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Sources of Energy in Costa Rica

wind energyby: Federico Fernández, Real Estate Consultant

Among other blessings, Costa Rica’s geography, climate and natural resources provide various options for the generation of renewable energy. A project considering nuclear energy in this country would be far out of scope, not only due to its cost, and the fact that the population would reject anything that might threaten nature, but also due to its lack of need when hydroelectric power plants, windmill camps, geothermic plants and, now, the first solar power plant in Central America are alternatives.
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Why Costa Rica is the Destination of Choice for New Retirees

Tamarindo Beachby: costaricanews.com

Expats have long been attracted to Costa Rica for many reasons; accessibility, safety, low cost of living, beautiful beaches, modern inexpensive health care, some of the best real estate opportunities in Central America, good infrastructure, lush tropical rainforests, ocean, mountain and valley views, weather unparalleled, theaters, art galleries, and so much more.
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Tamarindo – Just Wonderful, Not Only to Surf

Learning to Surf in Costa Rica by: International Living

Another nice comment from an independent source, posted by a visitor to Tamarindo on the International Living website – a well-established source to fing great please all over the world.

“Paddle, paddle, paddle. Now pop up!”

I’m in Tamarindo, Costa Rica learning how to surf. I’ve hired a local, Ricardo, who we met on the beach a few days ago. Two hours on the water—just $20. It’s a great deal compared to the many surf schools in town. My 5-year-old son is on the water, too. And he’s already an expert, riding wave after wave all the way to the shore. I’m wiping out more than anything… but having a great time.
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Investing in Costa Rican Property

Investing in Costa Rica

Investing in property overseas can be a great way to boost your investment portfolio, and one of the hottest places to invest in property right now is Costa Rica. A beautiful land with the Pacific on one side and the Caribbean on the other, Costa Rica is an amazingly peaceful country with everything an investor could dream of, including coastal and mountain based properties, forest areas, prosperous urban developments, and farms.

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Environment a Priority for Costa Rica

Howler Monkeyby: Federico Bonilla, Real Estate Consultant

Costa Rica has always been known for its environmental concern. Various environmentally conscious programs, such as FONAFIFO’s Forestry Credit program promoting forestry and reforestation, have been set by the government in order to maintain Costa Rica’s famous biodiversity and natural landscapes.
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Why Tamarindo?

by: Mark Venegas, Real Estate Consultant

ABC Real Estate TamarindoWay back when I first moved here I was asked by friends and family, “Why Tamarindo?” Back then, there were just a handful of families here; basically, a combination of fishermen and business owners. Everybody knew everyone in town, and there were very few amenities, if any. One administrated telephone for the whole town, long electrical blackouts in the rainy season, three TV channels with horrible reception, and a forty minute drive to do your marketing and banking.
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Helpful Tips on Property Taxes in a Nutshell

Property Taxes

Ley 7509 Impuesto sobre bienes inmuebles

This tax applies to every titled property. Its collection is administered by the local municipality. It represents 0.25% per year of fiscal value recorded in the National Registry. Fiscal values are assigned following the procedures established in the legislation. They can be referenced to the highest sales prices reported, an appraisal performed by the Municipality’s engineer, the value of a mortgage (if applicable) over the property, or a declaration by the contributor.

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New Corporate Tax

New Corporate Taxes in Costa Rica

by: Deloitte.com/cr

As published in the country’s Official Newspaper “La Gaceta” on the 27th of December 2011, a new law has been approved, which will come in to force on the 1st of April 2012, to levy an annual duty on all Public Limited “Sociedades Anonimas” (S.A.) and Limited Companies “Sociedades Limitadas” (S.R.L.). In short, the law implicates a levy or tax on all companies set up in Costa Rica and registered to date in the Companies Registry Office as well as all future new companies.

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Tamarindo Named One of Costa Rica’s Top Beaches

by: costaricanews.com

Tamarindo Named One of Costa Rica's Top BeachesWhile Playa Tamarindo offers world-class shopping, dining, and coastal amusements, budget travelers might find themselves priced out (when I traveled there in college, I grocery shopped and cooked in a communal kitchen). But Tamarindo’s natural perks make the splurge worth it — on the beautiful beaches adjacent to Tamarindo, giant leatherback turtles (and other types) annually clamber ashore to lay their eggs.
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Residency in Costa Rica

Here is some general info about how to obtain residency in Costa Rica. The information was provided by Lic. Marcela Guardian who is helping foreigners with the residency in Costa Rica.

Residency as an Investor
The foreigner can  apply for this type of residency if he/she has and demonstrate investments in Costa Rica for USD$ 200.000 .
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Overpriced Properties – 9 deadly signs

Most experts would advise that the best way to increase your odds of a successful sale is to price your home at fair market value. But, as logical as this advice sounds, for many sellers it is still tempting to tack a few percentage points onto the price to “leave room to negotiate”. To avoid this temptation, let’s take a look at the nine deadly sins of overpricing:

1. Lost Opportunities
You will lose a percentage of buyers who are outside of your price point. These are buyers who are looking in the price range that the property will eventually sell for, but don’t see your property because the price is above their pre-set budget. Most buyers look at 10-15 properties before making a buying decision. Because of this, setting a competitive price relative to the competition is an essential component to a successful marketing strategy. Many marketing tools especially in the internet include searches by price categories, if your property is overpriced it will not even be seen by potential buyers.

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