"Over the last several years, my wife and I have been looking for vacation property as part of our overall real estate portfolio. We love Mexico and recently refined our search to Baja California Sur, convinced this was the area for us. Not having purchased real estate internationally, we were justifiably nervous about finding someone we could trust and who would give us an honest assessment of any opportunity we saw.
Fortunately for us, we found Brian Westerlund, owner of Diamante Associates Real Estate. As we prepared for our trip to La Paz and Cabo, Brian maintained a nice level of communication with us and spent time making sure he understood what our goals were before we arrived. When we landed in Mexico, Brian met with us, laid out a nice game plan and showed us only those properties that he truly felt were in line with our goals. There were plenty of properties to see, but Brian made sure we stayed focused on our objective.
Ultimately we decided upon a beautiful home in Cabo San Lucas and that’s when we saw first-hand the value working with Brian would bring. As a master negotiator, Brian exceeded our expectations and found a way to get an accepted offer at a level better than I thought possible!
As we worked through the negotiation and ultimately the contract, Brian patiently held our hand and made sure, as foreign buyers, we were well represented and protected.
Bottom line, we could not be happier about our experience with Brian and his team at Diamante and can’t wait to work with him again!"Dan Hayes
"David Smart is a real estate agent with integrity and knowledge, his sincere advise kept me from buying into someone else’s fraudulent property scam he helped me find exactly the perfect piece of land with the safest and best conditions.
David showed extreme patience throughout the entire transaction he is a perfect person to work with in Mexico. He has great communication skills and decades of history in Baja I strongly recommend David as a friend and trusted agent."Judith Kravitz
"There are 3 qualities that distinguish David Smart. He is an excellent listener. He knows his product very well. And he is very very good at matching opportunities with desires. We were not sure what property we wanted, if anything, and David gathered our dreams, comments, and wish list. Quickly identifying and showing us options David was able to test reality firsthand. After a few days he identified the perfect thing, a property that motivated us to proceed immediately with an offer. David is a very likeable person that easily draws critical information from casual conversation. He is able to read between the lines and offers ideas that make him a very productive real estate agent. We highly recommend David to help move broad dreams to realistic and doable property ownership."Jon and Stephanie Eberle
"Mr. David Smart has been our Cabo realtor for several years. He assisted us in finding the perfect Condo at Casa Del Mar for our family. He was instrumental in helping us through the entire process of buying real estate in Mexico (extremely foreign to us at the time). We have also used his services in trying to upgrade to a larger private home in San Jose, East Cape. Our faith in him has led us to listing our condo for sale in order to pursue our dream home in San Jose. He has been nothing but attentive, helpful, and over-the-top customer service oriented. We feel he would be a huge asset to your real Estate needs should you decide to partner with him."James and Carla Warren
"Our experience buying our condo in San Jose del Cabo Mexico was an amazingly smooth process. David made sure that we knew the market as it is not always easy to buy real-estate as foreigners. There is allot to learn , David made sure that every aspect of the purchase went well. He set us up with a great Notary who also did a wonderful job.
He was truly a blessing as we had to do renovations and he turned us on to someone that did a great job for us. David was incredibly sensitive to our needs and was there every step of the way and beyond. It was a pleasure to work with a true professional.
We couldn’t have asked for a better experience and we love our place.
