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Art Cozumel Mexico
Part 3 – Artist Pedro Fonseca

Welcome to part three of my series: Art in Your New Home in Cozumel, Mexico!
Each month I select a talented artist from our local area and share their work with my readers.
For February, it’s my great pleasure to introduce you to Pedro Fonseca! His unique mix of styles and passion for painting come together to make truly unique, inspiring pieces.

Fonseca’s work is said to have the “Direct appeal of poster art with the boundary-breaking freedom of abstract expressionism.”

Meet Pedro Fonseca

Pedro Fonseca is originally from Puebla but fell in love with Quintana Roo and made it his home. His love for art can be traced back to when he used to draw superhero cartoons in his school notebooks and create storyboards without words.
When he grew older, he underwent training for graphic design but realized his passion was for painting. He told his wife he just wanted to paint and she said “Okay, paint! Paint to be happy.”

He decided to paint faces, from everyday people to icons who have had a positive impact on humanity. In each of his paintings, he tries to show the nicest possible side of the person, while expressing joy, brightness, and happiness. He desires to share the way he sees life through his work.

When it comes to his style, Fonseca defines his as a mix of post-modernism with a pop art style. He learned the theoretical models of fine art in his early education but is mainly self-taught and has an intuitive understanding of the abstract technique. Further, he says that Jackson Pollack, a post-modernist New York artist who bases all his work on a technique called dripping, has been very influential to him. You will notice common themes in Fonseca’s work include faces, nice fonts, glowing colors, and splatters.

Without further adieu, here is a collection of his work!

Pedro Fonseca’s Work

Exhibitions around the world

Pedro Fonseca’s work is currently featured around the world. It has been in exhibitions all over Mexico as well as in New York, Miami, Hong Kong, and Basel. In 2018, he will be featured in Brussels and Turkey!
You can also find it online.

Brighten Up Your Cozumel Home

We are lucky to have so many amazingly talented people living in and around Cozumel, and Pedro Fonseca is one who stands out. His work would be a lovely addition to any Cozumel home.
Further, you can hire him to paint you a custom portrait of you, your family member, or a pet in his signature style!
My husband is turning 50 this month, and my son and I are getting him a custom painting from Pedro as a special gift.

We can’t wait to add it to our home!

I hope you have enjoyed Pedro’s work and stay tuned as I might share pictures of my husband’s special gift soon!

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Long term Rental Cozumel: where to start?

Cozumel is a wonderful island with many beautiful properties that you can rent while visiting on vacation. There is also a nice selection of homes continuously coming up for sale. What is a bit harder to find, however, is a long-term rental.

With the increasing popularity of vacation rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO, it is often more profitable for property owners to rent their places on a short-term basis. Plus owners want to enjoy their properties they have bought in paradise with their own family and friends of course!
Further, Cozumel is growing in popularity with new islanders coming all the time, creating a good market for sales.
As a result, long-term rentals are few and far-between, particularly during the high season (December to May) and in the last months leading up to it.
But don’t lose all hope!
With the right people on your side, you can still find some great potential options.

For all those dreaming of moving to the paradise of Cozumel and renting long-term, I want to share a story from one of my clients.

A Story About Finding a Long term Rental in Cozumel, Mexico Who Are We?

“My husband, son, and  I are from California but have been living abroad since April of 2013. We work online so decided to pack up and hit the road! Our journey started in Costa Rica where we spent two years, was followed by one year traveling around Europe, and now we have lived in the Riviera Maya for a little over a year.

Our Search for the Perfect Place in the Riviera Maya

We started in Akumal first, then moved to Playa del Carmen, but neither of them were quite what we were looking for. Too isolated, too hectic. We were considering leaving the area when our lease was up.

In the meantime, we took a trip to Cozumel for a few nights with some family that was visiting. We snorkeled, hung out around town, bought groceries, went out for live music, and that was all it took for us to catch the Cozumel fever! I couldn’t believe how different the vibe in Cozumel was, being such a short ferry ride away from Playa del Carmen. After finding out we could get a good internet connection, we started looking at rentals and schools while still on that trip! It really is a great place for us to work online, have access to everything we need, and enjoy our free time.

Trouble Finding a Long-term Rental

Over the next few weeks, we found a great school that our son loved and contacted many realtors on the island to get help finding a place to rent for six months to a year. Unfortunately, we hit many dead-ends. Most realtors weren’t returning our calls or would tell us nothing was available. I should add it was September at the time so high season was right around the corner.

