Spain Explained

A guide for foreigners on every aspect of safe property ownership in Spain

Posts filtered by Property buying and selling

Moving to Benidorm: How this tourist hub is changing its image

moving-to-benidorm

Many people have assumptions about what is arguably Spain’s most famous beach resort, Benidorm. When you mention the name of this enduringly popular destination, for lots of people, English bars, chips, sunburn and other ‘Brits abroad’ stereotypes spring to mind. There’s no denying that the Brits particularly love Benidorm, with 7 out of every 10 […]

Read more

Apartments for sale in Torrevieja: Tips to find the best deals

Apartments-for-sale-in-torrevieja

Torrevieja is a small city on Spain’s Costa Blanca, in the province of Alicante. Originally built to produce salt which was then distributed around the world, the city is now a tourist centre. The city is very popular with people from all over Europe with Brits feeling particularly at home here. More British people live […]

Read more

How to find the best Spanish estate agents

Spanish estate agents

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Spain, it is likely that you will need the help of Spanish estate agents. There is no law requiring you to work with an estate agent for the sale or purchase of a property. However, many people consider the help, navigation of bureaucracy and extra publicity […]

Read more

What is going to happen to the Spanish property market after Brexit?

Brexit flag EU Spanish property market after Brexit

One of the only certainties about the Spanish property market after Brexit is that nothing is certain. Withdrawal deals have yet to be agreed upon and an election hanging on the possibility of another referendum still looms. In this article we give our analysis of the possible consequences Brexit has on the Spanish property market. […]

Read more

7 biggest mistakes when moving to Spain

7-biggest-mistakes-when-moving-to-spain

If you are thinking about moving to Spain there are a lot of things that need organising before you make the trip over. Reading this article will certainly help you with all the practical things to organise after making this exciting decision. These are the top 7 biggest mistakes when moving to Spain that people […]

Read more

Property to rent in Spain: Tax implications and recommendations

property to rent in spain apartments windows

Everybody knows that Spain is a fantastic place to live and work. The combination of great weather, food and lifestyle make it a very attractive country to move to. Many people who think about moving to Spain are not ready to make that move permanent. These people may consider looking for property to rent in […]

Read more

Find the best casa rural in Spain

casa rural spain

If you’re looking for a tranquil, sun-drenched holiday, then look no further than a casa rural, Spain’s secret countryside getaways. After all, it’s not news that the days of the package holiday are well and truly gone. Now, most people prefer to build their dream holiday from scratch. Instead, tourists will book their flights and […]

Read more

Cheap Spanish property repossessions: What to watch out for

cheap spanish property repossessions

The 2008 economic crash was particularly difficult for Spain. Subsequently, many cheap Spanish property repossessions have appeared on the market.  After the economic crisis, unemployment rose sharply, lax lending was rife, and interest rates crept up. This meant that many Spanish homeowners found themselves in financial difficulty and instances of home repossessions soared. It’s only […]

Read more

Buy to let rent calculator: Calculating your rental income

buy to let rent calculator

Purchasing a property to let in Spain is a great investment – but it’s likely you want to know how much income to expect. Certainly, a buy to let rent calculator can be a useful tool, but be warned, they are easily manipulated. Although a buy to let rent calculator is useful to obtain a […]

Read more

5 of the best Barcelona tips for a spectacular city break

Barcelona tips cityscape sagrada familia eixample

Barcelona has long been a fashionable destination that attracts tourists of all ages and interests from around the world. This article offers 5 excellent Barcelona tips intended to show some of the city’s finest museums, districts and other attractions. Barcelona has long had a reputation for having a rebellious nature, especially among other Spanish cities, […]

Read more

Buying Spanish property bargains safely

spanish property bargain

It’s a very attractive time to find Spanish property bargains. Although the market is bouncing back, prices are still well below what they were pre-2008. For instance, in the Barcelona area, prices remain nearly 20% lower than they were before the financial crisis. Although they’re on the up – prices were up 6.49% in 2018 […]

Read more

The Golden Visa in Spain

golden visa spain

The Golden Visa in Spain provides non-EU citizens with an opportunity to obtain residency through investment. Spain introduced the Golden Visa scheme in 2012 in order to encourage entrepreneurship, investment, and internationalism. However, the principal aim of the Golden Visa initiative is to stimulate the Spanish economy. By attracting entrepreneurs and investors to the country, […]

