Purchasing property in Costa Rica should be exciting. But the reality is often stressful and full of uncertainty. That’s why we’re here to offer you a better way.
We’re proud to offer you local know-how in the UK and in Costa Rica, an efficient approach to work and complete transparency.
We’re on the ground with you. Based in London and Costa Rica, we provide an optimal, hassle-free experience with all the local know-how.
We leverage technology, modern processes and enthusiastic staff. Everything to enable a friendly and stress-free process for your property purchase in Costa Rica.
For every sale we make, we donate to charitable causes. Our fundraising journey is focused on supporting sloth conservation in Costa Rica.
Looking for a property in Costa Rica but not sure where to start? We’ll help you find your dream home in paradise. Start by browsing our Featured Listings.
From luxury hillside villas or simple beachfront houses, to nature-surrounded farms and bustling city apartments – you name it, we’ll find it for you.
Whether you’re searching for a home in a tropical paradise on the Caribbean coast, a beachfront villa in a stunning surfing spot on the Pacific side, a hidden eco-friendly escape in the jungle, or anything in between – we’ve got you covered across all regions of Costa Rica.
Search for your dream property for sale in Costa Rica from the list of popular locations below. From laid back villages like Samara and Nosara, to hip and happening beach towns such as Santa Teresa and Puerto Viejo. Or perhaps you’re looking for a mountain retreat in Monteverde, or would like to be amongst the jungle in Manuel Antonio. Wherever you feel at home, we’ll help you find the perfect property in Costa Rica that you’re looking for.
Are you looking for something very specific but didn’t find it among our Costa Rica Property Listings? Let us know and we’ll find just what you’re looking for, at no extra cost.
We can’t wait to help you embark on the wonderful journey to owning a property in beautiful Costa Rica.
Purchasing property in Costa Rica should be exciting, but the reality is often stressful and full of uncertainty. That’s why we’re here to offer you a better way.
We think it’s crazy that traditional property agents are often pushy when you need more time, unresponsive when you need answers and generally old-fashioned. Not to mention, the complications that can arise when buying abroad with language barriers, local laws and so on.
We’re proud to be the only Costa Rica Property Agency with a local presence in both the UK and Costa Rica. For your convenience and satisfaction, we combine a modern approach to the property purchasing process, with over 8 years of local experience in the Costa Rican property market.
Our mission is to help you find your dream property in Costa Rica at a fair price and without hassle. No stress, just Pura Vida!
We look forward to helping turn your dreams into a reality.
Francella Aguilar Solano
Costa Rica’s biggest treasure is its stunning natural beauty. Without this, our business would not exist. Therefore we feel it’s our duty to help preserve it.
With sloths being one of our national symbols, we decided to pledge 1% of our profits to sloth preservation in Costa Rica. 100% of our donations go towards supporting conservation efforts to save sloths in the wild.
We do this in collaboration with The Sloth Conservation Foundation, a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation in the UK. It was founded by Sloth Researcher, Dr. Rebecca Cliffe with the goal to increase progressive change and achieve lasting solutions through research and conservation initiatives
In the photo, you can see Ali and Jessica – the first two sloths that we symbolically adopted. Without a doubt, this is one of the most rewarding parts of our business.
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It’s not just the beautiful beaches and luscious tropical climate that make Costa Rica an optimum choice when buying property. Here are some of the top reasons that buying property in Costa Rica is a wise move:
Property in Costa Rica is a great investment
Both residential and commercial properties alike have consistently grown in sales and value since 2018, whilst still retaining reasonable pricing compared to other tropical locations – making Costa Rica a fantastic place to buy property.
You have Property Rights
Unlike other countries, buying property in Costa Rica as a foreigner is as simple as if you were a local, due to the fact that both Costa Rican citizens and expats have the same property buying rights. Alongside this, you can own 100% of your property or land (unlike when buying in some countries). The only exception to this being with some beachfront land, where the state will own 50%.
You don’t need to be a resident to buy property in Costa Rica
That’s right. You can buy a property in Costa Rica before obtaining your residency.
Alongside this, British nationals do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica and can stay for up to 90 days on a tourist visa waiver (of course, this is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival and you will require an onward ticket when entering the country).
When you do decide to apply for residency, the process is relatively straightforward and inexpensive.
Costa Rica offers excellent healthcare
With the life expectancy in Costa Rica being high, it’s no surprise that their healthcare system is the top in Latin America. Similarly, The United Nations ranks Costa Rican public healthcare as one of the Top 20 in the world.
Both locals and foreigners have access to optimal, modern healthcare services at very low costs. Whether you are retired or moving with a young family, healthcare is definitely something to consider when buying property abroad.
Doing business in Costa Rica easy
Government policies make it relatively easy for foreigners to do business in Costa Rica. It’s also possible to start a business or company on a tourist visa waiver – you don’t even need to be a resident! Helpfully, the capital city of San Jose has been dubbed as the Silicon Valley of Latin America due to its growth in tech.
