The May bank holiday is the perfect time to book a holiday to the Canary Islands. Also, for interested property buyers it is the perfect time to combine the holiday with property viewings. If you are one of those people planning to view properties abroad it is important to plan ahead to make the most of your stay. Here are some helpful tips before you go.
Research the area
If this is your first trip to the area it is wise to do some research. Find out how the local property market is doing, what areas are most popular amongst property buyers and why. A good idea would be to book acommodation within your preferred viewing area. This way you may get a taste of what it is like to live there during your short stay and if you would enjoy living there for a longer period.
Plan multiple viewings
You will want to plan as many viewing trips as possible before you visit the area. A viewing trip involves a real estate agent taking you to see the apartment or house that you are interested in. You should let your property specialist know the dates you are coming over on at least a few weeks before arriving so that they can arrange for an agent to show you around. If you have many options lined up but are only going over for a few days, try and narrow down your property choices to make the most of your trip. Going to see a property you know you cannot afford is just a waste of a holiday. Make sure the properties you have been offered online match your budget and personal wishes before viewing.
Don't be fooled
Viewing trips organised by companies who want to sell you properties often involve more sales pressure. If you know you are prone to succumb to hard sales techniques you might be better of planning the viewing trip yourself. However, do listen to the advice given by local real estate agents as they know the areas and local amenities very well and can tell you where you may or may not find the type of property you want.
Finally, make sure to take a day or two to relax and think about your options while exploring the area so that you can make an informed decision on your own. However, if you seek professional advice, there are many good English-speaking property agents in the area who can help answer your questions, give legal- or mortgage advice.
Open to viewing property options you hand picked yourself? Your Property Abroad works with highly reputable real estate agents in the Canary Islands amongst other areas. Enquire today and we take care of the property search and agent contact before you arrive. Let us know what you are looking for - we'll help narrow down to the best options our partners have to offer. N.B.: Always seek professional legal advice before signing any contract.