Home » Real Estate » Buying

Buying Spanish Property Safely - A Simple Rule

Aug 17, 2007
When you decide to buy a place in the Spanish sun, be it for a holiday home, investment, or a place to retire, there are several ways you can ensure that the process is safe.

The first thing to recognize is that you are entering an unregulated industry. The Spanish property market used to be regulated by the A.P.I. (Agente de la Propiedad Inmobiliaria), a professional body that oversaw estate agents, set exams etc.

Following a legal battle some years ago with a rival organization, (GIPE) who challenged the API's monopoly in regulating the industry, the market became fully de-regulated leaving the door open for any-one to set up in business and call themselves an Estate Agent or Realtor.

So where does this leave a prospective purchaser looking to buy property in Spain? Well the truth of the matter is that the property market in Spain is in as good a shape, (or Bad, depending on your experience), as any other unregulated property market, (The UK for example). There are many good professional providers of real estate services, but as usual, the industry is tainted by the few bad apples. In Spain there are approximately 200,000 'firms' providing real estate services. So how do you choose the good from the 'not so good'?

The two organizations mentioned earlier are a good indicator that your realtor will know what he is doing. Both organizations require some form of education for membership and have a self- regulating Code of Practice. A third organization recently established,(May 2006) is also trying to 'raise the bar' of professional standards.

Its Code of Practice, mirrors that of the NAEA, the UK industry's Association. AMLA promotes the need for training and education within the industry and the need to address the 'Conflict of Interest' within Real Estate transactions, which is usually the source of mal-practice.

These three professional bodies in the Spanish Property market give some indication of safety when choosing an agent to act for you. In reality though, an unregulated market means, just that, and you should take further action to ensure that your transaction proceeds smoothly.

In conclusion, whoever you choose to represent you, when buying a property in Spain. Make sure that you ALSO retain an independent legal representative to answer any questions you may have and who is legally responsible, (and liable) to you.

So often it is when independent legal advice is not sought that problems occur. It is the normal practice in the UK and around the world to instruct a laywer when purchasing a property. However, in Spain, it is possible to enter into a contract to purchase property without the need to consult a laywer. Whether it is the 'heat of the moment' or just the heat of the Spanish sun! This is something that should NEVER be done.
About the Author
Neil Ebsworth is co-founder of AMLAspain.com, a Costa Blanca property MLSportal for the Real Estate industry in Spain.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 165
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources