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A New Expression Of Luxury Awaits…

Our leadership in luxury is traced to the heritage of the brand. To endure as the luxury market leader, we have turned our eye to the future. Today, we introduce to the world the new expression of luxury – Coldwell Banker Global Luxury.

The power, reach and recognition of the Coldwell Banker brand extends beyond international boundaries and the Coldwell Banker name resonates with the affluent. Our unmatched track record is evidenced by the sheer volume of luxury deals done by Coldwell Banker affiliated agents every year. In 2016, they handled $129.6 million in luxury homes sales EVERY DAY, represented nearly 25,000 $1 million+ homes, and listed iconic homes in prized markets from Beverly Hills to Dubai.

The world has changed. The luxury market has changed. The desires of the world’s affluent have changed. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury aligns the power and recognition of the Coldwell Banker brand with the experience and stellar reputation of an unmatched agent base to consistently exceed the expectations of even the most discerning clientele.

Coldwell Banker Luxury Property Specialists have access to unrivaled industry-leading education and marketing:
Enhanced and immersive certification course
New global website allowing for international networking
Global referral opportunities at the forefront
Access to the world’s most affluent clientele
Worldwide distribution of the brand’s flagship Homes & Estates magazine
Unrivaled focus on luxury content
Strategic enhancements to our social media platform
It is time that the dominance Coldwell Banker luxury certified agents display is more accurately represented by the brand’s luxury program. Visit CB Exchange for everything you need related to the new Coldwell Banker Global Luxury program.

Today, we become a force unleashed. Today, we become Coldwell Banker Global Luxury.

Sean Blankenship
Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Start planning your retirement with these 10 steps…

Rather than fear the pending changes, it is best to regard retirement as an outstanding life opportunity. Everyone’s retirement is unique. Staying busy, which I prefer, may not appeal to you. You may be content reading lots of books, watching TV and playing golf. You may decide to travel to those places in the world you always wanted to see. Before settling into any lifestyle, start your due diligence for what may be the last quarter or even third of your life with these 10 steps.

First, decide if retirement is for you. If it is, decide if you will plunge into it full time or opt for part time.

Second, if you opt for retirement, plan when and where. Remember that it is far easier to downsize at 65 than 90.

Third, review your finances to determine your lifestyle. Your income will set the parameters for your lifestyle.

Fourth, think about what you want to do with your time. Couples may agree to pursue their own interests separately but also have some joint activities.

Fifth, with the aid of the internet thoroughly research your options.

Sixth, prepare a Ben Franklin, honestly writing down the pros and cons of each of your options.

Seventh, visit the locations you are interested in, live in a dwelling and talk with the locals in each area. By analyzing places at different times of the day, you will find the spot most suited to you.

Eighth, live in different areas of the country by renting accommodations before choosing the final location and perhaps buying a home. I continue to rent, which also is an option.

Ninth, learn the language, if it is not English or your native tongue.

Tenth, if you have a significant other, be sure you are both on the same wave-length about how you want to live and where. If you are a woman that needs a male companion, be sure to bring him with you. Finding one in Costa Rica can be a major undertaking because many eligible men choose women young enough to be their daughters.

Deciding to retire in my case happened when the parent company filed bankruptcy causing my job of a lifetime to disappear. Dealing with the shock, I determined I did not want to return to the good-ole-boy commercial real estate business that I had battled for 25 years or to work in retail. I looked for something to supplement my income but could not land an acceptable part-time job being close to a presumed retirement age.

As I evaluated my choices, my goal was to be able to enjoy an adventure that would ensure my golden years would be happy, healthy, and content.

After seven years of living in Costa Rica, to pay for my good life, I published a book in 2012. This year I released the third edition of “Retiring in Costa Rica or Doctors, Dogs and Pura Vida” to pinpoint the changes and growth in my second country and to update all the data and links.

The book enables readers to take the first step in performing due diligence beginning with the new chapter, Retirement 101, also available as a booklet on Kindle. It encourages you to look beyond your financial plans and to consider carefully what you will do with your wonderful free hours. And, you may contact me through my website for the password to download a free Moving Guide and workbook, useful for any move.

If Costa Rica is on your list of possible locations, you’ll undoubtedly discover if retiring to this emerging nation is, or is not, for you. If your choice is retiring to another foreign country, the book may help you to recognize what you might face when adapting to a different culture.

You could also decide to keep working, if only part-time, or to create a business you have always wanted to pursue and to live near family and friends. It’s your choice to make for your great opportunity. Pura Vida!

By Helen Dunn Frame*
Special to Retire NOW in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Imperial beer – first beer globally to be declared water positive!

Imperial, “The beer of Costa Rica”, was declared the first beer globally to be water positive.

Being “Water Positive” means having strategies in place to contribute with water conservation, “Imperial has managed to reduce in over 44% the consumption of water in its manufacturing process, with the help of investments in high technology equipment, and the establishment of good environmental practices regarding the adequate use of this vital liquid”, explained Gisela Sánchez, director of Corporate Relations for Florida Ice & Farm.

