Reflections from Valencia

  • Chartered Surveyors in Valencia – The Return of the Imposters

    It hasn’t taken too long for the imposters to return to the market place, now that the seeds of recovery are in place. ‘Passing-off’ as a Chartered Surveyor was not uncommon in the boom years, but the majority disappeared once the dust had settled after the financial crash of 2008 and the ensuing economic crisis […]

  • Building Refurbishments in Valencia

    Building Refurbishments in Valencia The subject of Building Licences has always been a thorny issue in Spain, partly because it is widely recognised that a large portion of building and refurbishment projects have traditionally been carried out without the correct legal authorisations. Perhaps foreign nationals can be forgiven for flouting the rules when so many […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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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