Finally! We Found One!

We were getting discouraged and started considering other locations. Then, we got a glimmer of hope.
A realtor named Karen Bloemhoff posted a beautiful condo in a Cozumel Facebook group for Real estate and long-term rentals!
We messaged her right away and were able to arrange a time to see it that week.
Karen met us in the lobby with a warm smile and showed us around the place and the grounds.
It was perfect; a wonderful fit for us that ticked all the boxes and then some.

Later that afternoon we met another realtor who showed us a few places, however many were nowhere close to what we wanted. Further, several were for sale which meant we would have to move within 30 days if the house sold. The second realtor actually encouraged us to get the condo Karen showed us!

Cedral Caribe Realtors Helped Us Find Our Home in the Paradise of Cozumel

Although Karen specializes in helping people to buy and sell properties, she was able to help us find our perfect long-term rental home on the island. Now, four months later, we have begun to meet many people in the community and are considering basing our travels from here. We may just be homebuyers sometime in the future!

In closing, I’d like to say Karen does everything to a high standard. She is by the book, reliable, and has a passion for her work.
So whether you need to buy, sell, or even rent long-term, her and the team at Cedral Caribe Realtors are a great resource you can count on.”

Contact the Cedral Caribe Team to Find Your Long-term Rental

For anyone who is considering a move to Cozumel but isn’t quite ready to buy, my team and I can help! We know the properties around town and have a wide network of connections on the island. Although short-term rentals and sales are the bigger business, the low season can hit some property owners hard, making a long-term renter more attractive.

Let us know what you are looking for and we will tap into our resources to find opportunities that aren’t posted anywhere else! 

We know not everyone is ready to buy, and renting first can help you learn more about the island.
It will give you time to decide if, when, and where you want to buy, without pressure.
If you would like to see what the team at Cedral Caribe and myself can find for you, drop us a line!

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Seasons Greetings to All!

As the holidays approach, I would like to genuinely thank each and every client that has become a part of the Cedral family here in Cozumel.
Having come from all around the world, it has truly been my pleasure to help each of you make the island your new home.

As your realtor, I am granted the opportunity to hear your stories, share laughs, and get to know you.
We venture out as a team and take each step of the buying process together.

I get to share more than just properties with you, but things I love about the island such as:
The local art , info about the international sports destination we now are and the way that so many families behind the facades in the street have their own unique, beautiful story.
When we find the perfect fit and I hand over the keys, there is nothing like seeing the ear-to-ear smiles as you open the door to your new life!

I truly love to witness how the passion of each new islander contributes to making Cozumel a better place.
It’s wonderful to watch your lives here grow and flourish as you join the community, find hobbies, and embrace the natural beauty surrounding us.
It reminds me of my own story, falling in love with the island and building my family here.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all those who have chosen my team at Cedral Caribe and I to help you find your perfect home in the paradise of Cozumel.
I am grateful so many of you have stayed in my life in one way or another!

May the season bring you and your loved ones, peace, health & fulfillment to inspire you to boldly go into your chosen direction, and reach your chosen destination.

We wish you a Merry Christmas, the Merriest of New Years!

Riccardo Garcia

Cristina Romero

Karen Bloemhoff

Brokers at Cedral Caribe Realtors

Thank you Mik ‘n Drik !
Love the way seeing Cozumel through YOUR lens as well!

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Art in Your New Home in Cozumel Mexico:
Part 2 – Artist Carina Barbachano

Welcome to part two of Art in Your New Home in Mexico!

As a real estate broker and aficionado of art here in Cozumel, I am bringing my two passions together in this series. Tune in each month to discover talented local artists whose artwork can warm up your new home!
This month’s featured artist is Ines Carina Barbachano Falkenberg.
Her work has a very feminine feel with several layers and it lights up any room it is in.
It truly can change my day when I see it! It just makes me feel happy.
Meet Carina and see her beautiful work displayed inside various homes.

Meet Carina Barbachano

Carina was born in the United States to her Mexican and Canadian parents. She later attended college in Merida, Yucatan where she majored in graphic design and minored in fashion.
Now, she calls Cozumel her home.
Her passion for art and creativity began when she was a child and still thrives in her today.
She is always looking for ways to grow through experimentation and inspiration.

“We are alive”

Carina paints with oil and spray paint on canvas but is not afraid to incorporate other mediums.  She considers herself more of a colorist than a figurist, which means instead of using figures to express emotions, she uses color.  

