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Samen wij, Gerry en Ingrid, verlangden enige tijd geleden naar een huisje in Spanje. Hun wens was een huis niet te groot , een degelijk zwembad, een terras en een barbecue. Het geheel zou goed omheind zijn zodat onze woef (hond) veilig rond kon lopen. Onze zoektocht op de computer bracht ons bij Steve Belis, die na een berichtgeving op de computer ons de volgende dag telefonisch contacteerde. Tijdens het gesprek gaf hij ons duidelijk uitleg over aankopen van woningen en appartementen in Spanje. In overeenstemming met wat wij gevonden hadden deden wij een bod naar Steve toe. Onmiddellijk reageerde hij op ons bod tot finaal de eigenaars akkoord waren de woning aan ons te verkopen voor de prijs dat wij in ons budget hadden voorzien. Wij zouden geen kat in een zak kopen. Daarom besloten wij te vertrekken naar Spanje. Steve was bereid ons bij te staan tijdens ons verblijf in Spanje vanaf aankomst tot en met de terugkeer naar België. Bij aankomst in Alicante had Steve ons duidelijk gemaakt hem te vergezellen op de bovenverdieping van de luchthaven, de vertrekhall, buiten het gebouw voor de deur op de parking . Na een korte warme joviale kennismaking reden wij met hem rechtstreeks naar ons doel dat volledig overeenkwam met de foto's op onze computer. Tijdens de rit stelde hij ons gerust dat alles wat betreft de aankoop wettelijk was en Spanje niet meer kon vergeleken worden met vroeger in het verleden. Meteen gaf hij meer informatie over de begeleiding van het agentschap, de advocaten, de notaris en het kostenplaatje van wie wat kreeg en voor wat het geld werd gebruikt. De koop werd gedaan in zijn bijzijn van een bindende overeenkomst met een duidelijke uitleg tussen beide partijen. Daaropvolgend reed Steve met ons naar het hotel terwijl wij een bagage van informatie meekregen over het verdere verloop van de aankoop van de woning. 's Anderendaags klokvast stond Steve voor de deur van het hotel om met ons mee te gaan naar de advocaten en de notaris. Tijdens deze bezoeken zorgde hij voor de vertalingen in het Engels en in het Frans, mondeling en schriftelijk, en finaal in het Nederlands. Met onze advocate werd besloten deze bevoegde persoon volmacht te geven de zaken verder op te volgen wat betreft de aankoop van de woning, het nazicht van de documenten, het beheer en het verloop van de rekeningen, enz.... tot wij het eigen werk kunnen verderzetten. Steve liet ons ook weten bereid te zijn ons verder te helpen bij het inrichten en eventuele verbouwingen van de woning met adressen die hem niet onbekend zijn en betaalbaar blijven. Terug in ons hotel deed hij de geste ons persoonlijk later uit te wuiven op de luchthaven van Alicante met de belofte ons spoedig te mogen terug zien in ons knus huisje te Sax. Zo is onze droom uitgekomen dankzij de vriendelijke en joviale Steve die ons altijd zal bijblijven. Zeker en vast is hij iemand op wie je kan rekenen!
Gerry Ghys en Ingrid Benthein
Hi Nigel, I wanted to drop you a line to compliment your team in the villamartin office.
Their service has been second to none;
Becky was my first contact and was very helpful especially when the property I was enquiring about was reduced and date fixed for offers.
Alan was amazing collecting us from accommodation showing us numerous properties and a tour of the local area which he is extremely knowledgeable on!
Amy helped incredibly with form filling contact with Solvia, translation of documents and a great amount of patience!
All in all you have an amazing team - Sara Bell
Mr D MCDowell
Beste Steve en medewerkers van Girasol Homes, wij zijn heel tevreden dat wij met Giralsol Homes in zee zijn gegaan betreffende de aankoop van een appartement in Spanje (Playa Flamenca). Met een kleine uitleg van ons wat we zochten, wist jij direct een oplossing. Wij waren direct verliefd op het appartement en het was echt wat we zochten. Een fijn en mooie vakantieappartement waar we nog vele dagen en jaren zullen van genieten. Steve, jij als vertegenwoordiger van het agentschap daar hebben wij echt geen klagen over. Je ben een vriendelijke en vakkundige man waarvoor héél véél dank hiervoor. Je kent je winkel. Je geeft een goede begeleiding en tussenkomsten met alles (o.a. advocaat, notaris, bank, nutsvoorzieningen,…) De naverkoop-service, met dank aan Amy, is ook toppie!!! We zullen zeker uw Immo aanbevelen bij vrienden en kennissen. En de pagina op facebook zeker liken.
