New Testimonial Video – Neil Abbott Uk Client Jan 2023

In this video Neil Abbott an English client of Spanish Property North gives a testimonial about working with Mary when he bought his property in Asturias.

We are so grateful for the recommendation and if anyone out there is looking for a house or simply needs help with the purchase process or other relocation services please do get in touch and we will offer you the same level of service that made Neil a very happy client.

The text of the video is below:
‘My name’s Neil, a client of Mary Ryan from Spanish Property North and i just wanted to recommend her if you are thinking of buying a place in Spain, to get away from it all and to live the dream!
I just wanted to say that Mary is a very, very good estate agent who knows how things work here. I couldn’t have got this place without her – she made the impossible happen! So i got this 265m2 house with 5 bedrooms – I’ve renovated the 5th bedroom into a yoga space so now I can offer meditation + yoga retreats breathwork, and cold water bathing. So thanks Mary, it was amazing how you managed to pull all that off during the lockdown.
So I’m really grateful for that, and if anyone’s having thoughts about using Mary, I’d say she’s your best bet, especially if Spanish is not your first language as she knows the system and keeps everything simple and very efficient. I couldn’t have done it without you Mary It was incredible how it all worked out and now I own this place! I have big plans for this place and everyday it’s a joy to get up and do things here!’

Latest testimonial – Assistance with property purchase in northern Spain

One of the services which Spanish Property North offers is a package to assist people, even though they may not have found the property through us, to complete a purchase of a property in Northern Spain. We can ‘hold your hand’ throughout the process – from initial view of the paper work to translating at the signing (and beyond) – to make sure this important, expensive and often tricky process runs as smoothly as possible.

For example, earlier this year we had the pleasure of assisting Frank and Safia from the Netherlands with the purchase of a property in Colunga, Asturias and later advising them on a second purchase that they were also considering. They found the properties via a local agent and they then employed us on a consultancy basis to guide them safely and easily through the whole process; from negotiations through obtaining NIEs, overseeing technical reports, attendance in Notaría and assistance with utiities and bank accounts.

Here you can read their experience in their own words:

Our story:
Mary was introduced to us by a young Dutch woman, who until recently lived in Asturias, somewhere high in the mountains, who had positive experiences with Mary when buying and selling her house in Spain. Mary is originally English, but has lived with her family in Asturias for almost 18 years and is therefore fluent in Spanish.  She knows professionally about all the in/outs/formalities and was willing to guide us through this purchasing process.  You need someone like that.  Point.  Only then can you continue in the purchasing process.

A buying process of a house in Spain requires specific knowledge and is not completed in 1 day.  To avoid surprises and traveling back and forth, we have authorized Mary to do business on our behalf, up to the signing of the purchase contract.  This is formally recorded with a Spanish notary, in Oviedo.  This means that it is not without obligation, and reliable.

There were some minor defects in the house we wanted to buy that needed to be resolved.  All this was neatly laid down in the preliminary purchase contract.  Under the watchful eye of Mary. Anyway, we finally came to a financial agreement with the seller, the required documents were approved by Mother Mary, and on the last day of our stay in Spain we were able to sign the preliminary purchase contract ourselves.

Back in NL we have transferred the deposit, 10% of the purchase amount, with which the ‘object’ is also off the market. Mary started in Spain with the application of the required NIE numbers.  This is a citizen service number for foreign residents  and is requested at a police station. Finally, a few months later, Mary signed the purchase contract in Spain, so we did not have to go to Spain, which saved us time and money!

At a later stage, Mary also helped us with some problems with the bills from the energy company there. Finally, she advised us on the inspection of another house in Asturias, by calling in an architect for an architectural report, as a result of which the purchase of that house (fortunately afterwards) did not go through.

In other words: Mary, thank you very much!
Frank and Safia, the Netherlands (and now Asturias).

