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  1. Thanks, Jim. I feel pretty much the same way about the guy watching over my land.
  2. My Tico attorney suggested getting a land survey and perhaps putting up a fence of some sort on a property I purchased near San Ramon in August. I hired a local (with contract) to watch and care for the property in my extended absence. I also have gotten an estimate for the survey cost (about $390). The property is sandwiched between two farm plots with a common access road (servidumbre) and I have spoken with locals on several occaisions while visiting whom I encountered while they were making small harvests on the land bordering mine. This activitiy seems to be an almost daily routine. The are very friendly people, of course. My question is: how common is it for a foreign owner to fence in a portion of unused land (12000 sq meters)? I understand this is a very good idea and will eventually get around to it but I am anxious not to make a bad impression on neighbors before I move there.
  3. My Tico attorney suggested getting a land survey and perhaps putting up a fence of some sort on a property I purchased near San Ramon in August. I hired a local (with contract) to watch and care for the property in my extended absence. I also have gotten an estimate for the survey cost (about $390). The property is sandwiched between two farm plots with a common access road (servidumbre) and I have spoken with locals on several occaisions while visiting whom I encountered while they were making small harvests on the land bordering mine. This activitiy seems to be an almost daily routine. The are very friendly people, of course. My question is: how common is it for a foreign owner to fence in a portion of unused land (12000 sq meters)? I understand this is a very good idea and will eventually get around to it but I am anxious not to make a bad impression on neighbors before I move there.
  4. I am a newbie to this business of moving to Costa Rica. I currently live in Miami and plan on visiting Costa Rica multiple times every year until I retire and build there (in about 5 years). I am committed to moving to and living in the San Ramon area as I have already bougfht land there and made this commitment based on a few visits. It is impossible to predict how much or even IF land prices will go up over the next several years. I bought this year because I truly doubt prices will go down and are more likely to rise. That is just my style of doing things but renting for a while first sounds like an excellent idea. Rentals should be easy to find. Much can happen in the next 5 years. There is a commitment to building an improved road between San Jose and San Ramon and between Naranjo and Quesada to the north. This would cut off a lot of travel time. I am also crossing my fingers that Costa Rica will sign up to the CAFTA. This might permit Americans to bring a vehicle down without paying the high taxes currently enforced. Whatever happens in the ensuing years, I feel pretty confident that this part of the Central valley will remain a great area in which to live.
  5. After visiting a few of the usual tourist spots (Arenal and Quepos), I decided that the cooler and cleaner mountain environment of the San Ramon area was best for me. I spent 5 days in San Ramon on my 2nd trip and found the small city to be friendly, easy going and just downright likeable as well as being conveniently located (45 minutes to San Jose airport). San Ramon has a new, attractive modern shopping mall right at the entrance from the Panamericana highway as well as just about any other kind of store you might want. Most of the properties I looked at were between 1 and 3 acres and all had great views. But the drawback was that some of the building sites were somewhat precarious. They were small flat areas on top of steep slopes, sometimes reachable only by a 4x4 on a dirt road. Others had neighbors too close for a country property. As I said, the views were spectacular, but driving to them made me a bit nervous. The property I settled on was the only one I saw that had great acccess and a sizeable flat building site. The surrounding towns are nice. Palmares in particular has a peaceful and attractive town center in front of the church. The area is intensely farmed on the mountainsides. In fact, my property is between two farms. I am told some flooding does occur in some areas but the rainfall is not as much as many other areas. The bottom line is that the area is not a major tourist attraction and so is not a major petty theft crime area either....yet. There are some americans and canadians who have built some nice homes in the surrounding mountains, although the expat population there doesn't seem as much as the Grecia area...yet.
  6. Thanks much. I plan to go down in the first part of December.
  7. How, when and where does one pay taxes on a piece of property? Naranjo is the seat of the local government where I bought a pice of land back in AUGUST.
  8. I bought the property and went back and revisited 2 months later. I love the place. The 10 meter high waterfall is magnificent although a bit tiring to reach. The overcast has it's good points, though. I love the mist rising from the river below in the mornings. It is quite beautiful. I also got to meet the locals and hired one (with a contract) to take care of the property for me in my abscence. How, when and where does one pays the taxes?
  9. I am about to buy a 12000 sq meter property outside of San Ramon. I will pay $4.50 per square meter for a property with a river bordering one side and a stream bordering another. The land is accessible to a well paved public road by a 100 meter long gravel road in good condition. There is at least enough leveled land to build several homes and this is according to a signed declaration by an engineer.electricity and water are already available. The rest of the property is a gentle slope to a river and there are two waterfalls which can be accessed and viewed from the property, one of them is about 10 meters high. A small pueblo is about a 5 minute drive away. I spent several months pouring over real estate ads and articles before going down. I did not take the time to look at more than half a dozen properties in the area once I got there. I settled on this land because some of the properties I was shown were just too steep for my liking. Ticos value land which is farmable. Americans pay for the view. I chose something in between those two extremes..The owner is a charismatic friendly individual who I trust and that is based on what I consider pretty solid checks. My question is, what are the "going rate" permaters per square meter for this sized property in this area?
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