Strong Abogados has been providing expert conveyancing services since the year 2000. We have an independent legal service to help the clients with their property purchase in Spain. We do not get commissions from banks, realtors, or construction companies. We work only for the client.
Why hire us?
Property checks should be done before you pay realtor fees to hold a property and before you make a down payment. For further information, contact us today, or call us at 932 155 393.
What other costs are involved in buying a property?
Your office is in Barcelona. How do you represent the rest of Spain?
Can I avoid travelling to Spain for the closing?
What are some pitfalls in buying a property in Spain?
How can I find out the market price of a property?
If I'm buying a property, can I save on taxes by creating a company?
The seller wants the declared price to be less than what I'm actually going to pay. Should I do this?
What information should I get from my real estate agent?
Are real estate agencies regulated in Spain?
When I sell my house, are there any required inspections?
Can you represent me for the sale of my property in Spain?
What is the role of a notary in Spain?
Use our expenses calculator to get an idea of the total costs involved in your purchase, as well as when you will need to pay them. The expenses calculator includes all fees and taxes generally ascribed to the buyer. Keep in mind, however, that whether the buyer or the seller pays the various fees and taxes is always negotiable. Who pays the fees should be clearly specified in the pre-agreement.Your office is in Barcelona. How do you represent the rest of Spain?
For our Start Up Service, we do all the work from our office. For our Full Service, we have a network of regional real estate lawyers. While most of the work is done from our office, we are in close contact with the lawyer for your region so they can perform the final task of managing the closing.Can I avoid travelling to Spain for the closing?
Yes. You can give us power of attorney, and we will represent you at the closing.What are some pitfalls in buying a property in Spain?
The following sites can give you a good idea of the value of a property:
Sociedad de Tasacion This company certifies all appraisals done. Their site has the current price-per-square-meter of new properties sold in all the cities of Spain, as well as the change in price from the prior year.
idealista.com This large post-your-own-property site has begun to branch out beyond Madrid and Barcelona. Their reports gives detailed stats on used properties in these two cities.
Cambalache Another large listing of used properties for sale. No reports, but a good place to get an idea of prices.
For a detailed analysis of the property's value, you should hire an appraiser. They will charge you roughly 300 euros (depending on the value of the property). The appraiser uses two approaches to calculating the value of a property.
- They will measure the property to draw up a floor plan and calculate the square meters, then multiply this by the value per square meters in the area. This value then gets adjusted by a number of factors, such as whether the house can be moved into right away or needs renovation.
- They will find similar properties that have been sold in the area recently.
Regarding price per square meter for apartments, make sure whether you're dealing with m2 construido (constructed) or with m2 util (usable). Construido includes common space: stairs, air shafts, walls, etc. The difference between the two numbers can vary widely, but on average m2 construido is 27% more than m2 util.
If you're getting a mortgage, the bank will require you to pay for an appraisal, though they choose the appraiser. This step comes after you pay the downpayment on the property, though, so if your offer is significantly higher than the appraiser's value, you'll lose this downpayment if you back out now. For that reason, you might want to pay for your own appraisal before paying the downpayment. Some of the largest appraisers:The seller wants the declared price to be less than what I'm actually going to pay. Should I do this?
And the broker tells you this is common practice, right? In truth, it's a known practice, but not so common. What is happening is that the seller wants to have less capital gains so they can pay less taxes. The problem for you as the buyer is that when you go to sell the property down the road, you will then have to pay more capital gains (unless you also find a buyer willing to make this deal). You will pay in taxes all that the current seller didn't pay. So why would anybody accept this? It's because some people in Spain have a sizeable amount of money tucked under their pillow that they never declared as earnings to the tax office. Giving this money as cash to the seller effectively launders it, and is therefore illegal. If this is not the case with you, then don't make a deal with the seller. In fact, this should be made clear in the pre-agreement, so the seller doesn't try to force in this provision a week before the closing.What information should I get from my real estate agent?
For a new construction, you should get:
For an existing house, you should get:
There is a national registry of real estate agents -- Agente de la Propiedad Inmobiliaria (API) -- but agencies are not required to become members. In fact, many large agencies are not members. With an API agency, there are more controls. For example, there are declared fee guidelines (between 3% and 5%).When I sell my house, are there any required inspections? Can you represent me for the sale of my property in Spain? Yes. Please see our information about buying a property, because most of it is relevant to you as a seller. As a seller, you have specific obligations. It is essential for you to know these and comply with them. Strong Abogados will inform you about them, particularly those relating to taxes. If you are a non-resident and a retainer was withheld from you for taxes, you may be able to recoup part of this payment by filing the forms. This retainer is a consequence of the seller's obligation to pay tax on revenue obtained in Spain.