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A complete resource guide to Costa Rica including buying and selling real estate, developing property. Everything you need to know.
Title: Christopher Howard’s Guide to Real Estate in Costa Rica – a primer for investing profitably in Costa Rican Real Estate
Author: Christopher Howard
Pages: Over 500
Why was this book written?
Costa Rica’s natural beauty has been attracting tourists for years. Now retirees and investors are flocking to the country. It seems that almost everyone who moves here becomes enamored with Costa Rica and wants to own a piece of paradise. Because of this Costa Rica was voted one of the top five real estate markets in the world in 2006. However, in order to invest profitably and safely in Costa Rican real estate everyone needs to have the correct information about the process and proceed cautiously every step of the way.
Purchasing real estate in Costa Rica is not for the faint of heart. Many have made money while others have lost their shirt. Realtors don’t need a license to operate here, so potential buyers have to be very careful with whom they deal. It is sort of like the wild west at times because of a lack of regulation and frontier mentality. However, with the correct information and guidance you can make a good purchase and find the home or property of your dreams.
The purpose of this carefully researched book is to provide investors with everything they need to be successful in Costa Rica’s hot real estate market. This one-of-a-kind guide contains over 500 carefully researched pages and took over three years to write. Virtually everything is covered from A to Z and it will answer all of your questions. The book covers: how and where to find property, how to find out what it is worth, due diligence, how to make an offer, how to finalize the sale, getting permits, financing including using your IRA, legal ramifications, building a home, doing a small development,where to get the best help from professionals in all fields, selling a home, how to do business in Costa Rica, a list of resources and contacts and everything else needed to purchase property the right way.
Those who worked on and wrote the book aimed to provide an objective guide to buying real estate in Costa Rica. One writer is a professional journalist with years of experience at the top financial media company Bloomberg. The other writer has been a newspaper reporter and independent journalist. Neither of the writers are involved in selling real estate in Costa Rica. This guide is based on more than 100 interviews with experts in real estate across the country and from many different countries.
The book was published and partially written under the watchful eye of renowned author Christopher Howard who has lived in Costa Rica for 30 years and is a Costa Rican citizen. He is the most read authority on the country, has appeared on the NBC Today Show and CNBC World News and has published two perennial bestsellers: “The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica” (16 editions) and the one-of-a-kind “The Guide to Costa Rican Spanish”.
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