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Useful Spanish Phrases To Secure The Perfect Home
If you're moving to Spain for a while, the most important part of the process is of course, finding a great place to live. Whether you are looking for a place to rent or buy, the following useful Spanish phrases are sure to come-in very handy and they'll help to ensure you find the perfect place to enjoy the fabulous Spanish way of life!

Bueno, the first thing to do is to find un agente de la propiedad inmobiliaria and request information concerning the sort of property you're trying to find. Here's a really valuable Spanish phrase to get the job done:

Hola, me gustaría que diese información sobre los pisos/las casas en venta/alquiler - I would like to be given information about flats/houses for sale/rent.

The agent will more than likely say:

¿Qué busca usted? or: ¿Busca usted algo en particular?

Just respond by stating the kind of place you're after, for example:

Estaba buscando un piso/ático/una casa con al menos dos/tres habitaciones una de ellas de matrimonio, y con terraza o balcón - I'm seeking an apartment/a studio/a house that has a minimum of 2/3 bedrooms, one a double-room and with a terrace or balcony

Include any of these key Spanish terms if you wish: A estenar - brand new, amueblado - furnished, con un ascensor - with a lift (and I make a point of always asking this if the flat is on the fourth floor or higher) and bien situado - well located. You might also see this as bien comunicado in several agentes de la propiedad inmobiliaria.

If they have a property that interests you and you'd like more details, simply ask:

¿Puede darme un folleto informativo? - Can you give me a brochure?

What can be confusing for non-native speakers is that there are two words used for deposit: Una entrada and Una fianza.

Here's a nice example to bring some clarity:

¿Cuánto es la fianza del alquiler y cuál es la duración del contrato? - How much is the rent deposit and how long is the duration of the contract?

Para firmar las escrituras de la casa, es necesario dar una entrada del 20% y tener un aval bancario - In order to sign the deeds of the house, it is necessary to give a 20% deposit and to have a banking endorsement.

Couple of other valuable Spanish phrases in the example: un aval bancario, a banking endorsement and las escrituras, the deeds. Let's have several more really useful Spanish phrases you're certain to encounter:

Soleados y amplios - Sunny and spacious. You're certain to hear this expression even if the apartment is too small for a cat to live in!

Tiene humedades - If you see this be wary because your dream home has damp!

Calefacción general - If the property is an apartment, watch out for this. This is saying that the heating for all of the building is provided by a single boiler. Tenants cannot control the boiler however they pay a share of the heating bill. A good idea is to ensure the flat has calefacción individual, as you can control the heating and more importantly, you will then pay for what you have used.

Lastly, here's another confusing term often used by Spanish and Hispanic people you're certain to encounter. With regards to sorting out payments for your new house or flat, it's possible you will come across this on the agreement:

Se puede pagar por transferencia bancaria o solamente mediante talón

I'm sure you've got most of that Spanish expression easily translated until you reached, talón which is the Spanish word for heel. What a curve ball! Paying by heel - what does that mean? All it is saying is that you can pay the rent or mortgage by check and this is a really valuable Spanish expression to add to your expanding streetwise Spanish vocabulary.
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Barcelona-based Peter Christian is the author of "Streetwise Spanish", a fun guide showing you
how to speak Spanish with an authentic flair and you can add even
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