This info so far is great. We will be staying in CR for at least a year and will need a long term rental. Not sure yet where we will be. It will all depend on where we end up teaching. I know that the majority of teaching jobs are in or near Heredia but we are going to be looking elsewhere too. I agree that anything over $600 is more than necessary. We will definitely be looking for something much cheaper...
I see a lot of postings on the pitfalls of purchasing property in Costa Rica, so much so that I wonder why anyone would even consider doing so. What about renting? Is there a standard procedure? How about an idea of normal practices... Any ideas of where to look for listings? Things to look out for? Common mistakes? What about in more rural locations? How to know when you are paying too much? Any answers would be great... Thanks!