We arranged a 1 week flying visit to Costa Blanca, never having even been there before, and contacted multiple agents to arrange blitz viewings of over 30 properties in 5 days. We thought this would be a chance to kick start a search for a wee Spanish bolthole and get a feel for the area and types of properties.
We never imagined we'd find "The One" and completely drop the idea of just a wee bolthole.
We were wrong.
All of the other agents we viewed with were very helpful and pleasant, but on our second last day, you showed them all how it's done, and showed us we were wrong about "The One" with your "wildcard I think you guys might like to see". How right you were.
How you managed to interpret the seemingly random list of properties from your website which we asked to view as meaning we'd be interested in such a wildcard option is something we'll probably never understand, but we'll be eternally grateful that you did.
Maybe you have a warped and twisted imagination that led to a lucky break, or maybe you're smarter than some people say you are, or maybe that chorizo you keep sneaking into paella gives you Superpowers :-) , but whatever it is, without you, we'd likely never have found "The One". Or to use a well worn and maligned phrase, "Our dream home in the sun".
The mad rush to then make sure we offered to buy, had that accepted, and reserved with a deposit before heading back to the UK only 2 days later... then getting back to Spain again only 4 weeks down the line to complete the purchase and take ownership, couldn't have then been done without Sophie's help and assistance - and her patience with our constant emailed questions... so it's definitely been a much appreciated team effort from Casas Manuel.
We really can't thank you enough guys, and we definitely thoroughly recommend you to anyone looking for a property in Costa Blanca... even if they don't find a property through you, they'll at least have the pleasure of meeting you.
We look forward to seeing you again soon guys - take care.
Alan & Sunny (Scotland)
Alan and Sunny McIntosh (May 18th, 2017)
We have now bought and sold property with Casas Manuel, and what a great company and family.
We bought a run-down townhouse in Benijofar. The roof was caved-in and leaking and the property was almost derelict
Manuel recommended the builder Miguel (Construfutor) He and his work force did a fantastic job.
Nothing was too much trouble finished on time. Damon, Sophie, Charlotte, Manuel and his wife Linda all made the buying and selling so easy and they gave all the help possible to make things go smoothly.
These are the best in Spain. We have now left those sunny shores, but will always remember how kind and helpful everyone was. They all made us feel welcome and part of the family.
We wish them all the very best with their company we will visit again and look forward to meeting all again.
Your biggest fans Alan and Lynda.
Alan and Lynda Loomes (May 15th, 2017)
Just to say how pleased we were with the sale of our villa and to thank you and Sophie for the attention and professional service you afforded to us. Also for finding the buyers you did as we got on very well with them.
Sold within one week !! how much better can you get?
We wish you and Casas Manuel every success in the future.
Frank andMaggie Crowther
Frank and Maggie Crowther (May 8th, 2017)
So…… This time last year, Alan and I were in turmoil. We knew we wanted to move abroad and the house went on the market. We would be moving lock, stock and barrel, but where to?? It was at this point that Alan was planning to go to the ‘Place in The Sun’ show, London.
Whilst there, he was over-whelmed with an array of agencies all vying for his attention, but out of all the exhibitors it was Damon and Casas Manuel who stood out from the rest. Why is that, you may ask? Well, it was Damon’s unassuming nature, his friendliness and genuine interest in our venture that made us meet up in Benijofar a few months later.
Our first impression was a no-pressure scenario where we could make the decisions and dictate our search which eventually led to considering building ‘off plan’. This was something I wasn’t interested in doing (Alan was all for it….) as we had been through the process in the UK and I wanted something more immediate. However, on our second visit, we were introduced to Miguel at Construfutor and one year on we are awaiting the completion of our villa in Benijofar - (6 months build time).
The process has been seamless due to the help and support from the whole team at Casas Manuel. Damon has been instrumental in our move from the UK to Spain and we are blessed to have discovered him and his family. Yes, there is a certain amount of luck with who you meet and who you work with, but we are most fortunate to have come across Casas Manuel.
On reflection, we couldn’t have imagined a more helpful estate agent who went out of their way to ensure that we had time to think, time to plan, time to consider all options and time to make our dream a reality. We will be eternally grateful.
We hope therefore, should anyone be in any doubt as to whether they should or shouldn’t – you definitely should!! Good luck. Kae and Alan.
