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How do you know an estate agent is legitimate?

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 3:16pm
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Angela2020

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Think ive found somewhere to rent hope to arrive from Ireland mid november.  Obviously i have to pay a deposit before i get there. But how do i know if its a genuine company. They are english  and he has called me.....have looked them up online but dont get any proof that they are real, anyone can set up a website.

Any suggestions?

I also need help with driving my 2 dogs from Bilbao to Sucina, should i stop or try to do the full trip in 1 go? Truck stops? On the mororways? Tolls? Never deiven in spain before, so absolutely any info much appreciated

Roland

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:42pm

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Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:42pm

You are going to pay a deposit to rent somewhere that you don't know anything about ??

I also bet that the guys wants a bank transfer for payment ??

You will have no protection whatsoever if you pay any money over.

You are taking a massive ridiculous risk that can only end in problems.

My opinion only.

Ginger

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:12pm

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Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:12pm

Roland wrote on Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:42pm:

You are going to pay a deposit to rent somewhere that you don't know anything about ??

I also bet that the guys wants a bank transfer for payment ??

You will have no protection whatsoever if you pay any money over.

You are taking a massive ridiculous risk that can only end in problems.

My opinion only.

I agree, how do you know the place you want to rent is good, it could b3 a complete tip. When you arrive then start to look, finalise etc, a couple of nights in a b&b should give you time. Travelling from Bilbao I would stop over somewhere. The animals are going to need breaks which will hold up progress. We found most motorways are devoid of service areas, these tend to be on the old main roads. M

Murphy 22

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:39pm

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Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:39pm

Hi I'm Irish also. I have used this website to rent before Spain-holiday. Com. murcia. We rented from a Spanish family lovely house very helpful and the website covers you. Good luck and enjoy. We hope to move early next year ourselves but to the Alicante region 

Stevie100

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:25am

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Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:25am

Angela2020 wrote on Sun Oct 11, 2020 3:16pm:

Think ive found somewhere to rent hope to arrive from Ireland mid november.  Obviously i have to pay a deposit before i get there. But how do i know if its a genuine company. They are english  and he has called me.....have looked them up online but dont get any proof that they are real,...

... anyone can set up a website.

Any suggestions?

I also need help with driving my 2 dogs from Bilbao to Sucina, should i stop or try to do the full trip in 1 go? Truck stops? On the mororways? Tolls? Never deiven in spain before, so absolutely any info much appreciated

What is the agency called? I personally know some of the Estate agents in Sucina, if it's someone I know I will be able to vouch for them

Angela2020

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:50pm

Angela2020

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Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:50pm

Stevie100 wrote on Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:25am:

What is the agency called? I personally know some of the Estate agents in Sucina, if it's someone I know I will be able to vouch for them

Hi Stevie

this is the link https://www.thinkspain.com/user/saved#p:/property-to-rent-long-term/4017997

and the company is called propertyrentalsinspain.com

Any info would be gratefully appreciated.  The general consensus seems to be that I rent a B&B then find somewhere to live, but I will be travelling with 2 dogs - by ferry from Ireland to Bilbao and then down south - so i just thought it would be better to get there as directly as possible plus with Covid, if I have to quarrantine cos of travel rules [not being sick] - would it not be better to have my final destination in place?

Angela

Stevie100

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:38pm

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Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:38pm

Hi Angela

I have heard of them but haven't had any dealings with them. Looking at their website they are based in San Javier not Sucina. Although it would cost more I would suggest that you get a holiday let for say 2 to 4 weeks which would give you time to look properly for any suitable properties

Angela2020

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:05pm

Angela2020

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Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:05pm

Stevie100 wrote on Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:38pm:

Hi Angela

I have heard of them but haven't had any dealings with them. Looking at their website they are based in San Javier not Sucina. Although it would cost more I would suggest that you get a holiday let for say 2 to 4 weeks which would give you time to look properly for any suitable properties

Thanks Stevie - I have made a connection here who knows of the property and is friends with previous tennants - so all is good!!

would like to say thank you to everyone - you have been so freindly and helpful.

Angela

Corinne

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:16pm

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Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:16pm

Hi Angela,

I have a two bed holiday home in Sucina and Angie from Sunshine Holidays in Sucina looks after it, including rentals as we live in the UK- at least until we retire in a couple of years. If it is Angie and my home I can certainly vouch for both. It is on a lovely street not far from the village and with lovely neighbours.

Regards

Corinne

Angela2020

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:23pm

Angela2020

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Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:23pm

Corinne wrote on Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:16pm:

Hi Angela,

I have a two bed holiday home in Sucina and Angie from Sunshine Holidays in Sucina looks after it, including rentals as we live in the UK- at least until we retire in a couple of years. If it is Angie and my home I can certainly vouch for both. It is on a lovely street not far from the village an...

...d with lovely neighbours.

Regards

Corinne

Hi Corinne

Thank you so much for getting in touch.  I do not think it is the same property.

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