Costa Rica Real Estate Buyer’s Guide

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We have compiled for Tropisphere fans a list of news and articles written by us over the past few years, so that you can be as informed as possible about buying and selling Costa Rica real estate.

We will continually add new material and try to update the old articles as laws and circumstances change here in Costa Rica.

Each article includes a comments section, and we’d LOVE to hear from you there. If you have a question, write it there and we’ll answer it, since other readers may have the same questions. If you’d like to contribute an article of your own, contact us with your idea.

Thanks for reading, and allowing us to help you make your dreams come true here in Costa Rica.

The Tropisphere Team

How to Create a Small Costa Rica Hotel or Cabina Rental Business for Under $400K

How to Create a Small Costa Rica Hotel or Cabina Rental Business for Under $400K December 19th, 2014 by Geoff McCabe This week, four different clients came to me with various versions of the same dream: how do I build and operate a small hotel in Costa Rica? Over the past ten years that I’ve been doing this, hundreds of people have asked me this, and I’ve become better each year at advising them, especially after ...

Basic Real Estate Info for Costa Rica

Basic Real Estate Info for Costa Rica May 22nd, 2013 by admin BUYING & OWING Property in Costa Rica – The Rules of the Road Compiled and Written by Jeff Lantz Buying and owning property in Costa Rica, or any foreign country can be a confusing and intimidating process. How can I make a safe and efficient transaction? Can I just leave everything up to the lawyer? ...

How to Buy a House in Costa Rica for 25% of Asking Price

How to Buy a House in Costa Rica for 25% of Asking Price September 23rd, 2011 by Geoff McCabe In the many years selling real estate in Costa Rica I’ve learned a lot about what foreigners are really looking for when they come to Costa Rica to buy a house. These days, with money so tight, and all the negative news and fear in the markets in the developed world, escaping to a tropical ...

Costa Rica Concession Land Explanation

Costa Rica Concession Land Explanation February 6th, 2011 by Geoff McCabe Many people dream of owning a piece of beachfront land in paradise, but then get very confused once they start hearing about the concession process involved in such properties, and the various problems (and sometimes horror stories) from people who made made decisions regarding the purchase of this type of land (usually because of incompetent ...

Buying IDA Land: For Fools and Gamblers Only?

Buying IDA Land: For Fools and Gamblers Only? February 4th, 2011 by Geoff McCabe Oh sweet IDA land. the forbidden fruit of real estate in Costa Rica. We’ve all heard the stories about people who have “bought” IDA land and ended up with a great property, titled in their own name, at a quarter the market price. It’s risky, but can pay off big time. How have others done ...

BUYING & OWNING Property in Costa Rica – The Rules of the Road

BUYING & OWNING Property in Costa Rica – The Rules of the Road February 4th, 2011 by admin Compiled and written by Jeff Lantz Property or Finca – The three basic categories… Zoning and Concession Purchasing beach property Alternative to maritime lease Declaration of value Option agreements Real estate agents Lawyers and closing, the process of settlement Closing costs Financing Land taxes Building Disclaimer     Buying and owning property in Costa Rica, ...

How to Score a Great Deal in Costa Rica Real Estate

How to Score a Great Deal in Costa Rica Real Estate February 4th, 2008 by Geoff McCabe Many people want something for nothing, and in the current real estate market, bargains have become scarce because there’s no shortage of buyers. Many foreigners living here have discovered that the surest way to make a good living is to invest in real estate. While prices seem to be going up everywhere, obviously we all ...