Extensive knowledge of Barcelona

John Aubusson

Working with John on my purchase I found that he has an extensive knowledge of Barcelona, the different characteristics of each area, and the current market plus personal relationships with many (if not all) local estate agents.

    · His help was invaluable at every stage of the buying process:

    · Agreeing my budget, my requirements and the potential areas of interest;

    · Identifying potential apartments for viewing;

    · Making contact with the estate agents and arranging (and accompanying on) viewing trip(s);

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A dream apartment in Barcelona

Richard and Carol Merchant

Living & working overseas; and enjoying all the travel opportunities from our post in the Middle East, we decided a holiday apartment in Barcelona to be an ideal base, for extended leaves and a perfect place to start our retirement in two years time. We love this vibrant city & didn’t consider any other European location. Although we had visited the city many times, we knew nothing about the real estate market (other than the internet), and even less about the ins & outs, and rules & regulations of buying property as non-residents.

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Shortcuts help overcome A level stress, as well as finding holiday homes!

Paul and Jean Thomas

Paul and Jean Thomas both have busy working lives and with two teenage children, very little time free to search for a second property. After holidaying in Spain for many years, they had narrowed down the location to San Carles de la Rapita in Tarragona, but then needed to find the property. That was when they contacted Shortcuts to help them find the perfect apartment to suit them all as the task was far too time consuming to carry out from the UK.

John Hind from Shortcuts Property Search sent a range of interesting properties that closely matched their brief, from which Paul and Jean selected a shortlist for viewing. When it came to the actual trip however, Jean was not able to make the visit due to her son’s impending A level exams! Thankfully John had really done a good job when taking the brief and managed to grasp exactly what the clients were looking for so in just two days’ of viewing (with Paul’s mother standing in for Jean) a price was negotiated and a contract signed.

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Pressed for time

Derek and Elina

My wife and I are based in the Middle East and very much wanted a second home in Barcelona, specifically the lovely central areas of El Born or Gracia.

My role as executive director of an investment company involves a great deal of travelling all over the world, and my wife runs her own health and beauty business. We also have two children so our time is always very much at a premium and we simply could not afford much time away to find our Spanish property. I had done some searching on the internet but trying to get hold of estate agents or information at a time that was convenient to me was proving both frustrating and time consuming. And how can you know from a website whether agents are thorough and will leave no stone unturned in order to find your dream property and work within such a limited time frame, outside regular office hours if necessary?

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