Some of the nice things people have said about us:
Many more testimonials on request
From Pauline Grande Lopez 22/7/15
I am writing to thank you for your excellent service in selling my house in Granada.
My husband sadly died two years ago and I was absolutely desperate to sell my villa which is located just 15 minutes car ride from the centre of Granada. I came across the Girasol website whilst searching different properties which were up for sale.
After contacting yourselves within a few days Terry and Lisa Mottershead contacted me and came to see my property to take measurements and photographs. Within just a few weeks I had a couple of viewings and in February one of the viewings resulted in a sale, which was completed in the middle of June. One of the reasons this took a while was that during the solicitors negotiations it came to light that the size of my plot and size of my house differed on the deeds to the land registry which meant that I had to get an architect to come and measure my house in order to get the correct measurements so that the sale to go ahead.
Within a few days Lisa arranged for an architect to come and do the true measuring and also do the energy certificate at the same time, Lisa even helped with the measuring and when the papers for the New Declaration had been completed, Lisa came to my house for me to sign the new declaration in order for the sale to proceed. All the way through Lisa and Terry were at the end of the phone and kept me in touch with every detail by email and were to me a great comfort as being on my own. On the day of completion they came to collect me and take me to the Notarios office, which was in Torrex due to the buyer’s choice of solicitor.
I cannot praise Lisa and Terry enough, very friendly and easy to talk to, they are a couple that make a great team together. I would most certainly recommend your company to anyone having trouble selling their Spanish property due to your large coverage, but most of all I cannot thank Lisa and Terry enough for their most efficient and friendly service and I wish them well in all their future sales.
Thank you so much,
Pauline Grande Lopez
From Gillian and Michael Knowles 18/7/15
I am writing to thank Girasol Homes and particularly Dave Wood and Amy Cosgrove. We had decided we wanted to buy a holiday home "somewhere in Playa Flamenca!!”, we had no idea of the different areas or the different style of homes available.
I started researching on the internet and bombarded Dave Wood with numerous houses I thought I would like that were in our price range. Throughout my adding and deleting of my choices he remained polite and positive…I haven’t a clue how he managed all this as I was getting on my own nerves!
When we came over for a few days Dave picked us up and drove us around to view a number of properties I had chosen and some he had chosen. We had a day off from house hunting, then Dave who was always pleasant and never pushed me to make a decision had managed to work out the style of house we wanted and the area that suited us. He took us to view a house that at last was one that I wanted. It was over budget and unfortunately the vendor would not drop her price. We were due to fly home the next morning feeling a little dejected, but at last knowing the style of property and area we wanted to be in.
Then early evening Dave rang us and asked if we wanted to view another house just one street away from my favourite, it was 6.30pm and he picked us up. We viewed the property and I fell in love, our offer was accepted that evening and we are now the owners of a great property that feels like home whenever we walk into it.
Apart from all of the house hunting Girasol Homes advised on solicitors, Currency Companies and Amy turned up at the Notary to put us at ease on the day of exchange. Since then Amy has been wonderful in arranging changes to locks and sending around builders to give us quotes for an extension and generally being at our disposal re queries. All this after the house has been bought…you won’t get that in the UK!! Once the house is yours, UK Estate Agents forget you ever dealt with them.
I can’t recommend Girasol Homes highly enough. I wish I knew more people wanting to buy in Spain so that I could get them to use this wonderful Company.
If anyone has any doubts I am happy to put them at ease if they wish to use Girasol Homes and would be happy for anyone to contact me.
Thank you for all your help
From Lynne Montgomery 14/7/15
I just wanted to say what a fantastic service I've received from Dave & Amy.
Dave's patience & perseverance with my limited budget got me the perfect place to start my new life here on my own. I've been here since Thursday & couldn't have wished for anything better.
Amy's aftercare & welcome when I popped in to the office made all the difference & has been a fantastic start to what I hope is many happy years here.
They really are a credit to your team, & I can not thank them enough.
From Ken Crockett 14/7/2015
My wife and I would like to commend Dominick in the effort and professionalism he put in with helping us to find a property in Quesada.
