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August 18th, 2009
Recently, because of various issues in the world and especially in the United States, more and more people are considering the idea of living in another country and specifically in Costa Rica.
As I said in the REAL Costa Rica web site:
“The social, economic and political changes of 2008 -2009 (and continuing in 2013!) are affecting the people of many countries and it aeems especially those from the United States.
Between the economy and dwindling savings and retirement accounts, many folks are being forced to re-evaluate their retirement plans. Layoffs are common, and for those over age 50, a layoff can be a disaster.
Sadly, many people are coming to the same conclusion; “I cannot afford to retire in the USA, but I really do not want to (or perhaps can not) keep working”.
For a long time, people have asked me if I would be available to spend a day or two exclusively with them and give them their own custom Costa Rica tour. I began doing this on a very limited basis, but now the inquiries have begun to arrive almost daily, and it is clear that people want to get the REAL story on Costa Rica. Moving here is quite expensive not only in terms of money but also “emotional capital” and time spent. Failure makes a bad situation even worse.
Other tours (currently there are four or five) concentrate directly or indirectly on real estate sales or project development even though they claim to be “Retirement Tours” or “Relocation Tours”. This is often just not the case. Nearly all show and/or sell property or are connected directly with those who do by providing introductions during their tours to developers or realtors .
Is that bad? Certainly not. However, while those types of real estate tours certainly have a their place, more and more people realize that buying property before they know Costa Rica and whether they want or will even like the country is very premature. The time to consider real estate is AFTER you have lived here and know with 100% certainty that Costa Rica is for you.
More importantly… a person selling real estate (or any product for that matter) or potentially receiving a commission for facilitating a future real estate sale, is almost certainly not going to say anything negative that will make you not want to live here. However, it is exactly those negatives you MUST know if you are to understand life and living here. For an international move, you just have to have the correct information, good and not so good. It will increase vastly your chances of making a successful transition.
Currently, about 55 – 60% of those moving here leave Costa Rica in the first year so buying property in Costa Rica before you are sure that you want to live here is just a really bad idea.
Are my tours negative about living in Costa Rica? Not at all! I love living here… the larger and far more important question is, “Will you?”.
I spend our time together teaching you what your daily life will be like… good and bad. Why? It is my opinion that one of the big reasons people do not adjust to Costa Rica is that they have no idea what is coming. Some surprises are nice. Others less so. I deal in facts, and I never try to sell Costa Rica.
I do not book your hotel rooms during your tour for a commission. I won’t even tell you my dentist’s name until after you live here.
I sell no real estate and will not show you homes. I make no introductions to realtors or to developers.
I do drive you through many areas (while we cover the many, many topics) that meet your financial requirements and I comment on security, population mix, infrastructure, proximity to health care, etc. and I teach you what to look for in good neighborhoods. Meanwhile, you are learning about the REAL Costa Rica every minute we are together.
If you like the tone and content of The Real Costa Rica web site and BLOG, and you want to make intelligent decisions on this life changing move, then you may find spending personal time with me to be beneficial.
However, if all you want is to pay to see dozens of homes or spend 2-3 days hearing how perfect is Costa Rica, then you probably will not much enjoy my tour. My tour is like my web site. I tell you exactly what you need to know, not just what you want to hear.
Things to consider:
- I own three successful companies here in Costa Rica. These tours are not a business for me. I do them because I truly want people who are considering a move to Costa Rica to maximize their chances for success. An international move is a daunting, expensive and time consuming endeavor, and you need to know what is coming your way before you begin the process.
- You tour with me personally. There is no group. You get 100% of my time during the tour whether for one or two days. This is better, I have been told, as many folks do not care to share their personal lives or needs with 8-12 strangers. Often they want to discuss things of a somewhat private nature.
- We cover the realities of living here… everything from the banking system, health care (public and private), crime and personal security, where to live, shopping, technology (Internet, etc), residency options… and even to hiring a maid! In other words, the works.
Below are two videos filmed by one of my tour customers, Andy Brown and his wife Fran. Their story is sadly becoming more an more common.
In this first video, Fran and Andy discuss why the have to consider a move to Costa Rica.
In this second video, Andy discusses their what they decided were their priorities and discusses the time they spent with me.
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