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You have to have permanent residency in Costa Rica to work, like what Tom and Marcia said. Even if you could - why would you want to? Everyone and their mother and dog is a real estate agent in CR or so it seems. Plus, not much is selling like in the boom days.

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You have to have permanent residency in Costa Rica to work, like what Tom and Marcia said. Even if you could - why would you want to? Everyone and their mother and dog is a real estate agent in CR or so it seems. Plus, not much is selling like in the boom days.

 

---I have read a few threads on this Forum that some ARCR Forum Members are married to Costa Ricans and recently obtained their CR TEMPORARY Residency. However, stated on their CR Cedula are the words "libre condition" which they interpret as being able to work in CR. I think their reasonsing on being allowed to work here in CR is that "family law trumps CR Residency law" in that they are helping to support their family.

 

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Wow, those are interesting answers considering that I have had at least 10 real estate agents wait on me (in the last three years) that were young Americans with the non status of perpetual tourist. I'm not sure how they get around the rules. I bought property from two of them and I am pretty sure they got paid by somebody. Possibly the status of an independent contractor, which they are, may allow them to not really be "employed".

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They are not legal. "Independent contractor" is still a working (as opposed to "own-and-manage") position. Some people confidently assert that since the client is paying a corporation instead of the individual that it is legal because they "aren't being paid."

 

In reality most of those you encounter who are working illegally simply haven't been caught because the (real estate transaction for example) occurs via a lawyer and no actionable record of agent commission comes to light without someone pointing it out.

 

As with illegal work in other countries, it happens, but the worker has no rights and stands to lose a lot. I know many who work(ed) here illegally, and a few who ticked off someone (client, lawyer, another Tico agent, or expat) and were reported. Not a situation I'd like to be in.

 

So don't expect to be a "real estate agent" until achieving Permanent residency.

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Wow, those are interesting answers considering that I have had at least 10 real estate agents wait on me (in the last three years) that were young Americans with the non status of perpetual tourist. I'm not sure how they get around the rules. I bought property from two of them and I am pretty sure they got paid by somebody. Possibly the status of an independent contractor, which they are, may allow them to not really be "employed".

 

How do they do that? Its simple, RE is not controlled, licensed or regulated here like it is in the US or Canada. All you need to do is set up an SA, print up some business cards, open a web site, and rent an office somewhere and hang a RE sign outside with a familiar US sounding name on it.

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Mark, you are right. It's that easy. That doesn't make it legal.

 

When someone asks why they see other people doing things they want to do, but are told they can't, I think it is best to give the legal answer. After all, anyone can do whatever they want if they are willing to risk the consequences. And just because someone looks like a Gringo doesn't mean they aren't working legally. It's best to understand the law.

 

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