• Report: #820169
Complaint Review:

J. P. Wilson Developments

  • Submitted: Mon, January 09, 2012
  • Updated: Tue, February 12, 2013

  • Reported By: Paul — Michigan United States of America
J. P. Wilson Developments
Puerto San Luis of Tilaran, Guanacaste Internet United States of America

J. P. Wilson Developments JP Wilson Developments A Purchase Agreement won't protect you "Buyer Beware" Interne

*Consumer Comment: Paul; Recommendation of Terry Moran as alternative to J.P. Wilson

*Consumer Comment: Buy your property in the USA

*Author of original report: Yes Wilson also uses Alhambra another alias

*Consumer Comment: Why is this guy still in business

*Consumer Comment: Would you be interested in an interview

*Author of original report: Wilson Owes me money and won't pay it back stay away from Wilson

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: The Hunts Deal

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I went to Costa Rica in September  2011 to attend an International Living Magazine conference. During the conference we went to John Patrick Wilson's booth. He had the Lake Arenal properties for Buena Vista for sale, also known as Yes Arenal. He invited us to come view and stay at his property for a few days. We accepted. 

John Patrick Wilson and his staff are very nice at first but watch out.

We entered into an agreement and gave a $2500 deposit on what we thought was our dream vacation home in September, 2011. This agreement was subject to our Attorney's approval.

You see, we heard so many horror stories about Americans being ripped off buying property in foreign countries so we wanted to be extra careful and let an Attorney review the agreement before we made any kind of a real commitment . [continued below]....

A couple of days after we signed the agreement and the contract was under review with our Attorney, we received an email from the John Wilson staff stating "they wanted $15,000 more right away". We immediately notifed and forwarded the email to our Attorney. Thank goodnes we didn't give John Wilson anymore money. 

He takes you around to various places including restaurants and even had a business owner lie and say they own property in the subdivison. We found out later one guy was lying about his residence.  Extremely unprofessional. He kept our $2500 deposit and then demanded we give him an additional $15,000 a couple days later. (RED FLAG)

Our Attorney didn't approve the agreement due to easement issues and several other discrepancies that he noticed with the agreement. We tried contacting John Wilson several times about our deposit and he never returned our calls or emails about the refund of the deposit for Buena Vista IV (6) Lot 52. John Wilson feels he's untouchable because he's an American originally from California and he moved over to Costa Rica.

I hope this information helps someone else who is considering buying property overseas and especially at CostaRicaLakeandBeach. A Purchase Agreement won't protect you from JP Wilson Developments.

 To date we have not received our money back. "Buyer Beware"

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#1 Consumer Comment

Paul; Recommendation of Terry Moran as alternative to J.P. Wilson

AUTHOR: loren - (Costa Rica)

Hello Paul,

Thank you Paul,for your information and taking time to warn others about the abuses of J.P.Wilson
As an alternative to Wilson, you have recommended Terry Moran Real Estate.

We run a web site dedicated to the boycott of Terry Moran Real Estate that also includes warnings about J.P. Wislon and other untrustworthy, unregistered operators in the Lake Arenal Area.

For you to recommend Terry Moran as a "a person of integrity and high moral values", is a recommendation that completely counters our horrible experience with Moran.

We experienced a failed sale of our home in Arenal through Moran, and although he assured us he was an "honorable person", that he would make good on the return of our $5550 of unearned commissions for funds we never received, it did not end well. He instead gave us only lie after lie about why he could not pay back our funds "at this time". After a year and a half of patience with him, he simple stopped communicating and stole our $5550.

We treated him with nothing but respect and as our friend and in return we got back lies and lost money. We bought our home without the "service" of Terry Moran", and we sold our property with out his help. But for trusting, believing, and treating Terry Moran respectably as a friend, we got ripped off for $5550.

The Lake Arenal area real estate is completely unregulated. We try to recommend the handful of honest agencies on our web site.

