Chapala Realtor's Team

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Our Real Estate Team:

Thomas Hellyer

Thomas Hellyer

Real Estate Broker

Thomas Hellyer is considered to be a bi-cultural expert with a strong analytical aptitude combined with a calm, forthright, and honest demeanor. His command of the Spanish language and the intricacies of Mexican real estate make him an ideal person to guide you through the process of making your dreams of living and /or investing in Mexico an exciting reality. Thomas is originally from Lake Chelan, a beautiful resort town in Washington State. He received a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington, Tacoma with a concentration in International Business. He first came to Mexico in the early 1990s to study Spanish in Guadalajara and totally immersed himself in the customs and slowly but slowly became fluent in Mexican Spanish and met his future wife, Iliana.

Alejandra Lazcano

Alejandra Lazcano

Real Estate Agent

Alejandra Lazcano, is originally from Ajijic, where she lived ¾ parts of her life, the rest she lived in Austin, Texas. Being originally from the area and knowing the life and culture of the USA  allows her to offer nationals and foreigners the best experience so that their arrival in the area is easy and unforgettable. She is a public accountant by profession, fitness instructor by passion and animal lover by heart. In her personal life, she is a wife, mother of a teenager and has 7 pets.

Participate in sterilization campaigns for dogs and cats. Support education and empowerment campaigns for girls and women. At work she has experience in administration (personal, business, houses), while she was an interior decoration assistant, she learned the basics of “staging decluttering” that she gladly shares with her clients. She is convinced that customers are not just a transaction, but opportunities for new relationships. I know the buying and selling process does not end when you sign the deed so you can count on me beyond the buying and selling process.
As Chapala Real Estate agent we have the support at the entire administrative, legal and technical team, who will help at all times.
Your property, my priority!

Ana Kabande

Ana Kabande

Real Estate Agent

Ana was born in Guadalajara where her twin boys are currently living and attending university. She moved to Ajijic in 2005 and shortly thereafter, started working for Focus On Mexico, a local company that helps foreigners move to Mexico through learning adventures. She also maintains her own concierge service, offering tours, translation and more.Ana loves photography and finds Lakeside offers many opportunities to enhance her hobby. She also loves to help people, so it’s a natural fit as a realtor to help people find their dream home in the Lake Chapala area.
Dwight McLelland

Dwight McLelland

Real Estate Agent

Originally from the Great White North, Calgary, Canada, Dwight’s main purpose has always been “Helping YOU”.Whether it’s been thirty years as a Doctor of Chiropractic, seven years as a Franchise Business owner or twelve years as a REALTOR®, investor, home stager and renovator, Dwight’s focus has consistently been on his clients needs and wants.Certified as a Condominium Specialist and Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Dwight’s varied real estate and business acumen enables him to offer Chapala Realtors and his clients a knowledgeable and amiable attitude of caring professionalism. If Dwight isn’t showing properties or hosting Open Houses, you will see him participating in sporting activities around Ajijic and lakeside, whether baseball, golf, pickle ball or hiking. Dwight looks forward to “Helping YOU” find your dream home in our little piece of paradise.
Mónico Gutierrez

Mónico Gutierrez

Real Estate Agent

Born and raised in Chapala, Jalisco. He lived in California for 4 years. Later he got married and now has 2 beautiful daughters and three dogs. Mónico has a degree in Business Administration, specialized on Human Resources. He worked on one of the biggest chain store of Chapala and he has always had his own small business sales related. He enjoys meeting new people and he’s proud of being part of the team.

In his free time he likes playing chess, cooking, taking long walks and he wants to play guitar! Also he is an excellent barber and he cuts the hair of kids in need and kids in orphanages for free.

Pablo del Toro

Pablo del Toro

Real Estate Agent

Pablo grew up in Guadalajara until age 17, moved to Aurora Illinois were he graduated from high school and attended college for 1 year. He worked for many years in the auto parts business, then in 1997 became a licensed investment and securities agent working with Primerica Financial Services until 2004. In the same year, Pablo joined the real estate business where he found his passion. “I love working with people helping them to find their dream home.”
Shelley Armstrong

Shelley Armstrong

Real Estate Agent

Shelley was born and raised north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After graduating from college with a degree in Interior Design she relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia then Toronto before settling in London Ontario.

