Real Estate Services for Northern Nicaragua  


It's affordable...very
Price list of common items

It's close to the U.S., and plane fare is cheap
Plane fare and travel times

Is Nicargua safe?
Rick Leonardi on Nicaragua's safety

For those anxious about future energy shortages and prices,
it offers massive untapped supplies of wind, solar, geothermal and hydro power.

World Bank: Overview of Nicaragua's Renewable Energy Potential & Obstacles
Bloomberg: Government Aims to End Dependence on Fossil Fuels
Economist: Geothermal's Potential
Wind Article

Wind Map

Update on Current Renewable Energy Use

For those worried about future freshwater shortages,
it offers the most abundant freshwater reserves in the hemisphere
Humbolt Center: "15% of its territory is liquid...the entire country is an enormous aquifer"

It offers generous tax benefits and retirement incentives

In Addition:
It's close to the U.S. (Miami and Houston are a 2-hour direct flight away)
offers Authentic colonial towns, architecture and culture
offers Surfing, fishing, sailing, hiking, kayaking and many other outdoor activities
Foreigners enjoy same property rights as nationals by law
American title insurance is available
American Express, Visa and Mastercard are all very widely accepted
(much more so than in Panama or Costa Rica)
Features a lot of Americana including: baseball (more popular than soccer), hot dogs & pop music

But don't take our word for it:
Recent Reports from Media Organizations Around the World
Testimonials from People Across the World Wide Web

Recent reports from media organizations across the world:
wThe Financial Times
wChicago Tribune
wFinancial Times (London)
wLos Angeles Times
s New York Times
s The Daily Telegraph (London)
s Washington Post
s Miami Herald
sMiami Herald 2
sNuWire Investor

Testimonials from people across the web:
David Kastner
Travel Post
Living Abroad in Nicaragua

Key Quotes:

"Nicaragua is becoming the least expensive Caribbean destination..."
--Arthur Frommer

"Nicaragua is among the safest and cheapest places in Central America, and a booming tourist enclave has already emerged...[the crime rate in Nicaragua] is remarkably low, nearer to the rates in placid Costa Rica than to those in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras."
--New York Times Review of Books

"It's fair to say that paradise never loses its appeal, but these days, and at these prices, you're not likely to find the next Eden in the United States-at least not at attractive prices...for significant price appreciation and enduring privacy, sophisticated investors are looking outside the U.S.....The key is to identify undervalued properties in up-and-coming markets before the rest of the world catches on...After extensive research and travel to evaluate the best potential destinations for investing today, we have uncovered a gem poised for explosive growth in value: a little-known corner of Nicaragua that's attractive as both a destination and real estate investment."
--The Oxford Club's

"Typically the word "Nicaragua" conjures up images of Contras, secret agents and guerilla warfare, rather than somewhere you'd choose to go on a vacation. The reality is, though, that Nicaragua has been at peace for well over a decade - it's just that "peacetime" generally doesn't make the news the way wartime does. Unlike its Costa Rican neighbour to the south, Nicaragua is still relatively undeveloped - though that's changing. Fast. And no longer are Americans secretly funding the Contras; instead they're running hotels and bars, even developing beachfront condos....The real jewel here is Leon, the political, intellectual and cultural centre of the country."
--Canada's CBC News

"The country's beaches are among the finest in the Americas, and among the least developed. Dozens of volcanic peaks offer treks through rain forests teeming with a rich biodiversity. And large tracts of nature reserves offer an eco-tourist wonderland."
--The New York Times

"Nicaragua a don't-go spot of the 1980s goes boom... come here now - this instant, no delay - before it's too late"
-- Chicago Tribune

"It's like St. Barth's without the attitude"

"Word is getting out about this country. But it's not simply because the property deals are so attractive or the cost of living so affordable. It's because this country boasts a stable democracy, a booming economy and one of the most comprehensive incentive programs anywhere."