Even before we set of for Spain he contacted us, to see what our requirements were – at the time they were fairly broad. Once in Spain he set up 2 days of viewing various types of properties for us, from apartments, quads, townhouses and villas.
After a few viewings he got the idea of what we were really after and rejigged his next day’s appointments to take us to the one’s he thought met our criteria.
Once we had found the property we really liked, he helped us make an offer, which was accepted by mid-afternoon on our second day. He arranged a meeting with Solicitors for the next day (even though he was travelling home that day) which he attended as well, and came to the Notary’s office as well. The previous day he even took us to the bank to help us set up our Spanish bank account.
His knowledge of the area and his many contacts throughout the area certainly eased the buying process of our villa, and without his dedication and professionalism, I am sure it would have been a tortuous process. He was even there to hand over the keys to our villa when we came to Spain to pick them up.
If anyone, friends or family, asks us for recommendations on who to use when buying is Spain, we will certainly recommend Girasol Homes and especially Dominick. Please pass on our grateful thanks for everything Dominick did in those few days for us.
From Derek and Lorraine Jones 12/7/2015
Just a few words to let you know about our experience with using Girasol Homes. We recently purchased a property through Girasol and from the moment we walked through the door of your Villamartin office received the most fantastic service. We were made very welcome and treated more like friends than customers. Two of your staff were amazing Amy and Dominic, both went more than that extra mile to help. Dominic went out of his way to assist with a viewing which we finally purchased, while Amy even accompanied us to the Notary and is still in contact advising and assisting on various things. We are extremely pleased with the service received, and would use your company again when the occasion arises. Again many thanks to the staff.
Regards Derek and Lorraine Jones
From Clinton Sprague 27/6/2015
I spoke with Amy yesterday and it appears we are pushing for completion. Therefore, it's probably the right time to drop you this note thanking you for making this process pain and stress free.
Moving to Spain was quite a daunting prospect and I had expected there to be a long drawn-out, troublesome process to get to where we are now. Thanks to your and Amy's professional and meticulous approach the whole experience has been without drama and extremely smooth. The service offered and received has been superb and I will have no second thoughts in recommending Girasol, and you and Amy personally, should the situation ever arise.
Once again, many thanks
From Damian Crowley 15/6/15
Hi there just a quick message to say thanks for the welcome gift of wine etc provided.
I have to say anything that was said to us before the purchase on Condado..(don’t buy..too much of a risk..etc) they were all wrong..
Roy Howitt and yourselves have made this a fabulous experience…
From Vi Robertson 18/5/15
Charlie & I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to Girasol Homes especially Dave Wood & Amy Cosgrove.
From day one both have made sure they have done everything possible to make our move to Spain as easy as possible.
Girasol listened to exactly what we were looking for in a home and Dave found it for us the very first day.
Dave is a very polite, down to earth, helpful guy who answered all our questions about life in Spain in a manner we could easily understand and took us through the deposit procedure before taxiing us back to the airport. He didn't stop there he even arranged our solicitors for us. He thought it was "just his job" but for us it was above and beyond everything we expected.
Amy is still helping us get settled answering questions, pointing us in the right direction and assisting regularly with everything imaginable from new locks to car dealer addresses and generally getting things done which believe me isn't easy as I think I'm still at work where everything was rush rush rush. Amy has taken all our queries in her stride, made us smile, cheering us up when necessary and sincerely we feel she is a friend whom we shall stay in contact with.
Girasol Homes as a company & their staff make very light work of a hard task for this we are very grateful therefore have been recommending the company to friends & family.
We wish you continued success and really can't say Thank You enough.
Vi & Charlie Robertson ( Lo Crispin )
From May and Brendan 23/4/15
My wife and I are just back home after buying a property in Playa Flamenca Spain,we were very fortunate to meet a property agent called Steve Belis of Girasol homes,I can only compare it to going to view property with a very good friend who after agreeing to buy the property brought us to meet all the people who are involved in buying a property and stayed with us throughout the process and 6 hours later the property was ours,my wife and I would like to thank Steve for making everything so easy,we would have no problem recommending him to anybody who wants to go through the same process.
May and Brendan from Ireland
From Nick Marriott 21/4/15
We are back in the UK again to somewhat cooler weather.
