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  1. 1. Glossary Of Spanish Real Estate TermsFirst up, and if youre moving to a major city such as Madrid, Barcelona or Seville, its likely youll belooking to buy an apartment or flat within a block. In Spanish this is not particularly complicated totranslate, being named as an "Apartamento" or "piso". These are usually self-contained dwellingspaces, with communal amenities such as stairways, lifts or elevators and patios or rooftop terraces.This is not always the case, with some private apartments on the top floor including a private terracewhich belongs solely to that apartment. Dont automatically assume you will have access to thesespaces.Apartments are also usually managed by an administrative body, known as "administrador de fincas"whose job it is to manage any legal issues within the community, hold official meetings to discusscommunal problems the building may have in way of drainage, maintenance of the communal areasand repairing of wear and tear within the block. Apartment sizes vary widely within city blocks, withsome as small as twenty square metres known as "macro pisos" or "studio" apartments and rangingup to huge apartments of two hundred or more square metres. These latter properties obviouslycome with a pretty price.A "Loft" in Spanish real estate lends its name from 50s New York and refers to a large living spacewith very few divisions, usually with very bright light from large windows. This term is often usedmisleadingly by owners vying for a "cool" angle, and is technically only reserved for industrial stylespaces, generally quite large, and not necessarily high up on an upper level as the English languagedefinition would suggest.If you find a "Duplex" in Spain, then as the name suggests, this is a living space on two levelsconnected by an internal staircase. Often in apartment blocks, the top floor has a higher ceiling thanthose which precede it, allowing for upper levels to be constructed for additional bedrooms or livingrooms, for example. In towns or suburbs, duplex housing can look very similar to a common house,but generally are slimmer in that they only have a maximum of two rooms up and down, as opposedto a house which can be constructed as wide as the plot of land allows.Traditionally a "Chalé" or "chalet" springs images of wooden farmhouses in Switzerland and Alpinemountains. In Spain, however, it can be used to describe a small house with little division between itsneighbouring house and of similar dimensions to a studio apartment. Chalets are often in seasidetowns, and are second homes or holiday homes for many Spanish residents.A "Casa" is a traditional house, and is constructed on private land, exactly as in any place in theworld. Houses are usually detached, but can be semi-detached and can include gardens andgrounds, swimming pools and farming areas - there are no differences here in the generic term.Finally a "Local" is that space which is usually reserved for office or retail space on the ground floor ofa building. Shop fronts, cafes and restaurants are all housed in the "locals" which can occasionally bereformed and reconstructed to make living spaces. Permission is required for any of the abovementioned dwellings, in the form of a certificate of habitability - given by an architect and essential inany dealings of real estate, be it selling or buying. This is known as a "cedula de habitabilidad" and
  2. 2. particularly "locales" often have difficulty in meeting the set of requisites and standards to obtain thiscertificate. If you ever fancy looking into this option, its important to insist in viewing an up-to-datecertificate.Burbank real estate

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