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27 Jul 2014 12:42 by Tadd1966 Star rating in Los Montesinos. 1755 posts Send private message

There seems to be a lot of bad press regarding estate agents

Is there an opportunity for a new one who is honest, transparent, provide good service - regular updates, accurate information, reduced rates etc.

When looking for property or choosing an estate agent (UK or Spain) I look at he following to make my choice

1. Rates - UK is between 1 & 3% Spain is 3% plus???

2. Quality of website

3. Quality of brochure

4. Response times / updates

5. Advertising

For items 2 & 3 above property brochures should include the following as a minimum

a) Address - allowing buyers to drive by and take a look at the outside and get a feel for the area before they arrange a viewing or look on internet maps. Address should also be on website / newsapaper advert

b) Layout of property showing sizes, floor plans etc

c) Detailed photos / videos

d) Price

e) Typical utility bills / rates / community fees etc

f) Detailed data on local amenities (schools, town halls, shops, beaches etc)

g) Any potential faults (minor and major)

h) What is included (fixtures and fittings)

Many estate agents especially in Spain really do lack this information and when you think many buyers are travelling from different countries a lot of time is wasted.




“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge”

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08 Aug 2014 16:54 by bajamisdeudas Star rating in 2014 GRAND AVE BALDW.... 13 posts Send private message

As a real agent myself regardless of the reputation of other people about us, we don't care as we provide smiles and dreams for people who want a home.


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19 Jan 2017 11:38 by TimMHI Star rating in San Javier. 9 posts Send private message

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Incorrect forum. Sorry.

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23 Apr 2018 21:17 by jonnysnow Star rating in Now I moved to USA.. 6 posts Send private message

It is always better to work through the company with international experience and the one that has good reviews.


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24 Apr 2018 08:59 by acer Star rating. 1391 posts Send private message

For me "international experience" means nothing ; "good reviews" are easily falsified.

The key is not to be influenced by the stream of superlatives you are likely to receive and make your own decisions which are based purely on your well researched facts.  Also never allow yourself to be pressurised, or put down deposits prematurely.

In Spain there is little in the way of regulation, so additional caution is needed.  Some of the fee practices would be deemed fraudulent in the UK.  Never has "caveat emptor" been more true than when buying in Spain.  Trust no-one, with or without international experience.

But currently there are some fabulous properties to be bought at great prices.  But take your time.


This message was last edited by acer on 24/04/2018.

Don't argue with an idiot, he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

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24 Apr 2018 09:50 by Kavanagh Star rating in Oil Drum Lane Newcas.... 992 posts Send private message

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It seems to me that when it comes to buying/selling property, Spain is still operating in the dark ages. Why pay an estate agent 10% commission. All you need is a website listing and possibly a ‘’for sale’’ board. Once you have a buyer/seller agreement just pass it over to the lawyers.

This is the way the UK is going, all internet driven, soon there will not be a high street estate agent.

There is enough in the world for everyone, but not enough for the greedy!

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24 Apr 2018 10:49 by briando55 Star rating in Yorkshire. 2004 posts Send private message

This thread is from 2014.   Who found it Doctor who?


Best wishes, Brian


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24 Apr 2018 12:56 by acer Star rating. 1391 posts Send private message

Most of the better articles/discussions were a few years ago - "the Coming Credit Crunch" written in 2007 was absolutely surperb, so well informed.  A lot of the other better contributors eg Ads, Johnzx seem to be dropping out too. 

For me there's far too much tolerance of the chavvy stuff.

Don't argue with an idiot, he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

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24 Apr 2018 15:39 by briando55 Star rating in Yorkshire. 2004 posts Send private message

How do you come across these old threads acer?     Once they are gone from view it’s not like you can stumble across them is it?

Also, what does CHAV stand for as an anacronym and can't estate agents be chavs as well?


Best wishes, Brian


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25 Apr 2018 10:02 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5245 posts Send private message

** EDITED **


This message was last edited by eos_moderators on 26/04/2018 13:18:00.

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25 Apr 2018 10:56 by baz1946 Star rating. 2205 posts Send private message

It's was Tadd 1966,  not Tadd66, and as far as I am aware after speaking with him,  he left, wasn't banned, sure his posts got removed quite a bit because he picked up on many false posts and outright rubbish from another poster and it would seem the forum didn't like this.


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25 Apr 2018 11:37 by briando55 Star rating in Yorkshire. 2004 posts Send private message

Ok John.   But it looks like a johnsnow came across it.   Maybe an old member but it just seemed strange because I don’t come across posts that old.  

What does chav stand for tho 


Best wishes, Brian


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25 Apr 2018 12:22 by acer Star rating. 1391 posts Send private message

Hi Briando53 - the one mentioned "The Coming Credit Crunch" was read every day, I recall the name very well I looked out for it.  I haven't looked at it for many years - it was simply memorable, hence my comment, they don't make 'em like that anymore.

But I recently read Michael Lewis "The Big Short" kindly recommended by an EOS contributor which was on a similar line and good, but not so easy to digest as the EOS thread.

When I have a mo I'll track down "The Coming Credit Crunch" and bring it to life.



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