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!

Catarina Martins

Office Manager

Catarina Martins, born in Lisbon, of Portuguese nationality, graduated in tourism and also did "Erasmus University exchange Programme" in Spain. She is currently taking a master’s degree in leadership and hotel management at the School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism at the University of the Algarve. Passionate and dynamic, she even finds the time in her busy schedule to organize and manage the daily activities at the office of Seven Quintas. She always bubbling up with great new ideas so she is the right person to take care of our social media too.

As office manager, Catarina is the administrative center of Seven Quintas. She works in our office in Almancil and she is happy to receive you from Monday to Friday. In her free time Catarina loves to cook, travel and is active in sports.