Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Moment of Peace from Costa Rica to Start 2012!

Dear Blog Followers:


We don't need many words when the world is as beautiful and peaceful as this. It was 7:00 AM this morning, on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the Guanacaste province. I will be glad to help you explore it for yourself, whenever you are ready.


Best Wishes in 2012!



Saturday, December 17, 2011

Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® Supports Guanacaste Tourism Board, CATURGUA


Recognition of Importance of Visitors and Investors to Costa Rica’s Growth

Guanacaste, Costa Rica, November 4, 2011 – The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR) has decided to support CATURGUA,  C├ímara de Turismo Guanacasteca,  and its efforts to attract international visitors and investors to Costa Rica, particularly the Guanacaste Province. Both organizations understand the importance of tourism and real estate investment to Costa Rica’s economic success.

The first evidence of CRGAR’s support is the placement of a full page advertisement by CRGAR  in the latest edition of “Guanacaste – The Sunny Side of Costa Rica”, the free, seasonal CATURGUA magazine directed at visitors arriving during 2012. “CRGAR members have a solid base of professional ethics, training, credentials, and the Costa Rica MLS, to offer clients considering investments in Costa Rica”, shared Priscilla Solano, Board Fiscal of CRGAR. “We also recognize that every international investor was a visitor first, and we are proud to work with CATURGUA’s media resources to get our professional message to as many of them as possible, as they arrive.”




Tourism levels in Costa Rica have set successive yearly records, since a decline in 2009 at the depths of the global financial crisis, and advance bookings for 2012 suggest the trend of new records will continue. “CATURGUA has focused on the needs of both visitors to Costa Rica and its domestic travel industry, while seeking support from other business groups that share its interests”, according to Nadene Tipper, CRGAR Board Secretary. “CRGAR is proud to help CATURGUA with its important mission.”

Two new and important projects, both opening soon with significant implications for visitors and investors, will also receive the attention of CRGAR:

1)  The new, state-of-the-art terminal at Liberia International Airport (LIR) will soon receive its first passengers  – along with new airlines, like JetBlue, already arriving in Costa Rica.  This facility represents the biggest investment, by far, in the airport’s ability to handle surging passenger volumes since it opened to scheduled international service in December, 2002.

2) In January, a satellite hospital of the private CIMA Medical Center in San Jose will open its doors near the Liberia Airport, giving Guanacaste its very first 21st century inpatient and outpatient facility.

CRGAR will continue to support public understanding of these and other new projects in Guanacaste, as well as the work of CATURGUA.

About CRGAR:
The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR) is the only professional real estate organization in Costa Rica that requires its members to become individual members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States and of the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA), and offers The Costa Rica MLS – the only property database in Central America built on the global Proxio platform. For contact:info@crgar.com.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Costa Rica Realtors Will Syndicate Listings from the Costa Rica MLS to New REALTOR.com/International

CRGAR’s Participation Means Costa Rica Will Be One of the First Central American Markets to Be Featured!

NAR Convention, Anaheim, California – November 12, 2011 – The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR) has signed an agreement with Realtor.com to provide International property listings from Costa Rica. Listings from users of the Costa Rica MLS are planned to begin to appear on the Realtor.com International website by early next year.  Realtor.com is one of the world’s most recognized consumer property websites with over 17,000,000 unique visitors each month.

“Realtor.com is happy to welcome CRGAR’s REALTORS® and their listings from the Costa Rica MLS. Adding the global dimension to Realtor.com has been under preparation for the past year, and we are proud to be associated with CRGAR’s, NAR-Member REALTORS®”, stated Bob Greenspan, Realtor.com Vice President for Industry Relations.



       
















Anaheim Convention Center 
                                               



















Signing Agreement - L-R – Standing: Jeff Hornberger and Carlos Fuentes (NAR),
Bob Greenspan (Realtor.com), Alberto Triquell (CRGAR),
Seated: Jennifer Wiziarde (NAR), Allen Lungo and Laura Murray (CRGAR)

“CRGAR has worked hard to implement the Costa Rica MLS, and to assure users that the data for each listing is accurate, timely, and reliable”, added Alberto Triquell, CRGAR Vice President and Costa Rica MLS instructor. “We are pleased that Realtor.com will help offer our listings to global investors and real estate professionals.”

CRGAR received recognition for its participation from NAR and Realtor.com during the opening sessions of the Global Alliance at the NAR Annual Convention in Anaheim, California, concluding Monday, November 14, 2011.


