I purchased an oceanfront home from RE/MAX ISLA in July, 2020, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic! From the moment I inquired about the home, in February, 2020, and through the present time which is many months after the purchase, I have been thoroughly impressed with their helpfulness, professionalism, and knowledge of the island, Mexico, and the laws surrounding purchases by foreigners. If you are considering the purchase of real estate in Mexico, I would highly recommend both Colin and Jim at RE/MAX ISLA.
Colin Howard at RE/MAX ISLA provided us the real estate services for our purchase of a condo at Estrella del Mar. His services and follow ups were the best of the best. We had used him in a previous search. He has always been honest and informative on properties and the process. My wife and I highly recommend him and the RE/MAX ISLA services.
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Once my wife Mel and I made the decision to sell the home that we built in Isla Mujeres in 2005, the decision of who to enlist to find us a buyer and help us to navigate the intricacies of an international house sale was easy, Jim Botaish of RE/MAX ISLA.
We have known Jim for over 10 years and have always know him as an honest and kind person. What we didn’t know about Jim until we listed our home with him is that he is also a master of managing expectations and assembling a hard working team of professionals. His straight forward and honest style of communication is a definite plus when selling a home in a foreign country for the first time.
As property managers on the island for 15 years we have worked with all the real estate companies that have come and gone over the years. Being a tourist destination, there are a lot of people that want to spend an afternoon “looking” at houses for sale. Most of them have no intention of purchasing; they only want to “look”. As property managers and home owners it is an expensive and time consuming process to ask rental clients to vacate a property so a Realtor can show the home. Jim and his team have always been the best at screening potential buyers from those that want to entertain themselves for an afternoon by looking at real estate. Every showing that Jim and his team contacted us to set up was with a legitimate buyer, scheduled with flexibility for our clients in mind and done “on time” and with minimal effect of rental clients that were occupying the property. If you are considering selling your home that is also a vacation rental property, save yourself the time and hassle of scheduling showings by choosing RE/MAX ISLA.
Jim and his team helped us set a listing price that was correct for the market and in a sweet spot that generated interest and eventually a buyer. They helped with capital gains tax issues and the entire closing process.
We expected that the sales process could take 20-30 months to find a buyer and close but Jim and his team found the buyer and had the project funded in under 13 months (with COVID delays included).
If you are considering selling your home in Isla Mujeres the decision of finding a Realtor and Real Estate company to help you with the process is an easy one….Jim Botaish and RE/MAX ISLA.
Isla Home Management Services
The idea of owning our own place on Isla has been a dream ever since we first came to the island together in 2013 for our honeymoon. It wasn’t just a whim for us, but a real sense in our hearts that Isla Mujeres would be our future home. Our confidence grew with each visit, but by 2019, it started to feel like our ability to afford a place was slipping away.
Thankfully, we connected with Colin Howard at RE/MAX ISLA and he was able to connect us to the view of our dreams on the island of our dreams in a penthouse condo. It fit into our budget, and we worked together to close quickly, without any serious hassle. Buying in Mexico really does require great professional guidance, and we never had a reason to doubt the process from start to finish.
We highly recommend Colin and Jim at REMAX ISLA, and we’ll be working with them whenever we need real estate here on the island again.
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
With the help of Jim Botaish we sold our large Caribbean front lot on Isla Mujeres in late 2019. Jim provided solid advice, as well as good legal contacts, which made the sale go very smoothly. Throughout the time, when our lot was listed (we were in no hurry to sell, waiting for the right market conditions) communication with Jim was always fluid. When buyers approached Jim with proposals containing tax evasion or similar ‘semi-legal’ schemes, he was always above board about this; we would like to laud his absolute honesty in this respect. When the sale went through, Jim kept us well informed during the process and recommended a good lawyer for us, who also did a good job. We can recommend Jim Botaish as your real estate agent on Isla Mujeres, he knows the market, and he is honest and open.
Bart and Peter
We were on a list for a new build for 2 1/2 years. During that time we stayed in regular contact with Colin from RE/MAX ISLA and got prompt replies to our many inquiries. When further delays appeared inevitable, Colin sent photos of other properties, one of which caught our eye. We jumped on a plane and knew when we saw it that it was the place for us. Colin wrapped up our deal quickly with the seller and the sale proceeded as planned using the lawyer RE/MAX ISLA recommended. Leaving Isla is not so painful now that we know we have a place we love to go back to.