The villa is all we had hoped for and though there's a few issues theres nothing we can't resolve.
I'd like to say thank you for all your assistance during the buying process. You were always available even late at night and our queries were always answered or resolved.
Needless to say you are always welcome to visit us and I hope we meet up again.
All the very best,
Nick and Ann
From Gerald and Carol Keating 1/4/15
I am just writing to let you know how impressed my wife and I were with the service provided by Girasol during our recent purchase of a property in Cabo Roig. Hanane from your office was very personable and helpful. She picked us up from our apartment and took us to see a large number of properties, all of which she had clearly matched closely with our stated requirements. As our search progressed Hanane fine-tuned our observations to concentrate on the exact area and type of property we wanted and called in at a number of local estate agents with us. This proved very successful and we put in an offer for a property we really liked and this was accepted by the vendor. After we had purchased the property Girasol provided a very good after sales service. We needed to find a local letting agent to manage the property for us and also to install TV and WiFi and Amy of your office was very helpful and efficient in sorting these things out for us. It can be a difficult and bewildering experience coming out to Spain from the UK with little knowledge of the areas and the various property companies but thanks to Girasol the whole procedure went very smoothly for us.
We would certainly recommend Girasol to anybody in the UK thinking of buying a property in Spain.
Best wishes from Llangennith, Gower
Gerald and Carol Keating
From Ellen Keysers & Marc Delombaerde 9/3/15
I just want to write this email to thank Girasol Homes, and especially Steve Belis (from the office in La Fuente - Orihuela Costa)for the excellent service we received during the purchase of our home. I was asked to find a property for a good friend in Belgium as he wanted to buy a property in the area of Costa Blanca South. I start looking for the right property and contacted Girasol for a couple of visits. They reacted very quickly and the same day I already was in contact with Steve Belis. It is a great advantage to have a Dutch native speaker in the team, it makes you feel "at home" right away. The contact with Steve was really nice and professional. He had already done some research and knew exactly what I was looking for. I immediately had a great feeling with this all... And so we decided to buy one of the houses that Steve showed us. Even after the purchase the service stayed the same. A big thank you to Girasol and Steve Belis for the perfect service and the professional way of doing real estate in Spain! Ellen Keysers & Marc Delombaerde
From K 22/1/15
Thank you for all of your help, here in Belgium it is a cold 2 degrees and snowing! Not an easy change! I would also like to thank you for your kindness, your professionalism and for helping us make the right choice! I will keep you informed of developments.
From Allan Kincaid 22/1/15
I first met Steve Belis on the 12th January 2015. I had booked a weeks stay in the Cabo Roig area of the Costa Blanca, with the intention of looking for a holiday home. I had made a previous appointment with Steve's employer Girasol Homes Spain, at the allocated time Steve met me and my partner at our hotel.
He introduced himself and we started our viewing's after several appointments, we found a property that we liked. We were shown a number of show apartments during which time Steve accompanied us. As he can speak fluent English and Spanish he was able to help explain and assist in questions we had. He was also able to give us added information about the area and property itself, which helped tremendously. He was able to explain the buying process and the Spanish legal requirements, which again we found most useful.
We finished up buying the property the same day which was made very easy with Steve's help and professional knowledge. Were were impressed that during the entire process we did not feel that he was trying to push the sell, which made us feel comfortable and under no pressure.
In all we were happy with our experience in buying a Spanish property and with Steve's experience and assistance it was very straight forward.
The next day he took us to a solicitors and we were able to start the legal process straight away. In all we had a thoroughly enjoyable experience which was made very easy with Steve's help. He was at all times polite, friendly and very professional, he was also able to give us a lot of information about the letting market. I would have no hesitation in recommending him or his company to any future buyers.
Mr Allan Kincaid.
From Jason and Lisa Saunders 13/1/15
Lisa and I would like to say a big thank you for your help with the purchase of the villa in Spain. Without your help and assistance during the purchase the process would have been a lot more challenging. Your help in translating and resolving problems provided us with security & reassurance.
Once again a big thank you.
