Our small flat in the Albayzin had been on sale for over four years when we noticed a new Estate Agent had opened its doors close to the Mirador de San Nicolás.
We asked them to take on our property, and it was sold within 6 months. Allan and Jane at Albayzin Properties were super-efficient.
They were always there when we needed them. Their attention to detail was fabulous, problems were quickly resolved and messages answered within a couple of hours.
Allan did a lot of paperwork, saving us the trouble and expense of using a solicitor. And boy oh boy, it is such a help to have a team who are native English speakers.
Phil and Jane O'B
We just want to take this opportunity to formally write a recommendation for your services that we hope you will be able to use on your website.
We first had the idea to look at a property in Granada in April 2018 after many happy trips here over previous years. A quick chat with Jane at Albayzin properties while we were in Granada gave us a very useful insight into the types of properties and price points on the market. We kept in touch over the next couple of months and arranged a viewing trip in September. Not expecting to find our ideal property on the first trip we viewed several properties in one day with Jane which meant we had a very efficient day helping us compare what we were seeing without feeling rushed or pressured.
We found our home - the final house of that viewing day and from the moment we stepped into the interior patio it felt like a home. Once we saw the amazing views of the Alhambra, we were 100% sold!
After that we could not have wished for a smoother process – Nacho was a fantastic and efficient lawyer, providing us with support on our many queries and ensuring that on the day we came to sign the contracts, all went to plan. Allan and Jane continued to provide invaluable support, even after the sale. Allan introduced us to numerous contacts for future renovations and technical support, and Jane has been our solutions expert, helping organise deliveries to the Albaicin when our lack of Spanish embarrasses us!
After only 4 weeks here we are already starting to settle into the Spanish way of life, and we definitely would not have found it as enjoyable without Allan, Jane and their network. I would highly recommend their agency support which goes far beyond selling you a property and is an invaluable part of helping you to settle in Granada.
Susie and Graham P.
For those looking for properties in Granada and the surrounding areas, the Another Way Of Life provides an excellent service from its very convenient office in the Albaicin, Granada. Both Allan and Jane have extensive local knowledge and go far further than most agents in providing tips and advice about all aspects of buying in, and living in, the area. And during what can for some be the stressful purchase process, they communicate very effectively with all the interested parties so that progress is as speedy and smooth as possible and everyone is kept fully in the loop. Altogether a refreshing experience, with real effort made on behalf of the clients in a very professional and helpful way."
Tim C and David O
"I needed a few days away from the north of Europe. The cold, the rain. A place to get my mind on a different track, some inner time. But I had only 4 days and wanted a place where sun was guaranteed. My brother suggested Granada. I had never been there. Malaga, Marbella yes but not the inland. A few weeks later I landed in Malaga, rented a small car and made my way up t the city. It was way past midnight, no more battery in my phone and no GPS. Eventually I made it to my Air BnB in the heart of the city.
The next day was a solid blue sky, with bright sunshine and I started to discover Granada. I fell in love with the scale of the place, the friendly people, the cleanliness, the history, the culture and not least the food and wine. The freshest of fruits and vegetables. It was love at first sight.
The next day I decided to discover the Albayzin and it was again love at first sight. I had no idea of the beauty of the place. History, culture, culinary treats, artisans.
After a couple of cortados strolling through the calles I bumped into a sign that read: Another Way of Life. What was it? Maybe I was looking for that?
I noticed it was a real estate agency. I went in. Allan was sitting behind his desk. Jane had stepped out to show a property.
I hadn’t considered buying anything but all of a sudden the idea came to me to buy a small pied a terre. Something I could lock up and visit whenever I wanted. In the sunshine. With fresh fruit and vegetables and home grown olive oil.
Allan was extremely helpful and we talked about the concept of buying something. We ended up seeing a few places, one of which was this amazing townhouse with an incredible roof terrace overlooking the Alhambra. Stunning.
I met the owner and we just clicked. With me speaking pretty much nada Spanish, Allan was an incredible help in intermediating. Before I knew it I was talking to Nacho, Allan's recommended lawyer, who spoke perfect English. Both Allan and Nacho were extremely friendly, non-pushy and, before anything, most helpful without any hint of obligation. Now, a year later, I am the happy owner of a beautiful townhouse. The sale went as smoothly as you could imagine. There was no pressure of any kind. It was like I had known them for years.
I felt safe and secure and can highly recommend Allan and Jane to you. They are brilliant people that have a unique style and values. Even today, nothing is too much to ask. Allan & Jane for President!"
"I fell in love with a beautiful property on the Another Way Of Life webpage. I had a couple of properties in the UK to sell before I could view it and make an offer but Allan Hilder stayed in touch with me at regular intervals to see how things were going. We were impressed with his helpfulness and knowledge of the area. We asked lots of questions and always got a swift response.
