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Buy or Build a Home in Costa Rica

Best Way to Go About Getting Your Dream Home in Paradise

costarica-villafirenze-03Making the decision to buy a home in Costa Rica can be pretty easy – it’s a veritable paradise, with a great climate, warm and friendly people and a wealth of things to see and do. Buying in Los Sueños area is another easy decision. It’s close to the airport, it’s easy to access from the the U.S., the amenities are endless, and you will be close to the rainforest, the mountains and the beach.  In addition, the homes are built to U.S. standards, and feature American-style layouts, appliances, furnishings and fixtures.

Once you decide on a location, more challenging decisions can follow. One of the biggest is whether you should have your home built, or buy an existing home.

Buying an existing home does have its benefits. Having a home built can take months, or even longer, especially in a laid-back culture like Costa Rica.  Meanwhile, an existing home is ready and waiting for you to move in.

Buying a pre-built home can save you money. Primary estimates for having a home built are rarely accurate. Because the process is fluid, the total cost can shift. Little changes and upgrades here and there can add up to extra hidden or unforeseen costs. Meanwhile, an existing home has a fixed price. You can know up front exactly what you will be spending, and what you will be getting for your money.

A pre-built home will give you more location options, as there are many more homes available than there are lots. In the Los Sueños area alone, you will find pre-built homes near the beach, near the rainforest, and near different resort amenities. You’ll also find homes with different landscaping and privacy options.

None of this means that building a home is a bad idea. In fact, it may be the best idea for you and your family.

While lots may not be abundant, they are available. At any given time, Los Sueños features several lots in spectacular locations, just waiting for the right house.

Building a house allows you to customize your home to your liking. You can choose everything from the placement, to the layout, to the fixtures and floor tiles. You can even hire an interior designer to help you make good decisions and ensure that your home has the function and look that you want. In Los Sueños, you will be provided with all the help you need to build your dream home, and you’ll have access to all of the appliances, fixtures and options the already built homes have. In an upward market like Los Sueños, paying a bit extra can still get you a good return on your investment, providing you make choices that aren’t too taste-specific.

In the end, buying an existing home does make more practical sense, but if you are looking to really settle in in Costa Rica and create a life that perfectly suits you, building a home may be the best way to go.

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