I work for a charity in London who manages a couple of refuges on the pilgrim routes through Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Having recently retired from work I was looking to buy a property in Galicia in order to set up my own Refugio. This is where Mark was key in the locating and buying process.
In September 2007 I travelled to Spain and was met at Santiago airport by Kevin, a friend of Mark, now also a friend of mine. Mark had arranged for me to stay with Kevin and his wife Louise who had also used Mark a few years ago to find a property for them to start a fishing holiday business in Galicia.
After spending three days being transported around by Mark viewing suitable properties, registering with the authorities to get a CIF number, opening a Spanish bank account and actually visiting the local mayor, I made an offer on a property that would have been ideal as a Refugio, right on the Camino del Norte route. Unfortunately, the sale fell through due to the owners not being able to agree a realistic price. During the process Mark provided all the communication and negotiations on my behalf and protected my interests from seemingly unscrupulous sellers.
I returned in January 2008 to view other properties that Mark had advertised on his website. This time I viewed a property that, while not being directly on a pilgrim route, provided a number of other advantages and so I put in an offer that was this time accepted. As this property had the title deeds already in, the process was much more straightforward.
I returned in March and am now the proud owner of a property in Galicia – albeit with a large hole in the roof!
Mark took care of all the arrangements with the Notary, the bank and even sorted out of the necessary changes with the electric company. Mark also arranged for a roofing contractor to provide me with an estimate for the renovation of the roof.
Thanks to Mark I’m now in a position to move out to Spain later in 2008 to a property that has all the utilities and hopefully a new roof, ready to start the internal renovation work.
Mark has recently acquired a number of caravans that he is now renting out to clients who have bought properties that are not quite habitable. I think I maybe first on the list!
Without Mark’s experience of the local area and knowledge of the Spanish bureaucracy system, the process would have been very difficult, if not impossible, for me to manage while living in the U.K.
I would recommend anyone to use Mark if they are contemplating buying a property in Galicia. His command of the local Galego language, fluency in Spanish/English and his network of contacts ensures that if there is a property in Galicia that you dream of, he will find it for you.