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Looking for a savvy professional agent to help us find a property with 120,000 budget.

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Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:39pm
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RetiredGuy

Posts: 10

Location: Estepona

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Good Afternoon

We are new to this forum (having been lurking for a couple of weeks) and would like to introduce ourselves. 

We are a pair of old age perishers who have finally given up on the UK weather and we have decided to move to the Estepona area to spend some time in the sun 

 We are looking for an apartment or town house with 2 bedroom & 2 bathrooms and have set a budget of 120,000 Euros due to a number of factors inc Brexit, but we would increase this for the right property

We have made contact with a couple of agents via the net and frankly we are not impressed. Perhaps I should say that in a past business life we were property agents and developers in the Costa Brava for twenty years so although we have been out of the business for many years we do have some insight and knowledge. 

My reason for posting here is that I'd like to connect with a good professional agent who can take our instructions and source properties for us.

We are returning to the area in March and will wish to view then.

If you think you can help us please pm me and I'll send you a full spec of what we are looking for.


Jan

Jan

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Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:28am

Posts: 58

Location: Álora

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Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:28am

Hi

Rather than ask for just any agent to contact you...and there are loads who would bite your hand off to get you on their books but they may not necessarily be any good or recommended, why don't you look online at Estate Agent's who have properties in the areas you are interested in and contact them. That way you can Google them and get reviews by others who have used them. Also you could look on http://www.rightmove.co.uk/overseas-property/in-Spain.html

and see if anything interests you.

You may get Agents contacting you from this posting but please check them out online first to see any reviews ...or even if they exist online. I personally would not go with any Agent who didn't have a good website and online presence.

Jan

RetiredGuy

RetiredGuy

Original Poster

Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:15pm

Posts: 10

Location: Estepona

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Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:15pm

Thank you for your reply 

We have contacted several agents via the net but maybe we are just unlucky but the quality of replies from the few who have replied were poor to say the least this  doesn't fill us with confidence with working with these people. Mostly our details of what we are seeking were totally ignored and we were sent either a computer generated reply or details of properties in areas we have no interest in,  and number of bedrooms etc. that matched nothing we are looking for. Budgets were totally ignored. 

We have searched the net for properties and found several of interest and  we wanted a local agent to give us their opinion, before flying in to view. 

An interesting fact is  the replies I've received from this posting ( most by pm) have been from people who have bought or who are living in the area. Not a single agent has replied. Makes you think!! 

Once again thanks for your reply 

Jan

Jan

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Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:11am

Posts: 58

Location: Álora

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Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:11am

I'm pleased to hear that. It's so much better to have recommendations from home owners or home renters who have used certain agents and are pleased with them. I would rather not use an Agent who contacted me through a forum but use an Agent who I contacted myself. 

I think the  problem you found of details of what you were seeking totally ignored and being sent computer generated reply or details of properties in areas you had no interest in, wrong number of bedrooms and properties that matched nothing you are looking for, is endemic in the Estate Agency trade, even in the UK. When I was acting the 'property hunter' for both my adult children in the last few years, I had the same thing.

If Agents would only be honest and say they have nothing to suit the requirements at present, they would be much more respected. That's why I ended up only using Rightmove, Zoopla etc religiously until I found properties to view.

Good luck with your search.

RetiredGuy

RetiredGuy

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Sat Jan 21, 2017 1:53pm

Posts: 10

Location: Estepona

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Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 1:53pm

Thanks for the reply, You are totally correct in your observations. We have decided to come over with a short list of properties we have self sourced from the net look at them from the outside and check out the area, then if they are of interest we will contact an agent to view. 

Best Regards

Maria67

Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:04pm

Posts: 7

Location: Benalmadena Costa

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Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:04pm

Hello 

I have just bought an apartment in Benalmedina and like you I scouted through the internet and find a few that I wanted to see when I came over.  

I found that many Agents are offering the same properties as well as the ones you may select. However most have access to the same properties on line so you have to insist on seeing where each of them want to take you before agreeing to go out with them.

After a few mishaps however I used a Company called Estates in the Sun who were pretty good there. The guy that took me round was called Drew and can be contacted on [email protected] . Drew was very helpful and even found a very good Solicitor to do all the legal stuff as well.

Hope this helps

Maria 

Jan

Jan

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Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:12pm

Posts: 58

Location: Álora

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Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:12pm

Hi

You may have been lucky but it is a well know fact that it not advisable at all to use a Solicitor recommended by any Estate agent  as it is a conflict of interest. 

Having an independant Solicitor means they are working in your interest only.

Agents don't 'find' a solicitor for you, they have a Solicitor who works for them and then they 'recommended" them and alledgedly will get a commission for doing so. Not a good thing!

Maria67

Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:10pm

Posts: 7

Location: Benalmadena Costa

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Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:10pm

He actually offered me several options Jan and left it to me to select the one I thought was most helpful after I met them

henning

Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:26pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:26pm

RetiredGuy wrote:

Good Afternoon

We are new to this forum (having been lurking for a couple of weeks) and would like to introduce ourselves. 

We are a pair of old age perishers who have finally given up on the UK weather and we have decided to move to the Estepona area to spend some time in the sun 

 We are looking for an apartment or town house with 2 bedroom & 2 bathrooms and have set a budget of 120,000 Euros due to a number of factors inc Brexit, but we would increase this for the right property

We have made contact with a couple of agents via the net and frankly we are not impressed. Perhaps I should say that in a past business life we were property agents and developers in the Costa Brava for twenty years so although we have been out of the business for many years we do have some insight and knowledge. 

My reason for posting here is that I'd like to connect with a good professional agent who can take our instructions and source properties for us.

We are returning to the area in March and will wish to view then.

If you think you can help us please pm me and I'll send you a full spec of what we are looking for.


Hi,

If you need to find an apartment in Estepona area while you are looking for an house/apartment pls. look at my website http://www.jydedeal.dk/costa-del-sol-ferieboliger, but unfunately only in Danish, but prices you can understand. You are always welcome message me.

BR
Henning

RetiredGuy

RetiredGuy

Original Poster

Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:12am

Posts: 10

Location: Estepona

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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:12am

Hi Your link doesn't work 

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