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Meet the Coldwell Banker Tamarindo team

Richard Lacey ACA, (CPA), BSc
+506 8918 1144
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Owner/Broker
Tony DiMaggio
+506 8815 1200
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Sales Manager
Lauren Mantey
+506 8841 6056
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Sales Associate
Tim Baker
+506 8820 8251
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Sales Agent
Larry Graziano
+506 8835 2977
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Broker Associate Specializing in the Playa Negra area
Charlotte Bourgeois
+506 8723 7352
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Sales Agent
Christina Essabba
+506 8415 9608
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Sales Agent
Stephen Bleu
+506 8694 7415
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Sales Agent
Melissa Smith
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Sales Agent
Joseph M Boan, CCIM, CSM
+506 7285 6029
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Specialist in Commercial, Hospitality, Development, Land
Esther Mustad
+506-63065870
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Office Manager
Fada Quinn
CR: +506-63065870
US: +1 646 352 3910
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Sales Agent
Matt Rosensteele
CR: +506 8702-5538
506 2658-7056
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Sales Agent

Richard Lacey ACA, (CPA), BSc

Cell: +506 8918 1144

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Owner/Broker

Richard is a licensed Realtor and is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Richard founded Coldwell Banker Tamarindo in 2011, and in a few short years it has grown to become the most successful Coldwell Banker office in Costa Rica, and Richard is one of the highest grossing sales agents in the country. He comes from a corporate background, having spent many years with blue chip corporations including KPMG, Time Warner and Sony Corp. He has run businesses in Costa Rica for 20 years and is a fluent Spanish speaker. His focus is on hotel sales and high end beach residential properties.

Richard's Client Testimonial 1:

I contacted other agents via internet when I started looking for homes in Costa Rica. Richard Lacey was the only one who responded promptly and continued to do so as we corresponded with each other. When I met him, he was very professional and attentive to my needs. He showed me several homes and stayed within my boundaries and style of homes that I requested to view. Unfortunately, I could not find the perfect home so I decided to build a house and Richard found me the perfect lot with an awesome view! The entire transaction went smoothly from beginning to end and I believe It was because of Richard's knowledge and experience as a realtor in Costa Rica.

I would highly recommend Mr. Lacey to anyone who is considering purchasing property in Costa Rica. You will not be disappointed!

Paulie Boyle

USA

Richard's Client Testimonial 2:

Debbie, my wife,and l would love to recommend Richard We met Richard on a plane two years ago when he offered us to utilize his seat so we both can sit next to each other. At flight end we thanked him again and we learned that he was Richard Lacey and we recognized him as we were doing our due diligence prior to moving here. If you want anything to do with real estate you will easily find Richard . I learned very quickly that he was also a football/ soccer fan, and , we also liked in common the same English primer Football team . He gave us advise on where to go and what to do in Tamarindo.

Few months later we had vacation in Tamarindo with our daughters and Richard recommended a builder for us. Well, we hired the builder ,have a beautiful home here, and consider Richard as a good friend and neighbor. Richard is a kind and thoughtful person with passion to help. He is truly a most valuable resource and continually strives to help many with insightful input. He is a true professional with genuine charm.

Waleed Tarazi

USA

Richard's Client Testimonial 3:

My wife, Tonja, and I decided we wanted to buy a place in Costa Rica. We were somewhat familiar with the area and wanted to be close to but not in Tamarindo. We came across Richard Lacey through some of his advertising and asked for his assistance. He showed us several places in Brasilito, Portrero and Playa Flamingo. All of the properties he showed us were on the mark with little wasted effort. When we asked to see a property, he arranged his schedule to coincide with ours and that of the seller. Once we selected the property he arranged for an attorney to represent us and a property management company to keep our condo occupied when we were not there. I would highly recommend Richard as a professional real estate representative, whether you are buying or selling.

Best regards

Bill and Tonja Bell,

USA

Richard's Client Testimonial 4:

Richard Lacey recently sold our condo on the west coast of Costa Rica in less than a week of listing. We found Richard very professional, helpful, and truly interested in our property and our concerns. His help and assistance in the listing and sale were of the highest professional grade. My husband and I would recommend him to any potential clients.

Thanks again Richard,

Patricia Thomas

USA

 

Tony DiMaggio

Cell: +506 8815 1200

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Sales Manager

Tony has lived in Costa Rica for over thirteen years, originally coming here with his family to celebrate the millennium. Both of his children (Gina & Tony) completed high school at the Country Day School, which prepared them well for college.

His educational background is business administration with minors in finance and real estate (BS California State University at Northridge) and he owned and operated a real estate and development company in California where he was a licensed broker.

