Whether you’re moving to Spain and looking to buy or rent property, or you wish to sell your house in Spain, the process can be stressful and exhausting, especially if you don’t know the language very well and all the legal jargon that surrounds the real estate industry. Instead of trying to do everything yourself, why not get an English real estate agent in Spain to take care of everything for you?
However, there’s a huge number of real estate agencies out there and although they might seem similar, the quality of the services they offer can vary greatly. So, how can you find the best estate agent for you? Do your research and look for these 5 things in your estate agent:
- They pay attention to you: A good Spanish estate agent will answer the phone when you call, reply to your emails, send you any information you ask for and if you want to visit a property a second or third time, they’ll help you do another viewing. Basically, look for someone who will do all this at your convenience, anytime you need it.
- They’re on the internet: Since 90% of property buying and selling happens online these days, you should be looking for an estate agency with its own website and a social media presence. This means they will have more reach when it comes to finding you a buyer for your house or a good portfolio of properties for sale for you to choose from.
- They speak English and have experience with ex-pats: Not only should your estate agent know the local area, the market and the legal framework, but also how best to deal with your specific needs as a foreign buyer/seller. They should also be perfectly bilingual in Spanish and English to be able to manage both sides of the business. Don’t be afraid to ask about their previous experience and get references from them.
- They’re fully licensed: Only use serious, professional companies with accreditation, registered in the Official School of Estate Agents (Colegio Oficial de Agentes de la Propiedad Inmobiliaria or API). They should show the API logo on their website to prove their credentials, and may also be part of another Spanish association of estate agencies like MLS, ACI or AIM. It’s not worth your while risking your luck with cowboy estate agents.
- There consummate professionals: Finally, look for other signs of professionalism and quality – can they help you organise a mortgage? Do they have a legal department? Talk to friends who have used these different services and search for their success rate and comments on the internet to give you a realistic picture of how good each of your real estate candidates are.
idealista has lists of quality, certified estate agents in every region of Spain, to make your search even easier. Here’s some estate agencies in a few of the most popular places for expats to buy, rent and sell property in Spain: