The purchase of a second-hand property in Spain attracts ITP sales tax which varies across Spain but is typically between 6% and 10%. The reason the tax rate varies is because it is set by the regional rather than central government.
The tax should be paid within one month from having purchased the property at the local tax office and it is the responsibility of the purchaser to ensure that the tax is paid.
Very helpful with a complicated process. Worked in a professional manner despite many difficulties in the process. Absolutely invaluable. Would have been lost without her.
May 05, 2020
Brian Berman, Oviedo
We were very have happy with the level of service provided by Miguel, he went above and beyond to make sure that everything was understood by us and clear.
Using him made us realise that buying aboard was not straight forward and with his help opened doors which we would have struggled with. He was always available to us day and night ( even at weekends) and would respond to any question with either the answer or information of how to get it. He kept us informed at each and ever stage of our purchase. He was a real gentleman and we were very proud and honoured to have met such a lovely man.
He is a great example of how a person in his position should operate with his clients and we can not thank him enough.
Mar 11, 2020
Chris Horne, Valencia
Francisca is a highly professional and friendly lawyer based just outside of Valencia city that helped my wife and I purchase our property.
Her English is excellent and her ability to communicate the Spanish legal requirements for a foreigner to purchase property in a clear and concise way is exceptional.
I would have no hesitation in approaching her for other legal services myself and would recommend her to anyone.
Jose was Professional and very prompt to respond, good value for money and is approachable.
Feb 09, 2020
Gemma Pitt, Mallorca
Our experience in using Rosa has been flawless. She has been incredibly responsive and helpful from day one.
We couldn't be more happy with her service and we look forward to many more years of help and support!
Feb 03, 2020
Simon Birch, Spain, Barcelona
Having been in Barcelona for only six months, we ran into a problem with a local landlord and needed swift legal advice. I duly searched the internet and decided to plump for Advocate Abroad where upon I spoke to Oscar. Look no further. He was immediately courteous, polite, very understanding, and extremely professional. Above all, he was patient, listened precisely to what I had to say before he gave me his professional opinion of where I stood from a legal point of view. His command of the English language was faultless to the point where I felt that I could have been speaking to a native English speaker.
As to the subject matter, within a 30 minute phone call I understood exactly where I stood from a Spanish legal point of view, acted accordingly, and the problem was successfully dealt with. And probably the nicest touch of all, once once the matter was resolved having followed his advice, and with no further advantage to either himself or Advocate Abroad, he had the courtesy and kindness to ring me personally to see how I had gone on.
Thank you Oscar. Outstanding (not a word I use often) !!!
Jan 17, 2020
Maria Castellon Perez , Vera
Juan was very professional at all times and he help us with everything. He even went to pick me up from the airport do we didn't missed our appointment with the notaire.
Juan was in contact with us constantly through face to face and wsup. I have no doubt we will use him again.
Jan 15, 2020
Martin Clifton, Alicante
My transaction sometimes wasn’t the easiest but José went out of his way to deal with any difficulties and always explained things clearly and concisely. He was proactive and always kept me in touch with how matters were proceeding.
Dec 05, 2019
Daniela Majstorovic, Valencia
Inmaculada was very professional, very helpful and approachable , easy to communicate , pleasant,and her English is fluent.
Dec 05, 2019
John Hipper, Zaragoza
Francisco was recommended to me by friends in Spain after they had a very positive experience with him. He was an excellent contact for me while I was in the process of buying a house in Spain.
It was an overwhelming experience buying from Canada, particularly because of the language barrier and the time difference, but Francisco did a fantastic job of explaining to me everything about the forms, taxes and the local processes.
He was helpful, friendly and informative. When I arrived in Spain to complete the purchase, I felt much more confident knowing that I had his advice and assistance, he even offered to help me fix a problem with my bank accounts when I didn't understand what was happening (language).
I would have no hesitation using his services again and highly recommend him to anyone in need of his assistance. I was 100% happy.
Dec 03, 2019
Natalie , Valencia
Inma was extremely good at reassuring me with my anxieties regarding buying a property abroad. From the first point of contact I felt she was very trustworthy and this continued all the way to point of signing and beyond.
