Hillary and Dan
This is a long overdue testimonial! We started going to Nicaragua in 2017 and fell in love immediately and began thinking about how we could buy our own piece of paradise. We knew we wanted to be in a specific location but were told there were no lots available. We reached out to Barry on a “sold” listing on his site and he got right back to us. He said he would reach out to a few people and get back to us. Within a short amount of time, he had connected with a couple who decided to sell their lot in the development. Barry and his team answered all our questions and made the buying process easy! Barry is extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy and we consider him a good friend.
Reaching out to Surfing Nahua and Barry was a true turning point for us whereby our dream property became reality.
Having spent a number of months viewing lots we were ready to accept that we would have to make compromises in order to find a piece of land for our future home within our budget.
However late one night after another frustrating day instead of talking ourselves into some of the properties we have viewed we stumbled on a social media post about Northern Nicaragua. This soon led us to the Surfing Nahua website and a subsequently a speculative email enquiring about some of the property listings. We soon found out upon arriving in Nicaragua that many of the properties listed on various real estate websites had been sold months prior and were no longer available or if they were available there usually a catch. This was not the case with Surfing Nahua.
We sent our first enquiry email at 7PM and had received a response by 7:30PM confirming that their website is kept up to date and that the properties we had been interested by were available. On hearing this we packed up our car the next morning and made the 5 hour journey north.
The intention was for us to get to know the area or find out what the catch was but there was no catch. As soon as we arrived we knew we had found exactly what we had pictured for our future home. Barry arranged for us to be shown around by one of his colleagues and we were able to get a local insight to the area without any pressure to make a purchase or being pushed towards any particular properties. It became clear that Northern Nicaragua was the sole focus for our property search but we still needed to find a property.
This is where Barry stepped in. We provided Barry with exactly what we were looking for. He did not send us listings which had a couple of the features we were looking for, tell us we would have to compromise due to our budget or push us in the direction of any particular lots. He listened to what we wanted and sent the listings that matched. An incredibly daunting, stressful process became relaxed and enjoyable almost immediately thanks to Barry and his team at Surfing Nahua.
We had always said to ourselves that we would know immediately once we had found were we wanted to build our dream home and this was exactly what happened with the lot we now own.
As we had not come across Surfing Nahau until fairly late into our time in Nicaragua we had just enough time to agree our offer and provide our lawyer with the necessary information for the purchase process to begin before we had to fly back to the UK. We were nervous at the prospect of not being in the country while the biggest purchase of our lives was being completed however we had nothing to worry about. The communication with Barry was incredible. He kept us updated with every step along the way so we knew exactly what was happening when.
A few months later we received confirmation from our lawyer that the process had been completed and we were the owners of our very own piece of paradise. All thanks to Barry and Surfing Nahua. They are true professionals who have the business knowledge of Nicaraguan real estate but also the passion for making their clients dreams a reality without any pressure to get the sale. We will never be able to thank them enough for all they have done for us and our future.
Barry Oliver and the Surfing Nahua team have been absolutely great to work with! From start to finish, Surfing Nahua’s professionalism with absolute clarity made buying property in Nicaragua seamless, straight forward, and simple. I searched all over Central America for real estate opportunities and the Surfing Nahua team tops all. Many other places are over developed and overpriced. Barry has a gem in this area that shows fantastic potential at a feasible cost, allowing easy entry. The opportunity in this area and what it will become is staggering.
I’m so thankful to Barry and his team for making this a reality for my family and I. Beachfront property with a great upside to enjoy now or later. You just can’t beat the Surfing Nahua offering and the folks that back it up!
I recently bought some property in Nicaragua and had the pleasure to work with Barry Oliver. The web site was great and gave me a good idea of what I was going to see before I got there. one of the RE agents took us out and showed us 9 properties. That gave us an excellent idea of what was available. The agent was very personable, professional and pleasant to be with. When we chose a property the Surfing Nahua team made sure it was titled, and all the proper procedures were followed to legally own property in Nicaragua. Most purchasers have to make multiple trips to Nicaragua to close a deal. They made sure we signed all the paperwork and lined up all the ducks in a row. We did not have to come back once. The service does not stop there. Surfing Nahua, oversee that the taxes get paid and the property is maintained. The costs are minimal less than $400 per year. The market is hot in Nicaragua. My property has almost doubled in value. Where can you buy beautiful Beachfront property? It has only been 2 years. I highly recommend Surfing Nahua. They are a top drawer outfit. In contrast, I have also tried to use 3 other American born agents in Nicaragua and it did not turn out. My phone calls and emails were not returned timely and getting anything done was like pulling teeth. They all seemed exasperated, unfocused and could not keep up. That is why I chose to work with Barry. The office takes care of everything for me. Had I went to one of the other agents I would of been making endless trips to Nicaragua to make sure everything was done properly. It is scary buying in another country. I had all the work the office and law firm did, inspected by an independent Managua Lawyer. It was done perfectly. I have clear title. If you are going to buy property in Nicaragua use Barry Oliver, Surfing Nahua team. They are a professional outfit by any standards, Nicaraguan or North American.
Peter J Corselli
Having a house at the beach seemed like an unattainable goal. A pipe dream but after stumbling across some information about Nicaragua; its beautiful beaches, low cost of living and affordable housing we decided to try and live the dream.
