Willy & AnnemieWe are Willy and Annemie, both in our mid-50s with 2 children, in their mid-20s. My “dada” was always to have something in the mountains and both our summer and winter leave went to Alps in 50% of the cases. After a search of more than 2 years, I realized that this dream is not affordable. In addition, Annemie also started to appreciate the warmth and light of the south more and more. The crisis (money in the bank only costs money) and an ambitious son who nevertheless pushed to invest has accelerated the decision to take the step.
Southern Spain has come out because we are mainly looking for the light and warmth in the winter months. The Axarquia Mountains are a beautiful nature reserve, a mecca for hikers (me, biker, and sporty other people). The villages are still typically Andalusian with friendly people, no too expensive prices and above all no mass tourism but still within reach of the coast. An ideal combination.
Then we started searching real estate websites and compiled shortlists that fit our limited budget. Until I ended up on the site of Patricia and Geert. It immediately became clear that the combination of knowledge of the language, but also of local customs and the red tape of a purchase, gave them a huge advantage over everything else. A first contact was sought and we connected immediately. Geert the somewhat calmer but very correct and clear person who says what he does and does what he says, Patricia who took on our case with energy and enthusiasm.
It must now be said that I am a buyer by profession and so the impression of beeing well prepared (region, type of house, budget, rental potential, etc.) was set with our shortlist. Patricia has been very patient with this and during the first viewing she managed to clear up our idea of what we are actually looking for (and believe me that you do not always want to be between the preferred differences of men and women (especially with such stubborn guy like me and a wife who absolutely wants wooden ceiling beams in the house, red tiles and above all no bumpy and steep access road … congratulations Patricia)) If you plan such a purchase then it should just be right (budget, type of house, region and environment) ) and there Patricia and Geert managed to propose that shortlist so that in the end we had 2 houses that (important) fit our budget (incl the 10% additional costs)
Once chosen after the second visit (and I really recommend making no less than 2 visits) we cut the knot and closed the sale… and then the red tape follows. Here again you get value for money… Patricia introduces you to your lawyer (no obligation but highly recommended and also a very correct man), proposes a notary in Belgium (no obligation) to arrange the powers of attorney and from then your lawyer actually does the bulk of the work (NIE numbers, check everything, bank account, notary, etc.). Our pool and BBQ house was not registered but my concern (given the construction freeze in Spain) was taken to heart so that we also received the necessary registration the week before signing with the notary.
And so when everything was finished we started with the furnishing. But here again you can fall back on the advice of Geert and Patricia: addresses for rental or where you can buy stuff, for maintenance, prices for renovations … if you had to figure it all out yourself, you would waste a lot of time and unpleasant surprises.
We have just discussed a number of renovations with Geert (in his known correct, clear style) and what is important … you just have a good feeling, and can trust these 2 treasures of people. The renovation was finished within budget and even a little earlier and the result is impressive. A real added value for the house!
The house is now in the rental and is already booked from June to the end of September, so that we probably come from our fixed costs. We are very satisfied because that was our intention.
In summary, I can only recommend them if you are in the same situation as we were a few months ago. Getting to know Andalucia Real Estate and especially the people behind it does not cost any money and the correctness, approach and especially enthusiasm of these people will convince you quickly. Good luck!!!
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