Recurring subjects in her work include the female form and nature. She highlights the duality of softness and strength that women possess and is highly inspired by the female structure. She believes every female form possesses its own beauty.

Further, nature is a great part of her life, and she feels passionate about painting flowers. She says flowers and plants remind us we are alive, and they grow back even if they are stepped on, also symbolic of a softness and strength.

Carina’s Work

Here is a peek into some of Carina’s work displayed inside homes.

See More from Carina Barbachano

If you would like to see more of Carina’s work, you can visit her website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Also, if you missed last month’s featured artist, the amazing Peter Terrin, be sure to take a look!

Create Your Dream Home in Cozumel

I am a dedicated real estate broker here on the island of Cozumel but my work goes far beyond just helping you buy or sell a house. Along with my amazing team at Cedral Caribe Realtors,
I can help you with interior design to turn your new house into a beautiful, welcoming home.
There are many great minds and artists in our local area, and I am more than happy to introduce you to their work.

Contact me today for all of your real estate needs from finding the right house to closing the deal and creating your ideal living space in paradise!

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Looking to Sell Your Home in Cozumel? Make Sure You Pick the RIGHT Real Estate Broker with this Checklist

When you want to sell your home in Cozumel, the Real Estate Broker or Agent you choose is going to determine three important things

  1. How smooth the process is
  2. How quickly your home sells
  3. How much you get for your home

As a Cozumel Real Estate Broker who has been helping fellow islanders buy and sell homes for over a decade, I know exactly what it takes to guarantee, provide and assure a smooth experience from end-to-end.
You can also count on me to maximize the sale price for sellers while minimizing the timeline.

However, as with any financial decision, it’s wise to shop around, and I encourage you to do so!

To help you find the best real estate agent to sell your home in Cozumel, here’s a checklist of what to look for:

Selling Your Home: What to Look for in a Cozumel Real Estate Broker or Agent Checklist:  Necessary Credentials

One of the first things to ask any Real Estate Agent or Broker you are considering hiring in the state of Quintana Roo is if they are up-to-date on their credentials. Since 2014, all Real Estate Agents and Brokers have to be state-registered and certified.

You can check for yourself here by clicking on “LISTADO DE ASESORES INMOBILIARIOS ACREDITADOS EN EL ESTADO DE QUINTANA ROO.” Compliance with local laws shows not only legitimacy but also a dedication to stay at the forefront of one’s profession.

 Experienced with the Local Market

Next, the longer a real estate broker works in the local Cozumel market, the more in-depth of an understanding they gain about how to position a home here. With many years of experience, I intuitively know the main features of a home to highlight, what buyers are looking for in homes here, and what kind of buyers will most likely be interested in a particular home.

This knowledge enables me to be one step ahead! I can target listings to the right audience and streamline the process of finding a buyer.
Be sure to ask how long a real estate broker or agent has been working in Cozumel to find out if they can offer you this advantage!

 Good Record of Sales

What better way to find out how good a Real Estate Broker or Agent is than looking at their track record?
Asking how many sales an agent has made this year can give you insight into how active they are in the market and how effective they really are at selling homes.

Interview potential real estate brokers and agents. Ask them how this year has been sales-wise and when their last sale was.
If they don’t have much on record or aren’t willing to share openly about it, that’s a red flag.

 Speaks Spanish

Fluently speaking and understanding the local language is imperative to ensuring your deal goes smoothly. A Real Estate Broker or Agent needs to be able to check your contracts and ensure everything is accurate. Further, they need to be able to read up on the latest regulations and tax effects to stay current in the profession.

 Reputable Online Presence

These days, online presence matters. It shows an agent’s level of investment in their work, and it’s also the medium through which your home will be listed for sale. The more expansive of a presence your agent has, the more exposure they will be able to give your listing.
When comparing Real Estate Brokers and Agents, check their website, blog, and social media profiles including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Note how often they post and interact with the online community.
Are they posting listings? Are those listings getting attention?

I know for a fact that ALL Cedral Brokers TODAY are on top of that game in the local real estate market!
Nobody in the local real estate business has Cedral’s online presence.
You want to enlist the help of a professional who’s known online and whose voice is an authority on real estate in Cozumel.

 Creates Attractive and Enticing Listings

A large part of a successful sale is a great listing. Yours needs to stand out which requires using the latest tactics. Check into an agent’s current listings and see how they look. Do they paint the homes in an attractive light? Are there great descriptions, photos, slideshows, or video tours?
Keep in mind; your listing will be done in a similar manner to what you find.

 More Than Just a Sales Promoter

Lastly, look for a Broker or an agent that will do more than just promote your home. Find out if they have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the entire process. When I represent a client, I ensure I protect their interests, offer them tips, and communicate effectively all along the way.
Further, I ask what their priorities are and take strategic action accordingly.
Find out what level of support a Real Estate Broker or Agent can provide. A great way to do so is by reading their reviews from past clients.

What You Get When You Hire Me to Sell Your Home

As a Broker with 12 years of experience in Real Estate on the island, I can guarantee you top-notch service.
I tick all the boxes on the checklist above and am good at what I do; my only goal is YOUR success!
From contacting me about selling your home to closing the sale, I will be by your side.

You can read some of my past reviews here, and see a video review here!

I work with a dedicated sales team at Cedral Caribe Realtors that is state-licensed and federally-certified. We will ensure your sale is maximized without hassles.
We also just started with a 1 year internship program for new Cedral Caribe Realtor agents. Yes, we are growing!

Ready to sell your Cozumel Property fail safe and hassle free?

Of course I have a lot more “boxes” to tick, but I do not want to give it away to everyone to just copy and paste.
Contact me for an appointment and I will be happy to help!

High Season 2017/2018 HAS already started

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Hiring a Buyer’s Agent in Cozumel

Are you considering purchasing a home on the beautiful island of Cozumel? I did the same just over a decade ago and it was the best move I have made!

The first step is to find a real estate agent that will show you the ropes. I recommend you interview multiple local agents, including myself. Then, choose the person you trust most to represent your best interests investing abroad!

Why consider hiring me as your buyer’s agent?
Here are 5 reasons!

1. I am fully certified and licensed
When purchasing property in Mexico, you need to know about the Mexican law enacted in 2014 regarding real estate activities.
It is now mandatory for real estate service practitioners in Mexico to become state-registered and certified
(which is a great thing!)
All real estate agents on the island are required to provide services that meet the professional standards of practice.

If you hire me, you can rest assured I am up-to-date on all of my registrations, certifications, and licenses. When considering others, you can check the most recent list of certified agents and agencies by clicking here and then clicking on “LISTADO DE ASESORES INMOBILIARIOS ACREDITADOS EN EL ESTADO DE QUINTANA ROO.”

2.  I’ll look out for YOUR best interests

A buyer’s agent looks out for the interests of the buyer, and I will do just that.
You can count on me to:

  • Keep you updated on everything you need to know about the purchase-no information will be withheld!
    I sell based on all facts laid out on the table. I will tell you the good & the bad.
  • Remain loyal to your needs and interests- it’s all about YOUR best interests, not mine.
  • Negotiate the best price and deal for you.
  • Show you the whole spectrum of listings so you can make well-informed decisions
    (not just my agency’s listing)
  • Communicate regularly before you even step foot on the island! (Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Email, Phone, etc.)
  • Arrange for house tours and home inspections with a licensed architect
  • Keep all of your matters confidential
  • Give you all insider insight gained from living and working on the island
  • Assist you through the closing and all the paperwork
  • After you have bought, I will stick around for ALL relocation service questions you have.
  • And more…

Take it from someone who almost lost their dream of living in paradise here  in Cozumel due to dealing with the wrong real estate practitioner; you want the right agent on your side! I will walk with you step-by-step, so you don’t have to worry about being taken advantage of.

My goal is to honestly help you find the best home for you.
This approach has earned me the most referrals on the island today!

3. I’ll do the work for you

While very exciting, buying a home can be stressful. But not with an expert! I will ask you all the right questions to identify your needs and wants in your Cozumel home, then will use my resources to find homes that match your criteria. Before you even get to the island, you will know all your options! I do the work for you so you can focus on the other parts of your move.

Go and make new friends and unforgettable memories!

Once you decide which properties you want to see, I will line up the tours for you. During the walk-through, I’ll disclose everything you need to know about the property; both good and bad.

With all the information, you will be able to make an informed decision without worrying about any surprises down the road. We will be fellow islanders, and I want you to come back to me with all your future real estate needs!

My motto is: “Every buyer is a future seller.”
Of course when you buy, I even prepare you for a future sale with financial strategy pointers.

4.  I will help you negotiate the best price on your home

When it comes to price negotiations, it pays to have someone your side.

