Barry Klatt

403-271-0600
Barry Klatt
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Fax:403-476-5236

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Looking for a piece of Costa Rican Paradise? Asking only $150,000, I invite you to view "Villagio Flor de Pacifico"! This is a fully furnished two bedroom detached home in a quiet, gated community. Native Costa Rican hardwoods were used for the soaring vault ceilings, built-in wardrobes, casings / trims and the kitchen cabinets. This home has plenty of charm
with arched windows, tiled floors and open design. A wide and shady patio across the front invites you to relax in the hammock. Established grounds and gardens provide a tranquil and colorful backdrop to this community that features a large owners pool, quaint Central Plaza complete with restaurants and shops, secure parking and all only 5 minutes from the beach
and marina. This is a "turn-key" opportunity to secure an affordable vacation or retirement home on Costa Rica's Gold Coast  - rental income is possible to assist with ownership costs.
 
Contact me for more details.
 

A little more than $40,000 could be up for grabs when you purchase your recreational home in BC!

Good news for sure for real estate investors in the recreational market. Naturally there is a lot of new "unsold" recreational inventory around at the moment and this move by the BC government, while a little hard to understand is a welcome break for a sluggish real estate sector.

No rules in regards to the grant are available which actually refers to grants for second home purchases. The rules and regulations are expected to be published this month.

We do know it will be eligible for purchases of second homes up to $850,000 and is to be administered by the Province rather than CRA in relation to HST/GST rebates.

While it is a welcome break, it is curious in my mind why this would be administered as a grant/bonus. Years ago as the federal Conservatives toppled the long reigning Liberal government, there was talk of tax breaks/deferrals on capital gains for real estate investors. To me, this would appear to be a better long term strategy to assist with what is a very significant industry in our province.

For now however, we are dealing with a temporary grant program that will run from March this year to April next year with details coming as to what defines a second property and who is eligible for the rebate from the Province. We await with baited breath!
 
Ask me about how to start your search for investment properties in BC!
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If you are interested in investing in a vacation home or rental, please read an email I received from a fellow Realtor below.  Please contact me for more information about investing down South.
 

Greetings from sunny Costa Rica!

With the "Year of the Dragon" in full swing, 2012 is shaping up to be an interesting year already. While much of North America has enjoyed a mild winter (so far...), here in Costa Rica the weather is just what you expect ... sunny ... warm ... every day! The past "green season" ended late with some showers coming in early/mid December 2011. Otherwise, no rain since late December and not expecting any until April. Just the way I like it! Not to rub it in too much, but the attached YouTube link gives you a taste of the weather and activities here.  http://youtube/J6J9MYH9Q1I
 
Being my fifth winter here, it is obvious that it is just getting easier and simpler to live, visit and invest in Costa Rica! Pura Vida!
- The new airport extension in Liberia at Daniel Oduber International opened up this month, making the travel experience much more enjoyable.The terminal is now an air conditioned for both passengers and guests - no more waiting in the parking lot! LOL

- The Clinica Biblica medical centre is close to completion - expecting to further enhance the medical tourism industry here in the Pacific northwest. Costa Rica is internationally recognized as a destination for people looking for affordable dental and cosmetic surgeries, as well as more complicated procedures such as knee/hip replacements and even cardiac surgery. It is a $40 million dollar hospital and is just minutes from Liberia airport.

- New regulations adopted in September 2011 clarify visa requirements for foreign visitors to Costa Rica. Canada and the US are in "Group 1" and may enter without an entry visa as long as their stay is less than 90 days and their passport is valid for 3 months. Most "snowbirds" that want to stay more than 90 days take a 3 day "visa run" out of the country to either Nicaragua or Panama and renew their visa for a further 90 days when they return.
 
Speaking of easy ... I have attached a brochure for a property that I have recently placed on the market here in beautiful Playa Flamingo. "Casa Todo" - meaning "Everything Home," is a top floor condo right on the beach. Casa Todo comes completely furnished and includes a private garage AND a 4x4 truck ... for only $345,000 US. The property is stunning and has been meticulously maintained. Home ownership in Costa Rica couldn't be easier! Talk about all inclusive! Contact me if you would like further information and feel free to pass this information on to anyone you know who is considering investing or retiring south.
 

I want to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to you for a New Year brimming with health and happiness. I look forward to staying in touch and welcome your call or email at any time.

PURA VIDA!

Linda Wilks
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