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We found LAPA Realty Group online. We contacted Johnny Lara and he responded immediately. We set up an appointment at our convenience and he showed us the type of rental properties we were looking for. We chose one of the properties he showed us. He handled all aspects of the lease and took care of making sure specific requests were completed. He made sure we understood the lease and gave us a translated English copy along with the one in Spanish. Johnny handled everything in a very prompt and professional manner. Even after the lease was signed Johnny helped us with the nuances of moving to Grecia. He took care of coordinating projects with tradesmen, a handyman, etc. He made sure that we had high speed internet that we require. We dealt with many other realtors prior to meeting Johnny, his professionalism and concern for his clients puts him head and shoulders above the rest. Doug and I would definitely recommend Johnny Lara for your real estate needs, and will continue to work with him in the future.
I would like to share with you how satisfied my wife Carol Jean and I have been with our business encounters with you over the past 2 ½ years. You are a credible professional with a great deal of knowledge in the Real Estate business, particularly in the rental sector. We were impressed with the way you presented your services and by giving us valuable advice in order for us to make an informed decision with renting a house in Costa Rica.
We think your persona and your approach would put any potential client at ease and unpressured. What impressed us the most is how you took the time to clearly understand our housing needs and requirements and not waste our time in showing us “everything” available in the Grecia Real Estate housing market. Your communications skills (English/Spanish) made it easier for us to understand.
Thank you for your professional services …
E. F. (Gene) Sweeney
E.F. (Gene) Sweeney
I was recently looking for a pet-friendly rental in the Grecia area for myself and my 3 dogs and Johnny found something that was a great fit for my needs. From out first meeting Through to today he has been responsive and extremely helpful, going above and beyond without hesitation. I am very pleased to refer his services and would be happy to work with him again. Gracias Johnny!
Personally I have used his services and his professionalism, experience and good treatment as a person were excellent, his support was essential to achieve my goal and having his support for the subsequent follow-up has been very important to me as a user, totally recommended. Wishing you much success in this project that with your support will go very well
Juan Alberto Porras
Johnny Lara has been an invaluable resource for us in Grecia. Not only did he find us a beautiful house that met all our needs, but he also helped us with insurance, legal issues, banking issues and even helped us sell a car! His help and advice made our time in Costa Rica so much easier. He listened to our needs, showed us homes that met those needs and responded quickly to any problems we had with the house. It was a pleasure to work with him and we recommend him to any expat looking for a home in Costa Rica. He is the best!
Our family was looking for a home remotely, and Johnny made the entire process painless. From providing live video tours of the property to overseeing the minor improvements we requested, to handling the lease agreement (translated into English) and the exchange of money, he was fantastic to work with. He even met us at the house when we arrived with our armada of suitcases, baby, and dog to make sure we had keys, wifi codes, and contact information for all relevant parties. The best part is that he stayed in touch with us after we moved in. He never left us hanging for an answer and always provided professional guidance.
I have been a licensed, practicing real estate broker in New York City for over a decade, and have a fairly high bar when it comes to expectations. To meet these expectations is a tough request. Johnny did not just meet them-he exceeded them. I wholeheartedly recommend his services.
Johnny helped us find our vacation home. We’ve dealt with realtors in the past and have been pleased, but never like dealing with Johnny. He is an absolute joy to work with. He is knowledgeable, attentive resourceful and just a great guy!!! There was not 1 thing that we were looking for that he didn’t have access to or know where to find it. He is REALLY Johnny on the Spot! What an amazing experience!
I have been renting a home in Grecia, Costa Rica for eight months. I have owned and lived in my own home in the United States for many years and was a little worried about what it would be like renting a home in a foreign country. My worries were unfounded and unnecessary. I was introduced to Johnny Lara by a mutual friend after I had looked at several rental homes, none of which impressed me. I immediately felt that I could trust Johnny (and several friends had recommended him). I described to Johnny the type of home I was looking for and he took me to see a home in a beautiful rural area. The home was exactly what I had been looking for! Johnny must have listened to me carefully!
Johnny Lara has been a terrific property manager. He handled all necessary communication with the property owner including preparing the rental contract, translating the contract into Spanish, as well as explaining some of the rights I have as a renter. Johnny made the whole process easy. Before I moved in, Johnny had the house cleaned, checked to make sure everything in the home was working properly, had a gardener trim the yard and sprayed the house for insects. Johnny did everything in his power to help make my move to Costa Rica and into the home run smoothly.
One of the many reasons I decided to move to Costa Rica is because I was impressed by how kind and helpful the Costa Rican people are. Johnny Lara exemplifies these attributes. I told him I needed to figure out how to ship my car from the U.S.; Johnny “knew a guy.” I needed help getting my internet up and running; Johnny “knew a guy.” I told Johnny I wanted to have someone make a clothesline frame for me. Johnny says, “I have a guy who can do that.” Johnny referred me to a trustworthy housekeeper. If my water or internet goes out, I text Johnny; he knows who to call. Johnny also takes care of the property. He came up to the house with a construction engineer to inspect the house and determine if any maintenance needed to be done.
Johnny Lara is more than just a property manager; he has become a good friend. Johnny even texts me periodically to check on me and see if I’m doing ok. I know that if I need help with anything, I can call or text Johnny and he’ll respond right away. I still own my home in the United States, and I would love to have someone like Johnny Lara manage my property there. If I did, I know that it would be in good hands. Maybe I’ll ask Johnny, he might “know a guy!”