If you have a house in Catalonia, you are in luck. Many people are looking for a home in a place where the sun always shines, azure beaches, unspoilt nature, friendly people and excellent gastronomy.
So you’ve decided to sell a property, but where do you start?
It’s not something you do every day. And perhaps the Spanish and Catalan language is also a barrier to doing so, or to finding the right party to help you.
Our advice: find an estate agent who cares about you and is as transparent as possible about the costs, the steps to follow, and above all: who gives you confidence. In other words, who is the best partner for your goal: signing quickly at the notary, and getting the most out of your property!
Maintenance, the need for a larger or smaller house, death, emigration, divorce, lack of use of the (second) home: these are a number of reasons why people decide to sell their home. You can choose to do this yourself (particular a particular), or through an estate agent. These are the documents you will need when selling your property in Spain.
Most people who sell a house in Spain do not do so every day. Which is logical, because why should you if you are not an estate agent? As estate agents, we of course see a lot of houses for sale on, for example, Idealista. Because in Spain you can also put your own home on the platforms, we come across quite a few mistakes. We have listed the most common mistakes, so that you don’t have to make them.
It is understandable that the photos you take with your mobile phone look different than those taken by a professional photographer. However, there are a few things you can look out for when taking the photos. Some points may sound silly, but if we hadn’t come across them, they wouldn’t be here.
Make sure the house is clean;
The fewer personal items, the better;
Make sure there are no other people in the picture;
Try to make the photos as wide as possible. A tip is to stand in a corner of the room and take the photo from there.
2. Not a good price
We understand that you want to sell your house for as much as possible. But there is more to selling a house in Spain. The housing market is not different as in your home country. Therefore, do not compare it with each other. Secondly, it is not wise to base the price on what you have invested in the property. We understand where that comes from, of course you want to sell your house in such a way that you earn back those investments. But it is also important that the price is in line with the market.
3. Make your house as attractive as possible
You might think: the buyers of my house can paint the walls white themselves after buying the house. Understandable, especially if you don’t have the time or inclination to do so. Or don’t want to spend money on it. But not quite how it works if you want to sell your house as well and as quickly as possible. Do you realise that many buyers don’t feel like doing DIY? Especially in a country where they don’t speak the language and don’t know anyone yet. So no matter how beautiful your house is, if the kitchen or bathroom is outdated, or the house is poorly maintained, this can be a deal-breaker for them. Whereas for you, it might be a small effort.
4. Wrong real estate agency
The most important thing to consider is whether the estate agent is reliable. It is also useful to have an international estate agent, especially if you do not fully master the Spanish language. International estate agents usually speak good English. Moreover, an international estate agent has a larger target group. It is also good to have a good feeling with the estate agent, because you don’t just sell anything.
5. Not visible
Of course, you can sell your house in Spain yourself, as we mentioned at the beginning of this blog. This results in a lot of properties on the property platforms. It can be difficult to make your own property visible between all these properties. That is why we definitely recommend hiring an estate agent. Not because we are an estate agent ourselves, but mainly because we know the advantages. You get more visibility because you are listed on their website, social media and housing platforms!
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Sometimes buying or selling a house can be a complicated process. That is why we always offer transparency and good quality information. We want you to be able to trust us. So that you are able to make the best decision. We look forward to accompanying you on the adventure that is selling a home.