He has worked in real estate in Costa Rica since 2002 and formed El Tesoro Properties in 2008 prior to joining Coldwell Banker Tamarindo.

Tony’s Business Philosophy:
"Client care requires integrity, product knowledge and a commitment to service. Adherence to these principles guides us to higher levels of conduct and ultimately to higher levels of client satisfaction.

Tony's Client Testimonial 1:

We met Tony DiMaggio during a visit to Tamarindo in 2005. He showed us a home that was 90% completed. We made an offer and worked through a complicated sale with the seller/contractor which required that the home be completed to our specifications.

Since that time, we have developed a personal relationship with both Tony and his wife Laurel. They are part of our circle of friends in Costa Rica.

For years we have referred friends, who have been interested in investing in Costa Rica, to Tony. We do this with the confidence that they will be looked after by someone who understands U S buyers and will exercise sufficient oversight to insure that they are treated fairly.

Richard & Pam Russo

Colts Neck, N. J.

USA

Tony's Client Testimonial 2:

Tony helped us find and purchase our property in San Pedro 9 years ago. He showed us other properties in Tamarindo so that we would have some comparisons before bringing us to the place where we inquired about first.

He also arranged for us to stay in one of the cottages on the property, which gave us a better feeling for it. We have not been disappointed, but due to financial hardships we have put our property back on the market, and of course we had Tony list it. He has brought other Brokers(not always an easy accomplishment)out to the property in order to give them a feeling for what we are offering in hopes that we will find the right buyer.

We are also lucky to call he and his wife Laurel our good friends and people we look forward to seeing each time we return to Costa Rica.

Cindy & Michael Phillips

Nantucket, MA.

USA

Tony's Client Testimonial 3:

When we made our real estate purchase in Costa Rica several years ago, we began the transaction while we were there and it concluded after we returned to the United States. The transaction went without a hitch due in large part to Tony's knowledge and experience. Tony is a person of immeasurable integrity and always conducts himself in a professional and ethical manner. Since we are absentee clients, we have complete trust and confidence in Tony to always have our best interest at heart. He is a gem of a person and a top notch real estate professional. We couldn't imagine doing business with anyone else in Tamarindo.

Jeff and Bonnie Blumenfeld

Santa Curz, CA.

USA

 

 

Lauren Mantey

Cell: +506 8841 6056

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Sales Associate

I started visiting Costa Rica about 6 years ago and absolutely fell in love with the country and all it has to offer. 2 years ago I decided to move here full time and couldn’t be happier with my decision! I specialize in the selling of boutique hotels, new and existing homes and condominiums as well as lots throughout the Guanacaste area. My main focal points are Tamarindo and surrounding beach towns as well as Playas del Coco, Ocotal and Playa Hermosa. My goal is to provide my clients with excellent customer service and plenty of positive energy, and, handle all real estate transactions with integrity.

 

Tim Baker

Tim Baker is a bi-lingual UK national who has been resident in Costa Rica since 1992. He first entered real estate sales in 1987 selling investment property to mainly British expatriates in West London for Japan Services Property. Since moving to Costa Rica he worked as a realtor in Flamingo Beach between 1994 and 1998 with Flamingo Beach Real Estate and as Partner and Director of marketing and sales for the Residencias Oceanica condominiums in Flamingo between 2003 and 2008 during which the project sold out at pre-construction stage with total sales of around $14,000,000. During said period he also sold properties as a general realtor. From 2008 to 2011 he ran a small independent real estate brokerage in Flamingo called Prestige Resort Properties. Between 20114 and mid 2017 he was a sales representative for Hacienda Iguana on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast and partner in a 38 residential lot subdivision known as Pangamar and in which sales of $1,900,000 were achieved in two years. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with his clients and is very excited to be a part of the Coldwell Banker team in Tamarindo. He has experience in development, construction, permitting, land acquisition and has owned and operated businesses of his own in Costa Rica.

 

 

Larry Graziano

Cell: +506 8835 2977

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Broker Associate Specializing in the Playa Negra area

He first visited Costa Rica in 1997. Like for many of you, little by little his vacations to Costa Rica became longer and more frequent. After falling head over heels for an Argentine girl in the town he frequented he made the leap to move to Costa Rica. Larry’s expertise was in small business management, which led him to help in sales and management of a local store in Tamarindo for a number of years. He then began working in a real estate office in Tamarindo. He stayed there for three years and always focused his energy on the areas south of Tamarindo. He noticed the constant demand in Playa Negra and decided to open his own independent office in the town where he lives.

