Overseas property buyers considering an investment in Spain have been urged not to cut corners by the British embassy.
With the recession biting, and Brits keen to bag a bargain, many buyers are not seeking proper legal advice and are cutting corners when it comes to paperwork in an effort to rush through sales and save even more money, a situation which can lead to a major headache further down the line.
"You should exercise extreme caution if an estate agent, promoter or lawyer urges you to cut corners to save money or time. The Spanish property conveyancing system is different to the UK. When you choose an estate agent, promoter or lawyer to help with your purchase, check that they are qualified, reliable professionals and have significant experience of operating in Spain and expert knowledge of how the system works," said Embassy property adviser Alex Brown.
"Although the vast majority of British property owners enjoy life in Spain and have had no problems, thousands of British expats are facing some kind of legal problem with their homes, some because they were advised to cut corners during the purchasing process.” he added.
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