Peace of mind for Spain investors

Buying a property in Spain is often not as straightforward as it could be…

There are literally thousands of Spanish estate agents and web-based property sites to choose from, but with the number of cases of unfair and dishonest practice by agents increasing significantly over recent years many Brits find the process of buying or selling a property in Spain a traumatic affair with little protection.

Now however help is at hand thanks to the Federation of British Estate Agents in Spain (FBEAS), an association started two years ago, which is committed to raising professional standards in all areas of the real estate industry in Spain, for the benefit of both its members and the general public.

Ethics and honesty

The FBEAS now has 80 members throughout Spain and the islands all of which must observe a strict code of conduct which will ensure the highest levels of professionalism, ethics and honesty.

Membership of the FBEAS is given only to those British estate agents in Spain that meet with the high expectations and criteria of the Federation. Part of the membership process requires prospective candidates to provide two professional referees as to their suitability.

Each member is also required to complete an online examination to ensure they fully understand the Code of Practice and will ensure its full implementation.

Property hunting clients can visit the FBEAS website which offers properties throughout Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. There are thousands of properties for sale from FBEAS member agents ranging from studios and apartments to houses and villas, as well as many off-plan projects.

Sound advice and helpful tips

Property searching is both easy and fast. The FBEAS website automatically identifies a selection of suitable properties based on a series of criteria such as property type, geographical area, number of bedrooms and price range. Within a matter of seconds the system provides a listing of all suitable results.

The site also allows you to search for all member agents that are closest to your chosen area. The areas currently offering the largest selection of properties for sale are the Costa Blanca, Costa Almeria and Costa del Sol in which several thousand properties are available in each.

The FBEAS website also includes a large commercial portfolio of bars, shops and restaurants in all the major Spanish resorts.

Whether it is residential or commercial property you are interested in the FBEAS website offers some sound advice and helpful tips to ensure your sale or purchase in Spain is stress free and dealing with an FBEAS member provides reassurance to prospective purchase that their requirements will be dealt with in a fair and honest way.

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