I sent her so many emails with all my questions and she answered each one in good time and professionally. She was always on the end of the phone if I needed her and her English and patience was excellent! I would highly recommend this lawyer. We found her independently through Advocate Abroad and will absolutely use her services again!
Nov 26, 2019
Stephen Brown, Palma de Mallorca
Great communication with Rosa and good advice around what can be a potentially complicated property market on Mallorca.
I had no idea about the importance of a cedula de habitabilidad and how difficult it can be getting water and electricity connected with out one.
Our experience of estate agents on the island is not great but thankfully Rosa has kept us right through out our property search and in obtaining our NIE numbers. We are very grateful for her help.
Nov 13, 2019
Sjors de Wildt, Barcelona
Oscar helped us through the process of buying our family home in Alella Barcelona. He advised and informed as well as reviewing the contracts and doing checks on liabilities, registrations etc.
We are very happy with Oscars work. Easy to communicate with, available for questions and not shy to give you his opinion. Was a pleasure to work with you and we will make sure to stay in touch for any future legal advice we may need.
Oct 30, 2019
Victor Cini, Valencia
Thank you, Ramon was most informative , very clear and offered great advice.
We hope to be back in touch.
Oct 23, 2019
Steven M, Valencia
We recently completed a foreign real estate transaction which required us to seek legal counsel here in Spain. Not knowing where to turn we contacted myAdvocate Valencia who put us in touch with our lawyer Inma.
She offered friendly, professional and flexible legal support during our stressful time, all while speaking perfect English, which further helped the situation. We are so glad to have met Inma and would use or recommend her services in the future. Five-stars!
Maria is an extremely competent and professional lawyer, she helped with all aspects of work involved even going above and beyond in her line of duty. I will definitely use her again if I require a lawyer. Brilliant experience.
Oct 23, 2019
Robert Stevenson, Palma de Mallorca
Rosa is a very likable person, very competent and completely knowledgeable. We will definitely be in touch with her again as and when we need professional help in Mallorca.
The service was first class and would be hard to improve!
Oct 03, 2019
Daniel Stageman, El Campello
Consuelo worked very hard and her fee was more than reasonable.
Oct 02, 2019
Dianne Vernon, Ibiza
Cristine had our back, made sure we had the right outcome and all at a very reasonable price.
Sep 30, 2019
K K, Fuengirola
Alvaro made one phone call on our behalf and sorted out a long standing issue with a rental agency in Fuengirola. Without his help we would have been lost.
Would absolutely recommend him, he understood the issue and dealt with it efficiently.
We were delighted with the level of responsiveness and service Inma provided. Our daughter has been accepted at UCAM to study Dentistry and consequently we were helping her set up life in Murcia.
Inma was most helpful in the flat leasing process in the identification of Agents and in the Tenancy Agreement negotiation and execution after a property had been found. This together with her good general advice about how things work in Murcia and Spain have made the process far easier that would otherwise be the case. Inma was also very helpful in the NIE process.
Bravo and we are delighted to recommend Inma as a first port of call in Murcia !
Best wishes Ashley.
Sep 18, 2019
Richard Day, Barcelona
Excellent customer service and good legal advice. Oscar always returns calls and messages promptly, even when he was on holiday! He is polite and patient.
I am very happy with the services provided by Advocate Abroad and especially Oscars work. All at reasonable cost.
Sep 17, 2019
Margaret-Ann Grant, Salobreña
The professional's responsiveness to my queries (of which there were many), her explanations and clarification of issues and her ability to come up with concrete solutions when obstacles arose, all in a timely manner (despite time differences) were a credit to her and to your company.
I would gladly recommend Kristina for metaphorically holding my hand through the whole apartment buying process, from beginning to end.
Sep 17, 2019
Darrell Green, UK
Inma was always available to answer any questions we had or obtained the information required. All of questions were answered promptly and anything we didn’t understand was explained.
Inma is very friendly and approachable and we felt confident and assured with her professionalism.