In 2011 she made the move to Chapala, Mexico. Here she was able to do a job she loves. Working as a pet sitter Lakeside enabled her to spend her days playing with dogs, cats and birds as well as meet new people and stay in all sorts of neighbourhoods in the Lakeside area.

Now she has decided to take on a new exciting passion and challenge in real estate. While quite new to real estate, Shelley brings with her first hand knowledge of the many areas of town – their advantages and disadvantages along with her boundless energy and great enthusiasm to Chapala Realtors

Diana Ramirez

Diana Ramirez

Office Manager

Diana is originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco where she received a degree in Communications from the University of Lamar Guadalajara. After marrying a renowned attorney she moved to the Lake Chapala area. Being bilingual, she was presented with the opportunity to work with the successful real estate agent, Thomas Hellyer. Now she is heading the social media efforts for Chapala Realtors, including popular sites like Facebook and Youtube. One of her passions is video and photography, she has the opportunity to take advantage of her talent and creativity in these areas. Some of her pastimes besides photography and video, include: running, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
Rebeca Facundo

Rebeca Facundo

Real Estate Support Staff

Rebeca was born in Gdl and raised in Cocula, Jal. At Lamar University she obtained a Nursing degree and later she got a PA in Fashion design. Some of her hobbies are hairstylist and interior decoration, she practices sports as cycling and riding ATV. She likes challenges. She loves to spend time with her family specially with her nephews and nieces.
Doug Scott

Doug Scott

Real Estate Agent

Doug have spent most of his life in Western and Northern Canada. A number of years ago him and his wife came down to the Lake Chapala area with Focus on Mexico. They moved down lock, stock and barrel and have been Residente Permanente ever since. They feel it was the best move they ever made and he’ll be more then happy to show you around and help you find your little “ piece of paradise “ in our area.
Alonso Sanchez

Alonso Sanchez

Real Estate Agent

Alonso was born in Guadalajara but he have been living in the area of Chapala for the past 30 years. Part of his family is from Chapala and they’re a well-known family in the area. He studied International Business in the University of Guadalajara, also studied a specialty in Finance and another specialty in Logistics and Supply Chain at the TEC de Monterrey (Guadalajara campus). He’s a very friendly person who knows many people from the area of Chapala and Guadalajara. He consider himself enthusiastic, cheerful, honest and professional. Give him the opportunity to make your plans come true by finding the house of your dreams or finding the right customer to sell your property.
Dominique Higuera

Dominique Higuera

Real Estate Support Staff

Dominique was born and raised in Ajijic, her father’s family is originaly from Ajijic. She studied 2 years Integral Design in ITESO University, Guadalajara. She’s also a floral designer, a job that she really enjoys. In her free time she likes to stay at home and spend time with her son. She’s a food lover.
Sherry Carter

Sherry Carter

Real Estate Agent

Sherry Carter was born and raised in El Paso, Texas where she first fell in love with Mexico and the Mexican people.

She moved to the Lake Chapala area fulfilling her goal to retire in “paradise”. Sherry had planned to retire, but after selling homes for over 30 years in the Seattle-Bellevue area, she missed the excitement of meeting new people and finding the one home that is just right for them. Sherry had the privilege to represent home owners, buyers and some of the largest and best home builders in the Pacific Northwest.

Joining Chapala Realtors gives her the perfect environment to work with brokers, agents, and staff who are professional and provide the best service in our market.

Sherry feels her move to the Lake Chapala area has been one of the best decisions of her life. “I am truly home in this beautiful location with so many friendly expats and locals. My desire is to help you find not only a house but a community where you also are ‘home’. The Lakeside area offers so many opportunities to enjoy and pursue new activities and adventures. I strive to make your home buying or selling experience easy and fun.”

Sherry is a member of the Sunrise Chapala Rotary. ” I enjoy being part of an organization that truly focuses on the needs of the community.”

