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You and Max are extraordinary examples of the “Best of the Best” in our industry!
Dear Kathy,

I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for working with my clients Hetal & Meenal on their potential purchase in Mexico.

After spending about 30 minutes on a conference call with yourself and my clients (while you were on vacation); it was apparent that they felt extremely comfortable.

Your expansive knowledge of the market, your understanding of the nuances of purchasing a home in a foreign country combined with your honesty, integrity, and transparency throughout our meeting left them with the feeling that they had someone who is knowledgeable and professional and would be their perfect partner in their search for a home.

As you know, I have coached and trained hundreds of Realtors/Brokers and have logged thousands of hours of coaching. I have trained Brokers throughout San Diego County as well as Douglas Elliman in NY and the NY Real Estate Academy; and, in both of these situations the one point I have always emphasized is “Communication”.

While listening to you today, it reinforced my belief that the more communicative, knowledgeable, and transparent the agent is, the chances of a buyer securing their dream home is increased immeasurably! In this competitive market with inventory at an all time low, the more skilled agent ensures the Buyer not only has an increased chance of securing the home, but they’re also protected on so many levels.

Personally, I learned so much and was extremely impressed with your breath of knowledge! Rest assured that should I ever decide to buy in Mexico, I would not even consider using anyone else!!

Thank you Kathy. You and Max are extraordinary examples of the “Best of the Best” in our industry!!

Warm Regards,

Iris Hirsch—Top 2% Nationwide
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
DRE #01324008
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Lic. Maricela Carter was, lucky for me, the one in charge of assessing.
(Translated from Spanish)
Good day. To evaluate the performance of a person in the manufacturing area, where I develop, is relatively easy because one as a supervisor compares the performance of an associate against the job position requirements.

The process of assessing in the purchasing of property, however, is a life experience wherein economic interests are in play, along with family, and emotional interest, make such evaluation even more complex.

Lic. Maricela Carter was, lucky for me, the one in charge of assessing me in acquiring what is my home today, and I must recognize that she always showed unmatched passion and compromise in caring for the interest mentioned above, as well as from the selling side.

She knew how to pressure, concede, and above all, compromise to broker the best deal for both parties. At all times she performed with responsibility, and knowledge every step of the process, providing with the confidence and peace of mind to make the hard decisions that people like, that never have purchased a home to live in it before, needed.

Finally, I would like to point out the ample experience that Maricela put to my disposal to achieve an objective so important in my life. As well as her professionalism, optimism, excellent communication skills, as well as enthusiasm she showed every moment to make my dream come true.

A thousand thanks Maricela.

Ing. Juan Manuel Ramos C.
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Buying in Baja is tricky and Joe walked us through every step
What an experience it was purchasing property in Baja using Joe De La Fuente. Words do not express how lucky we were to have Joe help us through the process of finding, purchasing, and learning how to live in the amazing area of MX.

We are more than happy we found Joe to represent us in the purchase of our home. Buying in Baja is tricky and Joe walked us through every step, was patient, and more than helpful.

He goes out of his way to help and now that we own our property through a new trust I have seen Joe helping others that need him that are not buying property. Neighbors or just people in the community in need may it be someone affected by fires or a homeowner living by herself needing help he always makes an effort to go out of his way to assist others. This speaks volumes about the kind of person he is.

Trust Joe to go the extra mile for you whether it is selling your home or if you are a first time home buyer in Baja or experienced in the Baja Realestate market Joe brings so much more to the table than just helping you buy or sell a home. He becomes your friend.

We can't say enough good things about Joe and what he has done for us. Do not buy or sell a home without Joe. He will make your experience as positive and rewarding as possible. If it were not for Joe I am not sure we would own property in Baja. He made our dream a reality and he will make your dreams a reality too.

David and Gianna Bainer
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Great job helping this transaction move forward
Thank you Kathy for you and your team. Joe and Max really did a great job helping this transaction move forward, which I very much appreciated. Veronica at Diaz Associates was extremely professional and efficient. I was quite surprised how fast the transaction took place and we completed it. Thanks again for everyone’s hard work.

Cordially,

Craig Tweedy
Rancho Reynoso Sale of Home
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Very happy we purchased property in Mexico
Carrie and I have been traveling to Mexico for over three decades together, and when we finally decided to purchase a property in our favorite community of Las Gaviotas (Northern Baja California), we knew we should work with Max & Kathy Katz. Max & Kathy showed great patience between the time we first started looking for real estate in Mexico until we were finally able to purchase our “dream” beach house in 2013. Max & Kathy were very well prepared to show us the inventory that matched our needs and were especially helpful once we were in escrow to walk us through the unique process of buying property in Mexico. Carrie and I are very happy we purchased property in Mexico and are even more grateful that we can call Max & Kathy Katz our Mexico real estate connection and good friends! I would recommend Max & Kathy to anyone that wants quality representation to purchase property in Mexico.

Brad Hobson
Vice President of Chicago Title & Escrow

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Choosing to retire at Calafia Condos (Video)
Brad Billingsley, an American retiree living at Calafia Condos, talks about why he chose to retire to Mexico and why he chose Calafia Condos.

