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Greg& Ginger Rollert

“My wife and i have been going to Tulum for over 30 years, and a couple of yers ago we decided to buy a place and we were lucky enough to meet and work with Dave”

 I would use him again without hesitation so if you’re looking to get a place down in Tulum or anywhere in México i would highly recommend Dave.”

My wife and i have been going to Tulum for over 30 years, and a couple of yers ago we decided to buy a place and we were lucky enough to meet and work with Dave and Dave was fantastic for a lot of reasons. He was incredibly knowledgeable, he was really patient, you know not pushy, he’s bilingual which was obviously helpful even though my wife speaks spanish. When you’re buying Real Estate in México it can get very confusing so he knew how to navigate all that. He also help us find a great lawyer. 

He just was his communication was great and even after we closed on the condo that we bought he was in constant communication with us.

He’s just honest, trustworthy, i mean i just would recommend him unequivocally we had such a positive experience with him, i would use him again without hesitation so if you’re looking to get a place down in Tulum or anywhere in México i would highly recommend Dave. 

Testimonial of Alberto and Beth Casses on the purchase of a property in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
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Alberto & Beth

“Dave found the perfect home for us at AWA, in Playacar.  It is a residential complex with unique amenities, it’s like having a home inside a 5-star resort! And to top it all off we purchased a penthouse unit with a private rooftop patio.”

“Karla has been a lot of help as well, she organized all the transactions between the two countries and made purchasing in Mexico seamless, including organizing all the legal side!!!”

“Both Dave and Karla give 100% looking after their clients.  From initial contact, following ups, purchase agreements (in a different country from what we are used to), and all the back and forth with developer, lawyer etc.”

We have been traveling to Mexico for 20 years and love Mexico! Mexico is the perfect fit for us as my husband’s first language is Spanish, we love the people, the food and the culture.  Also, its a short (non-stop) flight from Toronto, and there are several flights per day. This was why we decided to purchase property in Mexico.

Dave found the perfect home for us at AWA, in Playacar.  It is a residential complex with unique amenities, it’s like having a home inside a 5-star resort! And to top it all off we purchased a penthouse unit with a private rooftop patio.  

It all started on a cold Canadian winter’s night my husband and I were looking at real estate in Mexico (a common tradition) We had a trip booked already to go to Mexico for a vacation and saw a listing of Dave Costa’s that we liked, when we clicked on it, he must have been prompted that we clicked, and we started messaging back and forth. It didn’t take him long to realize we were seriously interested in buying in Mexico, and conversation switched to a phone call.

At this point, I must add that Dave was not the first agent in Mexico that we have spoken to, in fact we booked a trip specifically to see real estate a few years ago, and had a realtor lined up to show us places for a whole day.  To our horror, the agent sent her assistant to show us one place (with another potential buyer) and had nothing more to show us and went on her merry way with the other potential buyer to see more places.  This left us dumbfounded, as we had made all these arrangements weeks prior to our arrival. This agent is a well-known agent in the Playa Del Carmen area, we thought this was standard practice for Mexican real estate agents.

 I think back now, and we were kind of a nightmare, Dave had to be very creative, as he wasn’t even sure what we were looking for, because we didn’t even know! All that we knew was that we wanted a place to call our own in the Playa del Carmen area. So, we needed most help with pinning down exactly what we needed/wanted.

Dave spoke to us several times before we arrived in Mexico to try to figure out what to show us and kept in contact with us when we arrived. We agreed on a day to spend together, and he actually showed up! We knew at that point we had a great agent.  But this story gets even better! He showed us many different places, and we developed a great trust in him.  We left Mexico without purchasing anything but received a call from Dave when we were home, that the place he knew we really liked was about to have a price increase in the next few days.  We did our entire purchase agreement and money transfers from Canada, and 6 weeks later we went back to Mexico to see the progress on our new construction Mexican home.

Karla has been a lot of help as well, she organized all the transactions between the two countries and made purchasing in Mexico seamless, including organizing all the legal side!!!

Both Dave and Karla give 100% looking after their clients.  From initial contact, following ups, purchase agreements (in a different country from what we are used to), and all the back and forth with developer, lawyer etc.  Alberto and I both feel like we were treated like we are their number one priority, knowing full well that they treat all clients like this!  When our home is completed Dave & Karla will be our first guests, and we look forward to continuing to build our friendship with them.  Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts, for everything you have done for us, we truly appreciate you both!

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Stacy & Steve

“Karla were extremely helpful in the build time between 2019 and 2022.  They were always quick to answer questions.  Both are extremely knowledgeable and both speak fluent English and Spanish, so that was a plus.”

“When we took possession, Karla was right there by our side.”

“So, that means that Dave and Karla supported us well after and all along the road to taking ownership.  This speaks to their commitment and professionalism.  Highly recommend!”

Dave and Karla helped my husband and I to purchase new construction in fall, 2019. 

We were looking for a condo that we could use in retirement, as well as on the rental market.  It was pretty easy for us to find a condo that would work for us.  We took possession spring, 2022. 

