Guide to buying property in Spain

Rural Spanish property

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Buying a property in Spain can be a straightforward affair. But things can go wrong, and costs spiral, if you blunder into a purchase without any knowledge of the property market in Spain, so it’s up to you to do your homework.

Please note, however, that this overview is no substitute for legal or fiscal advice from a qualified professional. When buying property in Spain you should always use an independent lawyer.

When buying property in Spain, always keep digital and hard copies of all invoices related to your purchase like legal fees, notary fees, and property register fees. Likewise, if you ever do building work on the property once you own it, keep copies of all licences and invoices. You may be able to offset these expenses against capital gains when you sell, and so reduce your Spanish capital gains tax on property sales