Sep 17, 2019
I have recommended to a few friends who now use Rosa. Most profesional which is a rare in Spain. I honestly cannot think of any part of the service I would improve.
Sep 13, 2019
Cheryl Ann Taylor, Alicante
Jose's English is excellent and he explained everything to the letter. Absolutely brilliant and will definitely go back to him when we have found a house to buy.
Can't fault anything. In fact he showed us the car registry office and other offices that will be useful to help us settle in his beautiful country. A real gentleman.
Sep 10, 2019
Manh Do, Alicante
Jose has guided and helped our family throughout the whole process of the purchase including the application for the NIE, ordering of the survey, signing of the contract and transfer of the utilities under our checking account.
We highly recommend his legal services for any such real estate transaction.
Sep 04, 2019
Leigh Hossbach, Oviedo
I would wholly recommend Miguel to anybody contemplating a house purchase in the Asturias area of Spain. His pricing was competitive and adapted to my particular requirements.
He consulted with other professionals (including the council) to help determine the expansion and future building possibilities of the land. He also undertook the necessary checks to establish there was no outstanding debt tied to the property.
Compared to UK solicitors Miguel was very much more approachable and would always respond to my queries and deliver frequent progress reports at any time of the day including weekends.
Given the complexity of the Spanish notary system it is essential you have a local solicitor who knows all the variations associated with the Asturian conveyancing system to guide you towards a successful outcome.
Even though I had a reasonable understanding of Spanish Miguel's excellent written and spoken English proved invaluable at all stages of the conveyancing process in particular the final signing of the deeds. Well done Miguel and many thanks for all your help!
Aug 17, 2019
Stephen Norton, Marbella
I had an informal, introductory meeting with Miguel and he answered all my questions including providing me with a lot more information and suggestions that I had not thought about. I found him extremely friendly and professional.
I will be using his services next year for my first Spanish Tax return and will then be in a better position to comment on the quality and price of services provided. So far everything has been very good.
Aug 13, 2019
Joseph Lobo, Barcelona
Oscar was a great help throughout a difficult process as we bought a house in Barcelona. Despite significant setbacks, he was able to help us find solutions to ensure we finally managed to purchase the property.
Thank you to Oscar for being incredibly professional and for explaining everything in a straightforward way so we understood a process which was foreign to us. I highly recommend him as a lawyer for anyone looking to buy a property in Spain.
Aug 01, 2019
Gian Piero Staffa, Antigua
Rosa was extremely helpful in assisting me buying a house in Maiorca.
The transaction was not without issues due mainly to spanish bureaucracy and Rosa handled all of them very professionally.
Given language problems and distance from my residence I will never regret having chosen her as my Lawyer in Palma and I have already recommended here services to other prospective buyers.
Jul 22, 2019
Daphne Zargar, Detroit, USA
Miguel was awesome! Super responsive, extended my knowledge and put me totally at ease through the process of buying a house in Galicia.
I felt my interests were put first in the process and protected and would definitely recommend Miguel with full confidence.
Jul 20, 2019
Sally Bircher, Tenerife (Los Cristianos)
I have recommended our lawyer Oliver to many people due to his professionalism and ability to communicate on all levels.
Calls were always returned and questions always answered. Great value for money.
Jul 16, 2019
Colin Taplin, Fuengirola
Alvaro quickly got to grip with our issues.
He explained things clearly and we feel that he was good value for money.
Jul 01, 2019
Xavier M W
I highly recommend Rosa, she is very professional and thorough and her communication was superb throughout.
Her English is also first class. Thank you for all your help.
Lidia is very professional and I have gone back to her several time for legal services. I highly recommend her, especially for English speakers.
Everything has been perfect.
May 20, 2019
Elaine Dennard, Castellon
My lawyer Lidia was extremely helpful. Very satisfied with the overall service provided. Would recommend.
May 17, 2019
Marion Rouillé, Barcelona
He really listened to my story (all the details about the issue I had), he was always clear about his strategy and never sugarcoated the possible outcome.
I appreciated the fact he was very down-to-earth and presented me with truth about the situation, without trying to give me false hopes.
