Not having your paperwork in order. Other properties haven't passed the technical building inspection (ITE) and there could be fines for that. Be aware that as well as looking for an. Not having enough money.
A real gentleman. Jose has guided and helped our family throughout the whole process of the purchase including the application for the NIE, ordering of the survey, signing of the contract and transfer of the utilities under our checking account.
I would wholly recommend Miguel to anybody contemplating a house purchase in the Asturias area of Spain. His pricing was competitive and adapted to my particular requirements. He consulted with other professionals including the council to help determine the expansion and future building possibilities of the land. He also undertook the necessary checks to establish there was no outstanding debt tied to the property.
Compared to UK solicitors Miguel was very much more approachable and would always respond to my queries and deliver frequent progress reports at any time of the day including weekends. Given the complexity of the Spanish notary system it is essential you have a local solicitor who knows all the variations associated with the Asturian conveyancing system to guide you towards a successful outcome. Even though I had a reasonable understanding of Spanish Miguel's excellent written and spoken English proved invaluable at all stages of the conveyancing process in particular the final signing of the deeds.
Well done Miguel and many thanks for all your help! Oscar was a great help throughout a difficult process as we bought a house in Barcelona. Despite significant setbacks, he was able to help us find solutions to ensure we finally managed to purchase the property.
Thank you to Oscar for being incredibly professional and for explaining everything in a straightforward way so we understood a process which was foreign to us. I highly recommend him as a lawyer for anyone looking to buy a property in Spain. The transaction was not without issues due mainly to spanish bureaucracy and Rosa handled all of them very professionally. Given language problems and distance from my residence I will never regret having chosen her as my Lawyer in Palma and I have already recommended here services to other prospective buyers.
Miguel was awesome! Super responsive, extended my knowledge and put me totally at ease through the process of buying a house in Galicia.
I felt my interests were put first in the process and protected and would definitely recommend Miguel with full confidence. I have recommended our lawyer Oliver to many people due to his professionalism and ability to communicate on all levels. I highly recommend Rosa, she is very professional and thorough and her communication was superb throughout. Lidia is very professional and I have gone back to her several time for legal services.
I highly recommend her, especially for English speakers. Everything has been perfect. My lawyer Lidia was extremely helpful. Very satisfied with the overall service provided. Would recommend. Phoned or emailed me to keep me updated and worked to a good timescale for completion. Prepared well for the notary and simplified the answers on any questions or issues that occurred.
I would highly recommend Francisca for anyone from the U. K wishing to purchase property in Spain. She takes away any stress or fear that can happen from entering the unknown legal practice in Spain. I would definitely use Francisca again for legal service, on any future issue or purchasing of property.
She provided good value for service and would be a future person to go to, for any expat in the Spanish community. My lawyer was very supportive, interested in my needs, able to clarify my situation and explain the process and the various options open to me. Francisco advised and managed our recent property purchase in Fuengirola with such friendly professionalism that the whole process was effortless, smooth and completely stress-free!
Francisco was great at responding to our many questions, quickly addressing any concerns we had and resolving issues judiciously. His advice and guidance has been invaluable and the service provided, from start to completion, has been excellent and great value for money. We are more than happy to recommend Francisco to friends, family and all. Alvaro was professional, approachable, and very responsive while supporting me with the formal and legal processes in assisting me purchasing my new home in Spain.
To improve the service I would suggest to provide a formal summary document of all legal services and formality checks carried out on the property purchase process, as done in the UK as a final overall document given to the client. We had some serious challenges in the beginning with the first apartment we wanted to buy and Beatriz went more than all the way to help - we felt so secure in her hands, and still do.
Beatriz was recommended to us by a very good Danish friend in Spain and was he right :- So we give her our best recommendation. He always responded promptly to any enquiries and really took time to explain things I wasnt sure about.
This is the second time we have used Jose. Excellent service, Excellent value for money, replied to emails within two hours. We just told Jose what we wanted and he just got on with it.
