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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 :-)

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 Some convert an outdated house in need of care into their custom living space, and their hard work saves them thousands of dollars.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...
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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...
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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...
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Jun 18, 2020
Real Estate Market Report - Costa Rica July 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...
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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 Effect of Covid-19 on the Costa Rica Real Estate Market March 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
Staff Writer
Nov 02, 2019
There are many angles you can look at our community, from business heaven with rental income properties, as an eclectic expat community perfect for retirement or as your vacation retreat in the tropics. Even though Playa Tamarindo is more commonly known amongst the younger crowds for its tourism attractions and amenities, its big festivals, events...
Staff Writer
Oct 25, 2019
Here in our beautiful Tamarindo area in the Gold Coast of Guanacaste, we have plenty of buyers looking for entry level properties to start their investments abroad. Even though we have certainly seen a reduction in inventory for this type of properties in the last few years, we still have a good number of options that fit the criteria of investors...
Staff Writer
Oct 20, 2019
Whether you are looking for a vacation residence or an investment property, luxury is always attractive. Here on the Gold Coast, we have a vast portfolio of upscale properties that perfectly meet the personality and taste of the high-end buyer. Ocean views, beachfront, 5+ bedrooms, you name it. As our area continues to grow and be more and more...
Staff Writer
Sep 28, 2019
Here in Guanacaste, we are often asked by our visitors and investors about television programming. It is important to many English-speaking foreigners to have television as a form of entertainment. Many expatriates want to continue watching their favorite sitcoms and shows, as well as following sporting events on ESPN, staying up to date with the...
Staff Writer
Sep 12, 2019
The Gold Coast of Guanacaste in the North-West region of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is known to be a place filled with entertainment and experiences. But it is also surprisingly eclectic and diverse when it comes to food. Our gorgeous community of Playa Tamarindo alone has over 100 different dining options. Whatever you have a taste for, you can...
Staff Writer
Sep 01, 2019
Playa Tamarindo is not only popular amongst tourists, surfers and investors, but it is also the center of attention for many big event-producing companies that target our beautiful beach and town. It is one of their desired and strategic location to gather as many people as possible and make it a successful event.  SEPTEMBER 2019 ~...
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Aug 03, 2019
Since a very young age, Costa Ricans learn about our nationals symbols, their background and what they represent. Costa Ricans honor and take a lot of pride on these symbols because they symbolize Costa Rican culture, way of living and traditions. Some examples below.  The Flag: The flag was designed ...
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Jul 28, 2019
Almost two centuries have gone by since our beautiful province of Guanacaste, home to the world-renown Gold Coast, annexed to Costa Rica. Prior to this historic day, the area now known today as Guanacaste was part of the Nicaragua country. Exactly 195 years and 1 day ago, an ambassador representing the county of Nicoya submitted an...
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Jul 14, 2019
In Costa Rica, popular or cultural festivals reflect the ideologies and aspirations of a nation. These allow to see the desires, the worries and the emotional and intuitive contents of the Costa Rican people. They make us think of cultural diversity, assimilation and miscegenation. They are based on important ...
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Jul 05, 2019
What is the Currency in Costa Rica? The official currency of Costa Rica is the Colón (pronounced the same as "cologne" - plural: colones; sign: ₡; code: CRC). Even so, US dollars and Euros are accepted in many tourist locations at hotels, grocery stores and boutiques. What is the current USD to CRC Buy Exchange Rate? As of July 9, 2023 the...
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Jun 28, 2019
Many people around the world and in the country call Costa Rica the "Switzerland of Central America” for both the outstanding green landscapes and also for the fact that we strive for democracy and have no standing army. As beautiful as Costa Rica may be, it has areas that stand out the most. Amongst those is the most sought after and desired area...