Algarve residents launch property rental portal

Holidirect is the name of a new online portal for property rentals launched last month by Algarve residents Sue Englefield and Sue Lewis.

The goal is to provide a simple and hassle-free service without charging clients hidden expenses.

“We put clients in touch with the owners directly, and do not charge all the extras fees that have become ‘the norm’ these days. Our goal is to provide a simple yet effective service for owners and holidaymakers,” the two explain.

They say that owners can “showcase their properties, manage their own bookings, and deal with clients and payments directly”.

Similarly, holidaymakers can search and compare properties to suit their needs, and use the simple and straight forward ‘Reservation Request’ form to contact the property owner, providing an “efficient and personal way” to book their holiday.

The Holidirect.com portal was built by the two from the ground up, they explain, and the duo are now working hard to spread the word.

“It takes time to get noticed and trusted, but we’re working hard to get Holidirect ‘out there’! We have already achieved great results considering the site is just a few weeks old. To date we’ve had more than 290,000 hits on the site, and almost 47,000 views on our Facebook page,” they told us.

To encourage owners to list their properties, Holidirect is offering an introductory offer that allows owners to list their properties for half the usual price before August 31.

For more information, see www.holidirect.com