OUR TEAM

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.

CENTURY 21 Ballena Properties - Team

 

The sales team, composed of Marcel, Darrel, Bill, Radomir, Becca, Karen and Estefanny 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.

DARREL SIMONSON

Darrel has lived and experienced the lifestyle available in Costa Rica for the better part of the past 24 years. He offers professional real estate services for both the seller and the buyer to assist with their individual real estate requirements The properties he represents in Costa Rica are located along the Ballena Coast covering Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal, Palmar and the Sierpe. In addition, He represents several properties located on the Osa Peninsula in the areas of Rincon, La Palma, Puerto Jimenez and around the cape to the rainforest properties of Carate.

Darrel also works in partnership with architects, designers and home construction specialists through Ballena Homes to deliver a complete range of services for building new homes for clients. His services involve managing every step of the process (including language issues) from Concept through to Completion.

Darrel’s sincere desire is to assist people interested in exploring the various lifestyle, real estate, and business opportunities available in Costa Rica. Welcoming people, excellent weather, respect for the environment and affordable lifestyle options, Costa Rica has it all. He has stated often that “I am here to help and if by sharing my experiences assists those to find their own piece of paradise, then I have accomplished my goal”.


BILL CAMPBELL

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

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.


BECCA ALFORD

Becca is a resident of Houston, Texas and heads up the CENTURY 21 Ballena Properties sales and marketing initiatives in the lone star state. Becca holds a college degree in psychology and is the proud mother of two boys. Currently she assists in the management of 18 unique companies for MDK Enterprises in oilfield technology, drilling, software, and Real Estate.


KAREN RATH

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!


DAVID LOPEZ

David Lopez is a native Costa Rican who has grown up in Ojochal and experienced the Pura Vida life of his native country first hand. He  learned English as a second language, while spending some time in Canada. Although he enjoyed the “Canadian” experience, his roots drew him right back to Ojochal, his corner of paradise!

In David’s own words: “Growing up in my hometown I have seen the village develop from one of simply agriculture into a vibrant multicultural village. This has been one of the most unique and positive experiences of my life. Ojochal is my home and experiencing all the different cultures living here has helped me move forward positively. I couldn't be happier about how my village has grown into an eco-friendly town, with so many business opportunities for all of us …. locals and new coming Ojochaleños!!

David’s life is no different than many others coming to live in Ojochal. His grandparents moved to Ojochal from the central valley 50 years ago. Just like many other adventurers and homesteaders of the time, the southern zone was frontier land. They were looking for opportunities, and the south was where they were. His grandparents fell in love with the area, purchased their farm and decided that this was where they would raise their family”

David worked for a major developer in the Ojochal area for 8 years.  He began by doing maintenance and looking after some properties in phase 3 of the Tres Rios area. He then moved on to provide valuable support to their sales team, which because of his knowledge of the area, was very well received. David then took his extensive knowledge of construction, and joined the department responsible for building homes for the new clients of that company. This in turn prepared him to move forward with his own entrepreneurial ambitions. He started his own renovation and construction company along with his father, called “Lopez and Lopez”.

As a real estate associate, David will assist the team at “Century 21 Ballena Properties” to further extend our business successes. David will also be a part of the “Ballena Homes Construction Group” as their “renovation Specialist”, which will further assist the expansion of the construction capabilities of Ballena Homes Construction company.


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AARÓN UGALDE

Aarón is a bilingual Costa Rican native who expresses gratitude every day for being fortunate enough to have been born and raised in a country that so many dream to one day call their home.

At the age of five it was already clear to Aarón’s family and friends that Aarón was destined to become an entrepreneur as he was already determined to teach himself English, at such a young age, in order to more clearly communicate his love and enthusiasm for his country to anyone who would listen. Learning English has helped  Aarón to provide outstanding public relations and customer service assistance throughout his many years of working in the hotel industry as well as for his CENTURY 21 clientele.

Becoming a part of the CENTURY 21 Ballena Properties Team has truly been a dream come true for Aarón and it is his pleasure to assist others in achieving their goals and dreams of one day buying a home or investing in property here in this amazing and unique country of his.

Pura Vida

 

The team in CENTURY 21 Ballena Properties has embraced life on the Ballena Coast, with a sense of pride, that is visibly evident when interacting with any of the group of members. From the beginning the vision has been to provide our clients with the best the Real Estate Industry has to offer. Synergistically linking ourselves to the CENTURY 21 network® was the first step. CENTURY 21® is the world's number one realtor with approximately 102,000 sales professionals in approximately 7,100 offices representing 75 countries and territories.

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