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Buying a Property in Spain

Easy and Understandable Legal Guidance on How to Buy Real Estate in Spain.

Investing in the Spanish Property Market

With the help of our qualified lawyers, smoothly navigate the process of purchasing a property in Spain and begin enjoying the benefits of ownership in this dynamic market.

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To request a free consultation case, please provide us with your contact details below and we will contact you via email or phone.

How can a lawyer help me?

There are several ways our real estate lawyers can help you with the purchase of a property in Spain:

  1. Reviewing and explaining legal documents: A lawyer can review and explain any legal documents related to the property, such as the sales contract and title deeds.

  2. Negotiating on your behalf: A lawyer can negotiate on your behalf with the seller or their representative to ensure that your interests are protected.

  3. Checking for any encumbrances on the property: A lawyer can check for any encumbrances, such as liens or mortgages, on the property to ensure that you are not purchasing a property that has outstanding debts.

  4. Assisting with the transfer of ownership: A lawyer can assist with the transfer of ownership of the property from the seller to you, including ensuring that all necessary documents are filed with the appropriate authorities.

  5. Advising on tax implications: A lawyer can advise you on the tax implications of purchasing a property in Spain, including any applicable stamp duty or capital gains tax.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Don’t try to go through the Property Purchase process on your own. Seek the help of an experienced real estate lawyer to increase your chances of success and make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

How can I buy the Property?

The main requirement is to providing your NIE, or foreign ID card, as this document is unique to each individual and is essential to conduct any transaction in Spain. 

 

Your NIE appears on all documentation you sign or receive in Spain and must be presented to administrators when signing the final deed.

 

Property investors also need to have a Spanish bank account and this makes the bureaucracy simpler to navigate and payments more convenient to transfer.

 

Our Real Estate lawyers can assist you in the process of obtaining a NIE and setting up a Spanish bank account.

What is the process of purchasing a property?

The general procedures is as follows:

  1. Tax and Budget Planning: Taxes and fees are mostly paid by the buyer and vary from region to region. They typically include the following:
    • Property transfer tax of 6% to 10% for an existing property or a 10% VAT, or IVA, for new properties
    • Notary costs, title deed tax and land registration fee of 1% to 2.5%
    • Legal fees of around 1% to 2%, inclusive of VAT
  2. Obtain a NIE: Get your foreign ID card from the Spanish administration.
  3. Search for properties in Spain: Our Real Estate lawyers can help you identify the right property for you and ensure that you use reliable and trusted online portals.
  4. Reservation agreement and Letter of Intent: Our lawyers will draft a “Letter of Intent” for purchasing a property and guide you through the reservation agreement and any subsequent negotiations before signing a deal.
  5. Payment of fees: Settle any applicable Property Transfer Taxes or VAT, and update the Land Registry.

Find you Real Estate Lawyer

Alejandro

Alejandro Cano

Associate - LLM Abogado ( El Salvador )
Julia

Júlia Cleries

Real Estate Specialist
Antonio Torres

Antonio Torres Valdés

Head of Real Estate Department
Juan Diego Muñoz

Juan Diego Muñoz

Real Estate Specialist

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no restrictions on buying residential or commercial property in Italy.

In fact, Spain encourages overseas investment in both residential and non-residential real estate. For example, investors can apply for a Golden Visa if they spend €500,000 or more on any real estate.

All property owners in Spain must pay three different taxes annually.

Residents are subject to Income Tax, Real Estate Tax (IBI) and Capital Gains Tax.

Non-residents are subject to Income Tax, Real Estate Tax (IBI), Capital Gains Tax and a Non-resident Property Tax.

Yes. If you invest €500,000 or more in Spanish real estate, you can apply for residency with a Golden Visa. Our lawyers can assist you with this type of residency and you can read more about this here.

All new home purcahses are subject to 10% VAT on the value of the property as well as 1.5% for a Legal Documentation Tax.

When buying an existing property, you must pay a Transfer Tax, or ITP. This is levied on a sliding scale depending on the purchase price.

