No, it is not complicated, especially when you compare the process to that of purchasing property in the United Kingdom. Purchasing property in Spain is a lot simpler. It has been noted that the process in the United Kingdom is more time consuming, and thus, it might take a couple of months before you can move into any property that you purchase there. Since in Spain properties are listed when there are no occupants present in them, sales are able to go through very rapidly. There’s not a lengthy waiting period. Of course, just like in any other country, when you are purchasing property in Spain, there is paperwork involved. Before you can buy Spanish property, you will be required to open a bank account at a local bank and apply for a residency permit. An estate agent (also known as Gestor) can do this for you if you are in the United Kingdom and thus are not able to travel to Spain in order to do this on your own.