If you’re like me, you have fallen in love with the lifestyle here in Costa Rica. There are no political dramas, the environment is healthy and there’s no shortage of quality medical care.
Fresh vegetables, and a wide variety of fish and seafood contribute to a healthy diet. In addition, the natural beauty is breathtaking and the climate is outstanding.
It’s no wonder so many people come here to retire or to purchase second and even third homes.
If you’re considering buying property in Costa Rica, the first thing you need to know is that there is little real estate regulation. In Costa Rica, anyone can claim to be a real estate agent or broker, and the fear people have about completing a successful real estate transaction here is well-founded.
Start with the Right Representation
The best way to buy property in Costa Rica is to start by working with an experienced, ethical and trustworthy real estate broker. You will need to look for these characteristics.
Look for an agent or broker who has years of experience in working with clients to find the home that best meets their needs. I have been working with clients for over 30 years, both in Costa Rica and in the United States. I have sold $10 million building lots, and I enjoy flipping homes to bring them back to life. Commercial real estate is also part of my expertise, having worked with multi-family properties and other types of income producing buildings.
Assigning value to properties is a critical part of an experienced agent’s expertise. I’ve taken the educational courses required to become an appraiser. As a result, I can more effectively help my clients understand the appraisal process and appreciate a property’s value.
We don’t need to sell real estate; we love to sell real estate. And, there’s a big difference. We love being part of the community and helping people experience the love we have for Costa Rica. We treat our clients like family because we know we’ll be seeing our clients on a regular basis long after they stop being clients. In fact, we have many friends here in Costa Rica that are now part of our family.
I am committed to educating my clients on the market in Costa Rica. Regardless of the number of homes you have bought and sold, the laws, regulations, issues and properties are different in Costa Rica. I want you to understand what your money will buy, and will help you define your needs so that we find the perfect match for your lifestyle.
When we work together, you’ll know your transaction will be completely confidential. I am a stickler for protecting your privacy. In addition, our legal team will always safeguard your investment.
Using my experience working with developers of luxury waterfront condos and private golf course communities, I understand the luxury market and what is required for resort-style living. I specialize in the areas of Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal, Los Catalinas, Playa Potrero, and the Northern Pacific beach communities. It was important to me to obtain and maintain a certification as a Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist to expand my knowledge of the Costa Rica market.
If you want to use your home in Costa Rica as an investment, we can find a property for you to rent during the high season. My family has been coming to the Flamingo area since 1982, we own a home in Flamingo, and our office is in the heart of town. As a result, I have a deep understanding of the rhythm of the area's real estate and rental property markets.
As the broker/owner of the Coldwell Banker office in Playa Flamingo, I have a worldwide network of real estate professionals to call on. In addition, Coldwell Banker has a website specifically designed to market luxury homes, which is a powerful tool for selling properties in Costa Rica.
Having earned the designation as a Certified International Property Specialist, I have access to the CIPS Network, which is composed of 3,500 real estate professionals in over 40 countries.
We’re Here to Help
We would love to welcome you to our piece of paradise on Costa Rica. If you have questions, or need assistance with a residential or commercial property transaction, feel free to contact us at 907.209.7596 from the United States, or toll free in the U.S. and Canada at 888.776.1106, or here in Costa Rica at 011 506.8568.1260. You can also send an email and we’ll get back to you shortly.
I'm looking forward to seeing you in Costa Rica!
Kim Mungle, REALTOR®
Costa Rica Pacific Properties