Buying an existing business in Costa Rica can often be the best and easiest way to get established fast. It can also be a way to way overpay for the real value of the business. Cooked books is a real thing to be concerned about and there are some red flags we can look for to help us to get to the bottom of the real story with the business. Sometimes cooked books are a deal breaker but most of the time it will simply change the deal into a much more favorable one for you as the buyer. The Cost of doing business under the table in Costa Rica has a lower value and with new electronic reporting requirements that is not as easy as it used to be. This makes it a great time to buy before the values sore with all the businesses now reporting real revenues, they will also have a higher value as well in the future.