Why hiring a real estate agent is the best way to sell your home

Selling an apartment or a house is not child'splay. As a homeowner, youmightthinkthatsellingyourproperty on yourowniseasy and willsaveyou money. But itis a time-consuming process, itrequiresspecificskills and mistakes can easilybe made. And the biggestmistakeis to underestimate the amount of effort, time and costthatwillbeinvolved in the process. So before jumping intothis process and finding out thatyouneedexceptionalnegotiationskills, legalknowledge and marketsavvy to sellyour home without a professional real estate agent, readthis article.Here are some important things to know about it and whyhiring a real estate agent will far outweigh the price of paying a commission fee.

  • Sep 14, 2022 4:36:57 PM |
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Here’s what buyers and agents expect in real estate in 2022

Is the seller’s market changing?  Are agents keeping pace with the industry?  Let's look at what both agents and buyers are saying about the international real estate market, its trends, and the buying process for the remainder of 2022.

  • Jul 25, 2022 11:10:45 AM |
  • Shanna Mawer

The complete checklist to properly prepare your rental file

The rental market can be tight, depending on the region and the best accommodations rent out very quickly. In order to optimize your chances of landing the lease of your dreams, it is better to prepare your rental file prior to sending applications to save time and provide the required information to the agencies. 

  • Jul 21, 2022 11:36:31 AM |
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Estimate the value of your property for free

How much is my house worth? This is a question every homeowner should ask themselves, whether he is thinking of selling his property or just curious as to how much it would be worth today.

Well, now it is possible to answer this question in a few clicks thanks to our Properstar simulator.

  • Jul 13, 2022 10:22:45 AM |
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Mortgages at age 60 and over

Age 60 isn’t considered ‘old’ anymore, with many people continuing to work well into their 70’s but there are some extra considerations to look at, if you are wanting to secure a mortgage at age 60 or over. 

  • Jun 20, 2022 4:15:15 PM |
  • Shanna Mawer

Advantages of a mortgage

If you are looking to buy in Portugal or Spain, we can help both residents and non-residents. Here is a case study of two friends who are buying a villa in Spain and how they overcame  challenges with the right mortgage specialist team. 

  • Apr 12, 2022 11:12:27 AM |
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Demand for Bridging Finance in Portugal

A bridge loan is a short-term financing tool that helps purchasers to "bridge" the gap between old and new mortgages by allowing them to access equity in their current residence as a down payment, while essentially owning two properties concurrently as they wait for the sale of their existing home to close.  

  • Mar 31, 2022 7:12:49 PM |
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Banks view rental investments favourably

You could benefit from borrowing money from the bank to buy a property. Even if you have the cash to put down on a property, it can be more efficient to finance it partly with a loan, whether it's your holiday home, or an investment property. After all, interest rates remain low, and in most countries, the rate you'll pay on a mortgage is significantly below the rental yield you can expect from renting a property. Read more about some reasons that a mortgage might be the right choice for you.

  • Mar 30, 2022 6:38:20 PM |
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Holiday and primary home mortgages in Spain and Portugal

Are you dreaming of buying a holiday home in Spain or Portugal? Or are you considering moving there definitively? Well, your mortgage options differ quite a bit if you are resident or not. Learn more on mortgages for holiday or primary homes.

  • Mar 3, 2022 11:57:47 PM |
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Bridging Finance in Spain and Portugal

A bridge loan is a temporary financing option designed to help homeowners “bridge” the gap between the sale of an existing home and the purchase of a new one. Owners use the equity in their current home, for the down payment on their next property while waiting for their home to sell. 

  • Mar 2, 2022 12:26:32 AM |
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French property in 2022

2022 is going to be an interesting year in France. For a start, France has just taken over the presidency of the Council of the European Union. And in the spring, the country will be electing a president. There's a lot going on. And of course, there's still the pandemic to be accounted for, with Omicron currently ripping through the country. 

  • Feb 18, 2022 6:18:25 PM |
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Portuguese property in 2022

Portugal has had a relatively 'good' pandemic, holding one of the world's highest rates of vaccination and citizens who have really tried to make social distancing and mask-wearing work. That's reflected in the way the property market picked up in 2021, with a high number of transactions - volumes were up 25%, at a value 38% more than in 2020, with prices rising throughout the year. 

  • Feb 18, 2022 5:51:12 PM |
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The Spanish real estate market in 2022

Spain is bouncing back - which for one of the countries hardest hit by the first wave of the pandemic is really great news. Even better news, perhaps, is that it's not bouncing back too fast. 

  • Feb 18, 2022 4:40:07 PM |
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Properstar online Mortgage Calculator

Get a mortgage quote for your property in Switzerland from your couch

  • Dec 7, 2021 1:39:05 PM |
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5 reasons to get a mortgage

Spoiler: you could benefit from borrowing the money from the bank to buy a property.

