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When we asked expats what advice they would give a foreigner before buying a property in Costa Rica, they said...

"1. Buying property in Costa Rica requires a local lawyer, who can help you understand the local laws and regulations regarding ownership, transferal of ownership, local taxes, and property rights. 2. It is wise to hire a Costa Rican lawyer and real estate professional to advise you on the purchase of property and to ensure the transfer and registration of property are done correctly. 3. Consider due diligence, which involves researching the property’s title, surveying the land, and verifying the seller’s legal right to transfer property. 4. Make sure you understand the foreign ownership limits in the country, which are designed to protect the rights of local people in land ownership. 5. It is important to familiarize yourself with the local customs and laws regarding property ownership, including Costa Rica’s Title Guarantee Law, which requires all property to be registered with the government to ensure legal proof of ownership. 6. Property taxes in Costa Rica are typically paid annually and are based on the assessed value of the property. 7. Make sure you understand the process of obtaining residency and work permits, if needed, as the process can be complicated. 8. Make sure you understand the potential liabilities and responsibilities should any problems arise after you purchase the property," said a member in Costa Rica.

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"Know the neighborhoods and price ranges is key! Spend as much time as possible in your desired area or neighborhood. Go at night especially. Is the neighborhood safe, noisy, close to a nightclub? If you want to live in a condominium complex, observe the type of clientele it attracts in their rental pool. And in this case, find out how much turnover there is (daily, weekly, monthly) As Jaco is a tourist town, make sure your visit your desired neighborhood during "high season" and especially Easter and Christmas holidays as the busiest two weeks of the year," remarked another expat who made the move to Playa Jaco, Costa Rica.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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