PromHouse was born out of Marijke Rombouts’ passion for homes and elegant living.
Marijke was born in the Netherlands, living and loving her youth in Amsterdam. After she completed Hotel Management School (Hogere Hotel School) in The Hague, she started working as an events manager - first as an employee and later in her own company organizing product launches and other business events. After she got married to Joost, they decided that an even better life was waiting for them in the Algarve and in May 1996 they settled in Portimão.
That same year they bought their first villa in the Algarve and Marijke started renovating. Through this process, she became fascinated with houses and interiors. After a few years, they decided to sell the villa and bought another one where she enjoyed an even bigger renovation. Marijke became so interested in villas and apartments that friends started to ask for her help in making their properties ready for sale. This is how she got her first real job for a complete renovation and restyling of a large 4-bedroom villa. After the villa was revamped, the owners were not sure that they wanted to sell it anymore!
Several realtors visited the villa with clients and some of the clients were seriously interested and came back for second viewings. Marijke would open up the house, make it presentable and help answer client’s questions. Surprised that the villa was taking so long to sell, she decided to start her own real estate company. Marijke had already obtained her Portuguese real estate agent certificate in 2007, so PromHouse was ready to go. And yes - a few months later she helped sell the villa.
Marijke is a “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” person – no frills, direct in her approach and a real go-getter. Once she promises to find you that dream villa or spacious apartment with a large balcony and sea-view, she is on a quest to make it happen. With her in-depth knowledge of the market and her network in the Algarve, she will not stop until you, her client, is happy. Often she does much more, going to great lengths to assist clients, post-sale, integrate in the Algarve. She has helped clients with the importation of a car and good house insurance. Some have been introduced to a golf or tennis club. One Sunday night she even found a locksmith for a new homeowner who had locked himself out of his house.
PromHouse is a fully government licensed Real Estate Agency. InCI (Instituto de Construção e Imobiliária) registration number: AMI 9932.
PromHouse is a member of APEMIP (Associação dos Profissionais e Empresas de Mediação Imobiliária de Portugal). Member number: 4992.
In January 2007, Marijke passed the Real Estate Agent (Mediação Imobiliária) exams certified by IMOPPI (now InCI). Certification number: 7682.
Marijke speaks Dutch, English and Portuguese.
Marijke is supported by a good network of professionals that work to her high standards and on whom she can depend when she needs advise on construction, architectural, legal or fiscal matters. As her client, you will also have access to their expertise. Please feel free to call her and let her passion for villas and apartments help you find your new or second home.