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What is the Nota Simple

The simple explanation

You have found the house or apartment of your dreams. You have negotiated the price and your offer has been accepted! (post: How to buy a house in Barcelona, a 10 step guide). You are about to sign the downpayment contract until a friend asks you: “But have you looked at the Nota Simple?”

What is the Nota Simple?

The Nota Simple could be compared to the ID of your property. In it you will find all basic information about the house or apartment you are about to buy or sell. It is extremely recommended that you look at it before paying out any type of reservation. Through the Nota Simple you will be able to find out who the owner of the property is, if there is any debt attached to it and if there are any legal issues.

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How to request a nota simple

You have found a property that you love. But when you ask the agent about the Nota Simple all you get are delays. 

Maybe you are about to present you offer. At this stage it’s crucial to have a look at the Nota Simple. It could potentially offer all kinds of information that will help you during the negotiation process.

Instead of waiting for third parties just request the Nota Simple yourself! The process is not expensive and actually quite easy.

Connect to the Spanish Land Registry’s website where any citizen can request a Nota Simple. You will need the exact address and the land registry office where your property is listed (the same web provides a land registry locator). It’s also helpful to get your properties catastral reference at the Cadastre Website.

Just request a Land Requistry Excerpt (english for Nota Simple), follow the steps and that’s it! For an approximate cost of 10 euros, you will have the Nota Simple of your future property in less than 48 hours.

How to read a nota simple

Once we receive the Nota Simple, we will have to understand the information that appears on it. In all the Nota Simples we will find the following:

  • “La finca registral”: Is the part of the document where the type of property is identified. Meaning if it is rustic or urban, its extension, orientation, boundaries (which properties are the neighbors) and its unique registration number.
  • “Titularidad del inmueble”:
  • “Gargas de la finca”: The property in question may have all sorts of debt attached to it. Mortgages, government embargo’s, lawsuits, etc. You find out about all of them in this segment. 

Post of interest: Mortgage in Spain (a guide)

Keep in mind that you can always request a Nota Simple in English. 

Maybe it’s time to hire some help: Buyer’s agent Barcelona

Example of a Nota Simple

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What to do if I have trouble understanding the Nota Simple

If, when reading the “Nota Simple”, several terms appear that you do not understand or the property presents issues that scare you, our recommendation is that you hire professional help, meaning a real estate lawyer.

The purchase of a property is often the largest investment that a person will make throughout his life. Risking making a bad buy just to save a few bucks may prove very damaging in the long run.

At Property Management Barcelona we will happily put you in contact with the best professionals you can find in the business. Off course we’d also love to help clarify any doubts or questions you have or to decide if hiring a lawyer is even necessary. Just send us a mail, we’ll get right back to you.

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If you are looking for a new home for your family. If you are a foreigner and you are looking for your first property in Spain. Or even if you are looking for an investment property to rent out. At Property Management Barcelona, ​​we believe it is essential that you review the “Nota Simple” before proceeding with the purchase.

We hope this information has been helpful to you. Tell us about your experience or leave us any questions you might have in the comments below!

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