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Advice on buying property in Spain

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You may be wanting to buy property in different parts of Spain, for different reasons and with different specifications. The advice on buying property in Spain that people are looking for raises some very familiar issues. We’ve compiled our list of your most frequently asked questions, along with our response. Is it safe to buy? […]

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Is it a good time to buy property in Spain?

Let’s look at the evidence. Spanish house prices have reduced dramatically and the value of the euro to the pound has dropped significantly too. We’re seeing a reduction in fuel prices, impacting on the cost of air fairs and more and more tourists choosing Spain as their holiday destination. Even the cost of borrowing is […]

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The 10 pitfalls of buying property in Spain

We don’t usually write negative articles about buying property in Spain. After all, a major part of our business is conveyancing – we would like you to buy! However, we want you to buy safely and as such this article outlines the 10 pitfalls of buying property in Spain. The 10 pitfalls of buying property […]

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Guide to buying property in Spain

You’ve found your property, you’ve checked it’s the right one for you and now it’s all systems go. So what happens next? We can sometimes assume that the purchasing process in one country is the same as you will encounter elsewhere. However, this is not necessarily the case and that’s why you need a guide […]

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Buying a house in Spain

You have made the decision that you want to buy a house in Spain. You are not on your own. Many people, living all over the world, make this decision every year. In fact, the number of foreigners buying in Spain has gradually been increasing as a percentage of the total number bought. British buyers […]

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How to buy property in Spain

One of the main concerns that people have when buying property in Spain is ‘how can we make sure that this Spanish property is problem-free?’. Of course, this anxiety isn’t exclusive to Spain. Buying a house is a very big commitment and no matter how carefully you check and where you buy, there can still […]

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Next steps after buying a house in Spain

You’ve bought your home in Spain. Congratulations! Hopefully this will be the start of many happy years here. Whether you have bought a Spanish property to enjoy at holiday time, to live in or to rent out as an investment, you’ve taken a big step. Now, you want to ensure that you make the most […]

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Tips for selling property in Spain

Selling property in Spain

Just how far should you go to sell your property in Spain? We all know it’s not a sellers’ market at the moment but the lengths that some people are going to is, quite extraordinary. Getting a good estate agent, making sure the house is in the best possible condition, and setting a realistic asking […]

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The community of owners in Spain

There are countless urbanisations each hosting their own community of property owners (Comunidad de Proprietarios) throughout Spain.  On the whole they can be beneficial organisations. The intention is that through the annual general meeting decisions are made relating to the community and its upkeep. Common elements, such as swimming pools, stair wells, garden areas and […]

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Who is buying property in Spain?

One headline after another has provided a confusing picture over the last year of just how well the Spanish housing market is doing. With the release of the ‘Estadística Registral Inmobiliaria’ we can begin to see the true picture. What is clear is that overall, a higher percentage of houses are being sold to foreigners […]

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Things are getting better in Spain, aren’t they?

At one time a glance at the Spanish skyline, at least in any coastal region, was likely to take in a handful of cranes. Then came the downturn and the cranes disappeared and went into storage. Until now. In some parts of the country, the giants of the skyline are back to swing new Spanish […]

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Glossary of legal and tax professionals in Spain

Abogados, gestorias, asesores, inmobiliarias, notarias, economistas… the list of Spanish professionals you might come across when buying and selling your Spanish property, just goes on. Which would you use and what might the equivalent be in your home country? This glossary can help you get to grips. Abogado – The Solicitor An Abogado in Spain […]

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Applying for a mortgage in Spain

You’ve seen the house of your dreams in Spain, but it’s a little more than you expected to pay. Or perhaps, you are wanting a holiday home and you can’t quite stretch to paying the asking price all in cash. For many people, taking out a mortgage to buy a Spanish property is an attractive option. […]

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The power of attorney in Spain

If you are wanting to buy a property in Spain but are finding it difficult to spend the necessary time out here, there are other options. Not everyone finds it convenient to spend time waiting for the lawyers to complete the necessary searches, checks and contracts. Perhaps particularly the case if you are buying a […]

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What to expect when buying a house in Spain

You’ve found the house in Spain you’ve always wanted and now it’s all systems go. But you’re not buying a property in your own country and all the usual routines that you’ve probably been through before are absent.  So what can you expect? The NIE If you haven’t come across the NIE (Número de Identificación […]

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How much does it cost to buy a house in Spain?

It’s a good time to buy and we are seeing many people who perhaps thought a house in Spain was out of their price range, suddenly realising that they can buy one after all. Once you’ve got the idea, then the next step is working out just how much you can afford to spend. It […]

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Making checks before you buy in Spain

Now is the time to buy in Spain. There are many properties to choose from offering every facility imaginable. Rustic or town, apartment or villa, spacious or compact – the choice is yours. You might have seen your ideal property on an inspection trip in Spain or whilst taking a holiday. Doing your research is […]

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Choosing a property in Spain

Spain, remains a popular destination for those aspiring to buy a property abroad. For those living in Europe, Spain is easily accessible and the weather is predictable. It’s a large country and there is no shortage of variation in landscape and leisure activities. The climate and lifestyle in Spain are just two of the reasons […]

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What is the valor catastral in Spain?

The valor catastral is the rateable value of a property in Spain and is used to caculate property taxes. In some cases if there is no valor catastral, the purchase price of the property is used for the calculation. However, in our experience, this usually results in a higher tax being levied than if the […]

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The cost of building your own home in Spain

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You perhaps have in mind exactly what you would like your ideal property in Spain to look like, where it should be situated and the dimensions and specifications it should include. Trouble is, one doesn’t seem to have been built yet. The solution? Build one of your own. Property programmes showing entrepreneurial individuals creating their […]

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Buying bargains with confidence in Spain

It’s a very tempting time to buy in Spain. House prices are at a record low and vendors are falling over themselves to sell their property in Spain. It’s not surprising therefore that so many are grasping the opportunity to make their dreams of a home in the sun a reality. According to the latest […]

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What’s happening to electricity prices?

If you own a property in Spain chances are that your recent electricity bills have given you cause to draw breath. The majority of householders have noticed a steep rise in Spanish electricity prices over the past few years. It isn’t just a case of poorly insulated homes or wasteful home owners. Spain’s electricity bills […]

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Setting your budget for buying in Spain

The market for foreign investment in Spain is a healthy one at the moment. Some of the latest figures on house purchase by foreigners paint a very good picture: In June 2013 the number of Spanish property purchases by foreign buyers increased by 31.5% from that of the previous year The Russian market was responsible […]

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Keeping your home improvements legal

Once you have a property in Spain, it is likely that you will find some improvements you want to make to it. Perhaps a new patio, a conservatory or a lick of paint.  If you look at an older urbanisation in Spain it can be surprising to think that the houses ever looked the same. […]

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Transferring money from Spain

In the anxiety to sell your Spanish home you can neglect to consider how you will transfer the money back to your home country once the sale is complete. It’s understandable that other priorities engage you. Will the sale go through? Has all the correct paper work been completed? Are there any loose ends you […]

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