Buying property

Is it best to use an attorney...or a Real Estate agent??

You definitely need an attorney!  Most "real estate agents" became one by saying they are one.  I know two Americans and a Cuban fellow that practice real estate in our area because they decided they could.

You need an attorney, and you need one that is highly recommended by at least a few other Gringos or one or two that you know very well.

Also ask your attorney to make sure that you're going to have the right to build and access the land you are buying. If it's a house, then you likely already have those rights. But if it is raw land then you want to make sure you have Utilities in place or make very very sure you can get them, and make sure you have access to the property and that you have the right to build on the property.

Sometimes an attorney only wants to look at whether the property is titled or not, but there is more to it than that, as above.

Real Estate Agencies are a frace in CR.There are nno licences needed and many pose for Gringos as "Professional  realtors" when they have not had an ounce of schooling (Unlike USA and other ccountries where heavy schooling is needed to get an R.E Licence..The closest People in CR have come to getting a real estate degree..is by having a business card rinted up SAYING that they are professionals...takes a while to get to know this . Be .CAREFUL

pebs :

Real Estate Agencies are a frace in CR.There are nno licences needed and many pose for Gringos as "Professional  realtors" when they have not had an ounce of schooling (Unlike USA and other ccountries where heavy schooling is needed to get an R.E Licence..The closest People in CR have come to getting a real estate degree..is by having a business card rinted up SAYING that they are professionals...takes a while to get to know this . Be .CAREFUL

It is true. But what counts is that you have a good attorney check it out as I mentioned above. The "real estate agents" really only exist as sales people, gathering properties that are for sale, and showing them to you, taking you there etc.

Otherwise it is up to you to check and make sure of the things I mentioned above, the title is good, no liens on it (this is a big one to have checked), right of entry to the property, ability to build on it (uso de suelo) and availability of power and water. Look for an electric pole nearby.  If you don't see one you may have a problem. Same with water.

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