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Melanie is the best! Not only did she find us a place to live in a very short amount of time but she has been a great resource for everything from car rentals to dance lessons! She is extremely hardworking and will negotiate to make sure you are getting the best deal
I found Melanie Engel via her website while searching for condos in the Playa Flamingo area of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Her website was very easy to navigate, and when I requested more information Melanie immediately emailed me back.
We communicated regarding various properties for a couple of months before I was able to make the trip to Costa Rica to look at properties with her. Melanie is a complete professional, very kind and easy to talk to, and knows the area very well as she lives in Playa Flamingo herself. She was able to guide me through the decision making process very well so I could focus on what it was that I really wanted. Melanie also did a fantastic job on negotiating on my behalf so I could obtain the ocean view condo that I always dreamed of but never thought would be within my reach.
If you are looking for a realtor in the area, I highly recommend Melanie.
Sarah & Jason Gross
After a 6 month search with no luck in finding a long term rental home for my family, a friend recommended I call Melanie Engel. I sent a text her way, and within minutes, she called me, and had me scheduled to look at 3 homes.
She was very knowledgable about the local market, knew of homes we hadn’t known about, and even one that wasn’t actually on the market yet, but coming soon. She advocated for our family, and got us into a home that was exactly what we were looking for, and within our budget. She was able to get a contract to us immediately, and the whole process took just a few days. Melanie then checked in on us after we had moved in, and even introduced us to a family in our new neighborhood, making us feel welcome and right at home. I have already shared her contact with my friends, and highly recommend her to anyone looking for properties in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Thank you Melanie!
Sarah & Jason Gross
We can’t say enough good things about Melanie! When we were looking for a rental property in Guanacaste, she helped us through the process from start to finish. Since we live in the United States, we needed a lot of hand-holding and she did just that. She knows the country well and she is very knowledgeable about the region and the laws and regulations.
We had our eye on the condos in Punta Plata in Playa Flamingo and since we could not go down there to see it, she sent us a ton of pictures and took us on a video tour of the two condos we were interested in. She even drove around while we were doing the video chat so that could see the surrounding area and the beaches nearby. First-class service! She also introduced us to the team of people that helped us with the purchase of the property and was a wonderful liaison. All along the way, she addressed our questions and concerns in a timely fashion and put our minds at ease about our first investment in foreign property.
Now that we own the condo, she and her team are going to manage it for us through her property management company. The communication from her and her team has been excellent and they quickly set up various rental websites and are actively working on our behalf to get our property rented.
We are looking forward to visiting Costa Rica at the end of this year and meeting Melanie and her team in person. If you are looking for a real estate agent or property manager in Costa Rica, we highly recommend using Melanie
So, imagine you live in Canada and you decide randomly that you’re going to invest in a Faraway land such a Costa Rica. Imagine the questions you would have, imagine all the insecurities you might have. It almost seems like a pipe dream. You go through YouTube video after YouTube video trying to figure out what to do. You finally get to a point where you’re going to decide to make the leap to speak to a real estate agent. Google then directs you to Flamingo Beach Realty, this is where you meet one of the best real estate agents in all of Costa Rica.
We were all over the place initially, didn’t know if we wanted to buy an investment property by the beach or a house overlooking the sea up in the hills and move to this beautiful place permanently. That didn’t matter to Melanie, she would do anything and go anywhere for us, and we would buy our first place in Tamarindo Costa Rica, sight unseen (in person) with all the confidence in the world. She held our hand every step of the way, and I never doubted her once. She would even drive down the street with her phone outside of the window to show us what the roads were like and what the sunset looked like along the beach. She was such a professional, she even knew to show us how private things were from different angles and would use certain things to show us the relative size of rooms and furniture, to make sure that we were going to be happy with the place we purchased.
So many homes that she walked us through and so much honesty. If a place looks like it needed work she would tell us. If something looked too small she would tell us. If she really liked something she would let us know and then give us her opinion on things that she would change. All these things were exactly what we needed and things that we didn’t know we needed until we had someone like Melanie to show us. As we told our friends about the exciting news of our new purchase in Costa Rica they’ve all become more interested and intrigued about an opportunity for themselves. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to recommend Melanie to everybody I know and hopefully, all of them will follow our lead to come and live in Paradise in Costa Rica.