For further information about Moran Real Estate, J.P. Wilson, Paradise Investment Company, and other untrustworthy area operators, please visit our Boycott Moran web site;

Boycott Moran Real Estate             http://lorensalazar.com/salazar_127.htm

For our recommended Lake Arenal area agencies, ( by over 15 years of experience in the area ) ;

In conclusion Paul, from what I can tell you lost $2500 to J.P. Wilson. So to recommend the likes of Terry Moran, who stole from my wife and I $5500, does not seem like a viable solution.

Thanks again Paul for your information.

Please feel welcome to write with any comments or questions; boycottmoran@hotmail.com

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#2 Consumer Comment

Buy your property in the USA

AUTHOR: Jeremy Q. - (United States of America)

After reading this post, I say stay away from these other Countries!!!! Don't buy any property from other countries. In my opinion the USA is best. Hey, I know we're in a bad economy right now but things will get better here and you can buy yourself a really nice home in say Florida or somewhere here in the good old USA. Buy yourself something nice in the USA support our economy when we get back on track here.

Forget about that place.

It's pretty bad when your own Countryman takes advantage of you and on top of that in another country. I've just about heard it all now. You can get treated bad right here. You don't have to go that far to get ripped off.  Leave that place alone. This stuff sounds worse than those people sending emails from some foreign land saying "send me all your information and I'll put money in your bank account". Or "cash a $200,000 check for me and I'll give you half". Just stay away from all these foreign countries they're bad news. This helps me out for sure. This post seals the deal for me. No FOREIGN COUNTRY BUYING FOR ME!!!!  EVER!!!!

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#3 Author of original report

Yes Wilson also uses Alhambra another alias

AUTHOR: Paul - (USA)

From my understanding J.P. Wilson Developments is using, yet another name, Alhambra.  This is in addition to several other names so you will want to be careful during your visit to Lake Arenal.

He uses this Alhambra Buena Vista 6 as well. Maybe he uses all the various names to confuse people. So again, be careful when traveling to Lake Arenal.

I used the Attorney simply for contract review purposes. It will be costly to go through the Court system.  I think most often in Costa Rica, people rely on a person being honest, a person with integrity and who possesses good moral character. I would suggest you look for someone who can produce really good references.  Look for those qualities.  Be careful of how you meet a developer when looking to purchase.

We met Wilson at an investment conference. Wilson's Development was not part of the conference but had apparently set up shop there.  It's kind of like crashing a party you're not invited to so that's another red flag. He simply has no moral compass, lacks integrity. 

I visited his booth because it looked professional enough. That's not enough though, you have to seek referrals from others before entering into an agreement. Ask a lot of questions, see if they have ripoff reports such as this one, look for complaints of any kind.

I would recommend Terry Moran of Moran Real Estate when looking in Lake Arenal area. He comes with excellent referrals and again you should check everything out for yourself but I think he is a person of integrity and high moral values. He has great prices and a lot of homes in his development that are occupied so I don't think you can go wrong with him.

I hope this helps you and any one else in their quest for buying property in Lake Arenal. I'm still holding out hope for the return of my $2500 USD.

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Why is this guy still in business

AUTHOR: K Wasserman - (United States of America)

Why didn't your lawyer help to get your money back? I want to buy property in Lake Arenal but I wouldn't want to go anywhere near this guy. It seems this J P Wilson guy has a lot of company names. How many names is he operating under. He sounds pretty shady. I hear it's pretty expensive to sue down there. Can you tell me who you would suggest in the Lake Arenal area.

I guess the best thing to do would be to ask if they're owned by the Wilson clan. I'm glad I found this post before I made my way down to Costa Rica.

Thanks for all the info you've already given about your experience. Thanks for sharing. It's a lesson for all to be sure to do your homework on these people.

Keep the faith in getting your money back from that organization. I will keep checking to see if he finally gives you your money back.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Would you be interested in an interview

AUTHOR: RAYNARDO KIMMELL - (United States of America)

Would you be interested in giving a story about your Costa Rican experience? We're interested in what happened to you? Your property buying experience. If so, I will get in touch with you about your story.
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#6 Author of original report

Wilson Owes me money and won't pay it back stay away from Wilson

AUTHOR: Paul - (USA)

It's totally preposterous to believe that everyone loses their real estate deposit.

