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Mark Venegas retired, 11 years at ABC

Friends and colleagues, this is to inform you that Mark Venegas decided to retire from selling Real Estate. After working with the ABC Team for 11 years he is ready to pursue a new project in his life. We are very sorry to see him leave and are grateful for being able to call him part of our company over such a long time. His trustworthiness and reliability was valued by customers and coworkers alike. He was not only appreciated as an agent but also as a friend that he became over time. We will definitely miss him at ABC but what will stay are the memories of good times over all those years. We wish him all the best for his new stage in life.

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How much – Cuanto cuesta?

properties Costa RicaPrices of properties depend a lot on the whereabouts. There are these famous three words in real estate that most of you have heard about before: Location, location, location! The most common three sought after locations in Tamarindo are beachfront, ocean view and walking distance to the beach. There is a wide price range between those different type of properties. Many times, people ask “how much is the price for land in Tamarindo”? Currently the prices range from about US$100 to US$1000 per m².

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The Best Price

Buying Property in Costa Rica

Buyers and Sellers need reliable information before making an important decision, listing a property for sale, negotiating the purchase of a property or accepting an offer to purchase.
In the United States the brokers and agent have a nice tool called MLS (Multiple Listing System). Here in Costa Rica you have to do extensive research to get good information in order to make an educated decision and feel comfortable.
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Location, location, location

Beach front home

It’s the real estate agents hymn: Location, location, location. You’ve probably heard the phrase before and may wonder what motivates agents to say the word three times. Basically, location, location, location means homes can go through large increases or decreases in value due to nothing more than their neighborhood. The sayings repeated three times for emphasis, and is considered one of the most important rules in real estate, while also often the most overlooked. You may find a nice property somewhere but if you ignore this phrase and it’s not in the right location for you it will grow old sooner then later.

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The Right Price

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When a buyer is searching for a property, no matter what type it is (Condo, Home, Lot, etc.) he/she does research to see what they can buy with their finances, they end up engaging a realtor and viewing properties in the area they like and within their budget.

On the other side, that of the seller, finding the right price to list their property is essential. They also contact a realtor, usually various realtors, to hear what they think the property should list for. Hopefully, the realtor does his/her own research looking for comparables, etc., views the property and gives a realistic #. But many times the seller comes back saying “OH, but I think my property is worth much more”, and they end up listing the property with the realtor that isn’t truly honest with them and tells them “I think you’re right” just to obtain the listing. This results in that the property stays on the market for an extended time with few showings and the seller is forced to lower the price down to what it should have been listed for in the first place. Wasted time.

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10 Solid years with ABC

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It really does not feel like 10 years have passed since Mark started with ABC. Time flies they say and now I know what they mean with this.

When I first met Mark I was active with the Tamarindo Association in helping to get the police a temporary station. His place Cabinas Maleko was a great fit at that time and this is how we connected.

Mark immediately gave me the impression of an honest and trustworthy person. I then felt he could be the right person to join the ABC team and I offered him to work with us. I was very glad when he accepted and I knew short after I had made the right decision.

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Finding the best property

OuFinding property beachr local real estate market is not huge, or very structured and regulated. There are several actors in it as well. Over a dozen agencies have presence in the area. Just like in any other modern economic activity, knowledge or the access to information could be the one and only key to success. ABC Real Estate is a reputable agency with close to two decades of presence in Tamarindo. The way we work and gather basic information of our line of work has proven to be very effective.

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Listing your property at the right price

listing your property

We live in a beautiful coastal area with a low density of population compared to living in a city. Even though there are no huge residential developments around, there is always someone willing to sell his/her property for different reasons. In the real estate business, there are good opportunities to perform as Tamarindo and its surrounding areas are a popular destination.

Some sellers have a well-thought sales price pretension. It might be arbitrary, based on what the property cost them, on neighboring properties they´ve seen sold or on their motivation to sell. Every case is particular and I have run into all sorts of sellers. Some are very stiff on the price they consider their property is worth, others are very motivated to sell soon hence are very flexible.

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Investing in rental property or tourism sector in Costa Rica

Rental properties

Is Costa Rica still an attractive location for those wanting to place their hard earned dollars in a secure investment giving them a decent ROI through rental income or hospitality revenue?

Looking at the statistics from the Costa Rican INT (1) – National Institute of Tourism – any doubt on this concern will fade. It is clear that the country’s tourism sector was hit by the 2008 financial crisis, but it is even more obvious how the country’s comeback is even stronger. Since 2012 the yearly revenue from tourism is back at it’s 2008 level and growing steadily and firm far above that level ever since, with 2016 showing a yearly growth of 12.4%  and being 43 % above the 2008 level.

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4 Simple Steps for a Rewarding Purchase Experience

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Making a property purchase can be an emotional event in one’s life, we work to make the buying, or selling, process as stress free as possible for you. Here’s a quick overview of the buying process.

When buying a property, anywhere, there are steps that are advisable to follow. Starting off one of the most important steps is to define the area you like.

  • Once you’ve figured that out contact a reputable Realtor that works the area you’ve chosen, give him/her as much information you can about your parameters, along with your budget, and try to be as open, realistic and detailed you can. This will help your Realtor to get started in the right direction and provide you with the best options for you in that area. We here at ABC Real Estate work with a vast data base of properties that include properties up and down the coast around Tamarindo that is fed with our listings and those of Real Estate companies all throughout the region. This is a fantastic tool we use to provide our clients with complete and thorough information of what properties may suit you the best.

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Searching and purchasing your dream property in Costa Rica.

buying real estate Costa RicaEvery continent, every country, every culture has its own sets of habits and different ways of doing things. The same accounts for doing business, such as Real Estate.
As Costa Rica is part of the American Continent, its Real Estate customs show more similarities with those in North America, than in overseas countries.
With the current and ongoing influx of Europeans, seeking for a new place to settle or to enjoy the tropical beach life for mid or long term in Costa Rica, it appears appropriate to give a brief overview of the way the Real Estate world operates in the Tamarindo area and Costa Rica in general. Having some knowledge of local Real Estate habits, will certainly improve any buyer’s experience.

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Making That Big Move to the Pura Vida Life

Moving to Costa Rica

Investing in beach front real estate can provide not only a beautiful place for you to visit, but also a place to call home if you decide to retire or make a permanent move. Costa Rica has many options for living which include small, single living homes and condos to larger family homes or upscale homes. One thing is for sure, if you bring the whole family along, you never need to worry about not having enough to do to fill in the time from one day to the next as you are sure to find plenty of exciting things to do in the area. This beautiful country is one that allows you to live and feel like you’re living in a paradise vacation every day. So, take a moment and live the Pura Vida life for a while.

 

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