Until February this year we had never heard of Utila. And would never have dreamed of buying property in Honduras. And even if we did, never a small resort. So when we saw a picture of a small resort that we loved on the internet - the ocean, the reef, the forest and the remoteness, we were still highly skeptical that we could do it. Too complex. Too many unknowns. Too risky.
But we were incredibly fortunate to meet Brad Ryon, the owner of Utila Realty. He helped us through the entire process. From the first call, he patiently answered basic questions about Honduras and Utila, property ownership laws, local customs and the experience of others that had gone before us. Because he has lived on the island for many years, he has a vast depth of knowledge, but we also never felt like he was selling to us. He gave honest answers to all our questions, pointing out pitfalls and risks as we went. Then when we visited the island he came well prepared with information about the properties we were interested in, as well as others that may be suitable too. He took more than a day showing us around not just the properties, but also the town, the Cays and the whole island so we could get a better sense of what life on the island was like.
And then, during the final stage of the process - completing the sale - he handled all the details very professionally. Connecting us with a good local lawyer, handling all the paper work, staying in regular communication, and promptly responding to any questions and handling any issue that came up. Without him we never would have or could have done this. His efforts were not limited to closing the deal - he also answered questions about anything else we needed to know (like opening a bank account, where to buy stuff, etc.), going way above and beyond what a typical realtor would go.
He ALWAYS acted with great professionalism, with patience and a friendly and good-humored style, and most importantly with absolute integrity. We have not known Brad very long yet, but we would do business with him again anytime.