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Guide to purchasing property in Spain

A basic guide to purchasing property in Spain.

Establish your budget. Make sure it includes closing costs and financing needs, whether this is a mortgage or alternative financing.

Contact our team at Michael Lane Associates to discuss your property requirements. We will send you a portfolio of suitable properties. And will arrange to show you any properties matching your criteria. We will not waste your valuable time on showing you unsuitable properties!

Once you have decided on the right property and the price has been agreed, we will take you to a reputable lawyer. It is always, without exception, advisable to use the services of a law firm and any payments should be made via the appointed lawyer.

Normally, a 10% deposit is required but before the deposit or any monies are paid over, the lawyers will ensure that they are satisfied with the terms and conditions of the sale and that a legal search is made on the property. A legally binding Purchase Contract will then be drawn up and a completion date agreed.

When the completion or final stage payment date has arrived, your lawyer will accompany you or your legal representative, along with a member of our staff, to the offices of the Public Notary where all transactions in Spain are duly notarised and given the stamp of approval. The keys to your new property will then be handed over to you. Your lawyer will arrange for electricity, water and service contracts to be put into your name and standing orders from your bank will be set up.

Once you are the owner of a property in Spain, Michael Lane Associates can assist you with after-sales services such as furnishings, decoration, management and rentals. We can offer advice on most matters relating to living in Southern Spain, including information on schools, medical facilities, work, golf club memberships etc.

Costs for purchasing a property in Spain.

Resale. This is a property that has an existing Title Deed. On top of the purchase price you need to take into consideration the following costs:

Brand New Property. A property that has never been registered into an owner’s name or occupied.

For further information on all legal aspects of living and purchasing a property in Spain, we recommend:

Francisco Dopico and Carlos Llanos
Plazas Abogados
Tva. Carlos Mackintosh
Edif. Puerta del Mar
29600 Marbella
Malaga, Spain

Tel: +34 952 82 80 51

Fax: +34 952 82 95 13


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