Hi Paul, you are welcome. Yes the place will be a disaster – worse than Spain! I also feel for the small guys but we will survive mainly due to the tenacity needed to set up in your own business, the love of the country and the buyers will choose to go to the small guys. Also if the big ones go – we only need one big one to hit the dust and I for one will be making sure the info hits every corner of the internet.
Most buyers now use the internet to source properties and this will help the little guys as well.
We dont need the massive commissions either – nice to have if you can get it, but when you need to tighten the belt it can be done by the smaller ones, work from home etc.
Spain used to be regulated and something many people dont know is there are strict courses – they cost around 2000 euros and once qualifies you can use the emblam (that means nothing in eu or uk) but can even work legally as a valuer.
Im looking into it now as for sure its one area Spain will go back to – they deregulized a few years back allowing the second hand car salesman in to rip off their own countryman! 👿