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What You Say About Let's Live Abroad!

 

John Watts writes: -

 

"We found our property very quickly in fact it was our fourth viewing on the first morning. 3 bed, 2 bath townhouse in La Florida, 5 mins drive to the beach and 10 min walk to loads of bars and restaurants. Only €117000 and in perfect condition. Just perfect for us and all due to you and your advice! 'Go through us and you won't need to go anywhere else'. If I remember correctly this was your advice to us. Thank You we owe you one. Cheers, John."

We were greeted with a voicemail from Joyce Marsh from Edinburgh in the morning who was gushing with excitement about her new purchase: -

 

"Thank you all so much for what you've done. I never wanted to leave Europe and now I've abandoned the sinking ship and plan to become a real Spanish citizen. What made me flip was walking back to the hotel after 10 at night in the warm air and seeing people swimming in the sea. I thought... That's it! I want some of that! That's what did it for me! Everybody has been so helpful. I wanted a small extension built and that's being sorted, so is my bank account, notary, NIE number... Everything!"

 

 

Julie Grice bought her apartment in Alicante city: -

 

"Marcus was fantastic. It was an excellent service."

 

 

Moya Schouten from Kensington was another happy client who kept us on our toes making sure everything was just right for her hairless Sphynx cat, Cosmo.

 

"Your rep was very patient and let me inspect the property to see if there was any escape route for Cosmo who I wanted to keep safe. I wasn't shy about going out with him as he had a cat too and I even got to see it. Thank you, you were very helpful."

 

 

Gill and Ian Stone were delighted with their purchase: -

 

"Your service was really good and really helpful! Couldn't find fault with the rep. She met us on the first day and showed us a wide range of properties, 15 – 20 properties in two days before we found the apartment we liked. The community is like an English village and there are no community charges which makes it very attractive to us."


 

Mark and Cathy Dixon from Preston were pleased with the service: -

 

"Perfect! Brilliant! We were well looked after!"

 

 

Paul Vasey from Tyneside was ecstatic with our services in Costa Blanca:-

"The service has been fantastic! Please share my comments. I think my friends see me as a guinea pig and am sure you will be hearing from them. You have gained my trust and I have no hesitation in recommending you. Your rep spent a lot of time with me. Paul told me 'I can't sell – as you know what you are looking for'. You have had more time for conversation than most people I've spoken to. The whole process has been very pleasurable for me."

 

 

Naomi Nash from Ripon shared her experience of buying with us just after she bought: -

 

"Perfect!. Unbelivable! Cosmic! Amazing!"

 

 

Alistair and Rose Robertson were looking for a home for their retirement and of course they found it. They told us: -

 

"You were marvellous! Wonderful! We weren't shown any properties on the first day. We were told we needed to look at areas first. On the second day we saw eleven houses! It was the 7th or 8th house we saw that we both liked! It was beside the Plaza and had fabulous views over Villamartin's golf course. We were treated like members of the family when we were out there. We were told the Nautilus did the best ribs in the world so we ate their on our last night. Thank you so much!"

 

 

John and Sue Wilson was very generous in their praise after buying. Sue told us: -

 

"The service was efficient, fast and professional. Very good. Very impressive!"

 

 

Raymond Taylor was very generous in his praise: -

 

"You have been so helpful. When there are so many agents it is difficult to see the wood for the trees. Your rep Michael was fantastic and extremely helpful. We really liked 4 or 5 properties we saw in the morning but 2 really stood out. One a 3 bedroom quad and the other we liked best a bungalow which was brilliant and so well furnished. Stunning furniture."

 

 

Lesley McGeoch from Dunoon told us she was happy to share her story. And a lovely one it is too: -

 

"I'm really happy! The first guy who took me round was lovely and I got to see six or seven, 2 bedroom properties before being picked up by Freddy. We saw a few more properties including a 3 bedroom one. I felt a bit scared that I hadn't seen any I liked. But I was taken for a coffee and Carl came across another in the area I liked and found the keys. It had been shut up and had a bit of a smell, but when I was shown round, it was exactly what I wanted! Freddy said I should take my time and think it through but I had made my mind up. We went for a drink at the Emerald Isle and spoke to some other ex-pats about living here. I loved the house and told Carl. It was on for nearly €100,000, so I made an offer and got it! Freddy helped me with everything, opening a bank account, sorting utilities etc. Everyone needs a Freddy!"

 

 

Stuart Hutchison from Glasgow wrote: -

 

The service was great and made easy for us."


