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On this page, you will find the Atenas real estate testimonials and customers reviews. Our affiliate real estate agent for Atenas in Costa Rica has received many testimonials from buyers and sellers of Atenas real estate. These testimonials show much for the agent’s expertise and knowledge of the area. Marian Veltman – Chin-A-Kwie offers great Atenas homes for sale and Atenas land and for the Atenas homes for rent.100% Costa Rica real estate satisfaction

You can contact Marian Veltman for any questions about purchasing or renting Atenas real estate in any of the Atenas communities.

Feel free to read the testimonials Isabelle, who now is retired, and Marian who is Isa’s replacement, have received from their clients.

Impressed with the job performance


We wanted to take a moment and inform you of our interactions with Marian Veltman.

We began using her as our realtor approximately 3 yrs. ago when we decided that we would retire in Costa Rica. We had traveled around many parts of the country that we thought might be suitable places to relocate, but we kept coming back to the Atenas area.

So we contacted Marian for advice, and that was the beginning of our wonderful relationship with her

We were not sure whether we wanted to build or buy an existing home and Marian was willing to show us every lot and available home that fit our criteria during the past 3 years. She has always been professional, informative, helpful, and most importantly, very patient.

We had many questions and concerns regarding all aspects of our move to Costa Rica, and Marian was always available and willing to assist us in any way she could. She also has been an excellent resource for all information concerning moving and living in Costa Rica.

With Marian’s expert guidance, we finally decided to buy, and recently purchased a wonderful home in Atenas.

We could not be more impressed with Marian’s job performance and will definitely recommend her as an outstanding realtor.

She is an extremely valuable member of your realty organization, and we are sure will continue to be successful.

Thank You,

Stephen and Laura Schott

Atenas, Costa Rica

Gracious professionalism and great attitude

Marian Veltman was my real estate agent of choice for my recent purchase of a single-family home in the gated community of Roca Verde, in Atenas, Costa Rica.  I first met Marian in November 2016 when I did a private tour of the Central Valley and was introduced to her by the tour operator, Christopher Howard.  I was impressed with her knowledge of the area and the properties for sale and planned to meet her again when I had sold my house in the USA which I subsequently did in February 2018.

In May 2018, I arrived in Atenas and set about my search for a new home. I had contacted Marian by email prior to my departure from the USA and thus she was expecting my arrival. After discussing my wants and needs for a property, Marian and I drove out multiple times for two to three weeks looking at different homes she had selected for me.  Marian knew the area very well and the details of the homes that I viewed, and was patient and attentive to my many questions.

I eventually chose a home that predominantly filled all the boxes on my checklist and with Marian’s help, made an offer to the sellers which was countered but resulted in an agreed upon sales price. Marian was super professional about the entire process of escrow, the home inspection, various legalities, meetings with an excellent attorney, Pablo Arias Gonzalez,  and negotiating with the sellers over some repairs which were needed to the home.   At all times Marian was patient, very diligent and conscientious and willing to help in any way she could.   She certainly educated me and eased my worries over the whole purchase process which was so vastly different from USA procedures.

Therefore, I can enthusiastically and sincerely recommend Marian Veltman as the Realtor to work with for anyone desiring to purchase a home in Atenas and the surrounding area.   You will not be disappointed and will benefit from her gracious professionalism and great attitude!  I am extremely grateful for her help.

Sincerely submitted,

Ms. Lindsay Townley

Residencial Roca Verde Lote 25,

Atenas, Costa Rica.

Excellent, professional service

Thank you, Marian, for providing us with such a positive experience!   Selling real estate is stressful at the best of times, but you made the experience much easier.   Your professionalism was obvious, your knowledge of the processes, your communication skills, and kind manner were all very much appreciated.

We were very impressed with the lawyer you recommended to handle the transaction and the coordination of the meetings with all parties.   We highly recommend Marian to anyone looking for a reliable, professional agent.

Ty & Cindy, Puriscal

Totally happy 

 No te  imaginas  el trabajo que  me costó  atrapar todas   estas mariposas   que volaban  por el cielo  pero como eran  para ti lo  pude lograr  TE QUIERO MUCHO   te doy gracias  por  formar parte  de mi vida  DIOS te bendiga  y  bendiga nuestra amistad.

Sonia Fernandez 

Honest feedback and advice

We are pleased to give our highest recommendation to Marian.  She was patient and professional and by far the most aggressive to find us a buyer for our home.

