How do I find Properties for sale in Javea?

There are a few ways to find a property for sale in Javea, and probably the most common place to start is on the Spanish property portals of which there are many, but below I have listed a few of the main portals that are available.

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There are so many portals to choose from and sometimes searching for property in Javea can become confusing, especially when you are sending email enquiries to a number of agents in the same area, many of who will be listing the same property. It is quite common that viewings are arranged only to find that clients have already seen the property with another estate agent which is frustrating for all parties concerned, and can be a waste of valuable search time. For
this reason I would always suggest trying to work with just one or two agents who can get to know your Javea property requirements and also bring in properties from other agencies that may be suitable to view. This way it allows you time to build up a relationship with your agent and also will give confidence that you have someone
looking after your best interests.

How do I find a property agent In Javea?

The best way always is a personal recommendation, there is nothing better than talking to someone who has already gone through buying a property in Javea and will have experienced working with agents and lawyers to complete their purchase. If you don’t have any connections with Spanish property buyers, then you can search websites and read testimonials left by previous clients, once you have narrowed down the choice to two or three agents, then make
contact through email initially to explain what you are looking for. A good agent will respond quickly and try and give some advice and options on what is available, if you like what you hear then arrange a telephone call to discuss your plans further and at this point I´m sure you will start to get a feel for an agent that you are comfortable with.

Take a look at our other articles relating to buying property in Javea

Finding the best agent

Reasons to buy a property in Javea

We often get asked what the main attraction to Javea, here are just a few reasons why Javea deserves to be on your relocation list

Javea is blessed with an abundance of natural attractions, it has over 20 kilometers of stunning coastline where you will find an abundance of natural coves, beaches and cliffs. The area boasts some of the best scuba diving and
watersports in Spain which can be enjoyed all year virtually year round due to the excellent climate. There are several natural parks such as Granadella and Montgo where you will find a vast array of walks with stunning scenery and
coastal views.

The Javea Town hall are making concerted efforts to make Javea an attractive option for house hunters and holiday visitors and have invested in complementing the natural features of Javea with a programme of gastronomic, cultural and musical activites that can be enjoyed throughout theyear. For 2023 the Javea calendar is full with a cultural agenda that allows every weekend to showcase a variety of theatre, exhibitions and music that includes some of the latest emerging artists and groups.

Javea 2023 has a vibrant feel that focuses not only on cultural experiences, but also a high intensity of sporting events which take full advantage of the Javea climate and create a haven for professional sporting teams looking for winter
training programmes. Javea already attracts some of the top cycling teams from all over the World looking for winter training on a variety of geographical terrains and the level of professional sports such as swimming, sailing and
athletics are increasing each year.

Javea is quickly becoming a major area for people looking to work remotely and take advantage of the relaxed way of life that gives many opportunities to enjoy sporting and cultural activities 365 days of the year, so if you are looking to relocate to Spain, searching for a property in Javea should definitely be on your list.

Here is a basic guideline for the different types of residency available to those wanting to relocate in Spain

Golden Visa

This Visa is ideal for investors or those purchasing property over 500,000euros, this could be the purchase of 1 property or several properties providing the value exceeds 500,000 euros.
You can apply for this residency and include your Spouse and children under 18 years old.
Another option for this visa is to deposit 1 million euros in a Spanish investment account.
If you live in Spain for more than 10 years, it is possible to gain permanent Spanish residency and citizenship.

Self Employed or Business Owner

If you are looking to start a business in Spain it is possible to apply for residency and include your spouse and dependent children.

To qualify for this residency you will need the following.

  • Funds in place to be able to live and operate in Spain for 12 months
  • You must spend more than 6 months in Spain

After 5 years of self employed residency you can renew your residency to a permanent resident card.

Non-Lucrative Visa

This visa is aimed at those who are retired or derive their income from another country, so there are no employment requirements. You can also include your spouse and dependent children

Requirements for this visa are as follows.

  • You will need to prove you have purchased a property or have a rental contract
  • It will take around 2 months to obtain the correct paperwork
  • After the paperwork has been submitted, it will take 3 to 8 weeks for approval of the residency.

If you need any information about obtaining residency in Spain please contact us.

