Every country has it’s specific requirements. Before you make a purchase in Spain for instance, you will need a NIE tax number, which is a number the notary uses to transfer the property to your name, and allows you after purchasing your house to connect utilities such as water, electricity and gas as well as to pay the real estate taxes. We will inform you what steps you should take in each country before and after the purchase, and will assist you with these steps as well. Most likely you will also need or want a local bank account; our organisation works closely with several local banks that focus on foreign account holders. We will put you in direct contact with the bank manager, which can open the account for you and can advise which type of account best suits your needs. Please pay special attention to the bank’s charges, that can differ drastically with those in your home country. Paying attention to this before opening an account can save you a significant amount over time.
Prior to making a purchase, you can decide to do an architectural survey. This study may be limited to the advice of our architectural surveyor, but can also be carried out by an architectural engineer who will issue a written report on the state of the object. In many countries you may need a energy certificate, which will have to be made before the transfer. This will then also be discussed in the report.
YOUR NEW HOME
Once your newly bought property is registered in your name you still have a few things that should be taken care of, such as having water, electricity, gas, municipal charges and taxes transferred to your name. We will gladly assist you with these formalities and advise you after purchase. You may have plans for your new property such as remodelling, redecorating, construction or modifications, like adding a swimming pool. Note that a cheap buying price can turn out to be expensive, especially abroad where architectural matters and appointments can often go wrong. We advise you to discuss your requirements with our advisor. If you are handy and want to do a lot of things yourself, then he can certainly give you some tips, and if not put you in contact with local construction companies that have a proven track record.