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The first unit sold by Cedral Caribe REALTORS - A retrospective


We first met Riccardo Garcia in the fall of 2003.  We took 6 months off and drove to Mexico and Belize to see where we might want to invest our money into a vacation home.

We decided on Cozumel, because of the people, the beautiful water and ease to snorkel off the shore!

We looked at some used homes that needed some renovations and that’s how we met Riccardo.  He showed us a few and told us what would need to be done and estimated costs.  We drove back home March 2004 and decided we just weren’t quite ready to invest in foreign property.

In 2005 we started looking again.  Luckily for us a new construction condo project fell thru in April 2005.  We continued looking on the internet and finally in July, 2005 we went onto Cedral’s website and saw a virtual drawing of a set of 5 homes that were to be built in the area of town that we were interested in buying.  The price seemed reasonable and we started looking into the dimensions of the lots and picked the one that we figured would fit a small pool in the backyard.  We emailed Riccardo and asked what we had to do to purchase Lot D.  We also had him price out the pool and made some changes to the house design.  He priced out the upgrades and emailed back to us quite quickly and we emailed back “YES” and wired a deposit.  In September 2005 we flew down and met up with Riccardo and the Notary to sign all the documents.  While we were there we also got to pick out our tiles for the floors and backsplash in the kitchen.  The construction on our place started almost immediately with an estimated December 2005 possession date.  Riccardo was good about sending us pictures of the progress!  Then Hurricane Wilma hit and the construction came to a halt.  Riccardo emailed that due to the storm our house would be delayed by about 2 months. 

In mid February 2006 we flew down and took possession of our new home!  Riccardo helped us with the final documents at the Notary.  He helped us get all the utilities in our names, get the registration at the Municipal office, bank trust, etc….  Without his knowledge and excellent English this would have cost us a lot more money.  We trusted him and took his advice on how to set everything up. 

There are little things that we would have changed, if we would have been in Mexico during the build, but on the whole the whole experience went quite smoothly and we are still the happy owners!

We have stayed friends ever since and always try to get together when we are in Cozumel. He even came to Canada and stayed with us for a week! 

In summary we found that working with Riccardo and Cedral Homes was a great experience and would gladly recommend him and his company to anyone considering investing in Mexico.

George and Jeanette Cook. October 2016

Lethbridge, AB    Canada


Reviews about us


buying a 3 bedroom condo in Las Ventanas Cozumel

I just wanted to reach out to you and tell you how much we appreciate your help in our search for a condo in Cozumel. I've wanted to find something in Cozumel for many years, but dreaded the complexities of buying something in a foreign country. You made that process totally pain free. Plus, I told you my must haves up front and you came through with the perfect home for us the first day. Your attention to detail, work ethic, loyalty to your client, honesty, and availability has made this a very smooth transition. Best of all, Pam and I consider you and your husband, Ricardo, our great friends in Cozumel! And by the way, though I learned of this after we first met, it means a lot to me that you and Ricardo give back to the island so much. Your involvement with collecting Christmas toys and school supplies for the kids in Cozumel, your collection efforts for medical services and prescriptions for the less fortunate and even your participation in "Realtors Against Graffiti" are very important to me and makes me proud to be a new resident of the paradise that is Cozumel! Gary from Texas ...


Buying a new home in Corpus Cristi Cozumel

Karen first helped us find and buy our home in Cozumel, and since then has taken care of our home (and us) as our property manager. She's great--just the person you want to rely on for both purchase and management. Karen knows the official and the 'un'official ins and outs of purchasing a place in Cozumel. She accompanies you through the process helping you to understand the sometimes confusing 'details' and knows who and what to ask if 'novel' problems arise. The same goes for property management. She has very good working arrangements with local experts to cover all the basic…and not so basic…. situations that can arise, from straightforward cleaning, to yearly maintenance, to more extensive plumbing, electrical, masonery etc projects. Probably most important, is that she is easy and fun to work with and we trust her completely. She is very careful and honest in all the work that she does. Cheryl from Canada and Jeff from the USA ...


Buyers of a 2 bedroom condo in the north zone of Cozumel

We have worked with Karen Bloemhoff from Cedral in Cozumel on many occassions. She is professional, efficient, and goes above and beyond what is expected of her. We would highly recommend her services over any other company in Cozumel. Karen is the most honest and hard working professional we have worked with in Cozumel and in the states. Michael and Laurie B ...


Buyers of a 2 bedroom house in Corpus Cristi Cozumel

We are so happy with the casa! It's perfect and your team is excellent. We couldn't be with better professionals and I know that now for sure. Ron and Shellain from Canada ...


Sale of a 2 bedroom condo in Hacienda Monte Cristo, Cozumel North hotel zone

Concerning your help I could not have asked for more. Your work ethic family values ability to navigate in that setting contacts honesty & friendship will stay my heart forever . You r truly welcome to visit & stay with us anytime . Love to you George from the USA ...