A very special thanks from us to Glynis and Steve Brown, Great Yarmouth who was full of praise: -


"It's Glynis. We was met by the loveliest man on Monday at the airport who took us to see a few properties then found us a nice hotel. We looked at one and we loved it and put a deposit down on it. Your rep went way above the call of duty in everything he did, he took us too and from the airport, took us to view properties, took us to the office so we could pay deposit, took us to solicitors and notary, took us out for lunch and took us around the place we are to live. Thank you for all you did at such short notice we really do appreciate it. The property in Torrevieja is now ours,so thanks to you and your team. You even got us a good exchange rate. Janet the solicitor has been wonderful, very patient and helpful, and you my little sweetie helped enormously, we are going out there for the first time at the end of June and we are hoping to run into your rep to buy him a meal and a drink (he is smashing) thank you again very much and I will have no hesitations in passing on your name to anyone I hear of thinking about a Spanish property, they could do no better. Glynis
xxx"

 

 

Dave Metsh came back after buying a beautiful new off plan property and told us about the service: -

 

"Couldn't be better!"

 

 

Piotr Morawizcki was in Costa Blanca and told us: -

 

"I'm delighted to take another property off the market!"

 

 

Kevin and Kathryn Mullins were a lovely generous couple that rewarded Chris with a gift and a thank you card. They were in Costa Blanca and Kathryn told us: -

 

"I'm over the moon with the service! I can tell you it was absolutely fabulous with no negatives anywhere."

 

 

Mr and Mrs Gates from Medway say: -

 

"We got a really beautiful apartment. It's absolutely amazing. I wasn't shown what I couldn't afford. We drove about for two days before being shown this. Thank you."

 

 

Richard Hall had just two words for our service: -

 

"Absolutely brilliant!"

 

 

Scott and his pal Colin were buying a home in the sun for themselves and their families. Scott said: -

 

"Excellent. Picked us up when you said, dropped us off when you said…I feel it's been really useful to be dealing with people who can help us with renting out and that was a real plus point."

 

 

Irene and Ray Watt wrote: -

 

"We are over the moon with our purchase. You certainly excelled yourselves and found us a wee gem."

 

 

 

Alison Cameron from Perth wrote to say: -


"I just wanted to say thank you for arranging our appointment in Spain. We had viewings set up with another two agents as well and saw a very mixed range of property, but really liked one you showed us, put an offer in and it was accepted. Your representative was very knowledgeable and very good, so thank you."

 

Mr and Mrs McLachlan from Keston came back from the Costa Blanca to tell us:-

"Your consultant worked so hard for us. He was very, very professional, we saw exactly what we wanted and he did everything he could to get it for us."

 

Steve Rossiter from Redditch says:-

"Please tell your guys that they were really helpful. Couldn't have done more for us. Thank you."

 

 

Vicky Alford simply said: -

 

"You've been fantastic!"

 

 

Kirsty McQueen from Glasgow bought in Turkey: -

 

"It was all so stressful but your guy was brilliant and took us everwhere we needed to be in Altinkum. My head was spinning, but we soon found the ideal apartment and I'm looking forward to going back out in April with mum."

 

 

John and Myra Leishman from Glasgow only went out to look at areas: -

 

"We're so happy with our new property in Pilar de La Horadada. I didn't sleep last night. We're outgoing people so will learn Spanish and have already joined the Pool Club. It should be finished in November. It's exciting!"

 

 

Mike and Linda Harding were helped when they found a property in Torre de la Horadada and we did the rest. Linda was grateful: -

 

"Thank you for all your help."

 

We were, of course, delighted with this e-mail from Audrey Withers from Ayrshire. She wrote: -

"I thought I would drop you an email to show our appreciation for all your help with buying our place in the sun! First of all I had no hesitation in dealing with Let's Live Abroad! as I knew they were a reputable company and one that I could trust. From the very start of communicating you were most helpful, had a great knowledge in what you were talking about and made me feel at ease at all times. And when we started to proceed with trying to secure the apartment I felt confident in the knowledge that you were with me each step of the way, being there if I needed you, which made the process all very straightforward and not stressful.

I am so happy with my purchase and so glad you were with me to guide me along the way. What an absolute bargain! A penthouse apartment for £38,000 including 4% tax! I will be recommending you in the highest order! Keep up the good work!

A very happy and estatic client! Thank you so much, Garry! Thanks for making my dream come true!"

 

David Warden bought with a pal in Orihuela Costa: -

 

"Thank you, everything was excellent".

