Avila Property Market and Real Estate Guide

(Avila, Castilla y León, Spain)

Avila city, in Spain's Castile and León region, shares its name with the province at large. This central Spanish city is the country's highest provincial capital and it boasts a number of heritage sights in and around the UNESCO-protected old town, including medieval city walls and a Gothic cathedral.

While Avila sees pleasant yet hot summers, winters here are long and harsh. However, the weather is not the city's main draw card, its proximity to Madrid (just a 90-minute drive away along the N6) makes it a convenient second home destination with expats working in the Spanish capital.

Surrounding Avila are lofty mountains and attractive villages like Arenas de San Pedro, Hoyos del Espino, Barco de Ávila and Piedrahita, where property prices are lower than in Avila city itself. Property prices are inevitably at their highest in the Old Town, where sourcing an available - let alone affordable - property is a feat in itself. Yet prices are typically cheaper than in other, more popular Spanish provincial capitals.

Renting Serviced Apartments

Without large numbers of corporate visitors, Avila has little demand for serviced apartments. Instead, the city provides city centre heritage hotels known as 'paradors', as well as rural hotels and holiday homes.

Holiday lettings offer an economical alternative to staying in an Avila hotel, especially for families and large groups. They often provide greater privacy and amenities than hotels, along with discounted weekly rates. However, a deposit of up to 30 percent of the total fee may be required upon booking, as well as a security deposit on arrival.

Buying Apartments and Houses

Before you agree to purchase an Avila property, seek the advice of a builder regards structure if it is an older property. Also be sure to get the advice of a legal agent, to ensure there are no outstanding debts on the property and that the ownership details are in order.

Expats purchasing Avila real estate are not subject to any special restrictions and can even obtain financing locally. The buyer is expected to pay the estate agent's commission fees (two to 20 percent) along with stamp duty, transfer tax, notary fees and property registration costs.

Real Estate Agents

Many estate agents in Avila have a local flavour and it is best not to assume all staff will be able to communicate in English effectively. It is therefore essential buyers and renters find an agent that they are comfortable communicating with, as well as one that charges reasonable commission, since commission rates in Spain vary widely.

Check out the following Avila real estate agents:

Aserpa SL
Address: Calle del Reventón 3, Candeleda, Avila, 05480, Spain
Tel: +34 6784 91111
Email: cliente@aserpasl.com
Website: www.aserpasl.com
Providing a comprehensive service to those looking for real estate in the Avila area.

Grupo Servican
Address: Ramón y Cajal 61, Candeleda, Avila, 05480, Spain
Tel: +34 6159 61716
Email: clientes@gruposervican.com
Website: www.gruposervican.com
This property agent provides a full service and can take you through each step of a purchase.

Fin and Cas, Servicios Inmobiliarios
Address: Avenida Ramón y Cajal, 5 Local 1, Candeleda, Avila, 05480, Spain
Tel: +34 9203 82073
Email: fincasycasas@fin-cas.com
Website: www.fin-cas.com/principal.htm
Fin and Cas, Servicios Inmobiliarios, is a family business, able to help you buy the ideal Avila property with discretion.