WHAT CLIENTS SAY ABOUT BUYING PROPERTY IN SOUTH AFRICA
"(I) feel that the money has been very well spent as originally the thought of buying a property outside England seemed very daunting, but your service has made the whole thing seem very straight-forward. I would be more than happy to recommend yourselves to anyone else wishing to embark on a similar venture."
Mr. P Gregg - owner of an off-plan apartment in the City Bowl.
"Buying a holiday home abroad involves many questions, such as where to look for, whom to trust, what to be careful at, not to mention all the technicalities. So I felt I really needed someone who would make me feel comfortable when dealing with all these questions. Sue and Darren McDermott have been perfect. They made it an exciting experience to find exactly what I had been looking for and helped me with the nitty-gritty, so I could concentrate on what really matters: being delighted with my new holiday home! I am very grateful to them for the very professional and competent manner in which they helped me through the process from the beginning to the end."
M. O., Switzerland - owner of a holiday home in central Franschhoek.
"When we decided we wanted to buy a house in Llandudno, Cape Town we had no idea how to go about it. A subsequent trawl on the internet came up with the search company Space and it seemed to meet all our needs. We signed up and started speaking to Sue and Darren McDermott about our requirements and needs. Over a period of almost a year we planned our visit to Cape Town with a portfolio narrowed down to six properties for us to look at. Sue and Darren were convinced we would want the first property they sent to us and which they felt was perfect. From the photos, we decided we hated it! We looked at the six properties and fell in love with the one Sue and Darren had originally recommended and subsequently are now the happy owners of a house in Llandudno!
We would never have been able to deal with the process of buying a property in Cape Town from England. Sue and Darren made the whole experience manageable and as painless as possible with their professional and knowledgeable expertise both in the search for the property and the handling of the purchase, dealing with estate agents, lawyers and authorities. We would recommend Space to anyone who wanted an enjoyable and rewarding path into purchasing property in South Africa."
Mr and Mrs. G, London
“We might have been able to buy our new apartment in Camps Bay without Darren, but only after having paid 30% more for it and having been stymied for an additional 6 months by banking and mortgage officials who have little sympathy or understanding for clients who live abroad. And Darren knew what we wanted exactly, after an extremely productive series of email exchanges early on. When we arrived in Camps Bay to look over his selections, two days were all it took to decide and to initiate the paperwork. His follow-up and advice throughout the process was superb. He knows not only the market, but also the full range of players, unknown to clueless foreigners, who need to be prodded at just the right time.
We strongly recommend anyone who wishes to make a long distance property purchase in the Cape to contact Darren. You will not be disappointed."
Marlinda and Hugh, Argentina.
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“I googled property search firms in the Western Cape area and I hit on Space. I made an initial email enquiry and was very impressed with the speed and professionalism of the response. Darren followed up with some telephone calls to help narrow down my search requirements and was able to prepare a thorough short list of suitable properties for me to inspect when I visited South Africa. When it came time to purchase he walked me through the process and provided introductions to reputable lawyers and mortgage brokers. All in all a very satisfying experience.”
Nick Hellen, Hong Kong - who bought an off-plan apartment in De Waterkant.
“We have been thoroughly delighted and extremely pleased with the services that have been provided to us from Space Home Search and Relocation in South Africa. We were keen to invest in a holiday/rental property in Capetown and felt we needed to deal with someone with experience in this area and that we would be comfortable dealing with them on a trusting and personal level and this company managed to do that impeccably. My correspondence with them was always answered quickly and accurately and indeed still is and all the various aspects of buying property were covered and taken care of with full advice , detail and precision which was outstanding.
We had visited estate agents in the Capetown area before finding out about Space Home Search but found them rather impersonal and often gave inaccurate information about Mortgages and sometimes required you to arrange your own solicitor for the property buying process. When buying abroad, I feel you need someone you can fully trust and are comfortable dealing with. Space Home Search do that brilliantly, and I fully recommend them.”
Mr and Mrs Lyons from Limerick, Ireland
“After nine years of living in London, my South African husband persuaded me to move back to his home country. We were due to be based in Jo'burg and decided to find a bolthole in Cape Town to escape the pressures of city living. Several months before moving, we took a week's holiday in Cape Town and employed the services of Space SA. We didn't realistically hold out much hope of finding anywhere in such a short time but Darren had really done his homework and came up with a stunning array of properties. The real challenge was deciding which one to go for! We were pleasantly surprised when Darren managed to complete the deal before we flew back to the UK, negotiating on our behalf with tenacity and good Irish humour. We were certainly glad he was on our side!”
Claire and Rod Finn
“After visiting Cape Town several times and falling in love with area, we knew that we wanted to buy property there. But....the thought of going through the whole process from thousands of miles away was quite daunting. Once we discovered Space we realised that was exactly what we were looking for....excellent, professional help and advice to get us through the minefield of buying property in a foreign country. From the very first contact, Darren talked us through the process and was always available to answer the myriad of questions that we had.
We soon settled on the area that we wanted to buy in...Hout Bay...and once we'd discussed exactly what we were looking for with Darren he put together a portfolio of properties, all of which fitted our requirements and all of which gave us much to discuss. When we decided to make an offer Darren handled the negotiations, and we eventually got the property for an excellent price. We're absolutely delighted both with the property we have and with the service we received from Darren and everybody else at Space....we honestly can't recommend them highly enough if you decide to buy in this wonderful part of the world. I may even buy him a beer next time we visit. You can't get a higher compliment than that from a Scotsman.”
Mr and Mrs K Ross, The Hague, Netherlands.
