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A dream apartment in Barcelona

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.

Thanks to some friends who had purchased property here a couple years before us, we were introduced to John Hind of Shortcuts Property Search. We contacted him prior to a holiday here, and were able to start the process immediately, thanks to his interest & preparation. Once obtaining a brief of our then interests & requirements, John went to work & had even e-mailed some property to look over before we had returned home!

Over the next few months our interests & requirements changed, but John stayed right with us, finally putting together an extensive listing of apartments to visit during a one week visit. During this visit, we found the apartment we wanted, and John assisted us in finding an excellent lawyer and making a bank connection. We were able to sign the purchase offer (contrato de arras) that same week.

Within eight weeks, the property was ours. Closing was a breeze thanks to John’s guidance and that of our wonderful lawyer to whom he had introduced us. Had we tried to wade our way through the process alone I don’t know if we would be sitting in this lovely right apartment right now !

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