We're from Texas, where homestead laws protect many assets, including one's home, of course. So if (God forbid), I'm in an auto accident and wipe-out a bus-load of talented physicians, my home is protected from any legal judgment not covered by my insurance. But what about Costa Rica? Well, home owners in Costa Rica are protected to some extent, but that doesn't mean that the property (and personal finances) won't be tied-up in years of litigation. As is done in the United States, expatriate home buyers in Costa Rica often purchase their homes in the name of a Costa Rican corporation. So Bill Knight, Costa Rica's best realtor, introduced us to an attorney for the formation of our new corporation. Five hundred dollars and a name for said corporation . . . that's all we needed.
- Lo Que Hay . . . undoubtedly taken.
- Monkey Around . . . think about its fun duality in the land of the ubiquitous Howler.
- No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problemo . . . admittedly plagiarized.
- Lost in Translation . . . do we ever have an original idea?
So we're still left with the task of naming the home . . . our casa. I know of no legal requirement that it be unique, but who wants a copycat name? More importantly, it must look adorable when painted on a plaque that will adorn the entry door. It should embrace the lunacy of its owners (Casa de los Monos, maybe?); it should embody the 1.65 acre site (Casa Colina?); it should embrace the fiery spirit of the owners (Casa Jalepeno?).
But what about the time to select the name? Should we really focus on the perfect name when, as I write this, I've still got a home to sell in Texas? Is it bad luck to pick a name for a home with a questionable closing date? Or is the opposite true? Should we pick a name to let the home-buyer gods know that we will close on little Lot 6? This foreign home buying is stressful, though in most ways it's not much different than purchasing a new home in the States . . . especially when the purchase of the new home is contingent of the sale, nay, quick sale of another home. But today, I'll say it: Lo que hay! And we will close.