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Buying a Property in Galicia


Galicia is well-known in Spain for its gastronomy, astonishing landscapes, beautiful beaches and its valued architecture.

Because of these features, lots of clients contact us showing interest in a house or plot located in the area. In practice, we usually find out that most of the properties lack relevant documentation, giving quite a lot of uncertainty to a prospective buyer.

Common situations that can arise when buying a property in Galicia – and which you need to extremely careful about – relate to the property title. In particular, when buying a house that forms part of an inheritance.

In such cases we should verify the appointed heirs have successfully obtained ownership and are legally capable of transferring the property to a third party – such as you. The buyer. We often discover that properties our clients are interested in buying have no current proprietor and still belong to a deceased person.

Another difficulty you will often have to face when buying a property in Galicia relates to urban planning regulations. In Galicia, we have our own regional regulations and this requires careful review – especially in rural areas.

Buying property in Galicia

Buying property in Galicia

In Galicia it is easy to come across well-preserved lands where construction is either prohibited or limited. Accordingly, you should make sure to check any local planning restrictions if you are wanting to build upon a plot of land or make some refurbishment works on an old building.

We have personally had the opportunity to deal with quite a lot of properties that lack registration. That can be seen as a burden for a client interested in a particular property.

As professionals, we are aware of how this may be fixed by checking the legal status of the property that enables the seller to be assured that they can put in an offer on a house. We can then take the required legal steps to overcome a deficient registration and arrange for the first registration of the property once the conveyance is accomplished.

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1Who is this Service for?

Buying property abroad is a very popular activity but can be fraught with dangers.

Given that the purchase of a property is one of the most important investments that most people will make in their lifetime, it is crucial to be advised by an independent expert.

2What does this service consist of?

  • Review of the purchase contract.
  • Management of negotiations and counter-offers.
  • Verification that the seller is able to pass good title.
  • Registry search to ensure property free of any charges or other mortgages.
  • Ensure outstanding taxes on the property are up-to-date before transfer.
  • Make sure that all items included in the sale (fixtures and fittings etc.).
  • Attendance and assistance when signing the deeds of the property.
  • Management of negotiations and counter-offers
  • In depth information about schools, sports clubs, shops, cultural organisations, etc.
  • Payment of stamp duty.
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3Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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