Despite my parents, Aunt, Uncle, Grandfather and his partner Doreen having lived in Spain for many years, (in the case of Doreen and her children, since the 1960’s), we still managed to underestimate the Spanish red tape! Another two attempts at completing the purchase were attempted. The lady’s new passport was certified in England as definitely belonging to her, and a copy of the certification was sent to Spain together with certified copies of her birth, marriage and divorce certificates and all produced by her solicitors, but still the Notary would not agree for the transaction to take place as the Power of Attorney was in the wrong name! There was only one way the sale/purchase was going to happen and that was by the lady attending in person to prove she was one person, not two people.
This put yet another delay on the proceedings as she needed to arrange time off work and flights etc.
Eventually on 15th December 2006, with the lady showing up with every piece of proof of identity she could think of with her, the Notary accepted the paperwork and the house was ours - eight weeks and one day after anticipated, but it had happened. We finally owned our own house in Spain! What a Christmas present!
Our next visit was already planned for February. We had taken loads of photos on our previous visit ready for marketing the house as soon as we could for rentals in 2007. There was much to do. We had chosen the name for the house and web site when we found the first house in Cabo Roig, but it fitted this one just as well so we used it.