Buying a property in Spain will never be the same again following the launch of Time in the Sun - the UK's biggest, fee-free independent selection of Spanish homes available to buy over the internet.
Boasting around 4,000 homes ranging from Euro100,000 to palatial properties at Euro3m plus, UK buyers will now be able to log on to track down a Spanish property - and know that the Time in the Sun team has weeded out any rogue estate agents or property developers.
Nathan Cozens, joint managing director at Time in the Sun, says: “One of the biggest problems UK buyers have experienced when buying online is that they do not really know what they are getting.
“But the company has done its homework. Although Time in the Sun's head office is in south-west London, it has spent literally months vetting and interviewing agents and developers in the prime Spanish areas such as the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Majorca.
“Only properties where Time in the Sun can vouch for the provenance of the agents and developers appear on its site. All the hassle and worry of buying in Spain will from now be a thing of the past.”
The company has linked up with a major high street broker to offer holiday, retirement or investment buyers dedicated mortgages on Spanish properties at hugely competitive rates.
Noel Mangan, joint managing director, says: “Research shows that while potential buyers are keen to source properties using the convenience of the internet, the major step of arranging the finance is a different kettle of fish.
“But by linking up with a major broker, buyers who prefer can sit down face to face with an adviser to arrange a loan for the property at competitive rates.
“So it's the best of all possible worlds. Clients choose the property from the site, secure in the knowledge that we have sorted the wheat from the chaff, arrange a dedicated Spanish property mortgage at one of the 100 or so outlets, and then help tie up all the legal and administrative factors in addition to Time in the Sun's expert, low cost service.
“The company believes that Time in the Sun will put all other online services for buying Spanish homes in the shade. It will be the benchmark by which rival firms are judged.”
Spain is now the UK's number one destination for second and retirement homes. A recent survey for A Place in the Sun magazine showed that four in every 10 adults are currently thinking of buying abroad - and Spain is at the top of the shopping list.
Budgets typically start at £100,000 for sun-seeking Brits, says the survey. Time in the Sun's site has a wide selection of homes easily within reach of this kind of budget. Andfor the better off, the site also carries plenty of properties with multimillion euro price tags.
Cozens adds: “Interest in buying property in Spain has never been higher, but choice has been limited until now.
“But Time in the Sun will change all that. The service does the lot, from spotting the dream home to arranging finance and signing legal agreements. It's a one-stop shop which willinevitably change and improve the way UK buyers source their dream home in the sun.”