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Buy property in Spain but know your facts first 

It is often very easy to get swayed by the lush grandeur of Spain. You may quickly be taken in by the tremendous earning potential this place has to offer in terms of real estate investment. However in order to buy property in Spain you need planning and research.

Things to look out for before you buy property in Spain

 Even before actually going to buy property, it is essential to understand certain aspects – especially the applicable laws in the land.  

  • Under quoting prices: Many real estate agents quote a far lower price on the property you intend to buy. This is a common practice used when foreigners try to buy property in Spain. In fact, this is illegal and is used mostly to evade high tax payment. As a buyer, you need to be aware of such practices so you do not fall victim to it.
  • Unregistered agents: A booming real estate market in Spain has given rise to a surge in hoax agents. They are unauthorized and unregistered yet they continue to offer their services, thereby misguiding potential investors. Foreigners who wish to buy property in Spain are most vulnerable and often come under their radar. They may put terms and conditions in the contract which may place you in a difficult situation. Therefore only hire established, reputed firms – it doesn’t matter if their price is a little higher.
  • Seek independent lawyers: Many times your real estate agent may recommend a lawyer who they personally know. If you buy property in Spain with the help of such a lawyer, they may manipulate the terms of the contract to be more advantageous to the real estate agent.
  • Check for any agricultural protection laws: There are many laws in Spain that seek to protect agricultural land and foliage in the country. This prohibits the construction of houses in certain select pieces of property that have been specially demarcated for this purpose. Therefore, before you buy property in Spain make sure you know it doesn’t come under such laws. Imagine spending a fortune on the land only to realize later you cannot construct a house on it!

What can you do?

There are many ways in which you can ease the process of buying property in Spain. It helps to do a lot of research. Find out the going rate, shop around for the best deals, and subscribe to magazines dealing with real estate in Spain. You can also find out the most suitable locations around the country for investing, explore schools and educational facilities and the local culture. You may also need to assess your own personal motives to buy property in Spain. If you’re looking at it merely from an investment perspective, it may help to invest at the early stages of development to fetch a better price. On the other hand, if you’re investing for attracting tourists, you may want to choose houses near the coast. Your personal tastes and situation will go a long way in deciding the location of the property.

Get in touch with the industry experts at for more details. Steve Magill has written several articles with regard to the Spanish property business. As a Fellow in the British Association of Entrepreneurs (FBAE) he is considered an expert consultant when it comes to real estate in Spain.

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