Rental Scams in Barcelona

Rental Scams in Barcelona

Barcelona, Relocation
In general, always follow the old adage that “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Recently, through documented as well as empirical experience, rental scams in Barcelona are on the rise. This trend, of course, is not exclusive to Barcelona, but it is among the highest level of scams around Europe. There are many types of scams, but in general, the following are the most common: You see the apartments in photos on some web-age and everything looks and sounds great. However, when you request to see the apartment, you will be told that you can see the building and neighborhood on your own, or even with the agent, but since the owners live far away they require a refundable deposit to send you the key. Then…
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Why Live in Barcelona?

Why Live in Barcelona?

Barcelona, Relocation
The reasons for living in this iconic European city are many; chief among them are great weather, beaches, mountains for skiing just a couple of hours away, friendly people and a very special kind of energy! However, there are, of course, things that are not great about the city, such as sweltering summers (mostly July and August,) dirty streets and graffiti, urban petty crime, and not enough good high paying jobs. In the end, however, it comes down to a feeling about belonging and wanting to be in this city. Many of us experience that at some point in our lives, though not everybody is lucky enough to be in love with the city where they live. Therefore, if that city is Barcelona for you, get on a train, plane,…
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Tips for Finding an Apartment in Barcelona!

Tips for Finding an Apartment in Barcelona!

Barcelona, Relocation
There are agencies, including our own, that can help you locate the perfect place for you or you can do it yourself. Either way, you need to take into consideration the following: Property Managers: two of the main property management companies with large inventories of rental properties are tecnocasa.es and www.yaencontre.com, but there are dozens of others. They typically charge either one full month’s rent as their fee or 1/10th of a full year’s rent. Note: good apartments are not easy to find, but they are not that scarce. In our experience, newly available apartments are constantly coming into the market. Therefore, if you are not in a hurry, you can take your time looking for the right place for you. Rental Lease Conditions: typically rental leases are for three…
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10 Things You Should Know Before You Move to Barcelona

10 Things You Should Know Before You Move to Barcelona

Barcelona, Relocation
Actually, this article applies to just about any major city in the world. So, whether you are moving overseas for the first time, or have moved before, never underestimate the pitfall of making assumptions. We moved from San Francisco to Berlin in 2012, then from Berlin to Barcelona in 2018. In both instances, even though we were aware that each city and country has its own regulations and bureaucratic requirements, we still kept falling into the old trap of assuming that if we did it this way in “City X,” it should apply to “City Y.” Therefore, I want to alert you to the following things you should research and/or look out for before moving: Residency Requirements Since it is too complicated to cover all the different scenarios and their…
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You only live once, so love the place where you live!

You only live once, so love the place where you live!

City Writeups, Relocation
We’ve had the opportunity, as a family, to live in three world-class cities over the last decade as a family. First in San Francisco, where our daughter was born, then six years in Berlin and now Barcelona. Of course, there were challenges, such as local bureaucracy to establish residency, finding the ideal place to live, as well as a good school for our daughter (now 8 years old) and simply settling into a new place. That said, it has been worth the extra effort to satisfy this dream of living abroad. For me, the desire to live overseas started when I was about 12 years old. Learning about history and geography in school filled my head with all kinds of ideas, such as learning a new language, meeting other kinds…
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