The British properties eventually sold and we were finally able to put an offer on our dream home recently. We moved in at the weekend and both absolutely love the house. We had lots of legal problems and hurdles to overcome on the way but we faced each problem one at a time with Allan’s and a good lawyer’s help and we got there in the end! We cannot wait to start this brand new chapter of our lives and highly recommend the services of all staff at Another Way Of Life"
Linda T & Simon G.
"We have recently sold our Cortijo through Another Way of Life. From offer to sale, the whole process was completed in under three weeks, which is exceptional. The sale was complex and there were a few obstacles to overcome. However Allan guided the buyers and us through everything, using his extensive knowledge of the process in Andalucia and his wide range of resources. We know that this would not have been achieved using local estate agents in the timescale. Many hours were put into this sale by Allan and his team, often during the late evening and weekends.We have no hesitation in recommending Allan at Another Way of Life".
Alan and Jane W.
"Many thanks for your work in selling the cortijo and for the support you have given Sandra through the most recent steps."
Rodney and Sandra
"Solamente unas palabras para agradeceros vuestro servicio con respecto a la venta de nuestra casa. Estamos muy contentos con el gran trabajo que habéis hecho desde Albayzín Properties. Buscar un comprador y facilitar el trato con él, a través del idioma, nos ha resultado de gran ayuda. Por eso no queremos dejar más tiempo sin reiteraros nuestra gratitud y nuestra más cordial enhorabuena."
Leo C y Luz J
"Moving to a foreign country is often not so easy. With an unfamiliarity with Spanish culture and language, house buying can be complicated. During my first week in Granada , I met Allan and his team at Another Way Of Life, this encounter made the whole process of finding and purchasing a home in the enchanting streets of Albayzin almost effortless. With his years of experience living in Andalucia , he seemed to know what sort of home we needed. We viewed nine properties, all tasteful and unique and by my third week I was already signing the initial part of the purchase contract. We are delighted with the professionalism and smoothness of buying a home through Another Way Of Life and would highly recommend the company to anyone seeking a dream home in the sun."
"Dear Allan - one year has already past since we sold our property in Orgiva. Retrospectively we wish to express once again, and also publicly, our deep appreciation for everything you have done for us. From the beginning we felt that we were in the best hands. We were treated in a friendly and professional way and were led through all the necessary steps in order to navigate the jungle of Spanish bureaucracy. Even after the sale had been completed we received additional help with tax and transfer charges. We are very grateful to Another Way Of Life, to be able to keep both our beloved property and the final sale process, as one of our best memories!"
Martine and Herman G.
"Lieber Allan - Wir wollten uns nun im Nachhinein noch einmal und öffentlich ganz herzlich für Deinen großen Einsatz beim Verkauf unseres Hauses in Tijola bedanken. Von Anfang an haben wir uns in den besten Händen gefühlt, freundlich und professionell wurden wir bei allen notwendigen Schritten mit Rat und Tat betreut und durch den Dschungel der spanischen Bürokratie geführt. Auch noch nach Abschluß der Verträge erhielten wir Rat und Hilfe, zum einen bei steuerlichen Angelegenheiten, zum andern bei der erfolgreichen Rückforderung überhöhter Bankgebühren. Wir sind Another Way Of Life sehr dankbar, unser geliebtes Anwesens bis hin zum Verkauf in bester Erinnerung behalten zu dürfen. Viele Grüße und die besten Wünsche"
Martine und Herman G
"We would like to publicly thank Chris & Allan for the excellent work in achieving the sale of our Cortijo in the Alpujarras. When we bought the farm and whilst rebuilding it, we thought we had done all the necessary licences and paperwork for everything to be 100% if we ever sold. As with many properties in Spain, this wasn’t the case! The Cortijo was fine but some of the surrounding land hadn’t been properly transferred into our name. When we decided to sell Another Way Of Life soon proved they were the best choice for us. They immediately spotted the errors in the paperwork and began a complex process in getting everything right. Chris and Allan worked miracles in a very short space of time to ensure our sale was completed. If we ever choose to return to Spain to live, without doubt we will be using Another Way Of Life to find a guaranteed legally sound property. Thank you again Chris & Allan."
Karen & John H
"Hi Allan, Chris and Birgit, just to let you know we completed the sale yesterday and received the keys. We wanted to say a big thank you to you all for your hard work and professionalism. Also with reference to Nacho, thank you for the recommendation. He was excellent. We will definitely use you all again for future investment purchases in the area."
"We were delighted with the photographic presentation of the property on your website and pleasantly surprised at the speed by which the sale was achieved."
"Another Way Of Life has been a godsend in our search for a new home in Andalucia. From the first meeting, Allan really took the time to get to know our requirements and understand our style and have not been afraid to steer us away from wasting time seeing properties that, whilst they may have resulted in a sale on their part, were not perfect for us. When our first vendors decided to pull out (after a year of above-and-beyond negotiations by Allan), he then made it his mission in life to find us something even better and achieved this within a few months. Allan then helped us find a lawyer and an architect (both of which have been excellent) and has personally micro-managed the entire process to ensure it has gone as smoothly as possible, often acting way above the call of duty. Even now, six months after getting the keys, we call Allan with questions of where we can source materials or ask his advice about anything. He is always happy to go out of his way to help in a way that only a good friend would do. We cannot recommend Allan highly enough and if you are looking for an agent with integrity, who will always act in your best interests and has a fountain of local knowledge and contacts then Allan from Another Way Of Life is your man!"