I can't praise him highly enough. There is no need for improvements. Beatriz was extremely professional and provided an expert service. She understood our requirements, was very approachable and responded to all questions quickly. She explained the differences in legal requirements between the UK and Spain clearly and helped us to understand them. We would highly recommend Beatriz for any legal services.
We can't think of anything we would like to see improved about the service we received from Beatriz and would have no hesitation in contacting her again if we required any further information. Rosa is helpful and very easy to get on with.
She knows many other people in the Mallorca property and legal sectors and I'd recommend her. Her English is very good and there were never any language problems on either side. She is professional, dedicated and took care to understand the needs of my situation.
Her service offers exceptional value for money and gives complete peace of mind. Juan was extremely helpful during every part of the purchase. As I was buying an older property there were slight complications but Juan explained every issue and managed to work through the difficulties with supreme efficiency. Also there was a ridiculous situation with my Spanish bank account where I could not access the money even though it was in the account.
Thankfully I had given Juan power of attorney and he managed to sort-out the problem. He went above and beyond the call of duty and I am very grateful for all his help. I would strongly recommend him to anyone looking to buy in the Almeria region. We were very satisfied with the service we received. Rosa dealt with the matter in hand promptly and efficiently. Very satisfied with the service. Francisco is bilingual English-Spanish and was always quick to respond and was very professional at all times.
Rosa dealt with everything efficiently and promptly and went beyond our expectations by helping us to open a Spanish bank account and deal with other minutiae. Went over and above his job and more. I would only use his services if I need legal services.
I were very lucky to find Jose first time round. I'm very pleased with services I received. Buying a house from abroad is not an easy job and thanks to Francisca everything was clear. Cristina immediately understood our requirements and was essential in guiding us through a very tricky process. Alvaro assisted me during my experience at advocate abroad, and he was so kind.
He answered any questions I had, and made me feel completely at ease. Francisca was extremely helpful. She made the whole process easy to understand. I would definitely recommend her service to friends.
A lady staff member took us under her wing and managed to sort out my residency. Overall no complaints. She was helpful, efficient, always quick to return our communications and a pleasure to deal with. We have already recommended her services to a friend. Felt very comfortable at all times. Nothing was too much. Understood everything mentioned in our meeting. Very reasonable rate, money wise.
She was very professional and reassured us throughout the process. Her english was very good and we felt that we got good value for our money. Her fee was very reasonable and she proved to be a very personable and approachable person when we finally met at the Notary. Jose Antonio was very professional and has assisted me in every step of the purchase of my flat in Alicante.
He also assisted me by advising of the most suitable area according to my needs. His commitment and dedication is excellent. Esther speaks both Spanish and English, and is very friendly, professional and genuine. She took care of the whole purchasing process and explained all the steps for us, including giving advice on Spanish bank account, NIE numbers etc. We are very pleased with all the help we have received and can highly recommend Esther.
Thank you so much! Responsive and always available. Extremely helpful - we did not understand the process and she guided us through. Kristina was extremely helpful throughout the process of buying my property in Spain.
She was very easy to reach at all times and very professional. I would highly recommend Kristina to anyone buying a property in the area. Miguel is fantastic, his English is superb. He responds clearly and concisely and always quickly too. He is helpful and approachable and has always answered all my questions very thoroughly. Erardo was very professional, always available and most courteous in all the dealings I had with him. She is available to meet with us on short notice, is attentive to our needs, answers each of our questions fully and provides appropriate legal solutions.
Inma is bilingual which has simplified communication and avoids misunderstandings. Her fees are definitely value for the money paid, and we will continue to seek her professional services. Jose was excellent from my initial contact to the exchange of the contracts, always responding quickly to my emails even out of work hours, very professional and understanding.
Jose made the whole experience stress free and quite enjoyable, I would highly recommend him for anybody needing legal advise or business abroad. Jose-Antonio was very helpful, always happy to assist.
