NIE requirements Favourite Spanish Property Insight › Forums › Spanish Property Forums › Property Questions & Answers › NIE requirements This topic contains 3 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by GeorgeD 2 years ago. Author Posts November 14, 2016 at 2:23 pm #193568 jennolParticipant Hi, Can anyone advise if I can obtain an NIE prior to purchasing a home? We will be looking for a home as permanent residents and will be cash buyers. aldo do we apply firstly as non resident and then change it when we move over there? November 19, 2016 at 10:40 am #193614 BarryParticipant Hi, Just done exactly what you are planning. Our abogado arranged my NIE, took about 10 days to come through after signing. You will need it before you can purchase the property even if paying in cash. Barry November 19, 2016 at 11:51 am #193615 philocdParticipant The short answer to your question, is yes, you do need to be registered to purchase a property, and the NIE is the simplest way to start off. November 20, 2016 at 3:35 pm #193619 GeorgeDParticipant The above posts are correct. I have recently bought a property and my solicitor handled all the NIE requirements. The process only took 5 days. This reply was modified 2 years ago by GeorgeD. Author Posts The forum ‘Property Questions & Answers’ is closed to new topics and replies.