Mané R and Brian G
"We would recommend using Another Way of Life to buy a property, without any hesitation. Throughout the process, from viewings to completion, the agents, Allan in particular, were helpful, informed and patient. Phone and email queries were always promptly responded to. At all times we were supported and guided. We felt as though we were in the purchase together. What was important to us was also important to the agents. We felt listened to.
We fell in love with a property that stretched us in every way. Our passion and our financial situation was understood and respected. Without Allan negotiating and directing the process, our dream would not have become a reality.
Every step to buying the property was explained, often several times, and the contacts recommended (e.g. lawyers and currency advisors) were professional and experienced.
It wasn't simply that the agents were native English speakers and so language problems were avoided. The most valuable asset of the team is that they are willing to go the extra mile. We didn’t feel like we were just another customer. And there was no pressure to buy. We felt confident and excited and we look back on a great experience and a positive start to life in our new Spanish home."
Angela B and Andy McD
"It was a pleasure working with AnotherWay of Life. I was making a quite substantial purchase and I felt in good hands. The advise they gave me was always spot on.
Allan talked through every aspect of the purchase and proposed different options of going about the transaction. He succeeded in negotiating a very good reduction from the asking price and was very flexible and easy to work with in every respect. I would definitely recommend them."
"When selling our finca in the Alpujarra we found Allan to be very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. It definitely made a huge difference to work with a specialist agency. They know their stuff and were able to accurately inform and reassure clients when the inevitable queries and “problemillas” arose! Muchas gracias!"
"Another Way of Life is by far the best website advertising property in the area. It is attractive and easy to use, so it was my estate agency of choice when looking for a finca. We very much appreciate how helpful Allan was throughout the buying process. He was patient with us when we were going after a property which ultimately wasn't right for us. He instinctively knew what we were looking for and suggested we go and see the finca that turned out to be perfect. Buying a property in Spain can be a daunting prospect but Allan made it simple and easy. He continues to offer help to us with paperwork etc even now, a year and a half after the sale. Thank you for everything Allan. We have our perfect little bolt hole thanks to you."
"I asked Allan to sell my property in Orgiva for me and he did so in a very short time! Allan is efficient and very nice to deal with. I have already recommended them to friends who have proceeded to sell via Another Way Of Life. I would also say when I needed help regarding paperwork many months after the sale they readily assisted me and I was most grateful. May you continue to prosper."
"Allan has a confident no-pressure way that inspires trust. Dealing through Another Way Of Life was definitely a factor in deciding to buy in the area. They were patient with my search, and when I saw my place they were quick to help secure it. They even organised a place to rent while I got a feel for the area. The process was surprisingly straight forward, more so than in the U.K., in my experience. The name 'Another Way Of Life' is so apt. Many thanks!"
"I just felt I had to write and say how fantastic Another Way Of Life has been right from the first time my husband and I met them. Nothing has been too much trouble, we were taken to great properties in a wide range of areas, unbiased information and advise was freely offered, time was given to help after we purchased our home. Help even extended to translating at the hospital when I was taken ill, so thanks Allan. Dave and I have bought a few houses in our time, through lots of different estate agents but never have we come across such outstanding service with a patient smile regardless of what we've asked. I cannot recommend Another Way of Life highly enough. Massive thank you!"
Judy & Dave W.
"Your services are very good and we appreciate the assistance and help offered along the way and after. You probably know that, when you are from abroad, and one starts reading about the process of buying a house in Spain, every website, forum and blog literally all scream, careful, careful and beware. Therefore every step is taken very cautiously, which might come over as suspicious, but is not meant that way. Your service proves that buying can be done very honestly and in a pleasant way."
"We are a couple who have surfed your web page for some years and now we want to take it a step further. Is it possible to meet you at your office tomorrow? We are in Orgiva to visit friends that you helped find their house. They highly recommend you! "
Ina & Henrik N
"Allan dealt quickly and efficiently with queries about paperwork, permissions and rights, which could otherwise have derailed the sale. Always friendly and professional to deal with and willing to do whatever was necessary to make sure our sale went ahead. Recommended! "
"Allan at Another Way Of Life.com provided a level of customer care that is sadly lacking in many companies these days, particularly when you think of Estate Agencies. Their in-depth local knowledge and pragmatic approach to problem resolution was a continual comfort and allowed us to enjoy the house hunting and purchase process and they were always there for post completion support. Buying a Spanish property via Another Way Of Life.com will be the most sensible decision you will make."
John and Wendy J.