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 you know the legal system is based on Napoleonic Laws and not Common Laws as they are in the US & Canada right? How much do any of us know about the Napoleonic legal system?
- Although many people speak some English, Costa Rica is a Spanish speaking country and all legal documents will be in Spanish. If you can't read Spanish well then understanding contracts for example will be very difficult.
This means that when it comes to buying real estate which may be one of the biggest investments of your life...
More than likely, you will be listening to 'expert' advice coming from someone with zero qualifications or training in real estate, who is trying very hard to earn a sales commission selling you a property that could be dramatically overpriced... Sounds like a recipe for disaster and it can be! There are a few excellent Costa Rica real estate professionals but finding them is a challenge so what can you do? How do you ensure that you're not going to 'lose your shirt' or get ripped off when you buy property here? You must insist on working with real estate 'professionals' who are qualified, experienced, trustworthy, reference-checked and personally recommended and Scott Oliver's list of reference-checked, English speaking Costa Rica Realtors is a great place to start. We have always recommended the real estate professionals we considered to be the best and our new 'Costa Rica Realtors - The Most Recommended' list was suggested by, and in part, built by our VIP Members who have recommended their favorite Realtors in every nook and cranny of Costa Rica.
After our VIP Members nominate their Costa Rica Realtor, the founder of this site and the author of 'How To Buy Costa Rica Real Estate' - Scott Oliver interviews them face to face and then double-checks their customer references to ensure that you are indeed working with the best Costa Rica Realtors in different areas of the country. If you are a real estate professional and would like to be considered for our 'Costa Rica Realtors - The Most Recommended' list, please visit the Costa Rica Realtor Application page here. This will take some time, but we are slowly adding all our 'Costa Rica Realtors - The Most Recommended' below:
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... Keep reading
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. Keep reading
"Mikes greatest strength is perspective AND he delivers in such a way that enables your confidence. This type of assurance is a big factor when considering a property purchase abroad. Mike knows where to go, what to do, how to do it and what its going to take." Keep reading
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. Keep reading
Luis Diego Quesada is a 37 year old Costa Rican who has lived in Costa Rica his entire life. He is a professional Realtor who is also member of the Costa Rican Chamber of Realtors. Keep reading
Over the past week we have been working with two different buyers from France. Both are couples with children and they both happen to have very similar needs in terms of real estate. Keep reading
"As the owner of a real estate firm with offices around the country, I also place a lot of value on lead generation for clients with definitive interest in Costa Rica. My firm and agents have received over 700 leads from WeLoveCostaRica.com" Keep reading
Thomas and his wife and his two small children (ages 3 years and 9 months) live in Puerto San Luis, on the west end of Lake Arenal which is about 5K from Tilaran in Guanacaste. Keep reading
Originally from the U.S. Shawn & Hannah Fletcher moved to Jaco, Costa Rica over ten years ago, they are both permanent residents of Costa Rica who are legally allowed to work in Costa Rica as Realtors ... Keep reading
We were so taken by the mountains, that within six months we purchased our own mountain home in a charming town called Atenas - the crown jewel of the Central Valley. Once we made the decision, I was confident that is where I wanted to be. Atenas felt like "home"! Keep reading
"This is a place that they are going to come to enjoy life, that is; to escape the daily routines of their lives back home, spend time with the people that are important to them, slow down to see life for what they envision in their dreams. Because that is what I am really doing. I help people make their dreams become a reality." Keep reading
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. Keep reading
As a farmer boy at heart I specialize in large farms and water fall properties and, the South Pacific of Costa Rica is a fitting location for this type of real estate. The great thing about the South Pacific is the sheer amount of unexplored territory, there are rivers and beaches and hundreds of undiscovered waterfalls. Keep reading
Daveed Hollander is a Realtor who specializes in hotels and inns for sale throughout Costa Tica. Daveed lives in Dominical on the Southern Pacific coast and his company has 7 real estate sales offices staffed with 25 professional real estate sales agents. Keep reading
If you are one of the few individuals that speak Spanish, understand the ever changing market, understand the purchasing laws and know how to navigate through Costa Rica's nameless streets, than you could be the exception to my article. Keep reading
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! Keep reading
John Wieland has lived in Costa Rica since 2004, he lives in Dominical in the Southern Zone with his wife and their young daughter who was born in Hospital CIMA in San Jose, Costa Rica in 2006. John began has been investing in real estate for over 15 years and started in Califonia in 1995 where he ended up owning 23 apartments which he was fortunate to sell in 2005 and for a time was a licensed Realtor in California. Keep reading
During this time the real estate industry has experienced phenomenal growth. This growth will continue at a steady rate over the next fifteen years as over 60 million North Americans will retire during this time period, and many will look to Costa Rica for that... Keep reading
Dennis began his career in Real Estate back in 1995 - 16 years ago. Since childhood he had been fascinated with old houses, cars and antiques so it was no surprise to him or his family that this fascination turned into a career at age 21 restoring historic homes. Keep reading
Family values and the way people connected with the land and their environment in Cost Rica would echo in my head every time he'd go back to Michigan and have to deal with long, grey winters, wet snow and short summers. Keep reading
Unlike the majority of 'home grown', untrained real estate sales people in Costa Rica, a professional Realtor with experience in real estate both in Costa Rica as well as in the U.S. will understand how important it is for you the buyer to get all the facts regarding the property you are about to buy. Keep reading
I first visited the home in early 2000 after a lovely young American couple from Connecticut bought it and we had became friends because of our shared passion for animals of all kinds. We had all rescued dozens of dogs. Strangely enough it was exactly that - dogs - that drove all of them away... Keep reading
Making the move to Costa Rica and finding your dream property can be a very exciting time, but it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming and confusing. Purchasing property in Costa Rica definitely requires guidance and ... Keep reading
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 ... Keep reading
Our area has two private hospitals under construction, access to 24-hour medical clinics, grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, entertainment and more. For outdoor lovers, you won't find a better place to enjoy nature! With over 300 days of sunshine per year and temperatures which stay consistently warm and the least amount of rainfall and humidity, it's no wonder that more and more people want to invest and vacation in the Guanacaste region. Keep reading
According to Travelers Choice in 2013: "Playa Samara is the perfect long white sand beach with shallow, gentle waters." The Key to Costa Rica. Samara has a superb coral reef and its own picturesque wooded island in the bay ~ Isla Chora. It's popular with swimmers and windsurfers, and it's an ideal beach for your kids. Keep reading
Mayra is a legal resident of Costa Rica and has lived here since 2000. She lives Avalon Country Club in Santa Ana with her 17 year old son, she also has a 30 year old son in Costa Rica and, a 29 year old daughter and two grandchildren who live in Guatemala. Keep reading
Manuel Eric Bicquelle Pinto is a legal and permanent Costa Rican resident who has been visiting Costa Rica since 1990 and has lived here since 2002. Manuel and his Emmanuelle wife have two children, Maya Soleil who is 8 years old and Sara Star who is a 1 year old. They live in Punta Uva, south of Puerto Viejo Limon. Keep reading
I regularly receive emails from our VIP Members about how it has been gringo real estate sales people who have been the ones "marking-up" properties for sale to gringo buyers and not Ticos. In a pr Keep reading
So often in life we don't set off with a clear sense of our own future, or we find that what we think and what we feel are at odds when it comes to creating a life that fits. Sometimes the most satisfying outcomes result from having the courage to pursue our most compelling desires, step by step, against all better advice. Keep reading