Thank you David."Stefania Anderson Spring Lake, AB, Canada
"It was such a pleasure working with David Smart throughout the process of our home purchase in Palmilla. David made every step easy. He kept us well informed through out the process and always maintained himself available for any question and concerns even after our purchase. I would highly recommend David as your realtor. His ethics and professionalism are exceptional and we are confident he will make your home purchase a positive experience as he did ours."Jesse and Maria Santana
"When my wife and I decided to look for a property abroad, the first thing we tought was to find someone we could trust in helping us through this process since it was a new experience. We also tought it would be nice to find someone who does not work directly for the seller but rather someone that could give us his opinion and share his knowledge of the process and the market. This is exactly what we found working with David. Even if we did our homework prior to making an offer, we definitely believe David’s helpfull advices made us decide in the end to purchase our second ‘’home’’ in beautiful Los Cabos and certainly made us feel we were making the right decision for us."Johanne and Francois, Quebec
"David has been a gem to work with especially given our challenge of searching for our dream home from a very long distance! He listened to our needs and provided excellent property choices for our review. To assist us in making our decision, he used the latest technology to show us the homes. His use of laptop camera and skype was the next thing to being there and he was willing to be up at the crack of dawn and at the homes in order to accommodate our time difference. Given his honesty and experience as a builder, we felt very comfortable using this process. Our faith and belief in David as a trustworthy realtor is evidenced by our purchase of a home in a community we had never even been to before! When we finally were able to travel to see the home in person, David’s customer service was exemplary. He not only picked us up at the airport but took us grocery shopping on the way to our beautiful new golf community. The only surprise upon seeing our home was that it was even better than we expected!. During our short stay he also toured us through the surrounding area which helped to make us feel more at home. Needless to say we are thrilled with our purchase and look forward to an ongoing relationship with David."Colleen and Brendan Macken Perth
"Last September 2010, Keith and I travelled down to Cabo San Lucas from Calgary, Canada, with the intent of checking out properties in La Paz – we had seen a program on House Hunters International which featured La Paz and it captured our interest immediately.
We sent an e-mail to Diamante Associates before we set off and were immediately contacted by Theo who gave us information on La Paz, and also offered to meet with us whenever we came down. When we got to La Paz, we got in touch with Theo who came out to meet us. Theo took the time to find out what type of property we were interested in, and our price range. He then took us to see a new project Alttus Condominios and actually met with the developer Doan Cortes. When we first had looked at the pictures on the website we had thought that these might be too small but when we saw them we were very impressed. It was at a relatively early stage of construction but we could already see that these would fit our needs perfectly. Theo then took us to see some other houses which we had researched on the website and was very honest about the locations and workmanship. He also took us for a tour of La Paz, and even drove out to several beaches to show us the outlying areas. At no time did we feel pressured or uncomfortable. Theo seems to treat everyone like they are part of his family and you feel that you can trust him. In fact he took us to his home to meet his wife, and have a lemonade!
It was quite a long day and rather than driving back to Cabo San Lucas, Theo offered to put us up in a hotel for the night. We took him up on the offer and spent the evening and night wondering around La Paz and soaking in the atmosphere. The next morning we met up again with Theo and went back to the condominiums. Again what really impressed us was that Doan Cortes was on the site supervising and ensuring the quality of work. We made a decision on the spot to purchase one which if you knew us you would know is highly unusual. We tend to analyze everything to death before making any decisions. This was a true testiment to our impressions of both Theo and Doan!
At all steps along the way Theo and Doan have sent us e-mails with updates and pictures of the progress. Theo took us to meet with a lawyer who was fully conversant in English, and who dealt with all of the legalities in purchasing a property in Mexico. Everything was so easy!
We have just been back to see the completed condominium, and every one of our expectations were met and in most cases exceeded. Everyone we have dealt with in La Paz has been warm and welcoming and honest. Theo and Doan have both gone out of their way to be helpful (Doan even drove with us to Sam’s Club in his truck to help us get a mattress back to the condo), and we truly feel part of the community.
We can’t wait to go back!
Thanks Theo and Doan!"Keith & Brenda Walker
"Dear Brian and Yma,My wife Anne and I want to take a minute to express our thanks and gratitude for being such superbly professional and reliable partners in this recent venture of ours – deciding to purchase a lot and building a vacation home in El Sargento – without even having seen or visited the area first.
Building a new home while physically present, in our own home country, is a challenging task at best. So to do the same in a foreign country, in absentia, is truly a leap of faith.
It can be a complete nightmare, or an exciting experience. The difference between the two scenarios can be slim, and the determining factor is almost entirely the choice of partner one chooses to be one’s eyes and ears on site.
My wife and I had a good feeling about working with Brian from the first contact, as he displayed an attention to detail and responsiveness often lacking in business today. Several times we were cautioned to take things slowly, not to rush into buying, to make absolutely sure the lot we were selecting and the house we were designing would be to our utmost satisfaction.
One of Brian and Yma’s most overriding principals were, and are, to be absolutely honest and upfront.
With their insight and feel for the local market and architecture, some of our initial design ideas were discouraged, while others were gladly incorporated.
The end result is a gorgeous home, custom built to our needs, brought in exactly on budget and on time.
Our family could not be happier with the entire process and the outcome, and the service we received from Brian and Yma. During this time they have become friends to us, which to me is the highest praise I can express.
I would encourage anyone interested in taking the same leap in the La Paz / La Ventana / El Sargento area to contact me or my wife through Diamante Associates. We will gladly discuss and share our experience which had seemed so daunting only 6 months ago, and now looks like one of the easiest things we ever undertook."RegardsHarold and Anne Grindl Nanoose Bay, BC Canada
"Hi Brian,I wanted to thank you for such a great job you did on selling my Marina Fi De Paz home.
You did what you said you would do, when you said you would do it!
You provided excellent suggestions on what I needed to do to sell.
You sold my home that was listed with another broker for 2+ years in less than 2 months.
You advised me to consult with my CPA relative to potential capital gain issues.
You referred me to an Attorney, Jose L Gaytan whom performed the closing like the trusted professional he is.
Not only would I list any property that I have still in La Paz, I would buy from you, knowing that you have my best interest at heart."Sincerely,Keith Williamson Licensed CA Broker
"Dear Brian,I want to personally thank you for the absolutely wonderful and professional job you did marketing, selling and closing the sale of our ocean front property in El Sargento, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The team of professionals you assembled at Diamante Associates is incredible! Your team worked their magic which translated into huge savings for us. Within one hour after the Notario Publico approved the transfer of our fidicomeiso to the buyer, all the funds were sitting in our bank account in California. I will definitely refer others to you who want to sell or purchase real estate in Baja California Sur. Keep up the great work!"Gene, El Jefe, Happy Ending Cantina Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
"My search for a suitable lot in BCS became a lot easier once I consulted with Diamante Associates. What distinguished them from other realtors was their extensive knowledge of residential land developments within the La Paz area and resort towns along the East Cape. That knowledge coupled with their expertise in coordinating land transactions for foreign investors made them the natural choice. My dealings with Brian Westerlund, owner/agent of Diamante, were positive from the outset. I found him to be professional, responsive, very experienced and trustworthy in handling my real estate transaction. Having that kind of business acumen and integrity behind you made the entire experience of buying land in Mexico easy, exciting and very gratifying. I would highly recommend Diamante Associates to anyone looking to purchase property in the Baja."K.L.Hart Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
"Theo immediately stood out from all of the other Baja realtors we contacted due to his response time, informative follow-up and energetic customer service. Theo truly had our best interests at heart and always makes himself available during our La Paz visits. He has helped familiarize us and welcomed us to his family as well.
Gratefully, we now don’t just consider Theo our Realtor, but our friend!"Albert and Melissa Moe
"Dear Theo,Lyse and I really appreciated your straight forwardness and kindness, and last but not least, your laconic honesty when we were looking for a property or house in La Paz. You showed us different areas and one by one we narrowed it down to the view lot we now are planing to build on.
You know, Theo, you went beyond of what is expected of a Realtor, you really did. You answered never ending questions patiently, and provided extra assistance, like taking me to the hospital after that lovely tumble I took. And you helped us find the best cafe latte in La Paz.
It has been a pleasure working with you and we feel we have become friends. How can buying a property in a strange country get better than that!"Lutz and Lyse, North Vancouver, Canada
"Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with Theo Gardener who helped me find a beautiful property in La Paz, BCS. Because of Theo’s extensive experience with Mexican real estate, his thorough knowledge of the area and long list of contacts (all of whom speak English), the experience was both seamless and enjoyable.
