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.

Hildegard Borkent, director

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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

Marta is a native from Faro, capital of the Algarve. She declares herself a  'apaixonada' for all of the beauties of the Algarve. Hiking in the Algarvian hills and the delicious Algarvian food are high on her favourites list. After she completed her studies in the touristic field (hotel reception) Marta started working at a large tourist resort at Quinta da Lago, Algarve. She worked here for 16 years at the Property Owners Service and Condominium administration and became an experienced all-round employee. In need of a new challenge, most recently Marta worked as an administrator at a Lawyer’s Office in Almancil where she obtained substantial knowledge about the legal steps to purchase or sell properties in Portugal.

At Seven Quintas Marta is the Office Manager in charge of office and administration, and always available to assist you.

Louise Tikink, Photographer, Media & PR


Louise worked in the Netherlands as an event- and sales manager in the hospitality industry for 15 years. After this she worked for 4 years in commercial real estate and real estate investment in Amsterdam, as a marketing and legal assistant. The last 12 years she specialized in media related business like text writing and editing. She worked as a client manager for television presenters and actors for 6 years and is co-owner of Marreck Media Productions, a company specialized in video and photography productions. 

At Seven Quintas Louise maintains media and PR activities and she is their photographer. Louise among others makes sure that on our website the properties for sale are being presented in the best possible way! For any media requests or publicity suggestions concerning your own property you can always contact her.