Meet the Re/Max First
Choice Realty Agents
Cell: 622 112-2059
My work as a real estate agent began coincidentally but it has become one of the
most important things in my life. I like to do it; I like to be involved in one
of the most important decisions someone can make: to buy a real property.
I started my career in real estate by working for a large development company of
tourist destinations in Mexico and Central America called Situr. This experience
permitted me to be involved in the world of real estate sales, mostly to
foreigners. I know the sales and legal process in Mexico very well. Although my
native language is Spanish, I perform well in English and I always to do my best
to have satisfied clients. I am a current member of A.M.P.I. the Association of
Mexican Real Estate Professionals and am a licensed Real Estate Agent in Sonora,
I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. I am an adopted Sonoran for the last 30
years, a lover of this land and its people. My children and my husband are
Sonorans by birth. I am a good friend, I like to do what I am and to be what I
do. Contact me at email@example.com
Sheila Olson Cell: 622
I am Canadian and have lived in Québec, Manitoba, Alberta and now in Ontario.
Seven years ago my daughter and son-in-law discovered San Carlos, fell in love
with the area, and moved here from Alberta. My younger daughter, her then
boyfriend (now husband) and I were invited to share Christmas here in San Carlos
with them. I fell in love with San Carlos too and have been returning for longer
and longer visits every year since.
My background has been in sales for most of my career. I was a Sale Manager for
Avon Products in Edmonton, Alberta and won many sales awards before being
transferred into the Canadian Head Office of Avon Products in Montreal, Quebec
and assigned a position as a Category Manager for various product lines carried
by they Company. After a transfer to their Head Office in New Year City which I
declined, I opened my own business, a flower shop. We grew to three locations in
the West Island of Montreal before deciding to move out of Quebec to Ontario.
Settling in a small town was a new adventure, buying a farm, having horses,
steers, pigs, chickens, goats as well as the usual dogs and cats. A great
setting to bring up my two daughters!!
I sold the business and retired only to find I was bored. So I launched a new
career becoming a Real Estate Agent licensed for the Province of Ontario. Now
that I spend so much time here in San Carlos, I have joined Re/Max First Choice
Realty as a Real Estate Agent. I am now licensed here in the Province of Sonora,
Mexico and enjoy meeting Canadians and Americans who also fall in love with this
little piece of Paradise called San Carlos and want a little piece to call their
Don Swartz Cell: 622
As a frequent visitor to San Carlos over the past 20 years, my wife and I made
the permanent move to this beautiful little place by the sea in 2005. With 40
years experience in real estate sales and management with major builders and
developers in the US, the pace in San Carlos is a very refreshing change.
It is a pleasure to be associated with Remax First Choice Realty and the quality
projects and properties they represent. I am currently licensed in Sonora and
044 622 147- 1291
Real estate has always
been of interest to me. Over 30 yrs ago, in Vancouver Canada, I thought of
pursuing a career as a real estate agent but then life got in the way.
Kids, a home and job promotions kept me from taking that path. I worked
most of my life in the pharmacy/drugstore industry, from sales, store manager
and then into head office where I was the Operations Manager as well as Store
Fast forward many years and my husband and I decided we needed to get out of the
rat race and the rain. After visiting San Carlos for the first time we made the
decision to move here full-time and bought our new home while vacationing here.
We settled here and became part of the community right immediately. I
volunteered for Rescate Auxillary, our local ambulance service, and I have
recently become the President. My plan was to retire and do volunteer work but
after helping the REMAX office with open houses, I discovered I truly enjoyed
working with people and helping them with their home choices so I decided to
join the REMAX team as a real estate professional.
Hill Cell: 622-126-2112
Many years of experience in corporate administration and
human resources led me to launch out on my own and successfully create and
market a food distribution company. My background in the corporate field honed
my communication and interpersonal skills, creativity and self-motivation in
implementing and promoting a profitable company with over 100 line items in the
candy, chocolate, nut and trail mix food arena.
After retiring in the State of Montana, my path led me to
San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico in 2006, moving here permanently in 2009. For
approximately 5 years, I have had the opportunity to work with ReMax First
Choice Realty as an Open House Specialist and in doing so, the interaction with
potential customers renewed my desire to work again in the sales field
representing ReMax First Choice Realty as an Agent to meet the needs of our
clients in our beautiful, seaside town of San Carlos.
As a proud owner of a lovely home overlooking the Sea
of Cortez, I love to garden, beachcomb, and work with driftwood. My three
favorite girls are my perros - Jessie, Penelope (Penny) and Fannie Mae.
Marla Gonzalez Cell: 622-152-0193
I was born in California from Mexican parents
and I was raised to enjoy and respect the best of both the United States of
America and Mexico. In 2009 my life changed completely. My son Damian was born,
bringing me the greatest joy of my life. However, living in America made me a
little concerned as to how I would raise my son on my own. I wanted to keep him
secure and close to me at the same time. Although I managed for several years it
became harder for me to be a single parent and work. In 2012 I made the decision
to move to Guaymas to start a new life with my little boy. My new job gives me
the opportunity to be the best in what I do and the best mom every day.
In my previous careers I have worked directly with
customers, from Disneyland to Wells Fargo Bank in California and Arizona and
many more in between. I also had the opportunity to administer and manage
property in San Carlos. I finally found my track in Real Estate all thanks to
Diane Barroll and Georgina Bedran who are the best role models I could have. I
now consider myself having the time of my life! I love what I do! Real Estate
has become the best career I could have chosen.
Maria Luisa Ibarra Lemus
Maria Luisa Ibarra Lemus, known as “Luisa” by all, is the office manager of
Remax First Choice and sister company First Choice Property Management. She is
the smiling face that greets you in the front office and the nail that holds
everything together. As a lifelong resident of Guaymas, she is fluent in both
Spanish and English and our American and Canadian customers have greatly
appreciated her helpfulness in communicating with the locals in a foreign
country. She has a degree in Tourism from CBTIS 40 and has many contacts and
close relationships with the businesses in the State of Sonora. If a problem
needs to be solved, Luisa knows where to start.
Luisa and her husband Felipe are raising their eight year old daughter, Itzia
Jazmin, to value education and a strong work ethic. They provide a solid example
in their own lives and have set family goals that will assure their daughter's
acceptance into a respected university in the future. They recently bought a
home and take pride in entertaining friends and family during their free time.
Family is an important part of the Mexican culture, and Luisa spends as much
time as possible with hers.
In the past, Luisa worked as the manager at Marina Cantina, a popular restaurant
in San Carlos. She enjoys the many friendships she has made in her career and
especially appreciates the close bonds she has established with her employers,
co-workers, and customers. She is always happy to help with any task and takes
great pride in a job well done. With her sense of humor and jovial personality,
it is not uncommon for returning residents to pop in the office just to say hi
to her and get a hug from their favorite San Carlos friend.