C. Roberts and S. Larson
Working with RE/MAX ISLA and Jim Botaish to sell our home on Isla Mujeres was a great experience.
All calls, questions and emails were replied quickly and professionally.
We were also very impressed with the attorney and legal team Jim recommended. Together they worked diligently to ensure the entire process went smoothly and pleasantly.
We highly recommend RE/MAX ISLA and Jim Botaish.
Thanks again Jim!
Shirley & Meinrad Baumer
Let me tell you about Jim and Colin from RE/MAX ISLA on Isla Mujeres:
I purchased a beautiful new home on the southern end of Isla Mujeres in the spring of 2016, and after spending a bit of time establishing a solid VRBO home rental business, decided to list the home for sale with another real estate company in March of 2017. This was another company that also had both a local and international presence. The person I dealt with there took a look at my home and priced it way beyond what it was worth. I had zero showings in ten months and fired them.
Here was the lesson: as a resident of Toronto, owning a home in Mexico did cause some anxiety – quite natural when you can’t physically go and check in on your property. You are going with someone else’s word. Knowing that, you need a real estate agent who knows the market and can assess a realistic value. Too many homes on Isla Mujeres have been sitting on the market for too long because the real estate agent has priced it too high in order to secure the listing. I lived on the island for a year – this is a common practice. That’s why you see so many listings that have been sitting around for such a long period of time. And that isn’t good when you are trying to sell your property.
You need people who know the market, and know how to price your property so that it will sell.
I fired the other company, hired RE/MAX ISLA, and they had my home sold in a month.
There are many, many great opportunities to own vacation property in Mexico. I would recommend it to anyone. It’s a great place to do business – if you are working with people who know what they are doing.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
We recently SOLD a property on Isla Mujeres and chose Jim Botaish as our listing realtor. From our first meeting all the way through to the end of the sale we always knew we picked the right guy. His personality, professionalism and knowledge of selling Real Estate in Mexico are to be remarked upon. His communication skills are excellent too. We were made aware of all showings as well as the feedback from each showing, which was very important to us living in the United States. We know that all of the T’s have been crossed, all of the I’s dotted with this sale and that the new owners have a wonderful Island home to enjoy on Isla Mujeres. Thank you Jim and Team RE/MAX ISLA!
Rick and Susan
This is just a short note to tell you how impressed we were with your assistance finding our dream vacation home on Isla Mujeres. From the initial phone call from Canada, to the consultation at your office to the showing of different homes and options we had made our purchase experience very enjoyable. You were always a phone call or email away and you always answered promptly which was greatly appreciated as purchasing a home in a different country always poses many questions. Thank you for meeting us in Cancun for the closing at the Notary Office and taking the ferry back with us to Isla and formally handing over the keys.
Your professionalism throughout was greatly appreciated and we would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone looking for a place in Paradise!
Cindy & Dale Wurfel
CAJJO DEL MAR, Isla Mujeres
RE/MAX ISLA made our recent Isla Mujeres real estate purchase experiences virtually stress free. Our agent, Colin, with the assistance of the “Team” at RE/MAX ISLA, promptly addressed all our needs and concerns and thoroughly explained all the processes which make real estate purchases on Isla Mujeres very unique. We are super pleased with our purchase as well as our experience with Colin at RE/MAX ISLA. We highly recommend their services.
Orrin and Sylvia McLeod
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
My wife and I have traveled to Isla Mujeres for years and always dreamed of owning a property on the island. The dream of ownership and the reality of purchasing a property in a foreign country can be very scary and confusing. We chose to contact Jim Botaish with RE/MAX ISLA after a lot of research based on his years of experience in the area and the comfort of working with a company like RE/MAX we were familiar with. Jim was very accommodating when working with our schedule to view properties, he walked us through the entire purchase process and has been great to follow up after our purchase to make sure things are going as planned. We have found our paradise and are able to fully enjoy it thanks to Jim Botaish and RE/MAX ISLA! Thanks Jim
Ed and Missy Vitt
After reading the all testimonials for RE/MAX ISLA, I have little to add. I can testify that all the comments are true, articulate, and reflect my same experience in working with Jim Botaish with RE/MAX ISLA on my purchase of beachfront property on Isla Mujeres. I highly recommend him and his company as knowledgeable, competent, and trustworthy of handling any purchase or sell on Isla Mujeres. Their referrals to the professionals needed during the transaction and their continuing communications with all parties involved gave me confidence through the entire transaction.
