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Well experienced in buying and owning property in Costa Rica.
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Sharing our story


My name is Melanie MacAllister. My husband, Luis Torres, and I are the owners of JB Real Estate Costa Rica. We are a family-operate business focusing on real estate sales and purchases in Central and Southern Pacific Costa Rica. What separates us from other companies is our unique backgrounds that have allowed us to intimately know Costa Rica and its people. I was born and raised in Costa Rica (my parents are American-born). I was home schooled and also spent several years in school in the US. I am fluent in Spanish and English. Luis is a native Costa Rican and is also bilingual. For many years we were both  employed by a property development and management company. This experience prepared us well for creating our own real estate company.

We would like to share our stories with the public. This way you can understand our love for living, working, and having fun in Costa Rica. It is a beautiful country with amazing people who share what they have and this way making you feel welcome. The Pura Vida culture is different, though, so be prepared when strangers walk by greeting you on the street.

Up until a year ago our home was Golfito, in Southern Pacific Costa Rica, and I always joked with Luis that it took him so long to walk down to the store, as he stopped every few seconds to greet neighbors. He knows everyone in that town.