 

 

Keith Sleeman from Bournemouth was delighted buying on a golf resort in Costa Calida: -

 

"We feel part of the community already! We've been treated fantastically! Very pleased with our purchase."

 

 

Rebecca Dennis from London called us from a house in Villamartin: -

 

"I'm standing in the house I want. I love it. It's exactly what I'm looking for! Can you cancel my other appointments?"

 

 

Barbara Morgan from Midlothian wrote: -

"Thank you so much for all your help, we thought it would take a couple of visits before we found the right ace but we were so lucky to find that one. Your rep was fantastic and extremely patient with us, we really look forward to seeing him again."

 

Joyce and George Ross from Baillieston let us know how she got on: -

"I'm delighted. Let's Live Abroad! couldn't do enough for us in Spain. We met a very, very nice chap who made everything so easy for us, took us to the lawyers, everything... I have to tell you this as your contacts need to know. I was shown some properties but it came down to two. I went back again with my daughter and grandkids and this one just felt right. We loved it! I will definately be recommending you."

 

Derek Willison from Hawick said: -

"Spain is fab. Best decision we ever made!!"

 

Frank Foster from Cupar shared a romantic story with us after he bought in Spain: -

"I'm glad I got in touch with you! You're guy in Spain couldn't have been more helpful. I was shown a repossessed bargain and transferred the money as soon as I got home. We might even be living there permanently in a few years. I've contacted a couple of friends I work with who are also looking to do the same thing. You're guy is changing the locks and putting a bottle of champagne and flowers in place when my wife sees it in a couple of weeks. I'm Skyping your chap tomorrow."

 

Kelly-Anne Kennedy from Glasgow told us: -

 

"It all went fine! We saw 14 properties with your guy and it was the first one we saw that was the one we went for."

 

Peter and Margaret Marshall from Dundee told us: -

"Your consultant was fantastic! He was always bang on time, never pushy and completely relaxed. I had loads of questions and he took time time to answer all of them and was very factual - all of the answers turned out to be true! I like to think of myself a good judge of character and I was happy to have him help us. A lovely chap, well-bred and from a good family too. We bought in a traditional Spanish village a two bedroom; two bathroom townhouse at an amazing price. My wife is now more excited than I am about moving out."

 

Jane Butler wrote: -

 

"I would like to say just how impressed Steve and I where with the service you provided, you where the only agent who listened to my requirement and came up with a selection of properties worth spending the time viewing. Having someone who made the experience such a pleasure, after two days of disappointment with other agents, changed my whole view of buying a property in Spain, no time pressure or heavy selling. Again thank you for 5* service."

 

 

Susan Driver had something to say about our representatives: -

 

"I can't believe how efficient they were. We were looking for something to rent but bought something we want to move into ourselves."

 

 

Eric Ruettgers from the U.S.A. entrusted us with finding him a home: -

 

"Thank you for your assistance in getting us started. We would not be here without your help!! Again, we thank you!!!"

 

 

Gary Paterson who bought a fantastic golf property writes: -

 

"A very easy process and excellent service."

 

 

John and Sylvia Harris from Walberswick in Suffolk bought a new build villa and expressed their gratitude to us in just one word: -

 

"Brilliant!"

 

 

Dougie and Sandra Stephenson from Shotts were delighted: -

"Once we saw it, we both thought: 'This is it!' We're brand new!

 

David Stewart from Perth said: -

"There was initially some confusion over where I wanted to look, but otherwise the inspection visit was first class!"

 

Maya Dosieah from Surrey told us: -

"Your Spanish consultant was lovely, I couldn't fault him, he was so helpful. This was my mother's mission to do this and she found a bargain. Thank you."

 

Catherine Buchanan from Kilsyth said after coming back from Spain: -

"We were treated so well and impressed by the low prices and saw a few properties when we were shown a cracking flat which I don't need to furnish."

 

Gordon Davidson from Dundee wrote: -

"As you will know I have recently returned from a week with your Turkish consultant in the beautiful town of Didum where I have set the wheels in motion to purchase a flat. It's a very nice flat overlooking the pool having two bedrooms, a shower room and an en-suite which I am very pleased with. I spent much of my time during the week there with the consultant who was extremely helpful in every aspect of my stay from introducing me to some of the leading dignitaries to helping me with all the paperwork involved, from the purchase of the property to opening a bank account. He also took me around several of the very beautiful sights of Didum and the surrounding area which were very interesting and informative. I am to be returning to the area to sign the necessary paperwork and pick up all the documents including the habitation certificate for the flat and again to see the same consultant and spend time with him. He was also extremely helpful with the negotiation of the purchase price of the flat with the seller for which I am very grateful as I am on a very tight budget (isn’t everyone!). I look forward to my return visit very much and can’t wait on that day coming especially as its snowing really hard outside the office at the moment and is extremely cold here. Many thanks for introducing me to your consultant who is a gentleman in every respect."