She communicated well with us and always gave us enough “heads up” time when bringing prospects. Marian gave us honest feedback and advice on preparing and marketing our home for sale.

We would recommend her to anyone who is selling a house or lot or building.

Mark and Nancy Van Patten 

She is a lovely person to work with

I met Marian on the internet when we were looking to move to Costa Rica and one of her listings got my attention. We spoke a few times on the phone before we came down and got a great deal of information, not just about the real estate market but about the country in general.

It was a relief to find someone who spoke perfect English (as my Spanish is still a work in progress) and understood the needs of someone who has never lived outside of the US. Our first trip was one of discovery and exploration and viewing a few houses with Marian. Our second trip we were intent on buying and she found what has turned out to be the perfect house. I’ve now lived in Atenas for 10 months and continue to visit with Marian as a friend and a trusted advisor.

She has introduced me to many other expats, shown me around not only Atenas but also Escazu and San Jose. Her knowledge of Costa Rica has made a major life change easy and enjoyable. Right now I am working with her to find a tenant for the casita I’ve had built – at Marian’s suggestion. She is a lovely person to work with and I look forward to a continued business relationship with her.

As a former commercial Realtor, I can definitely say that her service to her clients is second to none.

Jean Murphy Hanshu

Great support

At a time when it was hard to sell houses in Atenas, Marian provided us with prospective buyers and finally was able to find a buyer for our house. She did an amazing job supporting us with all the paperwork that came with it and provided us with a lot of useful advice. Thank you marian. You are the best!

Antje & Alex Horst

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A Stress Free Purchase

Hi Isa,

Thanks again for everything you’ve done for us to make this house purchase such a smooth and pleasant experience.

We know how much behind the scenes work you did to ensure everything was looked after to make our purchase stress free.

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015. 

Kindest regards,
Angus & Agnes

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We consider her a friend

Ivo, I guess you may know that we are back now living in Costa Rica. We moved early October 2012 into our home near Desmonte in Vista Mar estates between Atenas and Orotina.

Isa was showing us homes in this area shortly after we met with you last June. We fell in love with this resale property which was reduced from a motivated seller and brought to our attention by Isa.

Together we were able to negotiate a sell along with the owners vehicle to allow us to move to Costa Rica and have a house and car available to us.

She continues to help us with all things after moving here and we consider her a friend. I have written previously about Isabelle and her excellent work ethic as a realtor. I will be recommending her to all people I know for her professional approach and great personality as a real estate agent in the Atenas area.

Isabelle is an outstanding agent and a credit to your organization, you are fortunate to have her on your team. All the best,

Peter and Edie

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Thank you so much for taking the time

Marian, our day with you was fabulous. We enjoyed meeting you, and we thank you so much for taking the time. Not only for showing properties, but to visit the farmer’s market. Above all, thank you for arranging the car rental and the taxi ride with Henri. I only wish we could have communicated better with him.

The car rental agency was very good to work with. I found our way back with a little confusion because I got off the hiway at La Garita instead of the Sarchi exit. Then I wandered through one way streets in Grecia to find the road to the hotel, but it’s part of the adventure.

Today we’re driving out to the Guanacaste area. One of our sweet neighbors at Mango Valley found herself stranded, and we thought that rather than her having to take buses into San Jose. Then from there to the coast, we would drive her, and take the opportunity to see more of the country. We’ll do our best to get back before dark, as I’m not familiar with the roads.

We will keep these two houses in mind as we move forward with our plans. We’ll keep in touch,

Warm regards, JoAnn sends her love,


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Honest, knowledgeable and patient

A good friend of ours referred us to Rudy Matthews when he thought we might be interested in a house in Costa Rica. We told Rudy our wishes and he lined up numerous properties. We couldn’t believe how well he had listened to our needs and desires.

All the properties were ones we had to consider. Rudy was honest, knowledgeable and patient. Looking at homes throughout Costa Rica, every agent on the AE Network was extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

The purchase we made in Atenas was the sixth home that we have bought. Over the years, Rudy is the best agent we have had. We now call him a friend.

Ellen & Mike Gradoville

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We love our home and new life here in Costa Rica

In June, the two of us (sisters) moved to Costa Rica to explore and create a newly retired life together and experience the culture and beauty of this country. We have not been disappointed! WeAtenas real estate agent Marian Veltman knew we would be renting a home in Atenas. Some friends had recommended Isabelle because of their rental experience with her. Not only did they use her for finding their temporary rental home, but she worked with them to find their own home to buy. Which they just recently purchased.