Michael Cothran

Michael Cothran

Real Estate Agent

Michael was born and raised in Kentucky and educated both there and in Tennessee. After university Michael moved to Dallas, Texas, where he met his wife Carolyn. His love for real estate began at an early age. In Dallas while practicing Optometry for 27 years, he also pursued his other professional passion: residential real estate investing. In all, Michael and Carolyn successfully bought and sold thirteen different properties. That experience taught Michael how to identify the best investment and secure the most favorable deal, an expertise he enjoys sharing with his clients. In 2007 Michael and Carolyn fell in love with the Lake Chapala area and decided to make Mexico their new home. At Lake Chapala, Michael has turned his passion for real estate into a second career.
If you are looking to buy, Michael will be there to walk you through the entire process. With his extensive knowledge of the unique Lake Chapala areas, neighborhoods and types of homes available, Michael can help you find the perfect property. If you are planning to sell, Michael will be happy to provide you with an up-to-date market analysis and opinion of value. His proven sales record ensures you will receive the best return on your investment.
Whether looking to buy or sell, Michael will give you the personalized and professional attention that has earned him an outstanding reputation in the local real estate community.
Viviana Sanchez

Viviana Sanchez

Real Estate Agent

Viviana was born in Guadalajara, she moved to lakeside when she got married 15 years ago. She studied to be a chemistry teacher but her real passion is sales. Several years ago she was the broker’s assistant and also a successful Real Estate Agent accomplishing record sales in her office in 2013. She enjoys outdoors activities and sports like volleyball and lakeside is the perfect place to enjoy these activities. People say it’s the second Best weather in the world, she would say it is the first!

She is a reliable and Hardworking Agent, she won’t stop until you find what you’re looking for.

Let her help you find your personal piece of paradise!

Linda Freeman

Linda Freeman

Real Estate Agent

Born and raised in Montreal Canada, Linda graduated from Concordia University She then went on to work for several years in the airline industry, thus enjoying the opportunity to travel extensively.Linda first began Real Estate in 1988 with Royal Lepage and enjoyed many successful years before she and her husband went into land development and developed the prestigious suburb of Chanterel Quebec. Her family grown, Linda went back to work with Group Sutton Realities until coming here to Ajijic in 2014 .Linda brings a wealth of Real Estate knowledge to the table and looks forward to the opportunity of making the purchase of your home a smooth and enjoyable experience.
Travis Ashby

Travis Ashby

Real Estate Agent

Travis was born and raised in Southern California and began traveling to Mexico as soon as he was old enough to drive. Upon graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, he embarked on a successful 28 year career in advertising as copywriter/Creative Director, which translated to living and working in Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Seattle.

After almost three decades of the “Ad Game”, he was ready for a new adventure. And while he had traveled to 17 countries on 4 continents, he knew there was only one place he wanted to live: México!
Travis has made his home in Ajijic since 2008. Despite being raised in one of the world’s best climates, he insists, “The weather is even better here….and the people are a thousand times more pleasant.”

Travis’ extensive experience in Mexico and understanding of the culture, robust knowledge of the Lake Chapala area, keen intelligence and marketing savvy, plus a great sense of humor, combine to make Travis an excellent choice to help you achieve your real estate goals, whether you are looking to buy a home, or preparing to sell.

Erika Alamos

Erika Alamos

Real Estate Support Staff

Erika was born in Guadalajara and raised in Jocotepec, she made a short career in Kindergarten Education, got her GED in Denver where she lived for 3 years and is currently studying Nutrition. Her only daughter Kattya is in the University. Erika enjoys going to her Christian Church, learning new things and spending time with her family. 7 years ago she married an ex-real state agent named Terry Smith. Erika is very friendly and used to work at the restaurant Ajijic Tango for several years so she is well known from people in the area.
Maximiliano Barajas

Maximiliano Barajas

Real Estate Support Staff

Maximiliano Barajas was born and raised in Chapala Jalisco and comes from a family that has worked in the Electric Company (CFE), and he has a professional degree in Accounting in Public Accounting from the University of Guadalajara (UTEG). His work experience began in a Money Transport company where he basically carried out administrative activities. For almost 3 years he worked at the Notary # 2 of Chapala, where he acquired administrative and accounting experience as well as to learning about the processes of the notario publico. Max is proactive and always looking to learn more. He began his career in real estate in 2019 where he performs administrative activities, as well as assisting the agents for listings and closings. Max is also an integral part of Chapala Realtor’s finance and accounting management. One of his favorite hobbies is going on a trip!
Erick Barajas

