Increased Foreign Investment in Real Estate

During the first three months of 2013 the real estate market in Costa Rica received $377 million from the sale of properties and construction projects of foreign capital.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

This amount represents 90% of the total resources directed towards this sector during 2012. In that period the country had revenues of $866 million in foreign direct investment, an increase of 41% compared to the same period last year.

Information from the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR) reveals that coastal properties were those which had the most movement. According to experts, the phenomenon is due to the drought in the years following the economic crisis.

According to Andres Zamora, vice president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Real Estate, a lot of the new business has happened in Guanacaste near the Daniel Oduber airport.

Danny Quiros, Market Intelligence Director at Colliers International, said that in the Central Valley, the increase was seen in offices and industrial facilities, which had growth of 13% and 9% respectively, compared with the same period in 2012.

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