I go to the negotiation table with knowledge of the prices in the market and many years of experience. As a result, I can tip the scales in favor of the buyers.

All of this and you don’t have to pay me out-of-pocket. If you end up finding the right home for you and make the purchase, the seller pays the commission for the buyer and listing agent when the deal closes.

I’ll help you from start to finish to get your Cozumel home at a good price!

5. You’ll have a Cozumel expert on your side

A buyer’s agent should not only have your back, but they should also be an expert about Cozumel.

I have lived and worked in Cozumel for more than 12 years, speak the country’s legal language and know Cozumel’s neighborhoods like the back of my hand.

If a property has red flags like street flooding, paper drama, or poor infrastructure, I will tell you about it.  I know my market and am basically a walking real estate encyclopedia!

Need to be near a beach or maybe a school? Near good diving and snorkeling? Near the center of town? Do you want to rent out to tourists to make a return on your investment? I’ll show you the best options.

I am also educated and experienced with foreign investments and relocation services so can help you move through obstacles that come with the territory.

I am the BEST buyer’s agent for foreigners looking to invest in Cozumel!

I am proud to be part of a group of real estate professionals in the state that belongs to this new generation selling real estate in Mexico, which seems to be growing each day!

Of course, all of our team members at Cedral Caribe Realtors, which include Riccardo Garcia, Cristina Romero, and myself, follow state rules in Mexico and firmly believe in 100% transparency.

Additionally, we have notaries and lawyers that we have done business with for many years who have the SAME vision of professionalism as us.

You can count on us for an honest, diligent, no-nonsense approach and the BEST service. As a team, we will make your dream of island life a reality!

See for yourself some of the reviews and feedback we have received only this year:
Reviews from clients who did it before you!

Why wait?

Contact me today!

Real estate is not just a job for me, it is a passion, a way of life and I absolutely enjoy doing it for you and with you I truly LOVE my work.

I can even say that I am already retired in paradise.

A 24/7 retirement!

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Visa buying property in Cozumel Mexico – what is needed?

When we show real estate on our beautiful island I always get the question: “Do I need a special visa buying property in Mexico?”
Anyone, even someone in Mexico on a Tourist Visa, may buy property in Mexico. The notary will ask you on the day of closing to show your valid visa in Mexico. This can be a tourist visa or any of the tempory/pernanent residents visa.
I do strongly advise you to get a visa after you obtain property in Mexico for several reasons.
I would be happy to explain you why, please contact me for this specific question.

Visa in Cozumel Mexico 

Temporary visits to Mexico are allowed for up to 180 days. Multiple entries to the country will provide each entry with the same allowance of up to 180 days per entry.
If you plan to stay longer than 180 days, you can apply for temporary resident (up to 4 years) or permanent resident visa (indefinite time). Under temporary resident visa (allowing stays in the country up to 4 years) or permanent resident visa (allowing stays in the country for indefinite time), work permit can be granted, provided that the required formalities are met.

The paramount formality consists in the acceptance of the obligation to become a registered tax payer in Mexico, and well, to pay taxes. Even if no actual income or profit is gained, by becoming a registered taxpayer you acquire the obligation to file monthly and yearly returns showing zero income.

Temporary or permanent residency under retiree or non-working status will release you of all tax paying obligations, but will restrict you from being able to work, while requiring you to evidence financial capacity to support yourself financially without work/income while in Mexico.

Needless to say, working on a tourist Visa, or on a non-working permanent/temporary resident visa is illegal and suitable for deportation, which seldom happens. In most cases authority reprimands and let go. Repeat violators are the ones put in a plane and deported back home, on perfectly legal grounds, due to re-incidence in violation of immigration law.

Ask a professional specialized in this specific topic

My best advice is to search and find professional consultation with an immigration specialist/laywer.
Ask your Cedral Caribe REALTORS broker, who to work with.
We will be happy to provide you with several options for you to choose among regarding the Visa to best suit your needs, in combination with our professional consultation regarding real estate tax strategic planning for either buying or selling real estate assets in Mexico.

Get professional consult based on your actual needs, and then make an informed decision.

Social media, your cab driver, friend-of-a-friend, dive master, favorite beach waiter, etc. are not among the best places to find out what is best for your particular needs, because good intentions to provide advise does not necessarily equate to accurate advise.

Always ask a professional in every field!


