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San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Vol. 14, No. 144

Real Estate
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Professional Directory
A.M. Costa Rica's professional directory is where business people who wish to reach the English-speaking community may invite responses. If you are interested in being represented here, please contact the editor.

Lucinda Gray, Ph.D.
California Licensed Psychologist
International Practice via the Web
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Lucinda Gray, Ph.D.
   •  Transformational  

   • Depression

   • Anxiety

   • Relationship Issues

   • New World Meditation
        Training & Support
U.S. Phone: 310-827-4241
Costa Rica: (506) 2228-2041


U.S. Tax International
U.S. Tax rollover
Plus Costa Rican taxes, accounting, and legal services
Over 15 years in Costa Rica
(English Spoken)

C.R. 2288-2201
  U.S 786-206-9473
FAX: 2231-3300


James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  US GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting

• US Tax return preparation  for
individuals and businesses
• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds
• Assist with back reporting and other filing issues
• Take advantage of the Foreign
Income Tax Exclusion (up to $
99,200 in 2014}
• Business Consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica
• Accounting for US and International Financial Reporting
• Associate of David Housman

Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620

Legal services

Lic.Gregory Kearney Lawson.
Attorneys at Law and real estate brokers
Relocation services, Wedding Planning
Greg Kearney
*Investments  *Corporations
*Tax Shelters *Immigration
*Real Estate Sales in Costa Rica
*Name & Product registration
*Business procedures 
*Family and Labor Law
*Locate People   *Private Investigations
Phone: 7157-9092


Our services are aimed at both individuals and companies
PARALEGAL SERVICES:  We help you in any procedure you need, including obtaining business licenses and operating permits.
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT:  We have more than five years working with Americans and Canadians in property management: Utility payments, Rent collection, Periodic inspections of property, Repair and maintenance services.
CONSTRUCTION AND INTERIOR DESIGN: We build or remodel your house or office with our certified architect and his team of serious and responsible constructors. Plus, we offer the service of property appraisal.
PERMIT CONSULTANT AND MEDICAL IMPORT ADVISER:  We have more than two years in biomedical equipment registrations, categories 1-2-3 with the Ministry of Health of Costa Rica.

Estéfanie Gamboa Garro; 8893-8218 (English speaker)
Arq. Andres Salazar Madrigal: 8838-8348
Web Page:

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Serving the English-speaking community for over a

decade with offices in San Jose, Alajuela and Jaco
You deserve to communicate fluently with your lawyer.
Visit our Web site:


Marco Cavallini & Associates
Dental Implants and Crowns

Dr. Marco A. Muñoz Cavallini has placed and restored
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Dr. Marco A. Muñoz Cavallini
over 17,000 dental implants since 1980. The Dr. Marco Muñoz Cavallini Dental Clinic, is recognized as one of the best practices in Dental Reconstruction, Dental Implant placement and Cosmetic Dentistry in Costa Rica and the World. For more information, visit us today at:

Remodelling and Construction


Are you looking to buy property in Costa Rica. I am a professional builder with over 30 years experience in the remodel and construction business in the U.S. and C.R. I can inspect any building new or old meticulously and fix, remodel, do additions, whatever it needs or you want to add. I am very knowledgeable of all phases of construction and my rates are competitive.  Fully bilingual. Rainy season discounts. Contact:  Rodolfo Jimenez, Phone (506) 7129-3622  or (506) 8802-2176  Email :  
To see my work click HERE!


Architecture-Real Estate-Development

At Architect Orange we are inspired by the visions of each of our clients, and have worked diligently to embody those visions in our work.

We have locations in Atenas (servicing Central Valley/Beach areas)
Arenal (servicing Guanacaste/Nicoya Peninsula)

Contact Information:
 (506) 2694-4712
Arenal office located at Agua Inn Spa


Real estate agents and services

CR Beach
Jaco Beach Central Pacific Real Estate
CR Beach Investment Real Estate Broker-Owner
Jeff Fisher invites you to see why this 20-year resident of Costa Rica believes the Central Pacific areas of Jacó Beach-Playa Hermosa-Los Suenos Marina & Golf and Esterillos-Bejuco Beaches are the best place to live and invest.
Reason #1:  SJO Int’l Airport and S.J. suburbs are little more than one hour away.
#2: Jaco has everything you need, from tourist attractions to government offices.
#3: Amazingly, it’s still a BUYERS’ MARKET and our “brutally honest” agents will help you find your perfect property-
See why Jeff and Colin Miller (12 years here), Frances Winborne (more than 23 years), and Junior Diaz (Jacó born & bred) chose the Central Pacific!

Member of the N.A.R., the Costa Rican Real Estate Board CRGAR and the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce.
Toll Free: 1-888-782-1119 OR  2643-4334, 2643-3672
Office: IL Galeone Center, Jacó Beach, Costa Rica

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   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of realtors, to find your dream
   • Homes, condominium & luxury homes
   • Eco lodges and Hotels
   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jacó area
Telephone: +506 2643-4065   
cell: +506 8825-6556   US:  626 548-3909
skype: ecorealtorscr  Facebook: ecorealtorscr
Office Las Monas, Jacó
Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR

Jim Day, representing Colinas del Sol
del Pacifico, S.A.

Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area. There are 88 clear titled lots, some in mountain areas with great views and the rest on gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit tree orchards, or just a quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.  All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each lot, and all lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $35,000, and many can be combined for those wanting a larger area for their chosen passion be it a hobby horse farm or retirement haven.
You can see more on our Web site:
 Libertad, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 15 minutes to Playa del Coco or Playa Hermosa
and 20 minutes to Liberia airport.
Please contact Jim Day at   or    Phone:  001 517 484-3675.

