Nick Viale

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Guanacaste - World Heritage Site

By Nick Viale | Published 10/11/2007 | Travel |

We all know that Guanacaste, Costa Rica boasts pristine beaches, world-class diving, fishing and adventure tours, but it also lays claim to a much more significant attribute. In 1999 Guanacaste was designated as a World Heritage site. What does this mean to the average person?

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1) Cost of living: Those pension dollars will go a long way here, compared to most places. San José's prices are among the second lowest of any city in the Americas, and the cost of goods and services is among the lowest in the world.

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Take a Permanent Vacation

By Nick Viale | Published 11/29/2007 | Real Estate |

Are you looking for more meaning in your life - a sense of happiness? Are you tired of days that blend into each other? Do you find yourself sitting in traffic feeling the heat rising up your neck? Fighting with your family members, coworkers or neighbors? Are you awakened night after night by the noise of the city? Maybe it's time to get away from it all: imagine a life where you can just get up in the morning, walk to the beach, have a fresh juice and enjoy the sun.

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Vacation Home Sales Are Up

By Nick Viale | Published 12/14/2007 | Real Estate |

The move to buying a second home overseas is gaining popularity, and many retirees are looking to Mexico, Costa Rica and even further afield for their beachfront properties. Many of these prime retirement areas are experiencing a strengthening realty market, thanks to (our) foreign investment.

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When looking for high quality vacation rentals, or a permanent home in an exotic location, pre-construction is often the way to go. What is pre-construction? Well, it means a home or condo that is still in the planning stages, but hasn't yet been built. The buyer purchases the home from the developer or builder-owner.

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