Larry knows markets south of Tamarindo better than anyone. He has researched the available properties and has weeded out the good from the bad. He is not a “hard seller”. In fact, he prefers to let the buyers sell themselves. His honor and passion have helped many make their future Costa Rican dreams a reality. It gives him great pleasure to turn clients into neighbors.

Larry is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), a board member of the Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors (CRGAR), and has the NAR “Certified International Property Specialist” (CIPS) certification. He is one of the few in the country that are bound by standard ethical professionalism. He is a founder and board member of the non-profit organization SalveMonos which helps area Howler Monkeys. He is also a founding member of the Nandamojo Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Larry has a wonderful wife and three amazing children from five to 20 years old.

Larry's Client Testimonial 1:
Hi we hired Larry Graziano to help us sell our home and within a month of being listed he not only brought us a client, he sold it to them immediately! It was very easy working with him and the closing went very smoothly with his guidance of what was needed to be done before hand. I would recommend him.
Pura vida,
Brian Carlin

 

Charlotte Bourgeois

Cell: +506 8723 7352

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Sales Agent

I’m Charlotte Bourgeois and I’m from the Dutch part in Belgium. I’m multilingual, so besides Dutch I also speak French, English and Spanish. I’m a textile designer but went traveling after I finished my study in 2009. In 2010 I came to Costa Rica to study Spanish and I fell in love with the country. I have lived in a host family here for a long time. I love the people, the culture, the nature, Tamarindo, … I came back and forth for 2 years until I decided to buy a property through Coldwell Banker in 2013 and to work with the Blue Moon property management in 2014. I finally moved to Tamarindo in 2014 and I have loved living here since the first day. I really enjoyed the whole process of finding the right property so I’m looking forward to help people experience the same. I am more than happy to help them find the right place, going through the whole process and let them fall in love with this beautiful country.

Je suis Charlotte Bourgeois et originaire de la Flandre en Belgique. Je parle plusieures langues dont le néerlandais, le francais, l'anglais et le francais. J'ai obtenu en 2009 le diplôme de designer textile. Après mes études j'ai commencé à découvrir le monde. En 2010 je suis venu au Costa Rica pour y apprendre l'espagnol. Dès le début, ce pays ma vraiment plu. J'ai habité pendant plusieurs semaines dans une famille locale afin de me rendre compte ce que la vie représente au Costa Rica. La vie, la culture, les gens et la facon de vivre me plaient. Pendant deux ans j'ai vécu entre le Costa Rica et la Belgique. Après cette période j'ai pris la décision de m'enstaller à Tamarindo et j'y ai acheté une maison chéz Coldwell Banker. J'ai déménagé en 2014 et depuis lors je m'y sent très heureuse. La recherche d'une propriété m'a excessivement plu et ce sentiment que j'ai vécu, je veux le partager avec les personnes qui sont à la recherche d'une propriété. J'ai l'envie d'aider toutes ces personnes et de les faire sentir que le Costa Rica est pura vida.

 

Christina Essabba

Cell: +506 8415 9608

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Sales Agent

Christina has lived in Costa Rica for 3 years. She originally travelled to the country 13 years ago, looking for adventure and surf. Upon returning home to New York, she knew one day she’d move. Ten years later, she packed up and took the plunge. Her business experience was not in real estate, but in diverse industries. The common thread being outstanding client service, honest and strong work ethic and high tech marketing skills.

Born and raised in New York, she graduated from the School of Visual Arts for photography. This eventually led to working for some of biggest names in the fashion and editorial industry, including SNL, and then became a photo editor for one of the largest agencies in NY. She felt it was time for a new challenge. She’d fulfill a long time goal; owning a business of her own and decided a clothing boutique would be the next adventure and seemed a natural fit.

She trained herself in opening a business in retail as she has no experience originally, but she’d be every face of the company from buyer, to accountant, marketing expert, sales associate and much more. After a 1 successful year of business, she opened her second boutique. During this time NY, she’d also study the real estate market, an interest she’d later cultivate in paradise. Fast forward 8 years, it was time for a new chapter.

Upon her arrival to CR, she trained as an SEO account manager for a marketing firm in Tamarindo, but always kept her eye on the market. Working in sales would marry the love for her home in this paradise with her skills in working closely with people, making connections and meeting customer’s needs. Christina uses diverse experience and skill to help people looking to start a new chapter of their own in this beautiful country. She understands your vision and is skilled in making them a reality.

 

Stephen Bleu

Cell: +506 8694 7415

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Sales Agent

Stephen, a native Californian, and Latino at heart, first visited Costa Rica in 1996 with his family, then started to come back every 2 years, first as an exchange student in 1998 at the Universidad de Costa Rica in San Jose, then again in 2000, where he worked as a canopy tour guide in the amazing Monteverde Cloud Forest. This is where he met his Costa Rican wife, Jenny, from Liberia.

