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We are more than a real estate team. We feel as a big family and we always like to meet to share our ideas and perceptions about life, about Costa Rica, our activities, our daily life, our kids, our job, our clients, etc. We like to talk about simple things as which restaurants are better, the last road who has been paved in town, who won the surf contest and where to get the special organic oil for an insect bite! We are from all around the globe and we all moved abroad for a better life. Some of us are Canadians, some are Americans, some are native Costa Ricans, some are Europeans. We are also a mix of Catholics, Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Buddhists, and deists! We are a colorful team, happy to be living the dream life in Costa Rica! We all chose Guanacaste to live our lives with our families.

By reading our blogs, you will feel different perceptions, different cultures, different religions within the same office. But all of us share one thing: we love our lives and we are very happy to work together and live the Pura Vida life!

Enjoy your reading :-)

Staff Writer
May 12, 2022
  Whether you're ready to move to Costa Rica tomorrow or are just mildly curious about the tropical lifestyle, it's helpful to have accurate information about the cost of living, healthcare, residency requirements, culture, safety, and a multitude of other subjects.  Check these FAQs to gain a clearer picture of moving to Costa Rica...
Isabelle Emond
Mar 14, 2022
You may be looking for a property in Costa Rica at the moment and wondering how much the condo you are dreaming of is worth. Are the asking prices inflated because of the pandemic or the high demand? Since there's no MLS in Costa Rica, it may be difficult for you and your realtor to get a real evaluation on a property. Let me help you a...
Feb 01, 2022
The title may seem like an odd question, but it has great significance for those interested in buying property in Costa Rica with the intention to build. A land buyer considers many factors when evaluating properties. If he plans to build, he will likely ensure that all the basic utilities - water, electricity, and internet are available on or...
Jan 18, 2022
Myths, Truths, and a Little Advice to Help You Decide You’ve heard great things about Costa Rica, and you’re thinking of moving there. Is it the right decision for you? Are you prepared for life in another country? A key to making a wise decision is to get accurate information, so let’s get rid of the misinformation first. Myths It’s...
Dec 05, 2021
What Should I Buy in Costa Rica, and What Should I Bring with Me? Are you excited about moving to Costa Rica? If so, you are probably anxious, too. One of the most commonly asked questions by those contemplating relocation is: What should I buy in Costa Rica, and what should I bring with me? Is it worth it to stuff my suitcases with goods, or...
Oct 31, 2021
Costa Rica Real Estate Market Report October 2021 Despite the pandemic, or perhaps as a result of it, 2021 has been a record-breaking year for real estate transactions in Costa Rica.  How are the prices? Is it a buyer’s market or a seller’s market? What are the implications for people who are thinking about buying a vacation home in Costa...
Aug 31, 2021
Costa Rica residency status is a desirable possession. Those who obtain it are not legally required to exit the country every 90 days as tourists are. Residents can stay indefinitely as long as they meet the requirements and renew their residency periodically. Legal resident status facilitates many other aspects of daily life in Costa Rica--bank...
Aug 06, 2021
Travel to Costa Rica is returning to normal. The worst period in history for the travel industry (the COVID-19 pandemic) is rapidly being replaced by one of the largest travel booms. According to the U.S. Travel Association, a new record high—more than two-thirds of American adults--are now comfortable returning to their normal travel routine...
Staff Writer
Jul 02, 2021
2021 is a Great Time to Travel to Costa Rica Now that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, Costa Rica is a great place to satisfy your long-delayed wanderlust. Between its two coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific, it offers everything from cloud forests to rushing rivers to tropical jungles to pristine beaches. Everywhere you turn, it’s...
May 27, 2021
The prospect of owning your own home on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica is exciting. How can you ensure that the exhilaration of finding your dream house doesn’t turn to disappointment later? As you view properties, carefully check the following features that will have an impact on your comfort, security, and maintenance costs.  Windows...
Apr 26, 2021
In recent years, large numbers of North Americans have decided to relocate southward to Costa Rica, Mexico, and Panama. At the same time, caravans of Central Americans travel north through Mexico to try to enter the United States. All of them seek a better lifestyle. The first group is called "expatriates" (expats), while the latter is labeled "...
