Costa Rica state run health care system. Only problem is, … (1 comments)

international 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)

international 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)

international 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)

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