Buying a Home in Costa Rica

Though we recommend you rent, rent, rent when you move to Costa Rica, we realize that some folks will still choose to buy, either early on or after they’ve been here for a while. Though we are not realtors, we recommend purchasing properties under $150,000 because they are both easier to buy and easier to sell.

Buying a Home in Costa Rica

If you decide to buy a property, first make sure of the following:

  • It has electricity run to the property, or you know what the cost would be to bring it to the property
  • It has water approved to the property
  • Make sure the seller is the registered owner and that you can legally buy the property
  • The property is registered as a separate entity
  • Make sure that you are able to get all required building permits

Don’t rely just on the seller/builder/developer. Get a good real estate attorney; check with other expats in the area for a recommendation. And remember also, the prices listed are the asking prices. You may be able to negotiate a better deal.


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