Dave and Karla were extremely helpful in the build time between 2019 and 2022.  They were always quick to answer questions.  Both are extremely knowledgeable and both speak fluent English and Spanish, so that was a plus. 

Dave has a working relationship with our builder, SIMCA, and we believe that helped us to negotiate some of the details.  When we took possession, Karla was right there by our side.  It is interesting to note that realtors are paid their commission when a contract is accepted. 

So, that means that Dave and Karla supported us well after and all along the road to taking ownership.  This speaks to their commitment and professionalism.  Highly recommend!

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Ted Tran

“Dave took time to explain the process, prices and time frame to sell my unit.”

“He works well with the developer and buyer on my behalf. I am very grateful to have him as my realtor. Dave is simply the best!”

I recently had to sell my condo unit in Playa Del Carmen. Then a friend in Mexico told me there’s a realtor who works with Americans in buying and selling houses in Rivera Mayan.

I immediately was put in contact with Dave Costa that evening. He surprised me by answering my phone call since it was after working hours.

Dave took time to explain the process, prices and time frame to sell my unit. He had my unit listed within a week and sold it in a month.

He is very good at replying to my text, emails and phone calls. Dave always answered all my concerns. His assurance keeps me worries free during the process.

He works well with the developer and buyer on my behalf. I am very grateful to have him as my realtor. Dave is simply the best!

Jay Mata

Jay Mata

“I decided to invest in Tulum because I am from Mexico City and I always loved the area. I started exploring real estate opportunities in 2016 and somehow contacted Dave and Karla to enquire about opportunities.”

“Dave and Karla are very honest and truly looks for your best interest. Their philosophy is that their clients should be happy with their investment and not just making a quick buck.”

“I never hesitate to refer them to any one looking to invest in the region. You will be in good hands with them.”

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My name is Jay Mata. I decided to invest in Tulum because I am from Mexico City and I always loved the area. I started exploring real estate opportunities in 2016 and somehow contacted Dave and Karla to enquire about opportunities.

I travelled to Tulum the same year and met Dave and Karla in person. They showed me different projects and gave me their honest opinion without pushing for it. Dave and Karla are very honest and truly looks for your best interest. Their philosophy is that their clients should be happy with their investment and not just making a quick buck.

When I was ready to pull the trigger, they negotiated a great offer for me in one of the new developments that was still under construction so I was able to buy at pre construction prices.

That development, Central Park Tulum, became the reference of high end and sustainable real estate in Tulum and has been a great investment for me.  

Dave and Karla also helped me with purchasing two more apartments in another new development in Aldea Zama and also got me a great deal.

They have become my friends and I consider them the authorities in real estate in the riviera Maya.

I never hesitate to refer them to any one looking to invest in the region. You will be in good hands with them.

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Cindy and Jens

Cindy and Jens

“Dave came to us with incredible experience and was absolutely amazing to work with. We worked via calls, texts and emails throughout.”

“Dave always included us in every step and went above and beyond in communicating and seeking to represent us in the most professional way.”

“We were blessed to work with Dave and if and when the time comes to purchase in MX again, he is our man for the job! If you want someone on your side – Dave is your guy.”

We were connected to Dave through another realtor when we sought to sell our condo in Playa del Carmen.

Dave came to us with incredible experience and was absolutely amazing to work with. We worked via calls, texts and emails throughout. He became a friend right from the beginning.

His skills and connections were quite impressive. He seemed to have a confidence and overview of the sale we were seeking to offer right from the start and the results proved he was absolutely on track.

No matter what situation arose, he was on it before we were even in the loop. Dave always included us in every step and went above and beyond in communicating and seeking to represent us in the most professional way.

As we were sellers, it really made a difference that Dave listened and kept the numbers we set our desired sale price at, as the platform he represented us from.

We were blessed to work with Dave and if and when the time comes to purchase in MX again, he is our man for the job! If you want someone on your side – Dave is your guy.

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FILOMENA

I highly recommend him to anyone who is in the process of buying or selling in Mexico. Thank you SO much Dave for all you have done. I am forever grateful!!

I can’t praise Dave Costa enough for the wonderful job he did with selling my condo in Playa
Del Carmen. I live in New Jersey and while vacationing in Playa Del Carmen in 2017 I came
across an incredible pre-construction real estate opportunity. 
 
I purchased the unit and tried to contain my excitement because the project had a two year projected completion date. During that time the pandemic hit and with that came the extended building time lines and unfortunately my new reality. The economic uncertainties coupled with an aging parent who required 24/7 home care made the prospect of owning a property abroad unmanageable.
 
After much consideration, I decided to sell. However, selling a unit I did not yet own in a
country with different real estate laws in the midst of a pandemic left me feeling totally
overwhelmed. I did not know what to do or who to turn to. I made some inquires and was
recommended to Dave from a contact I had in Mexico.
 
