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How to protect yourself when buying a property abroad

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When buying property overseas, it’s important to be aware that property laws in other countries can be very different to those in the UK and there are often issues to consider that you wouldn’t normally have to worry about when purchasing a...

Laura Hamilton's Marvellous Marbella

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As well as being one of the faces of Channel 4’s ‘A Place in the Sun’ I’m also the proud owner of a holiday home in San Pedro, close to Puerto Banus on the Costa del Sol.  During the economic crisis of 2007 (which seems like a...

Off the beaten track in the hills above Marbella

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I was recently charged with the task of finding a couple A Place in the Sun, in Southern Spain. Sound familiar? Of course it does and whilst I enjoy my job I was somewhat relieved to hear that they wanted me to focus my search somewhere a little less known,...

Purchase contracts in Spain

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When buying a property in the UK you may be used to there being a purchase contract. When buying in Spain there may be several different types of contracts to sign and there may indeed be several in one transaction. Unfortunately these different types of...

What sort of offer will secure my overseas property?

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What sort of offer will secure my overseas property? So there we are, I’ve shown my buyers a property they love and they ask me ‘that’ question - “What sort of offer should I go in at”? There is no formula but there is a...

Insurance and Specific Risk policies on foreign properties

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Unless you have bought property in the USA you may not have heard of Title Insurance. Title insurance is, in effect, an indemnity insurance policy which protects against financial loss as a result of defects in the title to the property. It is not a...

Communal areas and Community of Owners for properties in Italy

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If you are buying a property abroad which is in a complex then the likelihood is that there will be some form of Community of Owners. You will own your property and also a share of the communal areas – after all somebody has to own them. This is...

The effects of Brexit on property owners and buyers in Europe

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After the result of the Brexit Referendum we are frequently asked about the effect of this by both current and potential property owners within Europe.  The reality is that until Article 50 is invoked there is no change and all the rights that owners...

Bankers Drafts - why are they used to buy property abroad?

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In many countries the final payment for the purchase of a property will be done via a Bankers Draft. Having typically paid a reservation fee or initial deposit to secure the property and having hopefully instructed an independent lawyer to conduct all of the...

Buying property in Spain in Sterling

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With British people being one of the main groups of foreign owners of properties in Spain it is hardly surprising that occasionally a British person sells his or her Spanish property to another British person. Typically, we see the buyer initially converting...

Due diligence by Estate Agents on overseas developments

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Estate agents sell properties. They are not as a rule there to carry out extensive  due diligence . They should therefore also not be expected to carry out searches on resale properties that they have on their books. In theory they shouldn’t...

3% Tax Retention in Spain

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When you sell a property in Spain there is a requirement for 3% of the value of the property to be paid to the tax authorities as a retention if you are non-resident in Spain. There is a lot of misunderstanding regarding this 3%. Some people think that this...

Illegal build in Spain leads to prison

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The authorities in Spain have had issues with illegal planning permission over the years. For decades many people ignored the requirement to obtain planning permission and built properties anyway without planning permission – either extensions and...

Mortgages on foreign property

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When buying a property overseas often a buyer will need to take out a mortgage to help them fund the purchase, just like they do when buying a property in the UK. What is different when buying a property abroad is that there can be several different options...

Due Diligence; Can it to help you sell your foreign property?

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Over the last few years there have been a great many people who have been trying to sell their properties abroad but without success. Typical comments from Sellers are that there aren’t the numbers of buyers that there used to be, there are so many...

Transferring to another unit on a new overseas development

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As specialists in the various problems which can arise with an overseas property investment, we are frequently approached by investors who are concerned about or are experiencing problems with their foreign property purchase or their foreign developer. And...

Buying a property direct from the bank in Spain

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Over the last few years Spanish Banks have unwittingly become the biggest estate agents in Spain. The banks have had to repossess so many properties from owners who could no longer pay the mortgage that almost by default they have become the biggest property...

Rural property in Spain

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During the boom times of property sales in Spain the vast majority of people purchasing properties did so “off-plan”. They were persuaded by glossy brochures and liked the thought of being the first owners and deciding the specifications to their...

Spanish NIE's

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At some stage when you buy a property in Spain you will need to obtain an NIE. NIE stands for “Numero de Identidad Extranjero”, which translates as “Foreigners Identification Number”. The NIE is a cross between an Identification...

Powers of Attorney

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When a legal issue is encountered in a foreign jurisdiction, you will often hear talk of a Power of Attorney. In reality this is nothing to be afraid of. A Power of Attorney is simply a document which grants the ability to somebody else to do something on...

Foreign & Commonwealth Office Legalisation

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Often when dealing with a legal issue abroad it will be necessary to get a document “legalised” for a specific legal purpose. This may sound like a rather complicated legal procedure but is actually quite a simple and easily understood process. ...

Buying a rural property in Spain

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The property market in Spain is starting to pick up as confidence returns and buyers look for bargains. However, the market has changed and most purchases are now looking at resale properties and an increasing number are looking at more rural areas. Buying...