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What are the costs of buying a villa, plot, or apartment in Sotogrande?

The cost of buying a building plot, a new house, or a resale property in Sotogrande can vary significantly depending on various factors, including the property’s price, location, and the type of transaction (e.g., with or without a mortgage). Here is a bullet point summary of the key costs associated with purchasing property in Sotogrande:

  • Property Price: The most substantial cost is the purchase price of the property itself, which varies widely based on the location, size, condition, and features of the property.
  • Property Transfer Tax (Impuesto de Transmisiones Patrimoniales, or ITP): In Sotogrande, ITP is payable when buying a second-hand property (resale). The current rate is 7% of the purchase price. This applies to all resale properties.
  • Value Added Tax (Impuesto sobre el Valor Añadido, or IVA): For new properties or properties being sold for the first time, IVA (VAT) is applied instead of ITP. The standard IVA rate is 10%. IVA also applies if you are buying a plot from a Company rather than a private individual. In this case the rate is 21%.
  • Notary and Registration Fees: You will need to pay fees to the notary for drafting and overseeing the property’s deed, as well as fees for registering the property in the public records. These fees can vary but are typically a few hundred euros.
  • Legal Fees: It’s advisable to hire a lawyer to help with the legal aspects of the purchase. Legal fees can vary but are generally around 1% of the purchase price.
  • Property Valuation: If you’re taking out a mortgage, the bank may require a property valuation, which can cost a few hundred euros.
  • Mortgage Costs: If you’re financing your purchase with a mortgage, you’ll incur additional costs, such as arrangement fees, appraisal fees, and notary and registration fees for the mortgage deed. These costs can vary by lender and the size of the mortgage.
  • Agency Fees: In Sotogrande, in most cases the seller covers the agent’s fee. However, if you have exclusively engaged a real estate agent to help with your property search and purchase, you may be required to pay a commission. Ensure you have their fee agreed in advance.
  • Property Survey: While not mandatory, you may choose to have a property survey conducted, especially for older properties. Costs vary based on the property’s size and complexity but can range from a few hundred to a few thousand euros.
  • Transfer Tax (Impuesto sobre Actos Jurídicos Documentados, or AJD): This tax is often associated with mortgage loans and can vary depending on the region and the mortgage amount. It’s typically a percentage of the loan amount.
  • Bank Charges: If you’re taking out a mortgage, the bank may charge various fees, such as opening fees and early repayment fees.
  • Utility and Service Connection Fees: When you take possession of the property, you’ll need to set up utilities and services (e.g., water, electricity, gas, internet) and may incur connection fees.

It’s important to note that some costs may be negotiable or influenced by the specific circumstances of your purchase. Additionally, in Spain, regional variations exist in terms of property taxes and fees, so it’s crucial to be aware of the local regulations in Sotogrande if you intend to buy property here. To navigate the process successfully, it’s highly recommended to consult with a local lawyer or notary who can provide guidance specific to your situation and location.

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