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How to Acquire a Property in Spain?

Before diving into the property purchase process in Spain, seven critical initial steps need to be considered.

Due Diligence

Given the historical backdrop of Spanish properties, conducting a thorough check for any debts, legal burdens, or documentation issues is crucial. We also advise consulting an architect for a structural analysis in some cases and can recommend local experts.

Once your property is picked, the process begins this involves making a formal offer with your lawyer's assistance. Upon acceptance by the seller, a reservation agreement is signed, typically holding for 10-15 days, with possible extensions.

Securing a NIE Number (Spanish Tax ID), Establishing a Spanish Bank Account and Mortgage Assistance: International fund transfers are necessary for the property transactions.

If frequent trips to Spain are not feasible for you, it's advisable to grant a Power of Attorney to a trusted lawyer. This enables the lawyer to act on your behalf within predefined boundaries.

Negotiating on your behalf:

Checking for any encumbrances on the property: 

Assisting with the transfer of ownership: 

Advising on tax implications: 

Duration of the Property Acquisition Process

How long does it takes to Acquire a Property in Spain?

The timeline for purchasing a property in Spain generally unfolds as follows. It's important to understand that these durations are average estimates and may vary based on individual circumstances:

Making a Formal Offer: Approximately 7 days.

Signing the Reservation Agreement: About 2 weeks

Executing the Arras Contract: Roughly 2 months.

Completing the Property Purchase: Around 1 month.

Navigating the intricacies of acquiring property in Spain, especially for those unfamiliar with the local language and legal system, can present challenges.

Should you be contemplating purchasing property in Spain or have inquiries regarding the procedure, we encourage you to get in touch with us. Our dedicated team of legal professionals is prepared to offer you the necessary legal guidance and support to ensure a smooth transaction.

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Investing in Spanish real estate not only promises a lifestyle enriched by stunning landscapes and historical marvels but also secures potential financial gains in an expanding market. This is complemented by Spain's expat-friendly culture.

Dive into Spanish culture and immerse yourself in the country's rich heritage, enjoy seamless exploration across Europe without restrictions, and benefit from the economic stability of Spain's advancing economy. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can foreigners buy property in Spain?

Spain actively promotes foreign investment in both housing and commercial property sectors. As an incentive, for instance, investors are eligible for a Golden Visa upon investing €500,000 or more in real estate.

What types of property taxes are required in Spain?


In Spain, every property owner is obligated to pay three distinct taxes each year.

For residents, these include Income Tax, Real Estate Tax (IBI), and Capital Gains Tax.

For non-residents, the tax obligations extend to Income Tax, Real Estate Tax (IBI), Capital Gains Tax, and an additional Non-resident Property Tax."

Is it possible to acquire citizenship through property purchase?


Indeed, by investing a minimum of €500,000 in property within Spain, you become eligible to seek residency via the Golden Visa scheme. Our team of legal experts can guide you through the residency application process, and further details can be found here

What are the tax requirements for purchasing a new home?


When acquiring a new property, you are required to pay a 10% VAT based on the property's value, along with a 1.5% Legal Documentation Tax.

For the purchase of pre-owned properties, a Transfer Tax, or ITP, is applicable. The rate of this tax varies according to the property's sale price, following a progressive scale."

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The buyer usually bears the cost of taxes and fees, which vary by region and include:

  • A property transfer tax ranging from 6% to 10% for pre-owned properties, or a 10% VAT for new ones.

  • Notary, title deed tax, and land registry fees between 1% and 2.5%.

  • Legal fees approximately 1% to 2%, VAT included. For an accurate estimate of the costs with us, please reach out for a complimentary case consultation.

This step involves signing the sale and purchase agreement, possibly in the presence of a bank representative if a mortgage is involved. However, attendance isn't mandatory as your legal representative can sign via Power of Attorney.

A formal agreement is made, where a 10% down payment on the property's price is placed. The norms in Spain include:

  • Forfeiture of the down payment if the buyer defaults or fails to meet deadlines, unless a mutual agreement to proceed exists.

  • A requirement for the seller to return double the down payment should they back out of the deal.

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