Nancy Howze is Principal Broker for CDR Christie’s International Real Estate with over 25 years experience matching discerning clients with exceptional properties in both the US and Mexico. A seasoned professional, her expertise, knowledge and personal integrity exemplify the standard of excellence for which the CDR Christie’s International Real Estate brand is known.
With her deep understanding of local culture and tradition and firmly established position in the San Miguel community, Nancy is able to masterfully navigate the sometimes, daunting process of buying or selling property in Mexico. She understands acquiring property is a serious consideration and is expert at meeting the needs of each and every client to guarantee a perfect fit.
“Ensuring my clients’ happiness and helping them to be truly at home in San Miguel are my principal concerns.”
Marketing + Sales
Ann Dolan is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CDR Christie’s International Real Estate. A seasoned professional, Anne’s depth of knowledge about the San Miguel market has been fortified with over twenty years of experience. She established her career as a partner in Casas de San Miguel– a full service real estate agency including sales, property management, and rentals– that was successfully sold several years ago. Highly regarded and trusted within the San Miguel community, her expertise is surpassed only by her love of local culture and delight in fulfilling her client’s dreams and expectations and matching buyers with sellers.
Anne Martin Jones
Anne’s attachment to San Miguel began in childhood, with family visits to the town. In 1996, she left her native Texas to permanently call the city home. Her life’s work has been in sales, first as a co-owner of The Rocking Horse children’s boutique, and culminating in premier residential real estate for the past twenty years.
Anne’s love for and knowledge of the business are perfectly suited to her delight for matching people and properties, as evinced by the many loyal clients who bring their repeat business and referrals to her at CDR San Miguel. Her easy-going style and warmth, community involvement, long-standing connections, and enthusiastic post-sale support provide her clients with a ready entrée to the San Miguel lifestyle, an invaluable service not found in every real estate company.
The daughter of a successful real estate broker, Carolina was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to San Miguel twelve years ago to start her own family. The real estate business has always been part of her life. Although she spent the past ten years as an educator, fate brings her back to her family roots. Whether you are looking for a small cozy home or a 500-hundred acre ranch, Carolina will be glad to join you in your journey to the perfect property for you.
Claudia lived most of her life in Mexico City, where she studied fashion design and gained an appreciation for design and architecture from different countries and cultures. While visiting the San Miguel de Allende for the first time fourteen years ago, she was amazed by the beauty of the city, which she called “My Little Florence,” because of the similar feelings it evoked.
Like many visitors, Claudia fell in love with San Miguel’s beauty, design, architecture, culture and people, whom she found very easy to meet and realized that she could relate seamlessly with the foreign community, thanks in no small part to her English fluency.
Now a permanent resident of San Miguel, Claudia realizes that to look for a home, it takes love, dedication and professionalism. She believes that to make a connection with a property you must first feel its beauty and transfer it to your customers. Claudia has a natural eye and a passion for beauty, design and architecture, which her clients clearly appreciate and continually benefit from.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Denise is a passionate professional baker who enjoyed a bilingual and bicultural environment. She graduated from the American School and then studied Montessori Education, while assisting in a highly successful family real estate business. Next she traveled and lived abroad in Europe and South America, settling in Argentina where she began to raise a family.
Twenty years ago she returned to Mexico to live in Puerto Vallarta where she worked in sales, first as the manager of the largest import and distribution company of Balinese clothing in Mexico, then for six years in Real Estate with two prestigious firms.
Denise moved to San Miguel de Allende a little over a year ago and is very happy to have joined CDR/Christie’s International where she works as a team together with her partner, Doug Robinson.
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Doug managed to excel in two simultaneous careers: one as an award-winning music producer, playing 16 instruments and recording with a long list of jazz giants, and one as a vice president of The AdGap Group, an innovative creative marketing company where he designed promotional campaigns for Fortune 1000 companies.
Just as he was getting ready to take an early retirement in 2004, he came to San Miguel de Allende to visit an old friend and fell in love with the town, the music and the people. Since his arrival in Mexico, he has continued to produce sold-out concerts around the country as well as joining CDR/Christie’s International Real Estate where he works with his wife, Denise Rosenfeld.
Elsa de la Garza y Liekens
Elsa was born in Mexico City, where she developed an interesting and successful Interior Design career and attained valuable experience in assembling and managing high-decoration stores such as Thomasville, Broyhill, Clayton Marcus, and Galerías Rattan, among others.
Because of her great affection for human beings, her interest in a healthy life, and her awareness of an environment friendly food production, she is a founding partner of Aires de Campo, an organic products company.
Elsa lives in San Miguel de Allende. She has four years’ experience in real estate, a profession that gives her the opportunity of fulfilling people´s dreams, finding the ideal home for her clients.
After 30 years of visiting San Miguel de Allende, the dream of living here has finally become a reality. The beauty of a career in real estate is that by listening to and understanding my clients’ needs and wants, I can now help them fulfill their dreams as well.
