In Costa Rica, real estate agents are not licensed. However, the Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors (CRGAR) and the Costa Rican Chamber of Real Estate Brokers (CCCBR) have long promoted mandatory real estate licensing. For years the CRGAR Association has been educating its members on benefits of joining The National Association of Realtors (NAR) which offers a very stringent code of ethics, ongoing education and the ability to legally call themselves a “Realtor,” with the registered “R” trademark.
♦ Promoting professionalism
♦ Undergo ongoing education
♦ Familiar with local laws
♦ Educated in the local markets
♦ Network of other professionals to work with
♦ International designations and certifications
♦ Legally allowed to work with their residency or citizenship
Despite these benefits of using a real estate agent, it is important for you to know that there are no formal licensing requirements for real estate agents in Costa Rica. The courses provided by the two associations are an essential part of the formal education that all experienced professionals should have as a minimum requirement to work with you.