Extraordinary though it may seem hundreds of foreigners are still buying Spanish property without taking proper legal advice and conveyancing. Our advice to you is to employ a good lawyer with specialist knowledge of the Spanish housing market before you sign anything or hand over a deposit. There have been countless horror stories of foreign buyers coming a cropper in Spain simply because they failed to take basic precautions. Rule number one is to find yourself a reputable legal eagle who'll protect you from the potential pitfalls which await those who venture into the somewhat murky waters of the Spanish property industry.
You don't necessarily need an estate agent to buy property in Spain but you definitely need a lawyer. Find a good one to protect your interests and your investment will be safe as houses.
It's rare to find an English lawyer practising in Spain but you'll find plenty of Spanish lawyers who speak good English and have a wealth of experience in dealing with the various legal issues faced by ex-patriates.