opened their new offices in the Costa del Sol last week with a party for their business partner guests, offering a little taste of the good life in Spain. Offering a one-stop shop for Spain property buyers, the Spain Buying Guide offices are a little bit different to the rows of property agents and money transfer retail outlets in the vibrant Cala de Mijas. You are greeted with a warm welcome, comfy sofa, good cup of coffee or ice cold refreshment – much needed among the property hunters of Malaga, as you can see from next door’s bustling coffee shop full of would-be buyers!

Once inside, home-hunters can get face-to-face recommendations from knowledgeable relationship manager, Benoit Panissie; search for properties across Spain on a touch-screen property portal; find a local property agent, solicitor or financial advisor through Spain Buying Guide’s trusted partner network; and speak to a currency specialist from Smart Currency Exchange about transferring funds once they actually find that dream property!

It’s a very different business model, appreciated by customers and partners alike. This was apparent in conversations on the evening among guests and partner companies. Jana Korpova, Head of Business Development at partners Smart Currency Exchange commented: “By not selling property directly or by just focusing on currency exchange, it’s a really different dynamic, one that can offer a real depth of expertise to customers looking to buy safely in the Costa del Sol – and beyond.

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John Holloway, Partnership Development Manager at Viva, complemented the ‘retro’ feel of the cheerful offices and reinforced the importance of their partnership with Spain Buying Guide’s parent company, the Overseas Guides Company. “We welcome this new move and look forward to seeing continued growth for our valued partners.”

Angelos Koutsoudes, Head of the Overseas Guides Company, is excited about the future for the company. “This is the first exciting step in our international growth and expansion, with the launch of our new office in Portugal in September and additional offices in a number of other countries on the horizon. This gives us a way to provide both our clients and partners with a wider range of in-country, face-to-face services, complementing the valuable support from our Resource Centre and online services already available from our UK headquarters.

Clive Saxby, of partner agents, Marbella Dream Living, reflected on the good timing of the office opening. “We’re seeing a really positive upturn in the Spanish market, and are looking to expand ourselves, employing more staff to meet demand. It’s a tight-knit business community here and really is the place to be – we’ve been working with the team at Spain Buying Guide for some time and are delighted to finally welcome them and their unique offering for Spanish homebuyers!

Juan Antonio Porras of Europrestige also commented on Spain Buying Guide’s unique business model, adding: “The way they support buyers in Spain throughout the whole journey is really quite impressive. These new offices are in a popular and much sought-after location for homebuyers, tourists and businesses, so it’s the ideal spot to bring together this hub of experts and to be able to work together more closely.

Elaine Ferguson, Country Manager for Spain and Head of the Spain Buying Guide Resource Centre in London, was equally impressed with the location of the new offices. “It’s a bustling, thriving area, with a great buzz. There’s plenty to see and do for people on holiday or those looking to buy and then live in or rent their home in Spain. The offices are really well situated, with the surrounding cafes, restaurants and shops a useful plus for visitors, and the beach only a four-minute walk away! This area of the Costa del Sol is a great mix of what you’d expect from both the traditional Spain and tourist hotspots.

Legal expert Raquel Perez, who entertained guests at the launch party with an expert Flamenco demonstration, has worked with both Spain Buying Guide and Smart Currency for years, and finds it a valuable business partnership. “Working with both Spain Buying Guide and Smart Currency Exchange has really helped me to help my buyers save money with their currency requirements and to manage the buying process safely and efficiently. Many currency companies approached me offering their services, but I feel their proposition is completely different, and second to none.”

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