Recommendations

SELLER

During the promotion

  • Avoid posting and sharing sensitive personal information until you´re sure you have a serious offer.
  • Never give out your home address or accept people arriving to the address of the property without an appointment, and when you make one, ask to confirm the day before and go accompanied by someone you trust.
  • Remember to be very objective in the way you communicate, if there´s something that doesn’t convince you, check the process in more detail, think of a couple of questions for the possible buyer and if the answers don't convince you, don’t go through with the operation, if necessary denounce the user.

Examples of key questions:

  • Why are you interested in my house?
  • How would the transaction take place?
  • Could I have to name your attorney?
  • Could we meet at the attorney office?
  • Could you please repeat ...? (asking something previously discussed or agreed)

During the sale

  • Please order your legal papers and the deeds of the property. Also be sure you're up to date with your payment of bills including taxes, water, electricity and telephone. This will save you time and trouble for the sale (or rent) of your property.
  • Never give your original documents to any potential buyer, and even if he/she requests copies, these must be delivered in the presence of your attorney, with prior identification of the buyer.
  • Ask your attorney how much tax you should pay on the sale so that you know the real profit from the amount you receive from the buyer.
  • Phi.life recommends that you don´t make any kind of deal without the presence of a trustworthy attorney.

BUYER

Before making an appointment to see a property, and in order to avoid surprises as well as waste of your time, it is always advisable to ask the following questions to the seller:

  • Do you have the property’s deeds?
  • Is it free from mortgage?
  • Are your water and electricity bills up to date?
  • Do you have building permits?

If the seller does not have all the documentation, do not take unnecessary risks by giving an advance payment with just the promise of having the documents, always check with your attorney.

Before signing any contract, verify that the person claiming to be the owner, really is. Ask for his official ID and a copy of the deeds, tax receipt and payment of water, electricity and telephone. The latter two will serve to arrange your own services once you have purchased the property.

LANDLORD

  • Please order your legal papers, as deeds, payments to current property taxes, water, electricity and telephone. This will save you time and trouble for the sale (or lease) of your property and the following payment of taxes.
  • Never give your original documents to any potential tenant, and even if they request copies, this must be delivered against your attorney office with the prior identification of the tenant.
  • Ask your accountant how much would you pay of tax out of the income, so you know how much of what you receive will be actual profit.
  • Never give out your home address or accept persons arriving to the property without an appointment, and when you make one, ask to confirm the day before and go accompanied by someone you trust.

TENTANT

Before making an appointment to see a property, and in order to avoid surprises and the waste of your time, it is always advisable to ask the following questions to the seller:

  • Do you have the deeds of the property?
  • Are the payments of water, electricity and property taxes up to date?

If the landlord does not have all the documentation, do not take unnecessary risks by giving an advance payment against promises, always check with your lawyer or attorney office. Before signing any contract, verify that the person claiming to be the owner, really is. Ask for his official ID and copy of the deeds, tax receipt and payment of water, electricity and telephone. The latter two will serve to arrange your own services once you rent the property.

Before signing any contract, verify that the person claiming to be the owner, really is. Ask for his official ID and copy of the deeds, tax receipt and payment of water, electricity and telephone. The latter two will serve to arrange your own services once you rent the property.

PRESENTATION OF PROPERTY* (Only for sellers or lessors)

Remember that the presentation of your property is the first impression that your prospective buyers/tenants will have so it must be the best possible within the characteristics of the property.

Before taking the pictures, check that the property is neat and clean, tidy and well lit, look for the photograph to convey the atmosphere of the place. Check at what time each space looks better with daylight and take care of the composition of the photo. Take pictures of the most important places of the property and take your time so that they look good.

The section of  "images" has space for several pictures, however remember that is better to  have a few good pictures that many regulars.

Avoid taking pictures of the front of the property if you don’t want people to reach the property without prior appointment, causing discomfort and compromising safety.

Click here to read our brief but valuable recommendations to take better pictures so you can quickly sell or rent your property, Phi.life also has recommended photographers that can help you with this fundamental task.

Always remember that although the presentation is excellent, the visit of a prospective buyer should exceed the expectations that the images created.

APPOINTMENTS.

Set your appointments in low traffic hours and during the best lighting conditions to show the property, have it clean, tidy and well ventilated. Take care of details like opening the curtains to get better light or see the best views. Remember to always ask the visitor to confirm the appointment the day before and always go accompanied by people you trust.

Always shows the important places calmly and highlight special details that you consider valuable, talk about the history of the space and property, and remember that details are the ones that could make the sale.