Invest in Costa Rica real estate

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium finance and money matters, Premium Real Estate, Premium Vacation destinations

I recently returned from a vacation in Costa Rica with a few friends (pictures below) and I must say, Costa Rica is an awesome country. During part of our trip we met up with a family friend of ours who is also a real agent, working in and around Playa Hermosa. Over the course of a couple days she showed us a number of properties and gave us a good feel for the Costa Rica real estate market.
Playa Hermosa is definitely one of the most beautiful areas, and one of the greatest opportunities in Costa Rica. If you are looking for a place to buy an investment property, and or a vacation home I would definitely consider buying Costa Rica real estate for a few reasons:
1) Costa Rica is a true tropical paradise with beautiful beaches, lush rainforest, natural hot springs… (I included a few pictures of my trip below)
2) Costa Rica is booming and there is a massive amount of money being poured into the country. Resorts, hotels, and massive master planned communities are being developed, so there is definitely something for everyone.
3) Costa Rica is still much more affordable than Hawaii and other popular getaways.
4) Costa Rica has extremely low property taxes (about .25% per year)
5) Costa Rica is a secure investment with escrow and title insurance
6) Prices have been steadily increasing over the past few years; however, there is still tremendous room for growth and profit potential!
7) Costa Rica is only a few hours from the US and on Dec. 15th Delta started a direct flight from LAX to Liberia international airport (which is only a 30 minute car ride to Playa Hermosa).

If anyone would like a list of the 34 high end developments that are all within a 30 mile radius of the airport, or if you would like an informational Costa Rica Real Estate DVD and some property information please feel free to contact me.

Anyway? back to my trip. While we were in Playa Hermosa we checked out a few spec homes in the hills overlooking the bay of Playa Hermosa. Prices have been steadily increasing over the past few years; however, there is still tremendous room for growth and profit potential.

The house pictured below was a 6,000+ square foot spec house overlooking Playa Hermosa with a distant view of the Four Seasons property in the distance. Within a few years this bay will have one of the world?s premier luxury yacht docs, making this a hot spot for luxury vacationers. Definitely PremiumPosts.com worthy! It is also right down the street from a property that Steve Case will be turning into the Ritz Carlton and another property that Andre Agassi will be turning into the Miraval Spa.

Costa Rica Spec home
This was the new 6,000 square foot Spec. house on the market for about $1,400,000

Here are a couple other pictures from my trip:

Costa Rica Sunset
Sunset from the Beachfront restaurant in Playa Hermosa

Costa Rica Hot springs
This was one of the natural hotsprings at Tabocon resort that is heated by the nearby volcano.

Costa Rica Group
The group!

Costa Rica rainforest
Some dense rainforest.

Costa Rica Waterfall
A massive waterfall (notice the people standing at the bottom)!
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All I want for Christmas is a $19,000 Mac Pro

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Gadgets and Cool Toys

Mac Pro icons
A few days ago I was in the Apple store buying something for my iPod and I was looking at the new Mac Pros. I realized Macintosh computers have come a long way since I owned a Mac 10 years ago. (In case you?re wondering I had a Macintosh PowerBook 540c back in 1995). Anyway I decided to price out a new Mac Pro, so here?s what I want if you haven’t found me a Christmas present yet! After all said and done it looks like its going to cost $19,223.95 but don?t get discouraged quite yet because? (drum roll please)? IT QUALIFIES FOR FREE SHIPPING!

Detailed specs are below (for all you nerds) but basically it?s a new Mac Pro with Two 3.0GHz dual core processors, 16 gigs of RAM, Four 750MB hard drives for a total of 3 Terabytes, a crazy graphics card, 2 30inch flat panel Apple Cinema HD displays, a Bose speaker system, and all the other bells and whistles you would expect from a computer that costs as much as a new Honda Civic!

Mac Pro Specs:

-Two 3.0GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors (that?s quad-core performance from two 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon ?Woodcrest? processors)
-16GB OF RAM (that?s 8 x 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 fully buffered ECC RAM)
-Four Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive bays each with a 750GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive (that?s 3 terabytes of data storage)
-NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB, Stereo 3D (2 x dual-link DVI) graphics cards (that?s fast)
-2 30″ flat panel Apple Cinema HD Displays (that?s huge)
-Two 16x SuperDrives
-Both Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR and AirPort Extreme
-Fibre Channel Card (To connect to an Xserve RAID)
-Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple wireless Mighty Mouse
-Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker system
-Mac OS X – U.S. English
-Mac OS X Server (Unlimited-Client)
-AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac Pro/Power Mac

mac pro display

50 inch LCD computer screen (Radius 320)

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Gadgets and Cool Toys, Premium Gifts

Well I was pretty happy with my 32inch LCD computer screen until I came across the Radius 320?. The Radius 320 actually incorporates three 20.1″ LCD panels into a continuous display system with no gaps in between. The Radius 320 practically wraps around you, creating an ergonomically friendly viewing experience that displays a total resolution of 5.76 million pixels across a 50-inch diagonal LCD screen. That’s a resolution of 4800X1200!

Radius 320
The Radius320? can be used on Windows and Mac operating systems but it requires Read more…