Introduction to buying property in Spain


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Buying a property in Spain can be a very enriching affair, both financially and in terms of enhancing your happiness and quality of life. However this will only be the case if you get the purchase right.

Getting the purchase right means buying the right property for the right reasons and in the right way. It means approaching your purchase in a structured and organised fashion whilst understanding the purchase process in Spain. It means understanding the risks involved in making one of the biggest investments of your life in a foreign country whilst dealing with people who don’t necessarily have your best interests at heart. Most of all it means being well informed at all times, as information is power and the more you know the harder you are to take advantage of. This book is designed to arm you with the know-how you need to achieve this and buy safely in Spain.

It follows that the purpose of this book is not to ‘sell the dream’ but to point out the risks and realities of pursuing the dream. This inevitably means focusing on the problems, risks, costs, and other negative issues that may make you wonder whether buying a property in Spain is such a good idea after all. That is certainly a question you should ask yourself, as for some people the answer will be ‘no’ and it is better to find this out before proceeding to buy. However for the majority of British people who dream of owing a property in the beautiful surroundings and sunshine of Spain there is no good reason why they shouldn’t, and this book is not intended to shoot down any realistic dreams. To help you keep out of harm’s way when buying in Spain this book has to focus on the problems, but don’t let these pages dampen your enthusiasm if your dreams are realistic.