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Caroline and Scott

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Costa Rica FIRE
Real Estate
Real Estate, Finance, Travel, FIRE, Costa Rica
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Bronx, New York, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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I think of achieving FIRE in stages based on the lifestyle we’d like to live. At a minimum, we have achieved FIRE if we decamp to Costa Rica full-time – that’s why I think of Costa Rica as our FIRE escape plan B. However, we are still working on our ideal FIRE escape, which would […] ...
Posted: May 11 2019 @ 12:26 PM
Since cutting the cable cord a few years ago, we don’t keep up much with the latest TV shows. However, I remember Million Dollar Listing from before because it was quite the spectacle. Apparently, it’s still going strong with Season 11. One of its stars, Josh Altman, recently released a book, The Altman Close: Million […] ...
Posted: May 08 2019 @ 10:26 AM
May 1 was decision day for college enrollment (or deposit day, if you’re like me and all about money). As I mentioned in a previous post, our youngest was considering two public colleges and two private colleges. The extra expense of private college (~$25,000 per year, or $100,000 for a four-year degree)* is enough to […] ...
Posted: May 04 2019 @ 9:55 AM
This reader is thinking of making a real estate investment in Costa Rica but is also considering options closer to home: I LOVE what you guys are doing! I stumbled across your blog a couple weeks back and have been reading various articles that you’ve published. You two are my heroes! My wife and I […] ...
Posted: Apr 29 2019 @ 1:46 PM
Caroline and I recently had a quick getaway for a family wedding. My cousin who lives in Sanford, North Carolina, was getting married, and the wedding was held there. This was a solo trip for myself and Caroline because our younger daughter was performing in a musical Saturday and Sunday of that same weekend, and […] ...
Posted: Apr 25 2019 @ 6:35 PM
This reader is shopping for a Costa Rica vacation rental that yields a 10% return on investment: Hi, I wonder if you were able to get the 10% net that you were looking for. My husband and I are interested in investing in a rental property for cash flow in Guanacaste but, after running the […] ...
Posted: Apr 19 2019 @ 8:35 AM
High season for our Guanacaste vacation rentals is mid-December through Easter. We are already getting some reservation requests for the 2019/2020 high season. In fact, we recently received a request to reserve our Condo Reeves for six weeks from late January to early March 2020. However, after much deliberation, we turned it down. Here’s why. […] ...
Posted: Apr 10 2019 @ 11:53 AM
As we build our FIRE escape plan, health insurance continues to bedevil us. Our health insurance premiums went up several percentage points for 2019, and that was enough to put us over the $3,000 mark for coverage PER MONTH. Health insurance is our single highest line item. It is higher than our monthly housing and […] ...
Posted: Apr 04 2019 @ 10:00 AM
I wrote previously about how 2019 is going to be a big travel year for us, after our younger child goes off to college in August. One of our trips is expected to be to Spain, Portugal and France in September and October, and we are starting now to think about an itinerary. Our intent […] ...
Posted: Mar 29 2019 @ 2:57 PM
Living in New York City, the financial capital of the world, talk of the markets can easily occur multiple times a day even for the average bystander. I also happen to be a personal finance junkie, used to work in finance and still have friends in the field, so recession watch is at the top […] ...
Posted: Mar 28 2019 @ 10:58 AM


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