Property in Spain | Deposit on house purchase Spain

Will paying a deposit on a house secure it for me?

Section for people wanting to buy, sell or rent property in Spain.

It is actually quite common practice in Spain to offer the owner or estate agent to remove it from the market while you arrange the legal side of things. If you are satisfied with the physical features of the property and you have gone through the first legal checks, then you would normally be expected to pay a deposit on the price of the house (usually 10%) to secure its sale to you.

The deposit system has advantages for the seller and the buyer. If at any stage you decide to pull out of the deal, you lose the deposit. On the other hand, if the owner decides to pull out of the deal, then he or she has to compensate you with double the 10% deposit. This tends to make it very unusual for sellers to pull out of a sale because they have received a better offer from other potential buyers.

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