you are shopping on the internet for property in Costa Rica, you will find
it to be a daunting task. There is an overwhelming amount of information
to absorb, and websites with huge databases of real estate listings. After
browsing through hundreds of directories, looking at tiny thumbnail photos
and short descriptions without much detail, you can get discouraged about
trying to narrow down what property is right for you.
top of that, you get confused about Costa Rica real estate laws,
building construction permits, and want to understand the relationship that
an agent or realtor in Costa Rica has with his clients. You realize quickly
that you need to find a real estate attorney to handle the property transfer
and file the land title, once you can find a lot or acreage that is what
you want to buy. If you intend to build, make sure that the land you purchase
in under some restriction or protection.
Another decision you must make is the region or area of Costa Rica where you will be buying property.
Are you dreaming of a little cottage house on the beachfront? Or something
with a bit more luxury, a hillside oceanview home overlooking the Pacific
Ocean. The climate along the coasts can be quite hot and humid, so you may
want to look for property in the mountains, with cool fresh breezes, and
just a short drive to the beach when you feel like a swim.You should also
consider the infrastructure of the area you choose to buy in. If you have
a family, look for nearby schools. If you are concerned about medical care,
be sure to ask your real estate agent how far away it is.
Although the cost of living in Costa Rica is considerably lower than
elsewhere in the world, you may find that the style of amenities that you
are used to can be very expensive. For instance, the purchase price of cars
in Costa Rica is very expensive, repairs cost a lot, and often parts
are unavilable and must be ordered. The bad quality of the dirt roads in
Costa Rica can damage your car a lot more than many people realize, so expect
high repair bills. The cost of imported luxury items, like TVs and Air Conditioners,
is quite high. Electricity is cheap for the first few kw hours, but once
you install an air conditioner, your utility bill will climb.