This article written by Ricardo Garcia – Real Estate Broker Federal License 5978642 – Broker State Registration GACR6509I0IBAFS001000105. This article may be copied or re-posted provided that the content is not altered and source is credited appropriately.

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Staging property in Cozumel. At Cedral I have seen so many homes, showing to our buyers, with lots of don’ts!  I could write a book about what I have seen.
Some properties are on the market for years. This has a few different reasons.
Today I want to help you with Staging Property Tips that can be used to transform any residential listing into a buyer’s dream home.
If you want to actually sell your property in Cozumel, please ask us for our professional opinion.

Cedral will sell it in the least amount of time with NO hassles for the BEST price.

Let me give you some tips and examples how to do this. It requires some teamwork, especially on the part of staging your home! Of course I have MANY more tips for you when we meet.

Staging DO’s in Cozumel Mexico

Grab them from the curb
I am sure you have seen buyers looking inside the property deciding whether to request a showing or not.
Make these potential buyers fall in love with their future home in paradise.
Paint your outside wall.
Have your garden in top shape and please deweed that curb!

After the rainy season, which is RIGHT now, please clean that mold from your outside surfaces!
A nice outdoor living area can be a big selling feature, especially in Cozumel.  An old/unloved and uninviting one is a major liability! Especially in Cozumel, buyers want to have GREAT outdoors areas!!!!

Think that YOU would buy your own property again
Walk through the home as if you were viewing it for the very first time. If something needs to be fixed?
Fix it please!
If prospect buyers see a lot of maintenance I ALWAYS hear them saying: “How to arrange “ALL THAT WORK” in Mexico when you do not speak the language?”
Of course I advise about property management and how to do that, but at this stage I want to sell YOUR property a.s.a.p.!

Can you easily get from room to room? Is there an inviting flow throughout the space?
If not, rearrange furniture so it is easier to tour. This may require placing large or redundant pieces in storage or sell them if you are leaving the island.

And please ask your tenant NOT to be present at the showing!

I can help you with many tips of course!

Make it sparkle

You can’t underestimate the value of a good, deep clean. Pretend that your mother is coming for her yearly visit.
Pretend that your property is a 5 star hotel, so think hotel clean!
Remember that buyers will look in your cupboards, under your sinks and in your closets.

De-scent and re-scent. I love animals. You love animals. But buyers don’t always love animals.
So if your home smells like pets (or smoke), air it out then use this handy trick to clear stale scents.
Place two capfuls of vanilla extract in a coffee cup, then place it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. Within twenty minutes the whole place will smell heavenly.
Or even better bake a cake and it feels like HOME right away!

Declutter and depersonalize

Few things deter buyers more than a cluttered home. Buyers want to see your home, not your stuff. Taking yourself out of the picture makes it easier for buyers to imagine themselves, and their stuff, in your space.
Clear the counters. Don’t forget the closets. Buyers are nosy and will peek inside closets. After all, storage space is one of a home’s most valued features.
Limit family photos and “stuff. Whenever possible, be sure to completely clear the fridge door, too.
Good home staging creates an environment that welcomes potential buyers to mentally move in
This is one of the hardest steps for most sellers, but it can also make the biggest difference.
Buyers are looking for a clean slate and lots of space, so it’s important to keep surfaces clear.
Just remember how you live in a home and how you sell a home are two very different things.
Happy to give you tips on this HARD thing to do, but when buyers come through and imagine themselves there, you can bet an offer isn’t far behind.

Let the Cozumel sun shine in

Let there be light. Buyers love light and airflow especially in our climate. Leave the lights on in every room. Buy more lamps, if you can. Light sells houses.
If your rooms are painted dark, invest in a bucket of light colored paint to make your rooms look bigger!
No one wants to buy a dark cave when buying in a place like Cozumel.

Your property  ONLY has 1 chance to make a good impression, so you’ve got to make it count!

This ALSO counts for professional pictures! Have you seen what is OUT there online in Cozumel?
If you sign an exclusive agreement with Cedral Caribe Realtors WE pay for the pictures after YOU help us with the staging!

Remember we are a TEAM in staging property to sell in the least amount of time with NO hassles for the BEST price! 

HIGH season ALMOST has started, so if you are thinking to sell your home?

Give me a call TODAY: (+52 1) 987 103 57 22 – Karen Bloemhoff

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Triathlon Cozumel – THE sports destination in the Caribbean!
With triathlon season well under way athletes travel the world to swim, bike and run. 

