Buying Property in Spain: 16 Property Agencies and Experts
It’s not just the eternal sunshine and miles of golden sand beaches along the Costa del Sol that draw people from all over the world to Spain. Access to great golfing, world-class healthcare and hospitable locals attracts tourists by the millions.
There’s another attraction, too, writes Summer Zhen in the Business section of the South China Morning Post: “Spain is the best European destination when it comes to tourism property investment.” She quotes investment director Jonnie Teh of the Hong Kong-based boutique property fund Platinum Estates as saying they are “looking for returns equalling two to three times equity over a five-to-seven-year period.”
Here’s a list of property and investment consultants, individual estate agents and real estate companies that might be helpful if you’re looking for an investment opportunity in Spain.
A Guide to the Spanish Property Market from the Experts
Consultants and Individual Estate Agents
An advisor for property purchases as well as rentals on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, Ken Spencer has been running his real estate company near Marbella for almost 15 years. He can help with all aspects of sales in addition to answering questions on fractional ownership of property, in Spain and abroad.
Alfred van Krimpen
The owner of Elite Real Estate [NL] in Fuengirola, Alfred van Krimpen has four decades of real estate experience to offer and knows the region and its business practices very well. In addition to assisting with valuations, sales and purchases, he advises on development matters and project management.
The founder and CEO of Cartmani Estates, an independent real estate agency in Marbella, Geir Kvalvaag sells and rents high end properties in the Costa del Sol. He offers real estate investment consulting and can advise on market trends and business development for both the wholesale real estate investor and clients looking for a new home.
A managing partner at Dolan Estates, a family-owned boutique estate agency with the slogan “Marbella’s Golden Mile Property Specialist,” Melanie Warwick specialises in finding residential properties from Los Monteros to Guadalmina for discerning buyers. Warwick’s experience in the real estate sector goes back nearly two decades, and includes project development and management.
Specialising in concierge-style real estate brokerage, Ross Donaldson only takes on a few clients at a time to help with their exclusive property search in the Marbella area of Spain. He knows the area well, having lived in Spain for most of his life and settling in Marbella four years ago. Donaldson has 20 years’ experience in the real estate sector, helping clients invest in property all over the world.
The owner of Nordic Estates, Daniel Lundström says his real estate agency in southern Spain has access to a large portfolio of properties that might be of interest to both individual investors as well as companies looking for larger investment projects. Properties available run along the entire coast of Costa del Sol, from Malaga to Estepona.
A property consultant at the Marbella Viva Estate head office in El Rosario, Karsten Hammershoy started working at the firm when he moved to Spain with his family in 2002. The former five-star chef who worked in top restaurants says he’ll find the right property for you, whether it’s a holiday home on the Costa del Sol or a permanent residence in the area.
This global real estate advisor and commercial investment analyst is a real estate professional with The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty in Nashville, Tennessee. He also has his own global luxury auctioneering consultancy branch specialising in high-value properties and takes inquiries regarding global luxury property. “Having lived in Spain, I feel qualified to do this and feel that I could add value to your processes,” Taylor Jones told us directly.
Real Estate Agencies
The Property Shop, Spain
Located in Rojales, a village Alicante, The Property Shop has an inventory of real estate in both Quesada and El Raso as well as the surrounding areas. A family-owned and operated agency with more than a decade’s experience, the team offers a full range of services, including property management.
Selling rural properties in the villages of Andalucia in the south of the country, Undiscovered Spain can show potential purchasers houses and country properties as well as vacant land, often unlisted and sourced directly from the owners. Investors interested in holiday properties can view villas with pools and other properties ideal for rentals.
Property and Spain
This international independent property agency is located in Surrey, UK, and arranges Spanish property viewing trips for those interested. Property and Spain works with established developers in Spain and the Balearic Islands so that their clients are buying new builds directly from builders.
This national UK real estate brand, established in London in 1835, now has nearly 100 independently owned and operated offices across the country, and opened their first of many more Spanish offices near Marbella in October 2014. Winkworth Spain specialises in the sale and rental of luxury homes from Malaga to Sotogrande, along the southern coast.
Algorfa Real Estate
Offering more than 25 years experience selling property in Costa Blanca, Algorfa Real Estate operates from three offices (in Algorfa, Villamartin and Fuente Alamo, Murcia) allowing them to cover the region easily. Their knowledge of the area and properties available provides investors with a wide and varied selection.
Mia Property Boutique
Founded by business partners Mary Arro and Martin Wells in 2014, Mia Property Boutique in Alicante specialises in bringing exclusive Spanish properties to the attention of investors both in the country and around the world. Arro’s real estate industry experience includes more than a decade working in the UK property market, while Wells is a web designer and photographer.
Since 1971, Vida Balear Real Estate has been offering an extensive portfolio of select properties on the island of Mallorca in Spain to global investors. From estates and waterfront villas to family holiday retreats and country estates, selection is extremely varied and often privately sourced. The Vida Balear team’s local knowledge and connections from more than four decades in the business benefits sellers and purchasers alike.