When looking for an agent we realized that most just reach the low hanging fruit. When selling our unique, luxury property we needed someone like Albert and Michael with wide ranging marketing ideas.
Albert’s extensive interior design experience came into play for the effective staging of our Villa. Albert and Michael not only brought those ideas to the table but rolled up their sleeves and moved furnishings around to create the desired effect.
Business, business, but how about the pleasurable side of life? Albert and Michael make a night out with dinner and drinks a memorable occasion with lots of wit and laughter. And if you get invited to a morning meeting at their house be sure to save your appetite as they serve a delicious breakfast along with their enjoyable company.
In early August 2015, we held our wedding at Haiku House on Saba. Haiku House property managers, Michael and Albert were very helpful in all aspects of our planning and preparations for the event.
Upon booking the property, we received a very nice and detailed information packet about the property but also with all of the “need to know” info on the entire island. We had a million questions and urgent needs with everything from finding a minister to finding a way to dry clean the wedding dress, and Michael and Albert supported us offering suggestions and pointing us in the right direction.
Upon our arrival Michael and Albert welcomed us warmly and took time introducing us to Haiku House and its many amenities, making sure that we were totally comfortable with everything from lighting and sound systems to internet and taxi services, and letting us know that they were available anytime we needed anything. It’s hard to explain how nice it was knowing that we could pick up the phone and have a “lifeline” anytime it might be needed.
After booking, they asked if we wanted some food upon arrival since we were arriving on a Sunday… but we never got back to them. When we arrived they had bought, bread and cheese and wine, eggs, bacon, orange juice, tons of snacks, and more. We were famished and had a very nice welcome breakfast. As we had arrived early, the cleaning crew was still there and one lady offered to make breakfast for us, and we declined, but then she insisted on cleaning up our dishes and mess!
Haiku House is a beautiful and elegant property inside and out and is pre-loaded with everything you need for a great quiet stay. It was a perfect venue for our wedding and was well worth the price… friends and family attending agreed that it was a beautiful and serene property.
Prior to departure, we were looking for an Island keepsake gift to give our wedding guests. We had previously searched everything on line and found nothing and while on the island we never found anything quite right, but at the last minute, we asked Michael. He made a call and then called us back. We ended up at the dive shop and got some beautiful and reasonably priced Saba beach towels for all of our guests.
We want to thank Michael and Albert of SABA Island Properties for their warm and professional help with our wonderful vacation wedding. The memories will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
Andy Beam & Amber Welsh
Amber and Andy reside in Houston, Texas. Andy is a Chemical Engineer working in Saudi Arabia as Commissioning & Startup Manager at Sadara Chemical, a joint venture of Dow Chemical Company and Saudi Aramco. Amber works for Innovative Alternatives in Houston, TX, a non-profit organization supporting employee training and wellness, healing and direction for individuals and families facing tragic and/or life changing events.
I am someone who is passionate about life. Everything I do, I do with love and the full force of my being…or not at all.
I was very pleasantly surprised to find kindred spirits in Albert and Michael when I decided to list my home with them. They went out of their way to make the process painless, gather information, take pictures, set a realistic price based on market conditions, and showcase my home in a manner that is at once accurate and flattering. This detailed, thorough, objective and ethical approach is especially important on Saba, where the same realtor customarily represents both the buyer and seller.
Albert and Michael care. They care about the island of Saba, its people and the environment. They don’t just sit down, ask a few questions and draw up a contract. They care enough to take the time to help a seller showcase her home in the most advantageous fashion, offering decorating and even reconfiguration tips when necessary. They care enough to tour the property multiple times, becoming intimately familiar with every detail so they can accurately represent the home and help a buyer find the ideal fit.
I had a decorating mishap (not easy to remedy on Saba, a small island with a dearth of readily available resources) and needed someone with practical knowledge of decorating and panache, who thinks outside the box, to come up with a solution. I thought nothing of asking Albert and Michael to help, even though my request went way above and beyond the call of duty, because they are the type of people who eagerly, happily and routinely deliver a level of unparalleled, excellent service that goes way beyond that which can reasonably be expected. Albert and Michael to the rescue! They were thrilled that I asked them to help. As I write this, I am awaiting their fix for 3 sets of custom drapes that are too short and not wide enough. I feel confident that they will come up with a brilliant, tasteful solution. If there were a dedicated HGTV network for Saba, Albert and Michael from SABA Island Properties would surely be running it.
