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  1. The national registry is not involved with collection of property taxes. The local municipalities collect the property taxes. You can pay your property taxes on-line with an account at Banco de Costa Rica.
  2. Construction costs are not standard throughout Costa Rica. Costs increase outside of the central valley. The bottom line is that building costs per square foot are determined by the building contract and construction specifications agreed to between the owner and the builder. Take a look at www.costaricahomebuilder.com and go to the "documents" page and select "construction specifications" in order to determine some of the options you can select from. Later, Tom
  3. It is best not to try the "Do It Yourself" method. Some people, in trying to save some dollars in professional fees, avoid the work of finding a good consultant to perform proper due diligence that is in their favor. There is no yellow brick road in Costa Rica. Do your homework, just as you would do in the real world. Find professionals, whom you can communicate with, and stay with them for as long as they continue to provide good work. Good luck! Before closing on a property that you intend to build on, you need to make absolutely certain that you'll be able to obtain a building permit fo
  4. Here are a couple of local papers with info on what's been happening. Panama America http://www.pa-digital.com.pa/diario/index.php and La Prensa http://www.prensa.com/hoy/portada.shtml and then for those of you who are condemned to reading your news only in English, The Miami Herald section of La Prensa http://www.prensa.com/hoy/herald/1264746.html
  5. I have a well-educated friend in Panama who has been living and working there for over 4 years, and has a water view condo in the city and farms for sale near David. I asked her what this group was, and she explained, "Trotsky was a Russian communist that differed from Lenin and Marx and broke off. I heard it was real bad in the city. Last night they cleared them all out" From Wikipedia: Trotskyism is the theory of Marxism as advocated by Leon Trotsky. Trotsky considered himself an orthodox Marxist and Bolshevik-Leninist, arguing for the establishment of a vanguard party. His politics differ
  6. WHERE TO BUY YOUR PETROLEUM PRODUCTS THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW. READ ON-- Gas rationing in the 80's worked even though we grumbled about it. It might even be good for us! The Saudis are boycotting American goods. We should return the favor. An interesting thought is to boycott their PETROLEUM PRODUCTS. Every time you fill up the car, you can avoid putting more money into the coffers of Saudi Arabia. Only buy from companies that don't import their oil from the Saudis. Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill-up the tank, I am sending my money
  7. If you are interested in Real Estate you can attend Americas Real Estate Expo trade show open to the public ONLY on Sunday, February 10, from 10am to 6pm. http://www.americasrealestateexpo.com/exhibitors.htm at the Ramada Herradura Conference Center http://www.ramadaherradura.com/english/index/index.htm in front of the Mall Cariari http://www.plazarealcariari.com just outside of San Jose and within ten minutes of the international airport in Alajuela. The booth exhibitors are all involved in the real estate industry and have much information to offer those who are considering purchasing re
  8. I have trusted the same family of attorney's here for over ten years and they have helped me in many real estate transactions. I am happy to share my lawyers contact info with you. Carlos A. Echeverria Alfaro. His business has grown a lot over the last few years and represents large land developers now and has an additional office in Guanacaste in Los Altos de Cacique on the main road between Playas Coco and Hermosa. His level of service has always been consistent and honorable and his firm is a family practice with his father, brothers and sister as well as other lawyers with expertise in spe
  9. The ICT, Costa Rican Tourism Board, said that more than $2 billion in projects were announced for Costa Rica in 2007 and many new endeavors are planned for 2008. Please review this article, which positions Costa Rica in the eye of a property boom. http://www.globalpropertyguide.com/Latin-America/Costa-Rica The advent of affordable financing in CR has created an attractive housing market for the Latinos and foreigners as well. With Scotia Bank, HSBC and now Citi Bank purchasing Costa Rican financial institutions the competition will drive the local economy to its limit. The limit is difficu
  10. I have lived here since 1992 and have utilized the same dentist for all those years. My trusted lawyer's wife is related to this dentist and I have never seen a foreigner in his waiting room. On August 9, 2007, I visited him in San Jose. Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez Romero who is a 60+ years old, educated in Michigan and he examined my teeth and then (the dentist not a hygienist) cleaned my teeth. 1st he used his hydrostatic pressure cleaner. 2nd he scraped the teeth with the metal pick. Finally he polished my teeth with his electronic buffer using a very tasty gel. Cost was 10,000 colones for each s
  11. Am I the only one who's getting nauseous from the political BS? Who do you think pays for the failure (bankruptcy) of the civilians who got caught up in the politicians exchange of favors, (lobbying) for allowing the lending guidelines to be weakened, so the huge sub-prime lenders could rape the American public? John Paulson, hedge fund manager - "While we never made a sub-prime loan and are not predatory lenders, we think a lot of homeowners have been victimized, bankruptcy is the best way to keep homeowners in the home without costing the government any money." Trader Made Billions
  12. Knowing when to apply your brakes, is a necessary exercise for healthy economics Consumers are slowing down and spending less. This is healthy for them but not for the weakening US economy. Consumer spending fuels around 70% of U.S. economic output, so a pullback directly affects growth. Over the last year, U.S. consumers have ignored the approaching economic storm and continued spending, while economists debate about how the housing downturn will affect the US economy. Credit debt, as well as energy and housing prices are burying the average American consumer. Now, evidence is mounting th
  13. Anybody see the local news at lunch today? A representative for the ICT was predicting a lower tourist season based on the US recession. On Monday, Australian equities lost 2.1% amid new revelations of the U.S. recession. U.S. recessions have always caused problems for the U.K., Canada and all large exporters to the U.S. Are North Americans who listen to the US media conglomerates, the only ones on the planet that still believe the US economy is experiencing an economic downturn? Ignore the BS you here coming out of Washington. The politicians are ignoring the facts indicating another
  14. Best wishes during this Holiday Season for you and your families! Click on this link to enjoy a great Christmas card. http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=0212320003
  15. Joe Wright opened the new session of the Kansas Senate with this message that makes a lot of practical sense. We know Your Word says,'Woe to those who call evil good', but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it p
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