Desert Pearl Nightmare: Case Study of Carol and Tony Vitali
The Vitali’s dreams of a property in paradise were smashed as they came face to face with the empty skeleton of what was to be their apartment on Desert Pearl
The Vitali’s Story – Desert Pearl
The Vitali’s became interested in the prospects of buying a property in Hurghada, Egypt when they spotted an advert in the window of a local agent. A representative flew in from Spain to talk to them about Desert Pearl 1, the gated cluster of apartments in Hurghada that boasts of tropical gardens and luxurious Italian interiors. Their investment was handled by a third party agent who was selling the properties for Worldwide Destinations.
Where it all went wrong
Their contract had been for an apartment on Desert Pearl 1. However, the property had actually been double booked. Unceremoniously, the couple were swept aside to Desert Pearl 1’s sister apartments, Desert Pearl 2. The couple paid 40% of the investment and were promised a property that would be finished by 2009 and full legal support. Carol went to visit her apartment this year and was confronted with a building that was, as she put it, ‘just a shell’.
Carol and Tony’s experience is just one of the many that has unravelled from the devastating issues surrounding this entire development in Hurghada. This chaos has emerged for investors after Worldwide Destinations failed to pay the developers. As a result, construction ground to a halt and clients were left without money returned and no Egyptian paradise to enjoy. To make matters worse for the Vitali’s, their agents simply walked out on the whole debacle, leaving them with no support at all.
How they found Rivermead Global
The Vitali’s came across Rivermead Global from a forum that they had been posting on. They got in touch with Neil Hollingsworth, who has since, formed the Hurghada Resident’s Association (check out the forum at www.hurghadaresidentsassociation.com) as clients to solicitors who represent the group legally.
Carol is actively involved in the administration work behind the HRA and has commended Neil’s role in sorting the fallout from the Desert Pearl shambles, saying that ‘he always returns your calls’ and that ‘the set backs would have tried the patience of a Saint but Neil has stayed the course’.
Have you been affected by Desert Pearl?
If you have been affected by the Desert Pearl development and are in need of support, please contact us. Alternatively, feel free to give your opinion and leave a comment.
If you are interested in reading about the general situation in more depth, click on this link www.rivermeadglobalproperty.co.uk/blog/development-fiasco-for-desert-pearl-apartments-in-hurghada-egypt/