Articles tagged as: buying a property

December 11th, 2013

You can never have read enough information before buying a property, especially abroad. Prior to more detailed research, easily digestible summaries are a good place to start – you can find a new one here.

Continue reading Top Tips for Buying Overseas Property

October 6th, 2011

Whenever buying a property abroad it is always helpful to arm yourself with as much information as possible. Many of the horror stories circulated in the press could have easily been avoided by taking the right advice and dealing with professional estate agents. One organisation which actively assists in the overseas ...

Continue reading How to Buy Property Safely in Spain

August 2nd, 2011

If you’re thinking of buying a property in Spain then a visit to A Place in the Sun Live, the official exhibition of the hit Channel 4 TV series taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 30th September to 2nd October, is a must. Every year Spain is the most popular ...

Continue reading Free Tickets to a Place in the Sun

July 31st, 2010

A Place in the Sun Live is the UK's biggest and best-attended overseas property exhibition. It's on from the 1st to 3rd of October at the NEC in Birmingham - and you can skip the normal £10 entrance fee by registering online A Place in the Sun Live features thousands of ...

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July 27th, 2010

There are a couple of interesting articles from the Overseas Property Professional (OPP) magazine this week. The grim sounding, Spanish Banks Not Helping Property Recovery masks a cheery message: We keep telling the banks that there is nothing wrong with the concept of Spain and that north European buyers will come back, ...

Continue reading Spanish Property News Roundup

July 20th, 2010

I think this week's news articles are pretty self explanatory. I particularly like the one about President Zapatero being compared to Mugabe regarding property rights. I agree with Mike's comment "while it was a silly comparison, its important the pressure is kept on the Spanish government. Unfortunately it usually takes ...

Continue reading Spanish Property: Not Rocket Science

July 20th, 2010

Torrevieja is the Spanish resort that exploded in size as Brits snapped up apartments and villas as frenetically as the developers knocked them out. But the town dubbed the Costa del Yorkshire is now better known to the Spanish banks as the home of the "British plumber mortgage", and knee-deep ...

Continue reading Despite Property Glut, There Are Few Real Bargains

June 9th, 2010

Are you living the dream? Do you think Spain is still a good investment opportunity for property? Two frequently asked questions that even now, after all these years, confuse me. My dreams tend to be focussed on one-off events that will never happen, the fantasy of winning the Euro Lottery; scoring ...

Continue reading Living Happily and Legally in Spain

May 11th, 2010

This week we read that Spain is finally out of recession (technically speaking). OK, the Spanish economy growing by 0.1% over the past three months can't be described as robust - but it's a lot better than the shrinkage the country has endured during the previous 18 months. Also this ...

Continue reading Spanish Property Just Got Cheaper

April 27th, 2010

Is it just me, or has recent news about the Spanish property market seemed a little more upbeat to you too? Coincidentally, this morning, I received a newsletter from Roy Williams - founder of an unconventional business school in Texas - which echo my own thoughts about optimism: "I detest the Positive ...

Continue reading Spanish Property Optimism in Perspective

March 10th, 2010

Spanish Banks are slowly relaxing their lending criteria with one or two offering more attractive deals and higher LTV’s. However, banks are still being cautious when it comes to assessing a client’s affordability. Most banks use a debt / income ratio of either 35% or 40%, although we work with ...

Continue reading Spanish Mortgage News

December 21st, 2009

Recently an influential annual report was published by Acuna & Asociados who are highly regarded Madrid real estate analysts. Their report makes depressing reading given that they do not think the Spanish property market will recover for several years. Indeed, at current rates of demand (around 200,000 properties per year) it ...

Continue reading Spanish Property: What Now?

October 23rd, 2009

Having lived in Spain for over five years now I am one of the first to acknowledge what is wrong with the country and the difficulties people can experience living here or buying a property here. I was asked the other day if I would ever consider returning to England to ...

Continue reading Stop the Spain Bashing

October 13th, 2009

If there's one thing you do this week, please make time to read the AIPP Guide to Buying Overseas Property Safely. View the AIPP guide online. If you are at all interested in buying property in Spain or elsewhere, it really is essential reading. Here's an idea of what you'll find inside ...

Continue reading A Strange Article About Spanish Property

July 28th, 2009

My star article this week is Realism Rules in Overseas Property. Although not specifically addressing the Spanish property market, it contains 10 pithy and basic questions to ask yourself when buying abroad - anywhere. The most important one for me is No. 9 - "A property is a long-term commitment ...

Continue reading Spanish Property Speculation Burst the Bubble