Sunday, 25 October 2015
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Can we do this?
It’s fine to have an idea to help people find their dream home in Spain and another to actually do something about it. Our lives were incredibly busy with work, family and caring for Dave’s elderly parents, both with serious health issues. I ran a part-time business around family and in-laws’ needs. I also worked free-lance finding projects for a property development company that worked with the current owners, architects and planners to see how the property/land could be developed in the future, getting plans passed, buying the owner out at a premium and selling the project onto developers. Property had always been a huge interest of mine and I had project managed two major renovations of our own. It was far more interesting to me than accountancy, the field in which I had qualified years ago but family had cut short any career.
By now we had talked to so many people about what they needed to know, what to avoid and where to find accurate information. We were even being asked to speak to friends of friends! We heard a few stories of people having been ripped off or sold properties from the big ‘viewing trip’ companies only to discover they felt they hadn’t really been given fair information.
The more we thought about it, the more it made sense. Use our experiences, my property finding training, and our knowledge to help people avoid the pitfalls and find the right property for them. As we have said before, buying in Spain is an expensive business, you have to get it right first time. People need to be able to step back from the hype of the brochures and sales talk to see the reality of what is right for them. More and more we could see a need for someone to work on behalf of the buyer rather than the seller. There was just this major obstacle called time.