Avoid pain when buying in Spain

With Spain’s fantastic climate, food, wine and lifestyle, it’s hardly surprising that it is the number one holiday destination for Britons and also for holiday homes. Following last month’s article about where to buy for investment or a holiday home, Dylan Mitchell looks at the process of buying property in Spain and turning that dream into a reality.

Port de Soller – MallorcaThe buying process

First things first: you will need an NIE number (numero de identificacion de extranjeros), which is a Spanish tax number.

This is similar to the National Insurance number in the UK. You will need an NIE number before you can sign to buy a property with the notaire, but also if you’re planning to work or start a business in Spain.