Hi Dave, We felt we didn't get chance to thank you properly for your outstanding help. We had been feeling very daunted by the prospect of finding the right apartment and dealing with all the legal aspects of the purchase. With your help we are pleased to say that it all went very smoothly. Thank you! Tonie and Bernie
Hi Nigel, we have just returned from collecting the keys to our new home & would like to say a big thank you to Alan & Amy for all their help over the last few months. Alan collected us from the airport for our viewing weekend & spent 3 days showing us around different areas & properties. He took the time to help us identify where & what type of property we wanted to buy.
Amy has been brilliant answering our many questions & putting us in touch with local contacts.
We would highly recommend Girasol Homes to anyone looking to buy a home in Spain.
Andrew & Sue
We have recently purchased an apartment in Los Altos. We were put in touch with Alan Rhodes by a friend of ours, and are we glad we were. We emailed Alan before we flew out with a list of our requirements, and flew out in April. He had obviously researched our needs thoroughly. He did not waste any time showing us property we would not be interested in and was insistent on remaining within our budget. We found Alan to be easy to get on with and very friendly. This did not detract from his professionalism and he did an excellent job. He made what could have been a daunting, difficult process easy and enjoyable. The end result was the exact property we wanted in a great location for a good price. What more could we want?
Not only did Alan do a fantastic job he went that extra mile, showing us what the area has to offer and helping and advising us with the buying process. We came to regard him more as a friend than a property agent. We cannot thank him enough for his efforts, and service, both before and after purchase. We would definitely recommend him to any other friends we have who may be considering buying in the area.
A great big thankyou
Alan & Julie
I am just sending you this e mail to say thank you for the service Girasol gave us in purchasing our house. Amy has been an absolute gem, so helpful and responded so quickly when we had any concerns. We can not thank her enough. We would highly recommend your services to friends if they were looking to buy property here. Once again a huge thanks to you all.
Gill and Steve Rollings
Beste Steve ( en medewerkers van Girasol Homes),
We zijn je(jullie) dankbaar voor alle steun en inzet die je ons bezorgde in de voorbereiding, de bezichtingen en de kooponderhandelingen van de
door ons aangekochte woning in Cabo Roig.
Als vertegenwoordiger van Girasol heb je met de juiste aandacht en inzicht ons de woningen op maat laten zien wat al direct resulteerde
In het kopen van ons droomhuis.
Met name het juridische traject wat daarop volgende zoals het in contact brengen met de advocaten, de notaris en de overige instellingen
was van een hoog niveau en gewenste snelheid..
Zeer tevreden over de nazorg van jou in persoon en het team van Girasol was topklasse.
Bedankt nog voor alles.
Met vriendelijke groet,
Jacky en Berry
The easiest way to buy a vacation home in Spain!
What an excellent service we had provided to us by Girasol Homes whilst looking for our property in Spain. We had been in touch with the Girasol via email prior to our viewing trip explaining the properties we wanted to view (probably about 10) which was no problem however on arrival in Spain a couple of these had been sold but the agent Dave Barrett had found some similar replacements we viewed all our chosen properties plus the ones chosen by Dave and ended up buying one of the replacement properties.
Our contact point in the office Amy Cosgrove was first class she was always available to answer any questions no matter how trivial and to put our minds at rest. Overall a first class service and would definitely recommend Girasol homes anybody purchasing homes in Spain - Andy Hodgetts
I would like to thank Dave Barrett for his incredible patience with me. Finding a home is not easy. He works with a well organised team who kept me informed about upcoming due dates, changes in scheduling and so on. I've recommended the Dave Barrett and Girasol Homes Real Estate Team to everyone I know. He's a true professional and a genuinely nice guy.
Karina – completed May 2016 (Poland)
We recently had the pleasure to meet Dave Barrett during our hunt for a property in the Murcia region. Dave was an excellent help with his experience and professionalism.
With his guidance we managed to find the property we were looking for. He did help us during all the steps and helped set us up with the after purchase team.
Thank you very much Dave. Yours sincerely Mr and Mrs Almaki – completing 2016 (UK)
Don't really know how to express our gratitude in words for all that you and your team have done for us. You truly provide a one-stop-shop service giving us as buyers a safe and secure journey on our adventure and not to forget many good laughs on the way.
To buy a property has for many years been a dream and thanks to you it has come true!!