Alan and Kae Robson (April 19th, 2017)
After looking for a property in Spain for around 3 years and viewing with a number of other estate agents, we came upon Casas Manuel at the Glasgow roadshow for A Place in the Sun. From the moment we met Linda we felt really comfortable with her, no pushy hard sell, just friendly, professional and pleasant service.
When we came back to Spain recently to view and then buy our 'place in the sun', we met Damon, who has been extremely helpful throughout the whole process, keeping us fully advised and updated of the progress of the sale.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Casas Manuel to anyone. They have been absolutely amazing!
Ann and Robert Drummond, Scotland
Ann and Robert Drummond (March 8th, 2017)
I would like to thank you all at Casas Manuel for completing the sale of our property in Spain in record time! We could not believe how quick you found us a buyer.
We spoke to a couple of estate agents in spain but as soon as we walked into your office we new you were the right company for us. Very professional but friendly and gave very good advise.
You also communicated well with us and our solicitor during the sale and made the whole experience easy with no hassle.
Thanks again and I would defiantly recommend you to anyone who is selling or buying a property in Spain.
All the best with your business in the future.
Veronica and Ian McNeil
Veronica and Ian McNeill (February 27th, 2017)
Hi Damon, We would like to offer our thanks to you,family and staff for the fantastic service provided in the purchase of our property in Benimar. Without your help it would have been a daunting experience. Also your after sales service has been second to none, even setting our online utilities accounts up when all I asked for was a translation of same.
Your friendly,business like approach made for a pleasant hassle free purchase and we never felt pressured into any decisions.
We would not hesitate to recommend Casas Manuel to anyone.
Regards. Phil & Sue Southern.
Phil and Sue Southern (February 14th, 2017)
Dear Damon, I am writing to say how pleased my wife and I are with the way we have been dealt with by yourself and all at Casas Manuel.
We decided to sell our house in Spain in October 2016, and from our initial visit to Linda in your Agency shop, and then our conversations with yourself and Sophie, I can say that we have been impressed with the way we have been treated and the efficient handling of our sale.
We were delighted, that in spite of the current market, you were able to find a buyer within weeks for us.
On top of this, we were extremely grateful that you undertook extra work for us, such as taking an inventory on our behalf, because we were not able to fly out ourselves.
In all our dealings with yourself, Linda and Sophie, we have been extremely impressed with your helpfulness and the manner in which you have kept us up to date with the sale proceedings etc.
We look forward to completing on 16th February.
I can highly recommend yourself and Casas Manuel to any future sellers.
Thank you for all you have and are doing.
Update - 17.02.2017
Dear Damon, Sophie, Tim and Linda,
Just to let you know that our lawyer says the exchange on our house went through smoothly this morning.
Can we just say a huge thank you for all your help in walking us through this and for getting us the sale. We are so pleased with the service we received from yourselves, and you were all just so great to deal with. We really appreciate all you have done.
We hope things continue to go well for you, and that the TV series on Channel 4 brings you in some more business.
We would have no hesitation in recommending you to any other clients.
Jim and Sylvia Crockett
Jim Crockett (February 9th, 2017)
Casas Manuel....... Exceeding Expectations?!!
What a statement to need to live up to..... well this family run business DO in EVERY way!!
From our first chance meeting at a road show, where there are many estate agents doing the same thing, Casas Manuel just ooze a personal interaction whilst being friendly, interested and professional.
From as little as a few days later, they started to deliver what they said they would, which in our case was reiterating what our property desires were and then sending us appropriate properties for us to look over. There was never too many emails and all were options around what we asked for.
A few months later, there it was what we thought could be the one.....
We arranged to view it and Casas Manuel also set us up to see other potential options. Once face to face, Manuel helped us to assess if what we thought was the property for us really was...... it was not and although he knew we would have parted with our cash there and then, he insisted we think more. He was correct! It took a few more months but together we/ they found us our home.......
You would think it stops there but not with Casas Manuel...... their business covers every aspect of the buying process and without their support, we would not have managed to sort out the emails, money transfers, solicitors, bank account, NIE number etc. AND THEN/STILL, now that we have our keys, they are still helping us.... the changing of door locks, painting of the property, the gardening and even a furniture package, including soft furnishings IF WE WANT IT!! All of this with no pressure at anytime during the whole process and that has now been a full year since our first meeting.
