Costa Rica Real Estate

Buying Real Estate in Costa Rica: The Basics

Now that international borders have reopened, the real estate market in Costa Rica is starting to heat up. Our next [...]

HOA Law in Costa Rica

Purchasing or renting property in Costa Rica can be confusing for foreigners. One of the most confusing and least understood [...]

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Horizon Pacific

Click one of the above ads to go to our website. Dreaming of your next Costa Rica vacation? Costa Rica [...]

Digital Nomads Welcomed in Costa Rica

A proposed modification to section 88 of the General Law on Immigration, law No. 8764, brings exciting news to those [...]

Costa Rica Its A Lifestyle EN/SP

(Spanish below/Española abajo) Living in the small fishing village of Playas del Coco has undeniably slowed this New York City [...]

Building CR – Picking Your Dream Property

Plan to build your dream home in Costa Rican paradise? First, it's always recommended to find a reputable real estate [...]

Building in Costa Rica: Sustainable, Attainable and Affordable

Building in Costa Rica: Sustainable, Attainable and Affordable.  Costa Rica inspires many vacationing visitors to reflect on sustainable living ideas [...]

Costa Rica Property Options: Finding Your Own Piece of Paradise

Choosing where to live in Costa Rica can be a daunting decision, but highly rewarding if you take the time [...]

Jaco Area Remains Increasingly Popular

The Central Pacific region of Costa Rica remains one of the most sought-out areas for seeking vacation properties, second homes, [...]

Summer is Not All That’s Hot in Costa Rica

The real estate market in the land of pura vida is as hot as the tropical summer sun. The initial [...]

Choosing a Legal Property Manager

You now own a home in Costa Rica. Congratulations! What an exciting and wonderful event! But who is going to [...]

What area of Costa Rica is right for ME?

What area of Costa Rica is right for ME?.  Based on Google data, Costa Rica ranks in the top five [...]

Seven Things to Think About When Moving to Costa Rica

Costa Rica has emerged in 2021 as the world’s premier destination for luxury travel, and plenty of visitors are even [...]

Understanding the Real Estate Market

I have over 30 years of combined experience as primarily a real estate attorney, in both Canada and Costa Rica, [...]

Moving to Costa Rica: Is It Right for You?

Costa Rica is one of the most sought-after destinations for retirees, singles and families looking for a new place to [...]

The Unplanned Wonders of Pura Vida: What to Really Expect Moving Your Family to Costa Rica

Most people would agree that moving is a major life stressor, but moving to another country with children adds on [...]

Autonomous Living in Costa Rica

Solar Solutions at Home and On the Road People move to Costa Rica for many reasons, but living autonomously or [...]

Building Your Dream in a Greener World

As one of the world’s most widely recognized green-building certification programs, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) offers multiple [...]

Eco-Friendly Flora Protect Our Fauna- “Bee” Kind to Vital Insects

Eco-Friendly Flora Protect Our Fauna- “Bee” Kind to Vital Insects.   Various eco-friendly aspects of building design and construction have [...]

Lighting Your Life – Natural and Artificial Have Their Place

Lighting Your Life - Natural and Artificial Have Their Place.  Incorporating as much natural light as possible in your living [...]

Go Green – The new added value to your investment?

Go Green - The new added value to your investment?  Costa Rica has embraced an era of building green with concrete [...]

Costa Rica Building Permit Process Step by Step

Costa Rica Building Permit Process Step by Step: To build a residence in Costa Rica, there’s a general three-stage process [...]

Building in Costa Rica: When is the right time to build in Costa rica

When to Build in Costa Rica: Key points to kick off a successful project: First time visitors to Costa Rica are [...]

Building in Costa Rica: Dream Home Design

Building in Costa Rica: Dream Home Design: So you have seen enough of Costa Rica to get a sense of the [...]

Build Green and Prove it: Sustainable Building in Costa Rica

Building Costa Rica - Building it Green and Proving it: Sustainable Building in Costa Rica: Developed countries many years ago [...]

Grow Sustainably, Build Sustainably, Live Sustainably: Costa Rica Eco-Sustainable Special

Grow Sustainably, Build Sustainably, Live Sustainably: A side from the abundance of nature tours and adventures that make Costa Rica [...]

Septic Systems Costa Rica

Septic Systems Costa Rica: As mentioned in my June 2017 Howler article about plumbing, septic systems play an important role [...]

Building Costa Rica – Built-in Safety By Design

Now that Semana Santa has come and gone, it’s the perfect time to discuss home security systems and ways to […]

Building CR – Picking the Right Windows

Windows are one of the most important components in any home. Not only can they completely enhance the design and [...]

