Hi there. I have about a million questions but I'll try to be brief. My husband and I, along with another couple are interested in buying a home in Costa Rica as a vacation home and possibly to rent out when we're not there. I realize that searching for properties online limits me to English-speaking sites which seem to be much pricier than if I were to come to Costa Rica and search for a home while there. Is that right? We have never been but plan on going this summer. In theory, I'd like to own a home near the ocean but I'm curious as to what the climate is like year round.
As for technicalities, how much do realtors typically expect as a down payment for a home? We don't need anything luxurious, 2 bedrooms, 2 bath and we would require financing. Any help is much appreciated. Also, if anyone knows a real estate agent I could speak with that WOULDN'T give me "you're American therefore you must be rich" prices, I would appreciate that, too.