  • Nov 25, 2021 12:06:57 PM |
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Real estate for mountain lovers around the world

Buying real estate in mountains can be a great investment, and it's a good thing the real estate world has a lot of options in ski resorts and other mountain areas. But you do need to know what you want; the same resort that is a hit with young adults who love the nightlife might not be great for a family with young children - and of course, there's that little matter of your budget to think about, too.

  • Oct 22, 2021 3:59:59 PM |
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Luxury Homes by Properstar

Simplifying your premium property search

Searching for a premium property is not an easy thing because of various criteria that differ from buyer to buyer.

  • Sep 24, 2021 3:03:06 PM |
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Our recommendations for your first property purchase in Switzerland

You have dreamed of owning a home in Switzerland and month after month, you have conscientiously saved to buy real estate there.

This is, indeed, a turning point in the life of any buyer.

  • Sep 14, 2021 9:50:32 AM |
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Buying property in Spain to rent it out

To be a property investor in Spain you need to decide first of all which kind of rental you want to be involved in - long term rental to a tenant who will usually use the property as their main home, or short term holiday rentals. Both can be rewarding, but the way you need to play the property game is very different.

  • Sep 13, 2021 9:15:05 AM |
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Luxury real estate is booming in Portugal in 2021

Portuguese luxury property has been the surprise stand-out sector of the pandemic. While the market has been flooded with small flats as the AirBNB business collapsed - there are some real bargains below EUR 1m right now in Lisbon and Cascais - bigger homes with more space, both indoors and outdoors, have seen a massive increase in demand.

  • Sep 11, 2021 7:09:42 AM |
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9 ways to simplify your property purchase in France

    1. You're thinking about buying a property. How can you make sure your purchase goes ahead without any problems or delays? Here are our top tips.

  • Sep 10, 2021 2:33:53 PM |
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Define your personalized search area, draw on the map with Properstar

Today I'm excited to announce our latest feature to help you find your dream home: you can now draw on the map to define your search area.

  • Jun 9, 2021 2:31:20 PM |
  • Lionel Rudaz

What areas to choose to buy property at a reasonable price in France?

The map of French property prices always looked like this: the city of Paris first, then greater Paris, then the other big cities - Lyon, Nice, Bordeaux - then the Ile de France, and then if you skipped the middle and went right down to the bottom, you'd find two big areas of cheapness, on the periphery in Brittany, and right in the middle of France where the whole of Limousin, Auvergne, and Berry were good value.

  • May 18, 2021 11:32:21 AM |
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Is buying Swiss property to rent a good strategy?

First of all we should note that prices in Switzerland have gone up since 2004. The Swiss Residential House Price Index has risen from below 120 to nearly 180 over the period. Of course, rental rates have gone up too - but they haven't quite kept pace over recent years.

  • May 18, 2021 10:26:30 AM |
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Is it possible to buy property in Spain at a reasonable price in 2021?

If you're looking for a property in Spain, 2020 was a difficult year to find one. For many months the country was under lockdown, the economy suffered badly, and the property market basically stood still. However, towards the end of the year prices began to rise again with a small increase in November of just 0.7% year on year in the resale market.

  • May 17, 2021 12:39:13 PM |
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Post-Pandemic Portuguese property market

Portugal has been one of the most successful of EU countries at suppressing the coronavirus pandemic; though it had a second wave in January, it now has new cases down to just a few hundred a day, and deaths in single figures. That's a remarkable performance. Italy, for instance, is still seeing over 10,000 new cases a day.

  • May 14, 2021 9:43:29 AM |
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Brexit effect on European real estate markets

Brexit is now official, and yes, British citizens are now considered as non-residents, thus they will have updated requirements from work and life in European countries, however in regards to the real estate buying property in Europe is still possible. Many non-residents are buying property in France, Portugal and Spain and the process in most cases is not that difficult.

  • Apr 30, 2021 3:11:48 PM |
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Discover My Home, your new personalized home page

How to track new listings coming to the market? We have the answer – use My Home feature we’ve done for you! Go to Properstar portal and you will see new listings for your selected location right away. Every time you visit the site, you’ll get the update.

  • Apr 19, 2021 3:49:40 PM |
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Buy property with Bitcoin worldwide

Bitcoin has its impact on multiple fields around the world, even Elon Musk confirmed that you can buy now a Tesla with Bitcoin. It simplifies the purchase process by avoiding the bank transfer procedures (especially in international deals), connecting buyer and seller in real-time and speeding up the process, even if you’re buying from another part of the world.

  • Apr 19, 2021 12:02:22 PM |
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