How to search online for a property in Spain
Have you been wondering how to search online for a property in Spain? Or find that when you enquire online no-one gets back to you? Or the property is no longer available? Do you keep seeing the same properties over and over? Do you see the properties at different prices? These are just some of the issues that quite often arise when searching online for a property in Spain.
The whole system is actually quite simple and works extremely well if you know where to look and what to do.
Firstly you need to understand the difference between property portals and company websites.
When you do a search on google for a property for sale in Spain the first listings to come up will be paid adverts so these will be the agents with big marketing budgets. As seen below:
Then all the portals start to appear either paid advertising or organic. The main ones include Idealista, Kyero, Think Spain, Rightmove, Fotocasa, Green-acres, Zoopla, Spain Houses and A place in the sun. As seen below
A property portal is an internet-based company with a website that sells advertising space for classified listings to real estate agents, owners and sometimes associated services. So real estate agents pay monthly or yearly fees to advertise a set amount of properties for sale on the portal website.
Because of the volume, of subscribers, the portals can afford big marketing budgets to get to the top of google searches. We as real estate agents all advertise our own listing properties on some or all of these portals. The benefit for us as agents is that they come up first in Google searches so we get our properties seen. The disadvantage for you searching for a property for sale in Spain on a property portal is that the property portals are not regulated by anyone and you may come across properties that are now sold, are at the wrong price or even worse do not exist.
The best place to look for a property is on a reputable company website preferably in an area local to where you intend to live. This way the real estate agents will be familiar with the area and will know the local rules and regulations of the townhalls and will be able to offer you local information. All reputable real estate companies subscribe to an MLS (Multiple Listing Service) system this enables them to have available on their website all available properties from all the other agents (1000 agents on the Costa Del Sol)
On the Costa Del Sol, Most agent use two main MLS systems these are http://www.resales-online.com with 28,000 listings who also have a clients website where you can view all properties available at http://www.propextra.com
Infocasa has in excess of 19,000 properties available.
The advantage for you as a buyer to use a Real estate agent website using an MLS is that the databases of the MLS systems are constantly kept up to date by each agent, and updated each day by the MLS so the properties are generally available and at the correct price. There are no false or non-existent properties. Agents also know the legal status of their own listings and will have relevant information readily available to share with all other agents.
It does mean however that all real estate agent websites using an MLS system will have the same properties available for sale. This is why you will see the same properties pop up on every real estate website that you visit. This is not an issue at all. You simply choose an agent to work with and that particular agent will organise, provide you with information, make appointments and take you to view the properties of your choice collaborating with all the other agents involved. We as agents are very happy to collaborate with each other and have very good relationships. Our overall goal is to help and support our clients in any way that we can by collaborating.
To use an MLS system simply type in a real estate company website such as www.propertyinspaingroup.com The search box that appears within the website is connected to the database that the other 800+ agents use. Here you will see all of the properties available from all of the agents. There are currently something like 28,000 properties available. You can organise viewings to any of the properties available through the company website that you are on.
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I hope that you find this article useful and now understand more how the process of searching for a property for sale in Spain works.