That makes sense Smiffy. Although I don’t know how bad that problem is in the costa, but definately down my neck of the woods (near Gibraltar) the problem is rife. In fact alot of agents etc don’t even see it as a problem, its a normal process!
I remember a friend at work telling me that she went ahead on a purchase and didnt even know about the black money thing until she was practically at the door of the Notary. When she probed further (almost too late), the agents and lawyers waved it away, irritated by her questions. They told her to ‘shut up’ basically and just do what she was instructed. That’s horrendous. People around here simply shrug it off as normal, which is not only bizarre, but nasty to ignorant buyers.