Melissa began coming to Costa Rica in 2009. It was love at first sight, and so Melissa traveled to and from Costa Rica continuously for 5 years until relocating here permanently in 2014. In doing so, she left her secure Canadian government job of 15 years, grabbed her cat and a suitcase, and never looked back. She is grateful to have made this important life decision, and she is equally grateful to now be able to help others enhance their quality of life by incorporating Costa Rica on either a part-time or full-time basis.
Melissa is well-versed in commercial and residential real estate in the geographic areas of Langosta, Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Playa Flamingo, and Playa Potrer. For three consecutive years starting in 2015, Melissa was the top-selling agent at Coldwell Banker in Tamarindo. In 2019, she decided to capitalize on her business expertise as an agent and owner of multiple successful businesses here in Costa Rica, and she joined forces with her business partner, Tony Monticello, a seasoned licensed United States and Costa Rica real estate agent with 20+ years of experience.
Together, Melissa and Tony grew a successful commercial and residential real estate brokerage known as the Coastal Commercial Group. In 2020, Melissa and Tony sought to merge their brokerage and wealth of experience in real estate with the brokerage and market share leader of KRAIN Luxury Real Estate and NAI KRAIN Costa Rica. Melissa is an agent in both the residential and commercial departments and has represented both buyers and sellers in countless transactions.
As Melissa states, “Over the years, I have gained so much knowledge of both markets and how they work. I truly enjoy seeing my client’s dreams become a reality and sharing this bit of paradise. I’m a firm believer in mutual trust and respect. I would never allow a client to be led down the wrong road or purchase something that I wouldn’t purchase myself. I remain friends with my clients and past coworkers and that makes me feel accomplished and satisfied. I look forward to many more exciting years here in this industry!”