Assisting our clients is extremely important to CENTURY 21 Ballena Properties and to enhance this experience we also represent “Ballena Homes“, a construction management company that offers a complete range of professional services and innovative construction technologies to assist our clients in building the home of their dreams.
The sales team, composed of Marcel, Bill, Karen, Dan, Estefanny, Kimberly, Axel, Lisandro, Radomir, Alvaro and Charisse are able to offer service in seven languages and all them are invested in Costa Rica with years of business experience and knowledge of the Real Estate marketplace.
CENTURY 21 Ballena Properties Real Estate Team
MARCEL VAN WILLIGEN
Marcel is the Broker/Owner of CENTURY 21 Ballena Properties and has lived in the Ojochal area since 1999. Marcel is originally from the Netherlands where he studied Business and Commerce. From there he went on to serve his country in the Royal Dutch Army and upon the completion of a 6 year term he joined Lombard International Assurance in Luxembourg as an account executive.
During a vacation to Costa Rica far from the everyday life of suits, ties and business meetings he discovered an energy he could not shake. This inspired him to return to Costa Rica and make the southern coast his new home. During the years he has managed the Hotel Posada in Playa Tortuga near Ojochal and then went on to work in sales and marketing with the Ventana Del Pacífico development company. He spent the next eight years learning the ins and outs of the real estate sales and land development business. During his time there he also managed their guest house and hosted the guided property tours introducing 100’s of new clients to the beauty of the Ballena Coast.
Marcel has accumulated a huge amount of experience during those years which he now uses daily in the management of his own real estate group. His knowledge of the area, the developments and the available properties is vital to the success of this business. Communication has never been a challenge at the office as Marcel also speaks five languages, which is why the office has such a diverse client base of both sellers and buyers. Call Marcel to discover the Costa Rican “Pura Vida” lifestyle.
Bill Campbell has lived full time in Ojochal since 2012; and has been coming to Costa Rica since 2009. Originally from Calgary, Canada; Bill’s background was mostly in the construction industry. This has proven to be invaluable to clients when finding the right home to buy or build. Before joining CENTURY 21, Bill was a successful real estate sales associate with another brokerage in the Southern Zone. In Bill’s words:
What we have here is a ‘community’ that comes gift wrapped in the beautiful surroundings of jungle, mountains, and beaches.
Radomir Pompl came to Costa Rica in 2009 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he was a real estate associate/broker with Coldwell Banker since 1998. Radomir and his family moved full time to the southern Ballena Coast in 2012 and he later joined the CENTURY 21 team in January of 2014. Radomir is a graduate of The Real Estate Institute and a Certified International Property Specialist. He has a comprehensive understanding of the current market and is skillful in strategic pricing and marketing methods.
Karen is an enthusiastic member of the community and enjoys everything the southern zone has to offer. She moved to Ojochal in 2013 with her husband and son and brings with her 25 years of experience in tourism, marketing and real estate. She has an impressive degree of creative energy, integrity and dedication to client service combined with an inherent ability to relate warmly to people she meets.
In Karen’s words ‘Growing up surrounded by the natural beauty of Canada’s west coast and then traveling extensively around the world has given me the love and appreciation for natural beauty. This is why I am here and explains my zeal to help others discover this paradise I have found’.
Please call Karen anytime without obligation, she is ready to go to work for you today!
As a 20 year resident of the South Pacific zone, Dan has the most intimate knowledge and experience of this region.
Coming from various backgrounds and living in different countries, Dan has the ability to communicate in many languages. After business and marketing graduation he launched his career on the outskirts of Toronto where he began in home remodeling. This has eventually led into home design and construction that was further expanded into Costa Rica. His knowledge of the field and excellent negotiation skills have taken him across all the fields in the construction department. From simple renos to delicate government jobs to managing multi million dollar projects, he treats all levels of his customers with the same respect.
