Safe real estate investment

Are you considering investing in real estate in Costa Rica? The lush landscapes, stunning beaches, and vibrant culture make it an attractive option for property buyers worldwide. However, amidst the allure of paradise, there lurks the potential for scams and frauds that can turn your dream investment into a nightmare.

As specialists in real estate law, we at LandCo are committed to ensuring that your property acquisition in Costa Rica is smooth, secure, and free from any fraudulent activities.

Warning signs of a potential scam

Costa Rica is a beautiful country with a thriving real estate market, but like any other country, it has its share of scammers looking to exploit unsuspecting buyers.

One common scam involves fraudulent property listings, where scammers advertise properties that they do not own or have no authority to sell. They may use enticing photos and descriptions to lure buyers into making payments for properties that do not exist or are already sold to someone else.

Another prevalent scam is the misrepresentation of property titles. Some sellers may claim to have clear title to a property when, in reality, some legal issues or disputes could jeopardize your ownership rights. Without proper due diligence, you could end up embroiled in lengthy legal battles or even lose your investment altogether.

To avoid falling victim to these scams, it’s essential to exercise caution and diligence throughout the property-buying process.

Tips to help you steer clear of fraudulent schemes

Work with a reputable real estate agent:

Choose an agent or agency with a proven track record of integrity and professionalism. They can help you navigate the complexities of the Costa Rican real estate market and identify legitimate properties.

Verify property ownership:

Before making any payments or signing any contracts, verify the seller’s ownership of the property through official land records and titles. Ensure that there are no liens, encumbrances, or legal issues that could affect the sale.

Work with a reputable real estate agent

Conduct thorough inspections:

Inspect the property thoroughly, preferably with the assistance of a qualified inspector or engineer. Look for any structural issues, zoning violations, or discrepancies between the listing and the actual property.

Review contracts carefully:

Read and understand all contracts and agreements related to the property purchase. Pay attention to the fine print, especially regarding payment terms, liabilities, and warranties.

Seek legal advice:

Engage the services of a reputable real estate lawyer like LandCo to review all legal documents and provide guidance throughout the transaction. Our exclusive “20-checklist” closing system and rigorous examination of the title ensure that your interests are protected at every step.

At LandCo, we understand the importance of a secure and hassle-free property acquisition process. Founded in 2004 by Francisco Molinero and Milton Ortegarrieta, our firm is dedicated to providing personalized legal services tailored to our clients’ needs. We pride ourselves on our commitment to transparency, integrity, and client satisfaction.

Whether you’re a local resident or an international investor, let LandCo be your trusted partner in real estate acquisition in Costa Rica. Our team of experienced lawyers will guide you through the entire process, from due diligence to closing, ensuring that your investment is safeguarded and your interests are protected. Contact us and don’t let the fear of scams deter you from realizing your dreams of owning property in Costa Rica. With LandCo by your side, you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands.