The 5 simple steps to buying a property in Spain
Appointing an independent solicitor
Legally you do not have to appoint a solicitor when buying property in Spain. However, for a relatively small fee it can be worth it to save the headaches of bureaucracy in a foreign country. A solicitor can save you money, time and stress.
Buying in Spain doesn’t have to be complicated, but it can often be confusing to some foreigners due to the differences in their legal and tax system. Finding a good professional and understanding lawyer can make the whole process a lot easier. It is worthwhile asking around for recommendations. Ideally you need a lawyer who speaks both Spanish and your native language, and who is familiar with the requirements of international buyers.
Appointing a Notary
As the purchaser you have the right to choose which notary you will use but it is worth making sure they are local as you will need to visit in person unless you rely on Power of Attorney. A notary is employed by the Spanish government to certify legal documents, in this case those associated with the property sale. The notary will not normally get involved until the end when he will carry out a few basic checks, arrange the signature of the title deed (or Escritura) and sometimes register the property.
Making a local will
Making a legally binding will in both your home country and the country you’re living in will protect your family and your assets. According to current EU laws you can choose between the laws of the two countries when it comes to dividing up your estate. You should seek legal advice as rules can change frequently.