Owner testimonialsWe would like to recommend anyone interested in buying property in Sao Miguel to hire Vacation Home Management Azores (VHM) in their search for a property/house.
As for ourselves, we first got in touch with VHM (Ed and Bonita Sousa) during March 2014 when we rented an amazing property from them. During our stay, we decided to look for a small house on the island, and our friends, Ed and Bonita provided us with some ideas and concrete advice on how to proceed if/when we were about to make a decision.
In September, and after we made up our mind, we got in touch with them and we were asked to provide inputs regarding what we were looking for, e.g., location, price-range, amenities, etc.
For what have turned out to be a more than reasonable fee, Ed and Bonita promised to conduct a property search according to our requirements, setting up viewing schedules with a lawyer, real estate agents, and property owners.
Once on the island, and prior to visiting the shortlisted properties, Ed and Bonita went through and provided us with information on pros and cons of all the properties we were about to visit. During the visits, Ed's expertise, based on years dealing with properties on Sao Miguel and also a long list of other expertise like housing, gardening and much more, proved invaluable for us when it came to both pointing out what needed immediate attention and suggestions of future improvements as well as what the real market value of a property could be. The last point is particularly important, as it appears that real estate agents mark up their asking prices of about 20 per cent in hoping that someone will bid. Without local expertise, it would be easy to be fooled to pay too much.
We finally made the decision to focus on one particular property and after not too long, we reached an agreement with the sellers. During all of this process, i.e., contacts with the real estate agent, a lawyer, and local authorities, Ed was with us providing professional support.
As a final word for anyone interested in buying property in Sao Miguel, now seems to be the time considering that it seems to be somewhat of a buyers´ market. If you reach this decision, by all means go through Vacation Home Management Azores: We can without doubt say that we could never have managed it without their help and patience!
The great Michelangelo once said, “My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through earth’s loveliness.”
There is this beautiful masterpiece, where the happy colors of rainbow dances and the four elements creates such perfect harmony that one almost can touch the heart of beauty. Behold! For this masterpiece is no man-made work of thoughts, but the magnificent creation of nature.
When we first visited the green island of Sao Miguel, I thought it has to be the place where I’ve always belonged but didnt know were to look except in the tales of the fairies! From east to west, from north to south, everywhere you go you’ll find a new surprising treasure given to the island by the warm hands of mother nature. This marvelous beauty that painted this breathtaking landscape has also brushed upon the people who share the island.
We were fortunate to have met Bonita and Ed and lived in their timeless “Stonehouse” – one that is embraced with an almost magical view – when we first arrived to the island. The warmth, kindness and professionalism they have shown us were one of a kind. Today we are the proud owner of a wonderful house in Sao Miguel. We owe it to our dear friends Bonita and Ed. This probably wouldn’t be possible without their help.
Although I adore the master painter Michelangelo, I came to the conclusion that this fair green island of Azores is the heaven to be.
Many thanks to the people of Sao Miguel, and especially Bonita and Ed
Kim and Rita, Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-present
I had the pleasure of working with Ed & Bonita on several projects of the last 4 years and this collaboration deserves my recommendation.
I appreciate their attention to detail when preparing their vacation properties for their guests, no item is spared and always with the comfort of their guests in mind. I commend Ed & Bonita’s´ high standards in the cherry picking of their choice of properties.
Finally their belief systems advice and opinions I hold to the highest degree; they have empowered me in my own business endeavors. All I all, in my experience, both Ed & Bonita are exceptionally high quality individuals.
Zelda Melo, Vacation Homes Faial, Azores
Dear Bonita and Ed,
I've had the pleasure of knowing you for almost 2 years now. So I think that a description of the work you have done for my brother and I, can be beneficial for other home owners in Sao Miguel.
Dear Home owners - If you are consider renting out your house or get someone to keep an eye on it while you are away, I can only recommend you to contact the vacation home management. I've been extremely happy with a professional and durable agreement. It’s not always easy to find people who make agreements in order to keep them 100%. Nevertheless, it is the case with Bonita and Ed.
Vacation Home Management has taken care of our house for maintenance and rental.
In the case with the rental of the house there is only one thing to say: Earnings have risen by 85%.
This is partly due to Bonita and Ed. They are highly skilled to handle the tenants, it is my impression that they meet people with open hearts and curiosity. I highly recommend to leave a rental project to Bonita and Ed, they know the island, will welcome people the best way its possible, they are trustworthy so the guests want to return again.
For us as owner it’s nice that the rental functions as well as it does. But it’s also important that the investment we have made on the island is taking care of and keep maintained.
Previously we always had to work on the house when we finally found the time to be there. garden and house needed a loving hand and the holiday soon became "working holiday"
With the agreement we made with Bonita and Ed it’s now much more pleasant to arrive in Sao Miguel and to our house. The garden is cared for, the house is clean and we can hardly feel that there have been guests since we were there last.
Every time I arrive I think of the first 5 years we had the house - what a work we each time had to go through before we could enjoy ourselves. Now it’s a pleasure and I have peace in my life because I know that everything is taken good care of.
Thank you Bonita and Ed.
K. Lundin, Denmark, owner -2008-2015
My name is Joe Belchior. My wife Patricia and I have owned property in the beautiful island of Sao Miguel for approximately 20 years.
About 4 years ago, we had the pleasure of meeting Ed and Bonita Sousa. During the course of general conversation we mentioned the frustration we had been having with the previous person looking after our place. At that point Ed and Bonita offered their services. A very unsophisticated one page agreement was drawn up between us and so for the past 2 years they have been managing our place.
I have no way of expressing my level of satisfaction with their services. Not only are they professional at what they do, they are also caring and treat my property as if it was their own. I would most certainly highly recommend their services to anyone.
Owner: J. Belchior, Canada, 2008-present
The first time we heard from Bonita and Eduíno´s business was through the local newspaper “Acoriano Oriental”, October 2010. They were looking for houses to rent overlooking the sea and, because we have one “Quinta de Milhafres” located in Ribeira das Tainhas, Vila Franca do Campo, we decided to contact them.
Our guesthouse was remodeled according to Bonita and Eduino high quality patterns and we were supported by them through the whole process with ideas and suggestions. The house was ready for rent in April 2011.
The first guests arrived on the last week of June and they kept coming during the whole summer until the end of October. Their reviews regarding our guesthouse and Bonita and Eduino´s service reveal that they are excellent professionals. A common point of the reviews, beside the compliments to “Quinta de Milhafres” guesthouse, is the personalized and careful service that Bonita and Eduino give to guests, since the first contact until the day they leave. And, it does not stop there. Bonita follows up with comments and suggestions that are published in the house website.
Also, their relationship with us, house owners, is solicitous, always toward successful partnership. We are taking some steps to benefit our guesthouse, such as open an easier access to the beach, so that our next guests can enjoy even better the surrounding nature.
The partnership with Bonita and Eduino has been personally and financially rewarding. Even though it is recent, less than a year, it will certainly last. We can honestly say that it was a very good idea to answer back their post in the newspaper.
F. and P. Viera, Azores Islands, Portugal, owner 2011-2013