• Robert Cooke

    I wanted to sell my penthouse apartment in Lagos as we were emigrating to the USA but as there are so many realtors on the Algarve I was not certain who would give me the best service and an honest assessment of my property. After speaking to several I chose Alfredo and his colleagues Deanna and Paula at Marcela Propriedades on the Marina at Lagos who sold my property and provided professional advice throughout the process.

    Buying or selling a property in Portugal can be complicated so I found the support and help from Deanna essential and she handled the transaction in a very efficient manner. I was kept informed all the time of prospective purchasers and helped through the legalities when a sale was completed. Nothing was too much trouble in obtaining a sale and she was very much involved all the time until the sale finalized.

    Kindest regards,



  • Eamonn & Jacinta

    We have found Marcela Properties to have been the most professional of all the estate agents that we have dealt with during our two purchases in Portugal.

    We have found Marcela Properties to be extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the area and the individual properties on their books.

    I also think that Marcela Properties are very good at picking out properties that suit the buyer and that are within the buyers price bracket.

    Best Regards,

    Eamonn & Jacinta

  • Helen Walker

    We bought our wonderful apartment in Meia Praia in September 2013, having been carefully and diplomatically guided through the whole process by Deanna of Marcela properties. The visits were conducted thoroughly in a pleasant and constructive atmosphere, full account being taken of the vendor and the purchaser’s requirements. This patient and dignified approach (not to be found everywhere on the Algarve!) was definitely conducive to a successful sale and reassuring for both parties. We are delighted with our purchase and looking forward to great holidays and a sunny retirement. We wouldn’t hesitate to use Marcela as our agent in the future and would highly recommend this company to prospective buyers.
  • Wendy Gregory & Peter Scott

    I would like to share our experience of selling our villa in Vale da Telha, Aljezur with anyone who is trying to sell their property, and considering using Marcela Propriades as their selling agent.

    We had our property for sale for a year, advertising with an internet company who charged a one off fee upfront.  Obviously, the first thought is that this would save the commission fee payable when you sell your property through an agent. What you don’t think about when you don’t live in Portugal is the cost of flights to show prospective purchasers the property, and the hassle that goes with it.

    I received a telephone call from Helen Sands from the Aljezur offices of Marcela Propriades, asking if we would consider letting them sell our property, which we agreed to do.  We had viewers immediately, which was always followed by feedback from Helen or Graeme.

    They took all the pressure off us to sell the property, which they did within a couple of months.  If I had any questions, their reply was always instant.  They were always contactable, whether it was night, morning or weekends.

    They successfully negotiated the deal for us, secured a holding deposit, arranged a solicitor, and held our hands throughout the complete process.  They were very professional throughout, always approachable and  therefore we would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to sell their property.

  • Peter & Caroline Cooke

    From our very first contact with Helen Sands of Marcela Properties we have had a consistent, attentive and very happy experience. My husband went to visit the Vale da Telha area in May 2012 and Helen not only showed him a selection of properties but also show him the facilities around the area.  We both visited in October 2012 and Helen was fully aware of our budget and requirements and showed us some properties patiently listening to our needs and requests.  On placing our initial offer Helen always communicated promptly and accurately, letting us know the legal and fiscal obligations entailed.  Our offer was accepted and we exchanged in January 2013, which meant Helen was busy during the Christmas holidays coordinating the sale.  Since our purchase, the support and advice of Marcela Properties does not end there! Helen gave us great advice and contacts with property maintenance, pool maintenance, insurance, banking etc etc.  Having the office in Aljezur has been a fantastic bonus during 2013 as we can pop into Helen and just say hello or ask for her advice......priceless! We have been very pleased with Marcela Properties and we would advise anyone purchasing property in the Algarve to contact Helen, Muito obrigado Helen!

    Caroline and Peter Cooke
  • Paul & Dawn Beckwith

    We purchased our house in Vale da Telha through Helen Sands at Marcela Propriedades in Aljezur.  We were delighted with the service above and beyond the duty of an Estate Agent – nothing was too much trouble – the purchase process went smoothly thanks to Helen’s professionalism and we became proud owners of our house within weeks.

    Dawn & Paul

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