Villa Sol Haa (6 bedrooms) and Casa Cielo (4 bedrooms)

Karen Bloemhoff has been my property manager for a number of years now. Karen is such a terrific asset to my rental business in Cozumel with her great ability to get things done and her excellent care of the guests that are staying at my villas. She is very diligent with the upkeep of my villas and her regular monthly reports are accurate and on time. Since my property is many thousands of miles away from where I live it is imperative to have someone I trust managing my property and Karen is extremely trustworthy and reliable. I would not hesitate to have Karen manage other properties for me. Nick from Canada ...


Building a 2 bedroom home in Corpus Cristi plus property management

Cedral Homes built our home in 2009. Originally we used a different property manager for our home in Cozumel. We soon needed to make a change and Karen has managed our property since late 2009. Of course there have been bumps and a few bruises, but we have been able to resolve all issues. Karen has done a great job for us and we think she is the best on the island. She takes the security and condition of our property to heart, and recommends what is best for us and our property. Cedral has stood by the home warranty included within the contract and made things right, even if it took a while to figure them out. We appreciate business partners we can trust. Sara & Larry from the States ...


Hacienda Monte Cristo, Cozumel North Zone

" I consider being referred to Karen as a potential property manager as a very lucky day indeed. Living in the States and trying to manage a property in Cozumel doesn't even have a place on the scale of stressful. It's impossible. The fellow I 'thought" was managing my property was not, and the place had fallen into severe disrepair. Once I spoke with Karen, I knew I was with the right person. She said exactly what she would do and how we would communicate. She also made it clear exactly what her expectations of me were and how she would manage all aspects of managing my condo. She did what she said she was going to do everytime. It doesn't get better than that. I am completely confident in her suggestions and in her level of honesty. I would recommend her without reservation. Karen L from the USA ...


building a brand new 3 bedroom home in town

For most of us buying or building a house is the biggest investment we’ll ever make. Doing this at home is one thing but buying or building in a foreign country is an entirely different story, especially when you do not speak the native language. My husband and I fell in love with Cozumel instantly, the island is beautiful, the people are fabulous and the food just delicious. I liked Karen immediately, she is very enthusiastic, professional and funny. She asked us a couple of questions about what we were looking for and which homes we had already visited. She then showed us a house built by her partner Ricardo, a very innovative architect. Karen opened the door to one of their projects and we stepped into the courtyard with the pool, stopped, looked, gawked at one another and said instantly: This is it!!! There were a few things that we did not like and asked what could be changed, cost of it, etc. At that point Karen and Ricardo told us that they had a lot available and could BUILD this house with all the changes, additions exactly the way we wanted it. 2 days later we sealed the deal. It was an extraordinary experience; once Ricardo started building he sent pictures every day, so we could follow the development in real time. All the paperwork, title, notary, everything was taken care of and we never had any problems or hick ups. It is a happy place and we are pleased to be able to rent our house with Cedral so that other people can enjoy our home as well. Ricardo has done such a good job building it we would not hesitate a second to do it again!!!!! Susanne (from Germany) & Vincent (from France) Owner of Casa Cielito read more...


Real Estate Cozumel Mexico on Facebook

Visit our FB page to keep udated on pending sales, last minute opportunities and more ! Cedral Caribe REALTORS sales team Karen Bloemhoff. Cristina Romero. Riccardo Garcia. read more...


Selling a 1 bedroom condo at Residencias Reef South Hotel zone

"Hello Riccardo & Karen, Thank-you both for handling the sale of our condo very professionally, we do appreciate everything done to make the transaction go smooth. This does really mean a lot to both of us. Thanks in advance. Kevin and Cindy from Canada" ...


building a 2 bedroom dream home in Corpus cristi Cozumel Mexico - Casa Paraiso

Are you thinking about buying, or even better, building a home in Cozumel? Contact Cedral Homes! It will be the easiest and best decision you have ever made. My husband and I visited Cozumel for the very first time in September 2015 for a week. We arranged to meet Karen Bloemhoff, Cedral Real Estate agent, to view a few homes we had found online. After viewing a few homes Karen suggested buying land and building exactly what we wanted. Scary right? Well that is what we thought. Karen introduced us to Riccardo Garcia, Cedral Architect, to discuss building our own home. After meeting with Riccardo and deciding to have them build we were anything but scared. We were confident, excited and ready to build our dream home in Cozumel. It is now September 2016. Our dream home is complete. It is beyond what we could have ever imagined. We went back to Cozumel for 2weeks at the end of August to take delivery of our very own piece of paradise, Casa Paraiso. Needless to say it was hard to leave and we are already planning our next visit. It is hard to put into words how thankful we are to Karen and Riccardo. Saying thank you seems insignificant for all they have done. Cedral Homes are honest, trustworthy, and beyond helpful. I recommend them without any reservation. ...