Around Algorfa, you may well see photos on advertising boards of Rob and Tracey Van Der Veer. The husband-and-wife team behind Orange Casas property specialists, have more than 30 years combined experience as estate agents. Separately and together, they have operated in the UK, Holland and Spain. Like many people who choose to settle in Algorfa, they were attracted by its indefinable special welcome to everyone who finds their way here. Living in the heart of La Finca urbanisation, they run their small independent estate agency as an internet-based operation, as that gives them more flexibility to assist their clients.
Tracey told Around Algorfa, ‘It’s just Rob and myself, and that’s how we like it. We can provide the personal touch that’s missing with some of the larger agencies. If we had an office, there’d be times when we’re both out on viewings, and we could miss walk-in enquiries. Because we’re not bound to a business base, we have the freedom to be ultra-responsive to our clients, and assist them with every aspect of their house purchase or sale.’
Orange Casas advertises extensively on major property portals such as a Place in the Sun, and their reach is impressive, with client contacts worldwide, including all of Europe, America and Canada. That said, the bulk of their sales are located in Algorfa itself and within a 20 km radius of the town. They are so successful in transferring ownership of properties Around Algorfa, they have a waiting list of clients eager to purchase in the town and on La Finca. As Tracey tells us, they prefer to stay local, because they can more easily communicate their love of Algorfa to their clients.
Despite advertising heavily, Rob and Tracey never subject their clients to the hard sell. They advertise so much so they can pair their clients with their dream home in the sun, not to rack up the sales. It’s all about listening to what their clients want, linking them with suitable properties, and allowing the home to sell itself while they assist with every aspect of the purchase. They like to go the extra mile, before, during and after the viewing, sale and purchase process. In fact, most of their clients become firm friends. There’s no better recommendation for their services than that.
Their extensive experience means Tracey and Rob can help with every aspect of your house purchase, not just the property side of things. Speak to them about currency transfers, opening a Spanish bank account, sourcing a mortgage – in fact anything connected to becoming a property owner in Spain. They can even arrange for great value furniture packages for your new build home. And if you feel your resale property needs a bit of cheering up, they can put you in touch with a first-class interior designer whose prices won’t make your eyes water. Orange Casas give 100% attention to detail, and they are not happy unless you are.
The enthusiasm and determination to ensure every client is a happy client means they can sometimes pull off near impossible deals, and succeed where other agents have failed. Recently, Tracey and Rob’s impressive negotiating skills and sheer tenacity closed a freehold deal as the prospective purchasers had just about given up on their dream. If there’s a way around it, Orange Casas will find it!
Between them, Rob and Tracey are fluent in Dutch, English, German and Spanish, so there will be no expensive misunderstandings to deal with. They acknowledge that it can be daunting, coming to a new country to buy property. There are so many agents out there, how do you know who to choose? Orange Casas try to address this by being open about their business practices and explaining every process of the sale so clients are always fully informed. In fact, Tracey describes them as ‘Personal Shoppers for your new home!’
Their enthusiasm and positive attitude means they never give up on a property search, no matter how frustrating it gets. As Tracey says, ‘Your property could end up as our next client’s dream home. Whatever you are selling, there’s someone out there who wants to buy it, and whatever you’re looking for, it’s waiting patiently for you at the next viewing. We collaborate extensively with trusted local agents, because client satisfaction is everything to us.’
The reviews on the website certainly seem to endorse that, and many of Orange Casa’s listings are from personal recommendations and returning clients ready to take the next step in their life in Spain. Why not let Tracey and Rob find your dream home in the sun? You can be sure they’ll find the perfect home for you, and ensure the move is as seamless and stress free as possible.
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