About four months prior to our planned move, we corresponded with Isabelle, letting her know of our move time. We told her what we were looking for and seeing what options were available for us. Isa was attentive, responsive and helpful both before landing in Costa Rica and after arriving here – we knew she was working for us to find just the right rental home.

4 Rental properties

Within a day of arriving in Costa Rica, we headed out with Isabelle looking at 4 rental properties. There was one in that group of four that sparked an interest but was not fully calling out our name. Isabelle continued her search and we met again in the next few days to look at 4 more properties. First one up was what we considered the ultimate “dream home” and with the help and guidance of Isabelle, we secured a lease for that home. As a result, we love our home and new life here in Costa Rica.

We recommend Isa

Without any hesitation, we highly recommend Go Dutch Realty. We not only will use Isabelle in the future with our rental needs, but we will recommend her as our “realtor of choice” – whether renting or buying. And to top it off, over and above the great service she provided to us, a nice friendship is developing. Thank you, Isa, for being just perfect for our needs.

You’re the best!

Judy & Roxi

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Very diligent and helpful

Your affiliate member’s services were absolutely an important factor in our decision of moving to Costa Rica. We first visited Costa Rica in 2004 and Ivo was very diligent and helpful in showing us areas and homes around the Central Valley.

When we returned in 2006, our friends who had been with us in 2004 and us, decided that we wanted him to help us search for possible homes in Atenas for both of us to purchase. Both Ivo and his associate Isa Jones were most helpful in finding us an attorney, home inspector and geologist to help us with our purchase.

They both have continued with good advice and helpful information since and we can definitely recommend them if you are looking to purchase Costa Rica real estate.

Bert and Vera Altmann from California

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We were informed of everything, from start to finish

Isabelle Jones’s services as an Atenas real estate expert realtor were absolutely an important benefit to assist with our decision to move to Costa Rica. Isa met us at our hotel, and patiently drove us all over Atenas, as we tried to figure out what we wanted in a home. She never pushed us; she just gathered as much information as we could give her.

Based on the fact that this was our first trip to Costa Rica, and, had it not been for the fact that I had spent the last year on-line we really would have had no clue! But Isa was true to her website, and made everything so much easier, and less intimidating, had we ventured out on our own!

It was obvious Isa knew Atenas, and had lived there for a number of years, because she had a great network of people to make the purchase process so much easier. She introduced us to Pablo Arias, now our attorney, who handled everything quickly and efficiently, patiently explaining the whole real estate process to us, and taking time to make sure we understood all that was taking place!

She never pushed

As I mentioned earlier, Isa never pushed or pressured us. Her main focus was to understand what we were looking for. Then she wanted us to give her unbiased opinion of the Atenas real estate she showed us. While always giving the pros and cons of each!

We were informed of everything, from start to finish, between Isa, and Pablo. Once we arrived back home in California, Isa was always updating us on the final construction of our home. In addition, she was emailing us pictures of the project, so we could follow the process to it’s completion! Isa made the closing and all our questions (and there were many!) very easy, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

Isa knew exactly what needed to happen, and had the resources available to ensure the processes! My husband and I wouldn’t use anyone else!

Diane Farquhar from California

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How dedicated all the realtors I worked with

I can say many positive things about AE and its people. I, for example, can testify to how dedicated all the realtors I worked with while shopping for my house were. How Ivo immediately understood what my needs and interests were and assigned Rudy Matthews as my realtor.

How both Rudy and Ivo went “above and beyond” what would be considered their normal duties to make certain that I, not only found the property that I was looking for. Also, that during a somewhat difficult closing the process was not derailed. I particularly think that everybody should know that Rudy in particular, you are not done once you close on a property.


They definitely follow up with you to make certain that your transition to becoming a “Tico” homeowner goes as smoothly as possible. In my case they even came through for me on a minor emergency that took place after my property’s purchase.

But what I would like to emphasize most is that the people at AE HAVE YOUR BACK. It is abundantly clear that they are not in it to make a quick buck, definitely NOT to make money at your expense. (Both Ivo and Rudy steered me away from properties they either felt were overpriced or, for the money they were asking, did not meet my needs. Even though that meant they gave up on what would otherwise have been a higher commission for them!)

