As a lawyer specialize in convenyancing I’m permanently active in the village of Soller. Set in a lush valley of orange groves between the mountains and the sea, Soller may be a perfect place for a permanent or a second residence. It’s vintage traing it’s harbor (Puerto de Soller) and it’s architecture makes Soller an unique Planet inside Mallorca.
As is also the case in other parts of the island of Mallorca, before taking a step to buy a property in Sóller it is important to check the legality of the constructions and make sure that it will be possible to reform or rehabilitate them.
The valley of Sóller has a high level of protection and many of its buildings are catalogued and protected.
In addition, the rustic lands are in a high protection area, ANEI or ARIP, with some peculiar areas classified as “Horts i Tarongers”.
For its part, the Port of Soller has the particularity of admitting tourist rentals in multiple-family homes.
Buying process, as you can read in detail in this post, has different parts.
Before the purchase.
-Sóller it’s a paradise. Be sure that is the part of the paradise you would like to own. Don’t be in a hurry.
-Ask an independent adviser (lawyer) to check the status, the possibility of development, charges and the real ownership of the property. Whoever does that job has to work only for your interests. Don’t expect the seller or the agent (paid by the seller) to be looking out for your interests rather than their own.
-Make an offer
-Sign an Option Contract to allow you enough time to get your NIE number, wire the funds to Spain, get a mortgage if needed and allow time to the vendor to move out of the property
-Sign the purchase deed in front of a Public Notary and pay the price. In the Spanish system in order to be registered the purchase deed has to be signed in front of the Notary
After the Purchase
Pay purchase taxes, inscribe the property in the Land (Property) Registry, Inscribe the property in the Cadaster, change the supplies to your name, pay annual taxes…