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Avoiding the risk of Spanish property embargoes

Unpaid bills can lead to homes being embargoed

It can come as something of a surprise that in Spain certain authorities have the power to embargo your property and, ultimately, put it up for auction if a bill remains unpaid.

September 18th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat | Read More »

From abroad or in Spain? Obtaining a foreigner’s identification number

Oficina Extranjeros Madrid

There are many frustrating aspects of bureaucracy in Spain, but none more so than when one official categorically tells you one thing and another states the opposite. Unfortunately, this isn’t as rare as you might think and the last example that’s been confusing us all concerns the foreigner’s identification number (NIE).

May 15th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat, Spain News | Read More »

Refurbishing your Spanish property

Casa en obras

‘Doing up’ your property can be a good alternative to selling. Rather than spending money on upsizing or downsizing, you put extra capital into making your existing premises more suitable. However, you should be aware that even minor adjustments to your property need permission from the Town Hall.

April 19th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat | Read More »

Spanish property auctions

Spanish property auction

With the current sluggishness in the Spanish real estate market, people are turning to house auctions as one means of moving their property more quickly. Equally, for those looking for a bargain they can guarantee that those placing their house for sale are keen to sell. Of course, reserve prices remain but you know you’re not going to spend weeks negotiating or not hearing at all.

April 5th, 2012 | Posted in Expats, Spain Expat, Spain News | Read More »

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