Finally, I have no doubt that if you use AE you will have friends helping you both during and after the process of buying or selling your house.

Miguel F. Garcia

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Isabelle was the listing agent

Isabelle Jones, the affiliate member for Atenas of the American European Real Estate Group was the listing agent when we purchased our property in Atenas. During the purchase process she was the consummate professional dealing with our agent. For us, subsequent to closing, her advice and support were invaluable.

Since we were in an area that was not familiar to us, we sought her advice on many aspects of establishing our new home. We now count her as a good friend. Should we ever decide to engage in any real estate activity, we would not consider going to anyone else. Exceptional service and support!

Ron H., Vancouver, Canada

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We continue to call from time to time as friends

Isabelle Jones didn’t help us make our decision to move to Costa Rica but having decided to move here we called a number of Real Estate Agents. They ranged for TERRIBLE to Great – with only one I would say “GREAT”. That was the Atenas affiliate agent for the American European Real Estate Group and our newly found friend Isabelle. We found our real estate agent extremely knowledgeable and made a huge effort to show us Atenas real estate. Even though  we did buy the FIRST one she showed us after all her effort!

The Escazu real estate office even provided one of their top agents to translate because the bank refused to finalize our loan without a translator. The final purchase went smoothly and everything went according to what they had promised.

We are very happy with the services of Isabelle Jones and her staff and continue to call from time to time as friends as this is the type of people they are. I can’t think of anything my new found friends could have done for us that they didn’t already do unless it was to pay for the property!!

Marlene Henderson from California

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Went above and beyond what is expected

Ivo Henfling, my real estate agent, was the only agency to promptly respond to all my emails and pick me up at the airport on arrival. After 2 days of looking we found our house in Atenas. Ivo then spent 2 days showing the important things such as the CIMA private hospital, shopping, finding a lawyer, a surveyor, house inspector, private bank … and we ended up buying Atenas real estate.

Ivo went above and beyond what is expected. I am very satisfied with the post sale services his realtors have offered me. Especially the free checking of my property registration to ensure nobody is tampering with the ownership.

Dr. Douglas Benn from Gainesville, Florida

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Isabelle is a great asset to your company

My wife and I traveled to Costa Rica from 1-14 July to conduct our own realty tour. We started in Arenal, then Atenas, Grecia area and culminated in Orosi Valley. Our objective was to choose an area where we’d like to retire in Costa Rica. It was our first visit and we enjoyed our time albeit with quite a busy agenda.

Our three day visit in Atenas was most productive and we were delighted to meet with Isabelle Jones who provided us a thorough tour of the area. She showed us many beautiful homes in Atenas and vacant lots in Atenas. We were most impressed with her knowledge and advice. We gleaned a great deal of information from her about purchasing in Costa Rica.

Diligent attention

I would like to commend her for the hard work and diligent attention she provided us. She is a vibrant and intelligent agent with an amazing friendly yet professional personality well suited to her job. She obviously loves Costa Rica and we shared her enthusiasm which makes working with her such a pleasure. We eventually chose to buy land in Orosi Valley.

We worked with a different realtor there, but Isabelle also extended her assistance to us via email/phone links regarding land purchase, etc.

A natural flair

I congratulate her for her efforts and would rank her at the top of all the realtors we have worked with over the years. She is a wonderful agent with a natural flair to judge personalities, comment where necessary, but most importantly her ability to listen to clients.

Isabelle is a great asset to your company and I would recommend her to anyone seeking property in the Atenas area. We hope to visit with her in the near future when we eventually were moving to Costa Rica.

Peter & Edie Boyer in Orosi

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They asked us to refer them to a good realtor

We have some people that are coming to look at our place on Friday, Oct. 22nd, from the U.S. They contacted us directly off of our ad and are not going through another realtor. Anyway, this couple also wanted to look at some other places, possibly some B&B’s for sale…?

They had originally worked with ******-Realty? but are having some second thoughts and asked us to refer them to a good realtor. We suggested you and told them to go to your website and give you a jingle.

So, you should be getting a contact email from Bob Pascarella and his wife Amanda regarding some showings during that time. We were not sure of your schedule, etc., but figured you could work that out with them.

Of course we are showing them our place personally, and of course, we want to sell them our place! However, if our house is not what they want, then we want them in capable hands while they are here, and that means YOU. They are special people and we hope they are treated well.

Pura Vida

Karen Grayzck in Atenas

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