We can't believe how fortunate we have been to meet such a genuine family who have choose to set themselves up in the business of EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS. As a business they work hard for you and deserve to be successful and as people, they are all you are lucky to have in a friend.
Sincerely Kevin and Diane Fotheringham.
Sincerely Kevin and Diane Fotheringham. (September 26th, 2016)
Hello Damon and Linda!
I want to thank you so much for finding my dream home in Playa Flamenca Spain!!! I've been here for almost a month now and I'm truly loving it. Casas Manuel have been brilliant from the start. You made the transactions and banks incredibly simple. I'm a first time buyer and thought it was more complicated. It wasn't! It's amazing! I recall within one or two months my new home was ready to move in.
Damon, you even Whatsapp me pictures of the bundle of keys with full instructions how to enter the property, you went there to make sure the electricity and water was turned on for me as I was arriving from the airport late in the evening and you left me a bottle of Cava! You're like a family to me. Continuously helping me even though I've moved in to the property.
Also, being filmed by Channel 4 was amazing for me and this is one of the reasons why I chose you as an agent. A filming company would do their research on a company to be aired so I knew you would be trustworthy.
Thank you again for being exactly who you are... Which is a genuine, kind and caring person!
Mai Lee (August 5th, 2016)
Dear Sophie and the whole Casas Manual family.
Thank you for your support during the process.
You made it so easy.
Much appreciated I will inform you when I'm intending to visit.
Farida (June 16th, 2016)
Dear Damon I just wanted to email you to thank you once again for all of your help in selling our home. We have sold many properties in the UK over the years in addition to the two in Spain and we have had very different experiences with all of the various selling agents.
We initially contacted Casas Manuel to discuss the marketing of our property as you had been highly recommended to us by several of our friends who had been very happy with the service you had provided. As soon as we visited your office it was very apparent that yours was a very professional family run business which we found very reassuring in this very different environment.
On the day that you came to our home to value the property and explain the services that Casas Manuel could offer us it was a very easy decision to make for us to proceed with yourselves. We were very glad that we did as not only did you achieve a good number of viewings, the majority of which were in a position to proceed.
When you introduced our buyers the contracts were set up and the hard work and support from the Casas Manuel Team was exemplary, especially you Damon and the whole transaction from start to finish took only a few weeks in total! We would just like to say that you are a credit to the " industry" in which you work.
Thanks to you and Sophie and the rest of the family for all your good wishes for our future in the UK and please be assured that we both wish you all well and continued success with what is a very well managed, caring, family business.
Jim and Grace Cook (May 28th, 2016)
Good Evening Damon;
May we please take this opportunity to thank both you Charlotte and the rest of your staff in helping us find a new home in Spain. Also our thanks in helping us through the process and making all the arrangements for solicitor, bank etc.
We were amazed that today went so well and everything fell into place so easily, something that would never happen back in the UK.
Again our thanks and hopefully everything will continue to progress over the next few weeks or so, if we do not speak before we will come in and see you all in September when we plan to visit again and hopefully reside in our new home.
Phillip & Denise (May 18th, 2016)
Just to let you know, it's cold and wet here.
Thanks for a fantastic couple of days with you, viewing properties. It was a really good experience, with fantastic results. We are both over the moon. From start to finish it was a pleasure, without any stresses. You and your company made the process straight forward.
Thanks a million.
Chris & Ingrid (April 26th, 2016)
I am a first time property buyer in Spain so was a bit apprehensive about starting this process, but I wish I met Casas Manual sooner as I needn’t have worried.
Casas Manual made the whole process so smooth, they was so quick to respond to my queries in a way I totally understood what was happening which put my mind at ease and gave me total confidence that everything was moving in the right direction.
If I ever decide to buy or sell in Spain again Casas Manual will be my first port of call.
Chris Cahill (April 18th, 2016)
I hope you are well.
Many thanks to you and the family for all your help with the sale.
The bank transfer was the final hurdle and now that is completed we are all done.
Take care of yourselves and thanks again.
Keith + Sally Parr (April 18th, 2016)
Your service was second to none , very professional & we were kept informed all the way through the process.
