Success Stories – Deborah and Steven Jones, Alcalali.
Deborah and Steven had already had a taster of what having a property in Spain would be like and decided to buy their own piece of Spain. The hardest part of the buying process? Deciding which house to buy!
Why did you choose to buy a property in Spain?
Steven’s dad had a property in Spain, so we had already had a taster of what it would be like to have a Spanish property. When Steven was made redundant we found we had the time and the opportunity financially to have a piece of that life for ourselves so decided to buy a property in Alcalali, about half an hour from Denia and Javea.
It is guaranteed to be relaxing whenever we go out to our property in Spain. We have been there 11 or 12 times in the last 16 months since having our property in Spain and each time it has been warm enough for us to sit outside by the pool, even in January – we love it!
How did you find the Spanish property buying process?
Relatively easy in the end. We had done a lot of research online about the Spanish buying process. We also visited overseas property exhibitions so had managed to obtain a lot of information about how to approach the process and what we needed to do. For example, we knew we needed to instruct an English-speaking Spanish lawyer who was independent from the estate agent and also a reputable currency exchange company. We had also picked up some tips regarding estate agents in Spain and how to search for properties.
Once we had found a property, we instructed our lawyer in Spain and he handled pretty much everything for us, from checking the property was safe to buy to setting up a Spanish bank account, setting up our water and electricity supply and direct debits for our community charges.
What was the most stressful part of buying a property in Spain?
Deciding which house to buy!
We did have to back out of one property purchase as the garden where the swimming pool was situated was actually on a separate title to the property. Our lawyer made us aware of this and we decided not to proceed. It was disappointing at the time but lead us to a better property in the end.
What are your top tips for people looking to buy property in Spain?
It can get expensive making lots of trips to view properties so make sure you are organised before each trip so you can maximise your time. We contacted estate agents before we went to Spain each time to check properties were still actually available and to arrange viewings for when we were there.
One tip for when you have actually bought is to try to learn some basic Spanish as we have found the locals really appreciate it. We have discovered that many areas in Spain have places that offer free Spanish lessons in return for you helping to teach the locals English.
Deborah and Steven, North Wales.