What Escala customers are saying about their experiences:
We made the decision to buy and then navigated through many issues from getting a Brazilian taxation number, to understanding the contracts and learning how to move money between countries.
To be honest, looking back it was a lot of work, but we would do it all again.
We got great advice from our Brazilian lawyer (Peixoto and Associates) and tremendous support from the Daniel and Hanna Neves who represented the developer (Escala Properties) and will also be managing the rental of our unit.
We also contracted with Hanna to have our unit furnished. Furnishing the unit ourselves would have proven very difficult and Hanna decorated it tastefully and within our budget. It is always helpful to be surrounded by great people.
-Betty-Anne and Mark Ouellette
Daniel and Hanna are quite the nicest real estate couple I have ever met in my life, in any country, ponto. I fell immediately for both Daniel (he reminded me of myself when I was younger) and his beautiful wife Hanna.
What impressed me about them (apart from their liveliness, charm, intelligence and deep local knowledge) is their ability to given genuine and honest investment advice … and not just push property – this is vital if the foreign investor is going to avoid mistakes.
– John Innes
Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK
I want to express my genuine gratitude to Escala particularly Daniel Neves for his professionalism, ethics and knowledge of his business and the market. Being new to international real estate investment I feel fortunate to be aligned with the people at Escala. Early on I had many questions, concerns and scenarios yet Daniel answered all my correspondence with impeccable detail and always to this date keeps telling me “keep asking that’s what we are here for”. Although I am thousands of miles away I have full confidence in Daniel and Hanna that my best interests are at the core of this relationship. I look forward to many years of opportunities and there is no other firm I will engage with but Escala.
– Paul Williams
I met Hanna and Daniel Neves in June 2010 at an International Living Conference in Toronto and ended up buying a condo in Fortaleza, Brazil. My experience with both of them from the beginning, i worked more with Hanna, was extremely good. Hanna, is very professional and oversees all aspects of the deal, from the unit reservation to making sure the developer keeps up with sending receipts (with exchange rates) for each deposit made. Both Hanna and Daniel are hard working and have the passion for real estate. It is a good feeling to know that whatever question I have, Hanna will follow up on it and my question will always be answered. Brazil and more specifically, Fortaleza are definitely in the path of progress and I would, without a doubt, feel confident to invest again with Hanna and Daniel.
– Catherine de Villada
February 15, 2011
I am writing to express my appreciation for the exceptional service you and Daniel have provided in connection with my purchase of a condo unit in Fortaleza. It is the first time I have ever purchased property “site unseen”, which is a testament to the confidence and trust I developed with you and Escala. You were always prompt with responses to my questions, and patient when I needed detailed explanations. I found the ability to communicate almost instantly by telephone or email to be invaluable. My only disappointment has been with one of the tax issues where you were mislead by your financial professional (now departed I understand). However, even with that stumble, I am quite happy with my investment. I especially appreciated the extra personal service in arranging for my CPF number, shopping for furnishings, and renting my unit within a few days of completion. I can highly recommend you and Escala as a professional, service oriented company that can be trusted. Don Smith Denver, Colorado.
– Don Smith
February 17, 2012
To whom it may concern:
I had a very good experience in my business dealings with Daniel Neves and Escala International of Fortaleza. They provided me with all the professional and personal contacts required to help find a suitable investment and in concluding my transaction. I would recommend them to anyone looking for Fortaleza real estate opportunities!
– Jeff O.
This is my unsolicited review of Daniel Neves and Escala Properties.
I have never met Daniel Neves in person. Have never bought anything, sold, rented, leased anything, or even had him furnish or manage one of my properties. Having said that, if I ever had occasion to do any of the above, Daniel is the first person I would turn to.
I bought a condo in Fortaleza directly from the developer several years ago. The developer ran into some labor problems and the project was not finished on time. I was referred to Daniel by a third party and he has been my savior. I was unsure of what to do with the property and had initially called on him to sell it for me. An ordinary realtor would have jumped on the opportunity for a listing, especially with someone unfamiliar with current Fortaleza properties and prices but not Daniel. He looked at my condo location and said it was one of the best in the project; that prices were currently depressed because the project was behind schedule and therefore it was not a good time to sell. He told me about Brazilian law and what options I had because of the delay in completion. Something I would never have known about without Daniel’s input.
I found him to be extremely well informed, genuinely concerned, honest and tremendously helpful to someone whom he had only met by e-mail.
I kept the condo, as he advised and when it’s finished you can be sure I will let Escala Properties furnish it and then manage it as well.
If I ever decide to sell, I will again turn to Daniel and Escala Properties. If I decide to buy any more property in the Fortaleza area (that I may well do) I will go straight to Daniel and follow his recommendations knowing that I was getting honest and informed advice. I have no hesitation in recommending that others do the same.
I took a chance and invested in a pre-construction contract for a two bedroom ocean view unit in Fortaleza Brazil. My plan was to get builder financing and take possession of the unit and lease it out. At the time of completion builder financing was not available, so I had no choice but to sell my contract.
The builder was no longer doing business with the land consultant that I worked with when I purchased the unit so I was stuck. I went down to Brazil to meet with my representative to the builder and she highly recommended Daniel and Hanna from Escala properties to help me. Both of them came to the builders office to meet with me and explain my options and how each option will play out. Both Daniel and Hanna were very professional and was clearly educated in international real estate matters. But what was most important to me was that they understood my situation and they sincerely cared and wanted to help me.
While I was still in Brazil they took care of all the legal matters… that I knew nothing about. Hanna was my POA, and yes, she is very trustworthy. My unit sold after only being listed for a short time during a very challenging market, and I was even able to make a small profit!
It is very clear to me that if I did not have Daniel and Hanna to help me get through this situation I most likely would have lost my entire investment. Something that I was not in a position to have happen.
New York State, USA