Finding the best estate agent in Javea can be a daunting task as there are so many to choose from, there are over 200 registered estate agents in Javea and it is important to firstly decide on the type of real estate agent you are looking for, as each agency may specialise in certain areas of the Javea real estate business.
Here are some of the categories that you will find in the Javea estate agent business.

Listing agent in Javea – you may find some agencies concentrate solely on listing properties and will then circulate the listings from their website to other agencies who provide them with buying clients.

Buyers’ agents in Javea – These agencies concentrate on attracting buyers, they will advertise on all the major portals and work in the main on the buyers behalf, viewing properties from their own website listings

• Commercial agents in Javea – Agencies that only deal with commercial real estate, on these sites you will find only real estate such as restaurants, offices, bars and established businesses for sale.

• Luxury real estate agents in Javea – There are many agents in Javea that will concentrate on luxury real estate with prices starting from 1 million euros upwards.

• Property Finders – you will find many agencies that work on a property finding basis, you will probably find that these people do not have offices and work from home, take caution as there are some that have relatively no knowledge of the property market and tend to do this part time, however there are some really good property finders who are registered with offices and also regular estate agencies will offer this service.

How do I find the best estate agent in Javea?

There are several ways to start your search for a good estate agent in Javea.

• The internet will give you a vast selection of estate agents in Javea each having specialist knowledge of the real estate business.

• Property shows are a great way to meet agents and talk with them directly before you actually travel to Spain, a good agent will take the time to talk to you and help with your Spanish property search even if you are looking to buy some way in the future, at Signature Villas we often work for many months with some of our clients before we actually find their perfect property in Javea.

• Recommendations from people you know are one of the best ways to find a good estate agent in Javea, although just beware of bar estate agents where friendships are made very quickly over a few drinks and you will be given recommendations for anything from estate agents to plumbers, electricians and builders, the list is endless just like the amount of so called property experts you will meet when visiting Javea for the first time. Many people of course are genuine, and it is up to your own discretion whether to take their advice or not.

• Website testimonials are there for all to see, a good agency will have genuine testimonials and will be able to let you speak directly with the clients if required.

• Does the Agency have a registered office? – A really good indication of a good estate agent in Javea is if they have a registered office and are SL registered as a company in Spain, also check if they are a member of an official real estate body such as AIPP or API, if they are you can rest assured, they will have many years of real estate knowledge and possess all relevant requirements and insurances to protect your interests.

We often get asked about Spanish Mortgages, so here is some basic information on how you can purchase a property in Spain with help from the banks.


This varies from different lenders but a general rule of thumb is 60% LTV for non residents, or up to 80% if you are a tax resident in Spain.


The bank will ask you for the following information.
 Proof of income, this can be from salary or pension
 Do you have any savings
 Your employment status


 Passport or Spanish Nie if you have one
 Credit Check
 Your previous years tax return
 Documents regarding existing loan and mortgage agreements
 3 months bank statements or 6 months if you are self employed
 6 months wage slips if you are employed
 Documentation related to any other assets you may have
 Company accounts if you are self employed

If you need help or more information regarding obtaining a mortgage please contact us.

2007 to 2022
The world we live in

After working in the international property market for over 20 years, I have had the pleasure in meeting with people from all walks of life looking for property for sale and enjoyed working hard to help our clients fulfill their wishes, either to retire to Spain, have a holiday home or move to Spain permanently and become a Spanish resident. For the past 14 years I have lived and worked in Javea Spain and consider myself very fortunate to experience life in the Idyllic area of the Costa Blanca North. Over the years I met people from many different backgrounds with a variety of circumstances that reflect on their choice of property, whether it be Villas, apartments, townhouses, plots or commercial property investments and regardless of the final choice, it is always an interesting journey which can cover many months and gives me an opportunity to really get to know people, virtually all keep in touch and are still very good friends. This enables me to enjoy many hours of conversation covering all aspects of buying property in Spain, life and current world situations, and I have come to the conclusion that deep down we all have very similar ideas on life and are each effected by World affairs, especially the current situation which seems to be sharpening everyone´s outlook on life. I guess we are all wondering what the future holds for us all over the next few years and I´m sure like me, many of you will discuss with friends and family the merits of the world and come to the decision that we are not only at the mercy of governments, but also over the last few years a greater threat to all mankind is the risk of viral infections such as corona virus, which rocked the whole world and I´m sure, got many of us thinking deeply about our own lives and futures. Lets remind ourselves briefly of the events over the last 15 years.

