Michaela is a winning and knowledgeable realtor, one who is deeply invested in the welfare of her clients. She understood our perspectives and goals—and helped to make our dreams a reality. As US citizens, buying a home abroad is a complicated process, but Michaela guided us expertly through every step, from property negotiations to the banking system. She has a wonderful eye for both the fine details and the big picture. Highly recommended. She is also a very lovely and charming person!
Caroline, Rachel and Joe
I want to thank both of you ladies for your excellent work on the sale of our house. Judit, I can not believe the number of showings you arranged and work you did in finalizing the sale. Barbara, the work you did and the help that I got from you was fantastic help in getting the POA. Without your help I don’t think I would have gotten through the process. Tremendous support. Beth and I were so pleased with the professional manner that we witnessed. Great Job.
Bob & Beth
About our Real Estate agent, Evangelina Valladares
We were not the best clients kind of picky but on a limited budget. Eva showed great patience with us and worked hard finding us just the right place.
First she showed us different areas and there are many. She had good knowledge of them from Jocotepec to Vista Del Lago. We would give her names of houses we had seen online and she would throw in some she knew about. Day after day 3-4 days a week we would go to the office and she would cheerfully greet us and offer water and off we went. She also had flyers ready for the days search. Sometimes we were a little depressed since we had looked at so many places but Eva would cheer us up and told us that when the right one came along we would know – and it did.
Letty and I highly recommend Eva. She didn’t quit when we found a place. Eva helped us with money transfer, closing, getting utilities transferred, keys and more.
A pleasure knowing you Eva,
Stan and Letty Nice.
I would highly recommend Lake Chapala Real Estate to anyone seeking to purchase a home in the Lake Chapala Area. I found the agency to be professionally run, competent and ethical – which is not always the case in Mexico, as there are currently no rules/laws/certifications in place for real estate agents here, with all the possible dire consequences thereof.
Evangelina and Raul (the agents I worked with) went out of their way to make my acquisition happen, ironing out several stumbling blocks and even finding a private lender to float a small mortgage for me for a reasonable price – an almost impossible task for a foreign buyer. Evangelina also took care of all the minutiae surrounding the sale, like putting the electric and phone bills in my name, helping with Internet set-up while I was out of town and generally always being willing to help with any questions I had and issues that cropped up. And always with a smile on her face.
From what I saw, the agency is run with high standards and an eye towards due diligence. The agents are very knowledgeable both about the local real estate market and real estate legislation and they combine this knowledge with small-town customer service – almost a lost art nowadays.
My experience with this agency was a very positive one and I therefore do not hesitate to recommend it to anyone thinking about relocating to the area.
“My wife and I moved to the Chapala/Ajijic area from the Baja. We did not know much about the area in terms of communities and available real estate. The staff at Lake Chapala Real Estate were very accommodating and helpful in listening to what we were looking for and pointing us to Houses for Sale that would meet our requirements. In our travels from one viewing to another we were given an education about the various areas and what they had to offer us. Lake Chapala were there from start to finish in our search and purchase right through the close of sale. We in fact looked at some 40 houses, and their only concern was helping us find a home that suited us. We can best describe Lake Chapala Real Estate’s support to us as a complete service, including providing information that helped us to adjust to our new community and offering some ideas that helped us see the potential of ideas for planning renovations. Our thanks to them for all their assistance. We were extremely happy for their help.”
Sincerely, Bob and Vanessa
Testimonial on behalf of Lake Chapala Real Estate
After trying unsuccessfully for five years using several real estate offices in Ajijic to sell our home. Marvin Golden, and the Lake Chapala Real Estate team, accomplished it in a matter of weeks. Marvin and Barbara provided excellent exposure, and the most effective marketing. Their honesty and integrity is beyond reproach. Evangelina provided us with a very professional and successful closing. We are so grateful to her all the hard work.
