I’m Laura Leyshon and I’m Las Palmas’ resident property expert. I work for RE/MAX Cony Overseas, one of the city’s oldest estate agencies and the first RE/MAX office to open in Europe. Cony Overseas has an excellent local reputation and has helped hundreds of foreign buyers and sellers in Las Palmas and all over Gran […]
Once you decide to buy a Gran Canaria property you find that there are hundreds of properties on sale, advertised on dozens of websites and portals.
And that there are dozens of estate agents on the island all trying to sell you the same properties.
How do you search for, find and buy a Gran Canaria property in a safe and hassle-free way?
- Have you considered all the best options?
- How do you communicate with Spanish owners and agents?
- Whi is looking after your best interests during the purchase?
Don’t worry, the answer to all these questions is the same.
Just choose one good estate agent and use their services throughout the process of looking for, viewing, and buying property.
While this might sound like you are putting all your eggs in one basket, it’s actually the best way to leverage the Gran Canaria property market to your benefit.
It saves you time, gives you control of your purchase, and often saves you a lot of money.
Exclusive agents work harder on your behalf
Getting one estate agent to arrange all your Las Palmas and Gran Canaria property viewings means that they go out of their way to find you the best options.
Why? Because your agent knows that if they find you the right property, you’ll buy it and they will earn their fees. That’s a strong incentive to make sure that you view the best options on the market.
However, if you use lots of different agents, each one will just show you the properties that they have on their own books.
But nobody will go the extra mile to help you; It’s just not worth their while to scour the market if you’ve already arranged to see what they find with someone else.
Using an exclusive agent doesn’t mean that you’ll miss out on seeing the best options because almost all agencies share their properties.
Agencies have access to almost all on-sale properties
Most property in Gran Canaria is sold via agencies and the city’s agencies pool their properties in a shared database.
What this means is that your agent can show you almost any property on the island, even if they are listed by another company.
For example, as an agent for RE/MAX Cony, I can search through the shared database and arrange viewings for any property listed by dozens of estate agencies based all over Gran Canaria.
I can also contact private sellers on your behalf to arrange viewings.
And I’ll be there when you view to help you communicate with the local listing agent and the owner.
A good agent saves you money
Quality Gran Canaria estate agents do a detailed price study of each property and find their true market value.
At RE/MAX Cony we use offer price and sales price data, along with over 30 years of experience in the Las Palmas and Gran Canaria property markets, to value property.
This detailed price information saves you money because you can negotiate with sellers from a position of strength.
You know that your offer is fair, even if it is below the asking price.
And we know all the things to look out for to make sure that your purchase goes ahead once you’ve chosen the right property.
Good agents focus on service and reputation rather than on selling
Professional agents have access to the vast majority of for-sale properties in Gran Canaria. We focus on good customer service rather than hustling for properties to show you.
The job is about helping the buyer rather than selling the property.
On a personal note, this point is important to me. I want you to find and buy the right property, then happily recommend me to other buyers and sellers.
A good agent bridges the language gap
The key to a hassle-free property purchase anywhere in Gran Canaria is effective communication with property owners and their representatives.
Having an agent that speaks both Spanish and your own language is invaluable during viewings and the buying process.
I speak English, Spanish and French, and we speak all the common European languages at RE/MAX Cony.
A good agent puts you in control of your purchase
As a foreign buyer in Gran Canaria, you want to feel in control of our property search and purchase.
This is only possible if you understand every stage of the buying process.
At RE/MAX Cony we are completely open about all procedures and explain every stage to you. You always know exactly what is going on and where your money goes.
Not sure that using an exclusive agent is the way to go?
Well, you’re still reading so I’m not far from convincing you. Maybe this additional benefit of using an estate agent in Gran Canaria will clinch it.
Estate agent services are free for buyers
Estate agency fees in Gran Canaria are paid by the property seller, meaning that everything your estate agent does for you is free.
The free services offered to buyers include searching for the best properties to view, showing you properties, liaising with owners, checking the land registry, preparing contracts and helping you throughout the buying process and signing day.
And it doesn’t end once you get the keys.
I help you with things like utility bills, meeting the community of owners, sorting out internet access, etc. It’s all part of the service.
Experienced agents know the island and its property areas
An experienced estate agent advises you on the benefits and downsides of different property areas. They evenknow he benefits and downsides of individual streets and buildings.
This detailed knowledge is often the key to a successful property purchase in Gran Canaria.
Why choose me to buy a Gran Canaria property?
- I’ve lived in Gran Canaria for over 15 years and know the island like the back of my hand.
- I speak fluent Spanish and work for one of the island’s top estate agencies.
- I can show you almost every for-sale property in Gran Canaria
- I’m a foreigner who’s been through the process of buying property in Gran Canaria. I understand your needs and concerns.
- My services are free to buyers and could save you a lot of money.
I’m Laura Leyshon and my job is to help foreign buyers and sellers in Gran Canaria. If you have any questions about Gran Canaria property, please get in touch.