 

Brenda Harvey from Stevenage told us after grabbing her Costa Blanca bargain: -

 

"Everything has gone swimmingly! We're all done and dusted! Thank you!"

 

And in Spain, Bill and Pearl Dunn from Bellshill: -

"Our experience was fine. It has been great. We were treated very well. There was only one we really liked in La Zenia. That was the one for us."

 

Karen Jackson from Stirling didn't want to come home from Turkey: -

"I fell in love with Altinkum from the moment I got there. I have to say we were totally amazed at how quick and easy it was choosing and buying our holiday home. Before I got on the plane I was a wreck. Absolutely sh.......g myself and convinced everything would go wrong! However, I knew as soon as I arrived in Didim i was going to buy. Locals were amazing. In every shop people would say 'hello' to you and everywhere I went I took my wee book to help me learn the language. I felt like I belonged there. Your consultant was great. He really looked after us, showing us places of interest, places to buy items and nice places to eat. We were taken to a picnic where we met Turkish families and we were made so welcome. I'm so glad that I finally plucked up the courage to go for it. I am so happy. When we were leaving to come home, I was in tears saying goodbye to everyone, now I'm trying to book flights again. I can honestly say that Let's Live Abroad! have made buying abroad a painless experience. I would be more than happy to recommend you to anyone wishing to buy abroad. Thanks for everything. You were very patient considering I first contacted you over two years ago."

 

Mags MacDonald from Ross-shire was delighted with her purchase. We picked her up from a ferry from Cos just to have a look round in Turkey, but she completely fell in love with Altinkum. And of course, we had just the bargain for her: -

"Thank you so much for your help. First of all special thanks to Let's Live Abroad! for all your help. I'm just back from Didim in Turkey where I had the best time ever. Ergin at your Turkish office is the kindest person I've met. He's a star! Without his help I would never have achieved all he did for me on my own. He sorted everything out for me from lawyers, bank, tax and I had time to pick a kitchen, bathroom, tiles, flooring etc. I'm so glad I went with Let's Live Abroad! and I will highly recommend you to everyone. I'm now looking forward to my new life in Turkey. I'm so pleased with everything now I really do have my very own place in the sun. :-)Please feel free to put this in your brochure!

 

Gerry and Marian Kerr from Stepps also bought a dream home in Turkey. Marian told us: -

"It was absolutely fantastic! There were tears in my eyes at the airport when we had to leave!"

 

Yvonne in Larkhall dropped us an e-mail saying: -

" I have just arrived back from a viewing trip in Altinkum, Turkey and I am so glad that I contacted you in the first instance. The consultant was brilliant. You can imagine how I felt when my husband could not attend with me and I took my mother with me, two women going to a foreign country to meet a man we had never met before, daunting to say the least. I have to say we were made to feel very safe and comfortable right from the start. Anything he said he would do; he did and took great care of us, reassuring us every step of the way. I am glad to say that I am delighted with the property I have bought and although we are only ¾ of the way through the process, I feel confident that Let's Live Abroad! will have checked everything again before I return in five months to sign my title deeds. I will keep you updated as to the progress of my purchase, but so far so good."

 

Mrs Michelle Machan from Alva, Clackmannanshire described their inspection tour in Spain: -

 

And after you've bought? Ask Derek and Georgie Stuart from Johnstone: -

"That's myself and Georgie back from our first two week holiday in our own little piece of paradise in Spain, we had a fantastic two weeks, hired a car and did all the markets, bought our shopping daily and ate fantastic healthy food with the bargain of the year: A litre of red wine for 55 cents. That is not a typo. It was 55 cents for a litre in a supermarket! The consultant picked us up at the airport and guided us home via the supermarket and a long lunch, how is that for aftercare! The deal was done in October and he was there to meet us on the 14th February. You have got the top team on the Costas. Where could you get after care like that? We also had to get our Spanish Will sorted this trip. Who picked us up? Talked us through the process and then took us shopping...? A really top team! So if you are a potential customer and you are reading this tell Let's Live Abroad! you want to meet the best no hassle consultants on the Costas! Thanks for starting it all off, we have a fantastic holiday home and can't wait to retire and enjoy the Spanish lifestyle full time. It was 25 degrees last week, my did that feel good on the bones! Thanks mate, keep up the good work."

