A property in Costa Rican capital, Costa Rico, may be worth about $6.5 million, but a property in a resort town may be closer to $100,000.
For some, that difference can be a major benefit, because it allows them to live near their preferred spots.
But for others, it means that they’ll have to go elsewhere for housing.
The country’s real estate market is the most expensive in Latin America, according to the Association of Foreign Real Estate Associations, with prices in the region reaching as high as $3.2 million.
Costa Rica’s property market, however, is also one of the least developed in the world, with a total of only 8,000 registered properties, according a 2015 report by the Costa Rican Association of Realtors.
That means it’s far from the most affordable, either, with average prices of just $4,400 per square foot in the country.
To get around that gap, it’s possible to find a cheaper house in one of Costa Rica’s other two cities, Guayaquil and Punta Cana.
The cheapest one is a 1,500-square-foot house in Guayaquea, located just off the beach, which can be sold for $1.3 million.
Another home in Punta Cañada, in the capital of the neighboring country of Guatemala, sells for $2.3 to $2,744 per square-foot.
The real estate agent at the Guayaqi house, who asked that his name not be used, says the house was purchased just last year and sold on October 9.
He says that the house is currently for rent, but that he’s looking to rent out the place for a few months and then buy it back once the market starts to recover.
The other home is for sale at $3,600 per square feet in Pampanga, another resort town in Costa Rico.
The listing says the property is located at the edge of the lake and offers an unobstructed view of the city.
It is currently available for rent.
The average price for a house sold in Costa Ricans resort town of Guayaquea is $2 million, according the association.
But the market is not that good, with the average house price in Costa Cayo hovering around $1 million, the association reports.
The average price in Guayas resort town, located about 30 kilometers (19 miles) away, is $1,200 per squarefoot.
For those who need a place to call home, Costa Rican real estate agents are selling off their homes in the hope that a buyer will show up.