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What is the process of buying a property in Spain?

As we have previously mentioned, historically, the property market in Spain was slow. We did not have the tradition of moving house often and trading up to a bigger property, which meant that property inflation was very low. Our inheritance laws meant that property...

What is a NIE and where do I get it?

A NIE is a Numero Identificacion de Extranjero or a foreigner’s identification number. You must have one of these to buy any property or a car in Spain. It is relatively easy to obtain but the process can be long as you have to go to the foreigners department of the...

Do I need to come to Spain to sign any papers?

There is no reason for you to come to Spain to sign anything if you give your Lawyer a Power of Attorney. The POA can be sent to you in England and once signed and given an apostille, it can be used for the signing of public documents.

Is it really necessary to sign over a Power of Attorney?

You do not have to sign a POA but it is strongly advisable to do so. You may believe that you will be able to travel to sign the deeds for your new property, but there is always the unforeseen: Your money may not arrive in time, your plane may be delayed, the vendor...

What is a Notary?

A Notary Public is the person whose signature and stamp make statements legal. He will not certify that the said statements are true, only that the people signing the statements agree to them and therefore it is official. Once he signs a document then it is stored in...