Here is a selection of testimonials from our clients in the past.
Tracy and Cliff
We were first introduced to Andrea in May last year when we first started looking at villas to purchase in the Arboleas area. Andrea showed us around so many villas and was so patient, nothing was too much trouble for her, even showing us villas at the weekends. We eventually found a villa in August of last year and the whole process of buying had completed by November. Andrea answered any concerns I had and chased up the solicitors for us too. Since buying the villa we have been out there every opportunity we have had (school holidays only because of the children). Even now if there’s anything I want to know I just message Andrea and she responds straight away and is so helpful. I regard her as a friend now and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Andrea and Calida Homes to anyone I know.
Tracey & Cliff
Steve and Maureen Barratt
After Steven having a heart attack 3 years ago, we decided life is too short and to fulfill our lifelong dream of owning a property in Spain. We cannot recommend Andrea and her team enough for their help and support during this process. We traveled out to Almeria on quite a few occasions and viewed a lot of properties before finally finding our dream home. Andrea had the patience of a saint with us and did everything she could to ensure that we finally found the right property at the right price, she really worked hard and went above and beyond for us. We now finally have our dream holiday home in Arboleas which is more than we could have ever imagined, we are over the moon and cannot wait to spend lots of fantastic holidays out here with our family and especially our four beautiful grandsons. Thank you so much, Andrea, you really did a great job and we hope to see you out in Arboleas soon!!
Steve and Maureen Barratt
Philip and Annette Bell
Our names are Philip & Annette, in May 2016 we decided that we had enough of the dreary mornings, the traffic and work so decided to take early retirement and head for warmer climes. Putting our house up for sale we headed to Spain, having never been here before we were pleasantly surprised at how friendly the people were and how nice the country was. Our friends recommended the Almeria area and after trawling the internet for a few weeks came across Andrea. Right from our first contact, we felt at ease, her friendly approach and sensible questioning made us feel she was the right agents to find us our new home. We came over in June and met with Andrea, for the next few days we were shown properties that fell within our price range and what we had listed as “wanted” a stunning view being at the top… Andrea was the consummate professional and after opening the properties allowed us to wander around for as long as we wanted but never too far away to answer questions. We never felt that anything was too much trouble and in typical “place in the sun” style Andrea came up with the perfect property suiting our needs. I am writing this on the eve of moving into our new home ( 26/9/16). Yes, the paperwork can seem quite daunting however Andrea and the girls in the office are only too willing to offer help and advise. Our questions ranged from, “ where can l get a Spanish sim card, furniture, supermarkets, hairdresser and restaurants etc.etc etc.” I very rarely feel the need to write a recommendation as it’s not often that something exceeds your expectations. This is one of those rare occasions. So if you feel as we did and its time to leave the rat race l can only offer my advice and hopefully point you in the right direction.
Philip (PS: The views we are going to wake up to each morning are “spectacular”)
We are relocating from Scotland to Spain later this year and bringing all 12 of our dogs with us!! As you might imagine we had a very specific wish list for our new home and contacted a number of estate agents. We were flooded with suggestions and having waded through them all created a shortlist for our visit. Andrea kept in touch and offered words of wisdom, but no pressure, We knew as soon as we went into the house we eventually bought it was the one for us, and were fortunate enough to have our offer accepted with Andrea managing the process of negotiation very sensitively. Andrea has been immensely helpful to us since then, answering all the “daft” questions we asked from the number of electrical sockets to the width of the staircase! She responds quickly to calls and emails and will always do her best to help. She has been so supportive and absorbed the tension when stress levels were creeping up, as they inevitably do when folks are making life-changing decisions! We would want to offer her our heartfelt gratitude for helping us to manage the whole range of emotions associated with buying a house abroad and being there to celebrate the completion at the Notary’s office – we will never forget that moment! One of our friends has photoshopped a picture of our new home and added a few personal touches – it made us smile and we hope it does the same for you!! Bien Hecho y gracias Andrea!
