I officially acquired Mas Oms on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 11am CET.
The seller and I signed the deed (escritura de compraventa) in the office of the notaria in Barcelona in the presence of my attorney, my excellent estate agent Tom, and some guy from a bank with “caixa” in its name.
Due to a previous engagement, the farm dogs were unable to attend.
The notaria read the 22-page contract ALOUD (for the record) and corrected it where necessary using a pencil to interlineate.
Confession: the key handoff photo was staged a week prior to closing. Here the seller, Xavier, hands me the massive key to the front gate.
Traditionally, the transfer of a masia required a formal ceremony with the buyer and seller walking around in the courtyard, handing each other dirt, touching objects in order to indicate renouncing and acquiring, and other weird stuff. I decided to go with the depicted key-transfer instead.