Olvera Properties made our dream come true! When our search began all we knew was that we wanted a place in one of the white villages of Andalucía and like most people we stumbled across Olvera. I could quickly cut to the end of this happy ending story but we would be leaving out the most critical factor which was Olvera Properties! Initially our knowledge of Spanish real estate was nonexistent except for the horror stories of people buying properties that they never fully owned etc., etc., etc. Our search very quickly brought us to the door (website) of Olvera Properties and an introduction to Zoe the owner. From the first phone call the fears and anxiousness began to fade as we realised that the world of Spanish Real Estate is not a scary place if you have the right people working for you. We very quickly arranged a scouting trip to Olvera where we were introduced to Anne-Marie…….. and the experience got even better! If you are thinking of buying in Olvera, do not consider it without Anne-Marie by your side – trust me. It was obvious from the outset that Olvera Properties and Anne-Marie were highly respected by the locals, builders, architects etc. We eventually purchased our dream which was basically a ruin and in doing so realised that there was quite a project in front of us….. In stepped Anne-Marie and managed the whole project for us, firstly suggesting builders, architects and most importantly coordinated all the legalities of which there were a lot – permit after permit after permit, all of which Anne-Marie took control of and somehow made it an enjoyable experience. She coordinated between ourselves and the builder for the duration of the build and sourced all the finishing’s for us along the way giving her opinion on tiles, paint, kitchens and any number of decisions as we were not there for any of this!! After the initial signing we made one trip during the build just to check on progress. Anne-Marie even made a trip to IKEA for us to place an order!! We were handed the keys in July of 2013 and have absolutely no regrets, only memories of a great adventure. All of this would have been impossible without Olvera Properties and most certainly would not have been possible without Ann-Marie. A very happy ending!
From the moment we met Anne-Marie we knew that we had found an agency we liked and trusted. The girls had put together an interesting range of properties that fitted our criteria and were well-within our budget (unlike many other agents we had viewed with, who concentrated on the maximum we could afford and had not listened to what we were actually looking for at all). Anne-Marie had all the answers to everything we asked her and nothing was too much trouble for her. Throughout the buying process she went out of her way to make things easy for us while we were back in the UK, and kept us well informed of progress all the way through. Zoë was also always on-hand to answer every little query that we had. Only one of us could return to Spain on the day of actual purchase, but Anne-Marie and Zoë had absolutely everything organised and guided me through the process. Having them by my side throughout was completely invaluable. They acted as translators, helped me with all the financial transactions, transferred the amenities over to our names, set up direct debits and recommended caretakers. They both went way beyond the call of duty, including me in their social lives for the duration of my stay and introducing me to several of their friends. They made me feel so welcome in Olvera that I felt completely at home after only a couple of days. The service Olvera Properties provide is second to none. We definitely could not have done it without you – Thank you!
Zoe and Anne-marie were (and still are) pillars of support, advice and reassurance. Their unfailing knowledge, legal expertise, and experience plus fluent Spanish, make buying a house in Spain a reality rather than a dream. Would I have taken the plunge without them – I doubt it!
We bought and sold our house in Olvera through Olvera Properties.
Zoe had endless patience when we were looking to buy, making sure we found the property that was right for us.
After living in Olvera for 4 years we decided to sell and once again Olvera properties dealt with everything. Anne-Marie liaised with potential buyers and took responsibility for viewings ect. making it very easy.
On the day of the sale, Zoe and Anne-Marie made sure all paperwork was correct, taxes due were paid and utility companies informed of change of owner.
For buying and selling we would recommend Olvera Properties.
Olvera is a beautiful place to live and using Olvera Properties made it very easy to happen!
We highly reccomend Olvera properties.
We have purchased and sold 10 times in Spain since 2000 and have met many agents some good and some bad on our travels to find the perfect location. When buying or selling here it is wise to find a reliable honest agency.
We finally met Zoe at Olvera Properties in 2006, thank goodness! Zoe and her team are friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, HONEST,reliable and take pride in their business and offer a great service to both buyer and seller. Their site is one of the best we have seen. Zoe’s photographic skills show the properties well and includes plenty of information.
