project highlights

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One-of-a-kind Location
Elan at Ballena Beach is located within steps of Marino Ballena National Park and one of Costa Rica’s top ten beaches.  The condominium development features three large pools and a wide array of common amenities that truly define resort-style living
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User-friendly community
Elan offers services to help residents acclimatize to this beautiful region, including property management, concierge services and turnkey packages. Elan also has underground electrical, high-speed telecommunications and abundant water systems, plus we have cared to the environment by installing solar power for the common areas, and lights that comply with grey sky international policies.
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What makes Elan at Ballena Beach unique?
Elan at Ballena Beach can be described as a contemporary window on a beautiful world. Venturing along a beaten path lush jungle surroundings, the sights and sounds of rainforest life engulf you in a symphony of color and music. A luxurious condominium development nestled along a narrow stretch of southwestern Costa Rican coastline known as Costa Ballena.
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Private Access to Ballena Beach
When you leave your luxurious condo a small aperture of light in the distance guides you forward as you make your way through Mother Nature’s embrace. As you reach the source of light, your surroundings suddenly expand to limitless bounds, with seemingly endless horizons over the Pacific Ocean. To either side of you, golden sands stretch for miles as you stand in a moment of blissful solitude and take a deep breath.
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Beachside Condos; Make yourself at home in a world of endless adventures

Venturing along a beaten path through lush jungle surroundings, the sights and sounds of rainforest life engulf you in a symphony of color and music. A small aperture of light in the distance guides you forward as you make your way through Mother Nature’s embrace. As you reach the source of light, your surroundings suddenly expand to limitless bounds, with seemingly endless horizons over the Pacific Ocean. To either side of you, golden sands stretch for miles as you stand in a moment of blissful solitude and take a deep breath…

Moments like that, define life at the beachside condos; Élan at Ballena Beach, a luxurious condominium development nestled along a narrow stretch of southwestern Costa Rican coastline known as Costa Ballena. Axiom Development Group has invested a great deal of time, vision and experience in facilitating such moments of tranquility and adventure, launched from the comforts of harmonious and contemporary living spaces in the heart of the tropical rainforest. Wedged between the mountains and the Pacific coastline, the beachside condos deliver a panoramic blend of inward and outward beauty. The project is the golden fruit of the Development Company’s vision to design seamlessly-integrated lifestyles within the region’s natural landscape.

There aren’t many homes where one of the best beaches in Costa Rica is at your doorstep, a national park in your next-door neighbor, and an incredible development with private pools and modern day conveniences surround you. It takes only one visit to the property, to show how the company has gone above and beyond the building process to take initiatives aimed at protecting and enhancing the natural environment that engulfs Élan. Bordered to the east by coastal mountains, Élan’s elaborate series of filtration points mitigate natural water run-off, protecting the marine environment that borders the property to the west. Élan also breathes new life into its surroundings courtesy of a nursery comprised of 22,000 indigenous plants and nearly 1,000 trees.

The thoughtfully-integrated model unit provides glimpses of a lifestyle that offers the best of both worlds. The luxurious comforts of contemporary furnishings and expansive windows bring the vibrancy of your surroundings to life. As the sun sets in the late afternoon, in a tree so close that you can almost touch it, a troupe of monkeys descends on a canvas painted earlier in the day by the colorful presence of toucans ushering in the morning. The development’s integration into the fabric of this beautiful landscape is a tribute to the great lengths that Axiom has gone to make it possible.

And while the best of Élan is still to come, the dreams of those who already call it home, are already filled with Robinson Crusoe adventures, just steps away from their 21st Century living spaces. The best of both worlds, combined, indeed!

Kelvin

Sales Executive

A native of the Province of Manitoba Canada, Kelvin began his sales career in Canada but has almost 20 years experience n the Caribbean and now Central America. He has sold time share-fractional and also whole ownership with real estate being his favorite. He enjoys adventures, extreme sports and traveling.