Mar 27, 2021
Is buying a fixer-upper in Guanacaste and renovating it a good idea? Thousands of people--both professionals and amateurs--do it every day in North America. Some convert an outdated house in need of care into their custom living space, and their hard work saves them thousands of dollars. Others pick up bargain houses, renovate them, and sell them...
Jan 07, 2021
ImmoFacile est une source Québécoise d'informations et de services afin d'investir facilement et sécuritairement votre argent, vos REER ou votre équité en immobilier dans des projets rentables offrant un excellent retour sur investissement. Le fondateur et chroniqueur Ghislain Larochelle s'est entretenu avec Isabelle Emond, la...
Staff Writer
Nov 28, 2020
Imagine sitting at your desk in a spacious, well-appointed office. You take a break from the computer to admire the incredible ocean view. The tropical scenery that surrounds you eases the tension of the deadline you have to meet. You decide to finish your project before taking a dip in the refreshing pool that beckons you from a few steps away....
Oct 18, 2020
In Costa Rica, plants flourish in the heat and humidity of this wonderful tropical climate. The abundant wildlife is refreshed by the constant ocean breezes. Birds sing joyfully during the afternoon downpours. But houses in the tropics--that’s a different story. If they could sing, they wouldn’t. Homes take a beating from the...
Staff Writer
Sep 21, 2020
Updated March 2022   Moving to Costa Rica is an exciting prospect.  On the other hand, shipping an entire household of goods to Costa Rica is not.  What are the shipping costs?  How long will it take for my things to arrive?  Are there importation taxes--on what items and how much?  Will my possessions get...
Jul 19, 2020
Nothing is more exciting than a trip to Costa Rica unless, of course, it’s an extended stay in Costa Rica. But what if that exciting journey turns into an exciting emergency? Will you be prepared for an unexpected illness or an unforeseen accident? Or suppose that a crisis back home forces you to cut your trip short and catch the next flight back...
Jun 18, 2020
Where should I invest money in a bad economy? It’s a question we’re forced to face now that the world economy is officially in recession. But the business slowdown isn’t bad news for everyone. Some see the financial downturn as an opportunity to invest at bargain basement prices. But where should you invest? In what? Knowing the answers can be the...
Staff Writer
Jun 10, 2020
The quality, accessibility and affordability of healthcare is a main concern for the average adult person. It has been a long time debate on which system is more efficient and how it should be structured in order to provide coverage for everyone while at the same time maintaining the quality of the service. Studies show that more than 40,000...
Isabelle Emond
Apr 12, 2020
Streets may be quieter in Tamarindo and Langosta but as people retreat inside everywhere in the world, buyers spend more time searching for properties. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Costa Rica real estate market showed that we were going to have another strong year. Many buyers who had spent time preparing to buy a property in Costa Rica...
Staff Writer
Mar 13, 2020
The world faces one of its strongest global pandemics of the last decades. Covid-19, commonly known as Coronavirus, has infected 128,000 people to this day. It has killed almost 5,000 to date and the number keeps growing. This new global pandemic has had a strong impact in global economy and the majority of its branches due to investment fears and...
Staff Writer
Feb 02, 2020
Bioluminescence is one of the most overlooked and yet most spectacular experiences one can have when visiting our beautiful slice of paradise. A light show at night that takes away the breath of everyone who tries it. Firstly, bioluminescence is the result of a chemical reaction in the algae, these are called Dino-flagellates. They...
Staff Writer
Dec 27, 2019
The most awaited time of the year has finally begun! As locals, we truly enjoy spending the holiday week with our loved ones here in our little slice of paradise. And we are not the only ones! Not only do we see the highest volume of foreign tourism in Guanacaste during these dates, but also the highest volume of Costa Rican tourists visiting our...
Staff Writer
Nov 30, 2019
It takes more than eagerness to be successful in business and investing. We have all heard stories about investment ideas that exceeded all expectations and went surprisingly well. But we have also heard about the same number or more stories of investments that went completely south. Situations like that leave investors in debt, with negative...
Staff Writer
Nov 24, 2019
High season is around the corner! The most expected time of the year is almost here, as high season starts in December. Being such a tourism-fueled area and community, the big majority of the residents and business owners of Playa Tamarindo as well as the rest of the Gold Coast, are excited every year when high season comes about. The...