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Radostin Denev
Radostin Denev
09:47 27 Oct 22
Comment from Radostin and Kaloyan Bulgaria:We could recommend working with Lexidy and especially with Juan Diego Muñoz to everyone. Our assessment is defenitely 10 out of 10!Strict professional who cover full end-to-end journey in buying real estate and successful relocation to Spain in our case. We highly appreciate efficient and effective approach and providing us and supporting us in each step of the journey in buying property in Spain. Without support of Juan Diego we would be lost, he provides us with daily support in most critical days before finalization of the deal and also there was not even a single question to which he could not provide us details in most structured way.Thank you Juan Diego Muñoz, thank you Lexidy we will be happy working together in the future.We wish you lots of success in your innovative and trustful approach in supporting your customers in a holistic way.Radostin and Kaloyan
Linda Sparling
Linda Sparling
15:32 04 Oct 22
I worked with Juan Diego de Muñoz for my real estate lawyer. His help was invaluable to me! He worked with the sellers and real estate agents who were reluctant to engage in the due diligence process for the property I bought. He smoothed that over and helped me obtain a thorough check of my flat and the building it’s in, which yielded important information. Juan Diego made sure my every question and concern were addressed the same day that I raised them. Metaphorically, he held my hand through the whole process, but also made sure I was the one making informed decisions. I highly recommend him and Lexidy Law Boutique!
Symon Blomfield
Symon Blomfield
10:18 26 Aug 22
Lexidy Law - sucessful Non Lucrative Visa assistanceI employed Lexidy Law to assist with applying for my Non-Lucrative Visa, now granted. I also used them to check my property rental contract.Cristina Vizoso was my legal contact and was highly responsive and reassuring.In the future, I will certainly be using Lexidy to assist with my TIE and to apply for an autonomous Visa. I highly recommend them for all your immigration to Spain needs
Rick Estrada-Stone
Rick Estrada-Stone
15:05 16 Jul 22
We are working with Lexidy for our immigration and real estate needs. Our real estate lawyer, Juan Diego Muñoz, has been amazing to work with throughout the entire process. His diligent communication during the real estate purchase has not only kept us informed every step of the way, but helped us to understand the differences and intricacies of purchasing property in Spain. We can't say enough great things about Juan Diego and the team at Lexidy.
Drew Mendoza
Drew Mendoza
16:12 06 Jul 22
Amazing service from Alejandro initially and then Juan. We were intending to purchase a property in Barcelona and Juan conducted all of the checks to ensure the deal was legitimate - it turned out that it was not as straight forward a transaction as initially expected and Juan helped us to avoid a potential financial disaster. We are so grateful and have 100% confidence in Lexidy's professionalism . We will certainly be using them more in the future and highly recommend them!
Magdalena
Magdalena
12:34 04 Jul 22
I am looking to to buy my first property in Spain and had my intro call with Alejandro today- very pleased with the valuable insights gained and your guidance on the legal aspects of the Spanish property market, sales cycle, mortgage application process and risk mitigation. Alejandro, thank you so much for your advice and invested time, I'm genuinely looking forward to working together on this exciting project:)
Phil S
Phil S
20:13 22 May 22
We have just completed the purchase of a new build apartment in Catalunya. Lexidy were recommended to me by a colleague who'd relocated from the US to the Costa Brava. As non Spanish/Catalan speakers, it was a great relief to have people we could trust working on all aspects of the purchase - including arranging a bank account, NIE's and the wifi..! From the initial meeting over Zoom to the final transaction Carlota and Antonia provided first class service and communication. And by providing them with Power of Attorney it meant we could do most of the things we needed to do without leaving the UK.
Pit Rissiek
Pit Rissiek
09:37 19 May 22
Absolutely Professional and worth-it Experience!I can highly recommend working with Carlota Llopart and Lexidy! Carlota and the team have gone beyond my expectations when it comes to owning and actually even driving the steps for my mortgage, the purchase of my flat as well as taxes filed. I have had an extremely difficult seller, but I was able to fully trust the team to guide me through this first acquisition.I have already recommended Lexidy to friends who had similar positives experiences and will continue working with Carlota and the team. Side note, me being German: Great value for money too!
Aleksandar Vorinski
Aleksandar Vorinski
08:12 25 Apr 22
I recently purchased apartment, got NIE and opened bank account with their help. I m satisfied with their service, they are accurate and responsible.
Michelle Swallow
Michelle Swallow
18:18 25 Sep 21
