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Real estate investment in Spain – Basic guidelines

Real Estate investment in Spain

What do you do if you have some money to spare and you want a safe return on it? Real estate investment in Spain is a good option if you want to see your money work for you and not sit around in a bank account. But where do you begin and what are the […]

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The Golden Visa in Spain – Invest and obtain residency

golden visa in 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, […]

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IBI – the Spanish council tax

Spanish tax forms

More or less every country has a procedure for collecting taxes to pay for the local infrastructure. Every day we are using facilities that need maintaining and replacing. In Spain, the tax that is charged to pay for these is called IBI. Many of the roads that you drive on, the lights that illuminate them, […]

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How long does it take to buy a house in Spain?

How long does it take to buy a house in Spain?

Last updated on November 2nd, 2022 at 05:13 pm. You’ve seen the house of your dreams, made your offer and it’s been accepted. It should all be plain sailing from here? Not necessarily. So much depends upon the owner’s paperwork management and if they’ve kept up with their taxes. So, how long does it take […]

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Investing in rental in Spain – the safe way

Investing in rental

Last updated on October 24th, 2022 at 12:20 pm. With poor interest rates and uncertainty around currencies, people with money to invest can often choose to purchase property to rent in Spain. It can be a good investment that provides you with a return on your capital now and the prospect of a home for […]

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Changes to property transfer tax – New reference value in Spain

New reference value in Spain

When property is transferred from one person to another in Spain there is a tax to pay. From January 2022, inheritance, donation and transfer tax, will all be affected by the new ‘reference value’ in Spain, in Spanish it is called Valor de Referencia. If you have property in Spain or are considering buying somewhere, […]

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Legal advice in Spain, let the professionals help you

Let the professionals help you

Changing ownership of property in Spain is an important process that must be done correctly. Make sure to have legal advice in Spain, our professional lawyers and legal experts are here to help you. There are a number of reasons why you might want to transfer the ownership of a property into someone else’s name. […]

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Transferring a property to your spouse in Spain

Transferring a property to your spouse in Spain

Many people are unaware that there are significant differences in the way that the inheritance process works when transferring a property to your spouse in Spain. In this article we outline what you should know and how you might prepare. For many people, owning a property in Spain is a dream come true. The purchase […]

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Cautious optimism within the housing market

Housing market

People with a house to sell and those thinking of buying shouldn’t expect the same level of slump within the housing market post COVID as there was in 2008. The situation is proving to be quite different with some types of housing more, not less, in demand than before. It’s still a bitter memory. The […]

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Sell a property in Spain: How to get everything ready

Sell a property in spain

Someone wants to buy your property! It’s a great feeling when you can set the conveyancing process in motion. But have you got everything in place so that you can sell a property in Spain without a hold-up? If you have had building work done on your house you might discover that the sale will […]

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What is the plusvalía tax in Spain?

Plusvalía tax

If you’re selling your property in Spain there are several costs and taxes you have to consider. Some, you’re likely to have heard of before, like capital gains tax or stamp duty. Others, however, are taxes specific to Spain that you may be less familiar with. One such charge is the plusvalía tax. In this […]

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Legal and tax lawyers in Spain: Why should you choose Ábaco Advisers?

Tax lawyers

Last updated on June 30th, 2020 at 09:27 pm. As a client of Ábaco Taxes you are entitled to a number of ‘extras’. We want to make sure you are getting the full benefit from them. We explain how Abaco Online and our team of tax lawyers can help you keep in touch and informed. […]

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CGT in Spain: We answer some of the most common questions

cgt in Spain

Last updated on June 30th, 2020 at 09:27 pm. When you are moving between countries, the tax implications of selling your property can be confusing. It’s generated some of the greatest number of questions on our forums. Here we try to answer some of the questions regarding CGT in Spain for you. However, we would […]

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Moving to Spain after the coronavirus: Make Spain your office

