The Ultimate Costa Rica Real Estate Experience

Costa Rica real estate testimonials part 4

Costa Rica real estate testimonials part 4This is real estate testimonials part 4. We like to publish real estate testimonials from all our Costa Rica Real Estate buyers and sellers. Some people don’t believe in real estate testimonials as they think there are invented. Well, ours are not, as it will show in the real testimonials we receive.

Feel free to check out part 1, part 2, or part 3 of our earlier testimonials.

These pages are a testimonial of the seriousness and knowledge of our realtors. I also want to thank both buyers and sellers, no matter if they gave us a testimonial or not, a big thank you for your business.

Real estate testimonials

Sharing tribal knowledge

GoDutch has been a great resource in helping us find a home and sharing their tribal knowledge about navigating everything a gringo might encounter in this pura vida land. My husband and I knew we wanted to be west of San Jose but where exactly, we didn’t know. . . Escazu, Santa Ana, Grecia, Atenas? On very short notice and within a 4-day visit from the States, Ivo, Brooke, and Didier, showed us multiple options within their respective locations. All were punctual, personable, very knowledgeable, and uniquely entertaining to spend time with. Ivo runs the organization and has curated a highly competent group of realtors who are fluent in English and Spanish, with some also speaking French and, of course, Dutch. They also help with post-house purchase tasks like setting up electricity in your name and escorting you on a day of furniture/appliance shopping. I later found out that Ivo has affiliates across the country so I recommend reaching out to Ivo no matter where in Costa Rica you plan to house hunt.

Amelia Firsching

Extraordinary and Professional

Didier Vergez is an extraordinary and very professional Realtor to work with.  We first met him in November of 2022 when he showed us several homes in the Central Valley.  We returned to the States after that trip, pondering our decision to relocate to Costa Rica permanently. Once we committed to the decision, we reached out to Didier once again, and we picked up right where we left off!  This man probably showed us almost 20 homes in various communities and always did it with a smile!  Buying a home in a foreign country is difficult enough, but Didier made the entire process of finding and preparing the offer on our new Costa Rica home very easy.  He walked us through everything from beginning to end, including connecting us with an attorney for the real estate process, guiding us through the escrow process and funds transfer, right up to the in-person closing.  We enthusiastically recommend Didier and Godutch Realty to anyone seeking an Agent in the Central Valley.  On closing day, we felt like we were old friends, and that’s good for us all!

Bob and Beth Maynard

With great joy

Mr. Henfling,

My beautiful wife and I want to tell you how much we appreciate Brooke Bishop’s way of working.

Although we started with someone else, lately we have found, with great joy, Brooke. She has been very helpful and kind. Thank you so much for having her on your team.

Bryan and Jill Thornton

By far, the best

We are retirees looking to permanently relocate from the USA to Costa Rica. We worked with 2 realtors in the Central Valley and were totally delighted and impressed with Brooke Bishop. She was, by far, the best realtor.

We’ve bought and sold more than 20 homes and have high expectations for realtor agents.  Brooke is an absolute professional in every way. She is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. She knows her properties and their owners and treats everyone with the utmost respect. She is fluently bilingual, which made things so easy for us.

We ended up doing a rental to give us more time to search for the right house and the right location. We really look forward to working with Brooke on a purchase.

We can’t recommend Brooke highly enough. She is everything we could want or need in a professional realtor.

Brenda & Jeffrey

A wonderful experience

We had decided to live in Costa Rica almost 20 years ago.  We spent the past two decades vacationing there and really had narrowed our search down to just a few regions in the country.  That all being said, our agent (Brooke Bishop) did a phenomenal job of finding a perfect home for us in the Grecia area, and we decided that was the place for us.  We had not planned to be looking for a home yet, but the one we purchased was too good to pass up.  So, our dream came true even earlier than expected…thanks to Brooke.

We had an absolutely wonderful experience during the process!!!  I have recommended Brooke to several others since we purchased our home in January 2022.  She was very patient with the fact that we sent her other listings to check out and took us to them.  ALL of the other ones (that we sent her) were NOT what we needed, and we ended up purchasing the original one, for which she was the agent.  That should tell you that Brooke is a very discerning agent who knows what will sell in the area.  She also knows what a “good buy” is and can advise on whether or not something is over-or underpriced.

The whole experience was so smooth!  Brooke made it incredibly easy and walked us through the whole process from start to finish.  We had purchased property in Costa Rica previously and were somewhat familiar with the process already.  But Brooke explained everything in simple terms and was helpful every step of the way. We would not hesitate to ask Brooke for help with another transaction in the future.

This purchase literally could not have gone any easier.  From initial contact to showings, to negotiations, to closing appointments, to title transfers, to a brand-new friendship that we will cherish forever.  Brooke did it all, and I literally would recommend her to anyone.

Heather and Jeff

Extremely helpful and professional

Hi Ivo!  Our names are Gina and Rolando Chaves.  We recently closed on a property in Santa Eulalia de Atenas.  Marian sent me your email to share our experience with you.

