the end of the day we stand on our reputation. Below are a number of
e-mails from our customers. Many of them have become good friends
and we look forward to having the opportunity to work with you.
pleased when you found what we wanted without showing us a lot
of things we didnít want. We would like to take this opportunity
to thank-you for not being a pushy realtor."
Garfield and Pat, Kamloops BC
From: Steven Latanville [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 8:12 PM
I really do apologize for this late testimonial but I guess better
late than never.
My partner and I traveled to Costa Rica on three separate occasions
before we knew we wanted to buy an investment/retirement property.
Our research via the internet from home in Canada quickly lead
us to Better Homes Costa Rica and Bruce Hummel.
We did some research ahead of time to decide where we wanted to buy
and what our chances would be of finding a great property with our
"limited" budget. We contacted Bruce ahead of time and planned a
meeting while we were traveling in February 2010.
Bruce met us at our B&B and took us to several places - some close
to town and a few a short distance out of town. He quickly learned
out likes and dislikes and thoroughly understood that although we
were interested in buying, it had to be "the right property" for us.
Not just any property.
After viewing some properties, Bruce had one last place "up his
sleeve". Looking at the spec sheet we realized it was out of our
price range. What were you thinking Bruce? He re-assured us the
price was negotiable and promised us "this is the one". And it was!
It had everything we wanted and more. The views were amazing, the
infinity pool beautiful and close to the quiet beach of Ocotal. That
was it - we were hooked!
We let Bruce know that we had to do some thinking and really decide
if this was what we wanted. Bruce was so understanding. No questions
asked but was always available to answer the multitude of questions
we fired at him.
Approx. one month later we made our final decision, had our finances
in order and decided to call Bruce. From then on, it was smooth
sailing. Despite the tough negotiations with the seller, Bruce kept
us going. When we finally came to an agreeable price he immediately
recommended a great lawyer for us. Within the matter of a month, all
was done and the unit was ours.
If you have not bought foreign property before, you can image how
unnerving it can be. Not only was it a 7 hour flight away, but we
didn't know a soul there - other than Bruce. And the main language
was not English! Everything went smoothly, from the fantastic
lawyers we had to arranging our home insurance... "just in case".
If you are thinking of buying in Costa Rica, especially in the
Guanacaste Province, we would definitely recommend Better Homes
Costa Rica and Bruce Hummel. He was professional and patient
throughout the entire process. He kept us aware of everything that
was going on and reassured us the whole way.
Thanks again Bruce for making a new experience and challenge a
Steven Latanville and Michael Liew
From: Elvino Rocha
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 7:12 PM
To whom it may concern:
Re: Bruce Hummel, Owner/Broker
Better Homes Real Estate S. A.
Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
I confirm that I have known Bruce Hummel for the past three years. Our
relationship commenced with the purchase of my property through his
I have found Mr. Hummel to be honest, dependable, reliable, courteous and
very helpful in making my experience in Costa Rica positive and
Mr. Hummel has been available on many occasions to assist me in official
matters such as banking and local municipal issues. I feel these
attributes demonstrates someone with an exceptional character. I
have been impressed with his commitment. I have been impressed with
his dedication to customer satisfaction and glad to be an
Elvino Rocha, Owner
Queen's Square Physiotherapy of Cambridge, ON, Canada
Good morning, Bruce....
As another of my typically chaotic days looms, I knew nothing could delay
me from sending you a quick note.
In all you did to help us with our Costa Rican condo, you were
outstanding beyond brilliant and terrific beyond amazing. To tell
you how enormously grateful I am is faint praise.
A family of five were in a foreign country, anxiously looking for a
second home. Without a clue, blindly searching with no idea where to
start. Not even knowing if Coco was the place that fit our wants and
Without warning, we came across you, Bruce Hummel, who plunged in
with competence and spirit. Not only taking over for our original
realtor (whom we have never met), you took us under your wing,
patiently showed us neighboring towns, beaches, waterfalls, zip
lines, even things that children under six would find appealing. You
took us fishing, even letting us pose with the giant fish you
caught. Icing the cake by inviting us to numerous "fisherman
special" dinners with all your friends and prominent members of
Bruce, you have gone above and beyond the parameters of business. You
displayed compassion, knowledge, patience, never once trying to
pressure us into making a decision, rather empowering us with
information to choose to live in one of the most beautiful places on
earth. But most of all we consider you to be a great friend and part
of our family. We are in debt to you. You didn't have to do what you
did, but you did and that's what makes you great! Thank you!
Bruce Wagner and family
After visiting friends in
Costa Rica we decided we wanted to buy a place for retirement. We
found the Better Homes website and began communicating with Bruce
via email on our plans. Bruce is the person you feel comfortable
with the moment you meet him. He is honest and reliable and he knows
real estate. He will work to get you the property you want. We
consider him a good friend. Thanks Bruce for being there when we
Lewis & Joan Koontz, North Carolina
It is a pleasure to write this
testimonial for Bruce Hummel of Better Homes Real Estate - Costa
Rica, who recently sold my condo located in Ocotal, Guanacaste,
Costa Rica. And I have also listed another property with him as
He is not only a very good real estate agent, he is also a very nice
person. A very good real estate agent by definition involves knowing
the market, being honest, trustworthy and a good communicator. I was
kept informed every step of the way and I always felt Bruce had my
interest at heart.
I have also worked with Bruce on other real estate transactions and he
develops a relationship with his clients and makes sure they are
taken care of.
Truly a friendship has resulted in a business relationship. In short,
Bruce is helpful and a pleasure to deal with. I would recommend
Bruce to any one interested in selling or buying real estate.
Bruce handled the sale of our
home in Playa del Coco with all the professionalism and courtesy one
could ever hope for. Thank you Bruce for all the hard work and help
in finding a buyer for our house.
Sharon and Greg Savage
I went to the web site but could not find where to leave a testimonial.
So, here it is:
"Working with Bruce Hummel from Better Homes Real Estate was phenomenal.
My husband Alberto is originally from Costa Rica and he knows his
country. Bruce knew just what we were looking for when we described
the condo we wanted. What's more, he found our dream home in Costa
Rica for us at the price we wanted. Everyone was happy, buyer,
seller and real estate agent. We all got what we wanted and with no
hassle whatsoever. Bruce Hummel is wonderful!"
Thanks Bruce! Cheryl Resnick, Cortes and Alberto Cortes
Thank-you for helping us to find our place in Playa Del Coco. I was a
little concerned about buying a place that we looked at only 3 days
before we left to return to Kamloops. We were very pleased when
everything went through without any problems. Also thanks for
helping find a person to paint and clean the place up.
We were pleased when you found what we wanted without showing us a lot of
things we didnít want. We would like to take this opportunity to
thank-you for not being a pushy realtor.
Garfield and Pat, Kamloops BC
Buying and selling in Costa
Rica seemed very daunting initially, but once we began working with
Bruce, our stress went away. His expert knowledge and years of
experience doing business in the Costa Rica environment has made our
transactions go well and our experience has been a pleasure. We have
placed our trust in him when we are not in Costa Rica and he has
never let us down. We feel completely at ease knowing Bruce is
handling our property needs.
Jane and Almont Mitchell, Tennessee
Dear Casey and Bruce,
As an owner of a rental property that you have managed for almost 2 years
now, I can only say good things. You have been accessible, easy to
deal with, good with tenants, and generally been most helpful in
making our rental a success. I would strongly recommend you to
others who are considering renting out their property.
Best Regards, Tom Paine, California
More coming soon.....