2007 The financial crash

There is one glaring factor which contributed towards the financial crash in 2007, the Deregulation of financial derivatives was a key underlying cause of the financial crisis. This basically allowed banks to invest into housing, and these products were so profitable that banks were encouraged to lend to high risk borrowers with credit approved for mortgage loans some for more than 100% of the property value, and here in Spain it was common to see banks offering 110% mortgages. When house prices began to fall literally over night, many found themselves massively in negative equity and those who had placed deposits on new build property were pulling out of the deal leaving developers with no chance of completing projects which left thousands of investors with either no property or lost deposits. This was undoubtedly a major cause of the financial crash and highlighted how little the average man can control his life when left to the mercy of banks seeking such ridiculously high profits.

2016 Brexit

Obviously there are two sides to the Brexit debate, some will say it was the best move for the UK and this may prove to be correct in the
years to come, but once again this major upheaval in the way Europe had been structured over the last 40 years had nothing but a disruptive effect on economies and the way UK citizens could move freely within Europe. Gone are the days when you could travel to any country, buy property, open bank accounts, set up in business, use the public medical facilities as you would in the UK, school your children in local state schools, obtaining residency and
driving licences, these were all things we took for granted, that have now been been made more difficult to obtain. More than that, this one single act has caused instability not just in the UK but throughout Europe.

2020 Corona Virus

Who could ever have imagined the impact of a flu virus found in China that put the World into immediate panic. I don`t think any of us thought we would see a time when the modern World stopped, it made people scared and frightened to go outside, airlines grounded, empty roads, no sports events and desolate city streets made for a spine chilling scene around the World which we could never have imagined , yet alone thought we would have to live through. I suppose in some ways a viral epidemic that spreads so quickly around the World is more frightening and devastating than any of the events from the 2007 financial crash, we paid dearly in human terms, and financially it is something that generations to come will have to pay for. Once again, an event that shook the World and smashed any kind of confidence and stability that was showing signs after Brexit, but more than that, I think we all had time to reflect on our own lives and where our future was going, or in some cases where we decided to make it go.

2022 Russian Ukranian War

Here we are in 2022, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine we find ourselves once again at the mercy of governments and leaders who control our World. Once again our beautiful planet is under siege as we sit helpless while leaders and military decide the future for the average man or woman, who strive to give the best for their children and families through hard work and determination, pay their taxes. abide by the law of the land and crave for a peaceful stable world in which all can survive no matter what nationality or religion. As many of you will probably think, I find it hard to understand why after all these war torn centuries that there is anyone in the world that still needs to gain more power, I´m sure there is enough for all on this idyllic planet that we call home but seem hell bent on destroying. We can only hope that the outcome is peaceful and that somewhere there is the determination for peace to stop this incredibly dangerous situation.

My Conclusion

So now I suppose you are asking what is the point in writing this article, well, I was talking with a group of friends from different walks of
life, some professionals, others had made their way in life through hard graft in the building or service sector, and one or two had just opted out of the system, choosing to spend life on the road taking work where they can find it and
leading a simple life. As we spoke it became apparent that deep down we are all the same and want a relatively easy healthy life with no worries, but also I
noticed that some of the professional people were incredibly envious of the freedom that our traveler friends had, and although money has its place, the
way you live your life is by far the more important. Almost all the events from 2007 has kept the average man pegged back, we keep on going to survive and I like many, have plans for the future in my mind. But what future? When we look back over the last 15 years every time we have one or two years stability and our plans look achievable, then another negative world event occurs and back we go to start. My conclusion is that I feel the World may be like this forever, so making plans for 3 or 4 years in the future is futile, I have seen many times people desperately craving a new start or way of life but understandably nervous and in many cases opting for the safe option of staying put but still having the dream thinking one day! In many cases that day never comes or it comes too late and either through illness or family circumstances the dream does not materialise.

When we look back at events over the last 15 years, even the best made plans are hard to achieve when we live in such an unstable World, so maybe
the day has come that if you really want something, and you are in a position to have it, be brave, enjoy your life and do it now!!

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