You do not have to go through a Spanish estate agent to buy property in Spain (it is not compulsory at all), and because the commissions charged by Estate agents in Spain (either run by spanish or foreigners) are high, it is common in Spain to do private house sale.
If you decide to do a private deal however, it is very important that you have a good, trustworthy lawyer to guide you through the whole process and to take care of the smallprint.
Because direct house sales are quite common in Spain, there are lots of places with listings of property for sale. Local newspapers are a good place to start.
If you are looking for an apartment and know the area where you want to buy, you could also try visiting the apartment blocks you like most and leaving your name and number with the portero, as the caretakers of these complexes are called. They usually know if any apartments in that block are for sale and can point you in the direction of the owners.
If you are looking
for a villa, try driving around the residential areas and looking for signs saying
"se vende" (for sale). You can usually tell which ones have been put
there by an estate agent, and which ones have been put there by the owners.
|Other useful links|
|Latest news on the property market in Spain Selection of news articles related to the real estate market here.|
|Mortgages in Spain, a brief introduction to the Spanish mortgage market, how it works and interest rates in Spain|
|Spanish banks, before applying for a mortgage, find out more about Spain's most popular banks and Spanish savings banks.|
|Property taxes in Spain, description of taxes involved in purchasing property and yearly property taxes in Spain.|
|Useful Spanish vocab for buying a house - you should learn at least the basic terms. Check out our pronunciation guide too.|
|Renting property in Spain - if you want to buy to rent, then read this section and our free notice board of property to rent in Spain.|
|Spanish lawyers - information on lawyers fees in Spain for property transactions|
|Houses for sale in Spain - take a look at the kind of houses available. Or check out our free Spain property for sale board.|