       

















International Expo –Central America Session   L-R Alberto Triquell and Laura Murray (CRGAR)              




















Award Ceremony for Realtor.com Partners L-R Allen Lungo (CRGAR),
Janet Branton (NAR Senior VP), Errol Samuelson (Realtor.com)

CRGAR has maintained a bi-lateral agreement with the National Association of Realtor (NAR) in the United States, and requires all of its REALTOR® members to become individual members of NAR, as well. By doing so, all CRGAR REALTORS® are subject to NAR’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice.

For more information, info@crgar.com

About CRGAR
The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR), is affiliated with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in the United States, and is the only such association in Central America to require its members to become individual members of NAR, as well. CRGAR offers REALTOR® training classes, ethical enforcement, peer-licensing, international affiliations, special events, and access to the Costa Rica MLS. CRGAR will offer a full CIPS Institute in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, January 9-14, 2011. For information, email to info@crgar.com.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Diana Ross Concert Closes Realtor Convention

Anaheim Convention Center, Sunday Night, November 13, 2011 - Diana Ross brought down the curtain on the 2011 Convention of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), attended by 20,000 global real estate professionals. She performed for almost 1.5 hours without a break, and completed 6 wardrobe changes. She apparently did not plan an encore, but the audience cheered her back out for more of her last song, "I Will Survive". She wowed everyone with a voice that sounded just like the Diana we have always known. Her music set included every decade of her long career starting with Motown. Enjoy the pics and remember the sound......




























Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Costa Rica REALTORS® Announce 2012 Golf Tournament and Fundraising Weekend Events in Guanacaste
Expectations for Early Sellout of Teams at the Tournament, Record Fundraising Results

Guanacaste, Costa Rica – October 20, 2011 – The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR) has announced that its next Golf Tournament and Fundraising Weekend will be held April 6-7, 2012. The golf tournament and awards luncheon will return to Reserva Conchal’s Golf Club, and Beach Club, respectively, on Saturday the 7th. The tournament will be preceded by the Welcome Party on the night before at a location to be announced. A portion of the funds raised will be contributed to local education programs.

“The recent CRGAR Golf Tournament and Awards Luncheon (June, 2011) was the most successful and well-attended in Reserva Conchal history. We look forward to 2012 and a full-capacity field of 104 golfers,” offered Reserva Conchal Golf Director, Carlos Rojas Soto.











CRGAR Board Member and Weekend Co-Chair, Lindsey Cantillo added, “The Tournament and Welcome Party are also great opportunities for our supporters to gain recognition by sponsoring holes, tees, golf achievement, the events themselves, or by becoming the Named Sponsor for the entire weekend.” The sponsor program and support levels will be available at the beginning of December.


“Because Reserva Conchal Golf Club is private, the CRGAR Golf Tournament is one of the few times each year that non-member golfers get to enjoy its challenges and beauty”, remarked CRGAR Board Member and Weekend Co-Chair, Terry Wright. “The tournament has been purposely scheduled during the Semana Santa holiday period to attract golfers from all over Costa Rica, who traditionally come to the beach during this time.”

The available tournament details include:
Course: Reserva Conchal Golf Club
Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Check In: Pro Shop
Tee Off: 7:30AM, Scramble Start
Format: 3-Person Teams (with 2 teams teeing off together on each hole)
Handicap: Must be registered in advance
Included: Continental Breakfast, Golf Cart, Ice/Beverages/Snacks (on the course), Free Mojitos (after), Awards Luncheon, Trophies
Golf Fee (including above): To be announced/incentives for early reservation
Luncheon Tickets: Non-golfers may purchase separately/price to be announced


To be sure to receive further details on the 2012 CRGAR Golf Tournament and Fundraising Weekend, or to offer your support as a sponsor or volunteer, send an email to CRGARGOLF@gmail.com.

About CRGAR
The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR), is affiliated with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in the United States, and is the only such association in Central America to require its members to become individual members of NAR, as well. CRGAR offers REALTOR® training classes, ethical enforcement, peer-licensing, international affiliations, special events, and access to the Costa Rica MLS. For information, email to info@crgar.com.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Costa Rica Realtors Offer “CIPS Designation Vacation” in Tamarindo, January 9-14, 2012


6 Course Schedule Offers Designation Training to All Global Realtors Interested in a Costa Rica Visit, Too!



Guanacaste Gold Coast, October 6, 2012 – The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR) has licensed the authority to offer a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Institute from the National Associationof REALTORS® (NAR). (The CIPS Program and Designation was developed and is supervised directly by NAR).  The CIPS Designation has become one of the most desirable of all NAR credentials in today’s challenging economic environment, in the context of simultaneous globalization. NAR’s studies have shown that active CIPS designees increase client volume by an average of 20% after completing the credential.

