We’re going to go out on a limb here and say, chances are, this isn’t your first real estate investment. If you’re searching for a property in Costa Rica to purchase as your very own, you probably already have one here in the states (or wherever it is you currently reside). Investing in foreign property isn’t generally an endeavor of a first-time buyer. It takes guts, knowledge, and as much as any other real estate transaction, a competent realtor.
No matter how familiar you are with Costa Rica, a realtor who specializes in its real estate market will always be valuable to you. Don’t make the mistake of trying to do this on your own; it’s not worth the risk, the stress, or even your time. With having the assistance of an agent, you’ll actually be able to enjoy the process and look forward to the end result, not be consumed with the what-ifs and hiccups along the way.
Maybe you already have a property type in mind. Is it a villa, a bungalow, a condo, or a fixer-upper? Is it oceanfront? Does it come with a pool? Are there a variety of fruit trees in the yard? The reason for your intended investment will typically affect the type of property you consider. For example, if you’re looking for a vacation home, you might insist it be on the water, whereas, if you plan to relocate permanently, you may want something with a considerable amount of acreage.
It’s okay if you haven’t identified your property type yet. Whether you’ve been through this process once or five times, no two times are alike. Accordingly, even if you have picked out what you’re looking for, that doesn’t mean it’ll be what you end up choosing. It’s always smart to have a foundation, of course, but it’s also wise to know you can’t be too unyielding (and for your own sake). If there’s a property right for you, we’ll find it together as we browse the diverse and attractive real estate of Costa Rica.