RealtyCast Global #8 Madrid Real Estate Market & Spanish Culture with Antonio Barbosa

RealtyCast Global #8: Madrid’s Real Estate Market & Spanish Culture with Antonio Barbosa

Welcome to episode #8 of RealtyCast Global – a global connection to all things real estate, hosted by Hugh Gilliam, president of Global Property Pros.

Madrid, Spain, is not just a city; it’s a way of life—a blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and a dynamic real estate market. Navigating this market requires a nuanced understanding, something that Antonio Barbosa, a seasoned real estate professional from Infinite Solutions in Portugal, offers in abundance. In the latest podcast episode, Antonio is back and delves deep into the heart of Spain’s capital, offering an expert guide to those looking to call this lively city home.

The allure of Madrid is multifaceted, with its strategic central location and distinct seasons creating a living experience that is both vibrant and varied. This diversity extends to the real estate market, where the priorities of urban dwellers—lifestyle, work, and education—contrast with the laid-back coastal life sought by many. Antonio explains that, in Madrid, clients often look for properties that serve as more than just holiday homes; they are looking for places that enhance their quality of life, support their professional aspirations, and provide access to top-tier education.

However, the process of buying property in Madrid is markedly different from that in the U.S. The absence of title companies and escrow, the role of notaries, and the nuances of securing loans as a foreigner are all parts of the complex tapestry that buyers must navigate. Antonio provides invaluable insights into the financial aspects, such as the influence of the Central European Bank on interest rates and the possibilities for foreigners to obtain loans for property purchases in Spain.

The conversation then shifts to the importance of finding the right community, a key element for a smooth transition into a new life abroad. Whether it’s for retirees or families, understanding the local social fabric is essential. Antonio’s advice is not just theoretical; he shares practical steps for connecting with the right people and leveraging referrals, easing the integration process for newcomers to regions like Portugal and Spain.

The podcast episode doesn’t just offer advice; it paints a picture of Spanish life that goes beyond the bricks and mortar of real estate. Discussions about the cultural significance of siestas, tapas, and the Spanish approach to meals and social gatherings offer a taste of what it means to truly live in Madrid. Antonio’s passion for the city is evident as he discusses the local cuisine, the significance of sports—particularly football—and the factors that make Spain a safe and desirable destination for expatriates.

For anyone considering the leap to Spain or Portugal, the episode with Antonio is not just a must-listen—it’s a gateway to understanding the essence of Spanish living. His insights serve as a compass, guiding listeners through the labyrinth of Spanish real estate and the rich tapestry of its social traditions. With a focus on integration, community, and embracing the Spanish lifestyle, the episode is a treasure trove of information for those ready to embark on a new adventure in the vibrant landscape of Madrid.

In conclusion, Antonio Barbosa’s discussion on Madrid’s real estate and cultural wonders is a comprehensive guide for anyone looking to plant roots in Spain. With his expertise, listeners are equipped to navigate the intricacies of the Spanish property market and embrace the full spectrum of life in one of Europe’s most enchanting cities.

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For real estate agents looking to expand their business internationally, expose existing listings to a global pool of buyers, and connect with new clients, check out Global Property Pros.

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About the guest – Antonio Barbosa:

António Barbosa is a REALTOR® living in Portugal and with more than 20 years of experience in Real Estate. He will tell you that he doesn’t sell homes; He fulfills lifestyle dreams. He’s a charming man with the most disarming smile who makes friends wherever he goes. If you are not his friend, it’s because he hasn’t met you yet!

He prides himself in being part of the decision of more than 500 families making Portugal their new home. In addition, He considers his biggest achievements in life the personal and business relationships he built, which led to long-lasting friendships not only with his esteemed clients but also amongst his distinguished colleagues!!!

He’s happiest helping people to find a home or wealth investment property in Portugal or worldwide. His company name is “Infinite Solutions”, and it’s a perfect name because he’s not problem-oriented, he’s all about solutions.  

He’s also a world traveler and foodie, so if you need a solution of where to go for dinner, on vacation, or where to buy your next lifestyle property, he’s your person! He speaks fluent Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Antonio is a proud Member of FIABCI-USA as well as NAR® and holds the CRS® / CIPS® and ABR® designations.

