Meet our team!
Our team of realtors at Osa Tropical Properties are the best real estate agents in Costa Rica
Our team of realtors at Osa Tropical Properties are the best real estate agents in Costa Rica
Attracted by the sun, nature and the Pura Vida lifestyle, I moved to Costa Rica with my father at the age of 11. Then began a great adventure: beaches and rivers, horseback riding, jungle walks, all activities which, in addition to my studies, made me discover and appreciate the culture and the treasures of my new country. Licensed real estate agent, I am the owner of Osa Tropical Properties since 2014. With enthusiasm, I bring more than 25 years of experience in this country to the service of my clients, thus making the buying and selling processes easy. Fluent in French, English and Spanish, I look forward to welcoming you to Costa Rica’s most beautiful region, Costa Ballena.
Marcia brings a wealth of real estate investment expertise to OTP having begun her career as a real estate investor in 2000. She joined the OTP team in 2011. Her investment experience, knowledge of the local market and keen strategic thinking are key to her success as an agent. Marcia is a Certified Costa Rica Real Estate Agent and a member of the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN). Marcia moved from Calgary, Canada to Ojochal in 2006 to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the country. Marcia’s small dog, Karma, can often be found snoozing behind her desk in the office. She speaks English and Spanish.
I sculpt unforgettable experiences, leveraging my investment and local expertise, guiding discerning house hunters and investors worldwide through informative real estate tours, to acquire property and realize their dreams. I invite YOU to embark on YOUR journey—connect with me, your Certified Costa Rica Realtor, to explore this paradisiacal lifestyle, realize your investment goals or relocation to this tropical sanctuary. A personal quest for tranquility and balance led me to Costa Rica, bidding adieu to the corporate rat race in Toronto, Canada, embracing a more enriching lifestyle. This spirited decision to sell all my possessions, relocate, and immerse in the allure of Costa Rica culminated in realizing a life-long dream—I purchased land and created a boutique hotel in the breathtaking landscapes of Ojochal, the heart of the Costa Ballena region. My boutique hotel, a testament to dreams materialized, thrives under capable management, fostering a welcoming haven for global clients and travelers. My experience as an investor, fused with a wealth of well-honed sales, marketing, and negotiation skills, empower me to curate unparalleled experiences in luxury property transactions. Rooted in action, authenticity, and accountability, I forge deep client relationships anchored in trust and success. This proven track record echoes in my client testimonials, illuminating my commitment to excellence in every interaction.
Hello! I'm Richard Owens, and it has been a remarkable journey since joining Osa Tropical Properties in 2020. Over my 10 years in Costa Rica real estate, I've developed deep expertise in the real estate market, particularly in the captivating region of Ojochal. My passion for this profession began after a diverse career path that has shaped my unique perspective. Prior to moving to Costa Rica, I began my professional life by joining the US military in May of 2001 and serving for 6 years. I changed career paths in 2007 when I started working for a local bank, then switching to insurance in 2011. After living through a number of tragedies that seemed to follow my career choices in Alabama (9/11 while I was enlisted in the military, the market crash of 2008 while working in banking, and a series of devastating tornadoes while working in insurance), I decided it was time for a change of pace, scenery, and way of life. I moved to Costa Rica in 2012 to change my luck…. and it worked! I’m still here and wouldn’t want to have my home anywhere else. Like so many others before me, I fell in love with the immense and diverse beauty of this country, the friendly people, and I met my wife here (can’t get better than that!) In our free time, my wife and I love spending time on the incredible beaches of the South Pacific. Or you might find us enjoying lunch or dinner in one of the many exquisite restaurants in and around Ojochal. I have spent the last decade living in Ojochal and selling real estate here -- evaluating and selling properties and showing people how to make room for their dream life in Costa Rica. I am in my fourth year with Osa Tropical Properties now and I am grateful to all of the wonderful experiences I have had meeting clients from around the world and I look forward to meeting all of you one day soon, too!
Sea turtles and their protection motivated my first trip to Costa Rica in 2011. The beauty of the landscapes, the sweet life as well as the biologist in charge of the project won me over. A few years later I left Switzerland to settle in Ojochal. From then, I have enjoyed every day since watching my children grow up in this enchanting environment. Buying a property and then building a villa are events that I have experienced personally. I am delighted to be able to share my knowledge in this field and pass on the relevant information that has been useful to me, from the lot’s research to the inauguration of our house. In contact with the Costa Rican population and expatriates, I have learned a lot over the years about this country, its contrasts and its subtleties. Today, thanks to real estate, I can guide newcomers and help them with the concepts necessary for a peaceful installation, while showing my attachment to this welcoming country.
Mark Savoia is a former custom home builder from Ontario, Canada. He has been building homes for 23 years and has always loved real estate thanks to his wife, Ida, who has been a Realtor in Canada for more than 18 years. Through watching her in her element, Mark was inspired to shift his career towards real estate. Mark and Ida found Costa Rica to be their perfect place to call home after traveling here extensively. They decided to settle in Uvita based on the incredible beaches, the community, the restaurants, and the healing potential of living in this beautiful region. Mark’s extensive background in construction is his special asset with which he helps his clients find a place that they love to call home, whether they want to build new or purchase. “It is my passion to help people love where they live and I’m certain that Costa Rica will be a right fit for those like us because we simply LOVE it here.” – Mark Savoia
After only one visits to Costa Rica in 2009, my husband and I started daydreaming about moving to this amazing and beautiful country from Phoenix Arizona in the US. I come from a lifelong background of working in various management, sales and customer service industries. Leaving the “rat race” sounded like a dream and we were both ready for a change and an adventure. Once we made the final decision, we sold our home, cars and most of our belongings and moved within 6 months and never looked back. My life in Costa Rica began in December of 2011. I came to this country on a work visa and worked in sales for a company near the border of Nicaragua. Life was definitely an adventure living in such a remote region, and it was also a bit difficult because there were very few expats and very few conveniences in the area. On a bright note, I did learn to speak Spanish. After one visit to the Southern Zone (3 years later) we knew this is where we wanted to be. The spectacular beaches, rainforest covered mountains, stunning waterfalls and rivers are things you never grow tired of. Another thing that drew us here are the people. We are so lucky to have a wonderful mix of locals and expats and be part of such an amazing community. Making lifelong connections with people in the Southern zone is easy to do. We packed up again and made the move to this area in 2016 and are so happy we did. I have been working in real estate here in the Southern zone and helping people make their dreams a reality since the beginning of 2018. I am a certified Real Estate agent who speaks English and Spanish. I feel extremely fortunate and honored to be an Osa Tropical Property team member. People are my passion. Helping my clients navigate the real estate market here brings me so much joy. It is my goal to make the process as easy as possible for my clients. It would be my absolute pleasure to help you begin your new adventure or help you sell your home to begin your new chapter! Please contact me if you are interested
Jacob Mena Porras
Jacob, a local from Platanillo de Barú, is not just new to real estate; he brings a lifetime of experience and a deep connection to our region. Fluent in both Spanish and English, he hails from a hard-working agricultural family and has spent over 15 years in tourism, deeply involved in showcasing the best of our mountains and beaches to visitors from around the world. His journey to real estate is driven by a desire to share the joy and adventure of Costa Rica with others. “I’ve seen firsthand how happy people are when visiting or living in our country,” Jacob says. “I want to help more people find their own place here, to live their lives full of adventure, just like us.” In addition to his real estate aspirations, Jacob, along with his brother Christian, founded the Osa Canopy Tour in Cortes. This popular eco-friendly zipline adventure is not only thrilling but also educational, teaching tourists about the local flora and fauna. Their commitment to safety and environmental sustainability is evident in their careful treatment of the trees that support the ziplines, ensuring no permanent damage and regularly rotating their locations. Jacob’s unique background, his love for our community, and his commitment to sustainable tourism and real estate make him an invaluable addition to our team. He is excited to welcome you to Costa Rica and help you find your own place in paradise. We encourage you to reach out to Jacob for any real estate inquiries or to learn more about the wonders of our region. He is eager to share his knowledge and passion with you.
As a third-generation Realtor, Tonya Kershner brings a wealth of real estate investment expertise, underpinned by her family's extensive legacy in the industry. It's with great pride that Tonya continues this tradition, considering it an honor to uphold her family's esteemed legacy in real estate. Her knowledge of the local market and keen strategic thinking are key to her success as an agent. Tonya's journey to Costa Rica began in 2016 upon her arrival for the first time. Captivated by the rich culture, the untouched beauty of the jungles, and the serene beaches, she made the pivotal choice to relocate permanently and become a resident. Outside of her professional life, Tonya is a mother to three adult children who visit often. In her leisure time, she enjoys yoga and hiking; activities that reflect her deep connection to the natural splendor of her adopted homeland. Tonya is committed to delivering exceptional service and personalized guidance to her clients. Whether you're buying your first home, seeking a lucrative investment, or finding your dream property in paradise, Tonya leverages her extensive knowledge and personal insights to meet your unique real estate needs.