Purchasing a property abroad can be exciting but also riddled with uncertainties such as language barriers, knowledge of the local laws and regulations. Theo helped me along every step of the way starting with the search, offer to purchase, closing as well as introducing me to a reputable architect and builder. Theo’s personal touch goes far beyond his role as your real estate agent and I would not hesitate to recommend him and Diamante Associates to help guide you through this process."Melanie, Toronto, Canada
"We can’t say enough good things about Theo Gardener at Diamante Associates in La Paz, BCS, Mexico.
Theo treated us more like friends who came to visit La Paz for the first time than just another client. He showed us everything La Paz has to offer ( the cathedrals, markets, restaurants, specialty shops, the two beautiful beaches outside of town, and much more). This shows the love he has for his job as a Realtor.
Theo found us the perfect property to suit our needs. He explained all the laws to us and took care of all the details and the paperwork.
After our return to the States, he kept in touch with updates and sent us photos to show the progress of the construction of our abode. He was never too busy to answer all of our many questions. Theo is always willing to help.
We not only found a great property in La Paz, but also found a great friend in Theo.
If anyone intends buying property in La Paz or vicinity, we highly recommend Theo at Diamante Associates."Aurelio and Helga Zubillaga
"Being a Canadian interested in purchasing real estate in Mexico, I found the idea somewhat worrisome considering the language barrier, the considerable distance, and the potential for crooked dealings in such a strange and foreign culture-that is until I met Theo and Brian ! They immediately put my mind at ease and made me feel right at home. With their combined 25 years plus living in Mexico, they steered me through the rights and wrongs regarding forein real estate investment with the greatest of ease, and soon words like “fidecomiso” had clear, concise, explanations that made sense-finally ! Theo spent a considerable amount of his own time with me and together we found the property of my dreams. Thanks to Theo, I am now operating a succesful Ocean adventure lodge and charter fishing company in La Paz. The service doesn`t end there either, we have since become friends and whenever I need some advice about the area, Theo is the first person that I call, and he`s always there for a cup of coffee and a laugh ! Keep it up guys, I would never consider anyone else when it comes to Real Estate In La Paz."Leonard Bishop, Ocean Adventures
"I have had the pleasure of working with Brian, Yma, Lana and the entire Diamante Associates team on several deals over the past few years. I have found them to be extremely knowledgeable, trustworthy and professional. Brian and Yma know the in and outs of the purchasing process. In Mexico, experience and contacts are key. They got a deal done for me that no one else thought was possible. The key is an agent who looks out for your best interests. You need someone with the ability to help you avoid the pitfalls and move the process forward. Mexico is not a place you want to reinvent the wheel. You need knowledge and experience to help navigate the journey. Brian and Yma have provided me both. I could not be more satisfied with their knowledge and professionalism over the years. I would highly recommend Brian, Yma, Lana and the entire Diamante Associates team to anyone interested in purchasing property in Mexico."Brent Armitage
"Diamante Associates was all but professional in the handling of the property search as well as buying the property and the process.
WOW!!! The process can be a doo oozy!!!!….. and Diamante and Assoc made it a very easy and pleasurable experience for myself and my family.
I have recommended their services to many of my friends and hope to get more of my family involved in Baja property as well.
I highly recommend Diamante Associates
Muchas Gracias!!!"Kristen Anderson, Allied AIA, ASID, NKBA memberRes. Architecture - Site Design - Energy Compliance Tahoe City, CA
"My husband Raif and I were very pleased with the service that Brian and Yma, along with the company, provided to us while searching for our dream property in El Sargento.
Brian…bless his heart…took me all over the place and never got to bored..??? with all my questions and inquiries into other pieces of land.
God Bless he and Yma for their patience!!!!"
"Along with family members and friends, I have worked with Diamante Associates for several years. Our experience has been so positive that no fewer than 8 close friends and family are now home owners in the beautiful city of La Paz, Mexico. I salute Brian, Yma and Fernando for their splendid work and am especially pleased to know that when I am not in La Paz they are there to look after our wonderful home."Jim Rua Albany, New York
"Working with Brian and Fernando has been a delight. They helped us complete, without problem, the purchase of two homes in La Paz. Their knowledge of available properties, governing laws and customs, and local merchants made what could have been a difficult process, pleasant and rewarding.
