Buying a house

MAM fully understands the difficulties most foreign buyers face when purchasing a property in Spain. There are language barriers to deal with. Paperwork is difficult to interpret, and our legal system often seems impossible to understand.

Whether you are buying a new-build property or a resale, MAM will make sure that there are no unpleasant surprises. We take care of everything, from your preliminary searches on Title, right through to final completion. We will then gather together all the interested parties to seal the transfer. Importantly, we make sure that your property is freehold by carrying out the necessary searches at the Land Registry. We will also confirm that the first occupancy certificate (Licencia de Primera Ocupación) has been duly issued by the Town Council. We will ensure that there are no unpaid Council Tax or utilities bills, or community fees that could otherwise transfer with the property and hit your pocket!

On completion, spanish law requires all parties to attend signature of the Title Deed together at the Notary’s Office. If you can be there, so much the better. However, if you prefer, MAM can prepare a Power of Attorney for you to sign, either in Spain or in your home country. We will then attend on your behalf. At MAM, we believe it is vitally important to safeguard our clients AFTER completion. MAM will make sure there are no loose ends by offering a comprehensive AFTERSALES service which covers:

  • Payment of any Transfer Tax or Duty Stamp
  • Registration of the Deeds
  • Switching of all utilities and setting up of direct-debit payment mandates.

Please feel free to browse through the other pages in this section, which tackles both the serious and enjoyable aspects. A good solicitor is absolutely essential. Buying a house is definitely NOT A DIY task.

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