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The Spanish Notary: What it is, role and fees

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Last updated on April 19th, 2020 at 02:38 pm. Not all countries have a notary to verify documents as they do in Spain. Here the Spanish notary is a very much respected individual whose office carries a clearly recognised ‘Notary’ sign and who trains for several additional years to qualify for the title. Most people […]

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House prices in Spain after coronavirus

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Last updated on April 15th, 2020 at 11:38 am. How will house prices in Spain be affected? At the moment it may not be at the top of your agenda. The extent of the pandemic has taken most of us by surprise. However, we are now seeing a glimmer of hope in the newsreels. Some […]

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Which is the best place to buy in Spain?

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Last updated on April 15th, 2020 at 11:37 am. The latest statistical release from the Spanish Land Registry has one or two surprises in store. The ‘Estadística Registral Inmobiliaria’ presents a positive picture. What is clear is that overall, a higher percentage of houses are being sold to foreigners than ever before. In 2006 8.97% […]

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Opening a bank account in Spain: Tips and costs

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Last updated on April 17th, 2020 at 03:01 pm. Before opening an account in Spain you might have thought that banks worked similarly across the world. In some respects they do, but there are also many differences and these can cause confusion or worse. In this article we aim to unpick the practice. Opening a […]

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

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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 […]

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

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Last updated on March 25th, 2020 at 06:06 pm. 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 […]

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How to find the best Spanish estate agents

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Last updated on December 26th, 2019 at 05:11 pm. 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 […]

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

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Last updated on June 29th, 2020 at 04:04 pm. 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 […]

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Do you pay tax when you sell your house in Spain?

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Last updated on June 26th, 2020 at 05:07 pm. When people are selling their property in Spain, they wonder, “do you pay tax when you sell your house?” Generally, this type of taxation falls under capital gains tax (CGT), which can be complex. Capital gains tax applies in most countries when you sell a property. […]

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7 biggest mistakes when moving to Spain

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Last updated on March 2nd, 2020 at 12:13 pm. 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 […]

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Property to rent in Spain: Tax implications and recommendations

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Last updated on March 31st, 2020 at 10:24 am. 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 […]

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Find the best casa rural in Spain

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Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 01:09 pm. 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 […]

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Cheap Spanish property repossessions: What to watch out for

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Last updated on February 24th, 2020 at 05:25 pm. 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 […]

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Buy to let rent calculator: Calculating your rental income

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Last updated on March 31st, 2020 at 10:23 am. 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 […]

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5 of the best Barcelona tips for a spectacular city break

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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, […]

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Buying Spanish property bargains safely

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Last updated on November 20th, 2019 at 09:26 pm. 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 […]

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

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Last updated on March 18th, 2020 at 08:28 pm. 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 […]

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Rural property in Spain: Weighing up your options

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Last updated on March 31st, 2020 at 10:35 am. 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 […]

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

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Last updated on November 13th, 2019 at 03:56 pm. 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 […]

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

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Last updated on March 31st, 2020 at 10:20 am. 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 […]

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Finding the perfect Alicante estate agents to sell your property

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Last updated on June 3rd, 2020 at 07:21 pm. 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 […]

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Investing in large villas in Spain

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Last updated on October 7th, 2019 at 06:04 pm. 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 […]

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Spanish property market: Analysis and implications

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Last updated on March 18th, 2020 at 08:29 pm. 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 […]

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

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Last updated on March 31st, 2020 at 10:33 am. 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 […]

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Winter rentals in Spain: Legal and tax implications

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Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 11:19 am. 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 […]

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