A Buyer’s True Story
“I’m glad I had my own property advisor in Barcelona. When I met the agent, he said he could represent me and work both sides of the deal. I paid him a 1,000€ to reserve a flat. Later I decided to hire Mark at Spain Advisors. We met with the agent and Mark asked a lot of questions. We found out that the building’s front side (facade) needed repairs. The agent never told me this when I paid 1,000€.
Then we met the property manager who showed us estimates of the repairs costs. Mark used these costs to negotiate the price down and he got the furniture included. So his service paid for itself. He shares office space with a Spanish tax attorney who helped me throughout the deal. They continue to give me post-purchase advice on property taxes and other issues. This is has been convenient and valuable!
My buying experience overall was fine. I looked at flats in the Barcelona neighborhoods of Raval, Gothic, Gracia and Barceloneta for about 8 months. Most of the real estate agents don’t speak much English, so I couldn’t get complete information. And there’s no public record of what previous flats sold, so it’s hard to know if a listed price is fair or not.
I bought in Barceloneta, a small village-like area near the beach. Rents are going up in Barcelona, so it’s a good investment. Plus it’s a great place to live, there’s a nice sea breeze, you can walk everywhere, etc. With a big transaction in a foreign country, I was glad that Mark was on my team to represent my interests in the purchase.”
The Purchase Process
1. Initial Phase
We listen to you and your plans, we explain the market and total purchase cost, advise about mortgages and help you locate a property.
2. Visiting the Property
We visit the property with you, assess its pro’s and cons, meet the Seller or their Agent and negotiate a fair price.
3. You Decide to Buy
We analyze the property’s legal documents to confirm the Seller’s identity, find outstanding mortgages, unpaid building repairs and related issues.
4.- Closing the Deal
We negotiate the pre-sales contract(s), iron out the details, help you transfer funds and prepare for closing 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. We help non-Spaniards buy quality real estate in Barcelona.
After working in real estate in and near 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 property information before you agree on a price. With this information, together we decide if it’s fair.
Spain Advisors or the Real Estate Agent
Your first contact is normally with an Agent. In general, very nice people. However:
The Real Estate Agent
Spain Advisors Agent
You have 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 and your time, 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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