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Best Real Estate Agency


Best Real Estate Agency

19 July 2007 Reader's Polls, Real Estate FYI 54

The Yucatan Living Reader’s Choice Poll gives the expatriate community a chance to express their preferences for local merchants and service providers in Merida and Yucatan.

Reader’s Choice Polls are open for voting until the end of the year. Readers may vote in any of the polls that interest them, voting for the designated nominees, or recommending a nominee of their own during the opening week of the poll.

After the polls close, special awards will be beautifully produced and awarded to the winners sometime in January. We hope that the winners will proudly display their awards in the knowledge that they have provided an outstanding service to the community.

Best Real Estate Agency in Merida

If you are living here in Yucatan, chances are one of the first things you had to do was to buy or rent a home. While some of us were savvy enough or spoke Spanish well enough to trato directo (deal direct) with the sellers or landlords, many of us spent our initial days here with a helpful real estate agent.

Please consider many things when voting for the best real estate agency. Naturally, the best agency should hire and employ knowledgeable agents. They should know the territory and the business. They should treat customers well, with both patience and respect. They should have integrity (loosely defined as doing what they say they are going to do). They should be pleasant to work with, and after the deal is done, you would recommend them to family and friends.

We believe you can’t judge a real estate agent on how long it takes to buy or sell a house, for instance. On whether or not the seller or buyer had integrity. Or on whether or not you are happy with the house once you move in. Sometimes, forces of nature (or forces of Mexico) create havoc for the best of professionals.

We open this poll by nominating the five largest and most popular real estate agencies used by gringos and other expatriates moving to Merida and Yucatan State. This is certainly not an exhaustive list.

Here in alphabetical order are the initial nominees:

Casa Blanca Real Estate – Operated by Jorge Caceres, a Yucateco by birth who lived and worked for years in the USA, this agency has been around longer than any others on our initial list. Located on Calle 55 at Calle 66.

Mayan Living – Established by Jim Mann, an expatriate who has been working and selling real estate here for about five years.

Mexico International – founded by Mitch Keenan, the first extranjero to set up a real estate agency in Merida. His team of agents is based out of their offices in the Fiesta Americana building next to the Sanborn’s restaurant.

Real Estate Yucatan – The husband and wife team of Gabriela Isaac and Alec Stephens run this agency. Gabriela is a Yucateca and Alec hails from Mexico City, but spent many years working and living in the USA.

Tierra Yucatan – This agency is run by Jennifer Lytle and her able-bodied socio, David Palomo. Jen has traveled and lived in Mexico for over 30 years from her former home in San Antonio, Texas. Jennifer’s team works out of their renovated colonial office on Calle 66 in Merida’s centro historico.

Reader Nominees:

Casa Barbarita – For the past several years, Gabriella Kretsch has been helping people from around the world find their dream home in Yucatan. Her real estate agency is the first reader nominee.


  • adali 15 years ago

    Go Tierra Yucatán!!

  • Adali 15 years ago

    Go Tierra Yucatán!!

  • Frank Stovall 15 years ago

    Jennifer Lytle is a fabulous person. She worked hard to help me get through the maize of Mexican property purchase. I had already located the property I wanted, but was worried about how to buy in another country with different laws and procedures. She agreed to help me out and things went so smoothly. I am a happy owner now and Jen is a genuine friend who lives only a short drive away. Her offices in Merida are lovely and everyone is pleasant and relaxed. I feel like this is the best thing the Internet has done for me. I made a lucky choice!

  • Azul 15 years ago

    Jean eres la mejor....
    vamos a ganar!!!

  • Josefina Hole 15 years ago

    I have worked with Gaby from Real Estate Yucatan, and I found Gaby and her Co. very professional and knowledgeable about anything related to Real Estate in the Yucatan,
    I was able to find the house that I wanted with their help. My vote is for Real Estate Yucatan . Thank you Gaby & Co.

  • isolina alayola 15 years ago

    es imprecionante como trabajan, en realesteateyucatan, que pensando haber sido yo corredora, por sus consejos adquiri una propiedad y ellos vendieron una mia en la calle 51x 46 y 42 a la sra paola poniatouska, son lindos amables y con un trato tranquilo y muy profecional. antes de perder la casa de sus sueños comuniquese con ellos. pues tienen una variedad en precios tamaños etc, que queda uno super complacido FELICIDADES REALESTATEYUCATAN

  • Mario 15 years ago

    My experience working with Casa Blanca was Just Great.
    Anny is very patient, listened to our needs and found us our perfect little 'Casa'

    Highly recommended to all Gringos who want to live in Merida

    Mario & Lynn

  • Mike and Lisa 15 years ago


    I was truly pleased with the level of service Casa Blanca provided and your firm's patience to assist us through the entire process...even though there were some obstacles along the way. I feel as though we have also made a true friend and can't wait to get down there to get the real fun started. Merry Christmas to you!

    Mike and Lisa

  • Rosie Swart 15 years ago

    We are Gringos from Michigan. We love Merida and Casa Blanca.

    We have bought some nice property through them. Jorge Caceras is very helpful, and Anny Schrader is a real gem!

    My vote will go to Casa Blanca.

  • Irving Newman 15 years ago

    I just wanted to say that my wife, Agnes and I cannot imagine receiving any more personal attention than has been offered to us by Anny and Jorge at Casablanca Yucatan Realty. I am a real estate agent in Canada and appreciate the care and sincerity that came along with their guidance and helping hands. They are the real deal. I recommend them to anyone and everyone considering a real estate purchase in Merida and surrounding areas. Thanks again guys, you are the best!!

  • Floydilou Kerr 15 years ago

    It's been over two years that we started to look for real estate in the Merida area.
    Our first visit to Merida and working with Anny at was a very good experience. Anny had exceptional knowledge of the area along with specific details to look for in the old Spanish Colonials in which we were interested. We continue to search for a property that suits our desires and budget. I enjoy going to their website on a weekly basis and using their 'advance' search button, which allows me to see new listings in a quick manner. Casa Blanca always has unique properties for sale that can't always be found on the other sites. I do however, enjoy for the same reason above; easy access to new listings. Another note about is this Henry Ponce guy. Who is this talent?! My dream one day is to buy a home he has designed or have him design my desired Spanish Colonial. Another important honourable mention should go to Real Estate Yucatan. I had contacted them for a particular property and was impressed by their honest answers and their professional attitude.

    All in all I have had nothing but favourable experiences with Mexican real estate. We have bought in Bucerias, Nayarit. Our agent and broker were OUTSTANDING.

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