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Arriving in San Juan in January... looking for realtors and used cars

Hey folks! I've been following this forum quite a bit---thanks to everyone for asking thoughtful questions and posting such great answers.

My girlfriend and I are going to pull the trigger---we'll land in San Juan on Jan. 18. We have temporary lodging lined up through the end of the month, but after that we'll be looking for a place in Santurce. We also need to buy a car.

Can anyone recommend a solid realtor or car dealer that we should turn to once we get to the island?

I will pm you a realtor and he can recommend a car dealer. I need your full name so I can let him know to expect a call from you.

Could not Pm you for some reason here is the realtor info.
His name is Carlos Torres (787) 527-3324
Let him know what you want and your budget
Send me you full name so I can let him know you will be calling

My recommendation is to find a realtor who lives in, is well-established and knows the neighborhood where you want to purchase. Realtors there are very protective of their listings, and often won't share them with other agents outside the area.

And be prepared to do a lot of work on your own. Don't rely on any realtor to do anything but show your property.

Rey likes to push Carlos, for the referral fee, I'm sure.

No fee,  i get nothing. He is a buyer agent not a regular agent, I do it because the people here need someone reliable that works around all those seller agents. Believe what you want

I like the idea of a buyer's agent, Rey. My husband and I haven't contacted Carlos yet, but we will soon. We've just booked a place to stay for 9 days in February and hope to begin our serious search for a home then. We appreciate your help.
Nan

I don't know how a buyer agent can make it in PR, since there are so many pocket listings--- even if he were able to know and show all the markets on the island.

Everyone sees things based on their experience and values.

Carlos negotiates with each seller agent a percentage and makes arrangements to get the keys or code needed to enter the property, he invites the seller agent to come but will show the property as long as he has access. Only properties that meet the needs and budget of the buyer are shown. He also canvases the area for unlisted properties and speaks with the owners to see if those properties are a match for the client. He was my real estate agent and have some of the members of this forum also as clients.

Carlos works for the client not the seller and assist with other matters that will make life easier on the buyer such as car dealers, insurance, banking, points of interest, stores, schools, etc. He is single and he has enough clients to make a living and his number of contacts and new friends grows with every client and every home search.

*** By the way, I do not get pay for my work here in the forum either, I get the satisfaction of helping someone move to Puerto Rico in the least painful way and hopefully make a new friend. We are each motivated by different things.

You SHOULD get a referral fee. It's way harder to find buyers than sellers, especially in PR. I was a buyer's agent and gave referral fees on every referral I received upon close of escrow.

It was offered, I turned it down, i did not want a conflict of interest with this forum.

Rey,

We appreciate all your information and the help you provide. I think that regardless if someone on the forum gets any type of compensation or not,  the information is always helpful. It is up to YOU to decide if you going to blindly follow that info or do your diligent assignment to validate the information.

As it had been expressed here, there are many ways you can find services and information. We are here to give our perspective and experience based on our personal knowledge.

I wish everyone good luck and hope you use the information provided by our members to help you make the experience more enjoyable.

Thanks Adlin,
About a year ago I foresaw comments like that about pushing a realtor because of a fee, so I decided that I was not going to take a fee since trust is more important than a few bucks.

Sometimes it is not easy to be the lead of the forum but I continue to march forward because I know what it was like to migrate to a strange country and a lot of people need mine and the members help to successfully make the jump.

In my regular job and here in the forum, trust is prime.
Thanks for your support.
Rey

I certainly appreciate all the regular members input and suggestions.  A big Thank You to you all!

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