Once you have found the right property, the purchase process begins with a reservation agreement, which takes the property off the market and also “freezes” the purchase price. The deposit to be paid at this stage is between 3,000 and 12,000 Euros. Before arriving in Spain, ensure you have funds available. The best way to pay the reservation fee is by credit card or transfer. It is not advisable to pay by cheque, especially if drawn on a foreign bank account, as it can take approximately 14 days to clear at a Spanish bank. Such a delay could cost you your property.