Angela & Janice
Mickey and Hazel
My partner Hazel and I started our search for a property in Spain some time ago. During our search we made the decision that the Albox and Arboleas areas were where we wanted to settle so we looked at many estate agents and property consultants in these areas and made many appointments to view properties with several agents. Andrea was very helpful in the build-up to our visit to the area to view properties. She maintained good contact and kept us informed of the availability of properties and new ones coming onto the market. We flew out from the UK in July to view properties with several agents. Some we were not impressed with and were reluctant to agree to buy with these. Once we met Andrea we felt at ease and she listened to our wants and needs and found the ideal home for us. As soon as we saw it we both knew it was the one. During the purchase of our new home, there were some problems with solicitors on both sides and Andrea stepped in to provide help and keep the process moving. This was above and beyond her role and I can not commend her enough for this. Because of the great service given by Andrea we are now settling into our new home three months after first seeing it and could not be happier. I would happily recommend Andrea to anyone looking for a home in this area, in my opinion, she is the leading and most friendly property consultant in this area. If you think you want to do it then do it and make Andrea top of your list of people to get in touch with.
Micky & Hazel
Patrick van de Cruyce
I have a Taxi Company on territory Koksijde. And am quite a while looking for a stay on the Spanish coast. In October 2012 I decided to take a flight to Almeria. Since I had an appointment with Andrea who picked me up from my Hotel in Vera Playa to visit a few apartments on the coast. Andrea is a very pleasant person that is fully dedicated to her job. The next day I went back with Andrea to visit a few houses inland. On reflection, I liked this location much better and I opted for a beautiful villa in the mountains with a private pool in Arboleas. Andrea and lawyer Lucas have all the paperwork in order. So that I could draw the deed by early 2013 at the Spanish notary. For those looking for a Spanish stay. Andrea, I want to thank you again for all you did for me.
Pam and Jeremy Legg
As first time buyers in Spain, the whole experience looked a bit daunting……so many questions, so many concerns, so many ifs, and buts! Then we met Andrea. Right from the start, Andrea was there to guide us through the whole process with an abundance of knowledge, not only of the purchasing process but has so much local knowledge that we felt comfortable in placing our trust in her… Even back in the UK, Andrea kept in touch …patiently answering our hundreds of questions! At no point did we feel under pressure to proceed …..some sales folk can be very pushy, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. So eventually we purchased our dream home in the sun, picked up the keys from Andrea this week……then the added bonus of €500 in cash (to be honest we had completely forgotten about that !) Thanks Andrea the money won’t go to waste on too much sangria!
Pam & Jeremy Legg
Christelle, Marc, Fanny, and Olivier
We want you to share our experience because we bought a villa near Albox with very good tracking of Andrea. Andrea helped us during this first purchase in Spain by visiting the villa but also giving us the name of a legal adviser who oversaw our transaction. We bought two couples and we are unanimous in welcoming the seriousness of these two partners. The transaction lasted for nearly a year because the situation of the villa and the situation of the vendors was complicated but at no time we n have panicked despite the fact we had paid a deposit because we were in permanent contact and pro-actively Andrea and our legal adviser. You can trust and like us, you will be the owner in Spain.In addition, you can always ask your questions to Andrea on all kinds of subjects and she always responds with pleasure. It’s also part of the very good service of this agency.
Christelle, Marc, Fanny, and Olivier
Brenda and Steve Partridge
Thank you to Andrea Hollings. The smiles say it all – thank you so much for your friendly, supportive and professional approach. Some work to do but we are sure it won’t be long before we have our place in the sun exactly as we want it. Looking forward to relaxing in the sunshine enjoying the stunning views, particularly those dramatic sunsets.
Brenda and Steve Partridge
We were hardly the easiest clients, but Andrea trekked around from property to property with us and pulled out all the stops to arrange viewings and find as many suitable options as possible. She also helped us to arrange accommodation on our viewing visits and is always on hand with advice and help. She has the patience of a saint and works incredibly hard to find her clients the ideal property. We found ours, and for us, the buying process was mostly painless and straightforward. Andrea is very professional and most importantly, honest, providing a fantastic service. We love our Spanish home and will spend as much time as possible there. Thank you, Andrea!
