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BUILD Q2 2019 54 RP1800067 rbane is a company with a long history of top flight customer service and property management overseas. Although originally founded in 2003, the company, in its current form, has been operating in city centre destinations such as Barcelona since 2010. The Barcelona office has a very international team that between them speak six languages fluently. Since 2012, Urbane has sold properties to customers from all over the world, providing a high quality portfolio of modernist, refurbished properties as well as new build developments. New build and off plan developments had been the company’s expertise before the real estate crisis of 2008 and it seemed natural to return to this skillset, adding modern customer service touches and levering the overseas real estate experience of the team. At the same time it was clear there was a rising demand for quality, refurbished properties in Barcelona centre and much of this demand was from other fast moving urban centres such as London and Paris. Urbane’s Head office in London was receiving more enquiries from clients searching for these properties. The client wish list was straight forward: top quality refurbished apartments in emblematic buildings, if possible, listed buildings with fantastic original features. Armed with this remit the company set out to offer the very best selection of city centre investment and lifestyle properties Barcelona had to offer. In a short space of time, Urbane had forged some solid relationships with some of the most emblematic and creative developers in Barcelona. However, product is only one facet of the success that we have enjoyed to date. The company follows a truly customer centric approach, something that is quite rare in real estate. It is not the Urbane way to merely arrange a series of viewings. At Urbane, the service is tailor made. We ensure that fully we understand Reputation for Knowing the Market Urbane International Real Estate offers luxury property sales, rental and management in Barcelona city centre. Following their success in BUILD’s Real Estate & Property Awards as the Best Boutique Real Estate Agency 2018 – Barcelona, Katya Moshnikova, Property Consultant at Urbane International Real Estate provided us with a detailed overview of the firm and the services they provide. U clients’ needs and then adapt our portfolio to create viewings best suited to their meet requirements. This approach leads to a clearer focus for both our team and our customers, resulting in less time spent viewing properties that do not fit the client’s needs. We have discovered this is most appealing to the busy modern day executive from high flying companies. A sign of this is the large number of customers we have from Apple and London’s financial sector. In recent years in the Barcelona market, we have faced some challenges that have causes many of our customers concern. In Barcelona city centre, the Town Hall have made it illegal to rent a property for a short term of less than 30 days. This means that many customers interested in a straight buy to let plan based on AirBnB, or other short term let strategies are unable to do so without a special rental license. These licenses are no longer being awarded by the town hall which resulted in a shift in investment trends in Barcelona. At Urbane, we saw this did not have to spell the end of buy to let investment. We set up a long term rental team and began to liaise with relocation companies and other professionals to assist our customers in transforming their short term lets into mid to long term lets. From a small, modest start we are proud to manage a large number of properties in this manner and believe this will become a major component of our business in Barcelona. Contact: Katya Moshnikova Company: Urbane International Real Estate Address: Calle Casp 46, Barcelona, 2-1A 08010, Spain Telephone: +34 935 193 057 Web Address: