Spanish Property Buyers' Guide
Although the basic principles of becoming an owner of Spanish real estate are the same as you are probably used to the Spanish system for ensuring that the purchaser is protected is not the same as many of our clients expect based on their experiences in their home country.
It is relatively easy to buy property in Spain - in fact for non residents it is easier to buy a property than it is to buyer a car, provided you are dealing with professionals who are accustomed to successfully managing international transactions. One of the most obvious differences is the presence of the Notary at the signing of the Escritura (which legally transfers the ownership). He received the paperwork some time before the completion date and checks it and is meant to act to protect both sides. However, despite the reassurance of his overseeing the transaction we would advise all purchasers to instruct a lawyer who is fluent in your own language to ensure everything is completed as it should be.
For details about various aspects of the purchase procedure see:
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