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Buying Property In Spain Glossary

Buying Property in Spain

Although any expatriate intending to buy property in Spain would be advised to use the professional services of an estate agent and a translator and must legalise the transaction before a Public Notary, the following glossary of terms commonly used either to describe properties in Spain or during the transaction process is a useful aid for non-Spanish speakers.

Abogado – Lawyer

Actos Juridicos Documentados (AJD) – Stamp duty

Adosado – Semi-detached house

Agencia Inmobiliaria – Estate Agent

Agencia Tributaria – Tax office

A.P.I. (Agente de la Propiedad Inmobiliaria) – Officially licensed estate agent

Aire acondicionado – Air conditioning

Aparcamiento – Parking

Apartamento – Apartment

Arras – Small payment given to the seller to guarantee that the property transaction will be completed within an agreed time limit.

Asesor Fiscal – Financial Advisor

Aval – Loan underwriter

Ayuntamiento – Town hall

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