After years of attempting to find a property on Isla within my price range a friend suggested I contact Jim Botaish of RE/MAX ISLA. Jim was by far the most responsive and efficient agent I have ever worked with both here and in Canada. He knows the market, is honest and more then capable of finding that dream property for you. In spite of the fact that his commission on the property I eventually purchased was minimal, the service I received was comparable to what one might expect if they were purchasing a million dollar property. I highly recommend Jim and his company RE/MAX ISLA. You won’t be disappointed.
Jim Botaish and RE/MAX ISLA were terrific to work with. He very plainly and in a straight forward manner explained how the process works for buying property on Isla. He put us in touch with very competent professionals for legal and accounting services and walked us through every step of the way. He stayed in contact, told us when to expect the next steps to happen and what would be taking place. The whole process was actually very simple and Jim was a big part of that.
We would highly recommend Jim to anyone looking to purchase a property in Isla Mujeres.
Jeff and Mary Taylor
It was a pleasure having Jim Botaish and RE/MAX ISLA represent us in selling our Isla Mujeres home. His professionalism and attention to detail was refreshing and appreciated. We would not hesitate to use their services again if needed. Our comments are an A+ rating of Jim and his company, RE/MAX ISLA.
Bill & Debbie Medlin
Myrtle Beach S.C.
During our visit to Isla Mujeres we decided to purchase an island home. We were extremely fortunate to meet Jim Botaish from REMAX. The property that Jim showed us was exactly what we were looking for and at a reasonable price. Jim’s expertise on the island and his knowledge of local architects, lawyers, accountants and property managers was invaluable. We highly recommend Jim as an agent, consultant, and expert on the island and all of the aspects of the market.
Ed & Cindy
We recently purchased an oceanfront home on Isla Mujeres. A mutual friend on the island introduced us to Jim Botaish of RE/MAX ISLA. On our second visit with Jim, he showed us numerous properties on the island…all within our price range. After showing us each property, Jim carefully listened to our pros and cons. We decided which property was right for us and Jim carefully explained the process for foreigners acquiring property in Mexico. He was honest about the process and the time frame. Jim answered our many questions and concerns with great detail and patience. Throughout the purchasing process, Jim stayed in frequent contact with us via email and phone. Our purchase closed earlier than expected, thanks to Jim’s efforts. We would highly recommend Jim Botaish and RE/MAX ISLA to anyone looking to purchase property on Isla Mujeres.
Elaine and Pat Murphy
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
“Todd and I have worked directly with Jim Botaish and RE/MAX ISLA to find both our homes that we own on Isla Mujeres and both home buying processes went seamlessly. Jim handled all the communications with the seller in addition to introducing us to local accountants and attorneys. Jim walked us through the entire process and even beyond closing. That said a lot about Jim’s professionalism to Todd & me. Jim is extremely honest and genuine (a rare find!) and will always look out for your best interest. Jim is a long time resident of Isla Mujeres and found us our perfect island home(s). Todd & I will always have Jim represent us with any/all future real estate transactions and we would recommend him to anyone interested in owning a slice of paradise.”
Ashley and Todd Wilkens
Isla Mujeres Mexico
“I had the privilege of working with Jim Botaish and REMAX ISLA as my Realtor when looking to purchase a home in Isla Mujeres, MX. Jim’s knowledge about real estate is multi-faceted and he is most certainly able to do more than the average agent. I appreciated his ability to advise me and walk me through all the formalities that come with buying a home in Mexico. Jim made my purchase smooth and uncomplicated. It was a joy to work him. He was there with help and support in every possible way. I would not hesitate to recommend Jim Botaish and REMAX ISLA to any person who is looking to buy or sell a home in the Isla Mujeres area, as well as seeking his services in any of my future real estate transactions.”