Jason & Lisa Saunders
From Norman and Lesly Gould 25/12/14
A note to thank you for the extra support given to us that we would consider to be added value. This being the provision of a pool maintenance engineer to set up and service during the time that we had to return to UK. Also, arranging order and delivery of book water for our tank. This also thanking you and the greater team giving us confidence in purchasing in Spin.
Norman and Lesly Gould
From Tina and Geoff Mason 16/12/14
Lovely to catch up with you this morning.
Geoff and I would both like to say a huge "Thank You" for everything you have done for us since we first met up with you at the beginning of October. When we met for the first time it was really our intention to get a idea of the type of property we were looking for. However, once we saw the bungalow on La Finca, it was love at first site and the race was on to sell our property in San Bartolome within a 2 month timeframe.To say you rose to the challenge is an understatement! Due to the efforts of you and you team at Girasol, our apartment was sold withinn a month, and the sale and the purchase of our Spanish dreamhome completed on 9th December.
Throughout the whole process you kept us fully informed, phoning me every Wednesday with updates, and went the extra mile to help us ith our move. When I asked you to recommend a company that could provide boxes and wrapping paper, you actually collected large boxes from Supermarkets, saved your old newspapers and even lent us you own shopping bags.
When we were unsure of what furnishings were being left in our new home, you went round and checked for us to put us at ease, and you were our first visitor on completion day.
We hope you and your team enjoy the chocolates and Baileys we sent, and wish you all a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Looking forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Tina and Geoff
From Robert and Connie Sawkins 11/12/14
This is a testimonial regarding our search for a property in Portugal via Girasol Homes.
We were contacted by Volker Runge who is Girasol Homes' representative in Portugal.
Volker called us in England and spoke to us regarding our exact requirements for our property search prior to our coming to Portugal. He was extremely helpful and Girasol had sent us details of 3 properties which suited our requirements.
We came to Portugal and Volker arranged to meet us and take us to view the properties. One was in Boliqueime which was very nice but was not for us. We wanted to view another property in Tavira and Volker explained there was no land and the property opened onto a main road but would take us there if we wanted to see it; it was agreed that it would be waste of his and our time.
Volker then brought us to "Casa Robbie" in Pinheiro, Loule which was and is exactly what we required and are happy to say that we are now living here.
Throughout the transaction Volker was extremely helpful, having helped us negotiate the price which suited our budget. He also recommended a lawyer who is excellent.
We can honestly say that Volker has been over and above what we expected, he has guided us on opening a bank account and gaining access to the internet.
Volker has been very helpful throughout the purchase and still is and we can highly recommend him and Girasol Homes in their professionalism.
Robert and Connie Sawkins
From Elaine Goddard 24/11/14
I contacted Girasol Homes early in 2014 as I wanted to purchase a property in Spain in the Costa Blanca area. I was put in touch with Samantha to show me around the Calpe area on my first visit in April. She also volunteered to show me around the Denia area, On my second visit in September she toured me around Els Poblets and many other surrounding areas introducing me to a number of agents, until I finally decided on purchasing a bungalow property in Denia.
At all times I found Samantha to be warm, friendly, very patient and engaging. She carefully listened to what my priorities were for the property I was seeking- even though I think I changed my mind a number of times over the course of the property search.
As we drove around looking at different areas and properties, Samantha always put me at ease and was ready with advice on a number of different aspects about living in Spain. Nothing was too much trouble for her. She was conscientious, committed and remained impartial and objective regarding the properties I looked at, although was always willing to give her opinion.
Once I'd made the purchase, Samantha's help and advice was invaluable in finalising matters quickly and efficiently.
I would thoroughly recommend her services as a property finder.
From Gillian de Hoedt 12/11/14
I would like to take the opportunity to express our appreciation for all that Steve Belis has done for us, regarding finding, and buying, property in Spain.
Steve went above and beyond in finding properties that matched up to our criteria and we were not disappointed. He is charming, courteous and goes that extra mile to make sure that his clients are happy in their purchase. He took us to appointments with vendors and the solicitors and ,kept in constant touch to make sure we were happy.
Is he fantastic? – you bet he is and, I am sure an asset to any company that he works for.
Would we approach Steve if we were looking for a house in Spain again? – absolutely.
Would I recommend him to other people we know – without a doubt.
