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Buying a property in Andalucia Spain

You maybe have been dreaming of your own place under the sun, owning a holiday home in Spain or a wish to live permanently in Andalucia.

When you start looking for a property on the internet you will find many properties for sale. First you need to find out where in Spain you would like to buy, do your research about climate, accessibility to transport, the kind of houses you like and the real estate prices. Spain is a large country and divers. So is the real estate market in Spain; not only prices , taxes, licenses and permission to built differ.

There are a few very help full property search websites that give a good reflection of the market as Idealista, Kyero, Fotocasa, Rightmove etc

As a foreign buyer is it good to know upfront how buying a property in Andalucia Spain works. However we always advise to use the services of a (property) lawyer : to explain all legal issues and for due diligence.

Analyse your budget and make a financial plan.

The main costs and taxes involved buying a property in Andalusia Spain :

  • Buying costs; notary , title deed tax and land registration fee 1–2.5%;
  • Transfer Tax (Impuesto de Transmisiones Patrimoniales ITP) by resale property is only until 31st December 2021 in Andalucia reduced to a 7% .
  • Legal fees 1–2% (including VAT).
  • Mortgage costs 1–2%

When you consider to purchase a property calculate about 12% to 14% of the price as additional costs and taxes.

Tax identification number

As a non-resident a NIE is necessary to buy a property in Spain. This is a tax identification number (Numero de Identidad de Extranjero).

You can arrange to apply in person, via a Spanish consulate or via a lawyer

The buying proces in 3 steps

When you have found the property you would like to buy you first need to find an agreement with the vendor on the price. You will get a reservation document that hold information as the vendor and buyers details, property details, price, dates of signing the private contract and terms and conditions.

1.Reservation document.
By signing a “contrato de reserva” the property will be taken of the market for 15 – 30 days. As a buyer you will have to pay a reservation deposit (between 3.000 and 6.000 euro) to be hold by your lawyer or on a separate account by the real estate agent.
During that period a purchase contract will be drawn up and legal checks will be carried out by the lawyer.Your legal advisor will now perform due diligence.
The reservation deposit is refundable if settled in the document conditions as subject to prier legitimate checks, subject to finance (mortgage approval) etc.

2.Private Purchase Contract
As soon as the necessary legal checks have taken place, you will be required to sign the private purchase contract which will state the full price of the property. The private purchase contract is called “Contrato Privado de Compraventa”.
It is a legally binding contract where both parties agree on a date of completion between 4 to 6 weeks in general. This is the moment the buyer pays the vendor 10% of the agreed purchase.

3.Signing of the title deeds: completion
The traditional handover of the property (escritura pública) will take place at the notary. If you can not be there in person you can give your lawyer Power of Attorney. The buyer pays the rest of the purchase price and the property transfer tax. The land registry will be updated and the new property owner receives the keys.

Buying a property in Andalucia Spain

If you would like to be contacted about buying a property in Andalucia Spain please sent us a message.

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Areaguide Guadalhorce Malaga

Finding out where in Spain you would like to buy a property is by far the most important step.

Spain is very large and has several autonomous communities. Andalusia is one of them.  Malaga is one of the eight Spanish provinces that form Andalusia. 

We operate as real estate agent mainly in the valley of Guadalhorce.  With this areaguide we hope to inform you more about this region in Southern Spain.


The River Guadalhorce has created a fertile valley. Since ancient times it is considered to be the garden of Malaga. The agriculture in the area offers all kind of crops and orchards with oranges, lemons, olives 

Surrounded by the Mediterranean forest : olive trees, cork oaks, pines and chestnut trees. 

To the Guadalhorce belong the following towns: Alhaurín el Grande, Álora, Alozaina, Carratraca, Cártama, Casarabonela, Coín, Guaro and Pizarra.

We are pleased to guide you through the various areas and help you to discover which town suits your lifestyle best. 

Alhaurin el grande

Novahomes real estate is located in the center of Alhaurin el Grande. This Spanish family business runs over 20 years and is rooted in Alhaurin el Grande.

Located on the north side of the Sierra de Mijas at a height of 326 meters above sea level, with a nice climate of mild winters and hot summers and more than two thirds of the days per year  sunshine. 

The Valley del Guadalhorce,  has an abundance of citrus and fruit trees and market gardens. Villafranco del Guadalhorce is a village within the municipality, created  in the 1950s as an agricultura enclave. 