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
“I can’t begin to say how thankful I was to have RE/MAX ISLA and Jim Botaish as my realtor. I recently purchased my home on Isla Mujeres and…I was clueless! I have no idea how many texts, calls, and emails I sent to him and he would always answer promptly and honestly. He is very upfront; he will tell you how it is which I found to be invaluable. I felt he was on ‘My Team’ and I appreciated his help, expertise, professionalism and honesty. This is the man you want to be on your side when you are buying a house!”
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
“All I can say is “Thank you” to Jim Botaish with RE/MAX ISLA for helping me with the purchase of Villa Tranquila on Isla Mujeres! Jim was very up front and honest in regard to the necessary things that I would have to do with the purchase and once the purchase was completed.
My family and I are extremely pleased with his services, before, during and after our purchase. I would recommend to anyone the use of his company RE/MAX ISLA and their services when looking to purchase real estate in Mexico, especially Isla Mujeres.”
Ocean City, Maryland
“During the height or shall I say the bottom of the recession in 2010 our realtor Jim Botaish of RE/MAX ISLA was able to sell two of our homes on Isla Mujeres within a few month period. I appreciated his thoroughness and professionalism and would highly recommend him for anyone considering buying or selling property on Isla Mujeres.”
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
“Bernadette and I would like to thank you and your company RE/MAX ISLA for all of the time and patience that you shared with us and in helping us find our beautiful home on Isla Mujeres. Purchasing the right property or selling one can be a daunting task so we spent a considerable amount of time looking for the right realtor and we were so happy to find you and have you as part of our team.
There are so many questions that need to be answered regarding the purchase or sale of a home in another country and you came to us very well versed in the current laws. If there was anything at all that you were unsure of, you gladly had it researched for us. This really solidified our confidence in you and in the process.
Jim thanks again for your patience and for your dedication and commitment to your clients. We will look forward to working with you and your company RE/MAX ISLA again on any future real estate purchases or sales that we may choose to undertake.”
Phil & Bernadette
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
“It was pleasure working with Jim Botaish and RE/MAX ISLA on the sale of our properties on Isla Mujeres. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM to other potential buyers or sellers on the Island. I appreciated his personal touch and responding quickly to all our questions and issues involved in our transactions.”
“We were very pleased with RE/MAX ISLA and Jim Botaish as our realtor when we purchased our condominium on Isla Mujeres in 2012 and continue to value Jim as our friend and realtor. Jim drove us around the island, orienting us for looking at condos and showing us the sights. We looked at six condos, including the one we had previously identified from his website as our primary interest. That condo continued to be our first choice at the end of the first day. We met with Jim the next day and told him we would like to make an offer. When we met again the following day, he happily informed us that our offer was accepted. With Jim’s and the attorney’s assistance, we were able to accomplish the closing from the US without a trip to the island. When we traveled back to Isla about a month after closing to move into our condo, Jim had arranged with the property manager to have the condo cleaned and arranged for the transfer of utilities. Jim met us with the keys and helped make the move-in go smoothly. Honestly, the entire experience from first introduction to Jim through the search, offer and acceptance, closing and move-in could not have been better. Jim continues to be a friend and we often turn to him for advice and information about Isla Mujeres.”
Terry and Michele Bowmaster
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
“We wanted Jim Botaish with RE/MAX ISLA to help Debbie and me with a purchase of a new casa on the beautiful Island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Jim was a patient man. Over the 2 years that we were seriously looking he showed us many properties. He knew our intentions to not just vacation there but also our thoughts that we could offset some of our expenses by making it an income property. Once he showed us the place that we fell in love with he then made the rest of the process in buying our new home easy.
Jim has lived and worked on Isla for many years and knows the ins and outs of the island and the people who live there. Jim did extra things for us that we really appreciated. Jim is a Professional Realtor that will go over and above his job to help make your dreams come true. We hold Jim in high regard and highly recommend him to anyone else who has fallen in love with Isla Mujeres and like us plan to make this amazing little Island part of their lives.”
Rick and Debbie Pattyn
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.