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Things to Consider if Buying Costa Rica Real Estate
With the “bubble” disaster fading, buying Costa Rica real estate has seen the popularity of acquiring property increasing with ever increasing numbers of North Americans following their dreams on purchasing a 2nd home, income property, or relocating to a tropical paradise. Who hasn’t been tempted or given thought to have a vacation home? Buying international real estate is more than an a spur of the moment decision, or it should be. If you are planning on purchasing real estate in Costa Rica, then you want to read these basics before you buy.
Ten things to think about prior to buying Costa Rica Real Estate
Before looking for a property, you need to ask some basic questions, which should save time, money and heartache in the future;
1 City or small town or countryside?
2 Inland or on the coast?
3 Isolated or want neighbors all around?
4 How much grass do you want to cut?
5 Access to schools and activities?
6 Where’s the nearest public transport, or will you have you own transportation?
7 How far is the beach?
8 How close are you to the nearest airport?
9 Hospital nearby or doctors, language issues?
10 Emergency response such as police and fire
Use qualified professionals, real estate consultant, legal consultation, etc., to protect your interests and make the purchase of your new home stress and hassle free. Real Estate agents are not the best sources of advice. The reason is that there is no governmental oversight or licensure requirements to sell real estate in Costa Rica. Many who hold themselves out to real estate agents are in fact scam artist. The only person who can close a real estate transaction in Costa Rica is a licensed Costa Rica Attorney. Choose an attorney with years of experience and licensed. Make sure you have a good lawyer with an excellent command of English and the local language.
Research all legal issues, title, ownership, etc, as well as ALL costs involved. Make sure your research makes you fully aware of the legal process, costs and time line involved in your purchase.
Get all agreements is writing and in English. For example; if someone is promising management services, make sure it’s not a word of mouth agreement.
Do your due diligence! A competent attorney that speaks English will be able to do this for you as it can include some leg work.
For more information about buying Costa Rica real estate, contact us at 3211-218-9209.
Assaults with firearms are on the rise in Costa Rica
If you are coming to Costa Rica be aware that assaults with firearms are on the rise. As we have recently reported that visitors here should take precautions when visiting here, the English speaking news paper Inside Costa Rica published an article stating that assaults with firearms are on the rise.
Use common sense when visiting Costa Rica
Just like many of the metropolitan cities in the United States, there are areas that you know that are inherently dangerous. The same is true here.
1. Don’t travel by foot during the night
2. leave your valuables in the hotel
3. Carry one credit card and little cash
4. Carry a copy of your passport with the date of entry page
5. Beware of strangers
6. If you have a rental car and have a flat remain in your car and refuse any assistance from passerby’s
7. Travel in groups
8. Reamain in well lite areas
9. If traveling to the beach make sure that someone knows where you are going and when you expect to return
10. Beware of ex-pats that tell you where the “hot spots” are.
Although not comprehensive if you follow these simple common sense rules, the chances of you falling victim to a robbery or an assault is greatly diminished. Remember the police here are not the same as the United States. They are undermined, under equipped and take little or no action. Costa Rica has a law that makes any theft under $500 no consequence. That’s right, if the theft is less than $500 you are out of luck!
For more information and advisories as where to stay, where to visit or other information, please feel free to call us at 321-218-9209.
Are you thinking about dropping off the grid in Costa Rica?
There are good reasons for dropping off the grid in Costa Rica. There are also many bad reasons to want to as well. While I will not discuss into the whys of dropping off the grid, I will discuss my opinions on doing so in Costa Rica.This article covers what I consider to be the most salient points on how to disappear and remain successfully hidden in Costa Rica. If you’re thinking of hiding from a moral responsibility — such as child support — I want you to stop reading this right now and seek counseling. This article isn’t for you. If you’re thinking about committing a crime and then trying to get away with it, don’t be an idiot: you will get caught — it’s just a matter of when — and nothing in this article can possibly help you. If you’re thinking of running from an abusive, ex wife, ex-girlfriend, ex-husband, or ex-boyfriend who wishes to do you harm, I wish you the very best and hope that some of these suggestions and contact references prove helpful.
If you’re thinking about taking your children with you, DON’T! Bring yourself and your children to another country, there is no reason you should ever drag your children around with you while on the run or while hiding. They don’t deserve the abuse and you’re being selfish if you try to.
The authorities will be highly motivated into tracking you down if you bring your kids with you as well. Think about what’s best for those you leave behind and, as difficult as it will be leave them behind!
Understand Who or What You’re Hiding From:
You should consider the resources of the individual or organization which you’re hiding from as well as their degree of motivation for finding you. Always over-estimate the resolve of those seeking to find you yet keep your estimations reasonable. Greatly over-estimating your opposition can cause you to behave in predictable, patterned ways, however. It is the predictability of your actions based upon your opposition’s controlled stimulus which can get you caught.
If your opposition are police authorities, rest assured that they have decades of experience to back them up whereas to them, you’re nothing more than another faceless fugitive on the run. To them you’re no one special; it’s not usually personal (unless you’ve killed a cop in which case they will get you — and I hope you’ll have an “accident” on the way to the police station.) To you, however, being hunted down is quite personal. They know how you will feel and will use that against you.
If you’ve entered the Costa Rica illegally to start a new life, (or are planning to) you must contend with immigration officials which have historically been under-staffed, poorly-managed, and staffed by incompetents who only want to carry a gun but couldn’t make it in the police force. Unlike police officers, immigration officials didn’t get into their line of work to help people; they got into their line of work to keep you out of the country and to track you down and throw you out if you do get in. Their desire is to subject you to their control, feeding their power trips, making themselves feel manly. Unlike police officers, they aren’t out to help.
Obstacles Obtaining Residency in Costa Rica:
The Costa Rica law requires specific requirements to obtain residency. You must present a certified copy of your criminal record from the State in which you reside. If you are running from the law this is a lead that the law enforcement authorities can use to track you down. The certification must be done in the form of a apostille for Costa Rica. The same is true for a certified copy of your birth certificate.
Costa Rica has provisions for tourist to stay for up to 90 days. After 90 days you must leave the country and remain out of Costa Rica for 3 days. Recently, the government is cracking down on perpetual tourist and only permitting them to stay for 30 days. Additionally, Nicaragua and Panama authorities are requiring return trip proof prior to admitting people into their countries.
Convenience marriages are now illegal in Costa Rica. Thus you must meet the criteria for residency including those of being married. If you marry a Costa Rica national, you must prove that you are living with your spouse and that it is a real marriage for two years.
You will have to meet that burden of proof each time you get your residency reapproved annually. There are additional requirements which also must be met.
Assistance in Staying in Costa Rica:
Our firm is the most respected in Costa Rica. We are partnered with a licensed Costa Rica Law Firm and can assist you in making the transition. Please feel free to contact us if you are thinking about relocating. You can reach us toll free at 321-218-9209.