 

Robert and Diane Douglas from Hawick bought in Spain: -

"Our trip went well and we saw a varied amount of properties, some good and some not so good but felt the consultant soon had a handle on what we were looking for. We were taken to the bank, the solicitors, the police, so everything was taken care of. We hope to be going out to complete the following month and have everything tied up. We'd heard lots of scare stories so were particularly wary, but all the documentation has been checked. We've nothing but praise for Let's Live Abroad!"

 

 

Happy buyer Christina Jones writes: -

 

"Thanks for your assistance in sourcing our new holiday home".

 

 

From the Daily Record feature on emigrating: 'Highs and lows of leaving Scotland to start a new life.'

"After considering it for more than a decade, the Patersons decided to take the plunge and buy a flat in Spain. When railway worker Ron, 62, was made redundant last year, it was the final push he and wife Ethel, 49, needed. One day the couple were driving by the Swallow Hotel in Glasgow and popped in to a Let's Live Abroad! roadshow. Fourteen months later, they are planning their new life in Spain. Ethel said: 'We first visited Torrevieja in November 2009 to look at some properties for a couple of days. We saw 15 places but, as we were finishing up, the estate agent showed us one that had just come on the market - and that was it. As soon as we saw it, Ron said, 'This is for us'. We got it for 75,000 euros. Since then we have been going over for wee holidays and fitted a new bathroom and kitchen'. Ron and Ethel will finally move to Spain for good in 2013 - once the youngest of their two children finishes school. And that can't come quickly enough for the couple, who have lived in their Rutherglen four-in -a-block for 20 years. Ethel said: 'It's just a different lifestyle, the culture is wonderful and the people so friendly. The best thing we ever did was to stop off at the Swallow Hotel.'"

 

After picking up a bargain in Spain, Mr and Mrs Connor from Wishaw reports: -

"Everything was fine! We found just what we wanted and would recommend this to anybody!"

 

Derek Stuart from Renfrew kindly sent this e-mail detailing his experience of one of our inspection tours in Spain: -

Just back from our 4 day inspection tour in Spain, and what a fantastic experience it was as well. We were picked up at the airport by our Spanish consultant who asked if we would prefer to go to our hotel or straight to a viewing. Our choice was to go for a viewing. We had already sent an e-mail with our budget, type of property, location... When I say location, we did not want beachfront, busy bars, and partying all night. (Been there and done all that!) The consultant had a selection of properties for us to view, and asked a few questions on our lifestyle, likes and dislikes.
We arrived at the first viewing. A new-build, key-ready, 2 bedroom; 2 bathroom, kitchen, living room, 2 balconies and a communal pool on the roof. Wow! We were bowled over and in a small lovely Spanish town, just like you see in the movies! It was almost a first view sale!
The consultant said he had a few others for us to view so we went for a long Spanish lunch and had a chat. We discarded 6 properties: Only one bedroom, or in a high rise. He showed us schedules of a few others that looked promising, but I honestly thought you wont beat the first one.
We then went and saw another new-build on a golf course. Fantastic property, but the golf course life was not for us.
The consultant was fantastic. He was a mine of information, on local geography; history... No bull; only facts, good and bad. A real top guy. In the background was his partner from the office who was at home as his wife is due their first baby. But he was on the phone, on the computer, feeding information all day long.
Back to the hotel to check-in and a cold beer. 9pm! We could not believe it. We had a walk round the town and down to the front. It was just perfect.
9:30am, next morning we were away to our next choice enjoying a scenic drive and learning lots on the way. This was a re-sale on a 5-year-old complex. And WWWOOOWWW!!!! A 2 bedroom; one bathroom maisonette on the top floor AND we had the whole roof to ourselves. Fully furnished, including all white goods. It looked very Spanish on the outside, but very British inside. Bigger rooms and more practical all round. My gorgeous wife fell in love with it straight away, and I was not far behind her!
The consultant took us back to the first property again; we chatted with the builder who could finance, the whole thing for us, so with all the figures we went for another long Spanish lunch. We had a decision to make. If only the other property had been in this town that would have been sold. The consultant spoke to us one at a time and asked our thoughts on each property. THERE WAS NO PRESSURE WHATSOEVER! As it turned out, we both wanted the second property!
So a phone call to the office and an offer was placed. Then we headed back to have another look at the property. The offer was accepted early in the evening, but the consultant stayed with us till it came through and took us to a shopping mall. It was huge, selling everything you could ever want.
When we got the confirmation, we looked at our watch: 8:30pm. Ooops! We said to the consultant: You get home to your family; have an early night. He must have covered hundreds of miles and he bought all the lunches; a mine of information and not a hint of pressure.
Thursday, 9:30am he picked us up and took us to show us around what will be our local town. We got maps, went to the town hall (they do free Spanish lessons), and then he took us to a bank to meet a lovely Spanish girl who spoke perfect English, to open a Spanish bank account. This is not a five-minute job. A lot of paper work but all explained to us in perfect English. Then a dash cross-country to see a lawyer. He was actually on holiday but came in just to help us out as we were flying out the next morning! Can you see that happening back home?
12:00am. Job done! Deposit paid. The lawyer has the Power of Attorney so we go back when it's time to pick up the keys. Simples!
The consultant still offered to stay with us and drive us around. We went shopping, were taken to lunch again before parting ways at 5pm.
We were picked up at 9am the next morning and taken to the airport in plenty of time for our flight home. It was a truly great experience, and a great deal for us too. In our opinion, now is the time to buy property as the prices can't go much lower. We are in a recession and you see it. But it will come back, big time! There are plenty of bargains to be had. Our seller's price had dropped £13,000 in the last two weeks, but the bank's valuation was still high. These bargains are getting snapped up!


