Unfortunately the purchase of our house in Sagra did not go smoothly.
Within a few months our solicitor advised us that the builder had failed to arrange a bank guarantee. We were advised that we would be badly advised to continue with the purchase of the house without this document.
There followed a series of exchanges between us and the builder, in which he maintained that a bank guarantee was not essential. However he was legally required to provide one if we insisted, which we did. He failed to provide one, and we cancelled the purchase.
We were very disappointed, but not for one moment put off moving to Spain. In November 2004 we again began our search for our house in the sun.