Best regards, Eva & Rikard Hervidsson - completing 2016 (Sweden)
Dear Mr Salmon
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Girasol Homes and in particular Jeanette for the excellent service that has been provided in the selling of our property on La Finca Golf. Jeanette has provided an outstanding service in organising all parties involved and securing a sale from initial enquiry to completion in nineteen days. Jeanette provided us with an extremely personal service always being available whenever we had a need to communicate or have anything clarified within the selling process. We cannot thank Jeanette enough for all the hard work she has put into securing this sale and making our lives less stressful.
Yours sincerely Maurice and Ann Colmer – sold in April 2016 (UK)
I have been asked to write a testimonial, as you know it all started in January last year when Steve Belis took us to view Sea Senses in Punta Prima, we paid a deposit the same day and eventually took possession of the keys in December last year.I would like to say a special thanks to Amy Cosgrove, your competent office manager. We had a number of problems along the way, she was always ready to help no matter how difficult the situation was. She dealt with each problem quickly and efficiently and without her my purchase would not have been so easy. Overall I have found Girasol Homes to be very professional and efficient, I would definitely recommend anyone looking for a home in Costa Blanca, to use this company.
Kind regards Allan Kincaid – completed in 2016 (UK)
We have recently become the proud owners of our beautiful house in the sun all thanks to your property finder Jeanette Reaper. A wonderful ambassador for Girasol Homes, Jeanette made the buying process a trouble free experience. Jeanette dealt with the builders, solicitors and all third parties involved. Jeanette is a wonderful people person with a fantastic sense of humour and immense patience, nothing was ever to much trouble. Jeanette was there for "us" at all times.I would have no problem recommending Jeanette to anyone wishing to purchase in Spain.
Gary Ashworth and Christine Crosbie – completed in March 2016 (UK)
From Hayley Syratt 05/02/16
Hi Tim, nice to hear from you and for giving us the opportunity to say what we think about your service. Unfortunately I can't think of anything bad!As you know whilst over in Spain we saw a number of agents and a total of 22 properties. As a representative you were very attentive to our requirements and tailored your viewings accordingly trying hard to find properties that you felt we would like. Above all else you gave us time and put in a lot of effort into the process which fortunately resulted in us finding a property we are very happy with. As a follow on your company offers a very comprehensive package of support services from furniture purchase to currency exchange. We have subsequently used the currency exchange service.
We are grateful for the support you gave us and look forward to buying you a curry next time we are over.
From Debbie Ross 01/02/16
I just had to write and let you know of the great experience I have received from Girasol Homes.
From my first contact with Rebecca Jeffrey, to my recent viewing trip, hosted by Dave Barrett, the service has been first class. Rebecca was great at keeping me informed of the properties that fitted my criteria without bombarding me with daily if not hourly contact, she judged it spot on.
Dave was the perfect host and made me and my Mum feel at ease in a situation that was quite daunting to begin with. I was pleasantly surprised at the all the help and advise available and without any pressure, and am now looking forward to my holiday home and new lifestyle.
It has been really refreshing to deal with people who do, what they say are going to do. I will be singing your praises to all, and would not hesitate to recommend Girasol as a fantastic company to deal with.
From Adrian Hunt 27/1/15
We would just like to let you know how great Dave Barrett was at going above and beyond the call of duty with finding are dream home in Spain we must of been the worst client's he's ever known as we didn't really know what we were looking for, he is the best agent we've ever met and we've met a few.
Looking back he advised us what to look for and what not to look at and after avoiding all the pot holes he found us just what we needed as we didn't have a clue and now we are so so happy I would just hope that we could meet people like him every time.
P.s We're going to know Dave for many years to come thank you so much to Girasol and most of all Dave Barrett TOP MAN
From Elaine & Jim Graham 15/12/15
Just a few words to say how delighted we were with your agent Dave. He did not try to hard sell, was patient and listened to us. A rare find.
Once we had decided on a property, Dave talked us through the process and took us to the bank, lawyer and the Notary. Compared to friends, this all went through very seamlessly. From finding a property to having the keys in less than two weeks. Fantastic. Will definitely be recommending Dave to family and friends.
From B Joy 6/12/15
My husband and myself went to Spain in order to look for suitable properties. After emailing yourselves, I received a call from Dominick. We subsequently went out to the Torrevieja area and he showed us some apartments.
From first contact he was very friendly and approachable. On the inspection day (a Saturday), he was attentive and knowledgeable. Dominick showed us a large amount of properties of various types and locations, but all within our price range.
Dominick even gave up his Sunday morning in order to show us around our preferred property again, so that we were happy with our final choice (which we put an offer on).