Lake Chapala Real Estate is the best in Ajijic
Jan and Jim Bily
On behalf of my family, I felt it was important to write you and express my gratitude and appreciation for the work and special efforts made by Evangelina Valadares and the support staff at your office.
My father had mentioned last year that he’d put the house up for sale and his hope was to sell it, and move back to California to be with his children and grandchildren, where he could be surrounded and loved by them. After multiple phone calls with him over some months, and him sharing that he was feeling quite discouraged with the selling process I intervened and decided to take the lead on getting his home sold.
With my direct communications with Ms. Valladares, she was very attentive to my emails, my questions, and empathetic to my frustration of trying to coordinate this via email, a country away, with a little bit of a language barrier. Through her lead, Ms. Valladares arranged a notary and lawyer to secure power of attorney for my cousin, so she could sign paperwork as needed upon my approval. In addition to those efforts Ms. Valladares also helped to coordinate communication with the gardener to advise him that he would have a severance package upon completion of the sale, as well as helping to secure and protect the property while it was unoccupied. I can honestly say that I am completely overwhelmed and humbled by all Ms. Valladares did for the benefit of my father, and ultimately his family. Her encouragement, her follow-up, the management of the selling process, and working with my cousin and I do get everything signed and in order is nothing short of a miracle. Throughout it, she has done it with a smile and a professional, yet personable demeanor that speaks very well of her. But it also speaks well of your company and support staff, because this sale required involvement from many others, especially when power of attorney needed to be created. I am so grateful for Ms. Valladares and Lake Chapala Real Estate for equipping themselves with such dedicated, competent, and caring people. To my father and our family, the greatest gift you’ve given us is an opportunity to reunite as a family, and it was made possible by Ms. Valladares and Lake Chapala Real Estate.
In closing, I’d like to ask one favor; that you would please take a moment to recognize Ms. Valladares for her extra-ordinary efforts, and the commitment and perseverance she demonstrated throughout the sale process. As someone with a long career in the sales profession, it’s always a creed of mine to recognize those who demonstrate such dedication to their clients, so I hope you can do the same with Ms. Valladares.
Kind regards and continued blessings,
Adrian Limon (on behalf of our family and father)
I have been looking at the Chapala area for a couple of years now. I came to visit on a Focus Tour and loved it. I Decided I this was the place for me. Evangelina and the Lake Chapala Real Estate team were great. Not only did she find me the perfect place but Eva and her team helped me through all the aspects of buying a home in Mexico. I would recommend Eva and her team to any one looking for Real Estate assistance. They have gone above the norm and Given excellent service.
Thank you for everything you have been great.
Al & Sandy Bensman
Our friends bought from Marvin and they highly recommended him. We found a fixer-upper on a large lakefront property. Marvin helped us get the house for the price of the land only. After extensive renovation we have a beautiful home at a great price.
Al and Sandy Bensman
Director of Property Management
Chapala Property Management & Concierge
We have had many occasions to work closely with Thomas. Recently we worked with him on the Marie Nowacki property that he sold in Chula Vista. We wanted to let you know what a pleasure it is to work with him. He is very professional and pleasant. He always does what he says he is going to do as well as being conscientious about timelines. He is a great representation of your company and the way that your company does business.
Fred and Donna Farrell
Recently we had the opportunity to work with your company in the purchase of our home in La Reserva and we feel compelled to comment on the outstanding service and care we received. First let us say that we have had a two year on going relationship with Thomas Hellyer. During those two years we have worked directly with Thomas on three occasions and each time Thomas has been thoroughly organized, well prepared and very willing to assist us. Thomas is very professional but at the same time very personable, friendly and helpful. Thomas is also very honest and forth right which I value greatly in any person. He is also very hard working. Over the span of the two years we had numerous telephone conversations with Thomas while still in California and his willingness to answer our questions and calm our fears and concerns played a large part in our final decision to move to Ajijic. During the recent transaction we were not aware that buying a new home in La Reserva meant that Thomas would receive no commission. During the entire transaction he never alluded to that and remained as willing and helpful as always. Next we would like to commend Barbara Mercik. Barbara is the most efficient and dependable person we have ever met and is certainly the person you would want to handle your financial transactions. Barbara is also an excellent communicator and we were always kept aware of what was going on. Marvin, if and when we sell our house we would not consider using any other company than yours and will give Lake Chapala realty our highest recommendation.