I visited numerous web-sites and looked at a number of properties before really delving into the market.
Early on I was drawn to the office because it was one of the few real estate offices in the northern part of the country. We flirted with a couple of different properties and finally decided on Casa Corselli.
I was very upfront with Barry. We were looking for a place that would host us for a few weeks a year but the rest of the time would need to be utilized as a vacation rental.
We did not speak Spanish and we did not have any contacts within the country. We would need Surfing Nahua to be our partner in this venture or it would not work and we would not buy anything in Nicaragua.
Barry assured me that they were in it for the long haul and we moved ahead with the purchase.
Our home is newer but needed some help. Many upgrades were required to make it the unique rental that it has become. The Surfing Nahua involvement has been instrumental in maintaining my sanity. As our property manager we rely (heavily) on them to insure that all work is completed and the work that is undertaken is performed for a fair price.
Because of the offices hard work, we now have a dependable water supply, air conditioning, hot water (very rare in Nicaragua), high pressure water and a myriad of modern conveniences that were not in place when we purchased the house.
They handle the rental of the house and managing the work and workers that are integral in maintaining the house. Nicaragua and Surfing Nahua allows us to have the property of our dreams while still living in the real world.
Peter J Corselli
Asseradores Beach/Punta Aposentillo
Peter, Paul Jr. and Paul Sr. Gilman
The Gilman family has been very successful investing in Costa Rica. They began investing in Nicaragua in 2004 with the help of Barry who has showed them the differences of investing in Nicaragua vs. Costa Rica. He has helped them more than triple some of their investments in less than 6 months!! “Without Barry we would never have found the properties we found and he is very thorough about checking for clean Title.”
Brian & Deneen Wargo
From Kona Hawaii Brian and Deneen now have a beautiful ocean front home in Gran Pacifica Resort. They are directly in front of one of the best surf breaks in Nicaragua, Hemorrhoids. Unlike Hawaii this surf break does not have the crowds. Brian runs a fishing charter, www.bitemesportfishing.com
, and Deneen captains the submarine for Atlantis. She was the first women submarine captain in the world. They will be enjoying their spectacular half acre on the beach for the rest of their life. “Surfing Nahua has made our dreams come true in Nicaragua.”
First of all, thank you so much for your hospitality and generous time with us. I know it’s “business” for you, but you both made us feel like welcome friends. We so much enjoyed our meals with you and your lovely wife and our time at the Marina was truly exciting and memorable with you, Barry. Un Fuerte Abrazo Jerry Mogab
The office has been incredibly helpful in my Nicaraguan Real Estate ventures. They are absolutely committed to providing a long term real estate relationship which really impressed me. I spent a couple months in early 2013 living in San Juan Del Sur and taking Spanish classes. I live in Chicago and work in real estate sales, management and development, so it made sense to investigate the market while I was in Nicaragua. San Juan Del Sur is probably the biggest tourist destination in Nicaragua, so there were a handful of Realtors in town. I met with all of them, went out on tours and got a good feel for the market in that area. All of the salespeople seemed to treat me like someone who was off the cruise ship for a day. Very hard selling, pushy, and not particularly knowledgeable about the area. Having lived in town a few months and visited and fallen in love with the country in 2001, I really hoped for more from the people involved in marketing this beautiful country. Finally I realized that I wanted to purchase in the northern part of the country with no cruise ships and no golf course developments, it was the Central American experience I was looking for. I contacted Barry and he was extremely responsive. I met with his assistant, Boris, a couple days later and we did a tour. I was really impressed at the knowledge of the area, the residents and the property market that Barry and his team offered. I found a great piece of land right on the ocean and pulled the trigger the following day. For most real estate salespeople, this is where the relationship ends. For Barry and his team, this is where the heavy lifting began. My property was unique in the standing of its title, so I knew there would be some hurdles, and that living back in the states, these would be tough to deal with. In reality the team helped to hire the necessary people to work through the process, as well as helping to clear the land, plant trees, maintain the property and put up new fencing. Each of these would have required a trip down to the property to accomplish if I had worked with any of the other real estate offices that I met with previously as none of them offered any continuing support. Barry and his team never even had to offer, they just looked at it as part of their job. They have been fantastic about returning emails, keeping me posted on developments in the area and maintaining my property. I recently returned to Nicaragua with my parents to show them the property that I now own outright with no title issues, and to view other properties in the area. Barry made a special trip up from Costa Rica just to meet us. There are some phenomenal opportunities in Northern Nicaragua, and Barry and his team are really the only ones I would consider dealing with. They are very professional, not pushy, super knowledgeable, involved in the community and generally very nice people. I will definitely be working with them in the future to expand my holdings in the area and I would (and have) recommended them to friends and family.
I highly recommend the Surfing Nahua team. They were incredibly helpful in the purchase of my lot and its management and I am now using them as my representatives on the sales side. They are by far the best real estate team in Nicaragua and they have knowledge of the entire Pacific coast. Barry has lived in San Juan del Sur and used to own the Century 21 office down there, and he has spent extensive time in the northern region as well as the Popoyo/Santana area. If you are in need of some surfing advice, he is the guy to talk to. Marjorie, Boris and the rest of the team are amazing and really know the north like nobody else. Their connections are endless and if you want to get something done, they can make it happen.