  • kdueck@axiomcostarica.com

  • Tel +506.8728.4016

Jorge

Sales Executive

Born in the Central Valley of Costa Rica, enjoys the ocean, nature and sports in general. Jorge visited Manuel Antonio 17 years ago and captivated by the beauty of the South-Central Pacific never returned to the big city

Since then Jorge has specialized in Tourism and Real Estate. Five years ago he joined Axiom, loves challenges and being positive is what drives his day to day.

  • jmontero@axiomcostarica.com

  • Tel +506.8828.9742

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

I liked the Axiom products. How do I proceed to purchase?

You have passed the “viewing stage”, and are ready to get serious. Your question is “How do I proceed?” Here is a list of questions that probably come up, accompanied by general guidelines on how to proceed. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions that are not listed here and we will gladly guide you further and in more detail, based on your individual case

Can foreigners purchase property in Costa Rica?

Unlike some other countries, foreigners have the same rights when purchasing a property in Costa Rica as locals do. You can own property outright in your own name or in the name of your corporation. (A corporation set up locally by you or an existing corporation in your country.) You do not need a local partner.

How do I know that Axiom will finish the development(s)?

All ADG developments have been reviewed and approved by MEIC – Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce of Costa Rica. ADG has gone through a long process and a guaranteebond to be able to build and sell during construction or preconstruction. MEIC is an entity that was established to protect the buyers and to make sure the developers finish and deliver what they have promised. We can provide copies of the authorization process, if requested.

Are the Axiom condos, villas and estates sold furnished or unfurnished?

All units are sold unfurnished and as agreed in the corresponding Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA). We can, however, refer you to some furniture packages with different companies, that have worked well for previous buyers.

What is the pricing trend in Costa Rica, but especially in the Costa Ballena area?

Costa Rica’s higher-end property market continues to grow rapidly as foreign homebuyers flock in. The average listing price of homes has been increasing since 2011 at a rate between 3.6% and 6.2%. Costa Ballena is currently an area in development and the best deals can be found in new developments, like the ones of ADG. At the same time, this popular location is experiencing increase in demand, which in turn will create higher return on investment (ROI).

Costa Rica has proven to be attractive to foreign investors for its relatively open investment and trade policies, as well as being the most politically stable country in Latin America. Costa Rica’s property market is expected to remain vibrant and robust, according to local property experts.

The market in Costa Rica is simply too strong to wait too long, particularly in the Costa Ballena area, not to mention the properties of ADG. There is nothing like it in the area.

Note: Real Estate is not guaranteed. As any other investment, there is a risk involved and we recommend you do some research to decide if this type of investment is right for you. We will however add that history shows, this quote by Will Rogers to be true: “Don’t wait to buy good real estate, buy good real estate and wait.”

What is the payment schedule for a purchase in pre-construction or under construction?

For the purchase of a unit in pre-construction or under construction the payment schedule is as follows: after signing the SPA (more details about this in “I am ready to proceed. When do I receive- and sign the Sales and Purchase Agreement?”) you are required to make a 10% Contract Payment, within three working days. When the foundation of your unit (building) is finished, we will submit a Certificate of Completion signed and notarized by an Engineer. You will then have thirty calendar days to make the second 10% down-payment, called the Foundation Payment. When we submit the Certification of Completion for the roof you will have thirty calendar days to make the third 10% down-payment, called the Roof Payment. The fourth scheduled payment, refers to the completion of the walls and you will have thirty calendar days to make the last 10% down-payment, called the Wall Payment. When the unit is finished, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a thirty calendar-day notice to schedule closing. Two weeks before closing, you will receive the corresponding Closing Statement, which details the balance to be paid at closing and the details of how the money will be distributed. Five days before closing date, the remaining balance (60%) is to be deposited in Escrow. (more details about this in “Do I need to open an Escrow Account?”)

Do I need to open an Escrow Account?

Not necessarily, but we do recommend you open one. We recommend looking into working with E&T Escrow Trust Solutions. They have proven to be reliable, easy to work with, bilingual and have offices in both Uvita and San Isidro. They are also recognized and authorized by the Financial Sector of Costa Rica, through an entity known as SUGEF. E & T Trust Solutions Mrs. Jeimy Quesada Delgado E-mail: jquesada@escrowtrustsolutions.com T. +506.2771.6789

You may also choose any other escrow company that you wish to work with, however, please make sure to do your research and due diligence when choosing a different option. You may also choose to make your payments directly to ADG, in the end it’s your final decision and at the end of the day, no matter which option you choose, you will have to provide a series of legal documents to proof the origin of funds. Costa Rica is against money laundering, drug money, and/or money earned through any illegal activities and ADG is responsible to ensure that the money received for the purchases of real estate is cleared.