Thank you, thank you, thank you again for handling this land transaction for
us. We could not have done it without you and your great team.
We are eternally grateful for your contribution to the cause of the welfare
of the Mexican people in the Las Pintintas community and beyond.
I can’t tell you enough how much I thank God for you and the help you have
Yvette & Aaron Cort
Bob and Doris Kerr
Renter then Buyer
We thought we were too old to buy when we came to Lake Chapala, Mexico. Barbara and Marvin found us a year long rental and we settled in. As we got to know them better we didn’t feel so old and they helped us realize that buying was much wiser financially. They helped us get a dog and a great home with a lovely yard.
Bob & Doris Kerr
Listing & Marvin Sold (Twice)
I had a house for sale and Marvin brought the buyer. I was so impressed with how he handled the transaction that I listed the next house with him. Again he found the buyer and I was very pleased with the transaction.
New Home, Great appreciation
I bought a home in El Parque 18 months ago for $79,000 USD. The development was just starting, the streets were a mess and construction was everywhere, but Marvin helped us to look past that and see the future value. Now, over 105 homes have been sold, most are built, the pool and clubhouse look great. Recently Marvin sold it for me for $133,000 USD.
Frank & Maria Jordan
Buyer with Delayed Possession
In June 2005 we came to look at homes in Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico. We fell in love with a home for $325,000, but were not able to move until 2006. Marvin helped us negotiate a closing in March 2006, and was able to save us $23,000. We can’t wait to move.
Frank & Maria Jordan
Rick & Leigh Frederick
Buyer, Fixer-Upper & Next Home
“We met Marvin and Barbara in San Miguel de Allende at an International Living conference. What they had to say about the Lake Chapala area inspired us to rediscover the area after a 14 year absence. We were interested in fixer uppers and Marvin showed us many properties that fit our criteria. His knowledge of the area, the different properties and his attention to detail made the whole process not only painless but enjoyable. In fact, we’ve now purchased two houses from Marvin and are looking for a third! He was even able to recommend an excellent work crew for the necessary renovations. Marvin is very easy to work with and never fails to treat us with respect. We couldn’t be more pleased and highly recommend Marvin and Barbara as the real estate professionals to use in the Lake Chapala area.”
Rick & Leigh Frederick
Muchas Gracias Marvin Golden & Barbara Mercik
We decided to sell our home and called Marvin for an Opinion of Value so we could get an idea of price. We told him our wish list: We wanted to sell now but not move for about 15 months! We were building a new house and have two dogs and didn’t want to move twice and have to rent for a year.. He said he was showing clients the next day in our price range. As it turned out, his clients were only looking as they weren’t able to move to Mexico till a year or more. Marvin quickly put two and two together and brought them to see our home. Then we sat down and discussed our respective situations and got a feel for what each others needs were.
Then Marvin left with his clients and structured an offer that worked perfectly for both buyers and sellers. We couldn’t be happier. It was a complex contract and few others could have put this particular deal together. Marvin, you are truly a professional and an experienced Realtor capable of looking after all your clients needs. You cannot help but be successful as you put your clients’ needs ahead of your own.
We called you because of the incredible marketing you do for your listings – Home Books covering every detail of the property, full color Feature Sheets and all the added promotion you do. By doing this you get to know your listings inside and out and are clearly in a better position to properly promote them. I know the new buyers were thrilled with the Home Book as it allows them to show their family and friends their new home in Mexico, even though it was prepared after they actually purchased our home.
