Those of us who put down deposits for off plan properties which were never completed have been dismissed as 'A few protesters'. The absence of the legally required bank guarantees or even the guarantees given have been proved, like the law designed to protect us, to be worthless. In the light of the millions of Spanish properties sold sucessfully to foreign buyers we are a 'few protesters'. Everyone understands that you can't please all of the people all of the time and therefore this 'defence' appears to be quite acceptable.
I have listened to legal experts, read forums and blogs, signed petitions, contacted MPs and MEPs written letters etc, etc. Our numbers, compared to the millions of satisfied home buyers in Spain is not going to impress anyone. I am looking for a new approach but I need some help from others in the same position.
Bearing in mind the 'few protesters' tag proves that the numbers of people can be dismissed as insignificant. What will make people sit up is how much money has been swindled. The total amount of money we have lost will make far more interesting 'copy' than a percentage figure of Spanish home buyers.
I was unlucky enough to be caught up with a development called 'Trampolin Hills' in Murcia. I am told that 2,000 of the 3,000 properties on offer were sold off plan. These properties were mainly villas of the same design and were sold at about the same price. A deposit of around 30,000€ was required to reserve them. The sum is not difficult to work out. 2,000 units @ 30,000€ each = 60,000,000€. SIXTY MILLION EURO'S, now that's a sizeable amount but this is just one development.
Just imagine if we were able to multiply the figures for all the developments across Spain. However this is probably not possible but even if we could hazard an informed guess at those we know of I beleive the figures would be such that 'the few protesters' defence would fall apart. The figures could be in the region of thousands of millions of Euro's. Billions in fact.
The media would have a ball with a story of that magnitude. But we need as much research and proof as we can get.so I need your help in getting it all together. All I need are some figures for other developments. Eye on Spain informs us that they have 4,500 development threads on this site and I am aware of Keith Rule and the 'Finca Parcs' petition but I don't have any numbers of how many were sold off plan.
If you think this approach has some merit please send me a private message with any figures you have regarding your own development. After all we all want our money back and the conventional routes don't seem to be working for us, so thinking outside the box could be our only way forward.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and with your help maybe we can rock the boat in our favour.
Regards and good luck to you all,