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Steps for buying your first home

Buying a home is one of the most important steps you will take in life. It's not just the financial outlay you'll have to cope with, but all the emotions, the doubts about whether you're making the right choice, and of course the process itself. On this page you'll find guidance for every step of the process as well as tips so you don't get lost along the way.

  • With practical tips.
  • With legal advice.
  • With tools to make life easier.
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Before you start looking

Before you even start looking for a house, it's important that you stop and think about how much money you have and what your needs are.

Set a budget

It's the first step when you start looking, so you're not disappointed in the future. Ideally, you should not have to allocate more than 30%–40% of your monthly income to your mortgage payment.

Think about what the mortgage won't cover

In the vast majority of cases, banks will not finance more than 80% of the appraisal value of the home. When you are working out your finances, remember to take into account the 20% you will have to provide, as well as all the related costs and taxes. The taxes vary from one region of Spain to another and according to whether the home is a new build or second hand, but will usually represent between 8% and 10% of the purchase value.

Take a hard look at your life style

You are not looking for a house, but your house. In other words, it must meet your needs today as well your needs in the near future, so think about the area, transport, shops, schools and so on. Be clear about what you really need

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Building your own house?

If you're thinking of building your own home, Bankinter offers a special loan that will accompany you from start to finish: Credichalet.
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Home insurance1

Don't wait until it's too late. Our exclusive policy with Liberty Seguros offers all the types of cover your home needs.
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Real estate portal: 100% financing

At Bankinter we have a portfolio of more than 1,000 properties. Choose one of them and you could get up to 100% financing.
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FAQs with clear answers.

In our FAQs section you'll find the answers to all your queries about mortgages.