Like politics, it's said that "all property is local" ... especially since what we Americans know as real estate agents and brokers are more typically referred to as "property agents" in Europe.
Olvera has two principal property agents: Olvera Andalucia Properties headed by Zoe Males ... and Fiona's Alficasa, while Tickle International Properties -- which sells properties in several countries -- is professionally managed by Bill Tickle and offers the added benefit of perspective.
In addition, two "national" Web site -- comparable to the USA's Realtor.com -- compile listings from local property agents and enable you to use sophisticated search engines to sort properties by location, size, price, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and specific amenities. Utilizing the comprehensive Web sites of Kyero.com and ThinkSpain.com, you can identify specific properties of interest and, then, request additional information. The inquiry form you submit on these property search engines is usually sent directly to the local property agents for follow-up. On the other hand, the Web sites of local property agents typically include lots of important information about the specific geographic region they represent, while their properties for sale are organized by price points.
Following are a few properties listed by one of Olvera's principal property agents, along with links to each of the agencies mentioned here.
PERFECT POSITION This delightful traditional Spanish townhouse has lots of Andalucian appeal. The house is double fronted and set just off the flat part of town, so great for parking, and flat walking into town. The property is 85m2 and is listed for 55.000 Euros.
LEMON TREE PATIO Delightful one bedroom end of terrace house. The double fronted house has a large open plan lounge diner, fully fitted kitchen and shower room. The large patio is shaded by the lemon tree, with stairs leading up to the sunny terrace, with plenty of space. Upstairs there is the large bedroom with en-suite-bathroom. The current owner rents out the 62m2 property with a very high occupancy rate. It's listed for sale at 95.000 Euros.
CERVANTES COTTAGE This delightful cottage in the nearby white town of Pruna has been totally renovated into a cosy home with two bedrooms, a lovely patio, open plan living, set in the street with the nicest neighbours. Reduced to just 37.000 Euros, Cervantes Cottage comprises 65m2.
Tickle International Property has an excellent reputation and selection of country properties in the most accessible areas of inland Andalucia. It's "the place to come" for fincas, farms, cortijos, plots, village houses and villas throughout the provinces of Cadiz, Malaga, Cordoba, Granada, Sevilla and Jaen.
For Sale by Owner
Ever try buying or selling a "FSBO" (For Sale by Owner) in the USA? Dealing directly, buyers and sellers can both save some cash. But as complicated as the paperwork may be States-side, it's even more convoluted and time-consuming when buying a property abroad. In Spain, one needs to apply for an "NIE" (national identity number) before even considering making an offer on a property. The offer then needs to be negotiated between buyer and seller. An attorney is needed to properly prepare all the legal paperwork, which is then officially handled by a "Notary" who actually conducts the property settlement or closing. Taxes have to be paid (7% of the sales price) and everything from utilities to trash pick-up and mail needs to, officially, be recorded in your name. And if work or repairs need to be done on your place, you'll need to find qualified and talented professionals you can trust. Nonetheless, it is definitely do-able ... as many Spanish property buyers have done. If this is the route you choose to take, we can refer you to qualified professionals who can guide you, step-by-step, through the process ... of course, for a fee! The Spanish people and some international buyers sometimes use "corredores" -- or middlemen -- to help locate properties for sale by owner. Much more convenient and simpler, though, is to evaluate these properties below which are for sale by their owner(s). If direct contact information isn't included in their listing description, just contact us and we'll put you in touch with each other.
CASA AMERICANA A lot of love and care has been put into this three-level townhome ... and it shows. From ceiling fans on the lower and bedroom levels, to a washing machine, TV, new furniture throughout, a fully fitted kitchen with new appliances, a completely redone bathroom with new sink and loo, aircon on the bedroom (second) level, new ceramic tile floor in the reception area (lounge) kitchen and bathroom walls, and idyllic views of the castle & cathedral from its charming terrace, nothing has been left undone in terms of enhancing this property in the historic district that's within steps of anywhere you want to go and everywhere you want to be. 44.500 Euros. Contact us for more information about Casa Americana.
FOR SALE OR TRADE Three level, three bedroom, nine-year-old, 100m2 townhouse in perfect condition located in one of Olvera's best and quietest areas near parks, supermarkets, schools. For sale or trade. Negotiable.
AWESOME PROPERTY TO RENOVATE IN OLD QUARTER Investment property tucked away underneath the church in the historic district for reform. Fully of charming, original features, this property can be renovated to four full stories. Comprising approximately 150 square meters, this property has been reduced to just 28.000 Euros!