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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
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 provided us.
Blessings! Yvette & Aaron Cort
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
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.
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
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. Otto Rand
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
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
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
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
We highly reccomend the sales staff at Lake
Chapala Real Estate.
Patrick and Kathy Smith
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
I would recommend Eva and her team to any
one looking for Real Estate assistance.
They have gone above the norm and Given excellent
Thank you for everything you have been great.
Muchas Gracias Marvin Golden & Barbara
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
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
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.