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Property Prices Comparison between US and Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a small country located in Central America, just north of Panama. It is well known for its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and friendly people. For these reasons, Costa Rica has become a popular tourist destination.

While Costa Rica is a relatively small country, it offers a variety of property types and prices. While property prices in Costa Rica may be lower than in the United States, it is essential to remember that the cost of living in Costa Rica can be lower as well. This means that your purchasing power will be lower when you buy property in Costa Rica.

If you are thinking about buying property in Costa Rica, it is important to do your research. Several websites can help you compare property prices in Costa Rica and the United States. In addition, it is a good idea to speak with a real estate agent in Costa Rica to get an idea of what properties are available and how much they cost.

When you are ready to buy property in Costa Rica, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. First, it is essential to remember that the Costa Rican government has some restrictions on property ownership. As a result, it is important to work with a knowledgeable real estate agent who can help you navigate these restrictions.

In addition, it is essential to be aware of the costs associated with buying property in Costa Rica, for example, transfer taxes, closing costs, lawyer fees, etc. You will also need to factor in the cost of shipping your belongings to Costa Rica.

If you are looking for a place to retire or invest, Costa Rica is an excellent choice. The combination of lower property prices and a lower cost of living make it an attractive destination for many people. With a little bit of research, you can find the perfect property in Costa Rica for your needs.


Here is the Property Prices Comparison Between the United States and Costa Rica

Rent Per Month
USACosta Rica 


Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre1,552.43 $   465.92 $    -69.99 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre1,236.58 $   326.91 $    -73.56 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,735.89 $    808.16 $    -70.46 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,156.50 $    590.85 $    -72.60 %
Buy Apartment Price
Price per m² to Buy Apartment in City Centre4,523.99 $    1,593.70 $     -64.77 %
Price per m² to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre2,124.87 $    1,250.49 $     -41.15 %
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax)3,627.08 $   710.61 $     -80.41 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly5.40   9.47     +75.38 %
Last update June, 2022May, 2022

The information above regarding Property Prices Comparison is from Numbeo (the world’s largest cost of the living database. Numbeo is also a crowd-sourced global database of quality of life data: housing indicators, perceived crime rates, healthcare quality, transport quality, and other statistics).

Disclaimer: prices vary depending on the location.

There is no restriction on property ownership by foreigners in Costa Rica. Properties are transferred between entities by executing a transfer or conveyance deed (escritura de traspaso) through a notary public.

In Costa Rica, all public notaries must be attorneys, and they are responsible for preparing, supervising the execution, and recording all publicly registered documents. A property cannot be transferred to another entity (individual or company) if the land does not have a registered survey. This survey must be referenced in the deed of transfer.

The National Registry of Costa Rica reviews the deed and then registers the property in the new owner’s name.


-Co-written by Lawsen Parker (Operations Manager) and Glenn Tellier (Founder of Grupo Gap)


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