Get your free copy of the Costa Rica 2012 CIPS Intitute Brochure by emailing cipscostarica2012@crgar.com.

(Sample images included here)


CRGAR has designed the CIPS Institute in Tamarindo as a 6-day schedule to appeal to international REALTORS® from all corners of the world, as well as Costa Rica and Central America. The CIPS courses in Tamarindo will include 1 mandatory prerequisite course, a choice of 2 “core” training days covering international or US markets, and 3 elective days focusing separately on business in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.  Completing a total of 5 courses is required as an element of receiving the CIPS Designation. The CIPS Institute in Costa Rica is structured to enable REALTORS® from any corner of the globe to select a personal pattern of courses to learn about other, unfamiliar global markets and complete the full CIPS class instruction requirements in a single week in Tamarindo.

“CRGAR has recognized the tremendous synergies between 1) Costa Rica’s proven appeal to visitors, 2) the country’s emerging 1st world status in the international economy, and 3) NAR-sanctioned international market training for REALTORS®”, noted CRGAR President, Allen Lungo. “We greatly appreciate NAR’s support in this venture, and look forward to future CRGAR/NAR REALTOR® Institutes in Costa Rica.”

The instructor for CRGAR’s Tamarindo CIPS Institute is David Wyant (CIPS, ABR, AHWD, ePRO, GRI, TRC, SFR, RSPS, GREEN, CDEI) who is a past winner of NAR’s “Instructor of the Year Award”, a Florida Broker/REALTOR®, and leads the Across Borders School for the real estate profession. He added, “International credentials are among the most important for any REALTOR®, anywhere, to earn in today’s world”, and “CRGAR’s approach in attracting global REALTORS® to beautiful Costa Rica will certainly enhance the class experience for all.”

CRGAR has also assembled a team to support attendees and their families in making travel arrangements. Travel advice, booking accommodations, pre- or post-Institute vacation days, and all other visitor support will be coordinated by the Tamarindo office of Costa Rica Welcome Centers (CRWC). Preferred rates in rental condos and hotel rooms may only be reserved through CRWC. 


A detailed brochure and travel assistance staff are available for you at cipscostarica2012@crgar.com.

About CRGAR
The Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® is a NAR-cooperating association in Costa Rica, and the only professional group in the country which requires all of its REALTOR® members to belong to NAR on an individual basis, as well. CRGAR offers REALTOR® training, peer-licensing, ethical enforcement, NAR membership with access to www.realtor.org, ICREA membership with access to www.worldproperties.com, and the new, national Costa Rica MLS based on the Proxio global-standard database platform.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Costa Rica and Miami Realtors Agree to Marketing Alliance

Miami Association of Realtors Signs Reciprocal Agreement with Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors
Associations Agree to Share Property Listings

 
Miami, Florida, and Tamarindo, Costa Rica – September 19, 2011 - The Miami Association of Realtors (MIAMI) has signed a reciprocal agreement with the Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors (CRGAR) that will generate business opportunities for members of both associations. Specifically, MIAMI and CRGAR will share property listings via Proxio’s internet data exchange platform and connect professionals through Proxio Pro’s professional network. The reciprocal agreement was signed at the Florida Realtors Convention in Orlando, Florida.



           Miami, Florida                                                                                         Tamarindo, Costa Rica     

 
"We are proud to join hands with the MIAMI Association of Realtors, America’s largest local Realtor association, to attract international investors to our region and promote the growth of Proxio’s industry-leading real estate database," said CRGAR President Allen Lungo. This collaboration will strengthen international exposure for the Costa Rican and Miami real estate markets and enhance referral business for members of both associations. 


"MIAMI is pleased to partner with CRGAR, an organization committed to serving its members and Costa Rica, and to expanding global opportunities," said Teresa King Kinney, MIAMI Chief Operating Officer. "Costa Rica is a strong market for Miami and South Florida, and we look forward to a very successful relationship with CRGAR that will greatly benefit our respective members and regional real estate activities.


