First of all you will sign a reservation contract. This means that the property will be taken off the market. You will transfer the reservation fee to the escrow account of the agent. This money will not be handed over to the vendor until all the legal searches are confirmed. Usually this will be 3000 euro, sometimes a bit more. In general, this contract is valid for three weeks but a different term can be mutually agreed upon.
What is mentioned in this contract? All data of buyer and seller, a description of the property, and the term of validity of the contract. Extra clauses can be added for instance about the furniture etcetera.
Lovesol Inmobiliaria works with a trusted local lawyer that will have an answer to all your questions during this process. With a lawyer you always have the peace of mind that everything is in order. They will check all the paperwork even more thoroughly and safeguard that the property is free of debt. In other European countries this is done by the notary, in Spain it is not. Thats why Lovesol Inmobiliaria always works with a Lawyer who has connections with local legislators and tax departments.
Once the deposit is paid you will need to apply for an NIE number. Our lawyer will help you to get a Spanish tax number (called a N.I.E.), to open a bank account if you wish and he will draw up the sales contract.
If it appears that, after thorough investigation, the documents are not satisfactory or another unsolvable problem has arisen, the reservation will be annulled and the reservation fee will be refunded to the buyer. No sales contract will be signed and the deal is off. We are happy to say this barely ever happens, because our lawyer will almost always be able to find a solution to a problem.
Please remember to add around 12% for buying costs to your villa purchase price.