Alan and Eleanor Williams from Larkhall were just back from Spain, planning their next trip out to complete on their new dream home when they told us: -

"We are really happy with what you found us. We were totally overwhelmed by the professional service. It wasn't just good... It was EXCELLENT! And we haven't got even a sliver of a complaint! We were so well looked after."

 

Upon their return from Altinkum in Turkey, Kenny and Tricia Robertson from Bonnyrigg said: -

"Once we saw our apartment, we decided that this was the one for us. The apartment we stayed in was excellent. Everything about the trip was good. We ,justwant to let you know how great your office in Turkey was. The staff were fab and very helpful . Easy to talk to and helped to put you at ease. We had lots of laughs with them. They picked us up at the apartment and took us into Altinkum whenever we wanted and would take us home again later. Nothing was any bother to them. Thanks for all your help too, we have told everyone all about Let's Live Abroad! and our neighbours are quite keen about doing this too. Thanks again."

 

Not everyone buys, of course, but that didn't stop Mrs Steenson from Dumfries sharing this with us: -

"I couldn't fault your office in Turkey and Mr Yardici's professionalism. I was taken round a beautiful apartment for less than £29,000 but it's a big decision to make. Don't worry, I'm going to sort a few things out and will definately be going back. I love Turkey."

 

Mr Keyte from Campbelltown wrote: -

"Thanks for your help in the past, we are really enjoying our apartment in Italy".


Mr and Mrs J Timmins from Edinburgh were delighted with their purchase in Spain: -

"You were absolutely fantastic when we were over there. We're delighted!"

 

And its Turkey again for Senga Ross from Forres who writes with an offer to future prospective buyers: -

"As usual your staff did everything to make our stay an enjoyable one and I only had to ask for help and they gave it. I believe you will be promoting the new apartment we bought here and in Ireland and I hope they sell well. We are very pleased about the facilities on offer such as indoor pool, fitness room, sauna, 2 outdoor pools and restaurant area as we will be able to use our apartment all year round. The choice to have a flexible payment plan has also made the process of buying less stressful and I'm sure this will allow other clients without immediate funds to buy also. If anyone would like to speak to me or email me directly about our experiences in Altinkum I would not mind you passing on my email or number. In the meantime it was nice to speak to you again and I hope Let's Live Abroad! continues to do well."

 

 

George and Norma Motion from Dundee were delighted with their purchase in Turkey and told us: -

"After making contact with Lets Live Abroad! we were put in contact with the Turkish representative Ergin Yarici, and from there on he was our right hand man. With regards to all the legal paperwork, liasing with our lawyer, builders, bank and legal interpreter; he did it all. We must add that without him we would not have achieved the result we did. He made it all so easy and we are now living our dream in our lovely home in Turkey. We can now have as many holidays with our family as we like. We cannot stress how important it is to make contact with a reliable company and we certainly found that in Lets Live Abroad!"

