How easy is it to buy property in Sotogrande?


The question of the ease with which you will be able to purchase Sotogrande property is likely to hinge on a wide range of factors, including your budget and any past experience you have of buying homes in Spain. 

For the sake of answering the question, however, we will assume for this article that you have not previously purchased any of the variety of houses for sale in Sotogrande or elsewhere in Spain.

It might not be as tricky as you think to make your Sotogrande property dream a reality

While many of us are accustomed to reading about issues like Brexit and the COVID-19 crisis having made travelling and living across Europe more difficult, even with the considerable change in recent years, surprisingly little has changed about the process of buying a Spanish home.

As has long been the case, there aren’t any eligibility requirements for foreign nationals who are interested in buying a property in Sotogrande or elsewhere in Spain; they can just go ahead and do it.

If, though, you are serious about becoming a property owner in this part of the Costa del Sol, you will need to familiarise yourself with the steps of the buying process, which won’t be exactly the same for everyone.

Those steps will include carefully researching the tax and budget requirements for your intended purchase, accounting for such elements as the property transfer tax when buying an existing property, or the VAT (or IVA) if the property that interests you is a new-build one.

Don’t forget your NIE number!

It will also be necessary for you to obtain what is known as an NIE number, or more formally, the número de identidad de extranjero. This is the tax identification number – unique to each individual – that anyone must have in order to carry out a fiscal transaction in Spain, such as buying property or opening a bank account.

Foreign nationals who move to Spain will be assigned an NIE number when they register as residents at the Oficina de Extranjeros (immigration office) or designated police station. If you are making your Sotogrande property purchase from outside Spain, you can apply for an NIE through the Spanish embassy or consulate in the UK.

We can make your Sotogrande property search so much easier

The above aren’t the only processes you will need to go through to complete your property purchase, of course. While, for instance, it isn’t strictly necessary to have a Spanish bank account in order to buy a house in the country, it is advisable, given that it will take much hassle out of the formalities, and could save you some commissions.

Once you have actually found your dream Sotogrande home, you will then need to progress through further steps to finalise the purchase. These will include making an offer, that offer hopefully being accepted, and you and the seller signing a preliminary contract, known as a contrato privado de compravento. It is also at this stage that you will be expected to pay a deposit, which is usually 10% of the purchase price.

Then, you will be able to get on with formally arranging the mortgage – although you should have discussed your requirements with the mortgage provider at an earlier stage than this – and the contract of sale (escritura de compravento) can then be signed in front of a notary. This is also the point at which the full sale price, taxes, and other costs must be paid.

But what about the property search itself? Well, here at Property Sotogrande, we’re all about making people like yourself aware of the latest available houses for sale in Sotogrande, drawing from the listings of multiple leading local estate agents. This helps to make our site a great first point of reference if you have major ambitions to acquire property in this exclusive area of Andalucia.

So, why not take a look at our latest listings online today?