Costa Rica Renewable Energy Solutions with Glen Nickerson

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Building in Costa Rica, Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Service Providers, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Newsletters

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 134

Costa Rica Renewable Energy Solutions–Solaris Energia Renovable–EXPATS in Paradise with Glen Nickerson

Costa Rica renewable energy expert Glen Nickerson

Glen Nickerson originally set up shop in Costa Rica in the Central Valley in 2006.  As he got to know the country and start expanding his business he soon found out that it was much better to live and do business at the beach areas.  He fell in love with the Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste area and bought a nice condo within walking distance to the beach.  He has continuously looked at ways that he could bring in his engineering know how into a practical energy saving business in Costa Rica.  We are glad he and his wife are members of the community and look forward to see their business grow.  Congratulations Glen on being another successful EXPAT in paradise.  We had Glen replace all the light bulbs in our RE/MAX Tres Amigos office with energy efficient LED bulbs and we have seen a huge savings on our monthly electric bill.  Thanks again Glen!

Financing property in Costa Rica–What are the options?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Buying and Selling Property in Costa Rica, Costa Rica Service Providers, FAQ's, Investing in Costa Rica

Financing in Costa Rica

You will see all kinds of information on the internet about financing property in Costa Rica.  Many websites tell you that they have financing options available through the National or Local banks.  I have been selling real estate in this country since 2003 and only a handful of my clients have been able to obtain a loan with a Costa Rican bank. 

Financing property in Costa Rica can make this your home in paradise

It’s not that you can’t get a loan, it’s that most foreigners, after reviewing all the documents and costs, don’t take the loan.  First off, it is very difficult to qualify for a loan if you are not a permanent resident of this country.  The paperwork is mind-boggling and the banks do not operate with the efficiency that you are used to in the USA or Canada.  It can take months for an answer which is usually NO anyway.  Second, the fees are very high; usually, 3 to 5 % higher than a traditional loan in North America and the closing costs are as much as 3% of the loan, on top of the normal closing costs.

So when most buyers see these numbers, they change their minds and search for an alternate way to purchase their little piece of paradise.  One of the reasons Costa Rica is so stable, in my opinion, is because they don’t lend money.  We all know that the problem with the USA was the banks’ poor lending practices.  In the history of this country, not one single bank has ever failed.  That is an amazing statistic.  It’s because they don’t frivolously lend money, and they almost NEVER lend money to foreigners.  As a client of mine from Tallahassee says, “you gotta pay to play”.

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