Buying

Whether you are looking to buy immediately or are you looking to purchase in the future we are happy to assist you. We provide a personal and highly experienced property finders service and our aim is to simplify the research, viewings and purchase process working in close partnership with our clients and dedicating as much time as you require to find and purchase the perfect property for you. Based on the information you provide we will conduct some initial research and send you a portfolio of properties that match your requirements. Based on your feedback, over time, we will gradually refine your choices until we have the best selection of properties that match your requirements. Once you have arranged a trip to Spain we will schedule the property viewings for you, accompany you to each of the viewings and gradually determine which property is the best for you. We will then help and advise you throughout the buying process and after. We work with a large network of professional agents through the various inter agency networks and are therefore able to offer a comprehensive buying service collaborating with other real estate companies in order to provide properties from the whole property market, to providing introductions to lawyers (native speaking to you), accountants, fiscal tax advisors, currency experts and other services that can provide further benefits to your buying experience.

All we need from you are your basic property requirements and we can begin immediately.

  1. Budget Ceiling
  2. Property Type ( villa, townhouse or apartment )
  3. Number of Bedrooms
  4. Preferred location

 

THE PURCHASE PROCESS

Once we have helped you find your perfect property you will need to make an initial offer and we will advise you accordingly. Once accepted you would complete a reservation document and pay a nominal sum, somewhere between € 3000 & € 6000, usually to your lawyer. Once this is done the property will be taken off market and reserved. This deposit is normally held by your lawyer in their client account, until the private contract is signed. Should the offer not be accepted and negotiations end, the deposit can be returned to you.

In order to comply with strict anti money laundering laws you will be required to provide to your lawyer and estate agent the following information:

  • Passport copy for all purchasers
  • Full main residencial address
  • Utility bill dated within last 3 months
  • Description of source of wealth for the purchase

Once you offer is accepted, your nominated lawyer will check the land registry to make sure the property is properly registered and that there are no liens or encumbrances. The lawyer will arrange the payment structure with the vendors representative prior to going to notary and prepare a private contract that will bind both parties. Normally a private purchase contract is arranged and 10% of the purchase price is paid and set against the agreed sales price. The private purchase contract will set the date for the sale completion and the lawyers will prepare the public deeds for signature at a Spanish notary.

A purchaser will also be required to apply for an NIE (Numero de Identificacion de Extranjeros) which is simply an official identification number for non Spanish nationals. The application must be made prior to signing and taking position of a property. Your lawyer can arrange this for you.

It is also important to open a Spanish bank account prior to purchase in order that your lawyer can set up standing orders for future payments of the property utilities and taxes.

On the date of completion at the Spanish notary the Escritura (title deed) should only be signed once your lawyer has carried out all relevant checks to confirm ownership of the property, that’s its free of debts,etc. Your lawyer will have agreed a payment method and structure with the vendor before completing at the notary. Bank-guaranteed cheques issued by a branch on the Costa del Sol are the preferred method, though it should also be possible to transfer funds to the notary’s account. You will require certain necessary documents with you when you go to the signing including an N.I.E number, your lawyer will inform you of everything you will need to take to the Notary.If you are unable to attend the signing at notary personally then a power of attorney can be granted to your lawyer to represent you. The easiest way to grant power of attorney is to sign one before a notary in Spain, though at greater expense one can also be arranged through the Spanish consulates in the UK or through a British notary. All involved parties, the vendors, buyers and mortgage lenders, have to be present represented by powers of attorney at the signing of the escritura.

 

THE PURCHASE COST & TAXES

When purchasing a resale property there is an 8% transfer tax payable by the buyer, known in Spanish as Impuesto de Transferencia de Propiedad (ITP)

For off-plan new build purchases there is a fixed rate of 10% IVA ( VAT).

Notary fees can vary depending on the number of pages or complexity of the title deed but are normally in the region of 0.5% of the purchase price. There is also a land registry fee of around 0.3%.

Lawyer’s fees are in the region of 1% of the selling price.

