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Chapter 5 - Rent, buy, or build?

It’s the most important question you’ll have to face in considering a move to Costa Rica: Should you rent, buy, or build? The answer depends on a number of factors, including your age, the permanence of your move, your financial resources, and how familiar you are with Costa Rica. There is no single “right” answer, and this chapter will help you think through some of the advantages and disadvantages of your three choices, looking at issues like cost, risk, residency, length of stay, and the “head-ache” factor.