On the Matarraña, Aragon and Catalonia we do have land for sale, or homes for sale in Spain.
The most frequent questions if you like to buy a property in Spain are detailed bellow. Our aim is to find the best property in Spain for sale for you and help you to develop your personal project.
You will have to pay 7% of the value of the property purchased, this is called transmission tax, Spanish equivalent to the UK’s Stamp duty and is paid directly to the Spanish government. On a new build property you will have to pay 7% IVA (VAT equivalent) and 1% transmission tax. The Notary and the Registry fees are also paid by the purchaser and these fees vary depending on the size and location of the property purchased.
Of course, however it is important that you have some funds available for a deposit to reserve a property should we find the right property for you. What we donâ€™t like to see happen is you spending your time viewing properties and then not be in a position to purchase.
The annual costs of owning a home in Spain are much much lower than those in the UK, you will receive annual bills for the collection of the rubbish, mains drainage and annual rates bill (IBI), you will also be charged bi monthly for water and electricity.
Oh no, there are many English speaking doctors, dentists, lawyers, architects etc within the area. At Country Property, we are Spanish English speakers who will help with any translation issues and concerns. To help you on your way many local councils are providing free Spanish Lessons to the foreign community.
Yes, this can be done however, you will sometimes need to obtain a project from an architect and submit plans to the local town hall for the building licence. There are two types of licences, one for Obra Menor (small works) where you wonâ€™t normally need a project from the architect and an Obra Mayor (major works) where you will need an architectâ€™s project. We at Country Property will of course assist you with any introductions and the paperwork.
There will be occasions that we are able to negotiate a sale in sterling depending on the vendorâ€™s circumstances; however, house sales in Spain are normally completed with Euro transactions.
Depending on the property you buy will depend on the level of rental income, however whether it be an apartment on the beach, a villa inland or a town house all will have the possibilities of a healthy rental income. Contact a Country Property representative to get an idea of expected rental income for your property. Country Property own rental department can arrange all aspects of property management, they will source clients, draw up contracts and forward the rent to a bank account in the UK or in Spain.
The sale procedure can be completed as quickly as 1 week or as long as 1 year, this all depends on the vendor and the purchaser, we will negotiate on your behalf to meet your needs. In normal cases from the point of reserving your property to completion is between 8 weeks and 12 weeks.
You will need various health and vaccination certificates to bring your pet into Spain and a certificate from your agriculture ministry; itâ€™s not as complicated as you may think, now that the UK has introduced the pet passport scheme. Contact your local vet who will be up to date with all current procedures.
As a general rule Spanish banks will lend up to 60% of the property valuation for non residents. Interest rates at the moment are lower than in the UK and vary slightly from bank to bank. If you speak to a Country Property representative regarding banking issues and finance they can provide you with further information, like the UK there are different mortgages available to suit different circumstances.
We at Country Property can of course assist in selling your property; there is a buoyant market for resale properties. Contact the Country Property team who will market your property and endeavour to sell as quickly as possible. Country Property will gladly give you a market valuation prior to marketing and selling your property, if you need a valuation for mortgage purposes your chosen bank will send their own representatives.
Indeed, Country Property has our own building department as well as working with other companies and architects. We will build and finish your project to a very high standard. Our prices are competitive. If new construction or self-build is something that you are interested in then speak to the Country Property representative. If you do not already own land, we can assist you in your search.
It is not a necessity as the foreign market is well catered for in Spain with the vast majority of staff speaking a multitude of languages. Of course, it is advisable if you want to make a life in Spain and you will find local people will really appreciate you making the effort. Do not hesitate to contact Country Property for information on the best language school in your area.
They are welcome too! They will need their own EU passport and this can be obtained from your vet, your pet will need a microchip and a rabies vaccination. To find out more go to: www.petexports.co.uk
Moving abroad is one of the best experiences a child can have. If they are young then they will pick up the language very quickly at a local Spanish school. If you would like them to continue with the UK curriculum, then there are many options and private education is much cheaper in Spain than in the UK. For more information see: www.nabss.org.