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About the host – Hugh Gilliam:

Hugh Gilliam co-owned a national transportation company, created a land development business, and worked as a general contractor in residential and commercial construction for over two decades. Hugh also co-founded an international distribution company and successfully negotiated and contracted with 135 sales representatives in the United States, Canada, France, Brazil, Japan, and the Netherlands.

Today, Mr. Gilliam is affiliated with RealtyHive, LLC where he serves as Director of International Real Estate and President of Global Property Pros. His duties include involvement in commercial and residential transactions, plus promoting marketing systems and lead generation platforms.

He is also co-founder of the luxury digital magazine, DOORWAYS INTERNATIONAL, powered by RealtyHive, which serves as a platform for Brokers and Buyers throughout 70 countries.

Hugh’s Designations Include:

  • Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
  • Certified Distressed Property Export
  • Certified International Property Specialist
  • Certified International Investment & Immigration Specialist
  • Transnational Referral Certification

Hugh’s Memberships Include:

  • Georgia Association of REALTORS
  • National Association of REALTORS
  • International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI-USA)
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America

Must-Do Andalucia Adventures

Picture yourself walking through cobblestone streets and ancient architecture on a beautiful summer’s eve. Listen to a Spanish guitarist strumming along with the sounds of the nearby ocean. Grab some late-night tapas and sensational seafood with a loved one. That’s the great thing about Andalucia—you can do all of this and more.

Whether looking for your next property (3-bedroom condo near the beach, anyone?) or simply wanting to see all that Spain has to offer, RealtyHive has the Andalucian recommendations you need. Here are your must-do adventures in Andalucia!

RealQuick: What is Andalucia?

Andalucia is a region located in the south of Spain. It runs along the coast, and has a rich culture and history that differ from other parts of the country. This is because Andalucia was conquered and ruled by Moors (Muslims, typically from modern-day Morocco) for centuries. Andalucia is known for its scenic vistas, brilliant architecture, and incredible cuisine.


Paella—a rice and meat/seafood dish seasoned with saffron—is Spain’s most renowned (and tastiest) meal. Tapas (small plates or servings of food) are easy to find and order at most restaurants. For some regional fare, try jamón ibérico, a cured ham. It’s not uncommon for Spaniards to hang these ham legs in their closet!

But a little-known Andalucian secret is that many bars serve free tapas with a drink. This custom started centuries ago, when tapas were served to cover patrons’ drinks to prevent flies from landing in their cup! It’s a tradition that’s still upheld today, and it’s one of many reasons why people love living in Spain—Andalucia in particular.

Another important eating tip: Spaniards take at least two hours for lunch and siesta—it’s often the biggest meal of the day. Many shops will be closed in Andalucia during this time, and dinner is usually served anywhere between 8-10 p.m. It’s not unusual to see families with small kids out for a bite after dark!


Sangria is another renowned Spanish beverage, but we’d recommend an equally refreshing drink: tinto verano. It’s a simple mix of red wine and soda, and is the perfect beverage for those hot and dry Andalucian summers. Because it’s easy to make, tinto verano is a cheap and delicious summer beverage—and of course, it should come with a free tapa!


There’s so much to see and do in Andalucia that you could buy a home for sale in Spain and barely scratch the surface. But here are a couple of highlights:

  • La Alhambra: This Moorish castle located in Granada is an architectural wonder. Going more than once, even on one trip, is not unusual. Take a tour or get lost wandering around the beautiful and spacious grounds!
  • Flamenco: Flamenco shows abound in Andalucia, the birthplace of this captivating dance. FInding a show is easy, but if you can, certain cities have flamenco shows in caves—a fascinating way to learn more about flamenco and history all at once.
  • Museums: Pablo Picasso is just one of many artists from Andalucia. Visit Málaga to see his birthplace and some of his work!
  • Beaches: Who doesn’t love hanging out on a beach all day? Beaches line the coast of Andalucia and are full of quaint towns and gorgeous promenades.
  • Córdoba: This Andalucian city is a marvel! Visit the famous mosque with its candy cane arches and the Alcazar, a Moorish palace.
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From Marbella to Estepona, from Granada to Seville, Andalucia is a paradise for visitors and home buyers alike. If you’re like us and have a sudden urge to pack up everything and move to southern Spain, we can help! RealtyHive can help you navigate homes for sale in Spain, and specifically in Andalucia. Look through our listings today!