What documents do I need, to proof origin of funds?

First, we need to know who you are and therefore, we will provide a Knowledge of Client form is to be filled out by the potential buyer. We will also request a copy of your passport (all pages), and a copy of your Driver’s License, if you have one. The rest of the documents depend on the value of your purchase, the information you provided in the Knowledge of Client form, and your preference of payment option. Therefore, the process to be followed from this point onwards, can vary from case to case.

Are new homes under any guarantee?

Yes. The contractor, under Costa Rican law, provides a 5-year guarantee on the structure of the buildings.The 5-year guarantee, is valid from the official day of delivery to the developer, who in turn, passes the remaining time of guarantee over to the buyer upon closing.

Are appliances, kitchen furniture, bathroom furniture and closet furniture under guarantee?

Yes, they are under guarantee for a period of 1-year.

Are the properties sold by Axiom “deeded”?

When you buy a property at ADG, you own the property entirely and you will possess both the deed and title. This also means that in the future, you will be able to transfer your property to others.

How does the property get registered in my name?

Upon signing the deed transfer, your notary will proceed to register your name on the National Registry. All titled properties are registered in the National Registry and all registered surveys are found in the National Cadaster; part of the National Registry. The National Registry is now almost completely digital. Certifications of a property, as well as powers of attorney of a corporation and copies of the survey can be bought online.

What is the payment schedule to purchase a finished unit at Axiom?

Three working days after signing the SPA (more details about this in “I am ready to proceed. When do I receive- and sign the Sales and Purchase Agreement?”) you will be required to deposit 10% of the unit sales price. Within three working days, we will send you a notice to schedule the closing, which can be as early as thirty calendar days. Two weeks before closing you will receive the corresponding Closing Statement, which details the balance to be paid at closing and the details of how the money will be distributed. Five days before closing date, the remaining balance (90%) is to be deposited in Escrow. (more details about this in “Do I need to open an Escrow Account?”)

What other fees do I have to pay at the time of closing?

All closing costs are shared equally between ADG and the buyer. Closing costs in Costa Rica are relatively low; less than USD 2,000 per USD 100,000 of the sale price. Closing costs include: Transfer Tax (1.5% of the registered value) Public Registry Fee (0.05% of the registered value) Tax Stamps, which ad up to around USD 60 per transaction and include the municipality stamp, hospital stamp, agrarian stamp, bar association stamp, fiscal stamp and a national archive stamp. A notary fee of USD 1,250, based on 1.5% of the first million Costa Rican Colones of the sales price and 1.25% of the remainder.

If you still have questions and/or doubts on the cost of closing a real estate deal with ADG, feel free to contact: E & T Trust Solutions, Mrs. Jeimy Quesada Delgado E-mail:jquesada@escrowtrustsolutions.com T.+506.2771.6789

Do I need to hire a Real Estate Attorney?

Locals, residents and non-residents should hire an attorney for their Real Estate purchases. Don’t just hire any attorney for your ADG purchase(s). We recommend you hire a good, bilingual real estate attorney / notary public and someone who specializes in real estate, so you are well represented in the process. Only a notary public can record a purchase in the National Registry through a protocolled deed that will be registered in the National Registry. We have listed some referrals below, but feel free to do your own research as well:

 

  • Uvita Law Firm Kristi Penland
  • E-mail: kristi@uvitalawfirm.com   T.+50627438619

 

  • CV Firm Casimiro Vargas
  • E-mail: casimiro@cvfirm.com   T.+50627438416

 

  • CMF CR Law Fernando Montero
  • E-mail: fmontero@cmfcrlaw.com    T.+50622237711

 

  • Cresco Legal Adrian Obando
  • E-mail: adrianobando@gmail.com T. +50688606873

 

  • EY Law Alberto Saenz
  • E-mail: alberto.saenz@cr.ey.com T. +50688805252
How do I reserve the home of my choice?

