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Costa Rica: An Exciting Real Estate Investment Prospect

The CIA world factbook clearly states that in its opinion Costa Rica is a ‘Central American success story’, and the government of Costa Rica is keen to expand on the country’s success and have announced the implementation of a seven year plan for the economic expansion of the country. To this end they are actively encouraging international real estate investors and those looking for a retirement or second home overseas to come to Costa Rica and explore its exciting and affordable property market. The Costa Rican real estate market is one of the most exciting in Central and South America right now as a direct result of the Costa Rican government’s commitment to promoting the property sector. With the implementation of a series of tax breaks and investment incentives available to overseas real estate buyers the success of the Costa Rican property market is practically guaranteed. For those looking purely for real estate investment opportunity, Costa Rica offers two main angles for property investors to explore: - Firstly as the natural beauty of Costa Rica proves an irresistible draw for more and more travelers and those in search of the perfect getaway, so the demand for rental and hotel accommodation in Costa Rica is on the increase. The supply of quality accommodation in Costa Rica cannot meet current demand and this situation is likely to deteriorate as the popularity of the country increases.

The government is well aware of this fact and is keen to attract those wishing to develop specifically for the tourism market. Secondly Costa Rica is becoming increasingly popular with the soon to retire US baby boomers who are actively seeking an affordable and attractive location in which to retire. Because Costa Rica enjoys relatively low crime, is neutral, has a relatively high standard and low cost of living it is gaining a reputation among pre-retirees as a must-consider destination. There is therefore room for the development of real estate to suit this particular market or for the purchase and long term lease of real estate to this market. This particular group of people also represents a strong resale demand for those who buy now, improve property and intend to resell in the medium term to release gains accrued.

The real estate investment climate in Costa Rica is hot right now with the government working flat out to attract sustainable foreign direct investment – those interested in making a move should consider committing to the market sooner rather than later while it remains a buyer’s market and before opportunities for the strongest investment gains are eroded by increased levels of investor awareness and interest.


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