About Greenleaf Real Estate
|Owner & Broker|
I graduated from the University of Colorado, and then spent several years working in real estate in Colorado. During this time, I competed in the professional whitewater kayaking circuit and made my first trip to Costa Rica with my sponsor and teammates in 1999. It was love at first sight and I have been living 'where the grass is greener' ever since. When I discovered the pristine South Pacific region of Costa Rica, I found my destiny and the place my dreams would manifest into reality. During the past 7+ years of living and working in the Dominical area, I have acquired an in depth knowledge of properties as well as solidified integral relationships within the local community.
My college studies include art and photography at the University of Texas
with degrees in commercial photography and fine art. My work history
includes owning a construction company for 20 years where I built and
remodeled homes in Austin Texas. I had also worked for 15 years as
a licensed real estate agent in Texas working with buyers and helping
them find their dream home.
I started travelling to Costa Rica in 1999 to visit family members that
had moved here the year before. I fell in love with the southern zone
and after travelling here many more times, I made Costa Rica and the
Dominical area my permanent home.
Some of my hobbies include travelling, photography, hiking, swimming,
snorkeling, boating, rafting and fishing.
|Office Manager & Rental Coordinator|
I am a native of Costa Rica, born in Dominical.
|Broker & Lifestyle Specialist
I was born in Atlanta, and graduated from University of Ga. In preparation for a job offer in Belize, I came to Costa Rica to improve my Spanish. Within days, I knew that I would not be leaving and that I had found my home. Prior to Costa Rica, I had visited 53 countries, but had never experienced the feeling of "Pura Vida" or pure life that I feel here. That was1996. Since then, I have been working in Real Estate and Tourism, specializing in the area of the "Costa Ballena" or Whale Coast. My parrot Buffy, a wildlife rescue who is unable to survive in the jungle, accompanies me most of the time. My conviction is that every client who considers relocating to the Costa Ballena should be fully orientated with the lifestyles, benefits and advantages as well as the challenges before making an informed decision. Come down and take an "Orientation Tour" with us.
We are now about half way through 2011 here in the tranquil southern pacific zone. As many of the optimists have predicted, we have been experiencing a boost in Real Estate sales. However, as expected, our current market does not resemble the activity we saw in 2007, before the “crisis”. So then what is selling these days?? There is a combination of characteristics that all sales seem to share in one way or another. They are all HOT DEALS!! Hot deals can be categorized in three main areas; desperation sales, unique properties, and irreplaceable house sales.
Fire Sales or “desperation sales” are of the vast majority of the properties selling. With a surplus of properties for sale, and a lack of buyers, sellers are forced to lower their prices to meet the demand. Many sellers have no choice but to sell, and therefore are having to take a loss on their investment. Those whom are more financially liquid have been taking advantage of these “desperation sales” and securing land for future use. The most common of the “deportation sales” are ocean view lots priced under $150,000. As result of a booming market that rapidly spiraled into a recession, many desperate developers have been left with no choice but to sell for next to nothing prices.
“Unique” properties are also selling. By unique, I’m referring to an aspect of a property that is rare, and really only exist in small numbers. For example, a property that has a waterfall within its boundaries, a property that shares boundary lines with a national park, or a spectacular view that cannot be duplicated. Due to the fact that there are a limited number of these properties left in Costa Rica, there will always be someone seeking that rarity.
Along with “deportation sales” and “unique property sales” are houses that cannot be replaced for the same price. By this I mean that the current market price of the lot plus the price of the construction/materials that went into the house are greater than the final sales price of the total package. In many cases, these are family vacation homes in which the families need to sell due to financial constraints.