As a rule of thumb, for most properties in Spain you need to add approximately 15% onto the purchase price.
This amount covers the purchase tax which is between 8% for resale properties and 10% for new build properties and some bank properties.
There are fees for Notary and Land Registry.
Lawyers fees and power of attorney are also included in this overall estimation.
Agencie fees of 2% for private resale properties are also covered in this estimation.
In Spain there are 2 ways that properties agencies charge their fees.
The standard practice in Spain and the rest of European agencies (except the U.K.) is to charge a small fee to both the sellers and to the buyers. This is considered fair to both parties as both are receiving a professional service from the agency.
British agencies in Spain tend to charge the seller only but with a higher percentage fee. This reflects in the price that the seller can sell their property for and the buyer usually pays a higher purchase price due to this situation.
The Spanish way of a lower agency commission to both sellers and buyers ensures a professional service to both parties and generally results in a lower purchase price to the buyer.
A 2-tier commission rate is standard practice in Spain and fully legal and supported by the governing bodies for Property Professionals in Spain.
A certified statement with translation by Murcia’s governing body of Property Agencies can be seen here.
Mª. PILAR FRANCO LÓPEZ, Secretary General of the OFICIAL COLLEGE OF REAL ESTATE AGENTS OF THE REGION OF MURCIA;
In accordance with the SPANISH LAW established 25/2009, 22 December –
IT IS STATED AS ABSOLUTELY LEGITIMATE TO CHARGE AGENCY FEES TO BOTH BUYERS AND SELLERS DEPENDING ON THE AGREEMENT MADE WITH THE SELLERS.
In the case of a fee charged to both parties, the fees are expected to be lower than a fee to the seller only.
This statement is supplied to Monica Alacuart of Condado Invest College Register Number 671.
If you have purchased on a Resort, you will have to pay community fees.
This depends on the Resort and the property, but is generally between 80 Euros and 120 Euros per month.
There will be standing charges for electricity and water, typically around 40 Euros per month.
Annual fees include the IBI – Town Hall Council Tax – typically from 150 Euros to 350 Euros per year.
Home insurance – around 120 Euros per year.
Yearly tax return – 120 Euros per year.
An NIE number (Número de Identidad de Extranjero) is a Spanish national insurance number, which is needed to purchase a property in Spain. This is normally obtained by going in person to the Comisaría (police station) in either Murcia city centre or Cartagena city centre.
This will take up a full morning of your valuable viewing trip. However, we have selected lawyers that can do this on your behalf with Power of Attorney appointed.
We strongly advise clients to use a Spanish lawyer to handle the property purchase for them.
An appointed lawyer will not only carry out the correct searches, they will represent you at the Notary.
They will also arrange the connections or change-overs of electricity and water contracts, and registrations for community fees in the case of resorts that incur such fees.
A Spanish lawyer will ensure that your new property is purchased free of any previous debts.
They will also ensure that your future taxes are kept up to date.
Again, we highly recommend that as a seller, you use the services of a Spanish lawyer.
You will need representation at the Notary, which again is better with an appointed Power of Attorney.
As a seller, if you are a non-resident in Spain, you will have to leave behind a retention of 3% of the purchase price of the property. This retention is to ensure that all of your taxes in Spain are up to date, and your lawyer will arrange for this to be reclaimed the following tax year.
You will need a Spanish bank account to purchase a property.
You will need to set up direct debits for the payments of water and electricity bills, also community fees when applicable.
We open bank accounts for you as part of our service, but if you prefer, your lawyers can do this for you, or you can do it yourself if you wish.
Options vary within the various banks but as a non-resident of Spain, we can generally source up to 70% of the purchase price for you.
It is important to note that this 70% is of the actual purchase price, and does not cover the extra tax and legal fees to be added.
This varies depending on whether you are purchasing from a bank or from a private seller.
Generally speaking, the process takes 4-8 weeks. Once you have paid your deposit and arranged Power of Attorney with your lawyers, you need not worry about the completion process; we will take care of everything for you.
All you will need to do is send the final funds when advised by your lawyers.
You will probably want a key-holding service to look after your property in your absence.
We can advise on good companies that deal with the properties in the area where you are purchasing.
We can advise on good providers of services such as painting, furniture, cleaning, rentals, TV services, etc.
We will always be on hand if you should need help for whatever reason during your ownership of your new holiday home.
Our aftersales care is second to none, and we will always be here for you!