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Finding Short Term Rentals

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WorldTraveler79
7/31/2022 12:48 EST

Hello Lovely Expat Exchange Community. Could anyone please recommend a trustworthy and reliable LOCAL website (in Costa Rica) that will list and put me in contact with individual property owners desiring to rent their properties on a short-term basis. I would appreciate a resource that is NOT AirBnB or any realtors. More specifically, I would love to find websites or small blogs or online communities that are similar to "For Rent By Owners" type equivalents in other countries. Thank you, in advance, for your suggestions and input. Pura Vida!

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Taosmountainhouse
8/3/2022 19:40 EST

Yes, the services do charge a fee, but it is also the renter who is protected. Especially, someone like you who is not local and can be lured into sending money to secure a rental with pictures and some carefully worded emails when you respond to what is a fake rental offering. You send money,are sent documents to complete and then when you arrive you discover the whole thing was a scam and you have no rental .
The best thing I can suggest is if you know where you want to go, find an airbnb there and go and explore and see if you can secure more permanent housing. A command of the language (Spanish) will expand your opportunities. Good luck.

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WorldTraveler79
8/3/2022 17:35 EST

Thank you for your reply.

You make a good point that AirBnB can protect renters and owners; that is probably part of the reason they charge such high fees. The high fees (and elevated prices) of AirBnB and/or the brokers' commissions from realtors were what I was trying to avoid. I do have an idea about some of the areas in which I want to live in Costa Rica. I have read that sometimes people post "For Rent" signs at or near their properties (or in local stores/businesses). Have you found that to be the case? Of course, that would only help me once I am actually there, so it is a bit of a catch-22. I appreciate any additional input. Have a super day!

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Taosmountainhouse
7/31/2022 21:29 EST

The key word you used is trustworthy. There is no MLS in Costa Rica. It can be the wild west. if you choose a community you can probably find what you need. Airbnb protects owners and renters drop scammers. If you want more latitude, a visit and a referral to a local real estate broker will work.

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