Meet your RE/MAX We Sell Paradise Team



Meet Ben




Having designed his family’s dream home in the jungle of Ojochal ignited Ben’s interest in real estate, and he soon thereafter became the founding partner of We Sell Paradise. With over 9 years’ experience in real estate sales and property management, Ben has built a solid foundation of clients and is well-respected for the integrity, energy, hard work, passion and creative service he brings to every detail of the transaction. His current, local knowledge of the area and the market makes him well-placed to give honest advice and guidance to ensure his clients’ success.


Born and raised in Poland, Ben then spent two years living in Spain before immigrating with his family to Canada and finally building his family’s dream home in Costa Rica. Ben has been a passionate marathon runner for almost twenty years. He now enjoys his daily morning runs through the jungle with his dog Polka as well as participating in local races.

Zbigniew (Ben) Bodzak

(506) 8723-0795






Meet Heather




Heather Mann, a founding partner and managing broker of We Sell Paradise, has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Real Estate, becoming a licensed REALTOR® in Calgary, Alberta. Canada in 2004.

Heather has extensive experience with local and international real estate markets.


A licensed member of the Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS® (CRGAR), and an International member of the National Association of Realtors ( NAR), as well as  member of The INSTITUTE for LUXURY HOME MARKETING, holding many designations including CERTIFIED INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY SPECIALIST (CIPS), and a Resort and Second Home Property Specialist ( RSPS).


After Heather’s first visit to Costa Rica in 2005 she immediately knew she wanted to call Costa Rica her home, and in 2008 she made the transition and relocated permanently.

Proud to be a RE/MAX franchise co-owner, the number 1 recognized franchise globally!

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Heather is a sports enthusiast, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree of Physical Education, and is passionate about animals, especially her Doberman ‘2-2’, fishing, gardening and of course karaoke singing!


As a passionate and seasoned expert, Heather will provide you with a first-class experience.

Her reputation for honesty, transparency and great service will help you to achieve your dream property.



    Heather Mann

    (506) 8723-2323






Meet Dinia





Dinia was born and raised in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica.


Dinia started off as an office manager at RE/MAX We Sell Paradise but through the years she has obtained a wealth

of knowledge of our local area otherwise known as Costa Ballena.


In Costa Rica there are currently two real estate associations the Camara Costarricense de Bienes Raices and the 

Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors.


Dinia has proudly taken both of these associations courses and is now licensed with the

Costa Rica Global Association of REALTORS. 


If you like to dream and are interested to explore the paradise of Costa Ballena, just give Dinia a call. 






                 Dinia Otarola

                 Cell: (506) 8451-4590





Meet Chris




Chris comes from California with a background in real estate

and information technology. 


His real estate experience includes working in the past as

both a licensed real estate appraiser and licensed real estate broker in California.

Additionally, Chris has experience working in IT for real estate and

financial services firms. 


As an experienced residential real estate investor, he enjoys discussing investment ideas that could help make your Costa Rican dream property a reality.


      Born and raised in California, Chris enjoys the beauty and wild nature of the Costa Ballena area with the abundant outdoor recreational activities and wonderful quality of life. 


    As a recent transplant with his wife and furry 4-legged kids,he can share a timely and detailed perspective on what

     it takes to move to this incredible place and enjoy the pura vida lifestyle.


   Chris Schauer

   Cell: (506) 8705-7239








Meet Magaly




As an Ojochal native, my intimate knowledge of this region, and my experiences of having lived here all of my life give me enthusiasm and a desire to make my home, your home.


I have witnessed the transformation of my village throughout the years and I am proud of it’s friendly small-town feel.


As a Realtor, my first priority is to make my clients happy. I listen to my clients wants and needs to achieve the best outcome in every transaction and I strive to ensure that the home buying or selling process is fun, easy and stress-free.


I recognize and value the trust my clients place in me and I strive every day to exceed their expectations.


My enthusiasm for helping others and my local knowledge help me connect with clients and provide them with the best service possible.


I am thrilled to be a licensed member of the Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors.


When I'm not assisting my real estate clients, I enjoy spending time with family, and my German Shepard -Zues.



                  Magaly Avalos

                  Cell:(506) 8411-4245






Meet Anton



I obtained a BA Law Degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and soon after moved into the world of business and started a telecom brokerage which I have run for 10 years.  In life and business, my mantra is clear communication, transparency, and a win-win approach.


My interest in real estate began with learning renovation skills from my father.  While still in school, i began renovating, flipping, and renting houses.  After many successful projects in Canada, I moved my family to Costa Rica in 2018 to renovate an abandoned hotel.  With the project nearly complete I'm looking forward to building a house on the Tortuga River and starting a family.  


Helping friends find great homes in the Costa Ballena region became a passion.  So, I joined the best team in the area, RE/MAX We Sell Paradise, with over a decade of happy clients.  Whether you are retiring, moving your family, or just looking for a place to spend the winters, this is a wonderful area for a great life.  I'm always excited to show people around and help them find the perfect home! 


Anton Ry

Cell: (506) 8429 3767




Meet Emma



Emma was born and raised in Canadian cottage country where she learned to love and respect the great outdoors. She first became enchanted with Latin America when she was 16 years old and volunteered in a poor community in Oaxaca, Mexico.


When she finished highschool she lived in Mexico for three years and learned to surf, speak Spanish, and immersed herself in the culture. At 23 years old she moved back to Canada to complete her undergraduate degree in Spanish and her Master's on beautiful Vancouver Island. She first visited Costa Rica in 2017 for surfing and shortly after fell in love with the flora and fauna and decided to stay. She is now a permanent resident and the mother of two beautiful children.


Before joining RE/MAX We Sell Paradise she taught English in Costa Rica for five years. When she is not spending time with her family she enjoys bird watching, hiking, and going to dance classes. Her language skills, education, real estate training with the Camara Costarricense de Bienes Raices and extensive knowledge of the country can help you find the perfect place.



Emma Melinda Bennett

Cell: (506) 8401 6919






Meet Maria



My main Goal in Real Estate is to offer the client a Professional, Honest and Ethical Service with an easy-going process with outstanding, amazing results. Currently grateful to be part of a team under the Experience and Trust of a Company with 50 years of Happy buyers and sellers at RE/MAX.


I've worked as a Private Chef through the last 20 years of my life and as a Certified Holistic Therapist since 2018 besides my passion of helping friends/clients to either sell their property or find their dream one.


In my free time you will always find me outdoors in nature enjoying my beautiful children or practicing sports as CrossFit, Multifunctional or jugging through the hills of Ojochal.




  Maria Aragon

  Cell:(506) 4702-1307



Meet Jeremy



Jeremy is a local agent from the OSA region. His journey started when he decided to work as a property manager in the area for several years. This experience helped him gain a lot of business knowledge and discover his ability and commitment to protecting foreign investments. While working as a property manager, Jeremy started making connections and getting to know the real estate world. That's when he decided to take the plunge and quickly became a certified agent with the Costa Rican Chamber of Real Estate Agents (CCCBR).


"My previous experience as a property manager helps me see beyond the buying process and provide you with solid advice throughout. Working together, we can find what's best for you and make sure you feel satisfied after the process, which I understand is a very important decision. During my free time, I love enjoying the local beaches and their beautiful sunsets. Playing frisbee and volleyball with my nephews in the sand is an activity I truly enjoy. Overall, spending time with my family is something I treasure."




  Jeremy Rodriguez

  Cell:(506) 8464-2866