Randy and Diane Niemczyk
Just closed on our Surfside Towers Condo in Playa Potrero. Thanks to Melanie Engels of Flamingo Beach Realty for bringing us to, and leading us through the buying process. Can’t wait to enjoy, and have others enjoy this gem!
If you’re looking to buy or rent in the Flamingo
area, do yourself a favor and give Melanie a call!
Randy and Diane Niemczyk
Patrick A. Budin – Commander United States Navy, Retired
My name is Patrick A. Budin. I am a 66 year old retired United States Navy Commander 0-5. I spent 31 years service in United States Navy traveling and living abroad. I have chosen Costa Rica to be my final home. I have been coming to Costa Rica since 2003.
Melanie Engel has been my most trusted real estate expert when it comes to making decisions whether buying or selling property here in Costa Rica. Melanie has made some very profitable choices for me over the past year and kept me out of harms way when it comes to questionable or problematic real estate opportunities.
Melanie Engel is always very friendly, professional and accommodating while meeting my real estate needs. I could not have been blessed with a better real estate guide and mentor concerning buying or selling real estate here, in the land of Pura Vida!
If you would like to talk with me further about Melanie Engel’s superb qualifications and performance, feel free to email me at [email protected].
I hope you are wise enough to choose Melanie Engel as your agent for your meeting your Costa Rica real estate needs since she has a tireless work ethic. Best of luck on finding your dream place in the sun and surf. Pura Vida!
Patrick A. Budin – Commander United States Navy, Retired
From the moment Melanie and I first spoke, it was an instant connection and clear verification that the decision we were making to purchase a home in Costa Rica, was the right one for our family. The decision didn’t come lightly, this has been a family discussion for about 5 years, and something imprinted in my heart for a lot longer. After many conversations and with a similar story, Melanie continued to confirm this move would be the best thing for our family, and how excited she was for us. With sights on the Pura Vida lifestyle, we were heading in the right direction.
Our entire process was done during the events of Covid 19, so things were done a little differently, Melanie took us on video chat tours and showings of the home we had our eyes on. Any time I had questions or concerns she was always there to lend an ear and get the answers. The process was seamless, the help, guidance, and assurance we received was incredible.
I can say with absolute confidence that the passion Melanie has for her country, her work and her clients shine through all she does!
If you have a question and are considering purchasing a property in CR, for whatever reason, investment, vacation, or living, please don’t hesitate to contact Melanie! 🙂
Melanie was such an asset during our “from a distance” home purchase – She was honest and forthright and enabled us to purchase a beautiful 3 bedroom 3 1/2 bath home in our desired neighborhood ALL BY VIDEO! yes, by zoom and video she handled all of our viewings and our questions.
We have used her for long term and short term rentals previously and she has always met our needs with professionalism, genuine care, and deep knowledge of not just housing but any other needs we had to settle into our stays and transition in Costa Rica.
We love Melanie and Flamingo Beach Realty. Their knowledge of Costa Rican Real estate and laws were huge and a comfort while buying our home. The process was smooth and seamless. We 100% recommend them to friends and family. Great people, honest and extremely responsive to our needs.
When I made the decision to move to Costa Rica with my 13-year-old son, we had never before set foot in the country. All decisions regarding what part of the country we were going to live in were made through online research. Fortunately, this is how I found Melanie Engel of Flamingo Beach Reality.
From the first interaction we had via the web, Melanie was prompt, professional and efficient. Finding a long-term rental along the coast is no easy task but within 24 hours Melanie leveraged her many contacts within the community to locate the perfect home for us. What I found most amazing though, were the ‘extras’ that I have never experienced in working with a realtor before. She helped source the school my son ultimately was enrolled in, ensured I had a rental car at a great deal for our house hunting trip, Face Timed a thorough home walk through to ensure I was fully satisfied (since I was committing from afar) among many other “above-and-beyonds”.
We have now been in Flamingo Beach just over 2 months, and I am proud to refer to this as our home. Without Melanie’s high standard of partnership and service both before and after our home rental, an already stressful move to another country would have been very tough to manage. However, thanks to her attention to all of the details both large and small, we moved with confidence and were able to embrace our new life motto – Pura Vida.
I highly recommend Melanie if you are looking for someone to facilitate a home purchase, investment purchase, or long-term rental. You will find, like I did, a person with great integrity and a can-do attitude.