Reflections from Valencia

  • Rehabilitación de edificios en Valencia

    El tema de las licencias de construcción siempre ha sido un tema espinoso en España, en parte porque es ampliamente reconocido que una gran parte de los proyectos de construcción y remodelación tradicionalmente se han realizado sin las autorizaciones legales correctas. Tal vez los extranjeros pueden encontrar perdon por continuar desobedeciendo las reglas del mismo […]

  • Foreign investment on the rise in Valencia.

    According to the official statistics from the Consejo General del Notariado (the Notaries are the government officials required to witness each property transaction) there has been an increase of almost 12% in the purchase of residential properties by foreign nationals in the second quarter of the year in Spain. Leading the way are the usual suspects, with […]

  • Crackdown by the Taxman – the ‘Catastrazo’ is underway.

    There have been numerous reports in the Spanish press in recent weeks suggesting the that Spanish tax authorities, or the Ministerio de Hacienda, are extending their pursuit of those people who have not properly declared changes to their properties. Of course, this situation is not unusual in Spain and there are estimated to be hundreds of thousands, […]

  • Do I really need a Survey in Spain?

    Unfortunately, the residential property sector in Spain has traditionally held a poor reputation in terms of professionalism, transparency and customer service. In particular the Valencia region, incorporporating the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Azahar, has been depicted very badly in the international press in recent years. The sale or purchase of property in Spain […]

  • Surveyor or Chartered Surveyor – is there a difference?

    Many people are unaware that only members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) can legally call themselves ‘Chartered Surveyors’. Members can be easily identified because they are entitled to use the initials MRICS or FRICS after their name. But, some may ask, won’t  any ‘surveyor’  do for a residential property inspection? Aren’t all […]

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