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Come view luxury real estate on the Costa del Sol

A viewing trip will convince you. After all, you have to see the buildings and the surroundings, taste the atmosphere and be immersed in it. Unless you already know the Costa del Sol, we suggest staying for a few days and exploring the region with us. We are happy to be your personal, experienced guide.


Viewing trip in just a few steps
STEP 1: Your wishes are taken into account

Your interest in purchasing luxury real estate on the Costa del Sol will be discussed with the experienced real estate agent. Your wishes and budget are listened to. The best selection is made to your specifications from the wide range of top real estate. You will be informed of the properties that qualify.

STEP 2: The viewing trip

You will be picked up at the airport in Malaga, taken to your hotel and guided on a visit to the beautiful properties that match your wishes. Your High Living Real Estate contact person on site is an experienced real estate agent who has known local customs for years. Feel free to expect friendly, efficient and thorough knowledge. There is nothing more fun than looking at beautiful houses and making your dreams come true.


STEP 3: How does buying property in Spain work?

A visit will be planned to the projects that match your wishes. So no time wasted. And once you have found your dream home, you can count on advice throughout the entire purchasing process. With expertise and experience. This makes buying real estate in Spain pleasant, worry-free and stress-free.

STEP 4: The real estate buying process

After you have decided which home you want to buy, we recommend that you consult with your tax specialist/accountant/bookkeeper. It is also advisable to employ a competent local lawyer in Spain who specializes in real estate. We have experience with capable Dutch-speaking lawyers / economists / tax specialists from Marbella who we can warmly recommend to you if you don’t know anyone yourself. The use of a lawyer is common in Spain. He can advise you extensively and does the ‘due diligence’ research work (comparable to what the notary does in Belgium). The lawyer is indispensable. He guides you step by step.

Only after consulting your local real estate lawyer should you conclude the agreement with the seller regarding the price and other conditions. You will also need to sign a reservation agreement and pay a deposit (normally between 6,000 and 15,000 euros (Can be higher if we’re talking +€1M. Varies per property). This effectively takes the property off the market and the price frozen. The deposit is non-refundable if you decide not to proceed with the purchase (unless there is a written agreement stating otherwise, for example if a mortgage is required but not granted or the legal due diligence of your lawyer advises against the purchase).

The lawyer can help you set up a Spanish bank account and obtain a N.I.E. (Número de Identidad de Extranjero – the required Spanish tax identification number, assigned to a foreigner acquiring a property in Spain). More importantly, your lawyer will conduct full due diligence on the property you intend to purchase, as well as the seller. This process will include basic verifications of whether the land and building are properly registered with the local real estate registries, whether first occupancy licenses and building permits are valid, whether the title is valid, whether there are any debts, liens, claims or other restrictions affecting the property or the seller, whether the property meets the requirements of the municipality and general urban planning, etc.

When the due diligence indicates that there are no insurmountable risks to the transaction, the lawyer will prepare a Private Purchase Agreement (PPA). This is a contract between buyer and seller, which is legally binding to proceed with the transaction. Currently, a deposit of 10 to 20% of the total price is required in case of resale of property and 25% to 40% in case of new build or off-plan purchase. The PPA is generally signed between 2 to 4 weeks after the reservation agreement / deposit.

Within 2 to 3 weeks after signing the PPA, the transaction is completed by signing the permanent public title deed (Escritura) before a notary. For new construction this can be much later, namely upon completion. At this point, all debts and other obstacles to the sale are cleared by the seller and the buyer must pay the remaining balance of the purchase price. The notary registers the new ownership in the public property registers and you now receive the keys to your new property.

Now your law firm still has some follow-up to do: transfer water and electricity to your name, register you as the new owner with the municipality and pay fees, take out insurance, arrange telephone and internet connections, register and pay the annual tax return for real estate, etc.

Ask your lawyer about capital gains tax if you want to sell your Spanish real estate again after a few years. Finally, know that you must declare your second residence abroad and any income therefrom to the Belgian tax authorities (you may deduct the property taxes paid abroad).


What additional costs are associated with buying property in Spain?

– Lawyer: usually 1% of the purchase price

– Notary: 0.1-0.5%

– ITP (transfer tax) for existing homes approximately 7%, for new construction: 0%

– VAT (VAT): only for new construction: 10%

– Stamp duty: 1.2% for new construction & vacant land

– Registration fee (real estate registers):0.4% to 1%

NB: The broker’s fee is paid by the seller


For new construction, this amounts to approximately 13% of the total purchase amount.

For resale +-10%


What are the ongoing costs of real estate in Spain?

– IBI (property tax, annual): based on cadastral value, between 1000 and 5000 euros per year for homes above 1 million
– Community fee, insurance, water, electricity, internet, etc…

Shall we start with a viewing trip?