There are a lot of estate agents in Gibraltar and I would be telling huge fibs if I claimed I had dealt with them all. I have however dealt with a few and have friends who have dealt with a others. A lot of the agencies also cover property in Spain, which is handy for those who do not speak Spanish but wish to see what is available there, or just want to keep their options open as privately renting in Gibraltar is about the same price as renting in London.
Below I have linked the agencies I know of, and where it is appropriate I have added my thoughts regarding their service etc.
Find A Property. These are the people who found us our apartment. The agent who attended to our needs is no longer a member of their staff, but after spending an afternoon in their office I would speak very highly of the other members of staff. They are friendly, and more importantly they listen. When setting out our budget, they took us to see property that was either that price or under. They did not waste our time. They also negotiated with our landlord to get the rental price down even further, to change some furniture and helped us out when we actually arrived by picking us up from the airport!
BMI Group. This agency showed us some incredible property. Absolutely mind-blowing, but they did not listen to us when we spoke about budgets. We also had appointments with them booked for weeks in advance and the places they showed us weren’t available for either a month after we would have moved to Gibraltar, or they had just been leased. Also more oddly they wanted three months rent in advance, which after renting property in numerous locations and countries neither my husband nor myself had encountered before, it would have left us approximately £6k out of pocket if we had gone with them on the average property they were showing us. Also they took it upon themselves to send us numerous pictures via email and insist we ‘take their word for it’ on a property and secure it by sending a bank transfer or what have you, when we had explained to them that we had never even been to Gibraltar. I have to say this riled me somewhat and whilst the lady who did ferry us around was very sweet, lovely and friendly and also full of information about the local area I couldn’t help but feel we were being treated as naive idiot children with regard to leasing a property through them.
Bray Properties. My friend swears by this agency. She can not speak highly enough, and when she moves it involves moving her three young children, and husband so it is no mean feat!
Norwich & Peterborough Estate Agents. This agency showed us some great property and has a very good working relationship with numerous other agencies, and actually lead us to Find A Property and they shared the commission on our lease. The lady there was very efficient, friendly and had that ‘getting things done’ attitude, I really liked her, she instilled confidence and even though we had such a small window of time to find a home she assured us that we would. She was correct and was an endless source of help.
I am not sure this has covered all of the estate agencies, if I discover more or anyone wants to be added to the list, please let me know!