If we were to buy another property in the area, we would definitely choose Dominick again. Dominick said that he wanted negative feedback as well as positive, but I honestly can't think of a negative!
Good Afternoon Becky
Thank you so much for arranging Dave to be our agent and show us properties around Spain.
The hospitality was so much more than we ever expected and we have thoroughly enjoyed every moment whilst in Spain, even the trip to the local hospital.
Our short trip to Spain felt more like a holiday than house hunting.
Dave showed us some lovely properties (except the cat house, which wasn't one of his choices) and he had really thought about what type of property, location and amenities it had to offer.
With all that he managed to find the perfect property for us and with his help open a bank account, a lawyer and NIE numbers.
Dave is no longer an agent to us, but a true friend who we will be keeping in touch with, so not only did we buy a house but have made a great friend along the way.
He is exceptional as an agent and a credit to your company and we would like thank all of you at Girasol Homes.
From Pamela Steventon 24/10/15
Ah thanks Becky!! So sweet of you to contact me :-) We're very excited...and a little bit freaked out haha!! (It's all your fault - I blame you if it goes wrong!)
In all seriousness you DID play a big part in making our idea a reality, and I'm really grateful. I thank the day I discovered Girasol, as you and everyone else have been so helpful! Amy is now being a complete star helping us sort a few things before we come out for the first time. And Tim has the patient of a saint haha!!
I hope you're well - and thank you again!!
From Geoff Strawbridge 24/9/15
This week we became the happy and proud owners of our new home in Algorfa Spain thanks entirely to Jeanette Raper.
Jeanette has been the home finder of the year and rescued us from our failing attempts to find our Spanish home. We wish to place on record our appreciation and admiration of her professional knowledge, her high standards, enthusiasm and endless Geordie humour.
Jeanette has been able to provide us with a 'whole property' buyers support package, from extensive targeted viewings to legal and financial guidance and support. Our experience of Girasol Homes has been very positive through our relationship with Jeanette and we would / shall recommend her and Girasol Homes to our friends when they follow us to a new life in the sun.
Thank you is such a small expression of our gratitude but it is said in very BIG letters with very BIG appreciation to Jeanette.
From Nick Higgins 7/9/15
Dear Sven and Nigel,
My wife and I have just bought a property in the lovely coastal town of Javea with the help of Sam and the Girasol business; in particular I am taking the time to write to you about our positive experience working alongside Sam Kennedy.
Coral and I are both hard working professionals who have had the foresight to save some money along the way, and together with a prudent loan have been able to afford to invest in our dream home overseas. As you will appreciate this investment decision is not taken lightly, we do not have unlimited funds and the money we have used has been accrued through hard work. Whilst property investment overseas is an everyday occurrence for you and your team, please appreciate the trepidation most people feel as they make this journey - it is difficult to know who to trust.
I have to say from the very outset I have been very pleased with Sam and the level of support she has provided. In our dealings she has always been very professional, organised and able to be flexible at the drop of a hat. She has been very patient, when we have been difficult and not as forthcoming as we might be. Sam has always remained calm, polite and is clearly a hard working individual.
Sam's knowledge and understanding of the system workings over in Spain has been invaluable, and she has always taken the time to provide advice and support; particularly at times of stress - money/contract exchange. Sam continues to be supportive and I have no hesitation in recommending her services to my network of friends/colleagues.
Sam has been terrific, and I am sure we will keep in touch with her for years to come. Sam knows how highly I think of her and the service she has provided but I wanted to share my thoughts with yourselves.
We thank you for being a great agent, Girasol are lucky to have you.
Rarely have I been able to say the agent listened, acted and delivered.
With your contacts at MGP and the other developers we met there were no misfires and any of the properties could have been candidates.
We are discussing the second property with family and hope to have good news soon, even so we know where to come for our next investment.
We will certainly recommend your services to others.
Again a big thank you.
From Steve and Sarah 25/8/15
Just a short message to say thanks for your help, knowledge and patience last week while we searched for our new apartment. We felt supported throughout and under no pressure at any point.
We feel you helped to make our trip much more useful and beneficial than we expected, and the tour of the local areas was much appreciated.
We are happy and excited about the apartment we are buying, and you will definitely come highly recommended to any friends and family who would also like to buy in Spain.
Also, thanks for the recommendation of the Italian restaurant at the boulevard, we took your advice and will definitely be returning when we are next in Spain.
See you again soon
From Jan Wheatcroft 7/8/15
Hi Steve,Myself and Steve wanted to thank you for the excellent service and time you gave us on Saturday. We can not help to compare you to the day we had on Friday with a different agent, where we were left wondering what to do next.