Congratulations! You’ve picked the Costa Blanca, one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, as the place to search for a new home in Spain. Now you just need to find the right property and take a few simple steps to ensure a successful purchase.
You’ve probably begun your research into homes for sale on the Costa Blanca - browsing Websites and Property Portals and emailing estate agents, and perhaps you’ve even made a trip out to Spain.
You’ll soon be ready to visit properties, which calls for an important piece of advice: only view and buy property on the Costa Blanca through a reputable Estate Agent, one with excellent local knowledge and a proven record of customer service.
A good estate agent understands the specific needs of non-Spanish, buyers so should offer you as much or little assistance as you personally require, not only during the purchase process but also after you’ve completed your property. Don’t forget, you should always employ an English-speaking Spanish lawyer to be extra sure your personal interests are protected during a Spanish property purchase.
So how do you identify a good estate agent on the Costa Blanca? Start with personal recommendations from people you trust, such as friends and family. If you’re choosing an estate agent from scratch, look for signs of permanency, such as their own premises, fixed landlines, and even Spanish number plates on their car. Check how long their business has been registered – the longer the better, how long they themselves have lived on the Costa Blanca, and how many staff the firm employs for further reassurance, request testimonials from other non-Spanish buyers, or look at their Google Reviews
Although estate agents’ commission in Spain is typically a percentage of a property’s purchase price and paid by the vendor, your agent should still be completely transparent about who receives what and confirm whether another local agent is due a portion of the commission, something that is quite normal and acceptable in Spain.
After-sales service is what really makes an estate agent stand out from the crowd. As a foreign buyer on the Costa Blanca, you’ll either be purchasing a holiday home or relocating there – in both cases it’s likely you’ll need more support than if you were buying in your native country, such as the UK, whether it’s key-holding or helping you to integrate into the local community. The types of situations you might need help with once you’ve bought a villa, townhouse, or apartment on the Costa Blanca could include difficulties connecting to utilities, dealing with a burst water pipe, sorting out council tax payments, or buying and registering a Spanish car. The best estate agents will go all out to assist with these and any other similar situations – it follows that a dedicated after-sales department is a good sign an estate agency offers a quality after-sales service.
When viewing properties on the Costa Blanca, stick with estate agents who are helpful without putting you under any pressure to buy. The best estate agents won’t try to control your movements during your stay, will answer questions honestly, won’t show you properties that don’t match your wish list - unless specifically requested to do so – and won’t pressure you into making a decision or paying a deposit before you’re ready to do so.
As a final - and arguably the most important - piece of advice when searching for property on the Costa Blanca, start by finding a reliable estate agent, not a property.
New Life Property Spain has over 20 years of experience in the property market, both in the United Kingdom and in Spain, we collaborate with other Real Estate companies in Spain, ensuring you can view all the properties you want with one trusted partner.
We cover from Denia to Calpe, as well as the Jalon and Orba Valleys, our goal is to make the buying of your dream home the most exciting, easy, and enjoyable experience you can have. Our extensive collection of over 1,000 properties for sale in Spain, includes Apartments, Country Houses, and Villas, in the most beautiful locations.
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