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Best Real Estate Agency


Best Real Estate Agency

19 July 2007 Reader's Polls, Real Estate FYI 53

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.


  • Marco and Kathy 12 years ago

    Mexico International would be have been my top choice only if Kevin Graham were still there! There must surely be other agents/brokers there as honest and hardworking as that fine gentleman...and they way he helped out the people in Costa Maya after the devistation of Hurricane Dean was truly heroic.

    Our vote would have to go to Jen of Tierra Yucatan for overall performance.

    Marco and Kathy.

  • Diana 12 years ago

    I am not even there yet and Jorge has been extremely helpful. Relocating with three young children and a puppy can be very stressful, exciting, but stressful.

  • Ursula 12 years ago

    My vote goes for Real Estate Yucatan. The agents I have met are very professional, they know Yucatan and they will help you find what you are looking for!!!

  • FRED AHMED 12 years ago

    Real State Yucatan helped a lot and give me good information, they know the bussiness very well.... They are the BEST....

  • Linda 12 years ago

    Isaac from Real Estate Yucatan is a very professional seller as he helped me turn the buying process into a great experience. He is very kind, charming and without any doubt MY VOTE GOES TO HIM AND HIS COMPANY.

  • Joy and Bob Rentz 12 years ago

    We believe in Tierra Yucatan Real Estate and we just love Jen and David and Jorge and Mayte and the whole staff, they have truly become our family. You can trust them to do the best for you always. They are the BEST. David and Jorge have been our lifeline and we are forever grateful and forever friends, also Jen, I just love her softness and her whole operation in the Yucatan. Can't wait to move permanently and start living in paradise in our beautiful beach house and enjoying all my friends.
    Thanks a million Tierra Yucatan.

  • Linda J. Pruden 12 years ago

    Having been brushed off by two real estate agents( one of them being employed by Mexico International); I was fortunate to meet Laura Hernandez from Terra Yucatan at the 'Chili Cook Off' sponsered by the English Library. Laura took me seriously and immediatly went to work on my behalf to find me mi casa. I am the proud owner of my dream house in Merida thanks to Laura's professionalism,trust worthiness, honesty and integrity.I will be recommending Laura and the company she works for to anyone who wants a successful transaction in purchasing real estate in the Yucatan.

    Gracias! Laura

  • cici pizzirani 12 years ago

    I'm very happy having bought a property with the help of the kind,expert,efficient and
    very friendly LAURA HERNANDEZ of Tierra Yucatan

  • Janice 12 years ago

    Tierra Maya with Jennifer Lytle and her staff provide personal, honest service. They never abandon you and and Jorge B. will take care of all the details if you need to be away after you close. You can trust them!

  • Tracy Sulkin 12 years ago

    It was my good fortune to pursue a property listed by Tierra Yucatan. The service by Jen and her staff was first class. I spent months writing to Jen with questions about the property, hundreds of questions, and was always treated like a valued client, even though that property was one of the lower-priced listings. I trusted Jen, and felt as though she were telling me "like it is," not glossing over anything. Jen did not complain when I showed up to see the property on the hottest day of the year. And after I bought the property, Jen continued to be a great source of information. The last time I was in town from California, I brought her a box of Trader Joe's Cookies.

  • Jesse Cates 12 years ago

    There is absolutely no doubt who is the best Real Estate Agent in the Yucatan and that honor goes to TierraYucatan, the one and only real estate agency who introduced Merida to the world. Jen and all of her staff are just wonderful to work with and most importantly they are always communicating with you as you are going through the buying process and they have the best website.

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