 

 


Brad Billingsley
Owner
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I had a dream…
We selected Larry French to purchase our vacation home in Mexico. We highly recommend Larry for several reasons.

We have been contemplating such a purchase for several years and looked at properties with other brokers. The other brokers gave me the impression that they would not coordinate with other brokers and only showed their own listings. Larry represented us. He helped find what we were looking for. He recommended properties based on the value of the listing. Not based on who had the listing.

Larry knows the neighborhoods. How much sun, how much wind and how much noise can be huge issues as well as the character of the developments. We are so happy with the fact that we listened to Larry’s recommendations on those issues. We realized later we were shown other properties at the time of day that best suited the property. Not so much the buyer. If you want to be really happy with your decision to purchase you should use a realtor that represents your interests and knows all the not so obvious details about the properties you are looking at.

We bought 4 pieces of Real Estate last year and have a moderate understanding of the process in California. The process is quite different in Mexico and he kept us informed throughout the purchase process. Larry oversees the whole thing and partners with professionals that specialize in the closing process. He also does a great job helping you understand the nuances of the process in Mexico. He had to repeat himself a few times but we are grateful for his patience.

Lastly there is the issue of not living near the property you are purchasing. Who handles phones, computers, gas, furnishings, improvements, insurance…. Larry has a guy for each of those and many more. His service goes well beyond the sale.

I had a dream… Larry made it a reality. The money was in my investment portfolio for years. Now my investment portfolio has a 10 million dollar view. I feel like I won the Lotto. No remorse on this purchase. You know what I recommend you do. Now you know who to use to get it done.


Mark Mattingley
Laguna Beach, CA
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Look Forward To Many Fun Times Together
Dear Kathy,
Just want to say how thrilled we are to finally have our little villa on the Baja coast. We have been looking since 2009 for a place or our own, but have loved Mexico for years. We often vacationed in Mexico with our children in the early years and now we are going to retire here and enjoy the slower paced life Mexico has to offer. The beauty of the coast is endless and the people are so loving and helpful. We have met so many wonderful people that have made this journey ahead of us, and they have been so helpful with our pending relocation. You, Max and your team have also been very helpful and understanding during these past years informing us of the different lifestyles that can be found in your area. We now count you both as our good friends and look forward to many fun times together. Oh, Max, I owe you a wonderful curry dinner as soon as we get settled, can't wait!

Anyone thinking of moving to Mexico either permanently or to have a weekend getaway I can testify to all, it is a wonderful place to unwind and chill out. Our children and grandchild, are also ready to come down and share our little hide-away.

Thanks for all your help and support,

Karene
Owners in Plaza Del Mar

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We Found A Community Of Wonderful People
Dear Kathy,
Wow, are we excited!! For 15 years Teresa and I have traveled south to Las Gaviottas for sun, relaxation, surf, golf, and wine tasting. Every time we pass through the gates and see the cobblestone roads, beautiful grounds, and the ocean waves beating against the rock outcroppings all of the pressures of work and life are washed away. There is no other place in Baja as peaceful, safe, and inviting; believe me, we have looked. And now, thanks to your help, we are proud owners of a two bedroom waterfront property in Las Gaviottas. It was amazing how open and welcoming all the other homeowners were when they discovered we were owners. Not only did we find a great vacation home, but we also found a community of wonderful people.

Thank you for making our vacation home in Mexico a reality.

Les Whitney
Vistage Group Chair

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Smoother, Stress-Free Transaction
Dear Kathy and Max,
Dave and I would like to express how pleased and impressed we were with the knowledge and professionalism you demonstrated in the recent sale of our home at 30 Picudas Este, Las Gaviotas. Dave and I have purchased many other homes in the US and Las Gaviotas, and we have never had a smoother, more stress-free transaction. We were also impressed with the efficiency of your support staff. Promptly returned emails, and phone calls kept the ball rolling along to an excellent and timely finish! We will defintely be pleased to use your services again in the future.

Thank you so very much.

Sincerely,
Dave & Paula Burditt
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A Contractors Point of View
When traveling I often find myself looking at structure, walls, flooring, color selections, design and at how much effort the builders and developers put into their projects. Where did they excel and where did they maybe try to cut corners.

I have viewed several condo projects on the Baja coast and have found one gem that stands far and away out from rest. The project is called Palacio Del Mar. It offers the very best: well thought-out floor plans, architecturally designed to stand out from the rest. Lush landscaping, amenities not offered anywhere in the region, 24 hour security and a touch of class we all wish we could afford… and guess what? We can! All at an unbelievable price. It’s like living at the Ritz Carlton at Holiday Inn prices.

Window Guy
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Baja Condo Difference
The difference between purchasing a Baja Condo over a California Condo comes down to two things: Quality Amenities and Pricing. It’s important to get the most for your money when buying anywhere and the most comfort you can afford. Baja real estate offers just that.

From the travertine flooring which is a standard in most condos to the granite counters, solid concrete and steel structures, to the use of ‘Green Products’ like dual pane energy efficient windows that are used to lower heating and cooling costs, gives the owner great value and comfort.

Now with all of this quality comes the good part: the pricing, one third of the cost you would pay for the same quality and amenities over their California counterpart.

The best of the best.

Michael
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