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  1. you might try searching for developers in that area or running an ad in the Tico Times, you probably won't get a bargain but you might find something. BTW my experience is that rentals in CR are month to month unless otherwise stated
  2. So if all these other countries are so important to Costa Rica why are most of the web sites in English? Why are Tico's so eager to learn English? Certainly there are other countries represented in Costa Rica. We see lots of Dutch tourists in Monteverde. There are a handful of Germans and Austrians, along with South Americans, who live there. But people from the US far outweigh any other country. Costa Rica's coffee market is not the same as Vietnam, or Brazil. Starbucks, and other quality coffee (US and European) buyers don't buy from there. Peru is the new competitor. All the numbers I've seen show the US as the largest trading partner. Of course these numbers get skewed by the likes of INTEL. In general when the economy declines people stop spending, or vice versa actually. That includes trips and real estate in Costa Rica. Isn't that what an economic decline is??
  3. I too think tourism is changing here. It is partly effected by the ICT incentives favoring the big, new development projects. If the big guns open properties here they will promote them and increase awareness of Costa Rica in general so there should be spillover. After all this is not Jamaica where the tourists are terrified to leave the properties. My anecdotal evidence includes a stay at Los Suenos midweek in peak season. It was a ghost town except on the docks where a fising tournament was in progress. Even the golf course was empty. Outside the resort on the nearby beach only one restaurant had any customers and the waiters commented that it had been a horrible season.
  4. Tourism and real estate, I believe, are joined at the hip here. In tourism I see a number of factors at work. But in the end it really comes down to the issue that vacationers may not be percieving value in their trip to Costa Rica. Part of that is that the virtues of Costa Rica are over sold. Up here in Monteverde a common tourist complaint is that they didn't see any animals in the cloud forest. Partly this is because the tourist traffic chases them away. But if anyone really expects to see anything on a canopy "tour" they better go back to Disneyland where screaming doesn't bother the animated figures. In the end it doesn't make the beating you take getting up the bad roads worth the effort. We do see widlife up here. Lots of birds, sloths...but not necesarily during the peak (dry) tourist season, or near the "reserves". As far as tourism numbers go all I've have heard everywhere I go is that they are down. The 15% numbers I've seen are from last year. I haven't seen any claims for this year. I'm not sure what global tourism is like but issues like the terrible hurricane season in the US, the threat of bird flu pandemic, increases in air fare due to high oil prices and a failing adminstration in Washington that continues to beat the drum of terrorism can not be helping anyone. Prices that have doubled and tripled now make for poor value in many of the places here. Again it is about delivering value. Real estate still has rising prices, or should I say asking prices. I'm dumfounded at the prices people will pay when you consider the lack of services, poor infrastructure, growing pollution and uncontrolled development that exist here. It's like buying a Maserati and running on bald tires. I continue to live (and enjoy it) here because I've avoided buying overpriced real estate, by living in a neighborhood with great Tico friends, and by avoiding the gringoized communities that thieves love. My trips back to the US do not make me wish to return there to live. Hopefully I've said enough here to draw many comments.
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