How to Find the Best Real Estate Agent in Spain for foreign Buyers

12 July, 2023 | Antonio Beltrán

Last Updated on 1 year by Antonio Beltrán

Finding the best Real Estate Agent in Spain for foreign buyers requires some research and consideration. It is not easy to find a good one that really fits you and your personal needs and interests. As it happens when falling in love with someone, it is not always the “what”, but the “who”. In terms of love, but also in terms of finding a real state agent, sometimes you just need to “do the match”!

However, it is true that there are some requirements that every real estate agent should accomplish in order to really satisfy your needs. So, in that sense, we have written this article giving you some simple steps you should follow to find a reliable and competent real estate agent in Spain.

Furthermore, it is true that being a foreigner can be an obstacle when looking for a house in a different country than yours. If you want to settle down in Spain and find a good mortgage here, it is more crucial than ever that you find a really good real estate agent, because that’s going to be the one that will guide you throughout this process and give you good advice.

What’s more, knowing the territory in which you’re going to buy a house is a must in terms of success. That’s why it is very important to contact a mortgage broker from Spain, that really knows how Spain works and how banks operate here. In that sense, remember that in Hipotecasplus we are also mortgage brokers that will help you find the best mortgage in Spain, thanks to our long experience working here.

If you want to know more about us or solve any questions you might have related to mortgages in Spain, do not hesitate to contact us. No commitment will be required, and we’ll be more than happy to help you!

Steps to find the best Real Estate Agent

Here we explain to you some key points you should follow in order to find the best real estate for you.

Define your requirements and needs

Before looking for something, you have to know yourself. In that sense, it is important that you determine your budget, as well as that you decide where do you want to settle down (preferred location) or which type of property you’d prefer (an apartment, a villa, a beach house…). Having a clear understanding of your requirements will help you find an agent who specializes in your desired niche.

Research online

Nowadays, everything goes online. Also, mortgages. So, using online tools is a good and easy way to do a first and quick overview of the possibilities you have when it comes to mortgage brokers in Spain.

Shortly, you can utilize online resources such as real estate portals, forums, and social media groups to find real estate agents who cater to foreign buyers in Spain. We advise you to look for agents who have positive reviews, a strong online presence, and experience working with international clients.

In addition, double-check Real Estate Agent references and verify their credentials once you have shortlisted potential ones. Remember to check if they are licensed, registered, and affiliated with professional real estate associations.

These are the main associations of real estate agents in Spain:

  1. API CAT – Catalunya 
  2. AEPSI – Personal real estate shopper
  3. FAI Inmo -federation of real estate association
  4. Inmo Expertos -Association of real estate experts
  5. Agrupació Baleares -Real estate agents in the Balearic Islands
  6. AICAT Garraf -Real estate agents in a specific area of ??Catalonia called Garraf: Vilanova i la Geltrú, Sitges, Sant Pere de Ribes, Cubelles, Canyelles y Olivella
  7. Seville real estate agents
  8. Asociación Canaria de Empresas de Gestión Inmobiliaria
  9. Asociación de agentes inmobiliarios de Madrid 
  10. Torrevieja y la Vega Baja (Alicante) real estate agents

Seek recommendations

Reach out to friends, family, or colleagues who have previously purchased a property in Spain and ask for their recommendations. Personal referrals can be valuable in finding trustworthy agents who have provided satisfactory experiences. They can talk to you about the pros and the cons of their Real Estates Agents and, from that point on, you’ll have a reference to start looking for what you really want.

Request references

Request references from a small group of Real Estate Agents that you have previously chosen. Ask from advice from clients who were in a similar situation to yours, so to say, that were foreign buyers, to discover their points of view about those agents. Contact these references to inquire about their experience working with the agent and whether they would recommend them.

Language barriers

When you move to a different country, one of the main barriers you will face is language. In that sense, it can be very useful to have a mortgage broker that communicates fluently both in Spanish and English, so you can work with them in your language and, at the same time, they can negotiate with local banks as you were a local too.

Briefly, language barriers can lead to misunderstandings and complications during the buying process, so it is a really important point to consider.

Local knowledge

As we have previously mentioned, it is very important that the real estate agent has a huge panoramic knowledge about the Spanish mortgage market, including the specific region or city you are interested in. They should be able to provide insights on property trends, investment potential, and local regulations.

Fluid communication and responsiveness

In every kind of relationship, communication and responsiveness are key. The same applies when it comes to real estate agents: to count with effective communication throughout the property buying process is crucial. Assess how responsive the agent is to your inquiries and how well they address your concerns.

A good agent should be accessible and keep you informed every step of the way! Furthermore, good mortgage brokers need to be transparent and trustworthy from the very first moment that you meet them. If not, it is because they are not good enough for your needs.

Taken as a whole, there are lots of things to look for when finding a good real estate agent. However, remember to follow your instinct and always look for a trustworthy, familiar, and transparent mortgage broker. And, as we have explained, remember that you can always rely on Hipotecasplus. Our long experience working with foreign buyers in Spain endorse us. Contact now with us and discover it: we can assure you we won’t let you down!