"Relative ease of purchase, tax incentives, low crime and a laid-back lifestyle on a gorgeous stretch of coast make Nicaragua appealing."
-- L.A. Times

"This Central American nation is emerging as a U.S. retirement heaven. Cheap land surrounds picturesque crater lakes and active volcanoes… and the cost of living is a fraction of what it is in the United States."
--Christian Science Monitor

"Nicaragua is virtually unknown to most people and usually misunderstood, which is why forward-thinking investors can find some of the best real estate deals on Earth in this country."
--MSN Money

"In short, Nicaragua is easily accessible, safe, attractive and inexpensive, and investment opportunities are timely."
--Pittsburg Post-Gazette

"Now that Costa Rica is so expensive, Nicaragua is the new frontier."
-- Food and Wine

"There are two solid facts: Baby Boomers are getting older, richer, and are buying second homes, and China, Russia, and India are producing a new and vacation-eager middle class. Both groups are, and will continue to look for their best options in fulfilling their desires. Development in Nicaragua is and will continue to happen because there is a market for competitively priced real estate in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world...because it is underdeveloped, Nicaragua’s potential is what makes it so attractive to investors. Its pristine Pacific Coast, the diving off of the Corn Islands on the Atlantic Coast, and its historical treasures Granada and Leon, are just a few of the highlights ready for growth in this beautiful and proud country. Geographically, it’s a short plane ride away from the U.S., and there is enough existing infrastructure to access these areas with little effort."
--James Krieger, NuWire Investor

"Like luxury shoppers, holiday-home buyers are increasingly looking beyond the usual destinations. Rather than battle the crowds in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, they prefer quieter, more-remote locales like Nicaragua, Morocco, the gulf and Uruguay. Partly they're being driven by the burgeoning second-home market; in the U.K. alone, the Knight Frank residential-research firm predicts second-home ownership will quadruple within the next 10 to 15 years. "There's a desire for somewhere different now," says Nick Barnes, a partner at Knight Frank. "The luxury market, for reasons of exclusivity, is willing to travel to more-exotic locations."

"Among the nations surveyed, Nicaragua, Mongolia and Vietnam had the greatest potential with about 40 percent of the land area suitable for windmills...the U.N. wind map estimates [Nicaragua's] potential at 40,000 megawatts, a rough equivalent of 40 nuclear power plants."
--Reuters report on U.N. global wind power study

"The pictures...don’t really convey what Nicaragua is like. I fell in love with the country while I was there and I keep thinking of ways I can get back....Despite [its] troubles, I got a real sense that things are improving...the Managua International Airport..surprisingly was a very modern airport. The terminals are brand new and the customs agents had Dell computers. I could have been in Florida for all I knew...Overall, my trip to Nicaragua rates as one of the top experiences of my life."
--Davis Kastner

"UNLIKE the developed world, Latin America has been barely touched so far by the credit crunch. Many of its economies are still growing fast, helped by demand for their commodity exports...Inflation is a “degrading disease”...a malady that long debilitated Latin America. That is why the region is relatively intolerant of it now"
--The Economist

"With even the wealthiest travelers looking for the best value for their battered travel dollar, Nicaragua is looking increasingly attractive as a travel destination and a vacation or retirement home spot. Visitors are discovering its long Pacific beaches, the Spanish Colonial cities of Granada and Leon, and its striking scenery of lakes and volcanoes. As the infrastructure continues to improve and flight connections to the U.S. increase, look for more luxury developments to come in the future."
--Luxury Latin America

"The performance of the Nicaraguan economy remains generally positive...the government has implemented a number of measures to contain [inflationary] pressures, including...continued implementation of prudent macroeconomic policies. Important advances have been made in the renegotiation of bonds held by banks, and it is expected that soon a durable solution will be reached to continue safeguarding the stability of the financial system..there has also been significant progress in the implementation of the structural reform agenda..the government has continued working on an action plan to strengthen public financial management, and the National Development Plan is about to be finalized, including its consultation and consensus-building with civil society."
--IMF mission director Luis Cubeddu

"[Was I] drunk? Absolutely. Nicaragua is a beautiful place, epic waves, the best surfing I have ever been on. And yes, I'm STILL looking for my left flip-flop. So if anyone finds it floating around down there (it has 6:22 stitched into the side), please send it my way. There is a reward."
--actor Matthew McConaughey in e-mailed response to New York Daily News reporter's question about his recent partying in Nicaragua


Nicaragua has the largest surface area of all seven Central American countries

Bordered by Costa Rica to the south and Honduras to the north

78 protected areas covering nearly 20% of Nicaragua's territory are designated as protected areas

Home to Lake Nicaragua, the largest freshwater lake in Central America (20th in world)

Home to the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve, largest rainforest north of Brazil's Amazon

Home to Granada and Leon, two of the oldest Colonial cities in the Americas

It has a population of 5.6 million people

It has the 2nd lowest population density in Central America after Belize

Settled as Spanish colony in the 16th century

Independence from Spain in 1821

Short-lived civil war in 1978

Sandinista period marked by political instability until 1989

Democracy in place since 1990

Elected Central America's first female president in 1990

Tourism is its second largest industry after agriculture and has grown 70% over the past 7 years

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