We've been in touch with a lawyer there and she is arranging this for us. We had to get paperwork signed and notarised but it's all very painless.
Remember, Santander UK is not the same as Santander ES. Having an account in UK will not help you much if you need one in Spain.Yes, I believe you can go to the Spanish consulate and arrange for an NIE - I'm not sure about banks, altho maybe on line or of course maybe a bank such as Santander ???
They'll be others along who will give you more definitive answers. When we opened our bank account it was when we had our second viewing on our property, so we were in Spain
There is a connection, of course, but none that really matter. No, I think you get the same rates as anyone else.Is there any connection at all, would you get better rates than two random banks?
Thanks for the advice guys.
I might pop in to my local santander and see if it would make things easier to send our savings to a Spanish santander account and also see if they know if it's possible to open a Spanish account in the UK through them. Which is probably doubtful
Sounds extremely reasonable - but then it's an extremely easy thing to do.A family member recommended a lawyer in Torromolinos and as we are on holiday close by and decided to go see them yesterday. The lady was really helpful and spoke perfect English. She took a copy of our passports and walked us around the corner to the notary, within half hour we had gone through all of the documents to give her power of attorney which allows her to proceed with the NIE numbers and open us a bank account with Sabadell. She has advised not to apply for both of these until we have found a suitable property and she is awaiting our instructions. This cost €50 for the notary which we have paid and €50 for her when we decide to go ahead.