Daran Murray (April 11th, 2016)
We initially met Linda from Casas Manuel at A place in the sun exhibition ,where we were put at ease immediately regarding buying property abroad. As we had already arranged visiting the Costa Blanca with a view to buy ,it made perfect sense to have Casas Manuel as our agent.
Damon who spent more than 2 days showing various property within our budget was very patient and helpful in every way in securing the deal on a lovely property in La Zenia. Casas Manuel are an excellent family company with a very professional approach to making sure their customers make the right decision.
We would highly recommend Casas Manuel as your partner in the choosing of you summer home in the sun.
Thanks again Linda and Damon.
Michael and Margaret.
Sheffield. April 2016.
Michael and Margaret (April 8th, 2016)
Hi Linda /Sophie
Can you say a big thank you to Manuel for his help and assistance in the purchase of the property.
I would have no doubt to Recommend Casas Manuel to any person wishing to buy a property in the Costa Blanca.
Roy Pooley (March 7th, 2016)
We have just returned from our first visit to our new apartment and would like to thank you so much for making the buying process as easy as you did. From our initial email asking you to show us properties to the very full day you spent driving us around, you took note of all of our wishes and eventually came up with the property we have now purchased. You were not the only agent we did this with but you were certainly the only one that went the extra yard to find what we wanted.
The solicitor and bank you recommended were wonderful and made the legal side of things very straight forward even though neither of us speak any Spanish.
Thank you to all at Casas Manuel, we would certainly recommend you to anyone thinking of buying a property in Spain.
Many thanks & best regards.
Pete and Anne (February 22nd, 2016)
We couldn’t be happier finding Casas Manuel! From the moment we walked in the door we felt so welcome and at ease. Linda chose a selection of properties from an area that she felt would suit us and we were not disappointed!
We met Damon from the Benijofar office and he showed us around 5 properties, at no point was there any pressure to decide on one or any, but we did fall in love with one and after he took us back to have a second look we decided to put in an offer. Damon took us back again the next day for another look and still no sales patter but genuine pleasure in our excitement that we still liked the place. Our offer was accepted and from then on the Rodriguez family helped us to sort everything out! What could have taken weeks or even months was done in less than a week!
The family are truly lovely, there was nothing too much trouble for them. We would have no hesitation in using them again and would most definitely recommend Casas Manuel to anyone who is thinking about buying in Spain.
Greta + Amanda Shelly (September 16th, 2015)
Following three holiday visits to the Quesada area, and having friends who have a property there, we were very interested in investing, a lovely escape to the sun.
Our friends had highly recommended Casas Manuel, we had signed up to several agents newsletters, liked lots of properties, however we were waiting till the ideal property came up and hoped that it was with Casas Manuel, It was!
We had a holiday visit to Quesada again in October 2014. One month later our lovely property came on the market, I was delighted that it was with Casas Manuel. From the moment I made contact with them (Linda) nothing was too much trouble, they answered every question in detail, relayed any information we required. I felt immediately at ease with the process, bearing in mind we did not visit the property for a viewing, we relied on Linda & Sophie to talk us through it. Three months later, mortgage papers to be signed, a property to be viewed, we flew over, I was so excited, Sophie was a pleasure to deal with, the afternoon of our arrival we visited the property.
I can honestly say that every detail that was relayed by Casas Manuel, was correct, it was the first time we had seen it. I was thrilled with the property.
Sophie arranged my mortgage, liaised with the banks and the Solicitor, she recommended and visited the property with us and a builder. All in all, they are the most amazing professional, personable estate agents. Do not have a moment’s hesitation!, they will guide you every step of the way, with honesty and expertise. Thank you Casas Manuel!
Therese Dvinskis (July 15th, 2015)
My husband and I appeared on the programme A Place in the Sun. The property that we chose to buy was being sold by Casas Manuel. How fortunate were we. From the minute we agreed a price to the handing over of the keys, we were looked after by both Manuel and Sophie who arranged everything for us. From a bank account, solicitor, foreign exchange broker, NIE numbers, and took us to the notary.
We had been considering a property abroad for a few years but had been put off by the worry of all the red tape needed. However, it was so simple and stress free. Nothing was too much trouble and they held our hands every step of the way.
We tell all our friends about them and if anybody is considering buying a Spanish property, then look no further than their website. If you are reading this and thinking it is too difficult, then think again. Casas Manuel are brilliant! They really are.
