About Our Property Finder Malaga and Cadiz service in southern Spain
We specialise in sourcing and negotiating the purchase of property on your behalf. We develop an in-depth understanding of your requirements and help you find a property that best matches these requirements, in your ideal location and at the best price.
What is a Property Finder?
A Property Finder represents you, the buyer, in a property purchase.
Property Finders /Buyers’ Agents originated in the United States during the early 1990s and have grown to become involved in over 67% of property transactions there. In recent years, stemming primarily from the relocation industry, property finders now have a prominent involvement in property purchases and rentals across Europe.
A good property finder saves you time and money.
Why do YOU need a Property Finder?
As Property Finders in southern Spain, we manage and lead the property search process, speak to agents, private sellers, and search property portals (some of which are not public), saving you hours of research.
- We filter out unsuitable properties so you only view those that match your criteria. Saving you wasted visits.
- We have good working relationships with a wide network of estate agents throughout Malaga and Cadiz. Estate agents like us because – as fellow professionals in property, neither has any interest in wasting the other’s time.
- We have quicker access to new properties, which agents are taking on, and access to “off-market” properties.
- We have “Inside knowledge.” We know the area inside out. We know the potential pitfalls. We will ensure you avoid buying a lemon.
- We have negotiating tactics and skills. We handle all conversations on your behalf and advise on which approach is best. We are unemotional (unlike many purchasers) and experienced at negotiating, so we won’t fall for the “there are lots of interested buyers” trick.
- We will get your offer taken more seriously, in a competitive property market
What areas do we cover?
We offer our services as Property Finders in Malaga, Costa Del Sol, and Cadiz, Costa de la Luz. We focus on locations that we know inside out, from inland country areas to beachside resorts.
Whether you are looking for a penthouse in Marbella, a beachside villa on La Barrosa, a sprawling finca in the mountains, a bed and breakfast investment in Alhaurin el Grande, or a city residence in Málaga or Cadiz, we’ll scout out the location and the property that matches your needs.
How to secure our Property Finder Malaga and Cadiz services
Once you have completed our initial property finder form (See Link at the bottom of this page!), we’ll arrange a video consultation, during which we’ll delve further into your plan and vision for your property purchase. Most importantly, you get to know us and we get to know you. It is important to feel comfortable with who we are and how we will look after your property search.
Once we have spoken and agreed on your ideal property, budget, etc, we will agree on a time schedule and start your property search.
At this point, we request payment of a retainer fee.*
This retainer is merely you agreeing to conduct your property search through us. It actually saves you money in the long run!
Upon receipt of the retainer, we will work together on your personal plan of action.
IMPORTANT: *A retainer is only requested once we have established clear search criteria and we are confident we can find what you are looking for. We do not believe in promising what cannot be delivered. We will not waste your time.
We will be working as a team this requires mutual trust and understanding.
Our service is personalised and therefore we have a limited number of spaces each year. We are totally independent and work only for our selected clients.
The sooner we start working together, the more successful and enjoyable your experience of buying property in southern Spain will be.
Securing your package guarantees our assistance.
Which package is best for you?
Our pricing structure is straightforward…
- If you are purchasing a property to be used as a holiday home or purely as an investment then our Standard Package is for you.
- If you have limited time and would like us to carry out inspections visits on your behalf, our VIP Package is for you
- If you are purchasing a property and plan to relocate, either now or in the future, our VIP Package is for you.
- Video Consultations
- Property Shortlist
- Pre-planned itinerary for visits
- Savings on currency transfer
- No obligation insurance quotes
- Opening a Spanish bank account
- Price negotiation
- Everything in the standard package, plus:
- Pre-inspection visits to shortlisted properties
- Guided tours of selected areas
- School selection and applications
- Assistance with paperwork for importing personal belongings, setting up utility companies, telephone/internet, and other services.
- Help with purchasing a car
- Assistance with many situations that arise once you relocate
*Prices do not include VAT (currently 21%)
What about Property Finder Fees?
Our property finder fees are 2.5% of the purchase price, with a minimum fee of €2500. (excluding VAT) .
However, on the Costa del Sol, these fees are almost always covered by the sales agent, ie. the estate agent selling the property.
Sales commissions in the Malaga province are generally 5% and are included in the advertised sales price. Upon completion of a successful sale, this 5% is split between the sales agent and the property finder who introduces the purchasers (ie. us).
In some areas, including the Cadiz province and often Malaga Capital, the sales commission is split between the vendor and the purchaser.
You will be fully advised of the commission situation before we enter the negotiation stage of the purchase process.
Our pricing structure gives you peace of mind that not only will we ensure you purchase the property that is right for you, but it will also be a safe purchase and we will secure it at the best price possible.
About our Property Finder Process
What information do we need from you to start your property search?
- What areas of southern Spain are you looking at?
- What kind of location would you prefer? e.g rural, coastal, town centre, village, holiday resort…
- What type of property are you looking for? a villa, townhouse, apartment
- How many bedrooms?
- How many bathrooms?
- What is your budget?
- How soon do you intend to buy?
- When are you available to visit?
***All this information can be shared via the Link at the bottom of this page!***
Once your brief is clear and we have a timeframe to work to, we will contact the best agents and private sellers in your search area to locate the most suitable properties for you. We will send recommended properties, based on your requirements.