Erick Barajas

Real Estate Transaction Specialist

Erick Barajas Ramos was born in Chapala, Jalisco comes from a family that has been dedicated for many years to the baking of breads and cakes, has a professional degree in Business Administration from the University of Guadalajara (UTEG). Throughout his life had several jobs, one of these was with the Chapala Municipal Presidency, where he had administrative duties in the areas of municipal comptroller, administration at DIF, accounting (Income and Expenditures and Municipal Treasury). In 2016, he began working in the local real estate agency with many administrative roles including assistance in documentation, agent support, and listings and closings. At Chapala Realtors he is specializing in transaction management (closings!), listings management, office administration, and accounting. One of his favorite hobbies is reading and each year he helps the needy by supporting a Christmas Posada that takes place in Mezcala, making sure everything runs smoothly!
Eva Sciosciole

Eva Sciosciole

Real Estate Agent

Eva was born and raised in Venezuela in South America and worked in multinational corporations throughout her career until a job opportunity in IT took her to Texas in the early 1990’s. She speaks Spanish and English fluently. Eva and her husband opened and operated their own successful business in Florida for many years before they made the decision of moving to Ajijic in Lake Chapala with their two lovable furry babies, Chloe and Chico. This area totally stole their hearts from day one, and she would love to be able to assist you and guide you in making this little piece of paradise your home too. Eva’s knowledge of the area will be instrumental in helping you find your ideal property. Being a dog lover, she has been very involved with the local dog adoption shelters and working the Spay and Neuter clinics for the local communities throughout the area.
Rich Varney

Rich Varney

Real Estate Agent

 

I fell in love with Mexico and its people when I moved here in 2009 with my wife, Lizzie, to start a new life. Being frustrated with having no Spanish skills when I first arrived to Mexico, I was determined to be able to communicate with the Mexican community. Thanks to a great deal of patience and persistence, I’m now bilingual. I understand first-hand the challenges and, at times, the frustrations that foreigners experience when coming to live and settle in Mexico. Besides my bilingual skills, I bring to the table a strong background in customer service, sales, product management, and market research. These skills, combined with 10 years living as a resident in Mexico, have given me a unique insight to life at Lakeside and the tools necessary to navigate the real estate market successfully. Whether it is guiding and advising our clients to find their ideal property or assisting and serving clients to sell their property, I am here to help. Don’t forget to check out my YouTube Channel where I upload weekly videos on buying Real Estate in Mexico. https://www.youtube.com/c/RichVarney

Anastasia Boyd

Anastasia Boyd

Real Estate Agent

Anastasia is a highly motivated and service oriented person who has served the needs of hundreds of people for over half her life… you don’t stay in the Real Estate business that length of time if you are not successful. Her Real Estate career began in Ontario, Canada in 1976 and in 1981 she moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and continued for 31 years until moving to Lakeside in June of 2012. Not wanting to leave her valued clientele without help in their future real estate needs, Anastasia is working with a great Realtor to refer her clientele to in Edmonton with confidence that her partner will look after them as she would herself. The main reason for moving to the Lake Chapala area for Anastasia was the discovery of a wonderful place to retire. She wants to share that with other people in her huge sphere of influence in Canada as well as her new friends in the area. She puts a great deal of effort familiarizing herself with Lakeside and the differences in the legal details, which impact the purchase and sale and ownership of property in Mexico.
Juan Macias

Juan Macias

Real Estate Agent

Juan Macias, is originally from Guadalajara based in Ajijic for 20 years. With knowledge of the culture, traditions, gastronomy and tourist places of the area. Sustainable energy entrepre¬neur, he is also a producer of wine, gastronomy, sports and cultural events. He is convinced that Rivera de Chapala is one of the best places to live. Being able to help clients find the best option and that they can live in one of the most beautiful places in Mexico is something unmatched. Finding the best option and your satisfaction is my priority!
Katie lbarra

Katie lbarra

Real Estate Agent

Katie lbarra is originally from Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. She became a permanent resident of Chapala in 2010. She speaks both English and Spanish. Katie has a passion for travel and has explored many coun¬tries. She always feels grateful to return home to her adop¬ted Chapala. She spent her first 8 years in Chapala telecommuting for a U.S. company. Her organizational skills, and proactive approach, led her to a successful 22-year career in project and event management. She partnered with clients and consultants to follow a scheduled process, manage obsta¬cles, and held all players accountable for a timely and posi¬tive outcome. Katie’s enthusiasm for life in the Lake Chapala area is infec¬tious. Her high standards for doing a job with integrity will be an asset when you partner with her for your real estate needs.
Linda Bissonnette

