The first thing we would say to you is that you should never sign anything until you have sought independent legal advice.
Once we have been instructed to look after your purchase for you, we will check to see that the title of the property is satisfactory. We will make sure that the person who is selling the property to you actually owns it and we will find out whether there are any charges on the property that adversely affect it.
When appropriate, we also check to see that the property, when built, had the necessary licenses and permission.
We then check the terms of the contract suggested by the person selling the property to ensure that it is fair and reasonable, or we draft a private sale contract.
If you decide to go ahead, we will arrange for the funds needed to be imported into Spain, for the title to the property to be transferred into your name in the way required by Spanish law, for any fees and taxes to be paid and for the title to be registered with the Land Registry.
We can, if you wish make arrangements for a survey on the property.
The person buying the property may attend in person before the Notary to sign the Deeds, but if this is inconvenient, arrangements can be made for a Power of Attorney to be granted enabling another person to attend on their behalf. We can draft a Power of Attorney for signature near your home.
If a transaction does not proceed to completion we charge at our current charging rate for the work actually undertaken.
Our standard charge covers advice about the contract, investigation of title, arranging for the completion of the transaction by the execution of a public title deed, arranging for the payment of taxes and arranging for the registration of your new title deed. In short, everything needed in a normal transaction.
Our standard fee DOES NOT include negotiation about the price of the property, sorting out any defects in the title, dealing with a mortgage or power of attorney or any advice about matters that are ancillary to the purchase. We will be happy to undertake this work for you. Any such work would be charged on the basis of our normal charging rates and the time spent on it. We will give an estimate on request.
We are used to acting for clients from all over the world and , generally, find that it is not necessary to meet in order to deal with the purchase of a property in Spain. Of course we are delighted to meet to discuss matters personally if that is convenient for you.
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