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Erik Bartzik
Playa del Carmen, QR 77710
Cell: (984) 801-8535
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I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you and Bjoern for all the assistance you gave us throughout the sale process of our condo unit at Paseo Del Sol. Your local real estate knowledge and networking abilities with fellow agents helped move the sale process quickly. It was also important that you understood our development in order to market our property. As you know, this was not our first experience  in having you sell one of our properties in the area and could not imagine anyone else to have done the job better. 
Donna and Dominick Montano
After visiting Playa del Carmen for the last 10 years, I decided that I wanted a piece of paradise to call my own.  Through an internet search, I found AREA and Erik responded to my initial request.  After our first meeting, I knew that Erik would be a pleasure to work with, and was very knowledgeable about the area and many of the people.  He showed me different parts of Playa and explained the benefits/drawbacks of each.
We kept in touch via email once I returned home and Erik always kept me informed of new developments that might be of interest.  On my second visit, I knew I had found the place that would work for me and Erik and Bjoern helped me make my dream a reality.  During the entire process, I was never pressured to move faster or make a decision.  Erik said that I would know when I knew...and he was right!  
Bjoern made time to go over all the legal documents with me and answer any questions - and I had quite a few.  Erik continued to help me pay my property taxes, get electricity transferred, cable/wireless set up and a few trips to Walmart/Sam's Club for necessary items.  All things that would have been very difficult (nearly impossible) to accomplish on my own, especially since I'm not a Spanish speaker.
I would recommend Erik, Bjoern and AREA to anyone looking for someone that listens, doesn't pressure, and has a vast knowledge of the real estate market in the area.
Thanks Erik and Bjoern for all your help!
Ricannia Frates,
San Francisco, California.
December 2016


We recently purchased a property in Playa del Carmen and sold another property in the same area.   We would like to give a special thank you to the team at AREA International Real Estate, especially to Erik, our agent, and Bjoern, the owner of the real estate company.   We received excellent and professional service from both Bjoern and Erik.  Bjoern presented us with a list of all the details required,and a date everything was to be completed by...and he stuck to those dates!   Everything was on time.   AREA even helped handle the CFE transfer and all other details.   Bjoern explained about the need to have a factura -- something no other real estate company had ever mentioned -- and they helped us obtain the factura.   All correspondence & e-mails were answered extremely fast, even if it was just a quick note to say "I will check on that"   Wonderful, wonderful service!
We would highly recommend the AREA International Real Estate team to anyone who is interested in a stress-free, smooth real estate transaction.  We feel their team is the one you can trust.
Best wishes for their continued success!
Richard & Heather Gould
Alberta, Canada
May 2016 and September 2016


Hello Bjoern and Erik
Donna and I would like to thank you for the outstanding services you provided in selling our condo. Your professionalism from start to finish would have been hard to match. You had a marketing strategy for our unit that yielded a positive result. Once the sale was negotiated and signed, we were very impressed with the closing process for the final transfer of the title to the new owner. With you actually being the selling agent of our unit, we also saw how you took care of the buyer by providing him with above and beyond service to meet their busy needs.
We wish you continued success in your business and will gladly let our other neighbors in town know the integrity and client commitment that you have.
Dominick and Donna Montano
New York, USA
Sold in April 2016


Erik and Bjoern:

Our new condo is just perfect!  We are very grateful for Erik's pleasant manner and good listening skills to find us the Playa home we imagined.  We also appreciate your attention to detail in negotiating the deal and bringing it to an uneventful closing, Bjoern.  The whole experience with AREA has been a pleasure and we wish you continuing success!

Susan & Mitch Work

Northern Chicago

Purchased November 2015


I am writing a recommendation based on my  recent real estate transaction with Area International and in particular your personal service.
In my travels I make a point of taking my own ‘house hunters international’ (a reality TV show) tour by contacting three relators to view what the local area has to offer.

As usual, it is by chance what agency I choose, while in Playa del Carmen the first contact  made was with Area International and representative Erik Bartzik. Although it became obvious during our first introduction that I was dealing with a seasoned professional  little did I know to what extent the service would be. His patience in viewing a full range of available properties was never in combination of any pressure to buy.

Bjoern and Erik work as a team. Bjoern in detailed explanation of  legal and governmental requirements was truly professional.  Bjoern laid out the protocol and throughout his execution I had peace of mind and  complete confidence I was in the hands of the best.

However, more proof of their true dedication to their clients was yet to be revealed; during the transaction Bjoern chauffeured me to all the necessary offices and agencies, which as a visitor would have been impossible to do alone. Then I was again impressed when for two days not only did Erik tour me around to get familiarized with the area from a ‘local’s’ point of view, and he with his personal truck...drove me to stores, interpreted, assisted me in shopping, buying, loading and unloading items to help personalize my new vacation home.
All above and beyond any service I had ever experience as a consumer of any product/service!!

Thank you, Bjoern and Erik!!!!

Kindest regards,

Western Canada
Purchased december 2014



I have had the pleasure to have had his team of associates make the sale of our condo in Playa a profitable and as a hassle free experience as possible. The sale and closing of our property was done in a month. This could not have happened without the due diligence and tireless efforts put forth by your team. Communication and replies of emails and phone calls were almost instantaneous so both seller(myself) and buyer were always kept abreast of what was happening even at a great distance. I would highly recommend Bjoern and his associates to navigate any realty business in Playa. They were a pleasure to work with.

Jeff & Beth New Jersey USA
Sold July 2014




We were very happy with Bjoern and his team in the purchase of our condo in Playa del Carmel. Buying property is always a challenge, and more so in Mexico. However, Bjoern understands the ins and outs of buying a home in Mexico and made the experience easy. He was able to advise us at every turn on what was important and kept the process moving. His expertise was invaluable to us. I can't imagine working with anyone else after the time he spent making sure that everything went smoothly. He is extremely knowledgeable and professional. Because the Mexican bureaucracy can be difficult, it is important to have someone on your side who can get things done. His team was very helpful both before and after the closing to make sure that we were able to have a great buying experience. I would highly recommend Bjoern to anyone looking to buy a home in the Riviera Maya.

David & Noe
Purchased July 2014