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Financing Your Dream Property in Costa Rica

Financing Options

Investing in real estate in Costa Rica can require significant financial resources, making financing an essential consideration for many investors. In this blog post will provide an overview of the various financing options available for real estate investments in Costa Rica, as well as an analysis of their benefits and drawbacks.

Bank Loans

One of the most common methods for financing real estate investments in Costa Rica is through a bank loan. Typically, banks will require a down payment of 20-30% of the property’s appraisal value, which will be conducted by bank-approved appraisers and paid for by the borrower, regardless of loan approval. It’s important to note that appraised values can differ significantly from the seller’s asking price. If the appraisal value is lower than the negotiated price, the down payment will need to cover the difference.

In addition to the down payment, banks will also require proof of income and a mortgage on the property. However, navigating the requirements for opening an account for a foreign investor, receiving funds, and obtaining loan approval can be challenging due to money laundering regulations. Failure to comply with fund transfer regulations (for amounts over $10,000) when sending funds to Costa Rica could result in frozen assets.

Therefore, it’s advisable to seek guidance from a local financial advisor before taking any steps. You can find recommended professionals and wealth managers here.



Seller Financing

Another option for financing a real estate investment in Costa Rica is through seller financing. This option involves the property seller acting as the lender, offering the buyer a loan to purchase the property. This option can offer more flexible terms and may not require as much collateral as a bank loan. However, it’s important to conduct thorough due diligence and ensure that the seller has clear ownership of the property and can legally offer financing.


Typically a seller financing will be for only a few years instead of the 15-20 years that banks offer so consider this option as a temporary solution while you secure another loan or sell assets to complete the aquisition.


Private Lenders

Private lenders, such as individuals or private equity firms, may also offer financing options for real estate investments in Costa Rica. These options can provide more flexibility than traditional bank loans and may not require as much collateral. However, interest rates and repayment terms may be less favorable than bank loans.



Although it is technically feasible for a non-resident to obtain a mortgage from a bank in Costa Rica, the process is extremely challenging and can be quite frustrating. In many other countries, banks offer traditional property loans because they can verify the borrower’s residency status, employment history, and financial background. However, Costa Rican banks lack access to this information and would struggle to confirm it even if they did. The language barrier adds another layer of complexity, as all legal documents in Costa Rica must be in Spanish and translated by an official Costa Rican translator. As a result, most buyers who need financing either secure funds from their home country through their existing property equity, withdraw from their insurance or IRA, find a private lender, or seek out real estate opportunities where the owner is willing to provide financing.

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