The Building Begins
We worked with a local builder in Rincon who had relocated from Florida many years ago. He was fair and reasonable and easy to communicate with. We knew we wanted a simple layout - an open floor plan upstairs with a wide staircase leading downstairs to 2 bedrooms. 2 beds / 2 baths and a killer view of a jungle valley and the sea. We were on the way to doing this all for $150,000, plus the land. We overpaid for the land - $115,000 for a plot that we should have paid about $87,000 - $90,000 for - this was my first lesson and should be a lesson for you. Never, ever bid more than 50% of the asking price for any land or house in Puerto Rico. Maybe, if it fits your plan, go up to 70% of ask.
The plans were drafted - the ground was broke.