We will work together to prepare a shortlist of properties before your visit.
IMPORTANT: To avoid duplication and enjoy a smoother experience, we require you to book all your viewings through ourselves only.
We can arrange viewings of any property you may find on the internet. If you find a property that is not featured on my website, simply send us the link and we will do the research for you and arrange a viewing if suitable.
As properties are often listed by several agents, many people waste viewing time by being taken to the same properties via different agents.
We will prevent this from happening to you!
We will assist you during your inspection visits and we will ensure you receive honest and essential information on each property. Remember, unlike estate agents, we work for you, not for the seller. If we think a property is unsuitable we will tell you and explain why.
Additionally, we will set up a meeting with an independent lawyer who will talk you through the property purchase process and answer any questions you may have. They will also give you the opportunity to give them power of attorney and leave the whole process in their hands. All potential risks are eliminated.
OUR PROPERTY FINDER MALAGA & CADIZ PROMISE
- We work for you, the buyer. Not the vendor.
- We are not agents. We do not list property.
- We eliminate stress and risks.
- We will make your Spanish property search an enjoyable experience.
- We save you time and money.
- We help you avoid common pitfalls.
- We know how to spot a lemon!
- We won’t stop until we’ve found your ideal home in Spain!
Property Finder FAQ´s …
WHEN SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR A PROPERTY FINDER PACKAGE?
Our Property Finder packages are designed to make the whole purchase process as smooth and stress-free as possible. For this reason, as soon as you are ready to start your property search, it is advisable to sign up. Our services are bespoke and we have a limited number of packages available each year. Securing your package guarantees our assistance.
MY TIME IS LIMITED AND I CAN NOT VISIT SPAIN MANY TIMES BEFORE I PURCHASE. CAN YOU STILL HELP ME?
Yes, of course! Our VIP Property Finder Spain package includes inspection trips to pre-agreed properties, by a member of our team. We will provide unbiased photographs and video visits for you. This is especially ideal if a suitable property comes on the market and you are unavailable to visit. Contact us to discuss a tailored package for your personal needs.
SHOULD I SIGN UP BEFORE I HAVE A MORTGAGE APPROVED?
Basically, yes! As part of our service, we are able to assist you in securing mortgages for purchasing Spanish property. We can also recommend currency transfer companies and other money-saving professionals. We can assist you in deciding exactly how much you will need to borrow in order to secure your ideal property in Spain.
IS THERE A MINIMUM BUDGET TO QUALIFY FOR THE SPAIN PROPERTY FINDER PACKAGE?
We do not stipulate a minimum budget for the property finder packages however we need to be certain that what you are looking for is achievable with your budget. Once we are clear on expectations, you will sign a Property Finder agreement that states you will conduct your property search through us and agree that our minimum fee of €2500 (plus IVA) will be paid on securing your Spanish property. In most cases, our fees are covered by the listing agent however if due to your budget this is not the case then you will be required to pay the difference.
Some of our Client Testimonials …
“Having experienced the services provided by Move to Malaga I can thoroughly recommend them. You might be surprised to find not all estate agents are there to help you. They tend to promote the properties that they want to sell rather than the one you wish to buy. However, Move to Malaga will converse with all the estate agents and will view the properties with you. Therefore will quickly pick-up on your requirements which saves time and money. Also, they provide an abundance of information about the area from schools to restaurants plus everything else. The help continues after your purchase with recommendations of builders and furniture shops e.t.c. With good contacts (i.e. lawyers, currency dealers) and all are reliable and trustworthy. I was very fortunate to find Move to Malaga and can’t imagine going through the whole experience of buying in Spain without them.”
“We used Move to Malaga to assist us in finding our perfect Spanish holiday home.They have a dedicated passion to make sure that we found our ideal apartment in a short space of time and we have no hesitation in recommending Move to Malaga to anyone looking to purchase a property in Spain. Highly professional and attentive throughout the whole process”
“After meeting the Move to Malaga team for the first time in Mijas, during the fall of 2016, they very much confirmed our good impression of them based on the talk via Skype. One of the things we appreciated much about their guidance was her good knowledge about the local areas. Living in Denmark makes it hard to get an in-depth knowledge of the story, local culture, shops, restaurants, schools, attractions etc in the near area. After having viewed the last of several villas during our visit, which we fell in love with, we talked with Move to Malaga about the rental potential and decided to buy the villa. When we first visited our new holiday home during Easter, they came by for a viewing to see all the upgrades we have done on the villa. We can only give our warmest recommendations to use Move to Malaga as your independent advisors if you’re considering to purchase your own holiday villa or moving to the lovely Costa Del Sol.”
“During 2016 my wife and I decided to go to Costa Del Sol to look for a holiday home. After reading about the different areas and having looked online for lots of different types of holiday homes, I came across the Move to Malaga web page. My wife and I both felt compelled to talk with them, as on their page they highlighted their focus on not finding the perfect villa but most importantly the right area for us as a family. We, therefore, contacted Move to Malaga and had a good talk via Skype, so that they could have a good impression of us as a family. They seemed very kind, focused on our wishes and not least very trustworthy.”