Cozumel is THE place to be in 2017
Since the event Ironman was brought to Cozumel in the year 2009. I have witnessed a drastic change for the good!
Today you see local athletes training EVERY day all year round. Where in the past the beautiful sports complexes remained almost empty.
I have heard of athletes coming to train on the island EVEN when there was no sports event planned.
People come and train just for the beauty of riding a bike to see the sunsets and the amazing turquoise on the other side of the island.
Triathletes love to swim in our beautiful clear ocean.

My husband started training for Ironman. He had already 2 under his belt with a couple of half Ironman also done, when he inspired me to start swimming.
I would have NEVER thought that this would EVER happen in my live.
I could not even swim 25 meter to the other side of the pool 3 years ago!
Now swimming in the open water has become my passion and I have had some podium successes as well.
Our 7 year old son, Lucas, will be doing his 3rd Iron Kid this year!!!!!!

A few weeks ago we had Oceanman, this coming weekend we have the BEST organized triathlon in the area Mr. Sanchos.
Of course the island hosts the Cozumel ITU Triathlon World Cup and Ironman 70.3 and Ironman 140.6.
I will be participating in the open water swim as a relay in 3 of the coming events.

Specialist in rentals for YOUR Triathlete experience 

What I did not expect that I became also a triathlete vacation rental mother.
Over the years many triathletes from all over Mexico and the world ask me to get the BEST properties for them to rent, when they visit with their family to make memories.

Today I am the expert to tell you if your rental is “handy” for your family to watch you Swim/Bike/Run.
How are the logistics on an event day?
Where to eat?
Where to get your bike fixed on a last minute request?
How are the currents in a specific area?

Let me know if you need any accommodation for YOUR event!
I am sure that I have it for you!

And if you see me in the swim, I ALWAYS bring extra goggles!

Live and train in Cozumel? Have a look at Villa Bamboo, located just in the middle of 2 big sports facilities and a 3 minute bike ride to the municipal Pool to train!
(when the traffice light is red)

Pictures: mikndrik.com & Alfonso Perez Verdia Ochoca

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If you have been wondering if hiring a professional real estate agent is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur!
Especially if you want to invest in a foreign country!

My family and I live in Cozumel since 2005. We arrived just 3 weeks before Hurricane Wilma. Loved the island and we decided to buy a property through a self proclaimed realtor.
The advice we got back then was very poor and it would have ended our family dream in paradise. I did feel that something was off, so we found a professional in real estate and ask a second opinion on “our deal”.
It was of course no deal and until today I am so glad that we did NOT pursue back then.

What I learned is that I can do this BETTER!

We decided to build our dream home in 2007, found a great local (bit excentric) architect. Because of our mutual experiences in the local real estate market in Cozumel back then, we have set up the real estate company Cedral Caribe Realtors.

Today, you are reading my new real estate Blog and after 10 years of selling/buying real estate in Cozumel we have come a LONG way since then…………
Yet, we are not there to my/our standards!

A little bit of law:

The enactment of the Real Estate Services Law for the state of Quintana Roo in 2014, has regulated this activity, making it mandatory for practitioners to become certified, state registered and provide services under professional standards of practice.
In many cases, sales promoters call themselves Real Estate “professionals”. Under those circumstances, malpractice is not uncommon, therefore hiring an attorney is not a bad idea when in this scenario.
Only a few agents in Cozumel actually have an state registration today in 2017!!!!!, certification and professional capacity similar to that of an attorney at law.
Ask your real estate agent for state registration, certification and license, same as you would to a medic, attorney or CPA.

Work with qualified professionals, not “self-appointed professionals”

Unlike other service providers, Cedral Caribe REALTORS does not receive compensation from the Notaries that we suggest to buyer/selling parties.

By doing so, we prevent among other things, getting our license revoked, while preventing Notaries from stuffing their bill in order to enable them to cover the fee requested to them by the real estate agent. In the US this would most definitely cost the broker his license, but bear in mind that to start with, many real estate service providers do not even have a license to revoke.

For a full list of state registered professionals available throughout Quintana Roo, and specifically Cozumel, visit this link http://seduvi.qroo.gob.mx/ConsultaAsesoresInmobiliarios.pdf

Prevent unexpected results by retaining services of professionals in the field. Prevent un-necessary risk by retaining services from people that can merely claim that they have years of experience, but no certifiable professional qualifications.

Riccardo Garcia/Cristina Romero/Karen Bloemhoff


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