It is thanks to his exceptionally loyal clientele, personal referrals and repeat business that formed the foundation of his career. After the sale of his hotel he found himself in the right time and place to expand further. It is this, along with his passion for the housing industry that led Dan into real estate and joining the C21 team.
Axel is a Costa Rican who is passionate about the development and protection of his country in areas such as biodiversity, tourism and real state.
Tourism was one of the first gates that provided him with experience in hospitality management in different countries. After 4 years, he came back to Costa Rica to seek for opportunities in the Southern Pacific Region because that is where most of the prestigious and sustainable hospitality projects are located. Axel has been involved in the hospitality industry for 5 years since his return. This journey made him gain experience in customer service and address the real estate field.
The desire of supporting others to build their dreams as he did himself is one of the most important goals in his live. For this reason, being part of Century 21 Ballena Properties and help opening their New Office in Perez Zeledon is one of the first steps to materialize that goal, as well as to learn how to promote sustainable development whilst protecting the biodiversity in this beautiful country.
Alvaro “Tito” Azofeifa founded Uvita Surf School in 2005 and expanded it into a full scale recreational tourism business named Uvita 360 in 2012. Since then, he has expanded into property management with a portfolio of properties available for sale or rent.
Native Costa Rican who has understand the value of hard work. During high school, he worked on weekends at his father’s restaurant business, which helped him learn the ins-and-outs of running a small business. He graduated from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica with a degree in English as a Second Language and speaks fluent English. After flourishing in his own tourism business for fifteen years, he navigated the economic downturn brought on by COVID-19 by reinventing himself as a property manager and now manages a number of properties between Uvita and Ojochal on the southwest coast. Most recently, has also become a licensed real estate agent.
Through a combination of determination and hard work, Tito Azofeifa has become skilled at a variety of tourist-facing businesses. He is experienced with management, marketing, website development and social media. Most importantly, he knows how to provide superior customer service and can find a property that fits your needs. Choose Tito to work for you.
Lisandro was born in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica and for 8 years he worked as a Marketing Manager and Sales Manager for two of the most important companies in this part of the Country.
All this time in sales helped him to get to know most of the territories in the Region of Perez Zeledon and Southern region in depth, as well as to meet many people who little by little have deposited their trust in him to sell their properties.
Lisandro graduated as an accountant in 2010 and two years later as a marketing specialist and with 12 years of experience in these professions he has become more than a real estate agent and a sales & finance advisor.
As a sales professional, Lisandro understands that a sale is more than just a transaction, it is the realization of someone’s dreams (the buyer), the possibility of improving the reputation for the Agent and the closing of a life project for the seller. Lisandro is a professional highly interested in closing sales that generate high satisfaction for all parties
After working in the real estate industry for 8 years, Charisse and her husband decided to sell their businesses, numerous properties, and move to Costa Rica! They have two adopted children from Haiti, and wanted to give them a better life than they could in the US.
Charisse is efficient, responsive, and has over 15 successful years in the customer service industry. She is ready to bring you her contagiously bright and likable energy, and will do whatever it takes to help you find your dream property and life!
Having traveled to over 40 countries, Charisse is cultured, understanding, and accepting of all beliefs and lifestyles.
As an active member of the community, volunteering at both the Family Support Center and Alturas Sanctuary, Charisse is all about serving others and will do the same for you!
I am Diego Chevez, born and raised in Uvita when it was still wild and undeveloped; at that time there was no Asada water, no electricity and no roads just horse trails. I grew up close to nature and learned a lot about environmental practices. In 2014 I was the National SUP Champion and represented Costa Rica in the Central American Surfing Games. This allowed me to travel extensively and meet many people.
I studied tourism and hospitality at INA, Cenecoop and ICETur. I have been active in the tourism industry and rental management for the last 15 years. During these years I acquired great people and communication skills in Spanish and English, I really enjoy helping and sharing my knowledge with other people. I am excited to venture into the Real Estate industry and continue to help others in realizing their dreams.
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