Read more

Rent to buy in Spain: Benefits and things to bear in mind

Rent to buy Spain house sea

Finding a home does not need to be a permanent decision. Rent to buy in Spain and you can try before you buy. Congratulations! You have decided to move to Spain. Moving to another country, thinking about where to live and how to organise everything is challenging, even for the bravest. Do you have any […]

Read more

Rural property in Spain: Weighing up your options

rural-property-in-spain

If you’re considering buying a Spanish holiday home, you’re likely to be thinking about whether you should buy urban or rural property in Spain. However, there is no straightforward answer to this question. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and which location you choose is down to personal taste. Considering […]

Read more

The Mortgage Act: Why a Spanish mortgage calculator may be misleading

spanish mortgage calculator

The Spanish government has introduced some new legislation around mortgages – which means your Spanish mortgage calculator may no longer be correct. However, the good news is that it does mean that applying for a Spanish mortgage is clearer and significantly cheaper than before. The new Mortgage Act, or the Law 5/2019 of 15th of […]

Read more

Finca for sale in Spain: What to know before you buy

Finca for sale Spain with garden, hills and trees

The idea of buying a Finca for sale in Spain is, for many, an impossible dream. Many who think about escaping the city’s hustle and bustle to live in the countryside do not make it happen. Peace, tranquility, open space and the possibility of growing your own food. These are some of the many reasons […]

Read more

Finding the perfect Alicante estate agents to sell your property

Alicante estate agents shaking hands over agreement

When thinking about selling your property in Spain, it is highly probable that you will need assistance with publicising your property and with the finer points of the sale. This means that you will probably be looking for help from Alicante estate agents, instead of looking at the option to sell by yourself, independently.  A […]

Read more

Investing in large villas in Spain

Large villa in Spain by the sea with balconies

Purchasing large villas in Spain to rent as an investment is a wise financial choice. Here, we explain how it is likely to bring significant and frequent financial returns. Nowadays, most people are booking large villas in Spain for their holidays online. Many sites such as Airbnb and Booking have done away with the need […]

Read more

Spanish property market: Analysis and implications

Spanish property market coins

Property sales in Spain are currently enjoying a meteoric rise. The Spanish property market saw an increase of 12.4% on property sales in April and June of 2018 compared to the previous year. This figure of 134,196 properties sold is the highest amount since just before the financial crash in 2008 which saw 152,630 houses […]

Read more

Rural Spanish property for sale: Obstacles you should be aware of

rural spanish property for sale

Now the Spanish economy is bouncing back, many foreigners are looking for rural Spanish property for sale. And why wouldn’t they? The Spanish campo is filled with stunning period properties set amongst rolling hills, clear blue skies and plenty of peace and quiet. However, investing in a rural property in Spain comes with its nuances. […]

Read more

Winter rentals in Spain: Legal and tax implications

winter rentals in spain

If you’ve invested in property, winter rentals in Spain are a lucrative market.  Therefore, it’s likely that you’re considering renting your home for part of the year. It’s a beneficial arrangement for a number of reasons; not only does it generate income, but it can also ensure your property is secure while you’re away in […]

Read more

Can I get a buy to sell mortgage in Spain?

buy to sell mortgage

A buy to sell mortgage is a popular option for those looking to invest in property in the UK.  These loans are issued to individuals who plan to purchase a property and sell it on soon after. Often, applicants will use the money to buy a home that needs some work at a bargain price. […]

Read more

What you need to know about repossessed property for sale in Spain

Post-2008, the Spanish banking sector made a series of gains from property repossessions. Now, banks are eager to sell these properties to recoup losses from the recession era. These homes are available at extremely attractive prices – however, it is essential to be vigilant when searching for repossessed property for sale in Spain. As is […]

Read more

Spain enjoys record house sales and prices

Between April and June 2018, 134,196 properties have been sold which is 12.4% up on the previous year. This figure is the highest recorded since the same period in 2008 when 152,630 sales were registered in Spain. This renewed interest in purchasing houses is not expected to stop any time soon. The forecast is that […]

Read more

Ten tips for a smooth sale

If you have taken the decision to put your Spanish property on the market, we’d like to offer some advice. People can think that solicitors are only useful when you’re buying but sellers need their interests protected too. Most people know that having a solicitor to protect your interests comes highly recommended when you’re buying […]

Read more