Our family had the pleasure of working with Bjoern Koch and the Area International Real Estate team during our recent condo purchase process in Playa del Carmen. Originally I had contacted several Playa based agents based upon my research online. After reviewing websites I sent each a series of questions. Bjoern contacted me immediately with thorough answers to what I asked, not to mention a number of follow-up emails.
When I compared it to some of the others who either didn't reply or if they did seemed to be immediately trying to steer me into a direction that I could tell was not the right fit for us, Bjoern on the other hand really seemed interested in matching our requirements to all the available properties.
Once we narrowed down the list my wife, daughter and myself made the visit to Playa. Bjoern organized everything from the airport pick-up, the two night stay and of course taking us all around to learn about the area as well as view properties. All the properties were carefully selected by Bjoern to match exactly what we were looking for and we had an excellent variety of price ranges and potential investment properties. Rather than wasting time with properties that would not fit, or would not fit our criteria we were able to really maximize our time on the visit. We left with an offer in place and then spent the following week working out the details. Bjoern walked it through every step of the way and I was always completely confident in his expertise.
We now are awaiting delivery of our first property in Playa and I can definitely see in the future adding to our ownership in Playa and Bjoern will always be the first and last person I call. You can't go wrong if you want a property in the Riviera Maya region -- work with Bjoern and his fantastic team.
Mark & Monica Soberman
Purchased February 2014
Owning our place in Mexico was always my dream. Playa del Carmen seemed the right place to realize that dream. During our vacation in Playa we met Bjoern. From the first moment we realized he was the person we could trust. He listened to what we wanted to accomplish. The tour of the properties that was prepared for us was very well organized and it was perfectly targeted. We learned so much during that trip that we felt comfortable making a purchase. I can simply say that AREA Real Estate was instrumental in helping me and my family accomplish our dream. For that we will always be grateful. Thank you Bjoern !
Purchased February 2014
My wife and I were interested in purchasing a second home in Playa Del Carmen, which would become our primary home after a few years. We had done some research on our own and met Bjoern with the intention of simply closing on one of the few places that we were already considering. Bjoern understood our intentions, but nevertheless asked us several questions that made us think and rethink the direction we had chosen. Bjoern was then able to suggest other properties to consider that better matched our needs and lifestyle. Needless to say, we decided to extend our search a little longer.
After 4 more visits to Playa Del Carmen, and with tremendous help from Bjoern, we purchased a beautiful condo that will one day become our retirement home. Thanks to Bjoern’s help, we have far exceeded our original expectations when the home search began.
It would have been quite easy for Bjoern to have simply helped us purchase one of our original choices. However, as a person with exceptionally high standards of ethics and honesty, and one who believes in the full and long-term satisfaction of his client, he put in the tedious time and effort to ensure that my wife and I were completely content with our purchase.
Above all, I sensed that Bjoern would have felt fully successful and content had we decided not to purchase a home in Playa based on all the information he provided to us. And that is what makes a truly great real-estate agent.
Bjoern is quite exemplary in setting and meeting expectations, as well as in communicating clearly and quickly. He is very attentive to detail, punctual (as you would expect from a German national) and most importantly not a pushy or overbearing agent.
If you would like to contact me for additional details, please feel free to ask Bjoern for my contact information.
From Austin, TX, USA
Expected delivery in Oct/Nov 2014
To whom it may concern,
I really wanted to share with you my unbelievable experience in Mexico buying my first apartment outside of the united state!!
From the first moment I step at oasis 12 by mistake, just wondering around the streets, and saw the “open house" sign and was greeting by a real estate agent miss LOURDES MEDINA!! Great smile, pleasant, patient and not pushy! She showed us some apts!
The apt that I liked was really nice and I pretty much knew I wanted it because of what I saw previously in other places!! GREAT VALUE, great location, amenities and it's pretty much new!!
