While direct house exchanges of Spanish homes may not be commonplace, a sluggish market has seen British homeowners seek alternative - and innovative - methods to ensure they bag their dream home.
Five years ago, Valerie Haddon bought a pretty three-bed villa in the Almerian village of Enix for €170,000. It is now valued around €150,000, according to Ms Haddon, who has just reduced it to €125,000.
Enjoying panoramic views of the Sierra de Gato Mountains, the property is fully furnished and offers three levels. A contemporary kitchen offers an adjacent utility terrace, while the lounge benefits from satellite TV. The villa also includes rooftop solarium with full-size barbeque.
With mainly English neighbours, the villa forms part of a friendly local community. Enix itself offers authentic Spanish amenities, while the nearest large 'resort' - Roquetas de Mar - offers a large slice of holiday atmosphere.
Due to work commitments, the current owner is looking to move to a similar property on the Costa Blanca, but cannot sell her Almerian home via estate agents.
A house exchange would see the buyer pay the necessary transfer of legal and title fees. Stamp duty would be required, though there would be no agent fees.
As ever when involved with property transactions - especially an unconventional one - you should use an independent lawyer.
Are you looking to move Costas? Would you swap your property in the Costa Blanca for one in Almeria?
Interested parties should contact Valerie Haddon at [email protected]