A True Negotiation Story
“When I met the agent, he said he could represent me and work both sides of the deal. I paid him 1,000€ to reserve a flat. Later I hired Spain Advisors. Mark met the owner and the agent in the flat. We found out that the building’s front side (facade) needed repairs. The agent never told me this when I paid 1,000€.
Then the property manager showed us estimates of the repairs costs. Mark used these costs to negotiate the price down and he got the furniture included. His service paid for itself. He shares office space with a Spanish tax attorney who helped throughout the deal. They continue to give me advice on property taxes and other issues. This is has been convenient and valuable!
My buying experience was really good. I looked for about 8 months at flats in Raval, Gothic Quarter, Gracia and Barceloneta. Most of the agents don’t speak much English, so I couldn’t get complete information. And I had trouble knowing if a listed price was fair.
I bought in Barceloneta, a small neighborhood near the beach. Rents are going up so it’s a good investment. Plus it’s a great place to live, there’s a nice sea breeze and you can walk everywhere. With a big transaction in a foreign country, I was glad Mark was on my team to represent my interests in the purchase.”
The Purchase Process
1. Initial Phase
We explain the market, the total costs, mortgage possibilities and help you locate a property.
2. Visit the Property
We meet the agent, inspect for defects and report back with the pro’s and con’s.
3. You Want to Buy
We conduct due diligence to find negative information, negotiate a price and prepare the pre-purchase contract(s).
4.- Close the Deal
Advise on money transfers, iron out other issues and prepare to sign the deed before the public notary.
From Our Clients
My wife and I found Mark as we began our quest to find a second home in Barcelona. Not only were we very happy with the service he provided on the legal front, he gave us invaluable advice as to how to best to look and judge potential properties.
He also educated as to potential pitfalls to look out for. When we did find the property to buy, he was invaluable in working with
My experience with Spain Advisors was great, I had no problems at all. I searched for about 2 months and saw about 30. I advise you buy soon as prices are going up. Good flats sell fast. Be sure to check all aspects of the property very carefully, there may be hidden problems without a solution. I am very happy with the property I bought, it was below my budget and it was renovated so no headaches looking for contractors. The purchase went smooth. I would recommend Spain Advisors to a friend, definitely.
My wife and I saw about ten flats and met several real estate agents. Their goal, obviously, is to show the property’s positive aspects and persuade you to buy for the listed price. It’s important to remember that they earn a commission of the sale’s price. When we expressed an interest in a flat, they applied some pressure on us to force to a decision. Sometimes after only one visit.
Welcome to our website. We’re glad you’re here and we admire your interest in Barcelona.
After working in real estate in Barcelona for several years, we’ve learned one undeniable truth: non-Spaniards normally pay too much for the property. Why? They did not have enough information before they agreed to a price.
At Spain Advisors we strive to achieve an honest deal by insisting on access to the important information before you agree on a price. With this information, you can decide if it’s fair.
The Real Estate Agent and Spain Advisors
Your first contact is normally with an Agent. In general, very nice people. However:
The Real Estate Agent
Spain Advisors Agent
You have to make a budget and need to know what things cost. Straight answers about legal services can be hard to get (we’ve been there). Out of respect for you, we publish our fees.
How can we assist you?
Professional assistance locating and purchasing quality real estate in the Barcelona area.
We help you obtain a Spanish ID number (NIE) and an immigrant visa to live in Spain.
We open your Spanish bank account, advise on money transfers and on mortgages.
Advice on Will preparation for each country where you own assets.
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