Always professional I would totally recommend his service.
May 10, 2019
Mark Fairley, Gandia
Francisca was extremely professional, great communication throughout the purchasing process.
Phoned or emailed me to keep me updated and worked to a good timescale for completion. Prepared well for the notary and simplified the answers on any questions or issues that occurred.
I would highly recommend Francisca for anyone from the U.K wishing to purchase property in Spain.
She takes away any stress or fear that can happen from entering the unknown legal practice in Spain. I would definitely use Francisca again for legal service, on any future issue or purchasing of property.
She provided good value for service and would be a future person to go to, for any expat in the Spanish community.
Apr 30, 2019
William Bain, Alicante
Jose was extremely helpful - I would definitely recommend him to friends.
Apr 17, 2019
Penny Toomey, La Manga
I could not recommend Consuelo highly enough to choose as a lawyer. She went above and beyond what was required when working for me.
She is reliable, professional and kept me informed of the progress of my case and what she was doing at all times.
Consuelo has an ethical outlook and a strong sense of what is right. She was unfazed when others tried to block her efforts to help me and was always reassuring that we would get there.
Her spoken and written English is excellent so she can work with both English and Spanish (she did for me). Thank you Consuelo!
Apr 16, 2019
Pearse Dunne, UK
Jose is one of the most professional and reliable people I have ever had the pleasure to deal with. He is fully versed in the law and gives excellent advice. His services are excellent value for money.
I have no hesitation in recommending Jose and will definitely be using his services again
Mar 28, 2019
John Seaman, Valencia
My lawyer was very supportive, interested in my needs, able to clarify my situation and explain the process and the various options open to me.
I always felt relieved after each consultation. I will definitely use Inma’s services again
Mar 21, 2019
Kirstin Stokes, St Andrews, Scotland
Francisco advised and managed our recent property purchase in Fuengirola with such friendly professionalism that the whole process was effortless, smooth and completely stress-free!
Francisco was great at responding to our many questions, quickly addressing any concerns we had and resolving issues judiciously. His advice and guidance has been invaluable and the service provided, from start to completion, has been excellent and great value for money. We are more than happy to recommend Francisco to friends, family and all. Paul & Kirstin, Scotland.
First class in all aspects.
Mar 20, 2019
Justin Culmer, United Kingdom
Alvaro was professional, approachable, and very responsive while supporting me with the formal and legal processes in assisting me purchasing my new home in Spain.
He was consistent in all communication and very informative.
To improve the service I would suggest to provide a formal summary document of all legal services and formality checks carried out on the property purchase process, (as done in the UK) as a final overall document given to the client.
Mar 14, 2019
Anne Mette Bergmann, Malaga
Beatriz has been extremely helpful all through the process of buying our apartment.
We had some serious challenges in the beginning with the first apartment we wanted to buy and Beatriz went more than all the way to help - we felt so secure in her hands, and still do.
We will continue to use her service and promote her to anyone who needs a lawyer.
Beatriz was recommended to us by a very good (Danish) friend in Spain and was he right :-) So we give her our best recommendation.
Mar 14, 2019
Sue Gaunt, Lanzarote
He always responded promptly to any enquiries and really took time to explain things I wasnt sure about
Mar 05, 2019
Consuelo was extremely helpful, she couldn't have done more. I would definitely recommend her to friends.
Feb 15, 2019
Jason Baker, Estepona
Alvaro was transparent throughout the process and instilled a confidence in me that he would get the job done, which he duly did!
He was persistent and diligent with his approach, which meant that an issue that i had for 2 years was no longer one.
Regarding the above KPI's of measurement, he was top marks for all of them. I am genuinely satisfied with the service.
Feb 13, 2019
Paul McAteer, Ukraine
Jose was excellent in every way and he will now tend to all our business in Alicante
Feb 05, 2019
Absolutely spot on service, very impressed!
Jan 14, 2019
Mr Olsson, Mallorca
Rosa spoke English more or less fluently. Very satisfied with the service provided.
Jan 07, 2019
Simon Luddon, Alicante
This is the second time we have used Jose . Excellent service, Excellent value for money, replied to emails within two hours.
