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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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?
  4. 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.

start quoteKnowing a few simple facts about buying real estate in Costa Rica could save you a fortune and prevent a lot of headaches.end quote
Scott Oliver

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:

Costa Rica Realtor Michael Simons in Guanacaste Video Interview - When you want to be close to everything and everyone you love. Costa Rica Realtor Michael Simons in Guanacaste Video Interview - When you want to be close to everything and everyone you love.
Scott Oliver
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

Costa Rica Realtors. Top 10 reasons why you should choose Dennis Easters and Gerardo Gonzalez as your Realtors to buy your new home in Atenas, Costa Rica.  Free video. Costa Rica Realtors. Top 10 reasons why you should choose Dennis Easters and Gerardo Gonzalez as your Realtors to buy your new home in Atenas, Costa Rica. Free video.
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

Recommended Costa Rica Realtor Michael Simons in Guanacaste - Happy Customer Testimonials Recommended Costa Rica Realtor Michael Simons in Guanacaste - Happy Customer Testimonials
"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

Costa Rica Realtors Most Recommended - Becky Clower in Guanacaste with FREE online video interview. Costa Rica Realtors Most Recommended - Becky Clower in Guanacaste with FREE online video interview.
Scott Oliver
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

Costa Rica Realtor in San Isidro Luis Diego Quesada.  Affordable homes, farms and land for sale in San Isidro. Costa Rica Realtor in San Isidro Luis Diego Quesada. Affordable homes, farms and land for sale in San Isidro.
Scott Oliver
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

The Top 5 Reasons Atenas, Costa Rica SHOULD Be Your Relocation and Retirement Destination! The Top 5 Reasons Atenas, Costa Rica SHOULD Be Your Relocation and Retirement Destination!
Costa Rica Realtors in Atenas Dennis Easters
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

Is It Worthwhile For You As A Realtor To Be Recommended on WeLoveCostaRica.com? Is It Worthwhile For You As A Realtor To Be Recommended on WeLoveCostaRica.com?
Scott Oliver - January 2015
"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

Costa Rica Realtor and Real Estate Investor in Arenal Thomas Molloy. For affordable lake view homes and land for sale Costa Rica Realtor and Real Estate Investor in Arenal Thomas Molloy. For affordable lake view homes and land for sale
Scott Oliver
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

Costa Rica Realtor Shawn and Hannah Fletcher in Jaco. Affordable oceanfront condos for sale in a great little beach town that's fun for all the family. Costa Rica Realtor Shawn and Hannah Fletcher in Jaco. Affordable oceanfront condos for sale in a great little beach town that's fun for all the family.
Scott Oliver
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

Costa Rica Realtor in Atenas. Dennis Easters is an experienced U.S. Realtor, property manager, a renovator and a proven builder. Free video interview. Costa Rica Realtor in Atenas. Dennis Easters is an experienced U.S. Realtor, property manager, a renovator and a proven builder. Free video interview.
Costa Rica Realtor in Atenas Dennis Easters
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

Costa Rica Realtor Robert "Rob" McElroy Goodell Interview With Free Video. "I help people make their dreams become a reality." Costa Rica Realtor Robert "Rob" McElroy Goodell Interview With Free Video. "I help people make their dreams become a reality."
Scott Oliver
"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

Most Recommended Realtors - Daveed Hollander from the Southern Pacific Coast with free videos. Most Recommended Realtors - Daveed Hollander from the Southern Pacific Coast with free videos.
Scott Oliver
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

Buying a Farm in Costa Rica. The benefits of a Realtor with farm experience. Buying a Farm in Costa Rica. The benefits of a Realtor with farm experience.
Costa Rica Realtor James Drews
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

Your Costa Rica Realtor Specializing in Hotels & Inns For Sale - Daveed Hollander. Your Costa Rica Realtor Specializing in Hotels & Inns For Sale - Daveed Hollander.
Scott Oliver
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

Do I Really Need a Realtor In Costa Rica? Do I Really Need a Realtor In Costa Rica?
Costa Rica Realtor - Becky Clower
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

Would You Buy Real Estate From An Immigrant Working Illegally In Your Home Town? Would You Buy Real Estate From An Immigrant Working Illegally In Your Home Town?
Scott Oliver
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

Costa Rica Realtor John Wieland in the Southern Zone. Costa Rica Realtor John Wieland in the Southern Zone.
Scott Oliver
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

Costa Rica Realtors. What you need to know Costa Rica Realtors. What you need to know
Scott MacDougall
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

Costa Rica Realtors in Atenas - Dennis Easters and Gerardo Gonzalez-Porras. Costa Rica Realtors in Atenas - Dennis Easters and Gerardo Gonzalez-Porras.
Scott Oliver
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

Costa Rica Realtors in the Cool, Affordable Southern Highlands Area of San Vito Near the Panamanian Border. Small farms can start at $60,000 with country lots from $30,000, larger American styled homes with multiple acreage will be in the $190,000 to $750,000 range. Costa Rica Realtors in the Cool, Affordable Southern Highlands Area of San Vito Near the Panamanian Border. Small farms can start at $60,000 with country lots from $30,000, larger American styled homes with multiple acreage will be in the $190,000 to $750,000 range.
Scott Oliver
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

Is Your Realtor in Costa Rica Working For You? Is Your Realtor in Costa Rica Working For You?
Costa Rica Realtors in Jaco - Shawn Fletcher and his wife Hannah Fletcher
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

Costa Rica Realtors. Find one who really knows the local market. Costa Rica Realtors. Find one who really knows the local market.
Scott Oliver
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

Costa Rica Realtors. Top ten reasons why you should choose Shawn Fletcher and his wife Hannah Fletcher as your Realtors to buy your new home on the Central Pacific coast. Costa Rica Realtors. Top ten reasons why you should choose Shawn Fletcher and his wife Hannah Fletcher as your Realtors to buy your new home on the Central Pacific coast.
Costa Rica Realtors in Jaco - Shawn Fletcher and his wife Hannah Fletcher
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

How Not To Treat Your Realtor in Costa Rica How Not To Treat Your Realtor in Costa Rica
Costa Rica Realtor Becky Clower
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

Living in Costa Rica Video. The region from Playa Avellanas to Playas del Coco in Guanacaste. Living in Costa Rica Video. The region from Playa Avellanas to Playas del Coco in Guanacaste.
Costa Rica Realtor Becky Clower
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

Costa Rica Realtor in Samara Ryan Tuttle Specializing in Income Producing Properties in Samara and Carrillo in Guanacaste. Costa Rica Realtor in Samara Ryan Tuttle Specializing in Income Producing Properties in Samara and Carrillo in Guanacaste.
Scott Oliver - September 2014
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

Costa Rica Realtors Most Recommended in Escazu and Santa Ana - Mayra Claveria Costa Rica Realtors Most Recommended in Escazu and Santa Ana - Mayra Claveria
Scott Oliver
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

Costa Rica Realtors Most Recommended. Manuel Pinto on the Southern Caribbean coast Costa Rica Realtors Most Recommended. Manuel Pinto on the Southern Caribbean coast
Scott Oliver
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

Ripped Off By A Costa Rica Realtor?
Scott Oliver
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

The Slippery and Satisfying Slope to Biculturalism - With Costa Rica Realtor Daveed Hollander The Slippery and Satisfying Slope to Biculturalism - With Costa Rica Realtor Daveed Hollander
Lois M. Smith
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

Costa Rica Realtors - The most recommended list.
Scott Oliver
After our VIP Members nominate their Costa Rica Realtor, I personally interview them and I personally double-check their customer references to ensure that you are indeed working with the best real estate professionals in the country. Keep reading