New Website Launches To Help Make Buying In Spain Safe

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Horror stories about the potential pitfalls and dangers of buying in Spain could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the launch of a new scheme and website to help protect purchasers.

By gathering together all the necessary legal paperwork upfront, and agreeing any necessary changes with our developers, we ensure a very quick and safe purchase experience for customers. The fact that a household name such as Taylor Woodrow is ready and willing to put its developments forward for our independent accreditation demonstrates tits commitment to transparency and best practices.

The Safe Buying Experience (SBE), http://www.safebuyingabroad.com has been launched in partnership with leading developers including major UK owned house builder Taylor Woodrow de España, to provide both a safe and secure process for buying property in Spain and a one-stop shop offering a range of independent professional services.

Nick Freeston, Head of UK Operations for Taylor Woodrow de España, said: "Despite our strong reputation and extensive experience of building homes in Spain, it's understandable that buyers from the UK are exercising more caution than usual in the current market. We're delighted to be partnering SBE, as it means we can offer our customers even more reassurance and confidence when it comes to parting with their hard earned cash."

One couple who knows only too well about the importance of buying from a reputable developer is Debbie and Andrew Pettingill. After suffering at the hands of cowboy builders no one could blame them for changing their minds about purchasing a home in Spain. But the couple were determined that this bad experience wouldn't stop them from buying their dream home in the Costa del Sol, and now they're the happy owners of a beautiful apartment there, thanks to Taylor Woodrow de España.

Debbie and Andrew, who live in Birmingham, bought their dream home from the house builder because they wanted to ensure that their finances were invested in a company they could trust and in a property built to last. Debbie said: "We researched various companies in Spain, picked one and bought a home from them off-plan. We began to worry when nothing seemed to be progressing. Every time we visited to see how our home was coming along we learned about more problems and we came away very worried about our investment. In the end it got to the point where we were so concerned we decided to cut our losses and pull out. It worked out for the best in the end as we now own a beautiful Taylor Woodrow home, but this new safe buying scheme would have saved us a lot of time and trouble had it been in place when we first began our search."

Purchasers can be assured that any property that has received the accreditation has been subjected to independent rigorous checks and tests by SBE and all of the necessary planning licences and building conditions are in place.

Nick adds: "We pride ourselves on being a brand that can be trusted and wouldn't lend our name to any company that we weren't 100% confident in. I'd like to reassure all of our potential customers that this new scheme can only help reinforce their confidence in Spanish property and the whole home buying process."

Ben Marson, Head of Legal at SBE, adds: "It is not be possible for developers or recommended partners to buy our accreditation mark. Years of English and Spanish legal experience within the SBE team means that our accreditation process is watertight and involves checking for abusive clauses in the contracts and ensuring that the correct licences and consents are in place.

"By gathering together all the necessary legal paperwork upfront, and agreeing any necessary changes with our developers, we ensure a very quick and safe purchase experience for customers. The fact that a household name such as Taylor Woodrow is ready and willing to put its developments forward for our independent accreditation demonstrates tits commitment to transparency and best practices."

Taylor Woodrow de España is currently building a selection of stunning apartments and townhouses across the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, Costa del Azahar and Mallorca.

For further information about the Safe Buying Experience visit http://www.safebuyingabroad.com or call 0034 952 90 26 65. To find out more about Taylor Woodrow de España visit http://www.taylorwoodrow.es

Notes to editors:

1    The Safe Buying Experience will appoint an English managed Spanish based law firm to undertake detailed legal checks on each development submitted for accreditation. Once a property is accredited only then will it be available on SBE's web-site, http://www.safebuyingabroad.com. Only brand-name developers, partners and corporations, who value and understand the importance of customer service, will be allowed to join The Safe Buying Experience.

Taylor Woodrow España is a wholly owned subsidiary of Taylor Wimpey plc, a homebuilding company with operations in the UK, North America, Spain and Gibraltar. It aims to be the homebuilder of choice for customers, employees, shareholders and for the communities in which it operates.
On 3rd July 2007, Taylor Woodrow plc and George Wimpey Plc completed their merger to form Taylor Wimpey plc, the UK's largest homebuilder.

For further information please visit the company's website - http://www.taylorwoodrow.es

For further press information and photography, please contact:
Rosie Gurnett
Haslimann Taylor PR
Tel: 0121 355 3446
rosie @ haslimanntaylor.com

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