Seven Quintas

Specializing in property for sale in Algarve, Portugal; Seven Quintas is a fully government licensed Real Estate Agency. Our name is drawn from Portuguese history. “Seven Quintas” comes from a Portuguese expression: “estar nas suas sete quintas”, which literally means: “to be in one’s seven farmhouses”. This saying originates from when Portugal was a kingdom. The king used to live in Lisbon, he also owned seven quintas just outside Lisbon, near Seixal where he from time to time stayed with his family. When they were there, they were happy, in their “seven quintas” so to say.

“Estar nas suas sete quintas” is nowadays used to express a feeling of contentedness, satisfaction, or feeling at home. Something like “to be in seventh heaven”, but then more down to earth! An appropriate name for a company that helps its clients find a home away from home.

Property for Sale

15 years of commercial and real estate experience in the Algarve means having a great knowledge of the tourist and property market. This includes knowing the right people and the right channels: real estate colleagues, project investors, architects, engineers, lawyers, councils and media. Essential knowledge needed to sell your property swiftly and for a good price.

Property Search

Our expertise and strength is finding the right property for you in the Algarve, even if that property is not currently on our books. That is why we put “property search” explicitly in our name. It is always very rewarding to match a property with a client. So it is very important to have a good understanding of what you are looking for. And by property, we mean a well built and properly registered property in a good location, be it a holiday home, a permanent residence and/or an investment property.

The Team

Hildegard Borkent


Hildegard Borkent, born and raised in The Netherlands, has always been interested in foreign countries, cultures, people and languages. After graduating from University in Amsterdam, she travelled around the world, before settling there again. Since 1995 she had been a regular visitor to the Algarve. In 2000, after a career in business-to-business sales for an American multinational, she went to Portugal for a sabbatical and loved living there so much, she decided to stay and started working in real estate.

Over the years Hildegard has built up a substantial network and working knowledge of property for sale in the Algarve. In 2007 she attended the NAR course in international real estate in Lisbon, organized by the National Association of Realtors (USA) and APEMIP (Portugal) and obtained the CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist) designation. In the same year she created her own company: Seven Quintas Property Search, Mediação Imobiliária Lda, which is government licensed (AMI 7490) by IMPIC (Instituto dos Mercados Públicos do Imobiliário e da Construção, this is the former InCI) and a member of the Portuguese real estate association APEMIP (Associação dos Profissionais e Empresas de Mediação Imobiliária de Portugal), member number 3911.

Hildegard speaks five languages fluently: English, Portuguese, French, German, and of course Dutch. She is passionate about property and is dedicated to sell or find yours, so please feel free to contact her; she is looking forward to hearing from you!

Marta Pinto dos Santos

Office Manager
My name is Marta and I am an Algarvian native who loves her land and everything that surrounds it and I always try to enjoy all that this " piece of land planted by the sea" has to offer, from the sea, the sun, the mountains, outdoor walks in natural landscapes of breath-taking beauty and the food... and how delicious are the flavors from our dishes, whether fish, seafood or meat and the sweets made with fruits typical of the region such as almonds and carob.
And it is for all these pleasures and flavors and for the wonderful life that this region provides us that I always like to suggest a visit to this region, a dream vacation or preferably the acquisition of a property so that you can live here or come on vacation whenever your heart calls you.

I am proud to belong to the Seven Quintas team and be able to provide our clients with the meeting of dream places.

With my 20 years’ experience in the hotel business in the central region of the Algarve / in the so-called golden triangle, namely in the area of property management and accommodation and more recently also counting on experience in the real estate business, when I joined Seven Quintas team in 2016 I would love to help you to find your "seventh heaven” property.

I am responsible for the administration of our office in Almancil where I will be delighted to welcome you from Monday to Friday.