Gisela Zavala Kugler
Born in Mexico City from German mother and the head of a prominent family of San Miguel de Allende, Gisela has been involved with the community since before she moved to San Miguel over 20 years ago with her husband and two daughters. Her knowledge of three languages allows her to communicate well and understand the uniques of different cultures and personalities. Gisela has worked in home rentals and property management and she is not afraid to take on new challenges as real estate trends evolve. She understands the emotions involved in moving to San Miguel, a unique place to live and invest, and is sensitive to the buyers and sellers needs. She is very organized and works with attention to detail.
Ivonne knows sales. She knows them so well, in fact, that in 2005, she was the #1 beauty consultant of Mary Kay’s Mexico division, beating out 20,000 other consultants to win first prize in personal sales! In 2004 and 2006 she was among the top five beauty consultants. As you can imagine, that’s a lot of sales.
Ivonne has also served clients in the corporate arena, including big names such as Kellogs, Hard Rock Café, Quaker State, and Marriot, and has held numerous managerial positions in the various companies for which she’s worked. She’s even had her own business as an event planner, which started originally when friends and family were so impressed with her parties that they began asking her to organize their weddings, theme parties, first communions, etc. Her clients also consisted of small businesses and corporations for events like conventions and company Christmas parties.
What’s more, Ivonne knows San Miguel, and she is bilingual and bicultural, so she can serve all sectors of the San Miguel community equally well. Her friendly, sincere personality and self-confidence inspire trust, and we consider her a great addition to the team.
Originally from Mexico City, Ivonne has lived in the United States and Amsterdam, and has traveled extensively in Latin America, Europe and Asia. She received a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Monterrey Institute of Technology. (ITESM) She also studied Business Trade and Marketing at the Hogeshool voor Economische Studies (HES Amsterdam School of Business) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
In her free time Ivonne enjoys music, singing, dancing and traveling.
She will love to help you find the house of your dreams.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Jessica continued on to obtain her master’s degree in Logistics while working for L’Oreal’s’ Logistics and Production Department in Madrid, Spain. She then returned to the Americas to work for the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce in New York City.
Ready for a change from the rush of big city life and years of traveling, Jessica returned to San Miguel de Allende in search of her roots and to work in an environment where she could combine what she loved best, time with her family and her love for her hometown.
From the moment Jessica entered real estate business, she quickly gained the trust and confidence of her clients. Her deep knowledge of San Miguel and being 100% bilingual and bi-cultural makes her a great agent to help clients buy or sell their home.
A world traveler and adventurer, John along with his two young children and dog Scout, have called San Miguel home now for many years. John is a former internet executive in the US, and high level business advisor here in Mexico. John now uses his extensive background in Sales and Marketing strategy to help his clients with their every Real Estate need in unique and very productive ways. John is well known for offering his clients the perfect combination of friendly and professional service from start to finish. That is why John is quickly becoming known as the Local’s Choice for Real Estate here in San Miguel.
Laura Hernandez P.
Laura is one of our agents who is a true “sanmiguelense.” She has lived her entire life here with a brief stint of 8 years in Long Beach, California as a teenager. She entered into a career in real estate in 2001 and has been in direct sales since 2005. Her background has always been in customer service, which is a valuable accompaniment to the real estate business.
Finding those perfect homes for clients or assisting sellers when they are selling their homes takes a skilled person who can help one walk through the process. Laura loves her hometown, enjoys meeting new people, and likes the flexibility that real estate sales gives her, so she can spend more time with her family.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Peggy comes to CDR from the unique perspective of having lived in San Miguel since 1960 and having witnessed fundamental changes in her adopted town. At 18, she married Manuel Zavala, with whom she had five children—and when Zavala was elected Mayor of San Miguel, Peggy became the first US-born First Lady. She taught cooking at the Instituto Allende, ran a catering business and, for fifteen years, taught aerobics classes.
Then, 37 years ago, she was invited to sell real estate and found that she not only loved matching people up with the homes of their dreams, but she was good at it. She says she can tell many, many stories about the San Miguel of old. For Peggy, the town has changed—countless times over—but retains the original spark it had when she came here fifty-five years ago. It’s very different, but she loves the town even more now.
Peggy has been a dancer all her life, with a particular fondness for the Tango.
Roberto Scott Vildosola
Bobby was born in Mexico City of an American father and Mexican mother. Since he was a teenager in Mexico City, he had a fascination for San Miguel, always spending some weekends and vacation time with family and friends to enjoy the wonders of the region.
Later in life, his son moved to this town and he followed. Their background is in organic farming and compost technology. Love for farms led them to grow organic vegetables and to produce compost in volume for gardens and ranchos in the area.
His experience in geology, business, English, and the love of architecture, beautiful homes, haciendas, farms and the rural country side of Guanajuato, the warmth of the “sanmiguelenses” and the American Canadian/Canadian community plus previous real estate experience in Cancun, led him to the real estate world of San Miguel, deciding to join CDR.
Shari Reynolds brings an impressive array of experience in digital and new-media technology to the luxury home market and the CDR Christie’s International Real Estate team. A resident of San Miguel de Allende for over 14 years, Shari was ahead of the electronic media curve when she founded an Internet start-up in Austin, Texas. Her extensive knowledge and love of Mexico and expertise as a luxury lifestyle consultant– promoting commercial and residential properties through all phases of digital and print media– gives her clients a creative advantage in San Miguel’s luxury real estate market.