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Hassle free rental apartments for expats in Basque Country

This article is written for expats looking for a hassle free and affordable rental apartment in Basque Country. 

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The cruel reality about finding an apartment in Basque Country

Nearly 20 years ago I was lucky enough to live for 9 months in Bilbao. I was an Erasmus student at Deusto University and I remember that finding an apartment was a nightmare.Things have changed a lot since then (first of all, my Spanish is a lot better now), but it is still very difficult to find a temporary apartment, for 3-9 months, fully furnished, with all expenses included.That is not only the case in Bilbao, but also in Vitoria, San Sebastian and the other large cities in Basque Country. 

Like in most regions in Spain Airbnb has disrupted the rental market in Basque Country.

In fact, it is now probaby even harder to find an affordable rental apartment since AIRBNB and other vacation rental websites have completely disrupted the rental market. In recent years the owners of rental apartments are being misled and confused by the promises of insane high profits of holiday rentals, making it very difficult for expats to find a decent priced medium-long term furnished rental apartment, despite the efforts of the local government to regulate the market.

The rental market in Basque Country

As in most cities in Spain, there are 3 types of rentals, not taking into consideration student accommodation and flat-sharing.

Traditional rentals

Traditional real estate agencies usually offer empty unfurnished apartments for rent with a minimum stay of 1 year. Prices are higher than in the south of Spain, but still 5-10% lower than in Madrid or Barcelona. Compared to for example Valencia rental prices in Bilbao are 20-25% higher. For much less than 750€ per month, you won't find anything in a decent neighbourhood. And of course, you need to add expenses and the agency fee (1-month rent). Community expenses are usually included in the rental price, but you will stay have to go through the hassle of contracting wifi, water, electricity, etc. These apartments are not interesting for people who are looking for a temporary apartment for a few months in Basque Country, because of way too complicated. And if you don't speak Spanish (or Basque), forget it!

Holiday rentals

As in the rest of Spain (Europe? world?), Airbnb and friends have drastically changed the concept of holiday rentals in Basque Country. However, locals have voiced anger at the impact of unregulated apartment tourism in their area and the local government stepped up with strict regulations and high fines scaring off many apartment owners. At the moment there are still over hundreds of holiday apartments listed on Airbnb but this number is continuously decreasing. Anyway, holiday apartments are not interesting for people who want to relocate to Basque Country because of way too expensive.

Expat rentals

If you want to feel the vibes of the Basque Country for a few months (Isn't it great to be a digital nomad?), or if your company is sending you there on a project, you are looking for an expat rental. In other words, you are looking for a company like Globexs. 

The growing trend of global mobility is increasing the demand for flexible housing, also in Basque Country.

More and more people work online and location independently, and live accordingly: The move around and live in a different city every few months. This growing group of digital nomads is specifically looking for flexible mid-term expat rentals. Indeed, a lot happened since 1980 when Dolly Parton released the song 9 to 5, and more and more people are trying to avoid the standard 9-5 model of work. In fact, by 2035 there will be an estimated 1 billion of digital nomads roaming the planet, looking for flexible rentals. Globexs is responding, also in Basque Country.

Globexs offers hassle free mid-term rentals with flexible contracts

When the duration of the foreign assignment is less than 1 year, what often is the case, the expat encounters important challenges and obstacles when searching for an apartment and often ends up using the services of a company like Globexs. 

What Globexs is offering

  • Mid-term (1-11 months) rentals
  • Affordably priced nice rental apartments in decent neighbourhoods
  • Fully furnished rental apartments, ready to move in
  • All on 1 bill: all expenses are included in the rent
  • Flexible contracts: most expats do not know how long exactly they will stay
  • No troubles with landlords. Globexs is the contact person for owner and expat during the full stay and intermediates in case of problems.

The flexibility that expats need

Situated in between the traditional rentals and the holiday rentals are the Globexs rentals. We have a large database of furnished apartments, most of them previously published on Airbnb, available and suitable for medium-long expat stays: fully furnished and ready to move in. 

Most digital nomads and expats do not know how long exactly they will stay in the Basque country.

All expenses are included in the rental price, so you do not have to worry about wifi, water, electricity and other bills. And most importantly: the rental contract has flexible cancellation and extension terms.

In what cities Globexs is operating in Basque Country?

Basque Country is becoming increasingly popular amongst digital nomads and many foreign companies have recognized the opportunities that the region is offering. In fact, in the Basque Country there are currently over 1,000 foreign capital companies and thousands of highly skilled foreign workers are living and working in Bilbao, Vitoria, and San Sebastian.

Research has shown that most expats struggle to find an apartment. Globexs builds bridges between apartment owners and expat tenants.

Globexs is rapidly increasing the portfolio of apartments in all major cities in Basque Country. Most apartments are located in the wider Bilbao region at the moment. 

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