Karen and Peter Greaves – Royal Wootton Bassett (June 3rd, 2015)
Casas Manuel is a family run business who supplied an excellent professional, friendly service in the sale of our Villa last year. The enthusiasm and assistance given to us by Damon, Linda and Sophie resulted in a straightforward sale in a few months, during a very difficult time in the property market. Damon kept us informed by emails and phone calls of viewings and feedbacks whilst we were either on holiday in Spain or back in the UK. In fact, it was when we were back home that it came as a very pleasant surprise when Damon called to say they had a buyer for our Villa. All negotiations of the sale followed smoothly with their help which we greatly appreciated.
Casas Manuel come with our highest recommendation when you are looking for an honest and hardworking agency to buy or sell your property.
Ian & Pam MacCabe (February 4th, 2015)
We have had a property in Spain since the year 2000, this is now our third and to say that Casas Manuel have been fantastic is an understatement! I am the original nightmare customer and given that I work with the public myself I think I would have given up with me, however the whole Casas Manuel family have been nothing but supportive even though I changed my mind 3 times regarding the properties and eventually took a year to decide which one I would eventually purchase. Their service has been nothing short of world class and I would thoroughly recommend them. Their pre, post and aftersales has been superb and I am so glad that I discovered them. Their extensive knowledge and expertise was excellent so once again thank you, Sophie, Damon, Manuel,Linda and Charlotte.
Angela and Gerry Kerr Glasgow, Scotland (January 23rd, 2015)
It was a dream to have our own "place under the sun" in Spain! After visiting a second home trade fair in Belgium, we decided to go for a Spanish real estate broker. So we found Casas manuel in Benjiofar coincidental by surfing on the web.
From the first contacts, we had a very good feeling with the people of Casas Manuel: the way they treat you, approach things and handle everything with care … very correctly. They also help you after the sale/transaction when unexpected problems appear.
If you are looking for real estate in the area of Guardemar /Torrevieja/ La Zenia, we really recommend Casas Manuel.
Rita & Koen, Zonhoven, Belgium (October 30th, 2014)
After being on the mailing list of a number of Spanish estate agents on the Costa Blanca, we found ourselves in the fortunate position of being able to do more than just look at the photos to be being able to buy a property for ourselves. Luckily for us the property we chose to buy was being sold through Casas Manuel in Benijofar. The friendly and thoughtful staff supported us throughout the process and enabled the purchase to proceed as stress free as possible. We were always able to make contact, either by phone or email, to discuss any queries or worries that we may have had and everything that they said they would do, they did. Having heard many horror stories about the problems that can occur when buying property in Spain we have come away from the experience with a lovely house and the peace of mind of knowing that all the legal hassles have been taken care of on our behalf. If you too find yourself in the lucky position of being able to purchase a property on the Costa Blanca we would certainly recommend Casas Manuel.
Karen and Paul Buckley - Manchester, England (August 12th, 2014)
As recent clients of Casas Manuel our experience may be of interest to other property buyers/sellers. We wanted plenty of viewings, with appointments kept, followed by prompt and honest feedback and this is exactly the service provided by Casas Manuel. Within six weeks of placing our property with them, their enthusiastic and energetic marketing style found the ideal buyers. We found Manuel and Damon together with their office support staff all to be excellent.
If you are looking for a professional yet friendly family run estate agency then go to Casas Manuel.
Andy and Cathy Brown (June 19th, 2014)
You certainly exceeded our expectations! A big thank you to all the team - especially Manuel for introducing our palate to the wine of Ribera Del Duero – Muy Bien!
Peter + Heidi Birchmeier (January 4th, 2014)
Casas Manuel gave me a thoroughly professional and personal service, helping me find an ideal home and assisting me at every stage of the process. Even after the purchase had gone through, the family team at Casas Manuel helped me settle into the property, find trustworthy tradesmen and get to grips with how things work in Spain for newcomers. I would happily recommend them.
Leon Hawthorne (December 20th, 2013)
In August 2013 my wife and I decided to place our property on the market and after visiting many different Estate Agents in the area decided to place it in the hands of Casas Manuel in Benijofar, our property was situated nearby in Quesada. Damon visited our property to collate the details and take many photographs both inside, outside and of the views from our terrace over the Golf course and across the valley towards Crevillente. These with an excellently worded description was placed on the agency website by the end of that day.
