On this page I will guide you through some invaluable online resources to help you identify property for sale in Barcelona that meets your needs and budget.
Knowing the average square metre price for a property will enable you to set a benchmark figure for all your other searches. Once you know this value for each property you can make realistic comparisons between different properties.
The first useful online resource is a website called http://www.idealista.com. This website not only has a large list of property for sale in Barcelona but also has lists of properties across the rest of Spain. When you arrive at the home page of the idealista.com website click on the language flag that is relevant for you. This way you will have the results displayed in your own native language. Next click on the links for Barcelona and navigate to the search page. You will see a large list of properties for sale in Barcelona (currently around 7,000 properties).
The idealista.com website gives pictures of the property, address, the area property is based in, the floor it is on, numbers of bedrooms, square meters of the apartment the asking price in euros and the euro/m2 price . The euro/m2 price is a very useful guideline to compare different properties and can give you an indication if the property you are interested in is a potential bargain or not. You can also sort the columns by clicking on the top column text. E.g. if you are interested to see the properties listed by euro/m2 price you simply click on that column heading.
The next stage is to use the idealista.com website to look for properties in the neighbourhood that interests you.
Select the "Search by Map" option instead of the search by "Search by Municipality" if you want to see properties for sale in Barcelona by area.You can then start to get a feel for what the types of properties are like for a given area.
Another useful online resource is the Tecnocasa.es website. Tecnocasa is a Spanish real estate agent that have branches around Barcelona city centre in each of the neighbourhoods. Not all of the Tecnocasa itinerary is on their website however they have a good selection that will help you get started. I found that it was best to actually go to the branches of Tecnocasa that where in the areas that I was interested in buying property because the itinerary for each agency deals specifically with the area in which it is based. Here is the Tecnocasa website:
One really useful website that helped me see at a glance what the area was like where the real estate was based was a to use a service called QDQ. This website has photos of practically every street in Barcelona. You can simply type in the street name and the property number and it will show you a picture of the property and the surrounding street. This feature is particularly useful and will enable you to say if there are any obvious characteristics of the street or building that you are either interested in or do not wish to have.
When you arrive at the QDQ website click on the language flag to have the information presented in your mother tongue. Then click on the link for the photos of cities. After this select "Barcelona" from the drop-down list and type in the name of the street you are interested in along with the property number.
Barcelona town council have a very useful interactive street map which will show you the exact locations of any street in the city. You can also use the map to look up facilities that are close to your prospective property for example the nearest metro station. If you use this in conjunction with the QDQ photo guide you will have a pretty good idea of what the area is like before you even visit your prospective real estate property.
Now you have a pretty good idea of the locations you wish to choose your real estate and with the above resources you will also be able to look up what the street and property look like along with finding out what amenities are available around your prospective property.
Part 3 Next how to work with a Barcelona Real Estate Agent: I will show you how actually visit some of properties for sale in Barcelona and how to work with the estate agent and your own solicitor firm.