We just told Jose what we wanted and he just got on with it. I can't praise him highly enough. There is no need for improvements.
Jan 07, 2019
Jim & Susan Heron, Dundee, Scotland
Beatriz was extremely professional and provided an expert service. She understood our requirements, was very approachable and responded to all questions quickly.
She explained the differences in legal requirements between the UK and Spain clearly and helped us to understand them. We would highly recommend Beatriz for any legal services.
We can't think of anything we would like to see improved about the service we received from Beatriz and would have no hesitation in contacting her again if we required any further information.
Jan 07, 2019
Rosa is helpful and very easy to get on with. She knows many other people in the Mallorca property and legal sectors and I'd recommend her.
Her English is very good and there were never any language problems on either side.
Jan 07, 2019
Paul Hutchinson (Mallorca)
I did a little bit of research before appointing Rosa to handle our property purchase in Mallorca, but quickly realised I’d made a great decision.
From beginning to end, she was highly communicative, helpful and friendly and I can’t recommend her highly enough.
Beatriz has always been friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend the service to friends.
Jan 04, 2019
Thom Koller, London
Francisca provided a perfect service!
She is professional, dedicated and took care to understand the needs of my situation. Her service offers exceptional value for money and gives complete peace of mind.
Nov 05, 2018
David Edwards, England
Very Satisfied with the service provided by Oliver. He was quick, efficient and value for money. Would definitely recommend to friends.
Oct 17, 2018
Andrew Morecroft, Lubrin
Juan was extremely helpful during every part of the purchase. As I was buying an older property there were slight complications but Juan explained every issue and managed to work through the difficulties with supreme efficiency.
Also there was a ridiculous situation with my Spanish bank account where I could not access the money even though it was in the account. Thankfully I had given Juan power of attorney and he managed to sort-out the problem.
He went above and beyond the call of duty and I am very grateful for all his help. I would strongly recommend him to anyone looking to buy in the Almeria region.
Oct 15, 2018
Manoochehr Jafari-Nahad, UAE
Jose-Antonio was extremely helpful and prompt and also it was helpful that he could be contacted via social media like Whatsapp
Oct 13, 2018
David Roots, England
We were very satisfied with the service we received. Rosa dealt with the matter in hand promptly and efficiently.
Oct 01, 2018
David K, Barcelona
Oscar was very kind, professional and fair. He was able to help me with my problem and he was very determined that he would.
Oscar is very competent, polite and showed a lot of effort to solve my problem. I strongly recommend him.
Sep 26, 2018
Very satisfied with the service. Francisco is bilingual English-Spanish and was always quick to respond and was very professional at all times.
Sep 25, 2018
Darren & Gemma Nesbitt, Valencia
Inmaculada has been of excellent service to us, as a family and in helping to set up a business in Spain. She has now undertaking several project for us and has delivered high quality on all of them. Perfect service!
Sep 11, 2018
Patsy Valentin, Granada
Extremely accommodating and highly professional and very pro active. Excellent result and service. Highly recommended.
Sep 11, 2018
My lawyer Alvaro was extremely helpful and very efficient. I would definitely recommend his services to friends.
Sep 05, 2018
Tracey Iliffe Bradley, UK
Rosa dealt with everything efficiently and promptly and went beyond our expectations by helping us to open a Spanish bank account and deal with other minutiae.
Aug 14, 2018
John Ryan, Derby, England
A perfect relationship between client and professional. Nothing was too much trouble.
Went over and above his job and more. I would only use his services if I need legal services. I were very lucky to find Jose first time round.
Thank you jose
Aug 08, 2018
Teresa Valencia (Gandia)
I'm very pleased with services I received. Buying a house from abroad is not an easy job and thanks to Francisca everything was clear.
Jose Antonio was very professional and has assisted me in every step of the purchase of my flat in Alicante.
He also assisted me by advising of the most suitable area according to my needs. His commitment and dedication is excellent.
Jose Antonio was very easy to approach and happy to help in any way he can.
I will definitely recommend him to my family and friends.
Apr 23, 2018
We had excellent service from Esther at Advocate Abroad when buying a property in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.
Esther speaks both Spanish and English, and is very friendly, professional and genuine. She took care of the whole purchasing process and explained all the steps for us, including giving advice on Spanish bank account, NIE numbers etc.
We are very pleased with all the help we have received and can highly recommend Esther. Thank you so much!
Apr 13, 2018
L Marshall, London
Rosa was excellent. Very efficient and professional.
Responsive and always available. Extremely helpful - we did not understand the process and she guided us through.
We would not hesitate to recommend her.
Mar 28, 2018
Ali Hashemi, Alicante
Rafael was extremely helpful, accommodating and understanding. He couldn't have done more.
Feb 14, 2018
Lisa Jones, UK
Kristina was extremely helpful throughout the process of buying my property in Spain. She was very easy to reach at all times and very professional. I would highly recommend Kristina to anyone buying a property in the area.
Jan 25, 2018
Jackie Acres, UK
Miguel is fantastic, his English is superb. He responds clearly and concisely and always quickly too.
He is helpful and approachable and has always answered all my questions very thoroughly. He’s very polite and an absolute pleasure to deal with.
I hope he never retires!
Jan 25, 2018
Norman McElroy, Northern Ireland
Erardo was very professional, always available and most courteous in all the dealings I had with him.
I would be happy to recommend Erardo to anyone.
Jan 18, 2018
Larry Karns, Valencia
Inma is a very approachable, open and knowledgeable professional.
She is available to meet with us on short notice, is attentive to our needs, answers each of our questions fully and provides appropriate legal solutions.
Inma is bilingual which has simplified communication and avoids misunderstandings. Her fees are definitely value for the money paid, and we will continue to seek her professional services.
Jan 10, 2018
DP, United States
He has been very attentive, efficient, and always anticipates our needs in a timely manner.
We enjoy working with him and look forward to other future business arrangements when needed.
Jan 03, 2018
Jeremi Hazan, Israel
Francisco is a good men and honest. Did the job perfect.
Dec 21, 2017
Delphine Harrison, England
Jose was excellent from my initial contact to the exchange of the contracts, always responding quickly to my emails even out of work hours, very professional and understanding.
Jose made the whole experience stress free and quite enjoyable, I would highly recommend him for anybody needing legal advise or business abroad.
Dec 21, 2017
Jose-Antonio was very helpful, always happy to assist. I was very satisfied with the service and would definitely use this lawyer again.
Dec 19, 2017
Tim Burley, Mallorca
A very strange phenomenon with lawyers in Spain - she was working for me rather than just trying to line her own pockets!
Dec 15, 2017
Colin Stuart Farmer, UK
Juan Ignacio met me in Almeria and with skill and persistence was able to deal with the eviction of a non paying tenant in a very short time, and avoided long and drawn out court processes.(The time factor was important because after gaining access it became apparent that the occupant was rapidly trashing the place.).
At all times he maintained personal contact with continuous updates during the process.
A great bloke, great job done and good value.
Hopefully he can do the same for when I sell the place.
Dec 15, 2017
Bjarne ten Harkel, The Netherlands
My lawyer Rossana is an honest person and highly professional. She is simpatico. I would definitely hire this lawyer again.
Nov 22, 2017
Bruce and Susan Moore, England
Great responsive and assured service
Oct 31, 2017
Bruce Moore, United Kingdom
Complete confidence and removed any hassle from the process.
Even better was the willingness to provide follow up support and guidance. A great service!
Oct 31, 2017
Graham & Josephine Flinders, UK
Rosa is a excellent lawyer and a extremely nice person, very efficient and helped us though the sale of our apartment.
It all went very smoothly and it was mostly down to Rosa who dealt with anything that came up in a very professional manner. Rosa explained all what was happening in English and always returned our calls with any answers to our questions.
Her fees are very very reasonable and we felt we got real value for money, we cannot recommend Rosa enough.she is a throughy nice approachable person.We would not hesitate using Rosa again and have recommended her to other people in majorca.
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