Here’s part one of our Gran Canaria property glossary with all the most common and useful Spanish property words used by buyers and sellers. We hope it’s useful and please let us know if you come across a word you think we should include. 

See Part Two here.

Abogado: Lawyer or solicitor

Administrador de fincas: property administrator

Adosado: Terraced house

Agencia inmobiliaria: Estate agency

Agente inmobiliario: Estate agent

Aire acondicionado: Air conditioning

Aparcamiento: Parking

Arquitecto: Architect

Área construida: Total footprint of the property in square metres

Armario empotrado: Built-in wardrobe

Arras: Legally binding downpayment (normally 10%)

Arrendador: Landlord
Arrendatario: Tenant

Ascensor: Lift

Asesor fiscal: Tax advisor

Asesoria: Company that handles tax and bureaucratic affairs

Aval: Bank guarantee sometimes requested by local banks

Ayuntamiento: Town Hall

Balcón: Balcony

Bien situado: Good location

Boletín eléctrico: Certification from the electricity provider

Caja de Ahorros: Savings bank

Cargas: Charges or debts associated with a property rather than its current owner

Catastro: Land registry

Cédula de habitabilidad: Certificate that states that a property was habitable upon completion

Chalet: Detached property

Cocina: Kitchen

Cocina Americana: Kitchen with breakfast bar

Cocina office: Open plan kitchen

Comedor: Dining room

Comprador: Buyer

Comunidad de propietarios: Community of property owners (in a complex or building)

Comunidad: Term used for the monthly community payment paid by owners in apartment buildings and complexes

Contrato de compraventa: Property sales contract between buyer and seller

Denunicia: Formal complaint made to the police or Town Hall

Domiciliación de pagos: Standing order

Escritura: Title deeds

Escritura pública de compraventa: The title deeds that prove that you have bought a property

Estudio: Studio flat

EURIBOR: Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor) is a daily reference rate, published by the European Money Markets Institute: Used by Spanish banks as the base rate for their mortgages.

Fianza: Deposit (used mainly for rental property deposits)

Finca: Farm or country property with land

Fontanero: Plumber

Garaje: Garage

Gestoria: Company that specialises in helping clients to obtain permits and complete paperwork

Habitación: Room (often refers to bedrooms in property descriptions)

Hacienda: Spanish tax authorities

Hipoteca: Mortgage

IBI: Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles: Annual property tax levied on the value of the land occupied by a property

Impuesto: Tax

Impuesto sobre el patrimonio: Capital gains tax

Inmobiliaria: Estate agency

Interior: Property with the windows facing the internal courtyard of a building

ITP or Impuesto sobre Transmisiones Patrimoniales: Tax paid when you sell a property

Jardín: Garden

Libre de cargas: Debt free

Licencia de obras: Building permit

Local: Commercial property

Loft: Top floor property with an open plan design

Luminoso: Bright

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