I’ve spoken before (many times!) about renting in Malta but as our 3rd move (and 4th apartment) looms closer I thought I’d do a little update. Belair Real Estate Malta has been our company of choice ever since the first time we used them (July 2010 I believe!) and in a world of fickelness and fast passing fads (since then we’ve had 3 different apartments, I’ve changed my hair from brown, to blonde to black, we’ve both changed jobs at least once…) it’s nice to have something solid and unchanging. One agent in particular is our go-to guy, so for his contact details please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to put you in touch with him!
Buying or finding somewhere to rent, without a doubt, has to be the most stressful thing about moving. Before we discovered Belair we had had many emails ignored by other agents, shown properties well over our budget, been told what we’d like and where we’d like to live and had pretty much given up hope of finding a helpful estate agent who would just listen to what we wanted and just do their best. At the time we didn’t have jobs so our budget was low which I guess is why a lot of agents didn’t even bother, and the others showed us things way too expensive.
Then we were walking back to our friends apartment one night and wandered past Belair which we’d neither noticed before or heard of so wandered in, sat down at Niki’s desk and only just managed to refrain from throwing myself at his feet and screaming “HELP US!”. We gave him our specifications (cheap, two bed, modern as possible, close to Sliema) and within 24 hours we’d seen 4 apartments, taken two second viewings and had signed a lease. He even picked us and all our stuff up in his car and moved us in.
He was friendly, honest, was never pushy and actually made the process a lot of fun. We always go back to Niki and Belair for every single move and would recommend them to anyone looking to buy or rent a new place. Niki is not just an estate agent, he is a genuinely nice guy and I think that’s the ethos that Belair really tries hard to stick to. If you like them on facebook you’ll see that they’re a fun loving, helpful bunch. I really love their job advertisement “The pushy, sleazy, insistent type need not apply”.
So if you’re looking to buy or rent in Malta, be sure to check out the Belair website (updated much more than most agents out here who have properties that have been rented out for years!), like them on facebook for frequent updates and email me for Niki’s personal contact details- although I’d happily put my faith in any of the Belair staff!
What is your experience of estate agents in a foreign country? I’d love to hear your stories, wherever in the world you are!
If you use Belair, be sure to mention the blog sent you, and let me know on Facebook!