Sign a “Reservation Agreement” and make a one-time “Reservation Deposit” of USD 5,000, fully refundable for the first ten calendar days. The cooling period, as we call it, helps you to think about your decision, and protects both parties from it being a heat-of-the-moment decision; at the same time, it serves as a guarantee that we will hold the unit of your choice. If you haven’t yet; talk it over with your spouse, partner, advisors, lawyer, family and friends and at the end of the ten days, you can continue the process or write us to cancel and request the refund of your “Reservation Deposit”. The “Reservation Deposit” can be paid by credit card (we accept Visa, Master Card, and American Express) or by wire transfer. We do not accept cash payments of any kind.

I am ready to proceed; when do I receiveand sign the Sales and Purchase Agreement?

Congratulations! You have made a great decision and we are here for you all the way. Three days after you sign the Reservation Agreement you will receive the Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) via e-mail. Depending on the fact that you bought a finished unit, a unit on pre-construction or in construction, the document will vary.

The SPA for a finished unit is a simple, short form, modeled on a United States-style purchase agreement. This agreement does not formally pass the title of the property from ADG to the buyer, but it sets out the terms and conditions that must be satisfied prior to closing and establishes the obligations of both the Buyer and Seller during the due diligence period of the transaction.

If the unit is bought under pre-construction or in construction phase, ADG will provide a document that has been reviewed and approved by MEIC (see “How do I know that Axiom will finish the development(s)?” mentioned above) that protects the buyer. This document, known as “Receipt of Deposit and Purchase and Sale Agreement”, is an agreement authorized by MEIC, that sets all the terms and conditions for both the seller and the buyer. After you receive the SPA you have a period of 7 working days to review it and sign it. After you sign the SPA, you have an additional three working days to make your payment of the first 10% contract payment and formalize the purchase. Once this is done, ADG will continue the construction process until the unit is finished and you will make the scheduled payments as outlined in the SPA. (See “What is the payment schedule for a purchase in pre-construction or under construction?” for guidelines.)

The points mentioned above, serve as a guideline. Should you have any doubts, questions and or would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact one of us any time. We are here to assist you through the process and find ways to accommodate you to the best of our ability.

How much will I have to pay in property taxes?

Property tax in Costa Rica is extremely low. The current rate per year is 0.25%, in other words ¼ of a point of the recorded value. For example, if a home costs USD 500,000, you would have to pay only USD 1,250 per year. In Costa Rica, you have the option of paying this tax either annually or quarterly

How much will I have to pay in property transfer taxes?

There is a 3% property transfer tax. This tax is based upon the registered value placed on the property transfer deed at the time of sale. At the time of transfer, the transfer tax is shared equally between Axiom and the buyer.

What financing options are available in Costa Rica?

If you are a local citizen or a permanent lawful resident, your best option is to contact your account manager at your bank. ADG developments have already been pre-qualified by Banco de Costa Rica, Banco Nacional and Scotiabank. Bank financing is not available for foreigners. For non-residents, a financing option could be a personal short-term loan, available only for 1 to 5 years, with an interest rate between 11% and 18% per year. Should you decide to go this route, we can help you find the right option. Foreigners also have the option of finding financing at their bank in the country of origin. You might be eligible for a “Self-directed IRA”. For more information on this last-mentioned option, feel free to contact:

 

The Entrust Group

  • Munzer Ghosheh – Business Development Manager
  • E-mail kmark@theentrustgroup.com
  • T. +1 877 310 3967 or +1 480 469 0788
  • 4742 N 24th Street, Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85016

 

When you purchase on a construction-phase or pre-construction phase, there are pre-approved payment schedules, that provide a “self-financing” option, of roughly around eighteen months, depending on the construction progress of your unit, (it can be a couple of months less or more), without interest. For more details on how this works, see: What is the payment schedule for a purchase in pre-construction or under construction?” Depending on the construction progress of your unit, you can “auto-finance” the purchase of your new home!

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