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New Listing – Lote Xavier – $89,000

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Lote Xavier is a beautiful building lot located in the community of Rio Santo in Hernández, in a strategic position to reach the beaches north and south of Tamarindo. The lot itself borders the public paved road between Tamarindo and Santa Cruz, allowing commercial activity, yet the building platform is located a few tens of meters higher up, blessing this lot with 360-degree views over the valley…more info.

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New Listing – Casa Mar Mirada – $569,000

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The amazing ocean and valley views from Casa Mar Mirada are mesmerizing and will immediately fill you with tranquility. This wonderful piece of the tropics is nestled on a hill side just inland from Tamarindo on a spacious 2 acre lot, and being almost on the top of the mountain allows for a cooler breeze and more comfortable temperature then the low lands. Its 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is well built…more info.

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Villa Mariposa #10 – Great fixer upper, petite house in gated community – Reduced to $189,000

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Looking for a great deal that’s close to the beach? Well, here’s your chance to take advantage of the well-established fixer-upper, Villa Mariposa #10. This cozy 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home is located near the center of Tamarindo, low density with only 10 units in the complex, it is known for being a quiet, residential area. There is a large community pool…more info.

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Tamarindo Azul #6 – Spacious ocean view penthouse – $189,000

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Great opportunity, and now with possible owner financing! Don’t let this turnkey dream slip by. This very much turnkey Penthouse has a spacious layout with an open kitchen/living area, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, laundry room, fully equipped kitchen, and a sunset view you’ll never get tired of. Close enough to walk to the beach and the culturally diverse town of Tamarindo…more info.

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New Listing – Duplex Italiano – $398,000

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This property has a very convenient layout in an ideal and pleasant location in Tamarindo. Lotes Toscana is a gated subdivision in a quiet residential area surrounded by lots of greenery. Grounds are very well kept. You can walk to town and the beach via a shaded road. It would take you just 15 minutes to do so…more info.

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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.

Mark represents what we envision in our Mission statement like “… our achievements are reflected in the community we inhabit” One of the most outstanding qualities Mark brings to the team is his loyalty, integrity and responsibility. He always surprises how he is able to express anything perfectly by using just a few words.

The last 10 years we had a great time and I believe that not only me, but also the entire team is very happy that he continues to be a part of ABC Real Estate.

Credits to : Jogi

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Luxury Home Tax

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Due Date: January 15th of each year.

The so called “Solidarity Tax” for the Strengthening of Housing Programmes (Impuesto Solidario para el Fortalecimiento de Programas de Vivienda), Law # 8683, commonly referred to as the “Luxury Home Tax” applies to houses, condos and apartments of which construction/building value exceeds a certain amount. Said amount and the methodology to calculate it is established by the Tax Office. The entity or person obliged to file and pay it, is that one that owns the ¨Luxury Home¨ as of January 1st.

The value of the main construction and additional or associated facilities (e.g. palapas, swimming pools, perimeter walls, internal streets, sports courts, etc.) must be determined. The Manual of Unitary Base Values for Constructive Typology and a tool are available for contributors to determine the value to be declared for the luxury tax. You can check the link provided by the Tax Office related to this matter: http://www.hacienda.go.cr/contenido/13173-impuesto-solidario

Once the value of the constructions is determined, if it exceeds the exempt amount established by the Tax Office for the particular year being analyzed, you must then calculate the value of the associated land as per the valuation parameters and then add it. The sum of these values will provide you with the total value of the property to be declared.

In 2018 the exempt amount is ¢129.000.000 colones which is more or less US$ 230,000.00 dollars. The exempt amount is adjusted each year by the Tax Office.

Those liable for this tax shall fill out every 3 years and pay the tax annually with the form D-179 “Formulario Único de Inscripción, Declaración y Pago Impuesto Solidario para el Fortalecimiento de Programas de Vivienda, Ley 8683”. For more detail information, please click the following link provided by the Tax Office: http://www.hacienda.go.cr/docs/568eaf7fc5e0a_D179%20VERSION%206-2016.%20ISO.pdf

The next time this formality is due for all properties that apply will be 2019 and the filing must be done on or before January 15th, 2019. The Tax Office publishes the parameters to apply for the following year within late December.

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The tax operates on a sliding scale, requiring properties to pay between 0.25 and 0.55 percent extra depending on the construction value of your home.

Credits to : GM Attorneys : Ivan Granados                                            http://www.gmattorneyscr.com

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New Listing – Punta San Francisco #11 – $149,000

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Beautiful site for a single family home at Punta San Francisco. This magnificent piece of land makes the division between Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta. Punta San Francisco or the so called “The Point”, is a low-density community with a total of 62 lots. Some lots have already upscaled residential homes and villas worth over US$2 Million right at the beach…more info.

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New Listing – Condo Guapinol #6 – $259,000

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CASA SERENA is a luxury beach condo located in the prestigious neighbourhood of Playa Langosta. It is one of the 9 units in the condominium complex Villas Guapinol in Guanacaste province, along the Gold Coast. Playa Langosta, with its endless beach and astonishing sunsets, is at a 5-minute walk. Restaurants and grocery stores can be found at a short walk in Langosta or at a 15-minute walk…more info.