Another important part of the equation is Barbara, and we can’t thank you enough for all your hard work. Barbara works behind the scenes creating all the marketing materials – Home Books, Feature Sheets, advertising etc and looks after all the paper work for the closings.
Since we had a quick closing, Barbara had to go above and beyond getting all the paper work together in time – Power of Attorney and Apostile, going back and forth with the buyers in the States and the Notario here in Mexico. There is an incredible amount of documentation required to close a transaction in Mexico and Barbara makes it seem easy and seamless. We can’t thank you enough. Everything worked out perfectly.
Very sincerely, and with our greatest appreciation,
Marie Dwyer-Bullock & Ray Bullock
New Home, 2nd Home & Referrals
I came to Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico to find a place to write. I wanted a home and an investment. El Parque was just getting started and the prices were excellent. Marvin helped me have a home built and a year later I moved in. A few months later I bought a second home and I am now referring others to Marvin and Barbara.
Courtesy Tour, Rental then Buyer
When I came to Lake Chapala I was not ready to buy, I just wanted to check out the area. Marvin sold me on the area with his tour. I liked the people, the activities, the prices, the restaurants and the weather. A few months later I came back and Barbara found me a three month rental. I soon decided to buy and Marvin found me a great house.
My wife and I had been paying attention to the Ajijic/Lake Chapala area in Mexico for the last 5 years or so. When we decided to move to the area, we looked online and found Lake Chapala Real Estate and contacted them to help with our home search. Barbara Garding from their office spent every day, for one week, helping us understand the area and showing available homes in our price range – thank you Barbara, you were a wonderful help. As it goes, we found what would be perfect for us on the last day, which left us negotiating from our home in Canada. With the capable help of Barbara, our selling agent, and the agency owners, Barbara and Marvin, we came to an agreement on price with the owners – thank you everyone. Contacts, forms and lots of paper work followed and we had the best, Eva Valladares, part of the office staff at Lake Chapala Real Estate. Eva responded quickly to our emails, had everything in order and attended at the closing. Everything went smoothly and we left owning a new home in Mexico.
Thank you to everyone at Lake Chapala Real Estate.
Michael & Margaret Turner
To Whom it may concern;
My wife and I had the good fortune to work with Marvin Golden and Barbara Mercik at Lake Chapala Realty this past year for the sale of our home in Chapala. Their professional expertise and friendly, thorough demeanor allowed us to sell our home in a very reasonable amount of time and for list price. The negotiations went in such a way as to satisfy us as sellers as well as to assist the buyers in answering their questions in a timely fashion. The professional attention continued well past the close of escrow with no complaints at all.
We highly reccomend the sales staff at Lake Chapala Real Estate.
Patrick and Kathy Smith
We have been wanting to write a little thank you note for all your assistance in getting out first house in Chapala almost four years ago and again, few months ago when we decided to buy the second one here in Chapala too.
I remember vividly the first time we met you, you took us to see various house, many we didn’t care for and others we could not afford, you always had a beautiful smile in you very pretty face and you were always courteous, never showed a sign of discouragement or boredom, this went on for a full year and after that year, we got the house that 12 months earlier you had said: I found the house for you! You were right, we loved it but at that time we could not afford and you know the reasons But here we are now, enjoying the house you picked!
One important detail in this matter is that I remember after a few times we looked at many and different house, we were amazed how amiable and nice you were to us and I told you: I promise you, we are buying a house from you and nobody else and we kept our promise.
Not only we bought the house from you but we bought a second one, little and simple but still, we did buy from you and we appreciate you assistance and your desire to keep us satisfied with the buy.
But the best of all, is that you are one of our closest and dearest friends in Chapala and that gives a lot of satisfaction and happiness.
God Bless you Eva Luna and thank you very much!
Jose S. Benavides-Gomez and Francisco Ico Del Rio