Buying the Right Spanish Property - dummies

By Colin Barrow

Part of Buying a Property in Spain For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Just as important as finding the right area for your Spanish real estate purchase is finding the right individual property for you. As well as the obvious things to consider such as location, size and appearance, be sure to consider the following factors as well:

  • Planning issues. The press is full of worrying stories about land grabbing carried out quite legally by Spanish municipalities. This needn’t happen to you: By choosing a good legal advisor, you can protect yourself against possible financial consequences arising out of title deed problems.

  • Check out the property: Access and grounds. Surveys are often only valuation surveys intended to give the lender the comfort of knowing that their money is reasonably safe. If the property is old and in poor repair, get a full survey done and have the document translated into English.

  • Neighbourhood. Research the market before you travel to Spain, but never buy a property without spending at least a few days living in the immediate neighbourhood. Ideally, go back to the area in each of the seasons that you plan to live there.