|Date:||Fri, 13 Oct 2006 23:55:06 +0200|
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So for many, the days of Andalucia as an attractive property buying market are long gone - or are they?
Unsurprisingly, the potential to experience "the real" Spain is far more opportune than a holiday on the beach, or a city break. Again, this can be answered in two different ways depending on whether the property is for personal use or investment. It also covers any charges the receiving bank makes. The local agents are few on the ground; they're part of the community and wish to stay so. There is a huge cost saving to be realised through purchasing a plot of land and then self-building in southern Spain. The recovery of the German market has also been notable with tourists from that country increasing by more than four per cent in July. Sometimes, Ms Higgins said, it can take three or four years before these bills are sent to new properties. One word of warning; if buying land, use a lawyer to check what the regulations are, because most new building is now prohibited. Unsurprisingly, the potential to experience "the real" Spain is far more opportune than a holiday on the beach, or a city break.
In most countries, handing over your deposit commits you to buying the property, with penalties for pulling out. This also applies to foreign citizens who have assets in Spain unless they make a will. If buying in the eurozone, you could get lower rates by going to the overseas lending arm of a UK bank. Spanish citizens are unable to avoid the law of obligatory heirs thus ensuring that their estate remains in the family for ill or for good. She said that apart from local taxes, a wealth tax - calculated as a percentage of the value of assets held in Spain - must also be paid by homeowners there.
The cobbled streets now echo with "hellos" instead of "holas", and the old stone cottages have been renovated to provide smart accommodation.
That means you need a sizeable capital gain before your investment breaks even.
Not to mention being a rare chance to experience an authentic inter-generational community.
This can be used as proof to foreign solicitors that the transaction has gone through.
Specialist foreign exchange brokers such as FCD and HiFX do not charge commission and transfer fees.
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