Connect with nature in Costa Rica
Wealthy holidaymakers share, on the one hand, to relax on lovers to relax on expensive resorts, and on the other – on those who prefer to multiply or less comfortable, but necessarily their own nest somewhere in rural areas or on the Wildlife Lon. Adherents of the latter are especially difficult: in European expanses to find intact "Nature" already not easy, especially if the concept of rest communicates with the sea. To find the desired corner, sometimes you need to fly to another hemisphere – for example, in the Caribbean countries.
The state of Costa Rica, unlike some neighbors in the region, can be considered a fairly safe place to invest several dozen or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The political life of this Central American country is far from such a burger as, for example, in the borders of Nicaragua and Panama. Pro "Colombian" The trail too, it seems to be heard. At the same time – the mass of free land on both coasts: Caribbean and Pacific, – Want, with wild vegetation, you want – anchored citrus plantings.
Certificate of climate favorable, including investment, it can be considered that the prices for real estate during the last decade here consistently increased. Naturally, this trend is brighter expressed in "Beach" Areas: Costarican tourism is now experiencing a period of lifting, which, as you know, does not contribute to a decrease in the cost of life. From the entire Costarican land, only about 5% is urbanized, with almost a quarter (!) territory of the country occupy wildlife reserves.
Prices for land and real estate here are usually indicated per square meter, but sometimes measured in terms of acres (4.049 square meters) or on "Manzana" (7.023 square meters). So, a modest four-room house with a kitchen, a bathroom, an alarm and a fruit garden, but located away from the sea, costs about $ 39.000. In this case, the electricity supply to "Fazende" We will have to. The same type of wooden structure and with the same piece of land in the Pacific Shore is much more expensive – $ 65.000. All this – offers for "Poor" Investors.
Rates on "Stone" Villas here, as elsewhere, are calculated by hundreds of thousands of dollars. One-storey house in style "ranch" With all the amenities on the plot of land in 4 acres, and even with a fruit garden, you can buy for $ 130.000. There is I "Pasteners" More: 30 acres on the coast planted with banana, orange, lemon trees and avocado, plus a two-storey house with two bathrooms and a garage are estimated at $ 300.000. Approximately the same villa with a separate guest house – up to $ 450.000.
So, through the agency or as a result of your own surveys, you finally found an acceptable house in Costa Rica. Potting with the owner, agreed on the satisfying of both. The next stage should be the transfer of property rights. However, before proceeding with the legal procedures, invest at least a little of your precious time in getting to know, what the fate of your guaranteed investments, who is responsible for "Clean" deal and what can be saved.
First of all, buying a home can be an elementary laid. To find out all the background object, just contact Companies House (Registro Nacional), where a number of the last of its sale contract, all information about you is stored, such as: information about the owners, the boundaries and the area of the adjacent area, the value of the property tax, the arrest of the facts property for the debts and the collateral. However, self-acquaintance with the registrar of record is often not enough. Reveal everything that can be "naveshali" on the object, the buyer usually makes its own, independent of the seller, lawyer. Of course, good if the same expert is also involved in the preparation of the contract (Escritura). However, according to local custom, the right to choose the originator of the contract is provided to the buyer in the event that it does not use "mortgage" of money.
The parties signed an agreement certified by a notary public and registered. However, without the payment of all fees and taxes, registration bodies on the account you would not put. And this applies not only your share of payments, but also that part which is paid by the seller: cash costs for the deal are usually divided between the two fraternal parties. In general, that is, "for two", State property transfer tax is 3% of the value of the home, the registration fee – 0.5%. The value of all other governmental charges (agricultural, municipal, financial, etc. D.) Together does not exceed 0.55%. The fee for registration of the contract by a notary public – 1.5% of the first million Costa Rican colons ($ 1 equals 231.53 colons) and 1.25% of the remaining part of the amount.
If you brought all the receipts and serious "Defects" The documentation did not find it, then your purchase agreement is registered within one and two months after its submission to the ward. Non-checking for registration should not be: if you suddenly want to get rid of the house, everything that you have undermined when buying, will come up, and sell property will be very difficult.
Now about how to save. Properties with real estate in Costa Rica are often concluded in two versions, because the tax is officially registered sales price. The parties deliberately underestimate the announcement of the amount, although a real deal is committed for much big money. With all the benefits that such a trick can fill, it will not be able to consult a lawyer "How would not happen". No state loves when he is deceived.
Construction of the house on own forces on their own land can save funds, if it comes to expensive Villa. However, this process is burdened with much greater bureaucratic procedures than buying a ready-made "To use" building. First, given the serious attitude of Kostarikans to the environment environment, it is very likely that the land put on the sale on a ridiculous attractive price is not to be built. Just because in the neighborhood there is a national park or your ideas about comfort do not correspond to environmental standards. Secondly, it is necessary to find out what communications "enriched" Plot: Is it possible to bring water supply, electricity, telephone cable, sewage (and all this extra paper roll). Finally, the pilot into the wheels of your construction for various reasons can insert the Ministry of Public Improvement, which is responsible for laying new roads, the Ministry of Health, not to mention the municipal authorities.
In order for the petitioner does not suggest the thresholds of all of the above instances, there is a single body representing their interests in the face of potential home builders and outstanding relevant permissions (Oficina Receptora de Permisos de ConstrucciN). Obtaining a construction permit in the municipality – a completely separate procedure. Moreover, be prepared for periodic visits to your construction site representatives of local authorities – and God forbid, if you do not perform the established norms.
As for paper red tires, let’s say, to obtain a permit for the construction of a house for one family of more than 70 square meters, it is necessary to present all construction plans in four copies, two copies of a document confirming your land rights, certificates on the presence of water communications and His plan of its electrification, as well as a copy of the contract with the architect or engineer.
Hiring of the aforementioned specialists – the key point of construction. Without cooperation S "Licensed" You can’t see a specialist welcome permission. And their services are expensive: solid rates – as a percentage of the project cost – are centrally installed by the local professional association of engineers and architects.
In general, this part of the cost ranges from 9 to 18 percent of the estimated cost of the project. The specific digit depends on "Downloads": for example, 3% "cost" Weekly inspections of the object by architect, 5% – daily, and full administration when the engineer is incredible at construction and is fully responsible for everything that is happening there is estimated in as many as 12%.
In a word, it may be so that a stingy seeking to save on the difference between ready for a full-fledged rest with a house and the construction of a new one will pay twice. Especially if he does not know, after how much instance he has to go. Therefore, for ingenians who wish to settle in the Costarican Earth, it is much more convenient not to contact the contractors, pay a large amount once and calmly live in your own home, once a year alleviating your wallet on a meager amount. Real estate tax is charged here "Sliding" scale, and no local homeowner pays more than 1% of the value of the housing belonging to him.