Whether you are a buyer or seller, I can’t recommend the services of these two very knowledgeable, ethical and caring men highly enough. Their commitment to excellence and superior service is rare to find anywhere on the planet, least of all on a small island. – Dan Guida – Owner – Hummingbird Villa
Trust — That’s why I recommend you hire Albert & Michael of SABA Island Properties. They balance their clients needs with trustworthy properties. I want to sell my home to a buyer who isn’t bamboozled. Mutual trust matters.
They’re active listeners. They arranged my home for its best presentation… Michael and Albert assured my needs would be respected. They take notes. Then they re-state or paraphrase what they have heard in their own words to confirm what they have heard from their client. Very effective!!
It’s one stop shopping with them. I’m off island for six months they offer to find me responsible renters. I need a gardener, painting done, water pump replaced… Albert and Michael offer me an affordable maintenance plan.
24/7…twenty-four-seven. They’re constantly on the job. That’s all they do. All day. Every day. SABA Island Properties has an international network of property seeking clients for whom they present available Caribbean properties. Trust.
“Dear Mr. Pensis and Mr. Feeley — I am writing you to express my personal appreciation
for your cooperation and that of your staff during the period between May and June
[when you helped us secure several rental properties on Saba for our team.]
The support of organizations such as yours made our team feel welcome on Saba
and created the possibility for us to focus completely on our work…Your attention and effort
is greatly appreciated especially during times of extreme pressure.
On behalf of the entire team, thank you very much! Best Regards -”
Anyone thinking of selling (or buying) property on Saba should contact the owners of SABA Island Properties. Michael and Albert are people you really should use as your realtors.
Saba is a unique very small island and it takes little time before reputations are either made or broken. In the time they have been dealing with properties on the island these two charming gentlemen have built a solid following. They know the island well having spent considerable time here before setting up business and they are respected businessmen.
I have found them to be extremely solicitous about my concerns as an owner. They listen carefully and follow up with answers to questions immediately. E mails are answered the same day. I have been impressed with their true caring manner. They have facilitated communication with people who were essentially needed on my behalf.
It’s difficult to convey their genuine caring for their clients without sounding overenthusiastic. However, my experience with the two of them has found them professional, ethical, conscientious, warm and regularly going way beyond the basic necessities of selling and buying. I live for most of the year away from Saba and have absolutely no concerns that my business needs will be looked after as well, or better, than if I was constantly talking to them face to face.
SABA Island Properties is outstanding and you can most certainly rely on the owners, Albert and Michael to do the absolute best they can to list and sell your property. And…I can guarantee if you’re buying and using Saba Island Properties you will most probably end up with two great new friends.
When we met Michael and Albert it was clear to us that we were putting our property into caring, highly professional hands.
They are extremely helpful with all aspects of real estate, from what needs to be done for effective preparation of the property, to being available at what feels like all times, as well as having realistic and pro-active marketing goals.
When we needed help with a few things as we prepared to sell, and we were unable to get to Saba to organize them, Albert and Michael went the extra two miles to make them happen for us.
Although we are not on the island most of the time they have been in touch with us very promptly concerning viewings, paperwork, advertising and just checking in with us to see if we have questions.
We have absolute confidence in both of these professionals but we also feel more than happy to enjoy their friendly, relaxed manner as they do their job.
– Beth Trainum & Janly Jaggard – Althea Cottage
When we visited Saba we had the luck to meet Albert Pensis and Michael Feeley, the owners of SABA Island Properties. Sharing with them our intention to look for a house for sale they put themselves totally available for us trying to understand exactly what was our project and intentions.
They showed us everything they think would fit our desire and helped us find the perfect piece of land where we’ll build our house.
Their support for dealing with the notary office in St. Maarten has been very friendly efficient and professional — always responding to our needs for administration documents. Their help was constant until the final signature making us owners of our land.
Because of them we’ll have soon a new home at Saba !
We highly recommand their agency to every one who wants to find a house or a land in Saba.
We have registered our property with Michael & Albert because we know both of them from visiting our restaurant quite often.
When they decided to start their Saba business we knew instantly that this would be the right place for our property to be displayed. Both took great care of setting up the site and information, they passed by to check all the rooms and facilities at the property themselves and took their own pictures.
We cannot say enough good things about their professional attitudes and friendliness. It is a great pleasure working with them and we are convinced that you cannot go wrong with either posting your property on their site or buying a property from them.
Thank you Michael & Albert, you’re the best!
We have registered a cottage that we’re agents of with Michael and Albert of – SABA Island Properties. It wasn’t easy deciding to list the cottage, as it’s owned by a close friend, who recently lost her partner and is too heartbroken to rekindle any memories on island. After much discussion with her it was determined that we had to list the cottage.
When deciding upon an agent we looked at their current listings, (SABA Island Properties has a great selection; from commercial properties to beautiful high end villas, and quaint Saban cottages) and how quickly they responded to our email, (SABA Island Properties replied within hours). They matched our criteria and we’ve only been impressed since. Besides their professionalism, they made us excited to list the property, they saw the great potential this listing had, and it didn’t stop there. Albert helped us select some new furniture, bedding and helped us rearrange the cottage to show its attractiveness while keeping it cozy with its Saban charm.
Michael and Albert provide us with ample time before showing the cottage and even provide us with a quick follow up afterwards. Not only are they professional, they are witty, thoughtful, and considerate. Moreover, they see the beauty and charm that Saba has to offer. To our minds, this is a must for sellers and buyers on our beautiful island. If you’re considering listing your property with – SABA Island Properties – don’t hesitate and get that contract signed today.
When researching the internet for rentals in preparation for our move to Saba, we discovered the ‘Out of the Blue’ apartment on the SABA Island Properties website. It really stood out to us, as it was apparent from the photos and description on the site that this would be a quality rental that we could move into sight unseen. (We did not have time to visit Saba before the move, so it was vital that we secure a safe, comfortable residence which would provide everything we needed as soon as we arrived.)
We contacted Saba Island Properties about the apartment, as we had some questions for the owner. It was only then that we learned that Albert and Michael were the owners of the property. The rest, as they say, is history.
Through a series of emails regarding our interest in ‘Out of the Blue’ and the transition to our new life on Saba, we discovered that we had hit the jackpot when we found these two. All of their correspondence was so friendly and supportive and understanding (for example: when we had to change our arrival date three times due to circumstances beyond our control, they were more than accommodating).
As they had recently moved from the States to Saba themselves, they were well-acquainted with the challenges we would face and offered their guidance at every step. They have the innate ability to anticipate the needs of others. That is such a rare gift. Often, they will offer something before you ever think to ask for it.
For example, upon our arrival, we found the apartment to be more beautiful in person than on the website. The decor is flawless, the furnishings are of the highest quality, and everything you could want is right there at your fingertips. There were even fresh flowers and fruit on the dining room table, along with welcome beverages in the refrigerator. All for us. Just because.
I cannot count how many times they offered us a space at their table, inviting us for a social beverage and offering to discuss our long-term housing options on this beautiful island. They were quick to provide any information they had that they believed could be of benefit to us. They made contact with other property owners on our behalf, provided us with names and numbers of people we should meet, and gave us valuable this-is-where-you-should-go-from-here advice, custom tailored to our needs.
To say they are generous is an understatement. It is no exaggeration to say that their generosity is legendary on this island. We owe them far more than we could ever repay. Suffice it to say, on a personal level, they are top notch. In addition, we have been fortunate to see them in ‘business’ mode as well. Their professionalism is unparalleled and they know how to make things happen.
When we moved to the island, everyone who found out we were renting from them said that we were very lucky to begin our journey in Saba with Albert and Michael. “You can’t do better than those guys” was what we heard from others on a daily basis. You know what? They were (and are) right.
We would wholeheartedly recommend SABA Island Properties to anyone interested in renting or buying a quality property in this unique and wonderful corner of the world.
I first worked with Albert when he was renovating and designing his home on Saba. We shipped his car from New York and supplied him with windows, doors and all the essentials for building.
As an interior designer and business owner he knows what he’s doing after running a successful design and furniture showroom in NYC for many years. He’s careful, very detailed and specific and knows how to get the work done in a timely and cost effective way. He does his research on products and is always open to suggestions about brands, merchandise, climates and lifestyles in the Caribbean.
His knowledge and creativity is impressive and also practical. He’s a great asset to the island of Saba. We’ve needed someone of his caliber and expertise to work with on Saba as it grows and changes – maintaining the beauty and respect for the environment and the people.
I highly recommend him and his partner Michael. They have great spirit and inspire fairness, confidence and a fresh approach to real estate in the services they offer at – SABA Island Properties.
I am also planning on recommending Albert to our customers on other Caribbean Islands who are looking for this type of expertise that Albert and Michael bring to the Caribbean.