The following day I met this amazing agent that was able to seal the deal right there!! His name is Mr. BJOREN KOCH Through out the all process and after I close on my apt Mr. BJOERN demonstrated nothing but great qualities as a person and has an agent!! He was on top of every little detail, answer all my emails and phone calls, any concerns I had, Recommended places to buy Furniture, made sure I get my apt as I been promised, made sure to be on top of everybody involved (title person, developer, office manager) and made sure this transaction will be smooth as possible (which it was) and made this transaction in a foreign country as good as it could ever be!! Today 8 days after closing he still here to help in anything I need with out a problem!!
If you want a great team that can make it possible and give you the best experience of buying a house / apt, don't look no further!!!
The developer assistant (Vivian) was very good as well assisted with the little repairs, cleaning, moving Furnitures, painting and much more
Great team work
For any questions regarding this you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will provide you with my phone number to confirm this statement!!
From Florida USA
Purchased April 2013
My husband and I were purchasing a condo in Playa Del Carmen Mexico. With us not speaking the language and all the intricacies of the Mexican legal system, we were really needing some one we could trust.
That's when we had the pleasure of meeting Bjoern Koch, he has been nothing short of a saviour to us, we are in Canada and it would have been impossible for us to keep dashing down to Mexico as well as not understanding what they said anyway.
Bjoern, has reliably been in contact with us every step of the way, helping on so many levels, legal, furniture , possession, tasks completed after possession, paying bills for us, taking us out to look at property, explaining the systems in Mexico,( and that can be quite completed on it's own), we trust him so much we gave him POA on completion of our condo. I would never hesitate to recommend Bjoern to anyone , if you want a trouble free purchase or sale then he is without doubt the person to go to.
We consider Bjoern an extremely trustworthy person, and now a friend after all the e-mails he has had to put up with from me asking questions and he stayed professional at all times. Calling us from Mexico on any urgent issues.
I am more than happy to speak to anyone about the enormous help he has been and continues to be. Mexico is a beautiful country but if you do not know the rules ans speak the language , and or live long distance away,it can be daunting and he took all the fear out of the purchase. I would without doubt purchase with him again and pass on his name to anyone. Wish he was in Canada as he could show the realtors here how to do a proper job.
Trust me, you can have complete confidence working with Bjoern.
Ongoing gratitude to Bjoern, a truly professional man.
Peter and Geraldine
From Canada / UK
Delivery June 2013
My wife and I have been working with Bjoern and Area - Intl. Real Estate for approximately a year. We are from Atlanta, Ga and we're looking to purchase a condo in Playa Del Carmen for a second home. Bjoern has extensive knowledge of the area and all that is involved in purchasing property in Mexico. He has shown us several properties throughout the region. What impressed us most is that Bjoern is not the type of agent to try and "push" you into something you're not comfortable with. Once he knows your criteria he finds properties that meet your requirements, not his. Although we have yet to purchase, it is only a matter of time until we find that perfect place and you can be sure that Bjoern and Area _ Intl. Rea Estate will be the agency we close the deal with.
Denny & Robyn Gilewski
Atlanta, GA USA
Estimada Lulu / Bjoern / Lisgar
Quiero agradecer las atenciones y consideraciones hacia nosotros, desde la negociación hasta ahora, estamos satisfechos y contentos por la adquisición, mi agradecimiento y reconocimiento extensivo,son un equipo muy profesional y humano, les deseo el mayor de los éxitos .
Nos vemos pronto!
Villa Hermosa / Mexico
Purchased August 2013
Bjoern made it possible for us to own our piece of paradise.
He showed and explained us the Tulum area and found the perfect oceanfront lot in Sian Kaan for us, where we now build a beachhouse.
With his support the whole legal transaction was easy, he introduced us to lawyers, the notary and escrow company and led the communication between all parties. Finally he recommended the perfect building firm to us, which is now building our dream.
His professional network in Yucatan real estate, his knowledge of the place as well as the fact, that he speaks English, Spanish and German are priceless.
Whenever we would buy, sell or build real estate in Mexico, we would definitely work with Bjoern again.
Doreen & Marcus
Berlin - Germany
Purchased in May 2013