Buying Property in Barcelona
Who wouldn't want to move to Barcelona? Residents of the Catalan capital enjoy an enviable lifestyle of eating out at top-notch restaurants, partying all night at glamorous bars and clubs and relaxing by day on beautiful beaches in and around the city. With a rich cultural heritage, fashionable shopping scene and a packed programme of summer festivals, not to mention amazing scenery and sights outside of the city, it's really impossible to be bored with life in Catalonia.
Whilst Spain's struggling economy may make finding work or doing business a bit tricker (although tourism is still booming!), it does make buying property in Barcelona, and the surrounding regions, such as the Costa Brava, a more attractive prospect. Real estate prices peaked around 2006, and with the crisis showing little signs of letting up for now, there are some great deals to be had as many home owners are being forced to sell up shop and put fantastic apartments, houses and villas and other properties back on the market. Bad news for them, but good news for investors.
Above: Sea views from a lovely villa on the Costa Brava
If you didn't guess it already, buying a property in Spain is not a piece of cake, and you'll have to wade through some of the country's notorious beaurocracy before you get your title deeds. This handy article by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office goes into more detail about some of the paperwork and processes you'll have to abide by. And naturally finding a good, preferably English speaking, real estate agency is essential for guiding you through the entire process, whilst you may want to solicit specialist legal help as well to ensure you're protecting every aspect of your investment.
If you've got your heart settled on relocating to Barcelona then why not check out our district by district guide to the Catalan capital, for more info on the central barris, whilst below you'll find a directory of agencies who can help you find your perfect new house or apartment.
Real Estate Agents
Lucas Fox International Properties
This multinational company was founded in 2005 and their team speak every major European language, including English, French, German, Dutch and Russian (and of course Spanish and Catalan!). Their focus is on high end real estate, not just in BCN, but in fashionable locations around Spain, such as Marbella, Ibiza, Majorca, Madrid and the Costa Brava.
Ficasso Real Estate
A small real estate agency, with plenty of experience helping international home buyers and investors to buy in Barcelona / Catalonia, Ficasso pride themselves on their personal approach, integrity and customer service. They also deal with long and short term rentals and property management.