In order to earn this certification, the quantification is revised by Mexico’s Center of Analysis of the Life Cycle and Sustainable Design and verified yearly by the Technical Norms Institute of Costa Rica. Some of the aspects considered have to do with the obtaining of raw materials, manufacture, distribution, final disposition and packaging recycling practices, this helps determine the water footprint and the real impact in the ecosystem .

The positive value is also accomplished through the community water projects being developed in two important areas of Costa Rica: Gavilán Canta in Talamanca and Brasilito in Guanacaste.

Devoted to the brand’s purpose to set the pace in being a different type of brand that leaves a positive footprint, and our philosophy of making of Costa Rica a “Pura Vida” country in every aspect, in Imperial we have been working on a sustainability plan that consists in developing diverse strategies to protect our ecosystem. Ticos are privileged to have abundant water resources in comparison to other countries, but we must have a proper use and sustainable management of water to preserve it for the current and future generations, and our brand is aware of this, and of the importance of preserving this wealth”, said Juan José Altmann, Brand Manager of Imperial.

Florida Ice & Farm (Fifco), also announced that they are launching a strategy named “Fifco Air Brands” with the purpose that their brands do not generate any environmental or social footprint during their life cycle.

The company expects to reach this goal by 2020 with their brands: Tropical, Cristal, Imperial, Mecochón Cero, The Westin Golf Resort & Spa Conchal Beach, Seagrams and Magic Hat.

Costa Rican Public Health System Recognized by World Health Organization!

The Costa Rican Public Health System became the first institution in the Latin America and Caribbean region, and the seventh in the world to be internationally certified for its emergency and disaster relief services.

The World Health Organization granted the emergency medical team of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), which runs the country’s universal public health care system, the highest level (level 1) international accreditation.

According to Milton Salazar Acuña, a medical doctor at the Center for Emergency and Disaster Care of the CCSS, the certification recognizes the center’s capacity to treat up to 100 people in a day in an emergency or disaster situation anywhere in Costa Rica. The certification will allow the agency to create a health team that can respond to regional disasters and emergencies as well, said WHO officials during their visit to the country last week.

Last October, the CCSS acquired a mobile emergency care unit which cost an estimated US$700 thousand, said Salazar, which, together with expert procedures and highly trained personnel, guarantees the provision of medical services during emergency or disaster situations

The timely acquisition of the mobile unit allowed the CCSS to provide emergency support to the Upala health system, and to guarantee the continuity of regular services in northern Costa Rica when Hurricane Otto ravaged the area in late November.

The mobile hospital, ensures the provision of health services in emergency and disaster situations, such as earthquakes, floods or health emergencies and can be moved and installed in a few hours to any community in the country, said Salazar.

By Wendy Anders, The Costa Rica Star.

Want to Own Property in Costa Rica, But Won´t Use it All Year Round?

fractional1May be you have been down in paradise! May be you fell in love with Costa Rica the minute you step down from the plane! May be your dream is to own property in Costa Rica! But your main concern is, you won´t use it for many months during the year. May be you just want to be a few weeks in Costa Rica every year and then want to be back to wherever you call home. Then we have a solution for you!

Fractional Ownership! Yes, now you can own property in Costa Rica for only a few weeks a year and not worry about it for the time you are not in a country. The best part is, we are not talking about shared time at a hotel or a resort, we are talking about owning a fraction of your own exclusive condo.

But, how is that even possible? Four Seasons Resort Residence Club offers this fractional2amazing opportunity to own your
own 3 weeks at a luxury condo and enjoy all the resort amenities at a reduced price. If you were going to buy this condo for full ownership, it will cost $1,850,000. Yes, almost two million dollars! However, you can buy the right to use the condo and the resort amenities, 3 weeks per year, for only $220,000. No, wait, that was the old price. It has now been reduced to fractional3$170,000. Amazing!

What will you be buying into? It is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo with 2 Master Suites, all in one level with designer furnishings. It also has an enclosed terrace with a wet bar and an open spacious floor plan. Also, the condo is within walking distance to all the Four Season resort amenities and located in the prestigious Costa Rican Papagayo Gulf.

Which resort amenities are available? We are glad you asked! By buying your fractional ownership at the Four Seasons Resort Residence Club Costa Rica, you will have access to Golf (one of the best courses in the country), Tennis, Spa and Fitness Center, multiple pools for both adults and kids, calm bay for swimming, young adult recreation room, 4 restaurants, concierge services and acquatic activities like: kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, snorkeling, jet skiing, among others.

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Those it sounds good so far? Why not finding out more information? Contact our amazing friends at Coldwell Banker Coast to Coast Properties and ask about the Four Seasons Resort Residence Club Fractional Ownership. Don´t forget to tell Linda Gray from Coldwell Banker that you find this own at Today In Costa Rica!

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