We are Kim Tempel and Gabriel Ortega, and we live, work and play right here in the best little beach town in Mexico – Puerto Morelos!
We founded Run Away Realty in 2016 and our favorite thing to do is help folks start their new lives here. Finding the perfect house is a start, but our real goal is to guide you through the whole process so that you not only feel confident in your legal transaction, but so that you also feel like a local in no time. Because the truth is that you are not just buying a home, you’re joining a community and changing your lifestyle. We love being part of that process with you!
When we aren’t working, you can find us out and about with our rescue dogs Coco & Toni, relaxing on the beach with a good book and a cold beverage, discussing the finer points of the Star Wars universe while sipping Mexican wine and/or talking our way onto someone’s yacht for a day.
We can’t wait to meet you and help you get your adventure started!
Kim & Gabriel
Want to know more about us?
Hola! I’m Kim! I was born in San Francisco, California, but grew up in Colorado and spent most of my life there. Our family moved around the state quite a bit, but I have a soft spot for Meeker Colorado (small mountain town) and spent 20 years in the Denver area practicing law and raising my son, Austin.
If you have time for a few margaritas someday, I’ll tell you the whole story about how I found and fell in love with Puerto Morelos in the late 90’s and tried to move here. But for now I’ll share the shorter story about how I ended up here full time in 2012. This one actually starts in 2009 when my life changed pretty dramatically. My artistic genius Mom became very ill with ovarian cancer and came to live with me. I ended up closing my legal practice so that I could care for her, and in late 2011 she passed away. Fucking cancer.
I arrived in Puerto Morelos in January of 2012 with plans to arrange her funeral (she had been living here since 2001) and to talk to a real estate agent about potentially selling her home. By the end of my first meeting with the agent, she had floated the idea of me staying in town and selling real estate with her. It seemed like crazy talk! I had zero sales experience and wasn’t financially ready to retire, so the thought of changing careers, especially to one that was commission based, terrified me. On the other hand, I knew that I had zero desire to go back to practicing law, and my son had just graduated and gone off to college, so if there was ever going to be a time to try something new, this was it. You can guess what came next — I decided to stay in Puerto Morelos and give it a try.
Nine years later I can happily report that I made the right decision, both in my career change and in my move to Puerto Morelos full time. I’ve never felt so gratified by my work. It doesn’t even really feel like work on most days. I get to help people make their dreams come true. And those people become happy neighbors. It’s the best job on the planet. And more than that, I am truly madly and deeply in love my little community and Mexico.
Today I’m happily married to Gabriel Ortega — my business partner and BFF. Gabriel’s background ranges from working in business administration with KPMG in Mexico City and JW Marriott in Cancun, to managing high end restaurants throughout the Riviera Maya. His passions are the restaurant business, Mexican wines, technology and all things Star Wars. Not necessarily in that order.
In 2016 Gabriel and I met, fell in love, moved in together and decided to start a business together, and Run Away Realty was born. Looking back, it seems absolutely insane, but somehow it has worked and we are really proud of the life and business we have created.
Run Away Realty has been successful beyond our dreams and it has allowed us to make the most amazing friends and to focus on giving back to the community, which is something really important to both of us.