Helping hand for expats looking to purchase property in Spain is launched

TWENTY CHAPTERS: Everything is covered, from paperwork to getting a mortgage.

SINCE the recession hit Spain, people from overseas have made up an important part of property purchasers and the Spanish Registrars Association has decided to lend them a helping hand with a guide in English.

Drawn up in collaboration with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Association of International Property Professionals, the Guide to Buying Property in Spain has been launched to do just that.

The guide, which can be downloaded for free from follows the adventures of a British couple who have decided to buy a retirement home in Spain.

Twenty chapters on everything from hunting for the ideal Spanish home to paperwork, getting a mortgage or registering at the Property Registry are covered by the guide, with useful tips and warnings provided.

There are also appendices focusing on how to gain access to records regarding property, the costs involved in buying in Spain and useful links


  1. A glossy guide which overlooks a significant failing in the reliability of the Spanish Land Registry.

    In May 2015 homeowners associations from across Spain failed in their bid to persuade the Spanish Senate to vote in favour of an amendment to the law regulating the Land Registry aimed at protecting buyers who purchase a house with a clean bill of health from a Land Registry Search (Nota Simple) only to find that the property has planning issues or even a demolition order.

    Current jurisprudence guarantees the reliability of the Land Registry EXCEPT when it fails to record planning infractions.

  2. Great news!
    We bought 2 years ago and had great help from my sisters who has a real estate in Spain since 30 years. So we thaught everything was in order! Well NO! The notary made a mistake in the surface of the plot. We had that changed and we just found out, by the neighbours who went to the Registration office because of inheritance that the correction of the surface had NOT been registered!
    So be on your guard!!!
    We also would like you to be aware that in the Marina Baixa which includes Altea/Alfaz del Pi and Albir the air is constantly polluted by toxic gases because of the bom fires which is an ancestral habit neither the City Hall neither the Polcia Local want to eliminate. We didn’t know and are ready to leave because it’s so unhealthy!


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