One of the great appeals of Costa Rica real estate comes from the advantageous property laws offered by this beautiful Central American nation. Property laws in Costa Rica are the same for nationals and foreigners. You don’t need to live in the country to own land or property, and the country has no property tax. All property titles are registered with the Registro Publico. The country practices a “first in time, first in rights” policy, so if you have your eye on a property, you’ll want to hire a lawyer or real estate broker to research the title for you, or research it carefully yourself. You’d hate to be all settled in and get a knock on the door from someone who holds claim to the title going back a few generations! Title insurance is available in Costa Rica, and we highly recommend that you purchase it when you buy property here.