We will help you find your property.
We will be with you every step of the way, from visiting properties to the final paperwork.
Our target is to help you achieve your goal and make this an easy process.
Don´t worry, it is just a small fee of 1.5 % of the total cost of purchase.
Hi, I’m Filipe, and if you don’t know me...
...I was born on Sao Miguel Island and left home to work abroad as an aircraft engineer, where I worked for more than ten years around the world. Living abroad and frequently moving from one country to another, I know how hard the process of finding a new home can be. While I was away, I was still always in touch with the Azores and made my own property investments here on this beautiful island.
A couple of years ago, after having met my wife, we decided to quit our jobs and come to settle down in Sao Miguel, where I started working as a real estate agent in a prestigious company. During this time, I learnt that there isn´t anybody that takes care and looks out for the best interest of the buyer.
Also, through the negative experience my wife and other expats we know suffered while trying to purchase a property here, I realised that especially clients, who are not familiar with Portuguese procedures, were misled.
So I decided to take this role as realtor and embrace it with all my professionalism and hard work.
The question is...why do you need me???
Let me give you an example:
There is a council, here in São Miguel, close to the sea, that has beautifull houses and plots, but because there is a tuna factory in the area, on certain days and hours of the week, the smell of fish is very strong...imagine buying a house where you cannot have the windows of your house open, and the seller and real estate agent will not inform you on this small but very important detail.
Another thing, is that I know the real value of the market. As a local I know each area of the island well and I can advise you on what is the real and fair value of each property in that neighbourhood.
I can help you to start the process of searching for your property while you are still abroad; by going to visit properties for you, I can give you a virtual tour and take more photos and videos and reporting it all back to you.
I will contact the local planning authority of the council and confirm the documentation of the property and any legalities regarding the current owners, areas and what are the possibilities for construction or renovation.
I will check if the property certificates are up to date.
I will check the neighbourhood to make sure there isnt anything that would cause inconvenience to habitants such as industries, or busy bars/discos, since it may mean some less than quieter nights.
Our goal is to be looking out for the buyers best interests.
Buying a house is stressful enough, but imagine having to find and buy a home while you are thousands of miles away. I can help you do this, and make sure your mind is at rest by looking out for your best interest.
If you are thinking on buying a house to live in the Azores for a few months, We can take care of your house while you are abroad and have it ready for you when you come back.
Filipe, was the BEST realtor I could have hoped for! He went above and beyond what I would have expected. He anticipated my needs and met them all with a smile on his face and expert advice. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and made the purchasing of my new home seamless. Im grateful to have met someone so understanding and trustworthy, who could guide me through the whole process. Ill recommend him to anyone who is looking to buy a property here.
Anna Bay, Russia.
As an Azorean native that has worked in real estate on São Miguel and also lived and worked abroad, Filipe Vale has the personal relationships, understanding of the local market, sophistication and diligence to be of assistance to expats or anyone looking to find and purchase the perfect house in the Azores Islands. He is trustworthy, speaks English, and responds quickly to offer the best solution in a timely manner, whether it be narrowing down what you are looking for, choosing the best properties to view, or meeting with local real estate agents or contractors. We were so grateful for his help and support during the whole home-buying process and would work with him again--we couldn't have done it without him!
Anna Pavao Zinn and Rob Zinn, California.