The history of this village is rich ; influence of Stone-Age people, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Moors. The origin of the name was given by the Moorish who called it Alhaurin (garden) and the Catholic Monarchs added El Grande.

It is well central located with roads to Málaga Airport  (25km) and Torremolinos, which takes about 30 minutes by car. In less then 20 minutes you find the beach, Fuengirola and La Cala de Mijas.It is 33 km from Marbella.

Nowadays, it is a modern town however it still has siesta and between 14.00 and 17.00 shops close.

In town you find interesting monument, musea , Municipal Library, the Covered Swimming Pool , the Antonio Gala Theatre, and  many parks . Near the entrance of Sierra de Mijas you find the 18 hole Alhaurin Golf.

Surrounded areas

We have properties for sale in the following surrounded areas of Alhaurin el Grande. 

For each town we have a summier description but there is much more to tell about this unique environment and history of this area.

Alhaurin de la Torre

This town is located 17km from Malaga. At the beginning of Guadalhorce valley and surrounded by the  Sierra de Mijas mountains.

Citrus and subtropical fruit plantations and olive groves still cover the landscape.

There is a well-known Golfcourse: Lauro 27 Golf can be found in the middle of beautiful pure nature in spectacular surroundings. The course consists of 27 holes that can be played in three different combinations, all par 72.

There are beautiful (residential) properties for sale in this well maintained areas.


An important town in the region, also contains a number of places and features of interest to the tourist as the forests and churches.

 It is essentially an Arabic town and it retains some of its original features.

It has a commercial shopping  center with cinema, sport and wellness center, La Trocha , weekly ecological markets and a 2nd hand market on Sunday.

Beautiful nature with the lovely river area of barranco blanco.


Pizarra is only on 5 km from Alora situated and 30km from Malaga. It has a trainstation. The village is rich in archaelogical sites and remains of period times as for example «the bath of the Queen».

This town started with only 10 families . A statue of Jesus known locally as «El Santo» overlooks the village from the mountain top protecting its people. 


On the hilltop of the white village Cartama you find a ruined fortress. The restored iron bridge  Puente Verde or Puente de Hierro  connects the main town with Estacion de Cartama, where you will find the train station.

Novaschool Sunland International is a private school in Cartama with a British International Curriculum for students from 3 to 18 years.

Cartama is only 17km from Malaga and 42km from Marbella. 

It is well situated near the Malaga Technology park where global companies are located.


Malaga has turned out to be a vibrant city full with  museums, a pedestrianised centre, innovative restaurants and stylish hotels with rooftop terraces with bar, pool and stunning views.

A new art district called SOHO located in the port gives it a real urban charme.

Malaga is developping itself as a metropolitan city with and open air cinema, a technology park with international companies as Google and new high end developments.


Alora is 40km north of Malaga located and has a local train to malaga.

Only 12 km from the famous Camino de Rey which is  located at El Chorro in the municipal district of Alora .

Alora is at the top of a hill surrounded by olives, almond trees, pines. vegetable gardens, orchards and citrus trees.

The white town has an urban layout, of Arabic origin, with steep streets leading up to the castle,

 Our Lady’s Church is one of the highlight in the village.


Alozaina is one of the 8 «white villages in Andalusia » Pueblos Blancos is located between Tolox, Casarabonela and Yunquera and in the foothills of the Sierra de las Nieves.

It is situated  52 km from Málaga and 41 from Ronda


Ardales is a traditional white town, set on the side of a steep hill.

The town is surrounded by a series of lakes and reservoirs; hills and olive groves with at the background the Ronda Mountains.


Tolox is situated in the centre of the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park at the foot of the Sierra Blanca and the Sierra Parda. Sierra Parda has an hiking trail of 12.9km 

It has a interesting history reflecting in the town and lay-out.

The SPA  (natural bitter waters) has been used for therapeutic purposes since ancient times.


A small village near Ojen from where you have access the Sierra de las Nieves natural park. The monda castle is the eyecatcher of this white mountain village.

Only on 14km from Marbella located and 45 km to Malaga.


Mijas is one of the largest municipalities in the province of Malaga on the Costa del Sol. Because of this size, the municipality covers both coast and mountain.

