For private sales look in the local English language press in your chosen area of Spain. Also look in the UK press, Sunday Times, London Evening Standard etc.Also check out the internet. A good lawyer is absolutely essential. If you find a private sale YOU DO NOT NEED an agent! However,you might go and look at comparable properties with one to get a feel for the market. With the knowledge gleaned from this forum you have no reason to fear agents! You will go on your trip with an excellent knowledge of how they work.If you find a property through an agent make sure to get a split of the price between their commission and the “bricks and mortar”. Happy hunting.