I can’t remember exactly how we stumbled across Go Dutch Realty, but we are so glad we did.  One thing we immediately noticed was the website was easy to navigate and up-to-date with available properties.

We worked with two Go Dutch associates during our home search – Brooke and Marian.  Both were extremely helpful and professional.   Our search spanned over several months and two geographic locations and both Marian and Brooke were responsive to our questions and spent countless hours with us on home tours.  We cannot thank them enough for the time they spent with us and the knowledge they were able to share about each home, location, and community.

Finding properties for sale in Costa Rica can be a daunting task if you don’t have someone helping you in your search.  We would highly recommend Go Dutch to anyone looking for or selling properties in the Central Valley.  They are top-notch and so are the professionals they work with such as attorneys, inspectors and escrow services.

Warmest regards,
Gina and Rolando

Another happy seller

We would like to thank Marian Veltman of GoDutch Realty for her excellent work in selling our house in Atenas.  As a couple who have bought and sold many houses over the years, we were extremely pleased with her work on our behalf.

Marian is a consummate professional – always giving helpful suggestions, always working closely with us to schedule showings at convenient times, and following through with every detail for closing.  In addition to her professional skills, Marian is very pleasant and friendly.  She was always cognizant of safety precautions during Covid and we felt very safe and secure during the entire process.

Marian also is extremely well acquainted with people, places, and things in the area! There’s not a question she can’t answer or a problem she can’t work with!  We highly recommend Marian.

Susan and Fred Chalek

Marian is very personable

Overall we were very happy with Marian’s work on our behalf. We had our house on the market for two and a half years and Marian was one of our most active realtors doing many showings. Whenever she had a client that she wanted to show our house to, she was always considerate of our time and gave us plenty of notice for us to have our house ready.

She’s a very good communicator and kept us informed if there were any updates or schedule changes. Then after the showing, she would give us some pertinent feedback on any issues that we could address for future showings.

After she found the clients that bought our house, she was on top of all the details and kept us informed throughout the sales process. She made the whole experience very pleasant and less stressful. She’s very personable, always happy, and has a very good attitude.

It was a pleasure having Marian as our realtor and we’re so happy that she was the one who found the right buyers for our house sale.

We will highly recommend Marian as a realtor for any of our friends who choose to move to Costa Rica. Many thanks to you, your company, and Marian.

Pura Vida,

Angus & Agnes

In one word … AWESOME!

Our experience with Brooke Bishop was in one word … AWESOME! We were selling our condo in Guanacaste and looking for a rental house in Sarchi/Grecia Area. Brooke spent two days showing us properties.

The process of buying in Sarchi was flawless with our agent. Brooke is fluent in Spanish and no detail was overlooked. We bought a beautiful new house, and we gained a solid network of reputable contacts for our transition into the Central Valley from our agent.

Three years later Brooke Bishop represented us AGAIN, this time to help us SELL our Sarchi house. Every showing of the house was presented in a positive light to showcase both the house and gardens. Brooke’s knowledge of both the neighborhood and the city of Sarchi was essential. Showings were conducted in a timely manner and follow-up pros/cons were discussed.

In closing, Brooke Bishop represented us in a professional and efficient manner during the purchase of our Sarchi house in 2018, the sale of our condo in Guanacaste, and AGAIN while representing us during the sale of the Sarchi property in 2021. On a personal note …. we now live in Perez Zeledon and Brooke Bishop remains our most trusted contact here in Costa Rica.

Karen Meyer

Brooke knew all angles of the purchase and sale of my property

Brooke was very professional as we discussed the challenges and opportunities of the market and the sale of my property. I tested her knowledge and was impressed with it plus she was honest with me on the current status of conditions throughout the sale. She truthfully explained the current conditions of the market

As soon as Brooke had an interested client, we worked along with the buyer, as a team, to realize a smooth transaction. There were challenges along the way, but solutions were developed to conquer them.

Brooke knew all angles of the purchase and sale of my property and she utilized her experience and knowledge to make it happen. I am also very satisfied with the post-sale services she offered.


The sale closed without a glitch

I have had a wonderful experience working with Marian Veltman with a property I owned in Atenas for the past 8 years. I was living in the U.S. and she handled everything that ever came up concerning the property. She gave me a monthly accounting of every dime that was spent, and she has a network of workers to call when things would need attention. She kept in touch with the tenants and kept in touch with me, so I never had to worry about the property falling into disarray. When it came time for me to sell the property she found a buyer and handled all of the preliminary work and the sale closed without a glitch. I highly recommend her services, and you can be confident that she is an honest and diligent worker.,

Marian, I have had property managers with other properties I have owned in the states, and most were so incompetent and unreliable that I sometimes had to sell the property because a good manager is so hard to find. You really do exemplify what a good manager should be. I wish you continued success in all that you do.


Negotiated a price I could afford

Marian did an amazing job in helping me navigate the intricacies of becoming a homeowner here in Atenas. She kindly agreed to take me to visit and revisit the house several times to help me feel completely comfortable with my decision. She patiently answered my many questions and very skillfully negotiated with the sellers to reach a price I could afford. Very grateful!

Claudine Bertin

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