Gillian de Hoedt
From Keith and Jac Millar 11/11/2014
Would like to thank Jeanette for all her help in the purchase of our new lovely villa.
Although this was our second purchase on La Finca, we thought we knew what we were looking for and also what we were up against!
We were not prepared.....partly our own fault....but it got very complicated (not our fault)!
We are so happy with the final outcome and would like to thank Jeanette for all the support and understanding along the way.
Can't wait to get back out to Spain!
Keith & Jac Millar
From Ken and Nicola Price 6/11/2014
My wife Nicola and I are in the process of purchasing a duplex in Velez De Benaudalla. We identified the property on your website and our contacts during the process have been Lisa and Terry Mottershead.
Having just received a further progress update from them I felt the need to advise you of the pleasure we have had in our dealings.
From day 1 Terry and Lisa have been
1) honest in their thoughts and opinions about the property we are interested in
2) extremely helpful in giving advice
3) professional in arranging our viewing and then liaising with the bank
4) excellent in their on going communication through the process
5) extremely attentive ( during our recent visit they dedicated 2 days to not only view but help us with bank accounts and the NEI process
Over and above this their attitude and approach has made this a much easier and more enjoyable process than we ever imagined.
We have a little more of the process to go but on the basis of our experience so far would not hesitate to recommend both Terry, Lisa and Girasol
We would be grateful if you could pass on our sincere thanks to them
Ken and Nicola Price
From Carole Smith 2/11/2014
I just wanted to touch base and let you know that we are really pleased to have been handed the keys to our little apartment in Torrevieja.
We have been in touch with Amy quite a bit and she has been absolutely brilliant in making the pretty daunting task of tying up loose ends and helping us to source everything that we need a whole lot easier. Just to know there is a friendly face/voice ready to help and give advice has meant all the difference to us, she has been an absolute star :D We didn't realise how hard it would be starting from absolute scratch, down from having to buy teaspoons up to having the TV sorted and locating the key for our communal post box! Amy has helped us so much with little things that seem enormous when you don't have any help and can't speak Spanish!
I know we only bought a little place but we feel you have given us the same service, help and support that you would have offered someone buying a mansion, so thank you all once again.
Carole & Martin Smith
From Marcia Hammond 31/10/2014
The reason for this email is to really thank you for all of your help in finding me an apartment that I really like. I found you to be really genuine and trustworthy, I only knew you for couple of days, but had every confidence that you had my interest at heart. This is a very rare happening when someone wants to buy a property (of course I am talking from my past experiences). My request to pull you to the airport on Sunday at 09.00 am,as cheeky as it was, told me that you would go that extra mile to make sure that your client's needs are met. Thank you again and sorry to pull you to the airport. Take care Tim, you are a wonderful guy.
From Ian and Dawn Herd 30/10/2014
I would like to thank you Steve for making our acquisition of an apartment in Spain a pleasant and fruitful experience! After several days of property visits which were hurried and unpleasant, it was an absolute delight to spend a day with someone more concerned with helping us find what we were seeking than simply trying to make a sale. You are an absolute credit to your profession!
Dawn and I could not be more pleased with our lovely vacation apartment in Almoradi. Keep up the good work Sir, and I look forward to seeing you on the golf course one day soon ;-)
From Richard and Catriona 20/10/2014
Thank you very much for all your assistance in purchasing our property in Spain.
From when we first met you we felt confident that we could trust you and you were a great help in showing us the area, recommending and coming to the solicitors with us and putting us in touch with Daniel from Currencies. uk regarding getting our money to Spain.
We would not hesitate to recommend yourself, Amy and all at Girasol to any future property buyers. We are looking forward to seeing you again before the year is out.
Richard and Catriona
From Ian and Julia 1/10/2014
We just wanted to say a huge thank you for your team's help during our search for our new home in Spain. Steve was an excellent guide and went out of his way to make sure we saw a wide variety of properties which met our specification. At no time did we feel pressurised and indeed we were advised to consider carefully before committing ourselves to contracts etc. Your assistance in finding a solicitor was invaluable, Carmela has kept in touch throughout the process and is a real gem! Jeanette and Amy provided all manner of help and advice putting us in touch with everyone from lighting suppliers to hairdressers. Once again many thanks, you really have helped us to find our dream property.
