A few of Team LVS Marbella. Left to right. Karen Penfold, James Johnston, Diana Díaz, Yoichi Kato and Dan Wardle.
Meet the Luxury Villa Sales team
Diana Díaz - Office Manager
I am originally from: Colombia
Places I have lived: Colombia(Bogotá), United Kingdom (Cardiff and London) and Spain (Marbella)
Why I chose to live in/what I love about Marbella: Coming from a busy capital like Bogotá, and after living for several years in London, I love the fact that Marbella has a lot of life and some city vibes. Yet without the stress and hecticness of large cities. It has the perfect balance and for me it's quality of life has no parallel in Europe. Marbella is very multicultural yet it preserves it's Spanish warmth and charming character.
What I love about my job: What I love the most is supporting the Luxury Villa Sales team and looking after its wellbeing. I find this a very rewarding part of my role and I believe the success of any company depends on the happiness of its team. There is a lot of movement dealing with the day to day running of an office and this perfectly fits my character. I am a very multi-tasking person with lots of energy and running the Marbella LVS office makes great use of these qualities.
What I enjoy doing when not at work: Spending time outdoors in nature is the perfect plan for me. Either at the beach or in the countryside. I find it relaxing and energising. Living here in Marbella we are privileged to be able to choose between a wide variety of nature-related activities. Either a walk on Marbella´s beach promenade with my family, with friends having a picnic in the countryside or relaxing by myself reading a book at the beach. The Marbella area offers countless great opportunities.
Interesting fact about me: I am super curious about many topics but one of them is nutrition. I LOVE desserts and I have a passion for cooking creative-healthy desserts to calm my sweet cravings without the bad additives and refined sugar the food industry offers at the moment. Marbella has plenty of organic farmers markets with fresh local produce I like to use in my creations.
Yoichi Kato - Sales Advisor
I am originally from: Sweden with origins from Japan
Places I have lived: Sweden and Spain
Why I chose to live in/what I love about Marbella: I love Marbella and Costa del Sol because of the healthy lifestyle and the international environment. Marbella has a high quality of life and an excellent all year round climate. Who can say no to 320 sunny days a year. I really like the Mediterranean lifestyle and the Andalucian culture. Also of course all the great Spanish food, fine wines and cavas.
What I love about my job: There are so many things to love about Marbella and the luxury property market. I love to help clients find their future dream homes. I really like the Marbella property market and the beautiful architecture. I enjoy finding high quality properties, villas and apartments for my clients. Here in the Marbella area I can offer you the most stunning and amazing luxury properties. Built to the highest of standards with world class architecture to meet the demands of all our clients.
What I enjoy doing when not at work: I love all kinds of outdoor activities like golf, skiing and beach side walks. The weather here allows you to enjoy all these healthy things all year round. I love the Spanish food and enjoying a nice bottle of wine, or a Cava.
Interesting fact about me: Before joining the real estate world I worked as a Private Banker for many years in Sweden. I love to meet, and find it very interesting to get to know, all kinds of people from all over the world.
Daniel Wardle - Sales Advisor
I am originally from: England
Places I have lived: England and the amazing Marbella
Why I chose to live in/what I love about Marbella: I love living here because the sun is always out and its nice and warm. The people here are very friendly and the food is great. To be able to bring my daughter up here in the sun and for her to enjoy being outside playing in the garden or on the beach is a dream.
What I love about my job: I love being able to help clients buy a property here and live the best life in the sun like me and my family do.
What I enjoy doing when not at work: Spending time with my family. Trying new restaurants with friends. Playing golf on the best golf courses in europe and also playing football with friends.
Interesting fact about me: I used to play football for the UK club Leyton Orient and have played football against Chelsea and Sevilla.
Paul Bell - IT Manager
I am originally from: England
Places I have lived: England and here in sunny Marbella, Spain
Why I chose to live in/what I love about Marbella: I moved here for quality of life back in 2005 with two young daughters. It is a great place to bring up a family. I wanted my daughters to experience another culture, living a healthy outdoor lifestyle away from hand held devices. In a place where they could make friends from all over the world and learn a second language. Spain is a very family centric culture and children are welcome everywhere you go. Of course the fact the sun shines over 320 days a year and the earliest it gets dark in the winter months is 6 pm helped!
What I love about my job: I love informing others about what is so great about Marbella. Producing exciting marketing content, great videos and websites representing spectacular Marbella area properties. Also learning new technologies and using these to reach potential global buyers.
What I enjoy doing when not at work: I love the outdoor Mediterranean lifestyle. Kayaking and paddle boarding on the Mediterranean. Hiking and cycling in spectacular Andalucian scenery. I am also a motorcycle and car fanatic. Spain is a heaven for 'petrolheads' with spectacular empty roads. There are so many great places to visit and explore.
Interesting fact about me: I guess proof of my hobbies. I cycled across Spain from the north to the south coast in 12 days. Along with a friend I drove a Ferrari in the famous 4 day Mille Miglia race in Italy. We drove the race car from Nottingham in the UK to Rome and back as part of the same adventure.
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Carin is never pushy and never oversells. Still, she is firm in her advice. Her property knowledge is great as well. Carin also responds to any questions or concerns quickly.
I find that Carin genuinely believes that the most important thing is that we find the right property for us. She genuinely puts me as the buyer first. I value that so much in an Agent.
I can highly recommend Carin as your preferred and trusted agent in the Marbella market.”
Carin has created her own marketing videos for social media to promote my house. And, LVS has advertised my estate in local magazines.
Carin has been very responsive to any of my questions and given me feedback after each viewing she has had.
I find that she has been very good at qualifying buyers before she allows them to come to view my property. She has also been determined to receive the highest offer possible for my property.
Carin and I cooperate and communicate very well. It is a pleasure to work with her. I strongly recommend Marbella LVS as the agent to list your property. I would definitely list with her and LVS again.”