Fundamently I agree with the agents Inez and Nick, as we have always said, buy the right property at the right price in the right position and you will be ok, a fair 3-5 year investment as long as it is legal.
Estate agents both old and new will survive in this market as long as they provide the above, are honest as possible(sorry a 100% honest one does not exist) and keep there overheads low, it would kick start the market if agents adopted a general 2.5% commission rate, hell this is 5 grand on a 200k unit and so on. You dont need to offer any add ons, just do the deal and point them in the direction of a lawyer.
Re Viva, the post on this topic earlier from el pajarito who incidently only joined today is probably a now ex employee so is to be believed.
BE GLAD WHEN CHRISTMAS IS OVER, CANT STAND IT ANY MORE, WISH I WAS IN SPAIN