The Best (and Worst) of EasyPiso

EasyPiso Listing

My listing on EasyPiso.

I have too much time on my hands.

The visa process was an absolute nightmare, but at least I felt productive. Now that I have my visa (literally locked away in a safe, by the way), I’m at a standstill. I have one day left with my wonderful coworkers at my current job. I’m finishing up my TEFL certification. I’m trying to save as much money as possible for Spain, i.e. I spend a lot of time saying, “I’d love to go out, but I don’t want to spend money.” Then I follow that up by staying in and watching six episodes of Mad Men.

It’s too early to pack for Spain. It’s too early to plan private English classes. It’s too early to make elaborate binders filled with photocopies of all my important documents. At the same time, my departure is so close that it’s hard to think about anything else.

So, what do I do with all my spare time?

I look for apartments.

I’m obsessed. It’s completely pointless since apartments, or pisos, go fast in Madrid — the places I find today probably won’t be there when we arrive in September.

But I don’t care. I can’t stop. I have an elaborate Google Doc filled with addresses, links, prices, and notes. I have a Pinterest board solely dedicated to the pisos I love. (But it’s a secret board so no one can steal my favorite apartments. Don’t get any ideas, people.)

So far, I’ve found the best apartment listing sites are Idealista and EasyPiso. (Jessica over at Hola Yessica! wrote a helpful rundown of the pros/cons to the main sites if you want to learn more.)

I have a couple favorite things about EasyPiso.

EasyPiso

Mamen apparently has a monopoly over Madrid’s real estate. (Click to enlarge.)

Mamen.
At first, I thought the same crazy woman was messaging me over and over again. After about 20 messages “from Mamen,” I decided it’s the default name that EasyPiso includes if the advertiser forgets to include his/her real name. I’m not sure what Mamen means. Is it even Spanish? Does anyone know?

The overall habits of piso-listers.
The majority of people who list apartments on EasyPiso typically follow a few simple rules when creating said listings:

    1. Always take extreme close-ups of every single thing in your apartment.

      EasyPiso

      Blurry + extraneous detail = The ideal EasyPiso photo.

    2. Never, ever clean the apartment before taking pictures of it.
    3. Never post high-res photos. The blurry look gives the rooms a sophisticated, artistic edge.
    4. Always include an awkward selfie so people know what you look like. The weirder the lighting, the better. That way, potential roommates can see the real you.

      EasyPiso Selfie

      Bonus points if you take your selfie in the bathroom, preferably while sitting on the sink & next to the (empty) toilet paper roll. Source.

    5. Message potential tenants AT LEAST three times in a row. Better yet, copy/paste the exact same message you sent them the first two times. That’s the only way they’ll know you’re really interested.

      EasyPiso Listing

      I deleted his other messages, so I don’t have proof, but I’ve heard from Baltasar about five times. He definitely has a habitacion disponible.

    6. Don’t pay attention to people’s anuncios. They may say they want to live in the actual city of Madrid, but you know they really want to live in a distant suburb. They just don’t know what’s good for them. (If I had a euro for every time someone tried to get me to live in Vicálvaro, I’d be able to leave my house once in awhile.)

      Have you ever searched for apartments in Spain? Any tips?

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15 thoughts on “The Best (and Worst) of EasyPiso

  1. Thanks for the link! And haha you’re so right about Easy Piso. I always get sent a million messages from the same dude renting a room nowhere near Barcelona city center. Come on, if you have to put a city that is NOT Barcelona (or in your case, Madrid) at the end of the address, it doesn’t count as “muy céntrico”!

    • Of course! Thanks for your comprehensive post. 🙂 I know my way around apartment sites now, but it really helped me get started.

      I completely agree! My other favorite piso buzzword is “luminoso.” Every single piso in Madrid is “luminoso,” even when it’s an interior apartment with no windows. You’re fooling no one, landlords.

  2. This is great! I’m moving to Madrid in September and have been poring over idealista as well, especially when I get anxious. I just want it to be time already! I have not tried any other site really, but idealista seems pretty good so far. Good luck to us both!

    • I’m a big nerd about Idealista’s search filters. I love being able to narrow down apartments by neighborhood and number of rooms, and the shared apartment listings are pretty good as well. EasyPiso’s a little easier to use if you’re looking for a sublet because it’s more specific about the total number of rooms, but I like that Idealista works for both. Good luck to you, too!

  3. Love this post! I’ve been searching these sites and some others in and out. However, it’s harder to find pisos in Almunecar because there aren’t many lisitings – if any at all. I’ll be arriving in Spain on October 6, so a few days late (I worked it all out with my school though). Although, everything says you shouldn’t do this, I was referred to another Spanish teacher at the school who is looking for a roommate and will be living with him. He sent me pictures of the piso and I’ve talked to him quite a bit. It’s against everything they say, but showing up “late” and having no time between starting my job and searching for a piso kind of freaked me out. I hope it goes well, but based on recommendations from another auxiliar and my coordinator I’m remaining optimistic!

    • Thanks, Mike! I’m glad you liked it. Ah, I never thought about how different it would be to look for a piso in a smaller city, although I definitely think there are pros and cons to both. There are so many listings in Madrid that it can be really overwhelming, but it’s a double-edged sword — at least there are options to fit every need/budget!

      It’s lucky your school knew of someone! (I’m still waiting to hear back from mine because they’re on their summer break. Or at least that’s what I tell myself.) I’m sure the apartment will be fine — it sounds like this is kind of an extenuating circumstance. Besides, worst case scenario you can move out, you know? I’m excited to hear (or read, I guess!) about how it turns out.

      • I’m not sure if my school was very responsive or if I just caught them at the right time. I just looked through Madrid one some of the sites. Wow! There are tons of listings! In a way I’m jealous, and in a way I’m not. There’s pros and cons to both like you said. I’ll obviously be keeping my blog updated so you can read how my living situation all works out. Otherwise, if you’re ever in Andalusia or I’m in Madrid maybe we can meet up.

        • I emailed mine in July, so I imagine they’re all in a pueblo somewhere. It’s good that you managed to connect with yours so early! Does Andalucia start school in September or October? We start October 1.

          Yeah, seriously. There is no shortage of piso listings in la capital. There are new listings almost every day, which naturally just fuels my obsession. I found at least one of my roommates already, which is comforting. She’s an American in my CIEE program and we get along really well. We’re also thinking about finding other roommates, too…preferably at least one Spaniard.

          Definitely! I’d love to meet up someday. I love both Granada and Sevilla, and I haven’t been to Malaga yet. Let me know if you’re ever in Madrid — and in the meantime I’ll keep reading your blog haha.

          • Granada’s orientation is October 1, so we’ll be starting around the same time. I’ll definitely let you know if I’m ever in Madrid. I was in Malaga once when I studied abroad for a short day trip. If you make it down my way, let me know too!

            • Sííí you have to visit la capital! And I’ll definitely let you know of any trips south. (Sorry for the delayed response by the way. This comment somehow slipped past me.) How is the prep going?

    • I’m planning on becoming a Usario Premium in a few days so I can make the most of my account. I’ve found that few people want to even commit to showing a place until a week out or so, so I’m going to upgrade and contact them a couple days before I arrive. It seems like you can definitely get by on a Basic account, though!

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