Fernando’s continuing help has been extremely valuable and has allowed us to truly enjoy our new home."John and Linda Graves
"Fernando Abad,I found Diamante Associates Web site one of the most comprehensive sites I have used here in La Paz. The google map helped me the most. I checked out EVERY single web site in La Paz- it would have made my job a lot easier if all the Realities had simular web sites. .not to mention the Realtors, and I am a Realtor! Fantastic people to work with and buy from!!! Thanks Fernando."Ramona Ray, La Paz Baja California Sur
"Dear Brian,We now own our first home in La Paz and are very pleased with the decision. Being Canadians with limited Spanish, the decision to buy was somewhat daunting at first. We met with several realtors and fortunately elected to work with you and Yma.
We sincerely appreciate your efforts in making the process easy for us and for your (and particularly Yma’s) generous support that continued long after our purchase was concluded. We are very pleased to recommend you to our friends and look forward to working with you and Yma again. We wish you both much success."John McElliott and Terry Woods
"Kathy and I would like to thank you for your hard work and assistance in finding and purchasing our property in La Ventana. Purchasing real estate in any form can be scary and emotional and when you add the factors of distance, country and unfamiliarity it becomes even tougher.
We feel that you did an excellent job of helping identify a good choice of properly that met our needs and budget. You went beyond the typical demands of a realtor; answering questions, providing additional information and providing assistance.
Thank you for your honest and commitment to dealing on that level. We hope you continue to do well and would be happy to answer questions that your future clients may have. We look forward to seeing you on our next visit. Please keep us posted on those 2 lots we say on our last tour, below our lots on the east side of the road."Mark and Kathy Felix
"We want to recommend to everyone how pleased and impressed we are with Diamante Associates.
Brian Westerlund and Yma (his wife), are just wonderful. They really made us feel at ease, showing us all areas of LaPaz, and directing us to the property that really suited our needs.
We appreciate all the help that they have given us. They’ve gone out of their way to make sure all our questions (and there are plenty) have been answered. Once we are ready to move, we are going to be imposing on Brian and Yma’s good nature in helping us get the appliances we need, utilities pre-paid, and all of the things you just take for granted."Michael and Sharon Douglas, Huntington Beach, CA
"Yma and Brian Westerlund of Diamante Associates helped me with the process of selling my house in La Paz. Their attention to detail and their commitment to oversee the entire process was extremely helpful in my sale . Their knowledge and understanding of this market is excellent, which enabled a secure and smooth transaction for both myself and the buyer. To this day we continue to work together on new projects and have established a good friendship through the process. I would recommend the services of Diamante Associates for selling or buying a home in The Southern Baja, you won’t get better representation."Roberto Rosshandler, La Paz Mexico
"Yma Campoy Garcia and Brian Westerlund of Diamante Associates, a husband and wife team, were the realtors that helped us buy our house in Mexico. They are very knowledgeable and were willing to spend time with us as we looked at a number of properties. They made it easy for us in the processes of financing and obtaining the necessary fideicomiso. They recommended insurance agents for both title and house insurance. Finally, they were an excellent resource for us in furnishing our home with Mexican furniture and decorative items. We were pleased with their services."The Whitneys La Paz, Mexico
"I certainly do not want to embarrass his lovely bride, so I will make something up. Just kidding, working with Brian was a dream. I first came into contact with Brian through a friend, with whom I had entered into contract on some property in an area close to La Paz. It turned out to be the “deal from hell” and Brian helped us find an attorney who enabled us to get out of our contract and have all of our money refunded.
I first met Brian over Thanksgiving in 2007 and had a limited amount of time to explore opportunities in La Paz and decide if that was the place for my retirement. I met Brian the day after we arrived and he showed us a lot of properties. Unfortunately, he was unavailable the next day and we got trapped into spending the next day with a realtor that made me feel as if I needed a shower after spending time with him. We got back together with Brian the next day and told him about our experience the day before and he came to our assistance again. We saw many other great properties that day, but my retirement partner (my sister) and I wanted to revisit a piece of property we had seen the day before with the realtor that gave me the creeps. So Brian called the developer and he met us at the property. We knew it was the right place for us. In fact, we checked out several lots in the same development, but kept coming back to the same lot.
We called Brian the next morning, because we were leaving Mexico early the next day. Brian met us for lunch and worked with us on the offer that we would make. He then went to work, while we played in La Paz. We all met us for dinner and he had an acceptance of our offer and made our vacation complete.
However, the best was yet to come. Brian was so helpful throughout the process and continuing in explaining the manner in which things are done in Mexico and enabling us to take the appropriate steps in complying with the laws and requirements in owning property there. He is still checking in with me and assisting me in more ways than I can describe. I have been so thrilled with the friendship and assistance that I have received from Brian and would be pleased to recommend him to anyone looking for Paradise in Mexico. Plus, there is an added bonus in the developers and their assistance to us. They have also been very accommodating and helpful and together they have convinced us that we have made the right decision and cannot wait to be able to spend the rest of our lives in our version of paradise. Obviously, Mexico is the right place for me to spend my retirement."Jane Jane Pennington
"We wanted to take few moments to let you know how much we appreciate all of your efforts and excellent service in finding us our beautiful Villa in La Paz.
We were very skeptical at first and nervous about purchasing property in Mexico, with the country’s different laws and legal system. However, you and your team were instrumental in guiding us through the paperwork and trust documentation. This certainly calmed our nerves and made us feel very comfortable that we were doing the right thing.
After you found the right property for us and the deal was completed all we then had to think about was travelling to La Paz , buying our furniture and laying by the pool!
Our upcoming retirement is all we think about these days.
Thanks again!!"Richard & Carolyne Nichols, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
"We recently purchased a property in Ocean Oasis in La Paz through diamante.
Investing is a stressful and sometimes a painful endeavor, this is due to many factors, one of which is the real estate agent you choose to deal with. As we reside in calgary the process of buying an investment property in México was quite daunting, to say the least.
However, brian westerlund was always up front, honest and very attentive despite communicating from another country. Brian met all of our requests with enthusiasm and in a timely manner, nothing was too much trouble. He has a wealth of knowledge of mexican law and if he could not answer a question directly, his staff and other local contacts were able to fill the gap.
His wife Yma, a native of La Paz was incredibly helpful when it came time to furnish our condo. She knew exactly where to take us for all our purchases and we would have been totally lost without her interpret ting our requests. She didn’t have to do any of this.
We would recommend, without hesitation, anyone buying a property here in La Paz to use the services of diamante. Diamante care about their clients and do not treat them like a transaction, but as people and as friends."Malcolm and Teresa Munro, Realtor Calgary, Alberta Canada, Ocean Oasis – La Paz
"Haber elegido a diamante asoc. Para vender mi propiedad creo que fue la mejor desicion, siempre tuvieron un trato muy profesional, amigable y honesto. Ademas de ser una desicion muy importante en mi vida, ellos formaron parte de esta etapa, donde me senti acompañada, acogida y con confianza, ademas creo que hacen su trabajo desde el corazon, y eso hace la diferencia."Matilde Cervantes Navarrete, La Paz, México
"I have had the pleasure of working with brian and yma to purchase a home in La Paz. This was our first time to buy internationally and to build from the ground up. The experience could not have been easier or better. We started with a phone call and brian walked us through the process, current properties, areas of town, pricing and all the details. We settled on a great location in a new development right on the marina in central La Paz. I then flew down to pick out finishing touches and finalize the paperwork. Brian helped with all the legal, and closing steps including financing which made it very easy. Once the house was built i flew down with my son to get it furnished and set up utilities and other services. Here yma proved amazing with her knowledge of the town and generosity! She took care of us every step of the way getting appliances, having the house cleaned, pre-paying bills and managing the property for us. Yma and brian have been indispensable in our purchase and management of the property and have made the entire experience wonderful. I can’t recommend them and diamante enough."Paul Austin, TX