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Now is a great time to buy a property in Spain because prices have fallen substantially since the peak of 2007 and there are some excellent bargains about. But how do you know which regions and area is best for you and how can you be sure you have chosen the best value for your budget?

This wide choice presents the buyer with a lot of research work to do, however these days buyers can do much of the research on the internet but in the end a visit or sometimes several visits have to be made to find the right property for you. 

There are three main ways to buy a property in Spain.

1. IF YOU DO IT YOURSELF
If you have the time you can chose to come over to Spain and rent a property for a couple of months and make all the viewing appointments yourself.  The advantages are that you will have the time to get to know different areas and market valuations. The disadvantages are that this will take time and money and you are very much on your own and without the local knowledge of the different areas.


2. IF YOU USE AN 
 ESTATE AGENCY / PROPERTY BROKER
As in the UK the majority of sales in Spain are made through an estate agent. The advantages are that the estate agent will know the area and valuations and be able to suggest properties that best fit your requirements. They will also collect you from where you are staying and transport you to view all your chosen properties. They should be able to answer all your questions regarding the properties and also supply you with the facts and figures of living in that particular area of Spain. However to find the right property for you will mean contacting and visiting a long list of estate agents who cover all the areas that would be the most suitable for you.

As in the UK the estate agent is employed by the vendor who will pay the agent a sales commission which will be included in the sales price. 


3.
IF YOU USE A PERSONAL PROPERTY FINDING SERVICE  
You will increase the chances of finding that perfect Spanish property. However only a very few estate agents can offer this service as it requires a deep knowledge of a much larger area than where the typical estate agent have their offices. The location is just as important as the property and therefore equal time should be taken for both.

Because Hot Properties in Spain have been specialist Spanish property finders since 2002 we have built up an in depth knowledge of the Costa Blanca, Costa Calida, Murcia and Almeria of both coast and country areas. The most obvious advantage is that this service will save you time and money to find a short list of properties that best meet your exact criteria. We can achieve this because we have six area offices with a local Director who is a specialist in their area. With Hot properties in Spain you get to use our Personal Property Finding Service for free. If we do not have the right property listed that exactly meets all your requirements than we undertake to make a search on your behalf using our many contacts and our network of estate agents with whom we collaborate with to produce the perfect short list of Spanish properties for you to view.

Since 2002 we have successfully offered a unique Personal Property Finding Service tailored to the buyer's exact requirements and with a guarantee to find a selection of properties that match the buyer's criteria at a lower price than could have been achieved using other estate agents. The benefits and cost savings of using our Personal Property Finding Service are as follows:


OUR PROPERTY SEARCH
Based on your wish list and stated property requirements we conduct a thorough search to produce a short list of suitable properties. We then email these details and photos to you for your approval and repeat this process if necessary. Only when you are satisfied that we have found a good choice do you make a visit to Spain to view. If on this visit the short list of properties contains the right one for you then all well and good. However if our short list does not have just the right property for you then we will conduct a further search (or searches) at no further cost to you until we do find the right one.

Once we have found the property that meets your approval we then hold your hand all the way through the buying process. From finding you an independent English speaking solicitor and bank with English speaking staff. We will be there for you or with you right up and beyond when you get the keys at the Notary. We are proud of our reputation as an ethical agent who "goes that extra mile" to ensure we offer a truly first class service. If the property is new we attend site meetings with the builders on your behalf and regularly send you photos of the progress of the build.