My family hopes to spend our sabbatical year (ten months) in Asturias, Spain. It is a long way away from our main home, so there will not be any preliminary visit -- just showing up with our children and enrolling them in a local school. My concern is about finding a suitable place to live. Obviously there is a rental market, which is somewhat impacted in Asturias. With all these constraints, we seek some degree of certainty.
I communicated with some rental agencies that were not willing to discuss the prospects with me remotely, even though we are willing to pay for some amount of vacancy in advance of arriving. SabbaticalHomes.com has no inventory in that part of the country.
What other techniques or resources could help us find a place to live?