I was very satisfied with the service and would definitely use this lawyer again. I bet there are thousands of people alive today who rue they day they bought a property in Spain. Do I have an incentive to dwell on the reasons not to buy? Not really, unless people are prepared to pay for good advice that could save them a great deal of money and stress. Will anyone pay to read these articles? So, to recap, there are quite a few reasons and arguments against buying property in Spain, but nobody has any incentive to publicise them, whilst an entire industry has a big incentive to publicise the arguments in favour of buying, and even belittle or distort the arguments against.
If you are thinking of buying, you are only going to hear one side of the story. Until now, that is. I will write a series of articles on the different reasons and arguments I can think of against buying a property in Spain.
Why not lump them all together in one article? I think it would be way too long. For now you can see them here: Reasons not to buying property in Spain. Buying a property in Spain is right for some, but not for others, and in my experience too many people make their decision to purchase based on dreams and wishful thinking, and live to regret it.
I live between Madrid and Toledo Very much regret buying property in Spain. First the taxes. As personal allowance in only in the region of Euros. You need permission to do anything to your property and have to pay for the privilege. Examples are moving earth from one place to another on your own property. Putting up a fence around property. Painting the exterior of property anything and you cannot claim any money back on taxes when you sell.
Taxes on the property when you do sell. You need permission for everything in Spain. The Spanish are very good at taking money from you with a smile. Vehicles on second hand market are a nightmare and I am very mechanically minded. Trust no one. I live in a very rural and have security system but have been robbed twice from surrounding grounds not house. Mostly opportunist theft. Now have a property in Portugal. So my advise is forget Spain Portugal is a far better bet. Good things about Spain, great road system.
With very little traffic. Paid for by EU funds. Could go on and on but will close now on subject. Oddly enough, the profession of building surveying as understood in the UK does not exist in Spain. However, there are some really excellent UK fully qualified building surveyors in Spain who will undertake a proper and rigorous building survey. Use one — but make sure that he is fully qualified, and has valid insurance to undertake a survey in Spain.
Make sure that your intended property has mains water, electricity and telephone land line. Every Spanish property in an Urbanizado area should have mains water, electricity and telephone landline with ADSL available. If the property does not - then be very wary, as your intended property may not really be Urbanizado ; and, if that is the case, it may never be connected to these services — regardless of what your agent or the seller may be claiming.
Always buy as if you are going to re-sell your intended property. A classic error of many buyers is that they buy a property in Spain that is suitable for only a tiny proportion of the buying market, thus making any re-sale very difficult.
Almost by definition, any property purchase abroad may not be for ever, whether it is for a holiday or intended for permanent living. Examples are steep plots, many stairs up to or down to a property entrance, problems with parking, shade from the sunshine common to hilly areas , too few bedrooms a minimum of three is good , noise from nearby roads, lack of privacy, nearby electricity pylons, bars and restaurants close by, an overwhelming density of foreigners which may put off Spanish buyers — who are the biggest buying market , etc.
Choose your location very carefully, particularly if you are buying a property for permanent living in Spain. A crude guideline for buying in Spain for permanent life could be summarised as being somewhere that is:. Preferably, the sea for re-sale and rental purposes should be no further than 15 to 20 minutes from your intended property. A bargain property is not the same as a good value property. The Spanish property crash has resulted in a vast number of properties being for sale, some of which are now priced breathtakingly low.
However, do not be mesmerised by low prices. There is invariably a good reason why a property has a very low price, and this may be because it is a deeply flawed property. So find out the objective reason for its pricing before buying, and be sceptical of over-cheap properties.
If you follow the rules listed above, you will buy safely in Spain, and will likely be rewarded with a property that will not only be a sound investment, but also a home that can provide you with real joy.
I am a journalist and author of five books — three of which are about Spain details of which can be seen on my Culture Spain Blog. I have lived in Spain since and I run an estate agency that specialises in property around Gandia, which lies to the south of Valencia city. To this end, I produce article PR for businesses that need to improve their profile and market their products and services on the Internet.
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