There are many real estate agents in Bolivia. Called “agentes inmobiliarios” or “agentes de bienes raíces”, they sell and rent out properties belonging to others in exchange for a commission, pretty much just as they do anywhere else in the world. Agents can help you buy, sell, rent or find a property in
which is an option for housing in Bolivia
that is not widely available in other countries. In purchase/sale situations real estate agents charge the seller. But in rental situations, real estate agents charge the renter.
Expat Services has partnered with Legacy Bienes Raíces, owned by Mario Villafan, who lived and worked in San Francisco, California for over 30 years prior to moving back to his native Bolivia. Not only does Mario know the Bolivian housing market, he and his family are fully versed in what it means to live as expatriates. Mario is bilingual and will guide you in your search to find a home or land to purchase in Santa Cruz. For more on Mario, please read his biography, located at the end of this page.
See a sampling of some houses for sale in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
How we work with you
When you send your inquiries to BoliviaBella.com, you are interacting with people who actually live and work in Bolivia. All of the information you receive is first-hand information based on personal experience and/or expertise. Since we receive up to several hundred messages a month at BoliviaBella.com, and since we make every attempt to respond to each one, we must limit our online time to ensure every website visitor possible will receive an answer from us.
Therefore, we respond to your first three questions free. After this, if you should require an in-depth analysis/opinion about a service you are seeking, then we can set up a 1-hour appointment to answer questions in person if you are already in Santa Cruz, at a cost of $30 dollars. If you are not in Bolivia yet, you can submit your questions to us by email and we will charge the same flat fee of $30 dollars for up to 20 questions.
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A word of welcome from Mario Villafan
Welcome! Whether you are coming back or relocating temporarily to Bolivia, we wish your stay to be joyous, adventurous, and an unforgettable experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Santa Cruz is the largest city and state of Bolivia and it is occupied by more than 2.4 million people. The people of Santa Cruz live by a motto: "it is law of the people of Santa Cruz to be hospitable to newcomers". You will find this motto to be true as you find new long-lasting friendships.
Santa Cruz is the most culturally diverse city of Bolivia, where you will find nationals from other states of Bolivia and other citizens of South America, the Caribbean, North Americans, Europeans, Asians and Africans. Santa Cruz is also a dynamic hub for entrepreneurs including headquarters for the most important Bolivian business entities of the country. Due to the large territorial outer and inner city limits of Santa Cruz, it is important that you begin your house hunt by visiting various neighborhoods. While comfort is important, I also believe that location and safety are the most important factors when establishing a new way of life.
The philosophy of our business is to place your needs first, and assisting you in achieving your housing needs is our primary goal. Having lived in the United States for nearly 30 years and having traveled throughout Latin America with my family, I know the importance of finding adequate housing that includes, comfort, location, and safety.
Again, we wish you a fantastic stay in Santa Cruz and if my office can be of guidance to finding your next home do not hesitate to contact me.
I am a Bolivian native. I lived most of my life in the United States, so when I speak of a new learning experience, it has to do with me returning to live in my native country. I lived nearly 30 years of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area where I studied and worked. During the last year of high school, I met with wife, Lissette, a native of El Salvador, Central America and we have 4 children ages, 17, 10, and twins aged 6. My wife has also lived, worked, and studied in the Bay Area.
In my professional career I worked as a Personal Banker, Social Worker for Child Protective Services, and for the last 12 years and prior to moving back to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, I got a chance to purchase 2 real estate franchises and opened 2 offices to start my professional career in this industry.
Relocating to Bolivia to live and work had always been a personal goal that is now a reality. Along with this reality came a new learning experience since real estate is different in Bolivia when compared to doing real estate business in the U.S. although I choose to apply the same ethical principles that I applied to my business in the U.S. which is to do what is in my clients best interest.
Keep in mind that Bolivia is an emerging nation with much potential for growth, but it all requires getting the right advice, having patience, making decisions, and adapting to a new way of life. Remember that most problems exist in the space between our ears and most are solvable when we approach them with a solution in mind.
Cheers to you in making this important transition in your life and if my services can make your transition smoother, do not hesitate to contact my office.
Mario J. Villafan