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Retire In Lake Chapala Real Estate & Retirement Team

ABOUT Michaela


Michaela's story is one of discovery, reinvention, and a deep passion for helping others live their best lives. After a successful 12-year career as an air traffic controller in Canada, Michaela felt a calling to pursue a more fulfilling path as a Master Pilates Instructor. Over the next two decades, she helped thousands of people develop stronger, more resilient bodies and minds through the transformative Pilates method, as well as complementary practices like yoga and Theta Healing. Michaela's infectious enthusiasm and genuine care for her clients allowed her to guide them on profound journeys of physical, mental, and spiritual growth. One that would allow her to truly make a positive impact on people's lives.

After attending a Focus on Mexico tour group in Ajijic, Michaela found a breathtakingly beautiful place to call home. After meeting and marrying Ricardo, Michaela has found yet another way to make a difference - by helping others discover the joys of Ajijic and find their own perfect homes for retirement. With a heart full of gratitude and a deep appreciation for the beauty that surrounds her, Michaela continues to thrill at the opportunity to enrich the lives of all who cross her path, inviting them to come and experience Ajijic's magic for themselves and live their best lives ever.




Ricardo is a a driven and personable individual whose life has been shaped by a deep-rooted passion for helping others. Born and raised in the vibrant city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Ricardo's early years were marked by a keen interest in the world of business. He pursued a degree in Business Administration and Marketing, equipping himself with the skills and knowledge to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of commerce. However, it soon became clear that Ricardo's true calling lay in the genuine desire to make a positive impact on people's lives.

Over the years, his career path has taken him in various directions, but each step has been guided by his unwavering commitment to customer service. Whether working in sales, operations, or client relations, Ricardo has consistently demonstrated a rare ability to connect with individuals, understand their unique needs, and go above and beyond to ensure their satisfaction. This innate talent for empathy and problem-solving has become the driving force behind his current endeavor – helping people embark on a new and exciting chapter of their lives in the picturesque region of Lake Chapala.

Now, as part of the dedicated team led by Michaela, Ricardo strives to provide prospective residents with an abundance of honest, straightforward information. His deep understanding of the local community, coupled with his genuine enthusiasm for the area, allows him to guide newcomers through the process of relocation with unwavering support and transparency. By leveraging his extensive experience in customer service and his unwavering commitment to making a difference, Ricardo is poised to help transform the lives of those seeking a fresh start in the vibrant and welcoming community of Lake Chapala.



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Originally hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Katie Ibarra made the decision to become a permanent resident of the picturesque town of Chapala, Mexico in 2010, trading the Midwest for the sun-drenched shores of Lake Chapala. Despite the dramatic change in locale, Katie has maintained fluency in both English and Spanish, allowing her to seamlessly navigate the vibrant multicultural community she now calls home. A passionate traveler, Katie has explored numerous countries and immersed herself in a wide array of cultures, yet she always finds herself grateful to return to her adopted hometown of Chapala, a place that has clearly captured her heart.

For the first 8 years of her time in Chapala, Katie utilized her exceptional organizational skills and proactive approach to work remotely as a project team manager for a U.S.-based company, honing the exact skill set that has now made her a successful real estate agent in the local market. Drawing on over 22 years of experience in project and event management, Katie has developed a keen ability to partner with clients and consultants alike, guiding them through a structured process, adeptly managing any obstacles that arise, and holding all stakeholders accountable to ensure a timely and positive outcome. This unwavering commitment to professionalism and integrity is a hallmark of Katie's approach, and it is this same drive that she brings to her real estate endeavors, making her an invaluable asset to any client seeking to navigate the complexities of the local housing market. Katie's infectious enthusiasm for the Chapala lifestyle, combined with her high standards and dedication to her craft, make her the ideal real estate partner for those seeking to experience the beauty and vibrance of this enchanting lakeside community.

Thinking of making the move to Ajijic but don't know where to start?


You've come to the right place! We pride ourselves on being so much more than just Realtors. We are your guides to a new life and a new beginning in Mexico. We can help you find the right immigration lawyer, insurance brokers, health care facilities and, yes, even the right restaurant for that special night. is your one stop shop for information about Lake Chapala and in buying the perfect home for you.

Check out the Testimonials Page and see what our past clients have been saying about us.

Ajijic has one of the largest Ex-Pat Communities in Mexico. The area boasts the 2nd best climate in the world (according to National Geographic Magazine) with an average annual temperature of 22 degrees Centrigrade "72 F.  Homes require neither a furnace or air conditioning. Swim, golf and play outdoors every day of the year! Even during the rainy season (June thru October) it rains mostly only at night. Here, flowers bloom year around and hummingbirds are your constant companion in the garden.

Ajijic town is a picturesque and quaint Mexican village right on the shores of Lake Chapala with a multitude of art galleries, cafes,  tourist shops and handicrafts by Mexican artisans. Many of the walls are beautifully painted with murals depicting Mexican folklore and the natural beauty found around the lake. 

Save money and do more than ever before. Living in the Lake Chapala area means living for less then 1/2 the cost of living in the U.S. or Canada. This allows you to live in a nicer home and travel more, spend more on the grand kids or buy that new set of golf clubs.

With over 3100 members, the Lake Chapala Society and the Lakeside area supports over 80 groups and clubs. You'll never run out of things to do here. In fact, you'll wonder how you ever found time for work at all. The favorite saying here Lakeside is, "You need 6 more hours in the day and 4 more days in the week to do everything your want to do here." 

So what are you waiting for?

To find out more, contact us today.

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