Some basic stuff first about the terms that you will find relating to Spanish homes (the experts might want to skip the first couple of paragraphs).
In the UK these would probably be called a "Flat", in the USA a "Condo" or "condominium" (I think I've spelt that right). Now these could be in a tower block or even a two storey home.
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This is a home split over two floors, it could be in a large apartment block or even just a 2 storey villa, so you could have a "duplex apartment" or "duplex townhouse" for example.
This is the same as a duplex but spread over three floors.
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Now this is where it gets confusing, a bungalow is a single storey home (as we all know) but in Spain it is not always on the ground or lowest floor. This means that even if it is on the ground floor, there might be more bungalows or apartments above it!
A quad or quad house is a building that has been designed as a block of 4 homes, with one dwelling on each corner and don't forget these could be bungalows, duplex or even triplex.
Now this is what I would call a terrace or connected row / block of homes all joined together, usually with 2 or 3 floors.
A chalet or detached chalet is a detached home or a detached villa.
An off plan property is a home that has not been built yet or in some cases it may be partially constructed. When viewing, buyers are shown either a mock up or one that has already been finished and the position on the site where yours would be built. Due to the complexity of dealing directly with Spanish builders these are usually viewed on an Inspection Trip. A special contract is drawn up with an agreed time scale for completion (which sometimes actually happens on time) and a payment schedule, with the balance on completion.
This is an easy one, resale property is a second hand home, if you have the money, you can buy in a matter of a few days and quite often sold furnished.
The majority of homes built today, whether in a block or detached, belong to a "community" which might consist of 30 or 300 various dwellings. Every year a meeting of all the owners decides what and how to spend money on, for example there might be communal swimming pools and gardens to look after, or maintenance of the exteriors to ensure they are painted regularly.
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This should be a relatively easy transaction as long as you fully understand what you are buying. So the best advice is to find a local solicitor who speaks good English (if you can't understand him, find one you can) and check out everything (and I mean everything) with him before you sign anything. This is very important, it is not like the UK where you just back out anytime, once you sign a contract you are commited totally. see Buying Spanish Property for more information.
Renting Spanish Holiday Homes
For tourists visiting Spain that want to rent a holiday home it has never been easier or cheaper, there are millions of holiday rentals all over Spain that can be rented for the short term, so check everywhere and compare prices before you book. Many villas and apartments can be rented direct from the owners or Spanish agents with the aid of the internet, so large sums of money can be saved.
Long Term Home Rental
Again, there is a large choice nowdays with many agents competing for the market and prices are very cheap (certainly compared to the UK) with all inclusive packages on offer (all fees, electricity, water). They are usually rented on 6 month contracts with a couple of months "up front".
Costa Blanca Homes
Hundreds of thousands of homes have been built through the length and breadth of the Costa Blanca in the last 20 years and are still being built today, ensuring an amazing choice.
- Alicante - A city with true Spanish charm
- Altea - One of the most beautiful cities on the Costa Blanca
- Benidorm - Fantastic year round destination!
- Denia - Historic town with great beaches
- Torrevieja - Booming centre of the southern Costa Blanca
Costa del Sol Homes
When most people think of Spain it is the Costa del Sol they are thinking about with its glitzy resorts and fabulous marinas full of huge yachts.
- Benalmadena - A premier holiday destination
- Fuengirola - Famous for its miles of white fine sand beaches
- Malaga - More to offer than just seaside and sunshine
- Marbella - The Complete holiday experience
- Torremolinos - The heart of the Costa del Sol
Costa Calida Homes
Just south of the well known Costa Blanca is the Costa Calida which in the last few years has seen an upsurge of tourism and building.
- La Manga - Famous for the "Strip" jutting out between the sea and Mar Menor
- Los Alcazares - Real Spanish town with gently sloping beaches
- Murcia - Capital City of the "Costa Calida"
Costa Almeria Homes
With a large undeveloped coastline and quaint small towns and villages, this could be the next boom area of Spain.
- Almeria - Over 3000 hours of sun per year
- Mojacar - Andalucia at its best
- Roquetas de Mar - Fishing town turned holiday resort
For more local information, details and advice about the homes available in all the other "Costas"( Costa de la Luz, Costa Dorada, Costa Brava, Costa del Azahar, Costa Tropical), plus the areas around Barcelona, Seville, Granada, the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria) and not forgetting the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca) can be checked using the comprehensive tables of Spanish resorts and Cities;
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With mortgages becoming even harder to obtain and interest rates varying from bank to bank and country to country good advice should be sort.