by Ivo Henfling
Others have active members who should have never moved to Costa Rica or should just be sent back to where they came from.
They do not deserve to live in a great country like Costa Rica because they are angry people, they are negative about everything and are not there to help others but to complain and be nasty. I guess because they haven’t figured out how to be a happy person or they’re just ignorant.
One forum in particular, CostaRicaLiving, is a forum where a couple of thousand Costa Rica expats and future Costa Rica expats hang out. Most users on that forum are just lurking, which means follow but not participate.
They do not participate because they don’t want to but because they are afraid. They are afraid of the jerks, as Brooke Bishop calls those people, that hold the CostaRicaLiving forum and some others hostage.
Some people are just born nasty and moving to Costa Rica will never change that. You will find negative people like that on quite a few Costa Rica forums and I have seen a lot of nice people scared away from moving somewhere just because they think everybody on the forum is a jerk. And that’s why most people lurk and do not participate.
Rudy Matthews, our Costa Rica Home Specialist, has been following CostaRicaLiving for years, because a real estate agent should look at all the options to find clients without being obnoxious about it. This week, a future Costa Rica expat posted a request and Rudy sent the request to our Grecia real estate agent, Brooke Bishop. Let me show you the email conversation and you can judge for yourself:
Posted by Robert: I am wanting a two or three bedroom unfurnished to rent in Grecia. Prefer within one mile of city centre.
Brooke’s answer on private email: Hi, What price range are you looking for?
Robert: Does it matter? But you ask a typical real estate salesman, or better used car salesman question.
Brooke: Wow, Yes, it does matter; I have a furnished house in downtown Grecia available for $1000 a month.
Robert: It really doesn't matter to me as I have as much respect for a real estate salesman as I do a cab driver pimping for his sister. You are non essential persons in my opinion.
I can only imagine that the $1,000 was way over Robert’s budget to rent a house and Brooke offering him such a high-end home to rent just made him mad because he can't afford it. This is where Brooke smartly decided to just let it go.
This interesting dialog is just one of many that happen on those forums. I have tried to help people with information on that same forum without advertising our business and was blocked by the moderators, so I don’t even follow that forum anymore. Of course, there are people who bluntly use these forums to advertise their services, but who wants to advertise a business to angry people anyway?
There is one particular forum that is well moderated and you won’t find as many ignorant people there.
My message is, lurk on the Costa Rica forums as much as you can put up with it, get the information you need and run. If you can’t find the info there, come to our Costa Rica real estate website or contact any of the GoDutch people.
We will try to find the answer for you, if you buy or rent from us or not. We only ask you to be a happy person and if you are a jerk, please contact our competition. We will tell you about the good and the bad, just read our blogs, and you will be able to find out if Costa Rica can be your paradise or your hell.
Costa Rica is the happiest country on the planet and we would like to keep it that way. If you agree with me and want to be a happy person, read this incredibly well written and heartfelt love letter in the Huffington Post.
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