Building CR – Swimming Pools, Design, Construction and Maintenance

Costa Rican paradise lends itself to beaches, sun, fun and of course refreshing swimming pools for relaxing and unwinding. Many […]

Building CR – Know Before You Buy, The Importance of a Home Inspection

Congratulations! You have decided to buy a home in Costa Rica. You have narrowed the choices or even decided which […]

Building CR: From Dream to Reality

Building your home in Costa Rica is a unique process, quite different than what may be typical in your home […]

Building CR – Storm Protection for Your Home

We are all at the mercy of Mother Nature, which means many things are simply out of our hands and […]

Building CR – Roofing 101: Guanacaste Style

…the sound of rain simulates living under a waterfall — it’s really that loud.

Building CR – Guanacaste Tropical Hardwoods

In Costa Rica, and Guanacaste in particular, we are blessed with an abundance of local, sustainably grown hardwoods that can [...]

Hot Market

Distance Real Estate Market Heats Up

It's A Lifestyle!

Sponsored feature about “why” for this one person.

Moving to CR

Is it right for YOU?

Unplanned Wonders

What to expect when you move to Costa Rica

Building Dynamics

Is your building sustainable, attainable and affordable?

Which Region?

Eight to choose from, which one is right for YOU?

Finding Paradise

Property options to consider in your search.

Know the Market

Is it a buyer’s market or seller’s market?

Digital Nomads?

Want to work remotely?

See the survey also…you here or want to be here?

Property Manager?

Property options to consider in your search.

Jaco Remains

One of Howler’s regions, read all about Jaco. 

Things To Consider

Surf or mountains? Rainy season? Buy or rent? More…

APRIL HIGHLIGHT’S: Living your own version of the pura vida dream is the theme of this month’s Howler e-magazine focusing on real estate in Costa Rica. Moving to, or within, this magnificent country is explored from many different sides of buying, building and budget considerations, as well as location and lifestyle options. Starting with Randy Toltz’s cover story about the post-pandemic uptrend in long-distance real estate transactions, we look at the questions people should ask before deciding whether to transplant their home roots here from another country, and specifically what to expect with a family in tow. 

We look at the myriad possibilities for choosing where to live and how to live, from a geographic and demographic perspective, as well as the types of properties and residential dwellings, both turnkey and unbuilt. Our regional spotlight is on the Jacó vicinity’s continuing popularity as a coastal hotspot for expats and former San José urban dwellers alike. Insight into the ripple effect of the dynamic U.S. economy on the Costa Rican real estate market is offered by an international legal expert. Another article highlights the country’s new legislation benefiting digital nomads.

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Featured Real Estate Article

The real estate market in the land of pura vida is as hot as the tropical summer sun. The initial chill brought on by the paralysis of COVID-19, gave rise to an inexplicable rise in housing sales. Many, if not most, of the transactions were done from afar via video calls and email. 

This new era of distance buying was brought on by a number of factors, including the need to dream when you are quarantined at home, but likely the biggest factor has to do with the pandemic-induced maturation of the work-from-home reality. In the pre-lockdown mode, many people dreamed of telecommuting, but only a lucky few actually were able to do it. Then the pandemic opened up this model as a reality for a large portion of the workforce. Companies are finding that there is minimal loss of productivity, with an overall boost in morale, and needing less office space can save companies a substantial amount of money. 

As our new norm becomes work-from-home, and the value we place on our vacation time increases, the result has caused a worldwide boom in the resort real estate market.

Costa Rica did have a running start with modern infrastructure, up-to-date communication and technology, excellent emergency medical care and access to goods and services that meet or exceed what the traveling public has come to expect. One of the biggest booms for Costa Rica has been the expansion and eventual explosion of the vacation rental market. 

Costa Rica is home to many great resorts. But to spend a week hunkered down in a cabana by the pool at a coastal resort on the rich coast is tantamount to drinking champagne out of a paper cup — you are missing the very essence of the experience. For this reason, the vacation rental market has brought Costa Rica tourism to a new level. You can enjoy the full gamut of experiences this country has to offer, at a fraction of the cost of a resort. Not only has this created an explosion in the tourism sector, it has boosted real estate investment as well. 

The increased income potential from today’s ease of app-based renting, and a new level of comfort in doing so, has also brought a new level of confidence to owners who were previously hesitant to rent their properties.

The hot market is not just limited to real estate sales, for those same digital nomads are filling up the long-term rental market as well. A large number of long-term renters are families who are taking advantage of the many quality international schools in the area. This makes taking the family to paradise not only doable, but quite an attractive option! It’s a definite bonus for the college resume, as many schools are often looking for something that sets you apart from the rest of the crowd. 

As iPhones, Androids, and Zoom invade the jungle and the beach, the demand in the real estate market simmers like coffee on a campfire. The good news is, while prices in Costa Rica are often higher than other parts of Central America, few places can match the quality of life and infrastructure at the cost of life in Puravidaville.