Lawyer Raymundo Larraín gives us an overview on the points we should cover on buying off-plan in Spain. This is the first of a three-part series on buying & selling property in Spain.
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By Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Abogados
1st of March 2020
You have fallen in love with a property in Spain and now it’s time to take the dip and sign the contract!
This short article is written with the aim to provide a buyer with a basic guideline on what you should be asking a developer for.
Whilst it is possible to buy a property in some overseas jurisdictions, including Spain, without having to appoint a lawyer, it would be very unwise to do so. Buying a house is one of the biggest investments most people make in their lifetime. So why take the risk by not obtaining proper legal advice?
Banks and notaries are not your own personal lawyers and will not carry out stringent legal checks to protect buyer’s legal interests; that is not their job. This is a common blunder buyers’ make, particularly non-resident ones.
Instruct your own independent lawyer and never under-declare; besides being illegal, you will pay a massive Capital Gains Tax bill on selling. It is illegal, it is stupid and only benefits the seller, not the buyer.
Remember to store safely the following invoices on buying which can be used to GREATLY mitigate your tax bill on selling:
“Ring-a-ring o’ roses,
A pocket full of posies,
We all fall down.” – Popular British nursery rhyme that sinks its roots deep in the Middle Ages.
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Off-plan related articles
Original article commissioned and published by IDEALISTA: Home-Buyer’s Checklist
Article also published at Spanish Property Insight: Home-Buyer’s Checklist - OFFPLAN
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