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  1. The advent of affordable financing in CR has opened up the housing market for the last several years. With ScotiaBank, HSBC and now CitiBank purchasing Costa Rican financial institutions the competition will drive the market to its limit. The limit is difficult to envision however for many years the Costa Rican market did not offer mortgage financing and now it's booming. A downturn or correction as it's referred to in the USA is an inevitable part of life. As long as the banks stay healthy this market will continue to grow and these large financial institutions are just beginning to
  2. The advent of affordable financing in CR has opened up the speculative housing market for the last several years. With ScotiaBank, HSBC and now CitiBank purchasing Costa Rican financial institutions the competition will drive the market to its limit. The limit is difficult to envision however for many years the Costa Rican market did not offer mortgage financing and now it's booming. A downturn or correction as it's referred to in the USA is an inevitable part of life. I have been inspecting land development projects in Guanacaste this week from Samara all the way north to Papagayo and
  3. CR Expertise, Garland Bakers view of Title Insurance in CR 11/27/06 Categories: Property and Real Estate, Property Protection Title Insurance Here Can Cause Misunderstandings Skeptic's view of title insurance - an insurance policy stating not allowed, not covered, no way, no how By Garland M. Baker Special to A.M. Costa Rica Is title insurance legal in Costa Rica? An Instituto Nacional de Seguros ruling Sept. 29 says that title insurance was not legal in this country but that now it is and has been since July of 1997. However, insurance officials say the legality could
  4. Title insurance is commonly sold in the United States but not in other countries. For instance in Canada the lenders do not require Title Insurance. Title insurance in the states usually protects an owner or a lender against a financial loss in real property due to title defects and other issues. It is almost universal in the United States because lending institutions require it to lend money. Title Insurance in Costa Rica does not cover acts of fraud. The Notary who handles the transfer of the title, is charged with the conduct of the necessary due diligence to determine the state o
  5. Isn't there only one legally authorized insurance company in Costa Rica? According to the CR constitution the government guarantees the accuracy of a certified copy of a property title extract, issued by the Registry. The particular law that states this is Article 73 of the Public Registry Regulation. (Reglamento del Registro Publico, Artículo 73, Responsabilidad del Registro por la información contenida en las certificaciones. El Registro dará fe de la información contenida en una certificación hasta el momento de su expedición. Las variaciones ocurridas con p
  6. Some replies on other threads have asked to desribe the Covintec system or provide websites with info. I am reseraching this product because the Covintec system sounds great and makes sense on paper but here in CR all the input I have received from contractors who have used the system over the last 10 years has been negative. I am looking for some positive input as this product makes a lot of sense with the advent of "Green Home Building". This construction system from Mexico has been used for years and is a totally different method than typical concrete block and column constructi
  7. Searching for anyone who has had experience with construction using the COVINTEC products. Please share any good or bad experiences with this system of construction. Gracias
  8. The El Lagar Building Supply Outlets in the last year have offered me the best prices and they have the following locations throughout Costa Rica. I recommend this company as they stand behind what they sell and they are happy to take returns and refund the money for unused materials. 1- Lagar Desamparados tel. 217-9400 2- Detalles y Acabados Villarreal tel. 271-9552 3- Lagar el Cruce tel. 219-1111 4-Lagar San Francisco de dos rios tel. 226-1111 5-Lagar Moravia tel. 245-6959 6- Lagar el labrador san isidro de Heredia tel. 268-8382 7-Lagar Heredia tel. 441
  9. COATS OF PAINT = "MANOS DE PINTURA" I will offer some cultural insights pertaining to Latino construction standards that will be helpful for you to understand. 1. A common Latino standard is that paint is a concentrate and should be diluted to create more paint. Wrong. The dilutants, "diluyentes" including a product known as "agua res", which consists of nasty chemicals that turn white paint yellow as well as dilute the quality of the paint, should be avoided. 2. Another typical standard is that if you will not see a primer product then why purchase the more expensive, higher quality prod
  10. I have built condos and homes and remodeled existing housing in Costa Rica since 1992. In the course of conducting my construction business I have purchased and installed hundreds of gallons of paint manufactured by SUR, Protecto, Glidden, Lanco and GreColor. When considering the quality and price of paint you also need to calculate the labor to prepare the surfaces and apply the paint. If you use a quality product and have experienced painters the you should be able to finish the work and not have to re-paint for a good many years. If you use inferior products and have problems with
  11. Vinton Gray Cerf; (born June 23, 1943) (last name pronounced just like the English word "surf") is an American computer scientist who is commonly referred to as one of the "founding fathers of the Internet" for his key technical and managerial role, together with Bob Kahn, in the creation of the Internet and the TCP/IP protocols which it uses. He was also a co-founder (in 1992) of the Internet Society (ISOC), which is intended to both promote the views of ordinary users of the Internet, and also serve as an umbrella body for the technical groups developing the Internet (such as the Internet En
  12. July 3, 2007 Panama City, Panama In case you were selling the farm to move to Panama you might find this info interesting. The second of two highly publicized real estate projects in Panama City has been officially cancelled. In January, Panama First Alert reported that the 1,150-foot Palacio de la Bahia tower had been scrapped. The Palacio de la Bahia and another development, Ice Tower, were vying to rank among Latin America’s tallest buildings. Now, the developers of the 1,250-foot Ice Tower have also called it quits. Top engineer for the Ice Tower project, Veronica Ng, says
  13. Specifications of the expectations you have imagined for your dream home in paradise. We all have expectations. But some of us are not able to clearly envision how all the components need to be assembled to achieve the end result we have imagined. Photos help but detailed construction specifications are the best means you have to get your dream home completed to your expectations and the way you imagine it to be. It is a good idea to thoroughly communicate your expectations of how you imagine your residence to be to your builder so he can include the items you need in your c
  14. Hi Kahuna. RE: your request for current building costs. I've been remodeling existing housing and constructing new homes and condos in CR since 1992. The basic building materials cost has increased about $4.00 per sq. ft. and the labor cost only $1.00 over the last five years. Presently I am building homes with installations up to US Standards for $42.00 per sq. ft. in the central valley. I am in regular contact with many construction professionals who work in Guanacaste and out there the costs are higher.
  15. A complimentary report is available that will help you understand all the details involved with acquiring land and building a residence in CR. In addition to answering questions regarding general information that most investors want to know, the Land Acquisition and Home Building Report provides the planning and detailed analysis needed in order to determine all costs involved when purchasing real estate in Costa Rica. The following subjects are discussed in detail: CONSTRUCTION PERMITTING PROCESS LAND TITLE AND REGISTRATION PROPERTY INVESTIGATION SURVEY APPRAISAL FINANCING
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