During Damons visit to our property he explained all aspects of how the sale would be conducted and the actions and support he would provide to secure a sale such as where the property would be advertised in Europe and not just Spain, also a full explanation of the fees and charges was explained even to what we would expect to pay in fees, charges and taxes ourselves as a non resident.
We left keys to our property with the Agency when we returned to the UK in Late August at the finish of our summer holiday and felt very secure in doing so
We appreciated the fact that the market was slow in Spain as it has been in most European countries for some time due to the economic climate ,however, due to our total surprise approx. 6 weeks after our return we received a call to say that a viewing had been made and an offer made following discussion over the following week ,with much support from Damon, we agreed a sale price and the sale was completed in late November 2013.
I would certainly highly recommend the Casas Manuel Agency and their staff to any one wishing to either sell or purchase property, We both consider that the company and staff are all totally committed to giving their best to customers, they provide an excellent friendly service and are always ready to help and support their customers.
On behalf of my Wife and I, I would like to say thankyou very much for making the sale of our property is Spain a painless , worry free and pleasant experience.
David & Claire Carey (December 13th, 2013)
On coming to Spain to look at property, with our heads full of warnings and worries from other people, we could not have met a better team than the team at Casas Manuel.
Immediately we met we felt welcomed and put at ease. Manuel and Linda led us smoothly and competently through the viewing process. Manuel was himself a fountain of knowledge while he drove us around the area, with absolutely no pressure put on us at all. A perfect English speaking Spanish gentleman and father we built up trust and camaraderie during our days viewing. Then when we decided to buy Manuel and Linda and the team at Casas Manuel led us through the whole process effortlessly and without a hitch. Manuel just got going and sorted everything for us quietly and without delay . It was really like a dream come true, to find your place in the sun in such a beautiful and healthy place and to find yourself actually being looked after so well our agents. We bought our place two years ago now and I can truthfully say that it was the best decision of our lifetime, as we love the area , and our lives have been enriched not only by the beautiful weather and scenery of Spain but also by meeting such wonderful people in Casas Manuel, who remain in touch and at hand with friendly smiles and generous dispositions.
Elizabeth Fox (September 19th, 2013)
Casas Manuel sold our villa in El Raso last year. Although not in Spain at the time of the sale, Casa Manuel kept us fully advised of the situation as it developed. Indeed they went out of their way to ensure that the sale proceeded keeping in close contact with our solicitor and "running errands" as necessary. All members of staff were fully conversant with the situation saving messages being passed backwards and forward. A first class service by all.
Brian Foster, UK (August 10th, 2013)
Excellent and straightforward way of doing business at Casas Manuel.....we told you what we wanted and you found it for us - no pressure selling like we had with other companies on our visit - Thank you!
The Vandenhoek Family (June 10th, 2013)
We can highly recommend Casas Manuel Real Estate to anyone either buying or selling a property. We have done both.
It is a family run business, and you can tell as soon as you walk through the door. You always get a warm welcome and nothing is too much trouble.
Both the selling of our property and the buying of a plot was completed with confidence and efficiency. This is so important when you are buying a property in Spain for the first time, because you are not quite sure who you can trust..
All the best
Trish and Dom Carroll (May 20th, 2013)
Hi Manuel and all the family at Casas Manuel - although these brief words won't do you justice hopefully they will let your future clients know what they can expect from you. We are a nearly retired couple from the UK and have always dreamt of retiring on the Costas. We had booked a trip to visit the Costa Blanca and had booked in numerous agents. Casas Manuel were the last on our itinary and are we glad we didn't rush into anything before we had been to all appointments. Manuel - a Native Spaniard but fluent in English met us at our hotel and after 5 minutes of his company it felt we knew each other for years. We viewed several properties, one of which being a property in Ciudad Queada which met most, if not all of all requirements - from here Manuel took control and managed to secure a price that both we and the owners were happy with. The formalities that followed went smoothly (and quicker than we anticipated) and we are now proud owners of a home in Spain and look forward to our golden years under the sun! Gracias por todo!
John and Mavies Davidson – Leeds, UK. (February 14th, 2013)