 

John and Linda Duffy from Blantyre were also in Turkey and told us after their trip: -

"We are really pleased with our 2 bedroom apartment in Altinkum! Your consultant, Ergin was very helpful and made sure everything went smoothly, even down to getting all the furniture! I think we have a very good investment. We are already making plans to go out again. We are delighted with everything!"

 

Also, Senga Ross from Forres wrote in to tell us:

"Just spent a week in Altinkum/Didim with the team: Sakir, Katrina, Mick and Ergin who were wonderful and couldn't be more helpful. They really looked after us and nothing was too much bother. I never felt rushed when looking at properties which was so important when trying to find the right one. I can't wait to return to Didim next year. I can thoroughly recommend the team and I hope that future clients from you have the same wonderful experience."

 

Jeanette McGuff from Gorebridge enjoyed their trip to Spain and told us: -

"Patrick couldn't have been more helpful. We love him to bits! He went out of his way to help us and knew just what we wanted. He couldn't have been nicer if he tried! We can't express our thanks enough!"

 

R Galloway told The Sunday Mail about his experience buying a home through Let’s Live Abroad! in Italy: -

“I booked an inspection trip right away with Let’s Live Abroad! We loved everything about the area (Calabria). There are quaint little towns and villages where it looks as though they’ve had the same way of life for decades. There are gorgeous little village squares with groups of old men playing dominos in the shade and cafes with bustling tables of large Italian families having their dinner. Everyone was so friendly and we immediately fell in love with the place. We plan to rent it when we’re not using it and this area of Calabria is really popular with Italians from the north who visit in July and August. It’s early days but we have talked about moving abroad and we both love Italy. It would be a nice place to raise the kids. The weather is great and the way of life is so laid-back. We’re definitely planning to go there a couple of times on holiday before our apartment to complete to get more of a taste for the area. Living there is our ultimate goal – but it’s a dream that seems a little more attainable now we’ve got our own place in Italy.”

 

And from Izi and Graeme: -

"Just to let you know we were over in Spain last week and collected our keys for our new holiday home. Patrick was an excellent host in showing us properties and Jane too for explaining the process. The aftersales service is a bonus for us. We will certainly recommend you to our friends."

 

One of the most flattering accolades we have received as a company is from the Smith family. They bought a lovely off-plan property at Laguna Green in Los Montesinos, not far from Torrevieja in Spain. It seems a popular place for many of our clients. Indeed, our agents Ernie and Jennifer from Dumfries bought one themselves and would be happy to tell you all about it if you want to call us and leave your number.

John Smith had the idea of setting up a community website for residents and this is what he wrote about us on his website: -

"When we decided to take the plunge and start to look for a holiday home in Spain it was very confusing at first. There are so many companies that want to take you on viewing trips we decided to be a little different and visit the Murcia region firstly by ourselves to get the feel of the place and see where we liked. We had been reading the Scottish Sunday Mail and one company was always receiving great comeback, this was Lets Live Abroad! We eventually went to one local roadshow and booked an inspection trip. At Alicante airport we were met by two reps who were going to show around some properties. Ian Johnstone and Diana Cotterall were excellent reps, very informative about the local area and at the same time tried to add a little fun into the short time that we had there.

When they took us to Laguna Green it was raining very heavily but we knew right away it was the place for us. My final few words are these: I would recommend Lets Live Abroad! anytime. At this time we will be using it as a holiday home, but within the next three years I hope to move out there for good with my wife and son."

 

Hilary and Charlie Petrie from Kinross sent us a postcard from Guardamar: -

"Just to say 'thank you' for putting us on the road to buying our first home here. We have really settled in Spain and just love our life here."

 

Robert De Koning and his wife Linda also told their story to The Sunday Mail. They both enjoyed the experience so much they not only bought properties with us, they now work for Let’s Live Abroad! as agents! Calabria in Italy is clearly their favourite having bought a further two properties there in addition to a townhouse. They would both be delighted to talk personally to you about their experiences whether you can make it along to one of our shows or not. Just call us on 0845 22 55 777 and we'll make the arrangements: -

“We have an apartment in Dubai, two flats in Bulgaria, a house in Spain and a townhouse in Italy. Out of them all, we’ll probably get most use out of the Italy property ourselves. It’s the destination that appeals to us most. We travelled with Let’s Live Abroad! and met up with their representatives out there. We saw about ten sites before we made up our minds and we were really impressed. There was no hard-sell tactics used. As soon as we saw the site, we knew it was for us. It’s beautiful. The development is set among lemon groves and the beach is only 300m away. I’ve always loved Italy but had never visited this part before.”