Costa Rica is a peaceful and politically stable country
Costa Rica are known to have abolished their army – instead choosing to invest the resources into education and healthcare. Needless to say, they have since maintained a democratic and stable government, unlike some other countries in the region, which definitely contributes to the safety and general atmosphere.
Yes! The great news is that both foreigners and Costa Ricans have the same property rights. Private property is protected by the Constitution of Costa Rica. It is no different than owning property in Europe or the US.
There are no specific restrictions that apply solely to foreigners buying property or land in Costa Rica.
Once you have found your dream property, your agent will submit an Offer to Purchase (or Letter of Intent) to the Seller or their listing agent. This will agree on the terms of the deal and sales price.
Following acceptance of your Offer from the Seller, you’ll need a Costa Rican attorney to draft the formal Sales and Purchase Agreement – a legally binding document that clearly states all the terms and conditions for the transfer of the Deed. You will usually need to put down a deposit of 10% of the overall property value at this point.
Next it’s time for due diligence checks – these are extremely important and can last between 30-60 days, depending on the state of the property you are purchasing. As you would when purchasing property anywhere else, you’ll need the complete legal research of the property to ensure that there are no legal issues, liens etc.This part of the process also requires surveys, soil tests, home inspections, and so on.
Following completion of this, is the Closing / Conveyance of the Deed, which will occur before a Costa Rican Notary Public, who registers the property under the new owner’s name or the Corporation name. Here you will pay the final 90% of your payment via Escrow.
Finally, the property will need to be declared before the corresponding Municipality for the purposes of property taxes. This is done by filling a simple form and presenting it, along with any relevant documents, either yourself or via your attorney to the municipality.
Yes, but it’s recommended (and commonplace), to acquire the property after setting up a Corporation. This helps to protect you personally, separates any potential personal liabilities, facilitates the closing procedure and makes it easier to transfer to relatives in the case of casualty. The Costa Rica holding company will also make it easier for you to access key services, such as opening a local bank account and acquiring insurance.
No. Although it’s always better to sign these yourself, this may also be executed through a Power of Attorney, with a third party in Costa Rica that you trust. This Power of Attorney can be specifically for the sole purchase and signing the closing document.
Closing Costs may vary, based on the sale price of the property and the transfer of ownership process – it’s worth factoring this in when considering your financing. For closing costs, estimate around 5-10% of the purchase price.
Transfer taxes, stamps and duties usually total 3.5%, then there is an additional notary fee, which is charged on a sliding scale.
Per Costa Rican law, agent commissions may range from 3-10% of a property sale price. This mostly depends on the region where you’re buying the property. The seller is legally responsible for paying the entire commission, unless the buyer agrees to split the costs.
Due to money laundering laws in Costa Rica, it is not advisable to try to wire in large sums of money from a foreign bank account. If you plan on using a foreign bank account, you should use an escrow company.
These companies facilitate the transaction by receiving money from the buyer, holding it in a separate bank account and then transferring it to the seller at the time of closing. Costa Rican Escrow companies are similar to personal bankers – so once you’ve set this up, you’ll be able to use your account in the future to pay bills etc.
All Titled properties are registered in the National Registry, which is located in San Jose, Costa Rica. Records are kept with the owner’s name or the Corporation Name, any liens, mortgages, or any damages against the property. All Titled properties are registered with a unique Folio Real Number.
Annual property tax in Costa Rica is 0.25% of the taxable value of the property. For a new owner, that value is the purchase price. The taxes can be paid in four instalments, due in March, June, September and December.
Every five years, property tax payers are obliged to update the local government on the state of their property. Homeowners fill out a declaration form that notes changes to the property and other details.
For homes worth more than about US$233,900 (£170,500), there is a Luxury Home Tax. This helps subsidise low income housing in Costa Rica. It’s a sliding scale, between 0.25 – 0.55%, depending on the value of the property.
There is also a Corporation Tax, where the amount varies depending on if the corporation is inactive or active. Most properties are held in an inactive corporation, because they will not be reporting income. If you have a rental property, you can open an additional, active corporation to report income and expenses. These taxes are paid to the “Ministerio de Hacienda”.
It’s worth noting that in Costa Rica, any property located within the first 50 metres of the high tide line is considered public land, meaning it is protected and cannot be Titled. In short, this means that, no, direct oceanfront properties are off the cards.
The Maritime Terrestrial Zone (MTZ) refers to the 200 metres from the median high tide line. A non-citizen can only own up to 49% of the concession rights for a concession property within the MTZ. To check that there is a clear title on your prospective property, you’ll need to hire a real estate attorney. We’re happy to assist you with this process.
Anyone can check the status of a property in Costa Rica at The National Registry website (www.rnpdigital.com). You will need to register and have the property’s Folio Real number.
All Recorded and Titled properties have a Plano Catastro, in short, a survey plan. This should detail (amongst other things), the boundaries of the property, the size, the ownership, the Folio Real number and the date it was registered.
A Folio Real number is a unique number and all registered properties will have one. The numbers represent where it is located (province), the specific property number, the property rights and the number of owners of said property.