Banking in Spain

Banking in Spain

As the number of non-Spanish house-buyers rises in Spain, so does the offer of specialised services offered by Spanish banks competing to convert foreign residents and non-residents into clients.

If you are planning on buying property in Spain and coming over for regular periods, it is advisable to open a bank account with a Spanish bank. It avoids you having to change money every time you come, and means that you can pay community charges, local rates, Spanish yearly property taxes and bills directly from your Spanish bank account which is much cheaper than doing so from your bank in England.

If you rent your Spanish property out when you aren't here, your tenants can pay their rent directly into your Spanish account, which again avoids having to pay commission when changing euros to pounds.

Banks in Spain open from Monday to Friday 8.30 - 14.00 and, in the Winter, on Saturday mornings from 9.00 to 13.00 or Thursday afternoons, from 17.00 to 19.00. The name for current account in Spanish is cuenta corriente and a saving account is cuenta de ahorro.

Most Spanish banks offer good online banking systems these days, although Bankinter - Spain's first bank to offer Internet services - is still the best

If you have a house for sale in Spain, you may need a Spanish bank account to pay in the cash payment which often forms part of a Spanish property sale deal. If you don't want to return to your home country with a fistful of cash, it can be a good idea to put the money in a Spanish bank account (if you are a non-resident it won't be taxable) and then transfer it to your bank account at home. Some banks offer you the chance to open an account in sterling which can be useful if the exchange rate is particularly favourable at the time of the sale.

Some Spanish banksOficinas Internacionales and have staff who can speak several European languages. Example of theses are Caja Murcia and the. Below you can find a description of the services offered by Spain's biggest savings banks.



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