What our clients (and now friends) have said about us...
We encourage anyone that is looking for a property or a home in Costa Rica to contact Carly as our experience with her was fantastic! We have been looking for a vacation, future retirement home for a number of years in different parts of the world but many reasons prevented us from buying and mostly due to not being able to find a real estate agent that would listen to what we were looking for.
We had never been to Costa Rica and before we arrived I asked via email to the hotel we were would be staying at if they could recommend an agent in the area and they suggested Carly. Carly was very prompt on returning my email questions and quickly put together a number of houses to look at when we arrived (within two days we had an accepted offer on a perfect house for us). Her knowledge of the area, being able to speak Spanish and understanding the Costa Rican process of buying and selling real-estate made this an easy enjoyable experience for us as she handled everything wonderfully. Even after the house deal was finalized with the lawyer and her job was done she sat with me for 3 hours at the bank translating to the bank manager helping me set up a bank account.
We have purchased a number of properties in various places in North America and put Carly on top of all the agents we have ever dealt with. I would recommend Carly to anyone looking for real-estate in Costa Rica and would be happy to comment more if you would like any further information on our experience.
Thank you Carly as you have made our move to Costa Rica possible!!
Rob Hoehn, Vancouver, Canada
Carly Fleming is exceptional. After traveling to Costa Rica with my children on a number of occasions over the years, now that I am mostly retired, I came to search out and purchase one piece of property at which I can live for part of the year and rent to others for the rest of the year. As an aside, having recovered the value of my mutual fund holdings from the great recession, I decided to invest in a few homes to generate income to supplement my pension instead of relying upon the vicissitudes k and bond markets. And so I purchased some properties in the US and rent them. Since my experience has been positive, I decided to diversify into the Costa Rican housing market. I wanted to buy a home with elbow room, extra land, privacy, views and close proximity to water -- some place I would want to stay and in an area that I would enjoy. I contacted a number of realtors in various parts of Costa Rica -- Arenal, Monteverde, Ballena in the southern zone, and the Nicoya penninsula. During my house-hunting visit I worked with five realtors, including Carly Fleming. Most of the realtors I worked with were quite professional and accomodating. But Carly was exceptional. She stood out far above the rest. Carly did her research in advance on the basis of the perameters I gave her from the US. She had a well prepared portfolio of properties that met my criteria when I arrived. She was intuitive, extremely knowledgeable, and sensative to my needs. She answered my questions straight-forwardly or got the information I needed when she did not have it at her fingertips. She never tried to sell me on anything, but facilitated my own informed decision-making. I observed that she was respectful to sellers and represented well their concerns and interests. As the intermediary in my negotiations with the owner from whom I bought the property I decided upon, she was forthright, honest, unemotional, clear, deliberate and unimpeachable in the punctuality of her accessibility and communications. She always did what she said she would and always very timely. She held my hand in connection with all the details and red tape involved in buying property in another country. After the sale was complete Carly continued to be in contact and helped me set up electrical and banking services. She even served as a sounding board for me when it came to finding property rental and property management services. Carly Fleming is a stellar professional with a sterling character, a sensitive nature, and solid integrity. I recommend her without any reservations whatsoever. She's the best.
The Rev. Dr. Philip J. Tierney
Our family has known for years that we would like to purchase a home in Costa Rica and felt like Samara was the ideal beach town. However, we were indecisive regarding the actual location whether it be up on the mountainside with the cool breezes and overlooking the Pacific Ocean or down by Playa Samara enabling our family to be within walking distance of the beaches and schools. After many emails between myself and Carly of Coldwell Banker, my father and I visited for a period of 5 days in July 2014. From our initial meeting, Carly was very personable and willing to answer any questions even to this day. Carly gave us a great tour of the area and affirmed our desire to purchase a home in Samara. She showed us several homes ranging from mountainside to beachside. Ultimately, we decided on a particular home that she and I both felt was right for my family from the very beginning. The purchasing of the home was seamless. Carly connected us with a reputable lawyer and in November 2014 we closed on our Costa Rican dream house. We now have a great property manager who she also recommended. We could not be happier with our new home in Samara and our Coldwell Banker Samara experience!
Cedric Britt and Robin Caveness
We recently purchased a small home just outside of Samara through Coldwell Banker. Our experience with the staff, particularly Angelina Phillips and Jason Slapinski, was a very positive one. From start to finish they were extremely professional , helpful and accommodating. As we live in Canada, it was initially challenging for us to consider completing much of the purchase process from a distance. However, we quickly realized that the staff at Coldwell Banker are very honest and responsible and 'on top' of all the details. This professionalism allowed us to relax in the confidence that our interests and needs were being taken care of. Jason and Angelina were always willing to provide us with good advice and ideas but we never felt pressured. The entire process from initial search to closing was very smooth and simple. (As a result we were able to enjoy some vacation time when we came to close as we had very few details to take care of!) We have chosen to use the property management services offered through Coldwell Banker as we feel very confident that they will do an excellent job of helping us maintain and protect our property while we are back in Canada. We will definitely highly recommend Samara Cold well Banker and Angelina and Jason to any friends or family who might want to purchase in Costa Rica in the future.
Maria Baier & Pekka Reinio, Canada, 2011
We fell in love with the place and bought a condo at Montelaguna Residence last year. As we were not sure where we wanted to buy our second home, I had made contacts by email with various agents in Costa Rica. Angelina was always the one who replied first and we felt that she knew what we were looking for before we got there. She played an enormous part in negotiating with the seller as well. Through the whole buying process, she was always there to answer our questions and even after, always available for advice on renting, buying furniture, etc. I do not have any hesitation to recommend her to you. She and her team know what they are doing.
Lori-Ann Cyr, Canada 2010
I wanted to again thank you and Steve for your efforts in helping me to successfully secure a property in Guanacaste which has been my goal for some time. I wanted to especially acknowledge the intelligence and insight you brought to the table. Your knowledge was invaluable. I cannot be more pleased with the outcome.
S. Lynch, United States, 2011
Scott, Angelina Phillips has been a most exemplary person in providing excellent agent services. She will go far above any requirements as an agent. She and her office associates will do most anything to accommodate a client. So much so that one becomes extremely elated of their efforts to care for you not only as a real estate agent but also in personal requests as a friend. I will highly recommend her and her office to anyone needing real estate services or just help during their visit to Samara. She brings enlightenment to Coldwell Banker as an agent and individual."
Louis Konyecsni, United States, 2010