“Dealing with Space was a pleasure from start to finish. From the fast response rates and excellent home profiling, we only viewed properties that were realistic candidates. In addition to this, the assistance and local knowledge given meant that we got an objective opinion 100% of the time, and a great deal on our new home. I feel that working with Space, helped to mitigate any potentially costly mistakes and misunderstandings... For any person individually buying in and around Cape Town their fees, are indeed, money well spent.”
Mat & Ali Demery, new owners of 60 Atlantic Beach Drive, Melkbosstrand.
“"For some time now I've wanted to buy a holiday home abroad and Cape Town with it's beauty, sunshine, beaches, restaurants and right time zone fitted the bill perfectly. Despite having friends who live in the city I really needed someone to carry out the hard work of finding a property and guiding me through the buying process and I simply didn't have the time or experience. I found Space SA on a web search and Darren and Sue's service has been perfect for my needs. Darren was able to find a selection of very good quality properties within my budget for me to view on my time strapped trip to Cape Town. I was really impressed with Darren's knowledge of the property market and the quality of the apartments I viewed with him. So impressed in fact I quickly decided to put in an offer on a beautiful 2 bed penthouse apartment in De Waterkant as soon as I returned to the UK. Darren secured me a very competitive offer and then put me in touch with a great foreign exchange bureau and a fantastic lawyer who I continue to use and would happily recommend to any one. I felt I could call Darren and Sue about any issue that popped up along the way and even though the buying process is now over, I still use Space SA for advice. It's great to know that there is a team in Cape Town who will help with any issues that may arise when I am 6 thousand miles away. The apartment is now fully furnished and I have just returned from a trip to Cape Town with my parents who have already booked their next trip to Cape Town this coming Christmas and New Year. It's been a life long ambition for me to have somewhere in the sun to escape from the drab British winters and with Space SA's help it's mission accomplished!”
Emma Crosby, Sky News. London, UK.
“As far as we are concerned Darren and Sue make the ideal team. From our initial discussions with Darren about our requirements – which were not very specific to say the least - to Sue’s help in getting tenants into the house, everything was remarkably smooth and we can thoroughly recommend their services.
We only had a very short time to look for properties, a long weekend at the end of August, but Darren had lined up a wide range of properties for us to view. After choosing a house with both mountain and sea views we had to return to England. Darren helped enormously in the buying process and was always on hand to give advice on a system we knew little about. By November we were the proud owners of a house in Hout Bay. When the tenants and their furniture moved out, after a five year stay, the house was in need of some re-decoration. This is where Sue and her team came into their own. They organised decorators, for the pool to be cleaned and a gardening company to revamp the outside space. By February new tenants had signed a contract.
We would thoroughly recommend the services of SPACE, who made what could have been a very difficult process from 6000 miles away, a stress free experience. Thanks for everything ....”
David Cryer and Stephanie Halford, U.K.
“We decided to look for a property in Cape Town, without having been there! After surfing on various real estate pages on the web, Darren and Sue´s Space SA appeared. The Space SA case stories were quite interesting and we wanted to explore what they could facilitate for us – a Danish family who wanted a property with a rental income for some years and at the same time the potential to become our second home later on.
The initial contacts by phone helped us to sharpen up the profile – which in the beginning could be anything from a flat downtown Cape Town, to a villa in the suburbs. Actually the most difficult part for us was to decide the profile of the property – but with Darren´s knowledge of the market matched and with our budget, it became clear that we needed to look for a 3-4 bedroom house with pool in either Tokai or Hout Bay areas.
Our trip to Cape Town was planned for March 07, and a few days before departure we received a presentation on 6 possible properties which perfectly matched our expectations. We spent half a day viewing houses and narrowed it down to 5 properties for second view, where one stood out as the perfect one. The offer was made, and before the end of the week, we had an agreement with the owner to buy the house.
The service from Sue and Darren was excellent, from the very first discussions about our needs, the efficient communication during the process, and the very honest opinions they give. We are sure that Sue and Darren really care about facilitating the right property to the right people. They are in our view real professionals with an extraordinary level of empathy. We can highly recommend Space SA as your partner in South African property search.”
Bodker Family, Denmark.
“Darren and Sue McDermott have managed and co-ordinated all aspects of the purchase of our new home in Cape Town, South Africa. Throughout the process, which at times became very ‘drawn-out’ and ‘fraught,’ they were extremely professional and helpful.
From the beginning of our search, they spent a considerable amount of time and effort, clarifying with us exactly what we required and expected. This involved detailed discussions and emails between the U.K. and Cape Town before we arrived in South Africa to view the possible options. They asked many questions to establish what our particular family situation was and why we were considering the purchase, as well as our budget, to give them an understanding of the type of people we were and to inform their ‘search’ of the Cape Town property market before we arrived.
When we arrived, they had arranged a very detailed information pack of their 8 short-listed properties which met our criteria. This was not standard estate agent ‘blurb’, the pack contained their own views and extensive photographs of each property – highlighting the issues and specifications we had provided initially. The day we spent viewing the properties was extremely well arranged - no time wasting and we saw all the properties in a single day. It saved a considerable amount of time and we were still able to enjoy our holiday! All the properties we viewed we liked! However Darren and Sue had arranged the viewings so that each house appeared to be better than the last! Inevitably, we made an offer on the last house which was undoubtedly our ‘dream home’
The negotiations were difficult, but superbly managed by Space. We made a number of bids before there was final agreement. The house was on the market for R4 950 000 and Space was able to get agreement to R4 550 000 - a saving of some R400 000. All the subsequent mortgage arrangements in S.A were professionally arranged through brokers arranged by Space.
The property is now managed in our absence by Space and they provide an excellent service to co-ordinate home improvements and arrange maintenance for the garden and building. We are absolutely delighted with our new home and very grateful for all the help we have received from Darren, Sue and Serena”
Mr and Mrs T Pons, Returning South Africans.