It’s true that search agents can be a bit of a con. It’s also true that there are hardly any genuine buyer’s agents in Spain. However The Property Finders cover Andalusia, Catalonia and Mallorca, are 100% genuine, and you couldn’t be in better hands.
A buying agent is retained BY the buyer to act exclusively for them and in the UK it has become increasingly common, as people have become time-poorer, to use this method of locating a property. A buying agent works excusively for the buyer and takes no part of their fee from the selling side. This enables them to assess a property and its location in an impartial way. We do not ‘talk properties up’, rather we go looking for the downsides. There is normally a registration fee, a defined contract period, and a final fee with a successful purchase.
What Bert Preast is referring to are the many people who try to represent themselves as buying agents but who are, in reality, acting as intermediaries between the buyer and the seller, taking their fee from the seller or seller’s agent. If a service is advertised as ‘free’ with no commissions or fees, you are dealing with an estate agent, whether they have an office or not.