 
According to the 2011 Profile of International Home Buyers in Florida, 53 percent of international buyers in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach are from Latin America. Florida is by far the #1 investment destination in the United States for foreign buyers, accounting for 30 percent, a nine percent increase compared to 2010, of all international sales in the country. In Florida, South Florida is the top destination for international buyers, accounting for 31 percent of international sales in the state.

 
MIAMI’s International Council has signed agreements with more than 65 foreign real estate organizations around the world - including the Russian Guild of Realtors in Moscow, Russia; Secovi-SP in Sao Paulo, Brazil; and FNAIM Paris – Ile de France in Paris, France. These agreements link MIAMI members to those of our worldwide partners and globalize the local real estate market.   

 
About the MIAMI Association of REALTORSThe MIAMI Association of REALTORS was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating more than 90 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida.  Comprised of four organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward County Board of Governors, and the International Council, it represents more than 24,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage.  It is the largest local association in the National Association of Realtors, and has partnerships with more than 60 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is
www.miamire.com.


About the Costa Rica Global Association of RealtorsThe Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors (CRGAR) has supported Realtor professionalism and the growth of Costa Rica as an international real estate investment destination for over 10 years. As the the only association in Costa Rica that requires its members to also belong to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States, CRGAR is the most professional platform for realtors in the country. CRGAR’s growing national base of members and series of international partnerships led to the creation of the Costa Rica MLS (CRMLS). CRMLS is the only national property database with listings that are all legally-registered, entered by a NAR member, and have the association’s backing of referral relationships.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Costa Rica Realtor Association Offers New Real Estate MLS

Costa Rica MLS Launches on Proxio’s Global Real Estate Networking Platform

Provides the Most Reliable Source of Property Listings in Costa Rica

CUPERTINO, Calif. – September 12, 2011Proxio, Inc., creator of ProxioPro, the Global Network for Real Estate, and the Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors (CRGAR) announced today that The Costa Rica MLS (CRMLS) has been launched as the first professional multiple listing service (MLS) in Latin America. The Costa Rica MLS operates in multiple languages and currencies, to serve Costa Rica’s diverse agents and their clients.
Costa Rica - Guanacaste Gold Coast View from Pacific Heights to Potrero, Flamingo and Playa Conchal
The Costa Rica MLS was initiated by CRGAR, one of Costa Rica’s leading professional realtor associations, to provide a single, reliable information source for properties in Costa Rica, with every property entered by a real estate professional. Utilizing Proxio’s technology platform, listings of all types are translated and promoted worldwide through Proxio’s global network of over 400,000 real estate professionals from more than 120 countries, and via syndication to partner websites, where listings are searchable by consumers in 19 languages.

“The Costa Rica MLS is the result of historic cooperation between the most professional realtors in Costa Rica, resulting in a stronger industry here,” said Allen Lungo, CRGAR Board President. “Proxio’s unique, multilingual platform makes it possible for us to bridge languages and create a single, trusted source of listings for the country, benefiting both agents and buyers.”

The Costa Rica MLS
is the only online source of the country’s available properties where every listing in the system is globally marketed via the Proxio Network, and where all agents are members of a professional association and adhere to a code of ethics. CRMLS is managed by CRGAR, the only non-profit association of Costa Rica realtors requiring membership in the National Association of Realtors (NAR), with responsibility for training, supervision, and ethical enforcement.


“Working with forward-thinking real estate associations like CRGAR, to create a truly professional MLS is very satisfying for us,” said Janet Case, CEO and co-founder of Proxio. “We designed our innovative technology to help associations organize their real estate markets, increase the professionalism of their agents, and extend their reach globally—and Costa Rica is doing exactly that.”

In addition to participating in the Costa Rica MLS for property sharing, and the ProxioPro network for professional networking, CRMLS agents can further promote Costa Rica properties by utilizing a Proxio-powered widget on their own websites, so potential buyers can see all CRMLS listings in 19 languages, and all leads can be directed to the agent.

Real estate professionals interested in joining CRMLS can obtain information by contacting info@crgar.com


About Proxio
Proxio’s real estate marketing and networking platform delivers a quick and easy way for brokerages, agents, MLSs, and associations on any continent to extend their reach globally. Proxio’s proprietary technology and services operate in 19 languages, and enable professionals to better serve diverse clients, promote listings globally, increase sales through agent-to-agent networking, and instantly translate listings. The ProxioPro Global Real Estate Network currently hosts over 400,000 agents and 2.8 million listings from over 120 countries. Proxio is privately funded and based in Cupertino, California. For more information, visit Proxio.

