Derek Carkner hails from Toronto, Canada and has been living and working in Puerto Vallarta for the last six years. He can ease you through the process of buying or selling a home with candid advice and a unique sense of humour. He has travelled extensively throughout Banderas Bay and would love to share its idyllic offerings with you. In his down time, he volunteers with local animal rescue organizations and has spearheaded fundraisers for a local children’s shelter and for the Vallarta Food Bank.

He has woven himself into Vallarta’s artistic community by performing onstage as an actor, singer, and pianist, including accompanying some of the city’s most popular singers. His writing and photography has been featured in Out & About Vallarta, Vivo Vallarta, and the PV Mirror. Looking to live in Paradise? Get in touch with Derek and see what his award-winning customer service can do for you!

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What Our Clients Say About Derek

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"When deciding to sell our pv home after 10 years,  we asked many friends for their agent recommendations.  ONE name came up repeatedly. DEREK CARKNER, at Ryan Donner & associates.  Our criteria:  trust, knowledge, proven record.  Derek exceeded our expectations, helping at every stage of the process and quickly responding to queries. Add wonderful personality, extremely talented artist, pianist, humour & grace.  It has been a pleasure to work with him.  Margo & Rob, Toronto Canada."

Margo & Rob

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"As Americans looking to buy property in Mexico, the process can seem daunting. However, Derek was an absolute professional and helped us every step of the way. He provided recommendations for an inspector, notary, lawyers, etc. and we had a great experience with all of them. I highly recommend Derek; call him if you're looking to buy or sell!"

Jenelle Hill

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"Derek made the process of purchasing a property easy and smooth. I would highly recommend him and Donner & Associates."

Steven Lovett

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"We just purchased a residential site in Puerto Vallarta and Derek Carkner from Donner & Associates was our buyer’s agent.
Overall, we were very pleased with Derek. Buying a property in Mexico is not easy, but Derek made the process smooth. He is very knowledgeable of the market in Puerto Vallarta and the Banderas Bay, and is well connected with other realtors.
We highly recommend Derek to anyone who is dealing with real estate in Mexico."

Jeovani Gaytan

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"We had an amazing experience with Derek Carkner, every step of the way. From the initial search to closing, Derek was there communicating well and handling all the details and moving parts. I’d give him ten stars if I could!"

Scott Hagler

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"My experience with Derek Carkner and the Ryan Donner team was incredible. The enthusiasm and attention to detail from start to finish was outstanding. He's creative, optimistic, and persistent. And he's honest. The closing meeting with the buyer and the team, which included an interpreter who went over every single page of the paperwork, was awesome."

Kateri Brown