Ian and Julia Roberts
From Darrell, Lauren and Jack 24/9/2014
Been looking for property in Spain for a few years. We had a bad experience following a viewing trip which left us paying a big deposit on a villa which has never been built. We are still trying to get this deposit back.
We were obviously a little worried to buy again however finding a property we liked we contacted the selling agent Girasol and can honestly say it they really have gone that extra mile!
Our villa has stood empty for a few years and was key ready , therefore we have had to have some extra work done by the builder we were buying from plus some snags and alterations. The whole process is very exciting just like setting up your first home, but there is still is a lot to think about at the same time.
We do not speak Spanish so it was good to be able to have Sven and Jeanette to help handle the buying process, they put us in contact with a good solicitor, pool engineer and liaised between them us and the builder who we were buying the property from.
Things in Spain don't happen as quick as they do in England however despite some set backs Jeanette and Sven have been constant with their communication and help regarding the over seeing of the alterations, property and pool installation (still on going!) keeping in touch as promised by email and phone.
Jeanette has been a real help and gave us the peace of mind to know that the villa is been looked after whilst all the work has been going on. Jeanette and the team have shopped for our white goods and have been there on delivery to ensure had everything installed whilst we have been at home in England. We have been given address and information so we can shop easily and quickly, as we usually have little time and also want to try to have a holiday with our five year old son, as well as do the boring stuff! ( his words!) Jeanette has helped look him on many occasions when we needed to concentrate and he likes to do the opposite e.g. at the notary when silence should be observed!
She really is a lovely warm lady who makes you feel welcome and that nothing is too much!
Having bought at the same location as us, Jeanette has been able to advise us and help from her own experience, she has welcomed us into her home to help us with ideas for our villa and how it could look furnished!
We have met her lovely husband Tony, who put us in contact with a good TV internet installation company.
We are able to leave the key with Jeanette when we return to England so she can organise and oversee our villa. It was lovely to see the changes when we have returned to finalise things and buy furniture.
We hope to be in the villa living the Spanish dream from October, but can honestly say that with out the input from Girasol we would have been extremely worried and stressed and in constant fear that we were being ripped off again!
To others wishing to buy property in Spain we highly recommend that you buy through Girasol for its excellent services and amazing staff.
Big thank you to all and to Paul who put us in contact with Jeanette and Sven in the first place.
Darrell, Lauren and Jack
From Lucia Gitau 16/8/2014
Purpose for this email is to express my appreciation for your quick response to my email and sorting out my viewings with a very short notice.
I appreciated Jeanette's efforts which was of great help as she quickly booked a very comfortable accommodation, arranged for someone to pick and took me back to the airport in good time. Jeanette also arranged a very reliable person to drive me around for viewing the properties and finally I managed to locate the right property.
Jeanette's contacts as she continues to communicate with updates on the purchase process is very much appreciated. I would like to state that the service I received was excellent and would not hesitate to recommend Girasol Homes to any of my friends who may wish to purchase a property in Spain.
From Denise Gevers 28/7/2014
I would like to thank you for your good accompaniment and support throughout the purchase process of our apartment. You thought of everything (e.g. notary, attorney, broker, etc.) which made it easy for us to trust you and to conclude the purchase deal in full confidence with you as intermediary.
You made everything very clear from the start which prevented any potential adverse surprises. Without you we would never have had the nerve to conceive let alone go through with buying an apartment in an after all foreign country, with a problem of distance and not always being able to be there for an overview and follow up the events. Your complete support and transparent working method made this happen.
The tour of Orihuela Costa and surroundings went very smoothly also.
We wish you all the best with your career at Girasol.
From Raoul Lenoir 25/7/2014
We would like to thank you Joy for all you did for us. Not only did you find our dream house but the best part is the service after, any information we needed it was never too much you are simply the best Joy
From Suzanne Karlsson 13/7/2014
From start we felt that you would do your very best for us and had all the time in the world for us. Highly professional that is. No matter what questions we had you could answer them all. The affair went smooth and easily, thanks to Steve.
Thank you, Susanne and Anders, Skövde, Sweden.