About CRMLS
The Costa Rica MLS (CRMLS) is a service offered by the Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors (CRGAR). CRMLS was created for and by the most professionally qualified realtors in Costa Rica, and it freely offers access to all Costa Rica listings to global realtors, investors, and the general public. For more information, visit The Costa Rica MLS.

 

Contact:                                                               Contact:
Allen Lungo                                                           Kate Gerwe
CRGAR Board President                                      Chief Marketing Officer
CRMLS Chairman                                                 Proxio, Inc.
011-506-870-GO-MLS (8708-6657)                      001-408-806-9201
alungo@racsa.co.cr                                              k.gerwe@proxio.com

Monday, June 6, 2011

Costa Rica and Your 2011 Plans for Vacation, Investment, and Retirement

Costa Rica is rebounding in 2011, ahead of the global curve, due to its unique global appeal to visitors, investors, and retirees. This year seems to be the right time to visit and explore your options, if Costa Rica has ever been on your mind for vacation, real estate investment, and individual retirement. Costa Rica has a rare combination of 1) natural beauty and temperate tropical weather, 2) a growing, diversified, and globalized economy, 3) status as one of the world’s top real estate investment destinations for high net worth individuals, and 4) an overall welcoming attitude to foreigners and government policies designed to attract retirees. The focus of activity and interest has been the on the country’s North Pacific coast with emerging coastal centers like Tamarindo and Flamingo, in the Guanacaste Province - Costa Rica's newest frontier for tourism and development.

Traditionally, the "high season" for travelers to Guanacaste and its dry, warm weather has coincided with winter in North America and Europe. Now, tourists, investors, and retirees have learned that the “Green Season” from the end of May to September offers equally pleasant weather, showers that are no more frequent than in the Midwest of the US in summer and turn the country into a lush paradise, and reduced rates for accommodations, tours, rental cars, etc. The Green Season has been a “best kept secret” that is leaking out as travelers discover it as a new summer vacation alternative.

Costa Rica has been on the minds of traveler’s for the last decade and it is rare to find someone who has not visited, not known someone who has, or is not dreaming to be able to go soon. Costa Rica regularly shares first place with Hawaii in global tourism surveys concerning the world’s most desirable vacation destinations. Both offer equivalent natural beauty, features like volcanoes, ocean sports headlined by surfing, and a climate that is very appealing for most months of the year. However, Costa Rica has a unique advantage in its closer proximity to North America and Europe, which in many cases saves several hours of travel time. Further, after arrival at its new international airport at Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR), its most popular tourist destinations (Arenal Volcano, Tamarindo beaches and surfing, and Ecotours) are within 1-3 hours by car.

The economy of the country has been increasingly diversified by the government’s encouragement of the relocation of high-tech industries, medical equipment producers, software companies, and distribution and call center services, among others. The number one export from Costa Rica is now Intel microchips, instead of a single agricultural product. Tourism is also back to setting new annual records for visitor volume, partially based on new interest in medical vacations and ecotourism.

Investors continue to favor Costa Rica real estate for all the above travel reasons, and the competitive aspects of low property tax rates (1/2 of 1% of value, per year) and the ability of foreigners to legally own 100% of properties, corporations, and other assets. The value of Costa Rica real estate has tracked with the rest of the world over the last 3-4 years, but it did not fall as far, and is already rebounding. Real estate prices in 2011 have actually started to trend upward in certain instances, and sellers who are enjoying higher rental incomes from higher visitor traffic, are starting to resist low offers. Investors, who may be holding back for “the moment” to return to the Costa Rica market, should consider visiting in the next few months before the prospects for a successful 2012 high season emboldens sellers any further.

Costa Rica is also in the process of introducing The Costa Rica MLS – the first truly national MLS system, which is being managed by the Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors (CRGAR). All CRGAR members are also members of NAR in the United States and ascribe to its Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. The real estate market is diversified and sophisticated with many options in homes, condos, view lots, development land, resorts, ranches, and even fractional ownership.

Retirees are being welcomed with increasingly open arms, as a recent national policy directive to encourage their relocation to Costa Rica, evolves into actual practice. Costa Rica estimates that each new foreign retiree generates 4 new permanent jobs in the national economy, which is a strong incentive to fashion policies to be more competitive with Florida, Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. Immigration and residency rules, in particular, favor any foreigner who may come to Costa Rica while receiving a pension from outside the country. Further, anyone investing at least $200,000 in Costa Rica real estate (retirement home?), can now use that investment as their application basis for permanent residency.

