If you are considering buying a property in or around Javea you have probably realised there are a lot of estate agents (inmobiliaria) along the Costa Blanca. Choosing can be a tricky business, although price will usually be the first “decider”. Commission rates vary, as they do in the UK, as well as the “selling attitude” and knowledge of the agents. While there are many factors to consider, most argue that opting for a local inmobiliaria that is active in the area they sell offers up some important benefits. Here’s some of the most important.
When you are considering buying a property, in Javea or anywhere else, it is important to get to know the area first. When you are preparing to buy a new home making a list of what is absolutely essential to you is a good step in the right direction. If you have medical issues for example having a doctor and/or hospital nearby might be “essential”. For families with young children, schools will be of vital concern. If you do not drive, buses and trains as well as local amenities such as supermarkets, cafe bars and restaurants being close by might be high on the list. What better way to know if the area is right for you than asking a local? If the agent does not live locally the knowledge they can offer is second hand at best. An agent from a local inmobiliaria will have the answers you need and they will be based on “real” experience – Invaluable!
Knowing the “Real” Value
Agents from out of town might be able to look at the prices of homes for that area and base their valuation on these comparisons. However, there are many factors that can affect the price as well as the prospect of a buyer: Location being right up there at the top of the list. If they do not know the area well simple comparisons can result in inflated pricing. An agent that has sold houses in the area, as well as living there will usually be more accurate with regards to pricing as well as demand. This can be particularly useful for those looking to buy a rental and/or investment property.
Word of Mouth
While one man’s meat is another man’s poison, recommendations are always worth listening to. If you chose to buy from an out of town property agent it can be hard to get that peace of mind which comes with knowing the agent has a good reputation. With a local agent it is invariably easier to find out if that agent has a sound reputation – Particularly in towns with a large ex-pat community like Javea: Word tends to get around quickly with regards to unscrupulous agents, so do not be afraid to ask around.
If you are looking for a local inmobiliaria in Javea you’ll find more properties here than you know what to do with – Enjoy!