 

MORTGAGES

Should you require a mortgage we can recommend an independent mortgage adviser that specialises in providing impartial advice to non-residents and ex pats and who will discuss your mortgage requirements. As a non-resident the maximum mortgage you can expect to achieve through a Spanish bank is between 70 to 80 %

Client Testimonials

Looking for a trusted property and letting agency then look no further. I have used Dominic Packwood and “Available Now” for over 8 years simply because of his total straightforward, honest approach and above all will take that extra step to ensure both landlord, tenant or buyer and seller of property are matched to ensure transactions are dealt with the minimum fuss.

Always on hand to sort day-to-day problems and without him and his company’s efforts over the years we would simply have been lost. Simply put an excellent committed business offering a great service that I have no hesitation recommending.

Jim & Sue Allen.

I have been on both sides of the fence as a client of Available Now,
They have handled the rental of my apartment originally to a Spanish tenant and more recently to an English tenant and the apartment has let on both occasions very quickly indeed. I was introduced to the tenants before the start of the tenancy and everything was handled on my behalf without any need for me to get involved at all. From time to time small issues have arisen, and the maintenance staff dealt with them quickly and at little cost to me.
On the other side of the fence, I also rent a house through Available Now, and have done so for three and a half years. When I first saw the house, it was perfect for my requirements, and still is. The landlords live in England and I have had little contact directly with them, having kept in regular contact with Available Now, and again any small issues that have come up have been quickly dealt with by the maintenance staff.
I really have to say that I have found Dominic, Camilla and the rest if the team a pleasure to deal with, they are always friendly and helpful and the next time my apartment is free or I am looking to move I will certainly use their services.

Grant Phillips

I would just like to say that Dominic and his staff at Available Now have always been extremely helpful and supportive during our years with his agency. Owning a property in Spain can be quite stressful whilst still resident in the UK and not knowing the language or Tax implications ,however Dominic has always been there to explain the setup and act as our man on the ground. WE have full confidence in Dominic and the Available Now staff and look forward to continuing being engaged with their friendly and professional agency. Dominic and his team were successful in eventually selling our property and were once again very professional and assisted us throughout the entire process.

Terry Finlay

Firstly thank you so much for the superb bottle of fizz you so kindly presented us on completion.
We enjoyed drinking it on our own balcony celebrating our good luck.
Secondly thank you for all your help with our search and subsequent purchase in Spain. We cannot thank you enough for everything you have done to assist us, we absolutely love our new apartment, it is tempting us to move out there permanently.

Ken & Heather Edgington. ( Property purchased in Tee 5, Los Flamingos )

Should you wish to see what is available in Spain – make contact with Dominic he is 100% trustworthy and has online access to every property on sale in the region. (whereas estate agents only have access to their own that they are selling). Dominic can show you or send you things that you are maybe interested in and take it from there should you wish to view anything! When buying our villa we encountered problems with estate agents who were only interested in the sale and did not have our best interests at heart – The region is full of sharks !!! – But Dominic isn’t one of them he will give you good advice and prices and legalities etc…

Colin Clyburn, property sold in Navi golf, La Cala

‘My apartment was let through Available Now for several years and the service has been exemplary. Dominic has been a delight to talk to, always friendly and helpful and hugely efficient in finding good tenants and making sure that the place is always occupied and maintained. He’s been a great help in advising me on pricing for the sale of the property and has been especially active in ensuring that it gets plenty of good viewings. I feel very happy to continue placing my property in the hands of the agency.’

Dominic and his team found us a buyer in December 2016 and were a pleasure to work with as always.

Jill McKenna, property sold Royal Golf, Miraflores.

We placed our apartment with AvailableNOW on the 10th of may and the sale was completed on the 3rd of July. We had excellent advice from Elke and Dominic when making decisions about our sale. The information about our apartment was quickly and accurately placed on the website. We had all the help that we required in providing the information and documents needed.

Elke provided frequent updates on viewings. When the sale was agreed Elke guided us through to completion by frequently updating us and by liaising with the buyer and solicitors. AvailableNOW made our sale a trouble free and smooth event.

J.HUGHES - Property Sold La Quinta

At Easter 2017 we decided to buy a Townhouse as a holiday home between Malaga and Marbella.



