Most condominiums have a homeowner's association, abbreviated HOA, which all condo owners in the complex are required to join. The association is managed by a board of directors whose members are elected democratically. While each board operates differently, they usually have a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and members.
Medical emergencies are scary when you are in your home country, but when you are on vacation it can be even more challenging. When you are traveling, you should always have basic information ready and have an understanding of the medical options in the area.
Costa Rica is a very pet-friendly country. It will be rare to find a family in Costa Rica that doesn’t have a dog and for good reasons. They are protectors, friends, and good life companions! Pets are welcome in shopping centers, cafes, restaurants, and bars everywhere in the country.
With stock market indices hitting new all-time highs almost daily throughout 2017, and the economy (average 2% GDP growth since the Great Recession of 2008) performing not much above stall speed, a severe stock market crash and a major recession are in the cards. How did we get there, we ask ourselves?
What is an MLS? It is a multiple listing service that real estate brokers and agents use to establish contractual offers of compensation (among brokers and agents). The primary purpose of an MLS is to provide a facility to publish a "unilateral offer of compensation" by a listing broker, to other broker participants in that MLS.
Potential real estate buyers sometimes see reports in the news or hear from friends about real estate scams in Costa Rica. It is important for Buyers to be aware of the ways to protect themselves and what to look for to avoid real estate hoaxes.
New Year’s is one of the most popular vacation holidays in Costa Rica. Thousands of Costa Rican’s leave the capital city of San Jose to visit the coast for a week of sunshine with family and friends. There are beach parties in almost every town on the coast, but what are the favorite activities for locals and expats to celebrate the New Year?
While it’s technically possible for a foreigner to get a mortgage with a bank in Costa Rica, it is also almost impossible to go through the process without losing one's mind. For the purpose of testing it, I tried in 2012.