In a nutshell? Michael Simons and his sales organization have most of the listings in the area, they have most of the Realtors, they do most of the sales and, by the looks of the customer testimonials below, they have most of the happy customers too…

Michael David Simons is a U.S. citizen and a legal, permanent resident of Costa Rica who arrived in Costa Rica in 2002 and lives in the Playa Hermosa area near the Four Seasons Hotel.

After arriving at the Liberia International Airport, this beautifully sunny area known as the Pappagayo region, within 20-30 minutes – an easy driving distance, from many beautiful beaches like Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco, Playa Panama and Playa Ocotal. It’s the perfect beach location for anybody looking for a home in Costa Rica and who wants to be close to everything and everyone they love.

Costa Rica Realtor Video – Michael Simons.

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Michael Simons has been involved in sales in the USA his entire adult life, with the primary focus on cellular phones and electronics industry, having owned and operated as many as 6 businesses at one time.

12 years ago, during a vacation trip to Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, he purchased two exclusive ocean view lots and nine years ago, he made the professional career changing decision to move to Costa Rica and became the Co-Owner Broker of a major real estate franchise.

“Our Office Will Always Put The Best Interests of Our Clients First.”

His first full year selling Costa Rica real estate was an incredible success with Michael achieving the honor of placing third in the Caribbean Region. As a result of his performance, his Playa Hermosa office outgrew their existing office and proceeded to construct a new 4,000 square foot facility.

Michael continues to expand his real estate franchise market share and was personally rated #1 internationally for 2005 and 2006. He was named Broker Owner of the year in 2010.

As a member of NAR (National Association of Realtors) and CRGAR Michael Simons continues to be one of the top producing Realtors in all of Central America and the Caribbean. He sold over 50 properties in the past 12 months which is far more than any Realtor I know of in the entire country and specializes in residential and investment real estate.

No doubt we’ll hear more success stories in the future as Michael has added Playa Panama as the newest office to his portfolio.

I asked Michael about his company’s philosophy…

“Our office will always put the best interests of our clients first, providing the most professional, informative, loyal and dedicated service in the country. We continually strive to be the most innovative, people oriented organization providing individual opportunity, personal satisfaction and rewarding challenges to all members of our organization, including the Owners. The leadership team and all of its Agents have a vested interest in Costa Rica’s Papagayo region and an unrivaled reputation and commitment to our community.”

What other services do you offer your real estate customers?

“We have literally created a complete concierge referral business as well as helping to refer our clients to people who can do everything from buying furniture and cars to setting up cell phones and internet and building their dream home.”

“We Have Done More Deals in the Last 9 Months Than in the Last 3 Years.”

I also questioned him about the current real estate market conditions in his area and Michael told me that:

“We are slammed actually. We have done more deals in the last 9 months than in the last 3 years! I think this is for a couple reasons:

  1. First off, most of the buyers have been kind of lingering for a year or two, waiting for the so called bottom to hit As they have now come back for the 2nd or 3rd trip they realize that almost everything they had been looking at has sold and, the real rock bottom prices are almost gone.

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    Costa Rica Tourism Bouncing Back.

    We hit the bottom over a year ago and are definitely on our way back so that is pushing people to purchase for the fear that if they wait much longer they will really have missed out on the best buying opportunities. Plus the cost of construction is still high, so if you miss the chance to buy a house or condo that is built and turnkey, it will cost you substantially more to build one than you can buy one for today, hence the rush of recent offers.

  2. Many of the big projects, the Liberia Airport expansion, the new Hospital CIMA, the new Clinica Biblica Hospital, the Playas del Coco boardwalk, the paving of the Monkey trail road and Sardinal roads, and some of the big resorts are getting back in action now after a three year hiatus… This shows that the long term investment of Costa Rica is strong and this brings investor confidence.
  3. Third: The USA is totally in the tank and the majority of people are very disappointed with the direction in which the country is moving. Everyday I have clients get in my car and the first thing they tell me is how much they want OUT.

    So this is of course good for our real estate business in Costa Rica. Plus, let’s face facts! Waking up to 90 degree weather and beautiful beaches and monkeys in the trees sure beats the hell out of snow, ice and depressing news on CNN, especially in January and February.

    The majority of prices were down about 50% from “asking” prices of the peak time, but were really only down about 30% from real sales prices. So a condo that had sold for $300k and then was put on the market in the peak for $400 (but never sold at that price) is now in the low to mid $200s and selling.

    We are running out of finished product, so we should see more land sales again in 2012 but for now its only finished product. But as mentioned, this is disappearing quickly. 90% of our sales are for homes or condos under US$500K, the high end market is very slow.”

“We have 80% of the listings and do 85% of the sales.”

And what makes Michael uniquely qualified to help you and his other customers?

“We are the largest real estate office in the entire region. We have more agents working in our office than all the other competitors combined. Many of the smaller agencies have closed their doors and joined our team as we are the leaders of the industry. We can honestly say we are the MLS for the Papagayo region. We have 80% of the listings and do 85% of the sales.

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We have been here from the very beginning, when Guanacaste was just a cattle farm. We have seen the boom and the bust and have survived and grown in spite of it. We have the most loyal clients because they know we give them 110%. All of our agents own property in Costa Rica and are fully committed to our customers. We are here for the long haul.”