As stated by John P. Wilson Developments aka YesArenal, CostaRicaLakeandBeach.com, Owner of Buena Vista Properties.

I have been purchasing Real Estate for 23 years including negotiating, analyzing, composing and contract review and I have yet to see a single transaction be the same.

A real estate contract is between a buyer and seller however composed. A contingency to a contract is a normal and standard course of action. The parties  involved in the transaction (both Buyer and Seller) agree upon the terms of the contract.

In John Wilson's above rebuttal he should have stated "everyone loses their deposit when given to J. P Wilson Developments no matter what the terms are of that contract" He should have said "I'm not giving anybody any money back no matter what.

Just to clarify, my written records indicate John Wilson of Buena Vista lots, YesArenal, Also known as CostaRicaLakeandBeach was submitted, via email dated October 2, 2011 my refund address and information to return refund currently still due and owing the full amount of $2500.00 USD. I submitted numerous correspondence to J. P. Wilson.

My latest written correspondence to Wilson, verbatim dated January 6, 2011 stated "We were wondering if John is going to send the money he owes us? Did he get enough money to pay us? We haven't heard from him." Please call us right away. John Wilson's so arrogant he wouldn't even talk to us on the phone send an email nothing. He had no intention on giving us our money back. As of this writing  he's had our $2500 USD for 4 months. No reply from YesArenal aka CostaRicaLakeandBeach.com, John WIlson.

All I want is the money you owe me.!!! $2500 USD.

All correspondence to J P Wilson Developments were similar in nature. None with any reply from YesArenal aka CostaRicaLakeandBeach.com.

To all the millions who will view this forum and are interested in buying property in Costa Rica please don't go to John Wilson Developments. He believes real estate is esoteric. His actions are archaic. He's into ripping people off.

I can go on and on about how dishonest this guy is but as you can see for yourself, he took another gentleman's money more than $8000.  He even tried getting me to give him another $15,000 2 days after I gave the $2500 contingent deposit. I have that in writing too.(HUGE RED FLAG) They wanted me to send the $15,000 "right away".

I strongly caution you to do your homework. use the internet to research these folks, see if they have any complaints (like this one).  We got ripped off by someone from the USA. California to be exact.  He apparently studied the rules and laws therein Costa Rica and decided to make it his ripoff home.

Costa Rica does not require realtors to be licensed. Anybody can be a realtor, (as you can probably see from the outcome of my attempt to purchase). Costa Rica does not have a Multi List Service MLS so they can charge any price. The price is as much as they can get out of you, there is no Board of Realtors. J P Wilson gave us so many different property prices it was ridiculous.

"Buyer Beware" of YesArenal aka CostaRicaLakeandBeach.com aka J.P Wilson Developments located in Lake Arenal, Puerto San Luis, Tilaran in Costa Rica.  If you're considering buying property in Costa Rica try someone else for sure. Your money won't be safe if you give it to him. He's located in the Arenal Volcano area, when you see a sign while you're driving that says YesArenal keep going don't stop. He's bad news.

The Authorities need to check this guy out or maybe even the Costa Rican Government. He's ruining real estate business for those who want to run an honest business over there in Costa Rica.

Please read my original ripoff report on J.P. Wilson Developmens enter this number in the search box above 820169.

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#7 REBUTTAL Owner of company

The Hunts Deal

AUTHOR: JP Wilson - (Costa Rica)

The Hunts purchase a house in one of our projects, signed a contract and gave us a $2,500 deposit.

They made approximately $6,000 in changes and upgrades and 40 days later they decided after all changes were made that they did not want to go forward.

In Real Estate you lose your deposit, instead I said when the house sells I will reimburse them the $2,500, I guess they dont want to wait.
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