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  1. KTM, that was perfect, thanks! I'll look forward to any others out there as well!
  2. Thank you much for the feedback and links. Anyone else out there have links to developments or communities that may be of interest?
  3. With the assistance of others and some research I am developing a basis. In relatively short time the 'ideas' considered have grown immensely. Some general steps we plan to take in approaching development from a eco/sustainable view; Environmental Study addressing, among other things, water management-drainage, waste management... Biological Study addressing animal habitat & vegetation... Cultural Study addressing impacts-integration & benefits to the local culture... Consideration will be given to building materials and their overall impact on the environment... Education should play a part... incorporate a concept referred to as Agriscape instead of standard landscape... "Embrace the culture, protect the environment" Obviously there is much more to each aspect listed. Looking back after being a part of other developments, I believe there is better way to do it. Greatly looking forward to more feedback from forum members and all should know that providing information about existing developments does NOT constitute an endorsement thereof. Best Regards, Avery
  4. I am looking for information on developments in CR that would be considered eco-friendly or adhere to sustainable living principles (or at least attempt to). Any positive feedback would be appreciated. Cheers, Avery
  5. "and your lack of health care" Did I correctly hear a Canadian referring to a lack of health care in the USA? Avery
  6. Thank you for all of your excellent building input. It is very much so appreciated! Avery
  7. Kahuna, What do you feel drives the government to build the new airport? Avery
  8. Good specifications are a must. Pictures are extremely helpful. It is also very wise to take the time to visit homes that have been completed by the builder being considered and speak to the owners. Do not make a decision based on nice brochures, a good website and/or an appealing personality. Although, all these things should be considered. VISIT A HOME... SPEAK TO CLIENTS... it is worth the time invested Cheers,
  9. Kahuna, your being offended is perfectly understood and I completely agree. There is a difference between good marketing and deceptive marketing. I respect and rather enjoy good marketing as well as selling a value added service. I also enjoy seeing a professional get more $ for a product by truly selling it's value... specially when I find myself on the receiving end (does not so much relate to my real estate transactions). It is fun to watch a professional work and do good at his job! However deceptive practices and people that do not follow through... do not 'deliver the goods' so to say... is highly offensive and I am quick to walk away to such individuals or companies. Dave & jdocop... In the USA it is very easy to ascertain a value of a property. Public access to the MLS via computer makes finding good comps rather easy thus marketing a property is much easier. However, take the MLS system away (which I believe is provided by the realtors) and this process becomes more difficult. In Costa Rica the process of finding the value (if value to the buyer is derived by comparable properties) can be rather difficult. The realtor is a tool... a resource... he/she should not be regarded as the final say on what a buyer or seller do. They are more of a facilitator... a mediator... a good one is very much so worth his fee... a deceptive/unprofessional one is shameful to see... much like the players in any profession. In the end a deal is only a deal if both parties sign. Cheers
  10. To All, Please forgive the many spelling errors as well as my misuse of the quotation tool. Newbie needs to learn the tools of this forum . By the way, this forum is fantastic! Cheers,
  11. Kahuna, I agree it could be dishonest to lead another to think it is 'necessary'. However there is nothing dishonest about presenting a case for ones services and why they may be of benefit. I reviewed Jeff's website and feel he does a very good job of marketing his services and creating a 'value added' aspect. They are very upfront about how they charge, why they charge it, and the amount being charged. In a market where anything goes this, upon first glance, looks great. Jeff, this is the reason you hire an attourney! My argument is that the Costa Rican system is set up to rely on Lawyers not realtors. That use of “Real Estate Professionals” might make North Americans feel more comfortable with the process, but in my mind it is misleading to present to investors that they are vital to the process, when in fact, within the Costa Rica system THEY ARE NOT!!! My argument is that there would not even be any realtors in Costa Rica if not for North American that have been misinformed into believing that they need one. Many North Americans DO need a real estate agent. They are in and out of the country in a week or less at a time. Unfortunately they either do not have, or do not take, the time that is required to develop relationships and buy tico style. The 'rent a friend' concept, or better yet, 'rent a perfessional' works well and serves their interest. Yes the Costa Rican system is set up very differently then the USA system and agents are not technically needed. But gringos are set up to use agents so they brought this system that serves them well with them. An arguement could be made that although some may be misinformed into believing an agent is required, others will be well informed that they need a good honest agent that will provide a meaningful service in a very foriegn land. Explain to me why that is not redundant? Explain to me what you do that an attorney would do, short of driving people around and showing properties. It seems to me that a 6% to 10% realtor fee would be better spent on taxi drivers. Explain to me what value you bring to the process that the lawyer and the taxi driver bring to the process. In my opinion, the average North American would not do well shopping for property in Costa Rica via taxi driver (however this does sound like a potential basis for a new reality show... the winner is the one that finds the best deal ). Given the language barrier and the idiosyncrasies of the Costa Rican market... it would be VERY difficult to truly understand the values of the given properties from one area to another... it may even be difficult for someone to simply find what they like... they may not even really know what they want (reality not being what they invisioned). This process could be extremely time consuming, frustrarting, and fruitless all at the same time. A good agent can listen to the 'wants' of the buyer... then by applying their intimate knowledge of the market present the products that fit and advise on value and much more. An attorney does not typically provide these services. All that being said. I made my first purchase in Costa Rica using a very good lawyer... a tico friend... purchased from the farmer that has been on the property for decades... no use of an agent. This would not have been possible without the tico friend. Cheers,
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