Moving to Spain after the coronavirus

Where would you choose to live if you could work anywhere? Remote working has become a plausible alternative for many businesses. Attitudes and technology have changed over the last few months. So where would you like to call home? Let’s discuss why moving to Spain after the coronavirus might be a wise choice. Why moving to […]

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Live in Valencia: Buying and living in this beautiful coastal city

live in valencia

Valencia has a long and colourful history, reflected in the city’s stunning architecture. Founded during the Roman empire, the city has gone through numerous significant cultural shifts. During the Moorish era in the 7th century, Valencia was named Medina bu-Tarab. The city later reverted back to its Latin name, meaning “valiant” or “brave”. This blend […]

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Best place to live in Costa Blanca: Orihuela Costa, Spain

Best place to live in Costa Blanca

If you are wondering which is the best place to live in Costa Blanca, keep reading to find out about Orihuela Costa. This town and region situated on the Costa Blanca is a popular destination for both tourists and foreign residents, you will see why! Best place to live in Costa Blanca: Orihuela Costa Here […]

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How stamp duty in Spain can save money via the extinction of co-ownership

stamp duty in spain

Life is complicated, and sometimes, your circumstances may change. As a result, you might wish to carry out a transfer of property ownership. In this article, we explain your options and why the ‘extinction of co-ownership’ may be the best route to take. Generally speaking, this is because, in most regions, the process only requires […]

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How to buy a house in Spain in 6 steps

How to buy a house in Spain

Having this wonderful weather all year round certainly makes owning a home an attractive proposition, but where should you start? These days, there is a lot of information online about buying a property in Spain. Unfortunately, this can lead to confusion and can be somewhat overwhelming. This article aims to help unravel some of the […]

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Invest in Spanish property: Everything you need to take into account

Invest in Spanish property

Investing in Spanish property has become a profitable and popular alternative. However, it isn’t just a case of advertising it in Airbnb. There are implications that you should be aware of when renting out a property in Spain Making the decision to invest in Spanish property So, you’ve decided to advertise your property for rental. […]

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Selling a house in Spain: Required paperwork, taxes and tips

Selling a house in Spain

Last updated on June 3rd, 2020 at 07:15 pm. If you are thinking of selling a house in Spain you want to be ready for when a prospective buyer appears. The presentation of documentation is an essential part of the selling process. Some paperwork you should already have to hand. For example, you will have […]

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Getting a mortgage in Spain step by step

Getting a mortgage in Spain

Last updated on May 15th, 2020 at 03:08 pm. You may not have sufficient capital to be able to pay for your property without some form of finance. In this case you might decide to apply for a Spanish mortgage. In this article we will go through the process of getting a mortgage in Spain. […]

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Property renovations in Spain: Everything you need to know

Property renovation in Spain

At different times of our lives we need different facilities. The swimming pool and villa in a rural location can be perfect for a growing family but less attractive as you become older. There are times when we all need to take stock of our family or holiday home and perhaps make a move to […]

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Understanding the padrón, empadronamiento & residencia

empadronamiento

Many people who are emigrating to Spain wonder, which comes first, the padrón or the empadronamiento? For those who aren’t familiar with these terms, the padrón is the town hall’s register of those living in the area. Essentially, the local government uses the register to keep a headcount of how many people are resident, and […]

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Selling property in Spain: Tax implications and advice

selling property in spain tax implications

Last updated on June 3rd, 2020 at 07:19 pm. A question our clients frequently ask is what taxes they’ll have to pay if they’re thinking about selling their home. After all, if you’re selling property in Spain tax implications can be complex and will differ if you are a tax resident or non-tax resident. As […]

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The cost of buying property in Spain: The complete guide

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Last updated on April 19th, 2020 at 02:00 pm. It is important from the outset that you are clear about what your budget should be for buying a property in Spain. Of course, it’s not just the cost of the property itself. There are a number of legal and tax obligations that you must meet […]

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