Who lives in Torrevieja 2018?

The most recent padrón statistics show changes in the local population. We look in more detail at what they tell us and why all residents should be registered. The padrón is the town census which should include the names of all the people who live there. The latest statistics recorded in Torrevieja suggest that there […]

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Some good advice on buying and selling

You might have made the decision to buy or sell your property but where do you begin? Whether you are a seasoned Spanish property owner or just setting out, it can be confusing with many people competing for your attention and your money. In this article we explain how we can help. Solicitors, estate agents […]

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Did you miss the non-resident tax declaration deadline?

December 31st was the deadline for the non-resident tax declaration. This is the form that every non-resident is required to complete annually. It’s a busy time of year and so it isn’t surprising that it can fall off the list of To-Dos. If this applies to you there’s no need to panic. It is possible […]

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Positive trends for inheritance and donation tax

Residents and non-residents inheriting or donating property in Spain used to be treated differently when it came to tax. However, following pressure from the European Commission, a modified law was passed on 28th November 2014. This brought to an end the tax discrimination there had been against non-residents living in the European Union with property […]

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Active in English thanks Ábaco

Most of the property sales that Ábaco assists with are for homes. They are on behalf of those residents and non-residents in Spain who recognise the importance of enlisting a solicitor who will look after their interests. However, there are occasions when Ábaco is asked to help with the purchase of something a little different. […]

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Spanish Inheritance tax near to disappear in Andalucia

Until recently residents and non-residents inheriting property in Spain were treated differently when it came to inheritance tax. However, following pressure from the European Commission a modified law was passed on the 28th November 2014. This meant that for all inheritance transactions and donations after January 1st 2015, non-residents could not be discriminated against when […]

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What happens when you separate?

It’s something that you don’t set out to do, but unfortunately some unions end in divorce and this has repercussions for your property in Spain too. It can be tempting to leave sorting this out until other matters are settled first. However, you shouldn’t leave it too late before you are putting your Spanish house […]

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Book your free conveyancing consultation any time you like

Buying a property in any country is a big step. If you are thinking about buying in Spain then you will have questions you need answering. Who should you ask? Many of those you come into contact with might have the answers but also have other interests at stake. You want an informed and unbiased […]

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Where to go hiking in Spain

If you want to go hiking in Spain then you really are spoilt for choice. Spain has 14 national parks, every one of which can be an interesting alternative for a hike. We mention some of these routes in this article, but it is impossible to cover all of them. It’s worth noting that although […]

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Renting in Spain – the tax implications

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Renting is a good option if you are looking to make some money out of a property you have bought in Spain. Whether it is a short term or long term let, renting is increasingly popular and many different types of property are in demand. Some people choose to do all the paper work themselves […]

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The rise and fall of solar energy in Spain

You’d think with the seemingly endless sunshine in Spain that solar power would be its chief form of energy. However, this is not the case. Why doesn’t Spain invest more heavily in solar power? Spain has a reputation for the number of sunny days that it can boast. Even in the winter it rarely rains […]

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Clarify your mortgage clauses

During the very busy years of buying in Spain, mortgages were easy to get hold of. Banks carried out only the most rudimentary of checks and purchasers often knew little about the mortgage they’d taken out. In this article we explain that more protection is to come.    In the rush to seal the deal […]

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Making the decision – inheritance tax vs gift tax

Making sure your loved ones benefit from your hard-earned money is a priority for the majority. You can’t take it with you but it’s nice to have control over who you’re leaving it to. For some, ‘gifting’ their property seems like the best option. It means the process can be completed during your lifetime and […]

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Obtaining a building permit

Unfortunately there are less-than-scrupulous builders who will claim they have obtained a building permit on your behalf, when, in fact, they have not. Having the correct building licences is, ultimately, your responsibility. In this article we explain how to make sure your reformed or extended property is legal.

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Questions about buying or selling in Spain? Let’s chat

It’s the era of instant messaging and Ábaco won’t be left behind. Visit our website, click on the chat window and a member of our customer care department will pop up to help you.

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Spain tops the list for Erasmus +

Erasmus is a European Union student exchange programme which has built a reputation for being a life-changing and inspirational experience. Not surprisingly, many students want to come to Spain. In this article we consider why and what the benefits are. There are currently more than 4,000 higher education institutions such as universities taking part in […]

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Summer means the Moors and Christians

If you regularly visit Spain during the summer then you really should at least once watch a Moors and Christians parade. This mixture of history, tradition and sheer dressing-up madness is a must for all ages. It can also be a long night ahead if you have the stamina! In virtually every town and city […]

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Power of attorney: The easy way to your Spanish property

Whether you are able to travel to Spain or not, the power of attorney can make the process of buying a property here a lot easier. In this article we explain what it is and how to go about making one. A power of attorney or ‘Poder Notarial’ is a written authorisation that allows someone […]

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Homely and sophisticated – the food in Spain

From the homely tapas to the sophisticated Michelin starred restaurant, the food in Spain has something for everyone. If you think of Spanish food, what are the first images that come to mind? It might be garlic, paella, tapas, or the display of hams and cured meats at the market. Spanish food is often simple, colourful […]

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Salt and Sailors in Torrevieja

Some people think of Torrevieja as just a seaside holiday resort. In the hustle and bustle of the summer season you could be forgiven for this. However, it’s also a town with a history and salt is at its heart. Torrevieja’s population has rocketed in the last half-century, but its growth hasn’t always been due […]

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Moving on up

Not everyone selling their property in Spain is leaving the country. There are times when a different type of property, perhaps in a different area, is what’s needed. What should you take into consideration if you’re not only the seller but the buyer too? Emily Clark explains.  You have a house in Spain, but now […]

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How to become a Spanish national

If you are convinced that Spain is your home and you want to take the next step in showing you belong here, you might want to consider becoming a Spanish national. In this article María Wiedemann tells us what it entails. Most people who come to live in Spain are quite happy to retain their […]

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Torrevieja – so much more than a beach resort

Most people think of Torrevieja as primarily being a seaside resort. It’s not a package holiday destination as such but, with its prime location on the shores of the Mediterranean, it’s a popular holiday destination for Northern Europeans and Spanish alike. Although this swells business during the spring and summer season, it leaves the town […]

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Spanish residency for the self-employed and businesses

This is the fourth article of a series of five articles on Spanish residency for EU and British citizens. David Ruiz of Torrevieja Translations explains the process and what you need to comply.   The table of contents is: Spanish Residency Overview Pensioners Workers Self-employed/business Unemployed Today’s article will only concentrate on EU and British self-employed and […]

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How much might the inheritance tax be?

If you have property in Spain you will be keen to ensure that your inheritors are not burdened with a large Spanish inheritance tax bill when you die. Leaving property in Spain brings different tax requirements to what you might be used to in your home country. It’s important that you know what these are […]

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