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Buying a Home in Spain Paperback – 28 Sep 2006

3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Survival Books; 6th Revised edition edition (28 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901130193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901130195
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For a smooth move to Spain, this is the vital weapon with which to arm yourself. --Everything Spain

A much clearer, sympathetic read than your average guidebook, it provides an all important reality check! --A Place in the Sun

A vital tool in the war against real estate sharks; don't even think of buying without reading this book first! --Everything Spain


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A very comprehensive guide to buying a place in Spain. There's a wealth of facts in this book so don't expect to absorb it all on the first reading. - But don't worry, it's all presented in a very readable and humerous style. The author also provides a useful insight into some of the less palatable aspects of property ownership in Spain (not that Spain is any worse than any other country)and this means that we can approach our negotiations with much more confidence. Indeed, he doesn't appear to be scared to tread on a few toes he also exposes some of the less appealing aspects (for example read the section on Community properties, pages 150-155) Reading the rather vitriolic comments of a previous reviewer made me curious as to why the book prompted such a reaction. It was either somebody in the property trade who's cage he'd rattled or (call me a cynic if you wish) it was deliberate bait. Either way it attracted me to the book. So to that person 'Thank You' for calling it to my attention; it has become my bible.
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Having made several mistakes buying my first property in Spain when it came to the second I invested in David Hampshire's BUYING A HOME IN SPAIN. What a revelation! He has certainly saved me a lot of money, and probably my sanity - Spain is a wonderful place to live, but the laws, regulations, and customs are very different to the UK, and the well-meaning advice of ex-pats can lead to losing your car, home or savings. This book tells it like it is...thank you Mr Hampshire, you obviously HAVE lived here, and your advice really hits the spot.
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This book has an eight-page index - starting on page 403! Thus
it is an excellent reference book that gives a lot of detail answers.
Despite being a sixth edition, it is now a little dated and some of
the information has been superseded. The presence of website
addresses is useful as one can follow up easily but at the time of
writing the property crash was a looming possibility rather than a
reality. It is now a buyer's market and so considerations of the
eventual Capital Gains Tax are worthy of attention. As always
one needs to take professional - and up-to-date - advice.

David Hampshire clearly knows his stuff. Perhaps some day his
knowledge will be imparted in an updated edition. In the meantime
he has provided an excellent foundation but we will need to find
out the rules for creating the super-structure upon it.
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David Hampshire has written or co-written a series of books on living, working and purchasing homes in different countries; this is the 5th of his "country" books I have bought. We have previously lived in Switzerland and France and have close relatives in Portugal and we find David Hampshire's books invaluable - they are detailed, honest and well-written - good reference books and introduction for anyone contemplating a move abroad. I have given his books to several friends, including his book on the U.S. to a friend who moved to Virginia. I purchased this one for a relative planning to buy a house in Spain. It is not the only hand-book or advice one needs but it is certainly a great guide/check-list of the daily items one needs to deal with in a foreign country.
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This book scared the living daylights out of me! Having read it I was convinced that I would never have the mental stamina to deal with all the red tape he describes. I know that it is important that people are warned of the possible pitfalls of buying property abroad but did this book have to be so negative and so pessimistic? The Chapter on Spanish driving was dreadfully insulting, as were the comments about Spain being the noisiest country in Europe! How I would have liked a more ENCOURAGING book - by all means point out potential pitfalls, Mr Hampshire, but please do so in a constructive way. Were I a more timid character I would have read this book and ditched all my plans for moving to Spain in the near future - not a read for the faint hearted.
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The book was far too old to be of use. It still talks about the peseta! No longer of any relevance.
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This is the 6th edition of this great book. When we bought our first home in Spain in 2002 this was our bible, then of course we wrote our own book on buying a home in Murcia! Buying Property in Murcia: Insider Tips on Buying, Selling and Renting Property in South East Spain As with many of these types of books they have a large remit - "describe the whole of Spain and how to buy, sell, rent, move, live etc" - David Hampshire's book is one of the best at handling such a large job, though of course some of the nuances and subtleties of the individual regions can't be covered. This is a very comprehensive book though and obligatory reading!
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A good book. He does NOT pull any punches, buying a home in Spain is scarry. It needs to be done properly, this has some of the horror stories. DONT try and buy a home without this book its a great investment.
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