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.
After selling our holiday cottage in Brittany we were looking for a complete change, and a hotter climate, and found this in Olvera. We visited several times to view properties and were looked after by Anne-Marie of Olvera properties, who showed us many houses and was extremely helpful. When we eventually decided that Olvera was the place for us both Anne-Marie and Zoe we there on the day we bought our house and provided valuable help and advice with every aspect of the purchase. Since then Olvera Properties have been an invaluable source of information and practical help with all aspects of setting up home from a distance. We heartily recommend Olvera properties to anyone looking for a property in Spain.
Having used Olvera Properties when we bought our first house in 2010, (which is being successfully rented out as a holiday home)we had absolutely no hesitation in using them again when we decided to buy a second home in Olvera. We wanted a ruin that we could reform and put our own stamp on but finding a place that was just right for us was not easy. The houses we looked at were too big or two small or beyond our budget. Anne-Marie didn’t give up looking and she finally found us the perfect house. She then arranged inspections by a local builder and an architect, arranged quotes and gave us lots of helpful advice. The work on the house should be starting in the next couple of months and we should have our second dream home ready next year! Thanks again Anne-Marie and Zoe for all your invaluable help!
We would like to express our deep gratitude and thanks to the team at Olvera Properties. In a difficult market, they managed to sell our property in Olvera, and for an excellent price.
The service was beyond words, everything was handled in a professional manner, all the correect taxes were paid, serices to the property changed with no problems. Ann Marie is excellent in getting things done, on time, and right first time. The office is managed in such a professional manner, with constant communications and updates.
We still have a property in Olvera, but if we ever wanted to sell, I know just the place…….
When we decided to investigate buying a house in Spain Olvera Properties was one of several estate agents we dealt with.
And what a breath of fresh air they were. In stifling October heat I was shown properties in Olvera and Pruna.
Finally choosing a house in Pruna we put ano offer in on 10th October which was accepted.
And this was when the expertise of Zoe and Annemarie was shown. Bank accounts were set up, a date booked for Annemarie to take us to Cadiz to get our, essential, NIE.
Mandates were set up to pay utilities and council tax. Meters were read, all outstanding bills paid from previous owners. In short, Zoe and Annemarie made this the most painless house sale we have ever had.
One month later we moved into our lovely Pruna home, and cannot thank Zoe and Annemarie enough for making it possible.
It is their professionalism, approachability, and friendliness that gives them such a large portfolio of properties, sellers trust them, and that makes buying easier.
I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Earlier this year we bought our property in Pruna after a particularly depressing and pointless visit with another agent around Iznajar. What arelief it was when we met up with Anne Marie in Olvera! She showed us several interesting places in Pruna and Olvera before finally letting us view the ‘Tardis’ (her words). We have not looked back since. She was so friendly and helpful throughout the whole process and nothing was too much trouble. She even took us to our favourite tapas bar afterwards! Cant recommend this company enough. If youre first timers or old veterans – Use Olvera Properties.
I would like to say a big thank you to the splendid Olvera Properties team who helped us buy our dream house in Olvera. Finding Olvera was lucky, finding Olvera Properties was great, but finding AnneMarie was magic – she waves her magic wand and you just know all will be well.
From our very first contact she has been a positive force, unstinting in her effort to help us choose a property to suit our requirements. She cheerfully negotiated us through the administrative maze and made a complicated process seem easy. Her excellent local knowledge and contacts ensure you also get a good follow-up service, be it for organising renovations or sorting out the complexities of the local utilities. I have no hesitation in recommending Olvera Properties to anyone who chooses this lovely area of Spain for their move to the sun.