Stage of Life and Housing Needs

Thinking about your stage of life will help you determine what you should be looking for in a home.  Choosing something that doesn’t work for your current and immediate future needs will only make you unhappy.  So, where are you at?

1)      Are you starting life and need something simple and small?  Starter homes with two or three bedrooms are great and inexpensive options.

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2)      Are you expanding your life and want something bigger and more elegant?  Three bedrooms or more can make life easier for families or for people with visitors.

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3)      Are you wanting something that will earn you money?  Bed and Breakfasts or small hotels can give you the “home” business that will bring in income while allowing you to live there.  Also, homes that have “guest houses” can not only be used for guests, but rented out as well.

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4)      Are you in your prime and want luxuries?  Ready to treat yourself to the luxurious life?  There are some truly incredible properties with amazing views, pools, and high end details to give you those pleasures.

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5)      Are you wanting a vacation home?  In this category, you really need to decide if you want to buy and either leave it empty or rent it while you are gone, or if you would rather just rent while you are here.  Shared ownership can also be a good option, especially among family.

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6)      Are you ready to simplify, downsize, and not have so much work to do?  Look for a community that provides access to the luxuries but without the work.  Oro Monte in Naranjo is a good option for that.  Luxury homes with three bedrooms, this community has a general club house and pool for the community and can provide all the landscaping and maintenance.  Just move in and enjoy.

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No matter what you choose, Tristan & Newton Real Estate can find exactly what you want.  Names to Trust…Homes to Cherish.   Facebook, Website, or YouTube, you can find us anywhere. 

 

To Rent or Not to Rent? THAT is the question.

Should you rent or should you buy?  Evaluate your situation. 

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1)       Do you have enough money to put down on a house so that you aren’t making payments so high that all of your money goes to the bank in interest payments?  In Costa Rica, the banks can charge interest rates much higher than the States, but there is a lot of private financing that is available on many properties with a significant down payment.

2)      Are you new to the country?  If you are new, I recommend renting for at least a few months in different seasons to see how you like the country and the location.  You will also get a better feel for which towns or areas of town you like best.

3)      Do you need the flexibility to get up and leave on short notice?  Advantages to renting include being flexible and getting out quicker if you want to return to your homeland, whereas selling a house can take a while.

4)      Do you like to “fix” the house the way you want?  An advantage to buying means being able to make the home your own, fixing it as you like and not worrying about whether the owners will be mad if you put a shelf up.20160418_102131 (Copy)

5)      How is the landlord?  Renting heavily depends on the landlord.  Maybe you have an incredible landlord who fixes everything immediately and never raises the rent.  Or, maybe you get someone who never fixes anything no matter how much you complain and wants to charge you for everything or even dictate who you can have in your home and more.

6)      Would you like to recuperate your costs?  Renting means you never see the money again.  Buying can mean recuperating everything and possibly making a profit, but it depends on the market. 

7)      Are you a person who just feels the need to own your home?  Well, then there is probably little need to evaluate any further.

If you decide to rent, the green season (May to October) is the time to check out the great deals and have more selection.  Make sure and always have a contract written up by a legitimate  lawyer who can make sure you are covered and there are no doubts on either side when disagreements arise (which they will).20160107_121851 (Copy)

If you decide to buy, get a trusted realtor with experience in the location so that you will be well informed and protected.  Having all properties evaluated and investigated before even seeing them, will save you a lot of time and headaches.

“Tristan & Newton Real Estate” and “Gomez, Tristan, & Tristan Legal Firm” can help you in either of these endeavors.  Names you can trust.  Check out our website, our Facebook page, and our YouTube channel for more information on properties.  Email Tina with any questions you might have tina@tnrealestatecr.com.

Seasons in Costa Rica

Seasons in Costa Rica are called different names. Depending on the person, they may be called High/Low, Summer/Winter, or Dry/Green. If you are in the tourism business, you probably refer to the seasons as High or Low season, because most of the tourists tend to come in December and January and then it drops off from May to October (low season). Ticos will call it Summer or Winter, with Summer being the dry season from November through April and Winter being the rainy season from May to October. I prefer to call them dry seasons or the green (rainy) seasons. Why?  Well, working internationally, if I refer to “Summer” then I have to clarify whether it is summer in North America or summer in Costa Rica.  And it’s really never “Winter” here as it never gets cold.  So, I stick to the terms, “Dry” and “Green”. 

As mentioned above, “Dry” season is from November through April and “Green” season is from May to November. I should clarify this designation is for Atenas.  The Caribbean side is actually a little different.  The “Dry” season (in Atenas) gives beautiful sunny and less humid days and cool nights.  This is why people come to Costa Rica during this time.  However, prices go up in hotels and housing because of the increase in tourists as well as locals being on vacation.  Also, by the end of the dry season, things start to go brown and there can be shortages of water.  The “Green” season, again in Atenas, is typically sunny in the morning with a rain in the afternoon.  Some parts of Costa Rica (especially in the South) do get far more rain during this time.  Everything greens up and gives the true “rainforest” feel. 

So, when is best to come to Costa Rica?  Both seasons are great.  September and October can get a little too rainy and I look forward to the dry season starting, but then by April, we are all hoping for rain.  The nice thing about the green season is that prices are cheaper and housing is more available.   A couple of months ago, no rentals were available and now we have some really great rentals on the market at a great price.  Even sale prices have gone down.  So, come and enjoy the green season.20160104_150626

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