We recently retained the services of Lexidy Law Boutique to file our non-resident tax returns. As US citizens who own property in Lloret de Mar, Spain we were unfamiliar with the complexities of the Spanish tax system. Fortunately, we were able to benefit from the considerable expertise of Jose Garcia, Head of the Tax Department at Lexidy. He explained the procedure in detail to us and was extremely diligence and thorough throughout the whole process. What could have been a challenging situation for us became a very smooth process because of the expertise and capabilities of Jose Garcia and his staff at Lexidy Law Boutique. I would highly recommend the services of Lexidy Law Boutique.
Matt Pavlovich
Matt Pavlovich
11:18 15 Sep 21
A great group of very knowledgable lawyers. They've been very helpful in matters of immigration, international taxation, and real estate. Very highly recommended!
Don Ellis
Don Ellis
15:16 08 Sep 21
Great full service firm that provided our family professional legal services surrounding our move to Spain. Included assistance with both Visa application and real estate purchase. Highly recommend
N. Braig
N. Braig
07:10 02 Sep 21
Excellent and professional advisory services and very responsive team for all legal, administrative and logistics apartment purchasing procedures in Barcelona. Very friendly team and most important very proffesional and very responsive for spanisch as well as Englisch contractual matters.
Robert Webber
Robert Webber
12:32 31 May 21
One of, if not, the best firms in Spain. Look no further these are your guys. Everything from immigration to Real Estate to Wills. We have never been let down. Highly recommended!
chris charensac
chris charensac
17:06 23 Apr 21
I used Lexidy service for the purchase of a property and for an issue with an ex-employer.They helped me during the whole process of the purchase of the property.The conflict with my ex-employer was also resolved successfully i.e: it went to court and we won and that (awful) company had to pay.I would recommend using Lexidy.
Dan Centinello
Dan Centinello
14:26 19 Nov 20
Let me start by saying that I normally do not write reviews - and I am often skeptical of the authenticity of the ones that are left. However, I feel like this law team has earned it and here's why...I am the type of person who will do endless research & contact several people before making a decision. I did the same when looking for a Spanish law firm that would be able to quickly handle my immigration matters and, most recently, help me with my leasing agreement for my apartment.They are extremely responsive (replying within a couple of hours of my messages) and even after office hours.Maximiliano, in particular, has been exceptional. He put a lot of effort to understand all the details of my situation so he can find the best solution.It was quickly evident that he understands that not all people have the same immigration situation and was going to tailor a solution specific to me.What impressed me most though was how he was thoughtful enough to make sure that his immigration solution did not impact my tax or business situation adversely. His focus on the big picture, while not missing the important small details is one of the main reasons why I felt compelled to write a review.Lastly, Max even made himself available during the time I was crossing the border, just in case I had any issues.With all this being said, I have worked with many lawyers in the past - many simply look for "a solution", but the great lawyers look for the "best solution". Everyone I have interacted with thus far at Lexidy seems to understand the latter. I feel very fortunate to have come across them in my research.I know how stressful it can be, especially when dealing with immigration issues. So, I hope this helps others out there that might be in the same situation I was in.
Daniel Zuckerman
Daniel Zuckerman
15:04 10 Nov 20
I couldn’t be happier with my experience with Lexidy and their excellent attorneys. After months of trying unsuccessfully to navigate the maze of Spanish bureaucracy, I finally got the help I needed. Max Agazzi Paulet and his team were extremely professional and knowledgeable and were able to quickly give me the information I needed to successfully move forward with my application. Without hesitation, I would recommend Lexidy to anyone dealing with Spanish immigration law and/or real estate issues.
Michael Sandoval
Michael Sandoval
16:44 19 Oct 20
I have had the pleasure to work with a lot of Lexidy's departments. Working with Max Aggazi Paulet to achieve everything needed for my residency was incredible. he help endlessly until everything was accomplished. Soon after i began working with their Real estate department. It has been a journey and they have stuck with me every step of the way. They have gone beyond the scope of their duties to help my dreams of purchasing a property in Spain come to fruition. I would like to thank Alejandro Cano and Jordi Aranda for for everything. Last but not least through the entire Process I have had the absolute pleasure to work with Camila Broderson. She is a Gem. She has guided me in every step to work on opening my LLC in Spain and has also gone beyond the scope of her duties to assist and be available at any time. I plan to continue to work with team at Lexidy and would highly recommend them to everyone. Thank you Lexidy team for everything that you have done so far! I look forward to continuing our partnerships and friendships!
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