How to Estimate Costs Related to Your Property Purchase in Spain
Spain is no different to other countries when it comes to buying a property. In addition to the purchase price, there are associated acquisition costs such as notary fees, stamp duty, registry fees, legal and administration expenses, bank fees, VAT (IVA), Transfer Tax, etc. Here is some basic information (based on 2018 regulations) to help you understand and estimate these related expenses, but we strongly recommend you also obtain professional advice – from legal and financial experts - to clarify and confirm your own individual situation. Also bear in mind that mortgage costs are currently the subject of court action and a government review.
Property Buying Costs in Spain
Transfer Taxes – Resales
(Calculations based on property value range and applicable rate)
- For dwellings under and up to €400,000, you will pay 8% Transfer Tax.
- Between €400,000 and €700,000, Transfer Tax will be 9%.
- From €700,000 and over, you will need to pay 10% Transfer Tax.
- If you are buying a separate parking space, Transfer Tax will be 8% up to €30,000, 9% for prices between €30,000 and €50,000, and 10% for prices over €50,000.
- If you are fiscally resident and under 35 years old, the Transfer Tax can be reduced to 3.5% if the value of the property is under €130,000.
- For disabled people who are fiscally resident, the Transfer Tax can be reduced to 3.5% up to a maximum property value of €180,000.
- For real estate professionals and companies, the Transfer Tax is 2%.
Property Buying Costs in Spain
Taxes on New Properties
- If you are buying a new property directly from the developer, you will pay VAT (instead of Transfer Tax) at a rate of 10%. In addition you will pay stamp duty at 1.5%.
- For buyers younger than 35 and disabled people, who are fiscally resident, the stamp duty is reduced to 0.3%.
- For parking spaces (acquired separately from the dwelling), VAT is 21% and stamp duty 1.5%.
Total Property Buying Costs in Spain
As an example, for a purchase price of €250,000...
New property purchase costs: 14.2%
(These include: VAT/IVA at 10%, stamp duty at 1.5%, legal fees 1%, notary and registry fees 1%, plus 0.7% for various documents required such as power of attorney, NIE application and certificates.)
With new mortgage: 16.7%
(These include, in addition to the aforementioned 14.2%, 0.8% notary fees, 0.7% for bank gestor, valuation and provision of funds, and 1% opening fee.)
Please note that the mortgage will require a separate deed but, in accordance with a new regulation, the bank will bear the cost of the tax from now on.
Resale purchase costs: 10.7%
(These include: 8% for Transfer Tax, 1% for legal fees, 1% for notary fees and 0.7% for various documents such as power of attorney, NIE application and certificates.)
With new mortgage (60% of €250,000 or the amount of €150,000): 13.2%
(These include: 10.7% as above plus 0.8% notary fees, 0.7% for bank gestor, valuation and provision of funds, and 1% opening fee.)
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