Martin and Diane Rogers
We began our search for a holiday home around June 2018 and after an unsuccessful viewing trip to the Costa del Sol, decided to look at other areas. The Almeria region ticked several boxes and as we whittled down the property search (and agents) to single figures, we researched the surrounding areas and felt Arboleas with its locality to the coast, airports and a laid back feel was ideal (on paper at least). By the end of August, we were flying out for a short viewing trip, upon arrival in Arboleas, Andrea chauffeured us on an informal tour of the areas as we progressed through our shortlist. Our beliefs on the location were confirmed and an offer on a Villa was made shortly thereafter. While navigating through the subsequent purchasing process, Andrea and the team were on hand to guide and answer any questions we had. After completing in early November, Andrea was there to meet us on our first day in the property and have stayed in contact since, helping us to settle into the ways of this wonderful Countryside. There’s a much more personal feel to Property Agents aboard and Andrea managed to balance the fine line of buying and selling with aplomb.
Martin and Diane Rogers
I had no previous knowledge about Spain or the Arboleas area and just decided to come over after seeing the beautiful hills on the TV programme Sun, Sea and selling houses. Came on a visit to the area and Andrea arranged for me to see a selection of villas. As I had not been to Spain before had no real idea of what was on my ‘wish’ list except for a large plot and a swimming pool (- although this list did start to grow once I had seen a few properties). I can not believe how patient Andrea was with me……I thought I had found the ‘perfect’ place, I came back for a second viewing after saying that this is definitely the one etc only to find that it wasn’t how I remembered it and wasn’t right after all. So, Andrea spent more time with me trying to find something that would fit the bill, even helping arrange to see properties which were listed with other agents!! She even made time to come on these viewings with me so she could be my ‘sounding board’ as by this time she probably had a better idea of what I wanted than I did!!! Nothing was fitting the bill until she persuaded me to see a property that I had seen on the website but had discounted it as it looked too dark…..she was right to persuade me to view it as it was the home I was looking for. She sat with me and we discussed an offer – she was always very honest about the value of a property and helped me secure it at a price which fitted my budget. Andrea helped to ensure that the purchase went through smoothly and within the timeframes, I was looking for and I am now settled in with the two dogs enjoying walking in the beautiful hills. I can’t thank Andrea enough for persuading me to look at this villa, for her never-ending patience, honesty, and support. If you are looking to buy a property in this beautiful area I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Andrea.
Clive and Jo Kershaw
We bought our amazing home in Spain through Andrea in October 2015. After months and months of comprehensive research, we finally cleared some time in our hectic schedules to visit the Almeria region. We had our list of potential properties and hoped that the time we had set aside would allow us to get a good feel for the area and confirm that this was the place for us. Our first estate agent told us that the properties we were interested in were mostly sold or off the market for other reasons but gave us a lot of information, showed us the area and had a property that looked good for us. Agent number 2 didn’t show up, number 3 only had one property to show us and we spent our last viewing day with Andrea. Considering that we had varying experiences with estate agents at this point, from ‘fabulous to not bothered, that we had seen a property we were interested in and that we woke up that morning with the thought that the day was merely a box-ticking exercise; Andrea had quite the job ahead of her! Andrea was lovely. We felt we were being shown around by a friend who was happy to chat to us and answer the many questions that arose, irrespective of whether they were property related (yes Clive can get a bacon butty locally!)
She listened to our requirements, reviewed the potential list of properties and re-organised the viewing list to accommodate our ever-increasing demands; making the day an absolute pleasure. And view we did! Having seen people on television in tears when seeing the house of their dreams, being convinced that this was all acting and didn’t happen in reality and certainly wouldn’t happen to two savvy individuals like us …… well we saw our perfect home and the tears flowed! Everything else paled in comparison. Having such a visceral reaction to a property meant to us that we had to have it. Andrea was superb during the negotiations, she gave us solid advice and made the whole procedure very smooth and stress-free. The intervening months between the sale being agreed and the final signatures at the notary meant a lot more questions from us – all of which were answered quickly and efficiently. The final signing was smooth and efficient – with even more tears of course! We can honestly say that from beginning to end Andrea has been professional, efficient and courteous. Every email, phone call, and text was answered promptly and every promise fulfilled. Knowing that Andrea and the team are in Arboleas for when we make our permanent move next year is so reassuring – they are a mine of information and local knowledge, and not only this but they are the Property Fairies and can make your home in Spain wishes come true!
Clive and Jo