Residency experts

Residency in Costa Rica
A full service immigration agency
U.S. and San José offices
Getting and authenticating documents can be a chore —

we know how to do it. Experienced with many nationalities. Up-to-date on
Costa Rica's evolving immigration law.
Pensionado and rentista. Your first stop for smooth, professional service and a positive experience. Javier Zavaleta
Tel: (323) 255-6116

Translations and legal Services
Ms. Monge
Rosa Monge Alvarez
Simultaneous translator
Interpreter in court.

Legal problems?
Tired of getting the
Tired of excuses?
Tired of being kept in the
Afraid of signing documents in Spanish?

 Contact us today to find out how we can help you.
Cell: (506) 8919-4545

President defends his frequent trips

By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Luis Guillermo Solís denied that exorbitant funds were used to finance any of his recent business trips. Saturday the president returned from a trip to Brazil where he met with foreign leaders.

Local news stations and pundits have questioned why Solís has taken so many different international trips in his first three months as president.

“There has been no excess in the number of travels nor in the costs spent on those trips,” Solís said, adding that his political travels have been obligatory and important for business and foreign affairs.

In June, Solís and some fellow cabinet members visited the United States in an effort to attract U.S.-based companies for investment into Costa Rica. At his weekly press conference Tuesday, the president was adamant that all these trips have not only been necessary, but that government officials should be able to travel whenever it's necessary for the country's overall good.

“The trips continue being necessary whenever it's required for us to ensure our political objectives abroad,” he said.

Besides Brazil and the U.S., Solís has also traveled to Panamá, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic since his May 8th inauguration. The president went to Brazil in order to meet with fellow leaders from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. He also had a meeting with China President Xi Jingping to negotiate current business deals happening within the country.   

“A country like Costa Rica, with a small and open economy demands foreign relations on a high level,” he said.

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A typical stretch of road in Nosara when there is plenty of traffic

Nosara residents seek Solís' help on roads

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Roads have always been a controversial topic in Nosara on the far Pacific coast.

At one time some residents opposed repairing the 40-kilometers stretch to the main highway because they did not want too many visitors to the fabled beach town. That road was so bad that residents had to stay home if there was significant rain.

Now the problem is closer to home. The roads are terrible and prone to producing dangerous clouds of dust.

There may be some help in store. President Luis Guillermo Solís visits the community today. Some residents say this is the first time a sitting president has been there.

They want the roads repaired immediately and asphalt put down as soon as possible, they said.

Rolf Sommer and Angela Schmid joked that the president is supposed to visit nearby Playa Garza.  "Vamos a ver," they wrote in an email suggesting that the president might not make it due to the roads.

Rural water system laced with poison

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The health ministry said Tuesday that someone poisoned a water tank in a system that supplies about 8,000 persons.

At least five springs are involved, said the Ministerio de Salud.

The discovery generated a major effort by public agencies, including the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social which put some residents in the San Juan Norte de Desamparados clinic.

The health officials told residents to refrain from drinking the contaminated water. Involved are the communities of  Copalchí de Cartago, Higuito and San Miguel de Desamparados.

Residents were told to wash out with soap any containers or tanks that had been filled with water Tuesday.

The symptoms of the poisoning are vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea, said the health ministry. The residents were urged to obtain their water from the nearest pipes of the Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados.  The water company is  expected to be providing tankers, too.

The Laboratorio Nacional de Aguas is testing the water, the health ministry said, and results are expected later today.

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This is the site where the new bridge will be

New pedestrian bridge going up tonight

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Highway officials are closing the roadway between Hatillo 2 and 8 Thursday from 10 p.m. tonight and 4 a.m. Thursday to install the deck of a pedestrian bridge.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes and the Consejo de Seguridad Vial said they hope the bridge saves lives.

The highway is called the Alajuelita radial. The bridge is 57 meters (about 187 feet), and the approaches and the abutments already are in place. The Hatillos are in the southern part of San José.

Researchers find unhappy cities still attract

By the University of British Columbia news service

New research identifies the unhappiest cities in the U.S., but finds that some young people are still willing to relocate to them for a good job opportunity or lower housing prices.

The analysis, co-authored by Joshua Gottlieb of the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver School of Economics, suggests people may be deciding to trade happiness for other gains.

The working paper “Unhappy Cities,” released last week by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, relies on a large survey that asks respondents about their satisfaction with life. This measure, which is often interpreted as a measure of happiness, indicates that individuals may willingly endure less happiness in exchange for higher incomes or lower housing costs.

“Our research indicates that people care about more than happiness alone, so other factors may encourage them to stay in a city despite their unhappiness,” says Gottlieb. “This means that researchers and policy makers should not consider an increase in reported happiness as an overriding objective.”

Gottlieb and his co-authors investigated which regions of the U.S. tend to report lower life satisfaction, and found that residents of declining cities appear less happy than those who live in other parts of the U.S. Long-term residents of these cities appear equally as unhappy as newer residents, suggesting that the city’s unhappiness persists over time. Historical data indicate that cities currently in decline were also unhappy in their more prosperous past.

Top 10 happiest metropolitan areas with a population greater than 1 million (as of 2010):

1. Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia;
2. Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News,
3. Washington, D.C.;
4. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina;
5. Atlanta, Gerogia;
6. Houston, Texas;
7. Jacksonville, Florida;
8. Nashville, Tennessee
9. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Florida, and
10. Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, New Jersey.

Other lists are HERE!

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