Costa Rica Realtors
Did you know that in Costa Rica you do not need any qualifications, training or experience whatsoever to call yourself a Realtor?If you do not want to lose your shirt buying real estate in Costa Rica, please remember these four crucially important points: Contrary to what some people might tell you, there is no single, official Multiple Listing Service to speak of so trying to establish even a rough idea of what a property is worth is difficult. Take a look on the internet and you will often find the exact same property listed by different ‘Realtors’ at dramatically different prices. Half the population call themselves ‘Realtors’ because in Costa Rica you do not need any qualifications, training or experience whatsoever to call yourself a ‘broker.’ and… There is an organization of ‘brokers’ involved with real estate, however, very few people who call themselves ‘brokers’ have even heard of it never mind belong to it … And nobody is regulating or watching over these people!And yo
Becky is a dual Citizen of Costa Rica and the USA and allowed to work as a Costa Rica Realtor who covers the area from Playa Avellanas to Playa Potrero.
As an American citizen purchasing property for the first time in Costa Rica, I found that there were a number of significant differences between my Costa Rican experience, and equivalent experiences purchasing homes in the USA:
“Richard Lacey is a kind and thoughtful person with passion to help. He is a most valuable resource and continually strives to help many with his insightful input. Richard is a true real estate professional with genuine charm and we both recommend him highly.” Kind regards, Waleed William Tarazi
David Karr is a professional Realtor living and working in the popular beach town of Jaco on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica since 2005. He is married to a Costa Rican lady, has permanent residency and is legally allowed to work as a Realtor in Costa Rica.
Even after the sale has been made and long after the commission cheques have been cashed, Andres works closely with his clients, helping them to …
Through this website, you will have learned that there are no qualifications, exams or regulatory requirements to become a ‘real estate broker’ in Costa Rica so anyone can print a business card and call themselves a broker.
You see, when you and I go house-hunting, we go during the day and it rarely occurs to us that maybe, we should also check the area at night.
Daveed Hollander is a Costa Rica Realtor living in Dominical on the Southern Pacific coast. Daveed has lived here for ten years, is a legal resident of Costa Rica, a member of the CCBR here in and of NAR, GAR and CIPS.
In a nutshell? Michael Simons and his sales organization have most of the listings in the area, they have most of the Realtors, they do most of the sales and, by the looks of the customer testimonials below, they have most of the happy customers too…
“If you don’t want to have to worry about what may go wrong buying property in a foreign country, hire Michael Simons. Here’s our story…” Patrick & Shelley Peters in Lake Lotawana, MO. USA. 16th January, 2016
As American citizens purchasing property for the first time in Costa Rica, we found that there were a number of significant differences between our Costa Rican experience, and equivalent experiences purchasing homes in the USA:
PLEASE understand that Costa Rica is a very small country. Many of us agents know one another and certainly all the best ones do…. When you contact me, and contact two other agents in the same area to look for property, we will find out about it. The reason we find out is because …
If you are involved in a real estate transaction which means at some stage you will be paying a significant sum of money, then you should trust the person you are doing business with but, you should also verify who they are and whether they are legally allowed to work as a Realtor and represent you as a Realtor in a real estate transaction!
Our nearly 20 years of experience in real estate is a huge asset to you when buying a property in Costa Rica. That experience can make the difference between a successful transaction or a complete disaster. We know our “farm” area, only working with quality properties in addition to keeping up to date on laws and legal changes that may impact our clients.
Nadene and Roland specialize in residential and vacation properties. Like many of the Realtors in the area they offer services that extend beyond the typical obligations that one expects from a real estate agent.