There are times when you need a Real Estate professional to assist with your property search. It may seem that looking for the right property is easy enough to do alone, but there can be many things about the process that you haven’t considered; this is especially likely when looking for a property abroad.
The idea that you’ll be more in control if you go it alone is not necessarily true. In a foreign market, professional advice and assistance is an asset to your successful property search.
To be sure to avoid making regrettable financial decisions or missing out on great opportunities through being unprepared, it is worth working with an experienced and integral Real Estate agent with a thorough knowledge of the market, the areas you are interested in, the local legislation and what to look out for in terms of potential issues in the property itself.
Some of the benefits of using a professional Real Estate Agent are:
- They can negotiate professionally
If you are looking to purchase property in Marbella, you’re searching in one of the most popular areas of the Costa del Sol and there is a lot of competition for quality properties here. This means that you’ll need sound negotiating skills. If you can’t speak the local language, it helps to have a knowledgeable and skilled agent to seal the right deal for both yourself and the seller.
What’s more, sellers tend to trust Real Estate agents over lone rangers, which can go a long way to helping you to secure your new home.
- They know the local laws and language
Nobody wants to have to embark on a time-consuming paper chase in a foreign language in order to be sure they’re meeting all of the necessary criteria and laws; there is enough to think about when choosing a property as it is. Having bought and sold property in your home country, it can be easy to think that you know the drill. This isn’t necessarily the case, as Spanish law can be surprisingly different.
- They can spot potential problems
One of the best things about using a professional Real Estate agent is that they not only know the property market well, but they are very experienced at spotting potential issues early. They will know the signs well, and even have knowledge of the kind of building materials used within the property and what to look for with the plumbing, wiring, irrigating etc.
- They have trusted contacts
Your Real Estate agent’s trusted contact list will also be of great benefit to you. Whether you are a foreign national or someone moving from place to place in the same country, you are unlikely to have the kind of reliable contacts you need. Whether it’s a lawyer, a loan officer, an architect or a home inspector you want to connect with, a professional agent will already have a trusted contacts list to refer you to; or they will be happy to deal with them on your behalf.
How to choose the right Real Estate agent
The most challenging decision you should have to make is which of the many attractive properties you should put your money on. The second most challenging decision will be which agent you should enlist to make the process smooth.
All Real Estate agents will attempt to paint the most attractive picture of their services for you, but as in all areas of life actions speak louder than words. Not all Real Estate agents have the business sense, experience and integrity to meet your expectations.
The Real Estate agent you opt to work with will understand well the importance of being accessible to their client throughout the process, and of being proactive on the client’s behalf. Their main goals are to make this process easier for you, to clarify whatever may confuse you and to work in a timely and efficient manner on your behalf.
It is important to choose an established, secure Real Estate agent with a clean track record, so that you avoid any cons or scams that foreign nationals may have previously fallen prey to.
Lastly, your professional Real Estate agent will employ only carefully-vetted property experts. Their team will be organised, intuitive, and communicative. They won’t withhold unpalatable information from you and will be in regular, timely contact.
If you like the sound of the Real Estate agent profile we have presented, then you may be pleased to know that Paradise Marbella fit it precisely because this is how we work. We care about our clients and want to make sure that they make the right decisions for them. If they come through the process happy and stress-free, we are happy too.