I reached out to Dave and from the very first conversation, my anxiety dissipated. He took the
time to thoroughly explain the process and I immediately knew I could trust him. That he could
sell my unit from a distance. Dave handled every step and the numerous pandemic related
hiccups like a true professional. I was able to sell without ever having to stress about traveling to
Mexico. He was prompt in returning emails, phone calls, and any question that came up. He
handled the entire closing on my behalf without issues. 
 
Dave is a good listener and a compassionate person. He hand held me through the sale while I was going through a very difficult time in my life. Dave was able to get me top dollar for my unit and sold it faster than I thought possible given the circumstances with Covid.
 
I would most certainly hire Dave again if the need should arise for me in Mexico. 
 
I highly recommend him to anyone who is in the process of buying or selling in Mexico. Thank you SO much Dave for all you have done. I am forever grateful!!
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MICHAEL PALETTA

“Dave helped me sell my unit for a tidy profit.”

“My first experience with Dave was more than expected and I look forward to doing more deals with him. “

 

I started looking at Real Estate for investment in México in 2017; i did my first purchase in 2018 on a 2-Bed Lock Off unit in Playa del Carmen. 
As construction was nearing completion Covid hit. After a couple years delay in closing due to travel restrictions I finally took possession of my unit.  I wanted sell and was recommended to Dave. 

He has been in México for a number of years and is well versed in the Real Estate market and how mechanics work.

Dave helped me sell my unit for a tidy profit. My first experience with Dave was more than expected and I look forward to doing more deals with him. 

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Terry Brennan

“Dave showed me a few properties that he thought I might be interested in, but I was unsure of which course to take.”

“Dave helped me find a property within my budget and in an area that I had originally designated as suitable for my tastes.”

I have known David Costa and his family for more than seven years having moved to Playa Del Carmen in 2015. I first met Dave and his wife Karla through friends and social settings. Dave and I automatically clicked since we are from both from Massachusetts and have similar likes when it comes to supporting the same sports teams.
 
In 2017, after living for over two years here in Mexico I decided to start looking for a property and to make Playa del Carmen my permanent residence.
I contacted Dave and he began to help me with my search.  Dave showed me a few properties that he thought I might be interested in, but I was unsure of which course to take.  It was a big decision for me because I was investing a big chunk of my retirement into my place down here.  Dave was patient with me and never pressured me.  I could tell that he really cared and wanted to make sure I was happy with my decision.  For various reasons, the timing turned out not to be right so I didn’t buy anything at that time.  
 
Eventually, a few years later, when I was ready, Dave helped me find a property within my budget and in an area that I had originally designated as suitable for my tastes.  He helped me get a great deal and I am very happy with my decision.  
 
In closing, I’d just like to say that not only is Dave a great real estate agent, but he’s a trusted friend.   All of my family live in the United States and I have asked Dave to be the contact for my children in case of an unforeseen circumstance.  Having his guidance and expertise helps me sleep well at night.
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Barbara quinn

Dave Costa is the best agent we worked with in México.

“Dave is a consummate professional, he follows up, provides expert advice and essentially he is the person to make things happen. Whether buying or selling, Dave Costa is simply the best.”  

Dave Costa is the best agent we worked with in México.  

After trying with two other agents, Dave took over and helped us sell our condo in Tulum. We love the Riviera Maya and after going to many other places in México, decided there is really only one place to buy if you want white sand beaches, fabulous restaurants and taste of authentic mexican life. 

Dave is a consummate professional, he follows up, provides expert advice and essentially he is the person to make things happen. Whether buying or selling, Dave Costa is simply the best. 

His extensive knowledge and skill combined with his wonderful charm is a perfect match. Dave has dedicated his career to real estate and it shows. He is heads and shoulders above the other agents in the area. 

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keith and
tina stephen

“We would definitely recommend Dave to anyone looking for a realtor in the Playa del Carmen area.”

After vacationing in Playa del Carmen for 10 years we decided that it was the perfect place to spend our retirement during the winter months. We live in Canada which we love but the winters are long whereas the weather is fabulous all year long in Mexico. Rather than finding a rental home each year we opted to buy a property. 

Dave Costa responded to an inquiry when we were searching Playa real estate online. From the beginning he was helpful with finding options given our wish list. He shared his knowledge of the process of buying a home in Mexico and also kindly answered our questions about all things associated with living in Playa such as utilities, taxes, cost of living, shopping options etc. In addition, he shared his contacts for people/businesses that could be useful to foreign buyers including an English-speaking lawyer to handle our purchase.

We were in Canada throughout the search but Dave showed us through several properties in different areas. We decided on a new 3-bedroom/3-bathroom townhouse in El Cielo. We liked the residential feel of the area and that it was walking distance to the beach and just a short drive to downtown Playa.

Dave negotiated with the developer and both translated and explained the real estate documents required. Though due to the pandemic the process from purchase to possession of the deed took a little longer than what we were used to in Canada the process felt seamless.

We would definitely recommend Dave to anyone looking for a realtor in the Playa del Carmen area.

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