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Hola! Welcome to Paradise. My name is Michael Simons - the Owner/Broker of 3 major real estate franchises in the Papagayo Region - RE/MAX Tres Amigos in Playa Hermosa , RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties in Playa Panama and RE/MAX Ocean Village in Playas del Coco.

The majority of people interested in buying real estate in Costa Rica tend to have many of the same questions so I took the time to answer them in detail here in a fun and informative way. This site contains a tremendous amount of information for you and allows me to express my views and pass along wisdom gained while living and doing business in the tropics. Hope you can join us. Pura Vida!

I will respond to your questions immediately with an email or personal phone call.

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Oh man, that’s a big wave (How I came to Costa Rica part 3)

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Newsletters

Tank Tops Flip flops Newsletter edition no. 18

For those of your just joining us, you need to go back a few issues and read Newsletters 11 and 12.  How I came to Costa Rica part 1 and 2.

When we left our hero, he was in a jeep, loaded with beer, heading north from Manual Antonio to Jaco Beach, Costa Rica.  For those of you who have been asleep this entire time, I am the hero, by the way.  The drive was brutal.  This was not a road, this was a riverbed.  It reminded me of those old photos of the moon.  The pot holes were so big; you would literally drive INTO the pot hole, and come up and out the other side.  It was July, middle of the green season, and the Southern Central Pacific gets some of the heaviest downpours in the entire country.  Sure enough, we found out the hard way.  It was as if the sun just disappeared from the universe instantaneously.  It got dark so fast; we didn’t even really have time to react.  In my entire life I have never seen so much water fall from the sky at one time. 

They call this area a rainforest.  Key word:  RAIN.  The road turned into one of those water theme parks except we weren’t in a log, we were in a jeep.  “Save the beer!!!!” were the first words out of my mouth, as Travis grabbed the handle of the cooler.  “Hold on!  We are going in!” Huge ass water falls were shooting out of the mountain on both sides of us: the road beneath my tires just seemed to disappear and I felt like Noah and his ark.  We were sloshing and bumping, skidding and bouncing, and I thought for sure we were going to be washed over the edge of the cliff, gone forever. 

Is the Market Coming Back?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Buying and Selling Property in Costa Rica, Investing in Costa Rica

Is the Market Coming Back

Is the market coming back?

Updated:  February 6th, 2017

For the last 4 years, we have seen a huge increase in sales every year from the previous year. Last year we did more transactions than the 3 previous years combined.  So what is driving the market you ask?  I think it’s a combination of a few things.

First of all, many of our clients have been planning to come to Costa Rica for years.  When the economy took a turn they put their plans on hold.  But after 4 or 5 years things are looking better in much of the USA and people are turning the attention again towards paradise. They don’t want to wait anymore.  Many people, even though they may have less money in their retirements than they had hoped for or had before the economic crash, are still putting their “5 year plans” to work.  So we are seeing many buyers coming here now that have told me they are tired of waiting and just want to make it happen now.

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