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How to stop yourself from buying Costa rica property in the middle of nowhere

Don’t hang yourself, walk away! How can you stop yourself from buying a property in hell, though it looks like paradise? Buying Costa Rica property in the middle of nowhere is easy, selling it again is a whole other adventure.

The #1 reason you probably read my weekly articles is because you want to learn as much about Costa Rica property as you can before buying a property in paradise. I hope it is, because that’s why I write them, en especially this one.

The reason is that I hate dealing with desperate sellers, those that are miserable every day that they have left in their life because they can’t sell. I think it’s sad they did that to themselves, just to save some real estate commission.

Benjamin and Sarah were visiting from Tennessee and went for a couple of days on a trip to Finca Catarana, which is a cabin in the middle of the Nicoya Peninsula, near Montana Grande.

They love hiking and are not the wining and dining type people that come and stay in the Marriott in Escazu.

The middle of nowhere

I hope you click on the Finca Catarana link, as it will give you a great idea of the location. Oh yes, it looks awesome on that map, check out the roads in the area. Well, it is “close” to Playa Naranjo, where you can get by taking the ferry from Puntarenas, a 65 minute boat ride. That is NOT the ferry Puntarenas – Paquera that will take you to Tambor, Los Delfines, Tangomar and the incredible beaches of Montezuma, Santa Teresa and Mal Pais. This particular ferry goes to Playa Naranjo and from there – into nothingness.

buying Costa rica property in the middle of nowhere
Welcome to the middle of nowhere, open from 9 – 6

If you like nothingness, wilderness, adventurousness and craziness, you really have to try visit Montana Grande, and maybe even buy some property there. Benjamin and Sarah loved it there. But would they live there? I didn’t ask. Google did tell me Montana Grande has a police station… Buying Costa Rica property in the middle of nowhere, it’s so easy.

The reason I didn’t ask is because Benjamin skyped me to ask I could help a French property owner they met at the local pulpería to sell his 20 acre property in Montana Grande. Those French owners are really desperate to get out of there. I told him that our nearest affiliate is located in Tambor, a looong drive away.

Requests to sell

I get requests from adventurous property owners to sell almost daily. Dreamers that thought they were buying a paradise and after a while paradise turned into hell. I’ve had a $550K house in a lemon plantation near the Nicaraguan border offered; I’ve had beautiful B&B offered at $460K in Las Horquetas de Sarapiqui; I’ve had a farm with a large restaurant offered at $1.2M in Vara Blanca near La Paz Waterfalls, I’ve had teak parcels, black pepper parcels, macadamia parcels and other exotic investments offered, I’ve had hundreds of Costa Rica property offered at the most incredible and adventurous places.

Rarely does one of them sell, or it takes a lifetime to do so.

Must sell, I’m fed up with this place

I know my way around Costa Rica better than many Ticos, but some of the places that people write me about, I have never heard of and even Google isn’t much of a help, they’re soooo in the middle of nowhere. Would would ever think about buying Costa Rica property in the middle of nowhere? They did.

When I get an email from those Costa Rica property owners who are very motivated to sell, many can’t even give me the name of the nearest city because there is no city nearby. I really wish I could help them all. We have 26 offices from coast to coast, but we don’t cover it all.

Where to buy?

Don’t we all fall in love with a place when we are on vacation? Don’t we all dream of owning a property in a tropical, amazingly beautiful country such as Costa Rica? Yes we do! At least I did when I decided to stay in Costa Rica in 1980. But you all know about Location – Location – Location don’t you?

buying Costa rica property in the middle of nowhere
Location – Location – Location…oops!

How to stop yourself from buying Costa rica property in the middle of nowhere:

•    Where should you buy? In a place with a real estate office.

•    Why is that? So you have someone who can help you sell again.

•    Why not in the middle of nowhere? Because it will take you a life time to sell. Unless the price is right…

•    Location – Location – Location – at the right price

Back to Montana Grande

When Benjamin asked me to help those poor Frenchmen sell their Costa Rica property in the middle of nowhere, my answer was “tell them to give it to the neighbors”.

I know, it’s not a nice answer, but it’s the right one, unless they find another sucker.

I know hundreds of people who waste the rest of their life trying to sell a property in the middle of nowhere and recover some of their money. Take the correct decision and use those 4 bullet points, before you purchase.

buying Costa rica property in the middle of nowhere
In case of emergency, run like hell

If you’re already looking for that other sucker, it’s better for your health and those around you and to write the investment off so you can go on with your life, before you hang yourself. I mean this, seriously!

Please think about this story before buying Costa Rica property in the middle of nowhere, do yourself that favor. For your own good, listen to me. I don’t care if you buy on your own, but buy in a place that has at least one real estate office nearby.

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Ivo Henfling

Your West-side of San Jose real estate agent, covering Escazu and Santa Ana, Rohrmoser and Ciudad Colon. If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the Central Valley or looking for any property for sale in Escazu or Santa Ana, you need to contact Costa Rica real estate agent Ivo Henfling. Ivo has been selling Costa Rica real estate on the westside of San Jose, in the locations of Rohrmoser, Sabana, Escazu, Santa Ana and Ciudad Colon for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and those other areas. For Ivo, a deal is not a good one unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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