In a recent interview, Anna Hjalmarsson, of Properties Consulting Costa del Sol explains how an independent real estate agent can help property buyers find a dream home in Spain.
Originally from Sweden, Anna Hjalmarsson is fluent in Swedish, Spanish, English and Italian. She has made Marbella her home for the past 19 years. In Anna’s opinion, there is no other location in the world that offers the same combination of climate, lifestyle and proximity to the major European cities as the Costa del Sol.
Having worked for a number of the larger property companies on the coast over the years, Anna currently heads up her own real estate consultancy, Properties Consulting Costa del Sol, dedicated to providing a one-stop personalized service to buyers looking to purchase a home in the south of Spain.
The Costa del Sol has in excess of 20,000 properties for sale and well over 600 property agents. Buyers are faced with the prospect of spending hours browsing numerous websites, just to find a few properties that they feel meet their criteria. They then have the task of contacting each of the different listing agents to arrange appointments. Finally, without any real guidance as to the suitability of the properties they have chosen, aside from a few pictures on the Internet, they often end up wasting large parts of their vacations viewing countless properties, many of which fail to meet their expectations. Too often they return home disillusioned and no closer to finding their dream home.
In Hjalmarsson’s opinion the best service that an agent can offer is to be their one-stop independent buyers’ agent.
An independent agent is free from the limitations of working for just one agency. The agent can show a client any property that they wish to view, along the full length of the Costa del Sol. They can advise them on the best locations to buy in and the ones to avoid, arrange appointments with the different agencies and assist during viewings and negotiations. If the client finds a property on the internet listed with another realtor, the independent agent can make a preliminary assessment for them, saving the buyer the aggravation of a wasted journey should the property not fit their requirements.
As Anna Hjalmarsson explains, “I have access to a database of over 20,000 properties, as well as the real estate agents that list each one of these properties. I can save clients enormous amounts of time and frustration by researching properties for them, using the expertise and knowledge that I have gained over the years. Having lived on the Costa del Sol for almost 20 years, I can also help clients with general guidance on living in Spain; such as, finding the best school for their children, locating a reliable builder or finding a competent legal adviser.”
Furthermore, given the nature of the real estate industry on the Costa del Sol, where agents’ commissions are paid by the seller, there is no additional cost for the buyer.
For more information on finding a dream home on the Costa del Sol, Anna can be contacted at Properties Consulting Costa del Sol, www.propertiesdelsol.com, or call her on +34 622 779 906.
Click here to view the interview with Anna Hjalmarsson on Small Business Trendsetters.
Company Name: Properties Consulting Costa del Sol
Contact Person: Anna Hjalmarsson
Phone: +34 622 779 906