Having searched for many years for a typical unspoilt Spanish town, we where so pleased to find Olvera a hidden jewel in Andalucia.
We loved Olvera from the first moment, a beautiful setting , with fantastic views over olive groves and mountains. The local Spanish are very friendly and warm always offering a smile and welcome to newcomers.
p.s they sold a property of ours within a week.
Zoe of Olvera Properties couldn’t have been more helpful in selling our townhouse in Olvera & in a very short space of time. The service we received throughout the whole process was first class & everything ran as smoothly as could have been possible. Without Zoe’s expertise, professionalism & local knowledge things would have certainly been a lot more stressful & I’m sure we wouldn’t have sold the property in twice the time with any other agent in the area.
6 months after subscribing to Spain Magazine, I realised that every month, I was looking for the Olvera Properties ad! I loved the unconventional (in estate agent terms!!) upbeat descriptions, the lovely properties, & the wonderful view of Olvera at the top of the page. I think I’d already fallen at that stage!! I knew the Andalucian coastline, but had never really explored inland, so I didn’t really know anything about Olvera & the surrounding area. Having been fortunate enough to pay off my UK mortgage, I then decided it was time to take out another, at the grand old age of 59, & look into buying my dream home in the sun.
I contacted the company & arranged to fly out for a weekend to look at properties. It wasn’t an auspicious start as I left my driving licence at home!! But no fear, Olvera properties & Co to the rescue!! I was collected from Jerez airport by Pete & started my trip. The following morning, Zoe met me & took me to look at the 8 properties in Pruna & Olvera that I’d earmarked, leaving the one I thought most interesting till last. Guess what…the second I saw that house I loved it! We walked up the outside spiral staircase & it got its name, 5 minutes on the roof terrace & I had made plans! By the time I’d left on Sunday, I’d decided to buy. I returned in October to review everything & by January 2009, Stairway To Heaven was mine!
Throughout the whole process, I have nothing but praise for the team at Olvera Properties, guiding, translating, organising & generally making everything seem so simple. They are an amazingly friendly, & knowledgeable bunch, who make it all seem so simple, while no doubt gritting teeth on many an occasion when things don’t go according to plan, but keeping on till the job’s done. I have never bought a house with so little fuss & drama! It would still remain an impossible dream if it wasn’t for Zoe, Anne-Marie & the whole team. Thank you so much for making my dream come true!!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Anne-Marie and Zoe for your outstanding help and advice, above and beyond, over the sale of the house. I was so impressed and so very, very thankful to both of you.
Buying a house abroad is always an act of endeavouring. One always feels a bit ‘helpless’. There are other laws and rules, some extra procedures and formalities to take into account. One may browse the internet and think he is aware and well informed. Yet, when it comes to the actual buying lots of question marks do pop up. Anne-Marie, Zoe and Steve were the perfect answer. Excellent guidance throughout the buying process, always there at very late evening hours to give us patiently answers to another rain of questions. Even when we could only make it to Olvera between X-mas and New Year because of our jobs, when the office is closed for the Season, someone was arranged to welcome us and show us round a second time.
The actual selling and buying proved a real challenge when the bank forgot about their own banking rules. Zoe and Anne-Marie kept their cool and came up with an on the spot solution that satisfied seller, buyer and bank. This is an act of real professionalism which we will not forget as it really saved us from a very nasty feeling on a day we had been looking forward to for several months.
Thanks for your professional attitude. You guys never forget that you are dealing with real people, of flesh and blood. That personal and human approach is real plus. As a buyer, one is entrusting the agent with his hard earned savings. The entire OP team is well aware of that and fights to gain ones trust. They really DO want the best for their customers. We never got the feeling of buying forced into anything whatsoever. Although abroad, we felt at HOME …
Thanks guys and keep up doing that personalised work of yours.
The team at Olvera Properties (especially Anne Marie) really understood what we wanted, and helped us find it! They “held our hands” throughout the entire process, providing clarity and support and a listening ear! Buying our home in Spain was a dream for us – Olvera Properties made our dream reality. These are people you can trust.