Robert and Linda

 

Murray and Rachel Willox were another lovely couple of clients who spoke to our Adam. After their tour of Costa Blanca North, Murray headed his e-mail "happy bunnies" and wrote: -

"Had a great time on our two-day trip to Calpe. The hotel was fantastic and so were the staff. Mark was able to find properties to suit my budget. We decided to go ahead with the purchase of the first property we were shown in a town called Relleu, about 10km inland from Benidorm. We met with the development's agent and proceded to draw up the contract and pay the initial deposit. Both Rachael and myself really liked the property and had good feelings from it. It ticked our boxes. When I do come to sell and move higher up the ladder I will have no hesitation dealing through Let's Live Abroad! Thank you for your help and guidance through the procedures and getting us to where we want to be."

 

Robert and Helen Lamprecht from Whitburn also told the The Sunday Mail about their inspection visit with Let's Live Abroad! to the Costa Tropical region in Spain: -

"We wish we'd done it years ago. Helen's always fancied it but I'm more cautious and was concerned that we'd be getting ourselves in too deep financially. Now that our mortgage is paid off and our two sons are grown up and out of the house, we decided it was finally time to take the plunge. We're really excited about it. We just loved the place. It's right beside a quaint little Andalucian village yet we'll have the best of both worlds, being in a brand new apartment. We're in the heart of 'old Spain' in one sense but in a modern flat with great facilities. We'll be living in a gated complex with indoor and outdoor pools and a gym for residents. Everything we need is right on our doorstep. We were really impressed with how Let's Live Abroad! cut through the red tape for us. They fixed us up with an independent financial advisor who talked through everything and it really gave us peace of mind. We've just got to wait until the place is finished and we are being kept up to date by the builders. By the time the apartment is complete, we'll only be five years from retiring and it would be lovely to spend six months of the year in Scotland and six months in Spain. We're wishing away the weeks just now, wanting the apartment to be finished. We can't wait to be sitting out on our terrace with a cold drink, watching the Spanish sunset."

 

To a couple who really enjoyed their tour, agents Betty and Matt would like to say 'thank you' to Barbara and Alex McCluckie for their kind words: -


Just a wee note to thank you for helping us realise our dream of a home in Spain. All through the procedure we were looked after very well. We were wined and dined in the best resturants. From the properties we were shown we were able to choose the one which was just right for us. Thank you again for your help.

 

Mr A Mc Diarmid wrote to say: -

Hi Sean, everything going well.  House purchase is now complete and furnishing ongoing. Just a few problems with the snagging but not much to worry about. Had great support from the local team Alison and Lyndsay. Will be there for my first break at end of July and really looking forward to the break. Thank you. And I will recommend your services wholeheartedly.

 

Of course, not everyone buys on an inspection visit. Marcia Vincent wrote: -

“I have just returned to Aberdeen after visiting the Costa Blanca on one your inspection trips. I did not commit myself to buying one of your properties on this trip but I wanted to thank Tony and the rest of the Let’s Live Abroad! team for all their efforts before and during my stay. I plan to rent a house for a short while before I commit myself to buying. From the minute that Tony collected me from the airport he could not have been more helpful and attentive, I have learnt so much from Tony and hope that I can put all his information and advice to use soon. It is obvious that there are many companies operating in the Costa Blanca selling property but my experience over the past week has shown me that Let’s Live Abroad! is a company with high standards and staff that really care about their customers. I hope that I will be one in the near future.”

 

Alistair Scott wanted to share his experience of an Inspection Tour of Calabria in Italy: -

"I would recommend your viewing trip to Rochella in Calabria. To put everyone at ease there is NO hard sell. Quite the opposite. We could not have asked for a better sales agent in Mark who was able to answer all our questions and was eager to help at every opportunity, which was the same for all the sales agents. The area up and down the whole coast was quite an eye opener, 21 degrees in December! Great food and great people!"

 

Paul and Elaine e-mailed us to say: -

"We had a fantastic tour of Spain through Let's Live Abroad! Maureen met us at the airport and made us feel very welcome from the start. She was really fantastic, hard working and seemed to have a genuine concern for her clients. There was no pressure from start to finish. Mo showed us a good range of property and we ended up buying a beautiful duplex in La Terica, Costa Calida. I hope this gets back to her as Maureen has done a wonderful job."

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