Linda Bissonnette

Real Estate Agent

I moved to Ajijic in 2016 from Santa Fe New Mexico. I find a lot of crossover between the two places. Both small, busy markets showcasing arts and crafts, music, plentiful great restaurants, and so much natural beauty. I sold real estate in Santa Fe, affiliated with Keller Williams as well as Sotheby’s International Real Estate. Both great professional homes. In my free time I like to travel! Europe, Turkey, Hawaii, and the US in an RV, ++. I haven’t done enough in MEXICO yet, but I will! I am passionate about different cultures. I love to cook and it’s always an adventure hunting down necessary ingredients to prepare a meal here, to share with friends. I also like to read, Dust On My Heart, by Neill James, a great read about life in 1945 adventuring around Mexico. I’m a Facebook fan, and I also enjoy just walking around Ajijic centro. Before I was a realtor I was a hairdresser for many years, usually the salon owner. I am truly a people person! The decision to move here was easy, after my first 6 month visit in 2010. I fell in love with the people, the stunning natural beauty and laid back life, I went home and made arrangements to move down permanently. I never looked back! Oh and my little white dog Mickey loves it here too! Now it’s your turn! Come on down. Let me show you the Lakeside life I fell in love with. Let me help you with the decisions that seem so mysterious!
Magda Silva

Magda Silva

Real Estate Agent

Magda Silva moved to Ajijic, Jalisco from Portland, Oregon but hails originally from San Francisco, CA. Magda is bilingual in Spanish and English and has been traveling to Mexico since childhood. Her studies include business management and non-profit management. Her experience includes retail banking manager, home loan originator and processor. She left the business world to follow her passion assisting patients with cancer. She continues to support organizations with cancer missions and donates part of her annual salary to such organizations. Magda enjoys being at the heart of the community she serves. She has been on the board of several organizations and a member of several community groups. Here is a partial list Member-South Bay, Chamber of Commerce, San Jose, CAMember-Rotary Club member, Ajijic, Jalisco and San Bruno, CABoard Member-North Peninsula Neighborhood services, S. San Francisco, CABoard Member-Migrant Student Foundation, Lewiston, ID. Magda enjoys everything Mexico-music, art, nature and most of all the warm people that make Mexico Magical.
Moy Aguilar

Moy Aguilar

Real Estate Agent

Moy is originally from Chapala and he has lived his entire life in the area. He studied Psychology and Flight Attendants. He was working at the Mexico City Airport for 1 year. He has enough experience in customer service, having worked in the banking environment at BBVA, ACTINVER and CI BANCO. Speaking about the real estate environment, he was an assistant of 2 different Brokers, having the opportunity to work as a real estate advisor for the last few years. 5 years obtaining very good results! Sales have been his passion and the only way to have better opportunities in life without any doubt. That’s why he is the right person to help you in all your needs to find or sell your property.
Jose Ocegueda

Jose Ocegueda

Real Estate Agent

Jose was born in La Barca, Jalisco in 1961 and moved to Mexico City before his first birthday. He studied at Instituto Politecnico Nacional,with a degree as Tecnico en Comercio Exterior and 2 years career Licenciatura en Relaciones Comerciales. He moved to Guadalajara, Jal.in 1986. He worked in a Telecommunications company for 10 years offering audio, video and data services; He was admin. manager of a CCTV company in Guadalajara;and Seguros Monterrey insurance agent before moving to the USA. There, he worked with contractors on construction projects at refineries, offshore platforms, chemical and power plants until he made the decision to move to Riberas del Pilar, Chapala, Jal. accomplishing a dream that he had followed for 7 years. Jose looks forward to the opportunity to work as a realtor for people who want to follow their dream of owning a property in Lake Chapala by guiding them from beginning to end.

Your Real Estate Team in Ajijic Mexico!

Let us work with you every step of the way so that your real estate experience here in Mexico is a great one! We would be happy to sit with you and work on a plan to make your real estate dreams a reality, contact us now!