It is important that you or your attorney take the necessary steps in order to properly register the property and, more importantly, be assured that the property in question is free of all liens and encumbrances before buying property in Costa Rica.
The Registro de la Propiedad (Property Registry) is located in San Jose – Zapote, where all property documents are recorded. A title search at the Registry would confirm good title and proper ownership.
In the event that adjustments were made to any given title, these alterations must be recorded at the Registry. The Public Registry report (informe registral) provides detailed information on the property, including the name of the title holder, boundary lines, tax appraisal, liens, mortgages, recorded easements, and other recorded instruments that would affect title. Based on this information a title insurance can be obtained.