We had no idea how to go about the purchase, so I searched for various agents on the internet. Thereby I discovered at Elke from AvailableNow and we had a competent and targeted communication immediately. Thus, we decided to work with Elke as our agent to view some houses. She asked us a lot about our preferences, so that the first houses met our taste. After the first day, Elke searched again, so that we found the perfect house on the third day. On the ground, the care, the completion and the recommendation of associates (lawyer, company for renovation work etc.) were excellent. The purchase completed in July. After this, some renovation works were necessary. Since autumn, we are using our holiday home and we are completely happy.

I can only recommend Elke and AvailableNow. They are helpful, personal and even after the purchase at every time available. Many thanks again!

Liebe Grüße

Uwe

Germany

Liebe Grüße, Uwe - Property sold Calahonda

AvailableNow were my letting agents for over 10 years and they took great care of me and my apartment. They found me reliable tenants, if there was a problem whether in the apartment or with a tenant, they were onto it immediately. They were honest and reliable and I felt I could trust them.

They later sold my apartment for me and again everything went very smoothly.

I can thoroughly recommend their services”

Ken Groves - Property Sold Riviera

“We were suggested by our friend some other agents but unfortunately we lost time and were very disappointed due to lack of understanding for our needs and hopes. I found Elke of AvailableNOW thru their website and send first contact. Elke responded always fast, listened carefully of our requirements and evaluate with us market situation and availability. Her analysis was a big help for us. She suggested us final area San Pedro and Urbanization which met our hopes and needs. For a Finnish and Scandinavians Elke’s style fits nicely.

“Finnish couple from Helsinki”

Ojanen, Aki - Property Purchase - San Pedro

We have used Dominic to act on our behalf in renting out our apartment for the last 4 years. Dominic has always provided a first class service and we have been particularly impressed when it has come to finding new tenants. The apartment has never been empty for more than two months. Any issues arising have always been dealt with quickly and efficiently. Having been so pleased with the service and advice Dominic has provided we had no hesitation in asking him to market our apartment now we have decided to sell.

Bob Newton

I have rented various properties through AvailableNow and have always received a top service. Dominic is trustworthy, fast, efficient and has a reliable team at his disposition ready to solve all types of issues- from plumbing to sky dishes etc. He deals with issues in a very timely manner and will personally make sure any issues are resolved as quickly as possible which is normally an impossible task on the Costa del Sol. He manages to make renting a smooth & pleasant experience.

Pamela SotoLos Naranjos de Marbella

Available Now looked after my apartment for a number of years. Nothing is too much trouble for them and whenever there is a small crisis they always go the extra mile to make sure that you can relax in the knowledge that it will soon be resolved. In all the time I have been with them my apartment was never been empty for long. When tenants moved on a replacement was quickly found. Once we decided to sell Dominic and the team quickly and efficiently found us a buyer and held our hands through the whole proceedings. I thoroughly recommend their excellent and professional service.

Peter Stockton

Since my divorce in 2008 I have rented several properties from Dominic and Available Now.
The reason I always use Available Now and have recommended them to my friends is the high level of service I have received whenever there has been a problem with a property or the owner, every problem has always been 100% resolved to my satisfaction.

Nick Stuart

Elke Eskes of AvailableNOW was invaluable to us in our pursuit of a Spanish second home in the Costa Del Sol. She knew the area very well and even more importantly than helping us find our apartment, she helped us with the process of buying a Spanish property as American citizens, which was daunting at times. We could not have accomplished it without her! Thanks, Elke!

Allen LaBrune - Property Purchase - Torrenueva

Since the purchase of our apartment in 2010 ‘Available Now’ have offered a range of services removing any issues and providing an excellent service in the process. When furnishing the apartment, Dominic gave lots of choice and different budgets to suit our needs and when renting the apartment, communication has always been very good and efficient making the process hassle free.

Mike & Tracey Shepherd

Ever since we discovered Available Now , Dominic and his team have removed the hassle of renting our property in Marbella. They have provided an extremely professional service with a personal touch. We have recommended them to friends on a few occasions and they have always come up trumps. Well done and keep up the good work!

Gerry & Shaaron Agnew

We find that you and your staff have been very helpful in sorting out problems with the local authorities and the fact that you are Multi Lingual is a great help.

Hannelore and Len Walker

In the 7 years that Available Now has been the agent managing of the apartment that I rent, I have found the service to be excellent. Anything that has needed to be done has always happened quickly, without any hassle for me.

Mike Bluestone

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