So, if you are a global vacationer, investor, and/or retiree, then you should strongly consider looking at Costa Rica in 2011. It is the moment to get involved, particularly if your interest may involve adding Costa Rica to your life for investment or retirement.

Send your questions…..

Allen Lungo

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day Moments from Costa Rica

Many countries of the world are celebrating Mother's Day this weekend, and even though Costa Rica does not until August, we are offering these pictures of Central America's serenity to share with yours. From our blessed land of beauty and peace, we honor mothers close to you.

Bring her to see us. Experience this firsthand....


The sunset was yesterday (Fri) and the morning scene below was earlier today (Sat).
























Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Costa Rica Realtor Association Sets Professional Priorities for 2011-2012 The Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors (CRGAR) has reaffirmed its longstanding goal to become the most sophisticated professional platform available to Costa Rica’s realtors, and to support the government’s efforts to pass legal licensing legislation. Costa Rica’s real estate market is returning to life after the global financial meltdown, and CRGAR continues to shape the professional environment for the benefit of investors, developers, and realtors.

At its most recent Annual General Assembly, newly-elected 2011 CRGAR President, Allen Lungo, remarked that “an exciting professional future lies ahead for the evolution of Costa Rica’s real estate industry”, as the Board led members through the discussion and adoption of the following initiatives:


1) CRGAR will continue to implement the new national multiple (property) listing system (MLS), known as The Costa Rica MLS. The new MLS, based on the Proxio global platform, has its worldwide introduction slated for early May, 2011, and is targeting an audience of 3 million realtors.


2) CRGAR will continue to work with allied associations in a variety of projects designed to a) promote Costa Rica’s real estate to global investors, b) improve the educational standards for professional training, c) encourage ethical conduct among professionals, and d) pressure the government to maintain its momentum toward legal licensing.









3) CRGAR will initiate the first-ever national research into brand compliance among all professionals offering real estate services in Costa Rica - to confirm the accuracy of credentials and affiliations displayed in the market. This effort has the full support of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States, and the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA) worldwide.


4) CRGAR will work to maintain its leadership role as the only realtor association in Costa Rica offering professional and affiliate membership, peer-licensing, education, NAR membership, ICREA membership, access to The Costa Rica MLS, ethical enforcement, global marketing, governmental liaison, and a commitment to the growth of the country - all within one volunteer organization.









Investors and professionals interested in the Costa Rica real estate market and CRGAR’s professional program, including the upcoming introduction of The Costa Rica MLS, should send their questions and desire for future updates to info@crgar.com.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Global MLS Platform Comes to Costa Rica

On Tuesday, February 1, 2011, The Costa Rica MLS, will begin serving Costa Rica's realtors and connecting them to over 1.3 million real estate professionals who are part of the Proxio system worldwide. The Proxio MLS platform is quickly becoming the global standard for national, state, and regional real estate database systems. Globalization of the real estate business is well underway, and connecting worldwide realtors to Costa Rica's very desirable properties is a major goal of The Costa Rica MLS.

The impetus for selecting Proxio came from CRGAR, The Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors. CRGAR then invited its sister organization, CCCBR, Camara Costarricense de Corredores Bienes Raices to join in offering the Costa Rica MLS as the one true Multiple Listing Service for the country. Members of both organizations comprise the most well-trained, and ethically bound real estate professionals in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is again showing its leadership in the region by being the first Central or Latin American country to adopt a global MLS platform for its real estate profession. Most recently, the decision to select Proxio was also made by the realtor association representing 90% of the realtors in France.

Allen Lungo, CRGAR Board Member, Coordinator of its MLS software selection process, and Broker/Owner of Costa Rica Real Estate Store, said "Using the global platform metaphor, we see ourselves as building a 21st Century professional platform for Costa Rica's realtors, and adding the Proxio-based MLS is an important step. We are proud to do our part to assert that Costa Rica has truly become a "first world" nation - ready for global business."

The Costa Rica MLS will be available to the entire internet-connected population of the world on March 1, 2011, through its primary public portal, The Costa Rica MLS. Participating realtors may also offer access to the entire Costa Rica MLS from their individual websites. Look for the link on their own website homepages or in the directory of The Costa Rica MLS starting in March.