Taylor Woodrow de Espana Insist It's Still Safe to Buy Property in Spain

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With the Spanish property market currently experiencing its fair share of negative publicity, it's no wonder that the British public could think twice about buying a home there. Taylor Woodrow de Espana insist it's still safe to buy property in Spain.

With the Spanish property market currently experiencing its fair share of negative publicity, it's no wonder that the British public could think twice about buying a home there. Taylor Woodrow de Espana insist it's still safe to buy property in Spain.

Buying abroad is a huge investment and no one wants to risk losing their hard earned savings by purchasing a home that's likely to fall in value or that doesn't have the correct planning licence in place. To reassure buyers of new homes that Spain is still a safe place to buy Taylor Woodrow de España has some savvy tips and suggestions to help them make a wise investment and avoid the cowboys.

Nick Freeston, Head of UK Operations for Taylor Woodrow de España said: "We've had many recent queries from our customers worried about the current market in Spain and whether buying there is a sound investment. Last year's news of a potential property price crash coupled with the current horror stories of illegal building practices and homes being demolished, has understandably unsettled those looking to buy there.

"Despite the negative publicity we want to stress that demand for new homes in Spain from both Spaniards and foreign investors is still high, and although it's true that the boom period we have experienced over the last ten years has started to even off, there are still good and safe long term investment opportunities to be had if you do your homework."

To show their commitment to winning back consumer trust, the company has outlined a number of ways to help buyers avoid the pitfalls of buying in Spain:

Do your research
Research is extremely important when buying a new home, not only will it help you avoid making any mistakes, such as buying in over developed areas, but you will also find that there are still many opportunities to purchase a Spanish property in a beautiful area that reflects the country at its best.

Nick comments: "I cannot stress enough the importance of research into both the area you want to buy in and who you are going to be buying from. It is true that some areas in Spain have been spoilt by too much construction, illegal building practices, corruption and land grabbing and that British buyers have suffered as a result. However, this is in the minority and doesn't apply to Spain as a whole. When looking for a property don't be fooled by beautiful photographs, clever advertising or bargain prices. Make sure you understand what you're buying and always buy from a good quality developer."

House hunters should consider buying on a championship golf course where there's plenty of green space or in areas that are surrounded by protected habitat. Mallorca is a good example of this; it's well protected with limited land available for construction and new Spanish developments tend to be designed to complement the natural beauty of the island.

Track record counts
Many agencies may claim that you can 'trust' them, but how do you know if they are reliable? Choosing a well known company with a good track record is the first step. "Brand, expertise, quality and after sales service should be a priority for anyone looking to buy in Spain. We have been building properties in Spain for 50 years now and pride ourselves on our experience and the high levels of service we provide throughout the whole home-buying process," adds Nick.

Check guarantees
There are a number of guarantees that you can check to make sure that the developer is legally above board. You should make sure that any property you choose has a structural guarantee and the correct building licence. Taylor Woodrow de España has all of these in place meaning your finances are secure.

Trust the experts
A reliable and competent team of professionals is a good indicator of a quality company. Taylor Woodrow de España has expert teams in both the UK and Spain that can give you legal and financial advice, and help you through the whole process of buying new homes in Spain.

Customer loyalty
Knowing that other people have bought a property from the same company and that they have had a good experience is really important. Linda Whipps, a HR manager from Solihull in the West Midlands, and her husband were reluctant to take the plunge without knowing that their finances were invested in a company they could trust and in a property built to last. They took six years before deciding to buy from Taylor Woodrow.

Linda comments: "My husband and I had been looking for a property in the Costa del Sol that fitted a number of criteria and we wanted to make sure we did the right research and made the right choice. After researching all the options, we decided to explore Taylor Woodrow's homes in the region and were really impressed with both the build quality and the customer service."

Nick concludes: "Despite the doom and gloom that's currently cast over Spain it still remains a beautiful country with plenty of good long term investment opportunities. House hunters just need to make sure they exercise more caution when it comes to who they buy from, where they buy and how much they pay - by doing this they should find themselves the proud owners of a fantastic Spanish property that provides a good financial return on their investment."

Taylor Woodrow de España is the only major UK house builder in Spain and has been building quality homes there for 50 years. With a reputation for trust, the company provides a specialised service and dedicated team within the UK and Spain who can help and advise homebuyers through the entire process of choosing, buying and settling into a new Spanish home, safe in the knowledge that everything about the purchase is legally above board.

Taylor Woodrow de España has a comprehensive website which contains information on all their developments in the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, Costa del Azahar and Mallorca, along with background details on the company and the dedicated team that will assist you through the home buying process.

Visit http://www.taylorwoodrow.es or call the European sales team on 08000 12 10 20 for more details.

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