Yes, this is true. Things like electricity and water are lower and things like alcohol, cigarettes and petrol/diesel are significantly lower. Car and property tax are also substantially lower and are only due once per year. The quality of life is better in Spain and people generally find they are able to dine out more as well as afford a better standard/style of accommodation.
Yes, however, if you do decide to become a resident in Spain, then you will also need to apply for a Spanish license, but this is easily done. Driving in Spain is easy to get used to and with a reduced amount of traffic and better weather conditions, you can adjust at your leisure.
There are a variety of ways to find the job for you; many internet sites will list situations vacant as well as Spanish newspapers and such publications like the Overseas Job Express. Anyone from the UK that becomes resident in Spain, and has obtained an NIE number, and has a valid passport can work in Spain without a permit. There are a whole host of opportunities from modelling to brick-laying available for suitable applicants. See www.4icj.com/es as a starting point, but employment is usually easier to gain once you are residing in Spain.
An NIE number (sometimes also called a NIF number, but they are the same) is a fiscal number used to identify you on official papers. You will need one as you cannot legally buy a property, car or boat etc. without having applied and received your NIE documentation. You need to apply for your NIE/NIF personally and this can be done when you are in Spain.
Do not worry, the quality of health care is considered equal, if not better than the UK. If you are holidaying in Spain then ensure you apply for your European Health Insurance card (EHIC) as this has taken the place of the E111. You can apply at your local post office (it is free) and it takes around 21 days, but will entitle you to treatment on the same terms as residents of the country you are travelling in. If you are taking residency and working in Spain, contributing to the Spanish Social Security you and your family are entitled to medical and dental treatment on the same terms as Spanish Nationals. If you are retiring to Spain, taking residency and are receiving a state pension, then the Instituto Nacional de la Salud will cover you. Not forgetting that Private Medical insurance is much more affordable in Spain and there are a number of companies/clinics that offer good packages. See www.spain.info for further information.
Generally yes, but do check with your doctor/local chemist to ensure you will be able to get the medicine you require in Spain.
This is highly unlikely to happen as the property developers in Spain are fighting to keep up with demand for Spanish property, but banker’s guarantees are available.
This will be roughly 10% of your purchase price, less costs. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Country Property.
Positively. We bring our own money into the country to purchase property and the money helps the economy. The Spanish people are the ones that benefit from this.
Yes! There are whole hosts of Companies offering all of the English channels together with Sky channels too. This is much cheaper than in the UK and there is no TV license to pay! (English newspapers are also printed in Spain and can be found on sale in many shops together with a full range of UK foods).
Firstly do not believe everything you see and read in the Media, they often present a biased view point. One of the topics that has caused the greatest controversy lately is the Law 6/1994 Reguladora de la Actividad Urbanistica de la Comunidad Valenciana otherwise known as the LRAU. It has been stated that Real Estate owners may lose part of their property or that they have to pay large amounts of money to the developer. The first thing is that, as the name of the law indicates, the areas affected are those within the Valencia region, e.g. Alicante, Valencia and Castellon. This law is not applicable to the regions of Murcia and Almeria, so the first thing to do is check if the property you are looking to purchase is located in these provinces. The LRAU classifies 3 types of land; Urbanizado (developed) Urbanizable (land for development) and Rural (rural). Around 90% of foreign buyers purchase a property already constructed or under construction, the developer owns this land. In these cases this land has been classified either ‘developed land’ and the development is completed or ‘land for development’ and the land will already have an approved development programme. The plans for the infrastructure will have been established to include roadways, electricity, plumbing etc. You can be assured that purchasing any of these residences cannot be affected by the LRAU. The law only affects land classified as ‘rural’ and basically intends that the owners of ‘rural’ land that benefit from the change of its classification are obligated to contribute to the development process. The costs incurred by this participation are more than compensated by the benefits of a substantial increase in value to the property. The isolated cases that have arisen have generally been because of corrupt application of these regulations.