A Notary's office

The Notary prepares the deed of purchase and publicly notarises before presenting it to the Land Registry

New Digital Nomad Visa

If you are a remote worker lucky enough to be able to work from anywhere then it just got a whole lot easier for you to move to Spain. Earlier this month Spain’s government passed the long-awaited Startup Law, aimed at attracting talent and investment into the country and making it generally more attractive to entrepreneurs. Within this legislation is the so-called digital nomad visa that will enable remote workers and their spouse/partner and dependent children to live in Spain for up to five years and potentially later providing a route to permanent residency. The law also has tax breaks within it which make it even more favorable.

two people work at laptops in country house

Photo by Manu Prats

While the legislation has been passed and is no longer just speculation  it is due to actually come into force in early 2023. We will let you know when the exact date is confirmed but now is the time to prime yourself with information so you can be ready to get your application in as soon as the gates open! So here are some of the basics that we know already.

The digital nomad visa is primarily aimed at non European Economic area nationals (including Brits of course) as these are the people who will really benefit from an easier route into a working visa. If you’re an EU passport holder living and working in Spain is very straightforward but if not then obtaining a visa that allows you to work here has historically been difficult and a rather arduous process. But no more! As long as you can fulfil certain requirements.

  • You must be a remote worker and you must have worked remotely for at least a year
  • If you are under contract to a company that permits remote working you must have had a professional relationship with them for at least three months
  • You need to be earning the majority of your income from outside Spain and you need to be able to demonstrate that.
  • Your work for Spanish companies must not exceed 20% of your total income
  • If you are freelance you must be able to provide the terms and conditions of your work with at least one company outside Spain

The visa will initially be granted for a year, with a two year extension allowed, followed by another two year extension which will bring it up to a total of five years. It is thought that there may be introduced a route into permanent residency after the five year period but this has yet to be confirmed.

It has not yet been confirmed where you will apply for this visa. In the case of the Non-Lucrative visa for example you must apply from your home country but it is looking more likely that you will be able to apply for the digital nomad visa within the 90 day period of the Schengen visitor allowance as one of the requirements will be to prove an address here.

As more details become known and dates are confirmed we will continue to keep you informed. And when the digital nomad visa is up and running we will be able to assist you with the process, so feel free to get in touch now to get the ball rolling.

The Spanish Golden Visa

The Spanish Golden Visa is currently a hotter topic than ever. Post-Brexit, British nationals have joined the ranks of non-EU citizens who have to concern themselves with visas for living and working in Spain and for spending unrestricted periods anywhere within the Schengen zone. The Golden Visa can be a great solution.

With the Spanish Golden Visa you get automatic residency, the right to live and work in Spain and the right to unlimited travel within the Schengen zone for you and your family. You are not even obliged to spend a minimum length of time per year within the country – other visas require proof that you spend at least 6 months a year, which is also the length of time that makes you a fiscal resident. 

A stunning property for sale close to the beach in Ribadesella, Asturias Northern Spain...

A stunning property close to the beach in Ribadesella…

In short, the golden visa gives you the most rights and freedoms with the least limitations and obligations and is well worth considering if you have the means to meet the investment criteria.

The simplest way to obtain the Golden visa is by investing a minimum of 500,000€ in property within Spain. This can be spread across a number of properties and a range of areas and there is no set time frame within which you must make the purchases.  So, if you already own a property in Spain that could count towards it. One important point to note is that the qualifying 500,000€ must be paid for out of your own pocket. You can take out a mortgage on anything above that amount if your purchase is more expensive.

Many non-EU citizens wishing to make the move to Spain are opting to buy their main family home at a more modest cost and making up the rest of the required Golden Visa spend with investment property. With a booming tourist rental sector if you invest wisely you could be looking at a healthy income from your investment as well as starting your new life in Spain in the home of your dreams.

Full details of requirements are listed here on the Spanish government website

If you are interested in a Golden Visa some of the properties on our site that may interest you are:

A no-expense spared mansion close to the beach in Western Asturias for €1,700,000

This traditional country estate with 17,000m2 of land close to Llanes at €590,000

A substantial villa on the second line from the beach in Ribadesella at €1,100,000

This rural tourism business in the heart of Teverga at €900,000

And if you are interested in learning more about the visa please get in touch….