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Real Estate in Spain

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 02, 2024

Summary: An expat should begin their search for a home to buy in Spain by researching the different regions and cities in the country. They should consider factors such as cost of living, climate, and proximity to amenities. It is also important to research the local real estate market and the availability of properties. Foreigners are allowed to purchase property in Spain, however there are certain restrictions in place. For example, non-EU citizens must obtain a visa and residency permit before they can purchase a property. Houses in Spain typically include amenities such as air conditioning, central heating, and a terrace or balcony. Many homes also have a pool, garden, and garage. Depending on the region, some homes may also include a fireplace, outdoor kitchen, or other luxury features.

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How do I find a place to live in Spain?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Through a relocation company. They are the right people to tell you what are the advantages and disavantages about the different areas with an orientation tour. Also to visit properties, I think they give you the best idea on what is on the market," remarked one foreigner who made the move to Barcelona.

"There are many different ways to find a place to live in Spain. You could start by doing online research and utilizing resources such as rental websites like Idealista.com and Fotocasa.es. You could also consider reaching out to friends, family and colleagues from Spain who may have information on available properties. Additionally, local newspapers often advertise rental listings and are a great source of information, as well as a good way to get in touch with potential landlords. You can also contact real estate agencies that specialize in finding housing solutions. Finally, networking within the local community or expat groups can be a great way to get the most up-to-date information on potential rental options," explained one person living in Spain.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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