Foreign investments acquire 100 million euro portfolio from Spanish bad bank

H.I.G. Capital Announces the Acquisition of the First Property Portfolio Sale by Sareb
• The transaction values the portfolio at €100m.
• The portfolio comprises close to one thousand homes, primarily located in the community of Valencia, Andalusia, Murcia, the Canary Islands and Madrid.
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The Energy Performance Certificates explained

As has been reported on a range of property news sites, Spain recently approved Royal Decree 235/2013. From the 1st of June if you intend to rent or sell your property you will require an energy rating certificate.

According to the legislation the energy rating certification will need to be present on all advertisements, offers and promotions relating to the sale or rental of any property.
Royal Decree (in Spanish)
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Declare overseas assets, warns Hacienda

In a little over a week’s time anyone who lives in Spain for more than 183 days per tax year – and is, therefore, almost always categorised as being a ‘tax resident of Spain’ – and who has overseas assets worth more than 50,000 euros in any single asset class, should have declared them to the Spanish tax authorities. More..

Informing the taxman about assets held abroad

If you have a bank account, property, shares or bonds abroad worth more than 50,000 euros for each category of asset, then you have only about a week left to declare these assets to the taxman. Failure to do so on time could mean facing a hefty fine. More..

Andalusia may embargo some family homes subject to eviction orders

The Andalusian government on Tuesday approved a decree under which in the most extreme cases the homes of the most needy families subject to eviction proceedings initiated by banks will be embargoed by the region for a maximum of three years.

The Andalusian commissioner responsible for public works and housing, Elena Cortés, said the government also plans to impose fines of up to 9,000 euros on banks and real estate companies that leave empty homes that are fit to live in. More..

PP government paves way for Coast Law amnesty on Spanish shorelines

The Popular Party (PP) government is planning to open a little loophole in Spain’s strict coastline protection laws. A planned amendment to the 1988 Coast Law reduces — in practice — the protected shoreline area from the current 100 meters to just 20 meters.

But homes that are now located within this 80-meter strip will be subject to very strict controls if property owners want to make structural changes, assuming they get the approval from and comply with the rules of their municipal governments. More..

European Court rules Spanish mortgage law is abusive

The European Court of Justice on Thursday ruled that Spain’s mortgage law is incompatible with a European directive on abusive practices in consumer contracts, opening the door to more legal protection for households facing eviction from their family home.

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Spanish banks suspend evictions

The Association of Spanish Banks (AEB) has this week issued a temporary freeze on all evictions of “vulnerable homeowners,” following protests after a woman killed herself on Friday moments before she was going to be evicted. It was the second suicide of a struggling mortgage holder in the last three weeks. More..

New home buyers nervous over looming tax increase

Thousands of property buyers are becoming anxiously nervous as the end of the year approaches. The reason is simple. If you are buying a new property, if you go to completion before the 31st of December you will only be paying 4% IVA (VAT) on the purchase, but if the purchase takes place in 2013 then the IVA rises to 10%. The difference of 1 day could lead to a 6% increase in the cost of purchase. More..

2 months of spanish property market expansion

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Will Spain’s bad bank work?

As I mentioned not too long ago in article, the Spanish Government would be setting up a ‘bad bank’ with the aim of buying up ‘toxic’ properties and land assets in the country in an attempt to clean up Spanish banks finances. More..

3 million properties to have rateable values increased

The increase in VAT and the expected increase in electricity bill will not be the only charges they will face some homes in the coming months. As stated in the draft State Budget presented by the government this weekend, the Ministry of Finance plans to review the assessed value of nearly three million homes in 2013, which in many cases will imply an additional tax burden to many families. Notifications of the Ministry are used by municipalities to prepare the local taxes. More..

Spanish government confirms there could be up to 900,000 unsold new properties

The official estimate of the stock of unsold new properties in Spain stands at 680,000 units. However, the Ministry of Public Works stated in the presentation on Infrastructure, Transportation and Housing plan for 2012-2024, that its calculations do not include the self-promotion of housing (Co-operatives for example). If included, unsold new housing could be around 900,000 units. More..

Aifos proposes paying buyers back in 10 years’ time

The Aifos real estate group has outstanding debts of 500 million euros in amounts owed to 5,000 creditors, of which approximately 1,000 are property buyers whose homes never materialised. Now a deal has been proposed that would allow them to recover at least part of their investment. More..

Junta de Andalucia agrees to study SOHA’s proposals for illegal homes

At the meeting the association put forward the situation of its members, who built properties with a licence from the local town hall and always respected the plans handed in to the local authority. More..