Growing up in Southern California, close to Mexico, he became interested in Latin culture and the Spanish language from an early age. This ultimately led him south to Costa Rica, to learn the language and surf and play in its tropical water.

Having lived in the Tamarindo area for the last 10 years, he's acquired abundant sales and customer service experience within the Real Estate and Tourism fields and enjoys using his knowledge of the local area and it's diverse Real Estate options to successfully match clients with their dream property in paradise.

 

Melissa Smith

Cell: +506-8424-6072

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Sales Agent

I am originally from Ottawa, Canada but feel as though Costa Rica was always where I belonged. I fell in love with this area on my first trip here in 2009 when I was looking to make my first investment. I continued to vacation here more and more each year and realized I needed to make it permanent. I have been through the property buying process myself and truly enjoy sharing that experience and excitement with our clients. I have since started a couple of successful businesses here and have really become part of several communities.
I have a solid knowledge and love for this area and hope to share it with you.

 

Joseph M Boan, CCIM, CSM

Cell: +506 7285 6029

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Specialist in Commercial, Hospitality, Development, Land

Joe’s extensive background in all phases of residential and commercial real estate includes having implemented the purchase, sale, development, financing and leasing of all types of Commercial/Investment real estate. Throughout his career he has transacted in excess of 15 million square feet of properties with a value in excess of $1 billion, having represented both institutional and private equity clients in the financial analyzation and subsequent aquisition of hotels, office complexes, residential communities and retail shopping centers throughout the United States. He has also represented National and Regional “big box” retailers in their expansion strategies with the implementation of national “roll-outs” of emerging retail concepts nationwide. His entrepreneurial approach, long-term industry relationships and thirty-five years of extensive experience have allowed him to develop and implement creative solutions to a wide range of commercial real estate opportunities, both as a broker and principal. This also includes a core concentration on the direction of all phases of development of community and neighborhood shopping centers; from site identification to the coordination of all governmental approvals, obtaining major tenant commitments, ground up development and the ultimate marketing and sale of those assets.

 

Esther Mustad

Cell: +506-63065870

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Office Manager

Esther is originally from Switzerland and visited Costa Rica for the first time almost 20 years ago, when her parents decided to move to this beautiful country in search of sun and the Pura Vida lifestyle. Esther visited them once for a 2 month vacation and never left. Esther has been living in Tamarindo for the past 14 years and she has worked in many different sectors of the tourism industry due to her educational background in Hotel Management.
As a result of her mixed origins: A German mother and a Norwegian father, she is fluent in 5 languages; French, English, Spanish, German and Italian. She has been working for Coldwell Banker for the past 6 years helping Richard to grow his company. She enjoys the great Tamarindo community that she lives in and especially loves its Nature and Wildlife.

 

Fada Quinn

CR: 506 7046

US: +1 646 352 3910

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Sales Agent

Fada Quinn (Gaelic name Eibhlín Ní Chuinne), an entrepreneur from Dublin, Ireland, moved to New York and created a real estate company at 24. Renegade New York is now a fully licensed real estate brokerage specializing in residential rentals in Brooklyn. With over 10 years of experience in real estate and having been a broker for many years selling multi unit properties, Fada established a keen sales technique and ear to the ground on market and property evaluation.

Testimonial Client 1: Extremely helpful and creative. Helped us find temporary tenant for an empty property and then to deal with the (difficult) landlord to get a permanent tenant in there. Always responsive and willing to do what was necessary to help keep the property occupied. Really understands the market in Brooklyn. Great communicator. Testimonial Client 2: Renegade New York is the best in Bushwick! We went to view the apartment and signed the lease just two days later. They were super accommodating with our schedules as well! Testimonial Client 3: Apartment hunting in NYC can be extremely difficult and stressful. Fada from renegade was extremely helpful and communicative. She made finding my new home easy and worry free.

Matt Rosensteele

+506 8702-5538 / +506 2658-7056

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Sales Agent

Matt Rosensteele is an Indiana native who originally moved to Costa Rica to spend two years as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. After finishing his service, he returned to Costa Rica to direct an environmental non-profit organization called Restoring Our Watershed (ROW). Through his work with ROW, Matt has established several Costa Rican organizations and for-profit enterprises that support a positive, broad vision of partnering sustainable economic activity with environmental protection, including the Nandamojo Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Bees for Trees micro-lending program. His success in real estate is due to his uncompromising ability to the details that ensure his clients complete satisfaction. He has sold numerous properties in the areas surrounding his home during his real estate career. He joined Coldwell Banker in 2017.