About 15 minutes inland and about 400 above the sea is located Mijas Pueblo, a white village Very popular with tourists   and offers spectacular views over the Mediterranean.

The Sierra de Mijas is a mountain range that  separates the Valle del Guadalhorce region from the coast, the Costa del Sol.


A white village on the edge of the Sierra de las Nieves natural park. The town is situated on 350 metres above sea level and offers panoramic views on the surrounding countryside.

The area is known for the many almond trees and olive fields. In spring you are being welcomed by field of white and pink blossom.

Well-known for its  ‘Festival de la Luna Mora’ or Festival of the Moorish Moon in september.

If you would like to be contacted about the areas we operate in and give you more information  please sent us a message.

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Selling a property in Andalucia.

You maybe are looking for an upgrade,  a smaller property or you maybe chose to leave Andalucia and move elsewhere.  When you made the decision selling your property in Andalucia it is important to understand the process and the costs.

Recommended to use a legal advisor to review contracts and guide you in formalities needed to sell.

Selling proces

As owner you can chose to sell your property yourself. There are many websites where you can advertise your house for free.

However as real estate agent we will assist you in the process.  We qualify the clients , organise viewings  and answer all the questions potential buyers have.

Promoting and advertising your property on international websites and social media, collaborate with other real estate agents on professional portals  and bring your property under the attention of our own international client database; only a few aspects of what we do for you.

We will help you set an appropriate price and guide you through a succesfull selling proces.

Costs of selling a property

When selling a property in Andalucia you need to calculate the costs and taxes. We can arrange a free consultation to look into your personal circumstances. 

  • Fees Real Estate Agency : depending on exclusivity and sharing the marges are between 4 and 7%
  • Plusvalia Municipal Tax . this is calculated on base of the catastral value and on how long the owner had the property
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Costs for cancellation mortgage
  • Energy Efficiency Certificate (EEC)

Documents needed

The following documents are required to start the process of selling your property.  To advertise, for example, your house in a window of a real estate agency the Energy Efficiency Certificate is obliged.

  • DNI / NIE
  • Passport owners
  • Title Deed
  • Cadastral Certificate
  • Energy Efficiency Certificate (EEC)
  • Spanish Income Tax declaration
  • Local tax (IBI) receipt
  • Utility bills

If you would like to be contacted about selling your property in Andalucia Spain and how we can help you please sent us a message.

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Casa Rural – Bed & Breakfast in Malaga.

Have you been dreaming of living and working under the Spanish sun? You might be considering to start a Bed & Breakfast in Malaga region. Or as the Spanish say a ¨casa rural¨. 

What you need to open a Bed & breakfast

Andalucia is the 2nd populair Spanish area for running a B&B . In the area we operate we find rural properties as fincas and cortijos that are being reformed to a Casa Rural.

You can decide to take over an existing an running B&B or to start one yourselves. A B&B has normally between 4 -11 rooms and serves breakfast.

When you buy a property to use as an Bed & Breakfast it is important to know the following:

It is necessary to ask for an AFO (Asimilado Fuera de Ordenacion) when it comes to a VTAR rental licence (vivienda rural) or an opening licence for a Casa Rural or B&B.

It is permitted to build with the aim of opening a rural or rustic accommodation or B&B, but this project must first be approved by the Junta de Andalucia. It is quite difficult to get this permission and the procedure takes a long time.

You can chose to take over a running B&B or you start yourself one but we would always advise to use the services of a lawyer.

There are websites that give you an idea of what you can ask for a casa rural.

Tourist License

When you want to rent out an apartment or some rooms but you do not want to run a bed and breakfast business you can chose to apply for a Tourist License.  If you do not have a professional kitchen and not intend to offer any services except accommodation then a Tourist license is more then enough. It is not very difficult to obtain a license a gestor, lawyer or you real estate agent can help you with it.

The general rule in Spain is that VAT is not applied to holiday rental homes. But as soon you offer services as Bed & Breakfast, concierge, roomservice, daily cleaning etc it is being seen as a hotel accomodation and you need to invoice VAT.

We have various properties suitable to run as a Bed and Breakfast or already succesfully operating as one. Properties with a guest apartment or  a 2nd house for holiday rentals.

If you would like to be contacted about suitable Bed & Breakfast properties in Malaga  and how we can help you please sent us a message.

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