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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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This reader is choosing between a real estate investment in Alabama or Costa Rica: My wife and I (both born and raised in the US) are looking into buying our first rental property. I’m looking at a condo in Gulf Shores, Alabama, but she wants to buy in Costa Rica, since that’s where we plan […] ...
Posted: Mar 21 2019 @ 11:09 AM
With both our youngest daughter and my nephew graduating high school this year, the subject of taking a gap year did come up for discussion. Both kids are going straight to college, but both did express interest in Costa Rica if they had opted to do a gap year. My nephew is interested in marine […] ...
Posted: Mar 17 2019 @ 5:13 PM
In a recent post, Mr. Free @ 33 blogged that FIRE is a paradox, pointing out that the people most well-positioned to achieve are the people least likely to need it – Warren Buffett is the example cited. In the post, Mr. Free @ 33 was inspired by Retire By 40, another blogger who had […] ...
Posted: Mar 04 2019 @ 10:47 AM
My friend who took almost six months off for a travel sabbatical recently landed a job. He got this offer after two to three months of job searching, and it is at a comparable level to where he left off. Clearly his time away didn’t detract from his career. That said, there is no guarantee […] ...
Posted: Feb 25 2019 @ 12:11 PM
While we have sold off real estate before, we have done far more buying than selling (19 purchases, 3 sales). However, we have a rental condo in our Jacksonville Florida portfolio that we are thinking of selling. We have made the mistake before of selling prematurely, and we have good reasons to keep this place. […] ...
Posted: Feb 21 2019 @ 1:34 PM
It’s a bit hard to believe how quickly the time goes by, but one year ago Caroline and I started our new website, Costa Rica FIRE! It was not our first attempt at a website. We had created one previously, while I was still working my corporate job, and over time we felt the name […] ...
Posted: Feb 18 2019 @ 9:42 PM
One of my favorite parts about owning vacation rental property in Costa Rica is that we have business reasons to visit, making our trips tax-deductible! It is also fun to experience business in another country and culture. We had just six days in Guanacaste, but we squeezed out a lot of work and play. Day […] ...
Posted: Feb 12 2019 @ 6:09 PM
I’ve been on a radical new nutritional plan (OK, a diet) for the last 5 weeks, and wanted to report back on my thoughts and impressive progress! While I started out as a very skinny kid, over the years I’ve slowly gained weight. I’ve never considered myself obese, but definitely a couple dozen pounds heavier […] ...
Posted: Feb 06 2019 @ 5:18 PM
2019 will be a major transition year for us. After 23 years of raising two kids, our younger child goes off to college in August. Caroline and I have had the year 2019 circled on our proverbial calendar for a loooong time. We’ve always been interested in travel but never really had the luxury of […] ...
Posted: Jan 31 2019 @ 4:50 PM
A few years ago, I read the book, “One Word That Will Change Your Life” by Dan Britton, Jimmy Page and Jon Gordon  The premise is alluringly simple, yet powerful: instead of a long list of goals and resolutions for the year, pick one word that captures the essence of what you want. Your One […] ...
Posted: Jan 26 2019 @ 6:29 PM


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