There are three ways to grant power of attorney to a lawyer in Spain so that he or she can handle the purchase of property in Spain on your behalf.
A fundamental step in buying a property in Spain from UK is to obtain your foreigner’s identification number, better known as NIE. This “citizen” number will also allow you to carry out other types of formalities in Spain, such as buying a car, registering with the tax authorities, etc.
This step can also be processed through the consulate. However, the consulate will only act as a courier, and this process will delay the time it takes to obtain it.
The fastest way to obtain the NIE while residing in a European country is to grant power of attorney to a Spanish lawyer so that he/she can carry out the following steps for you:
Another recommended step is to open a bank account in Spain. This way you can transfer the funds with which you will buy the property.
This procedure is easy, simple and very useful if you plan to spend some time in Spain. You may need a Spanish visa card, for example. Likewise, you may need to carry out other actions related to your stay, such as transfers, which will save you time and probably a few headaches.
Your legal representative can easily open an account for you in Spain with a photocopy of your ID or passport, address, employment status and certificate of non-residence.
This step is not compulsory. At Savloir we offer our clients a solution: in our law firm we have a client account that can be used for these purposes.
The step prior to signing the purchase contract is the signing of the reservation order. By signing this document, you will freeze the purchase price, as well as to stop the property from being offered to other potential buyers, thus guaranteeing your “reservation”.
The next step is to sign the earnest money contract from UK. There are different ways to do this.
The taxes for buying a property in Spain as a non-resident are between 10% and 11.5% of the value of the property. Savloir advises you to have the calculation done by an expert tax lawyer in Spain.
The most common taxes you will encounter in Spain are:
Stamp Duty (AJD):If the property is purchased with a mortgage you will be obliged to pay this tax to the Spanish Treasury. In the Valencian Community this tax is 1.5% of the value of the property.
To register as a property owner in Spain it is necessary to do so in front of a notary public. This entails some costs that you must take into account, as we have already mentioned above.
Signing the Title Deed before a notary public from UK can also be done by granting power of attorney to a lawyer.
As we mentioned in the first section of this post, it is possible to grant power of attorney to a lawyer to buy a property in Spain so that he/she can carry out all the necessary procedures on your behalf.
Once the purchase of the property has been completed, it must be registered in the Land Registry. This Spanish public institution is in charge of creating ownership real estate titles in order to favour the legal security of the property.
This step can also be done for you by a lawyer. Therefore, it is also possible to register property in the Land Registry from UK.
At Savloir, we also offer a number of other services that you may need when buying a property in Spain from UK:
If you have decided to buy a house in Spain and are unable to travel to our country due to the pandemic or other circumstances, we encourage you to contact our law firm to find out all the details regarding how to can start the procedures from UK.
The Savloir Team