A Buyer’s True Story
Oliver from London bought a flat in Barcelona’s Born area. His advice: “Things happen fast. When you find THE FLAT, have your advisor go see it, review the legal documents and make an offer. I lost a nice place because I hesitated and someone got it first. And don’t get taken for a ride. Review the property documents carefully. Be firm. Knowing some Spanish helps”.
1.- Initial Phase
We talk about your plans, explain the total costs, advise about mortgages and help you start looking.
2. Visit the Property
We ask questions, inspect for defects and assess its pro’s and cons.
3.- You Decide to Make an Offer
We investigate the property to uncover negative information and negotiate a price.
4.- You Decide to Buy
We negotiate the pre-sales contract(s), advise on money transfers and prepare for closing.
Buying in Barcelona is Different
There is no ‘Market Value’ or standard price for property in Barcelona or on its coast nearby. The property is too varied and unique. Sellers simply list at the price they want and hope for the best. And sometimes Buyers pay too much. But how is one to know? It’s a foreign country and the Agent said it was a good price. Knowing the market and persistent negotiation are necessary.
Spain Advisors or the Real Estate Agent
Your first contact is normally with an Agent. In general, very nice people. In fact, they might offer to “take care of everything”. But be wary.
The Real Estate Agent
Spain Advisors Agent
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.
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