About Us

Who are we?

We are one of Spain's leading property finding and relocation support agencies, specialising in helping expatriates to move to, or purchase, a property in Spain.  We arrange all the essential paperwork and provide step by step assistance in the entire relocation process or property finding requirement.  From orientation trips, arranging property viewing schedules, school registrations to pet transport and job hunting - we have it covered! It is vital to plan in advance of your purchase or relocation to Spain, and it is essential that you choose an independent assistant to help you through the beauracratic headaches that will invariably present themselves, so take advantage of our expertise, in-depth local knowledge, contacts and experience. We work solely for YOU and our assistance packages start from just €85 + IVA.

Meet The Team

Joanne Alderton - Managing Partner

Before establishing Aldertons, Joanne was quite the dedicated globe trotter, working all over the world for large tour operators, with spells in Sri Lanka and Cuba and placements that allowed her to explore the whole of Spain. When Joanne and her husband finally decided to settle down and buy a home in their beloved Benissa the experience was a very frustrating one, and at the same time Joanne was constantly being asked by friends (and friends of friends) for help with Spanish paperwork. Hence the idea of starting a relocation company was born. In September 2015 the business began with Joanne working “home alone”, but the company is now a busy team of five multi-lingual and experienced professionals. A typical working week for Joanne is keeping busy searching for several homes for new clients, as well as liasing non-stop with architects, builders, decorators, landscape gardeners and some “very tricky” town halls for other clients with renovation projects, whilst at the same time, preparing houses to be furnished and photographed in order to be placed on the holiday rental market, add in to this organising and preparing for the various property shows that Aldertons attends throughout Europe, whilst simultaneously ensuring her 2 young girls attend their sailing, ballet, gymnastics and dance classes, a slightly barmy husband gets to his walking football club at least twice per week and 4 dogs who get to run in their favourite forest daily, and you start to see why Joanne is famous for her love of Cava!!  If you have yet to meet the boss think of the best juggler you´ve ever seen, the longest to do list ever written and the biggest warmest smile.    That´s Joanne!

Elena Rey - Costa Del Sol Manager

Elena brought a phenomenal amount of expertise to the Aldertons Team when she agreed to head up the Costa del Sol arm of the company. Elena was born in Madrid but has spent her working life split between the Costa del Sol and the UK, working initially in hospitality and latterly in banking as an internationally approved mortgage advisor. As if that doesn´t make her useful enough to anyone considering relocating to Spain, Elena also has a Degree in Spanish Law and a Masters in International Law. A veritable font of knowledge. For those thinking of moving to Spain and perhaps running their own business particularly in the hospitality industry Elena will have much to share, having previously owned her own hotel and restaurant in Andalucia. Having masterminded her own relocation from Bristol back to the area between Marbella and Gibraltar to start work with Aldertons, Elena couldn't wait to get back into the “beautiful light” of Spain. She struggled in her years working in the UK with the short days, and was looking forward to getting more out of life again, with more daylight. “Its not just the sun that I missed, it was doing more than just going to the gym after work, or watching TV. I can´t wait to bring my children up again in Spain” says Elena, who has 2 young children, and a husband from Andalucia. Elena´s family name “Rey” means “King” in Spanish and Elena is rapidly becoming the Queen of property finding and relocation assistance "down south".

Emma Peta Jones - Operations Manager

Emma is probably the most important person within the Alderton’s team.  She singlehandedly manages our head office operations, whilst juggling the bureaucratic applications for driving license changes, NIE, Residencia etc, whilst at the same time keeping the rest of the team organised with their property finding tasks!  She’s a real all-rounder!


Moving to Spain with her parents when she was just 12 years old, Emma is the perfect person to assist our clients who have worries about moving to Spain with children as she has first-hand experience from a child’s perspective.   Upon finishing her studies in Spain, she jumped feet first in to the real estate and construction industry within the Costa Blanca, passing the Spanish examinations for Property Advisor and Legal Auctions in 2007. Having supported countless clients through the process of purchasing and building property here, her in depth hands on experiences of how the system works makes her our “font of all knowledge”.


Passionate about the Costa Blanca, and Spain in general,  Emma is an avid outdoors person  and you will often find her in Benissa port preparing for a scuba dive, in the Benissa mountains tying her laces for a mountain run or even saddling up her horse to go on a countryside adventure. 


We feel extremely lucky to have Emma managing us – and we just know that all our clients feel the same! 







Zoe Doran - Costa Blanca South Area Manager

If you’re thinking about making changes to improve your lifestyle then our Area Manager for Costa Blanca South, Zoe Doran, is the ideal person to spend time with as after years of working her way up the ladder in a blue chip business, she took the opportunity of voluntary redundancy to swap the stress of corporate life to create a quality of life that is possible when you stop and choose how you want to live and start working your way towards it! 

Zoe has spent the years since leaving the rat race with the intention of making a difference wherever she can and applying her big business experience to work with good people and interesting projects, including setting up and growing businesses, organising events and working in property for all kinds of people 

As a working mother of 4, Zoe founded her own daytime networking events for women in business to enable them to attend during school hours, with smaller children welcome, as we all know the importance of engaging with others to share ideas and information.

Zoe was drawn to Southern Costa Blanca life by her best friends’ parents who were the pioneers who discovered the glorious beaches, and magical balance of beautiful outdoor living with plenty of desirable amenities and shops, bars restaurants and golf courses on hand with just the right amount of hub bub all year round.

Zoe has enhanced her experience of life in Spain by previously working as an Estate Agent and is now proud to be a Property Finder putting the client’s needs first! Zoe’s friendly, pleasant approach will put you at ease, and you can relax in the knowledge that Zoe will listen to your needs and apply all of her focus and experience, using her extensive network of connections to find you the perfect place.

Josine Bos - Continental manager

Josine is another “jetsetter” who has worked and lived in many different countries over the last 25 years, from various places in Europe including Greece and Spain to exotic locations including the Maldives, Cuba and Africa. If anyone is qualified in the “art of settling down abroad” its Josine, who has done so an impressive 35 times in total, bringing more relocation experience than you could fit into all the suitcases she has packed and unpacked put together! Josine is Dutch and quite the “clever-clogs” speaking no less than seven languages – Dutch, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and some Croatian. The Northern Costa Blanca appealed to this well-travelled lady because of the Tuscany-reminiscent valleys, hidden bays but also wide spread beaches, and the cultural highlights in the cities being within easy reach. The great mixture of different nationalities combined with the friendly locals here convinced Josine that this area should be home for her and her two boys, and they have found their dream little “casa” to settle down in, hopefully permanently at last.

Sara Higgins - Lettings & Property Manager

Sara is enthusiastic and excited at the prospect of taking the Aldertons brand forward in the holiday rentals and property management sectors. 

With over 30 years experience in administration spanning conveyancing, marketing, Human Resources (the University of Manchester), travel (Go Direct – Airtours) and manufacturing, together with her passion for travel, having put together trips to Canada, Australia, Thailand, Maldives, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Canaries, Belgium & her jewel in the crown … Spain. Planning, organising and making it happen are Sara’s strengths; she’s ready to hit the ground running!! 

Sara has always believed she was destined for a life by the sea (well, preferably on the sea in a huge yacht … life goals!) and after having her children, 2 boys, she and her husband made the life changing decision to up sticks and leave their hometown of Manchester for Moraira, where her heart truly lies. Sara understands the frustrations and challenges that go with such a move, but her motto is ‘feel the fear and do it anyway!!’ 

She’s confident you’ll love our piece of paradise and who knows, maybe you’ll make that life changing decision to relocate too!!