Everyone knows spanish agents charge more commission than english ones. But lets be honest, when you come to spain to find a property, on a subsidized trip or not, you look in a completely different way to back in england.
When you want to move in england, you simply drive to where you want to be, and take the number of the “For Sale” board from an agent on the house you like the look of. You have done all the work in finding what you want really!!!
Spanish agents spend alot of money on exhibitions (these are not cheap) and drive you around to places and properties you may never have known existed. The running costs are significantly higher, so if fell that 5% seems reasonable, which is what spanish agents themselves charge.
It takes money to bring the clients to you in spain, via website, agents in england etc, so the rate has to be higher, or you would not sell.