So to sum this up in real simple terms, Michael Simons and his sales organization have most of the listings in the area, they have most of the Realtors, they do most of the sales and, by the looks of the customer testimonials at the bottom of this page – and these are people I personally emailed and who replied to me – they have most of the happy customers too…

Happy Costa Rica Real Estate Buyers – Customer Testimonials.

Email received: Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM

“When I first decided to look into Costa Rica as a location to purchase a vacation condo, I didn’t know where to start. I really appreciated Mike’s calm reassurance and expert advice; he made it easy (and fun) to look at condos that fit my parameters. Mike is not only knowledgeable about the real estate in Costa Rica, but he is knowledgeable about people as well and helped direct me to locations that fit my needs and desires best. He always made me feel as though I was his only client.

With Mike’s expert guidance, I purchased a condo in Costa Rica where my family and I have enjoyed many happy vacations and look forward to many more in the future. I was lucky to find Mike as a realtor and I am now lucky to call him a friend. I simply cannot recommend Mike more highly; he is professional, motivated and has significant knowledge and experience with Costa Rican real estate.

Sincerely, Donald L. Feinstein

Chairman of the Board

Emerald Foods, Inc/Diamond Foods, LLC

1328 Dublin Road, Suite 102

Columbus, Ohio 43215


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Email received: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM

“It is with great respect and pride I introduce you to one Mr. Michael Simons who in short is nothing less than in my eyes a miracle worker! Yes, I can actually say this. I will explain…

For many, many years I do mean MANY years I have scoured this absolutely breathtaking country in a quest of obtaining the perfect rental/vacation villa in which I could have a decent rental income and still enjoy all to offer. I have put numerous, numerous offers and always still the same outcome … either the deal went sour, fell apart during the due diligence period or something happened that I didn’t feel I was obtaining the results that should have taken place.

I was actually watching a House Hunters International program one Friday evening and watched their whole process from inception to the actual signing and I thought to myself WOW, this is the way it should be, why can’t this happen for me? I immediately went to the archives of the show and found out who the Realtor’s were that actually made this happen and found Michael Simons.

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Costa Rica Realtor Michael Simons Region.

Through numerous emails he was able to access what type of property I would be interested in, what type of revenue I wanted to obtain and would be able to receive in the different areas never, ever going above what my budget was. Mr. Simons sent links to the various properties describing in detail his thoughts and why he thought these would be of interest to me, and even found one or two that had been taken off of the market but was relentless in his search, one of which I purchased.

Mr. Simons knows the area inside and out, and takes it upon himself to know the homes and owners personally and all of the developments and developers in and around the area and even outside the area if this is where you might have seen a property so, if you have a particular interest he has the inventory to suit not just myself but, anyone, no matter their budget and treats everyone the same with the utmost respect, knowledge, integrity and above all honesty.

So, if anyone is looking for an energetic, knowledgeable, honest hard working Realtor who is ALWAYS there for you and goes above and beyond the call of duty this is the Realtor you just MUST use!” Sue Ann Rasenberg. U.S.


Email received: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 12:49 PM

“Mike has been the most amazing Realtor I’ve ever worked with to find and purchase a home. Even before our trip down to Costa Rica, we emailed houses back and forth and he even called several times. Upon our arrival in Costa Rica, we set out on a search for our new home.

Mike is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and history of Costa Rica. Before we knew it, we felt like we were home already! He was so helpful in guiding us through the process and made it all pain free. When we chose our home, he negotiated a fantastic and fair deal for us. Now, we can’t wait to make our move to CR permanently!

His services didn’t stop with just showing us homes, he has an amazing list of people that he was able to refer us to for help with everything from the actual purchase to beginning the immigration process. Even now, I can email or call him with a question and he’s always there to help! I can’t imagine dealing with anyone else in CR. Mike is the man!!” Suzanne Calhoun. U.S.


Email received: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Michael Simons and the members of his office in Playa Hermosa are the best choice for people interested in buying or selling real estate on or near the Papagayo Gulf.

Mike personally found me a large investment property there and then sold it for me at a significant profit several years later. He is also extremely honest and has repeatedly made good on promises when others have not followed through. What’s best about Mike, though, is his enthusiasm. He loves Costa Rica generally and Guanacaste in particular, and he has the long term knowledge and experience here to lead people to the right properties. I am currently using him to list some of my properties, and I recommend him highly.

Alan J. Shusterman

Linden Partners/Matapalo Investments

Baltimore, MD. U.S.


Email received: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 2:24 PM

“We were referred to Mike Simons and met him in March of this year when we went to Costa Rica to search for property. We were very pleased with his enthusiasm, his knowledge of the country and his patience. He did not show us anything that was not in our budget and when we found our home, he was extremely helpful with the entire process, we would highly recommend him! (we even recommended him to another family member who also bought a house from him).” Cathy Glasner. U.S.

Costa Rica Realtor Michael Simons in Papagayo, Guanacaste Video. When you want to be close to everything and everyone you love.

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There are 2 comments:

  • Melanie Otten at 2:11 am

    We have a hectre of land we would like to discuss listing with you.
    Please email me at
    Thank you, Melanie

    • WalkiriaMG at 12:37 pm

      Hello Melanie, thank you for your message, We just sent your request to our recommended realtor Michael Simons , He will be in contact with you shortly.


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