In 2001 my wife Caroline and I made the exciting decision to relocate to Andalusia from Suffolk in the UK. We worked for 20 years in the hospitality industry, managing a hotel and restaurant and eventually running our own successful country pub and restaurant business. 

Malcolm and Caroline in Spain

We had already bought a small village property in Spain to renovate with the intention of spending our free time there but primarily as a rental investment. During this time we both fell in love with Sedella (our Spanish village), the area of the Axarquía and the Spanish way of life. Suddenly we realized that to move to Spain permanently was a realistic proposition and within a few short months we had sold our house in the UK and bought another ´renovation project´ in the village as our full-time home. Our Spanish adventure had begun ! 

Once we had renovated our rental house we immediately started a property care and maintenance business, Moore Property Services, looking after holiday rentals, construction /renovation work and project managing, basing ourselves here within this beautiful and natural environment. 

Contact the right people

Marita and Malcolm in front of a house entrance

During our search we found out that, just like buying a house in our home country, it is important to contact the right people who understand the real estate market well and know all the rules and legal aspects here in Andalusia. In this period we got to know Marita van Wijngaarden for whom we took care of their rental property when she and her husband Jan were back in Holland.

With many lessons learned, we decided to use this knowledge to help other people who also want to buy a house in this beautiful area and started, in cooperation with Marita, Second Home Andalusia. After 10 years business is going from strength to strength and we are happy to have realized many of our clients dreams of owning their little piece of Andalusia.

Team services

Our aim is to find your ideal dream house from all the properties that are for sale in the Axarquia area of Andalusia. We have no shop window or many houses for sale because, as Property Finders, we believe in personal attention and tailor made offers; therefore we always work on a specific request basis.

All team members have lived and worked for many years in this region of Andalusia, speak the language(s) and have their own specific expertise and background. The perfect combination, we think, to support you in each step required to realize your dream. Therefore we can also arrange all the after sales work because, as we know with the sale complete, it is actually just the beginning.

We cooperate with many local companies and contacts, from reliable local estate agents, legal councillors, administration offices and local builders, to ‘old men’ in villages who know everyone and everything in their town. In this way we can ‘spread the net’ to find, buy and maintain that one perfect property for you.

Focus area

Canillas de Aceituno
La Viñuela
del Mar

Second Home Andalusia focuses on the traditional white villages of ​​Canillas de Aceituno, Sedella, Salares and Competa and their inland mountain campo’s including the area around Lake Vinuela, along with coastal towns as Benajarafe, Torre del Mar, Torrox and Nerja.

Malcolm Moore

Partner Second Home Andalusia

Meet the Team

Marita van Wijngaarden, team property finder

Marita van Wijngaarden

Founder / Managing Partner

Strategist and linking pin, likes to be in the middle of the business ánd the team. Strives for perfection and satisfied customers.

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Marita van Wijngaarden, team property finder

Marita started Second Home Andalusia together with Malcolm to fill in what was missing in her own house search in Southeren Spain: knowledge. quality, honest advice and pampering the customer.

In the team she brings in her vast management and marketing experience in the Dutch media world and is La Jefa of all communications.

Back in 2007 Marita and her husband Jan bought a house close to Canillas de Aceituno because of its quiet location, the great views and the lively village.

Malcolm Moore, team property finder

Malcolm Moore

Founder / Managing Partner

On the ball, with good energy. Experienced in construction and knowledgeable in legal issues. Is upfront and honest and tells it like it is!

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Malcolm Moore, team property finder

Sometimes good ideas don't need much to become successful. In 2014 Marita, Jan and Malcolm found each other in creating a different kind of estate agency where knowledge, trust and honesty are the basis of the business. Second Home Andalusia puts the customer's demand central and always tries to find the best match.

Malcolm has lived with Caroline in Sedella since 2001 after a busy life in the UK in the hospitality industry. Moore Property Services works in construction and project management.

Caroline Moore, team property finder

Caroline Moore

Property Finder

According to clients she is a super host, thinks outside of the box, is always positive and very approachable.

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Caroline Moore, team property finder

Always in touch with our clients she loves searching for the right property in the Axarquía area. From the first phonecall until the key handover, Caroline is in control and takes care of everything with a smile.

She relocated to Sedella in 2001 with her husband Malcolm and has since then managed many holiday rental homes in the area. Before relocating Caroline worked as a chef/manager for two hotels and restaurants in the Suffolk countryside.

Martin de Vries, team property finder

Martin de Vries

Property Finder

Knows the market place and has a good ear and eye for the wishes of the client. He always thinks ahead and acts proactively.

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Martin de Vries, team property finder

Direct contact for clients searching for a property in our area. He takes care of the whole process, from the intake untill completion and beyond that.

Martin also likes to do the photo and drone shoots for the sales presentations.

Before he joined Second Home Andalusia beginning 2022, Martin and his wife Aletta exploited Casa Lobera, a small holiday park in Canillas de Aceituno.

Sanne van Schaik, team property finder

Sanne van Schaik

Sales Support

Queen of the socials with an impressive professional network. Although Sanne always has a lot on her plate, she never loses her focus.

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Sanne van Schaik, team property finder

Within the team, Sanne takes care of the socials, newsletters and the content on the website.

We met Sanne in the summer of 2020 to talk about buying a house in the Axarquía. That collaboration went so well that we asked Sanne to join our team.

From then on, she lives and works most of the year in Sedella with her adopted cat Pablo where she also rents out several holiday homes.

Jan van de Marel, team property finder

Jan van der Marel

Founder / Consultant

In the background a steady supporter of the team. Visionair. networker, always ready to help. Came up with the initial concept of Second Home Andalusia.

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Jan van de Marel, team property finder

Whilst buying a house in the white village of Canillas de Aceituno in 2007 Jan & Marita had to find their own way through the whole sales process. It inspired Jan to think of a better way to help foreigners buying a (second) home in Andalusia.

Jan used to be managing director of magazines and newspapers in the Netherlands but is now a pensionista. He likes to explore the Axarquía on his motorbike and found a new hobby in diving in the Mediterranean.

Share your wishes with us!

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To be able to offer you the best service possible, we would like to know more of the requirements of your dream house. So please fill in the online wish list, and we will call you to discuss your selection and advise accordingly.