Do you want to buy property in Barcelona? We can help you!
Want to buy property in Barcelona, but not sure how to go about it? Would you like some help in searching for the perfect apartment or investment property? Do you need to get a NIE or open a Spanish bank account and don’t know how?
If so, Casamona International can help! As an international agency, we speak English and have employees who speak many other languages from around the world. All contracts and agreements can be in English.
Read more below.
To buy property in Barcelona, the first step to consider is the total purchase cost and whether you will need financing in Barcelona or from your home country.
1. Costs: The purchase price Notary fees: €500 – €1000 Transfer tax: 10 % of the purchase price, (paid within 20 days after the appointment with the notary) Registration taxes: €1500 – €2000 If you need legal assistance with the buying process, this fee will be roughly 1% of the buying price
You want to buy property in Barcelona for €100.000 and you are above the age of 32.
The apartment itself costs €100.000, however, due to the transfer tax you will have to add another 10% to the value.
The final price, including the costs of a notary and registration taxes, will be around €112.000 for acquiring the property.
2. Financing: Before looking for a property you need to know how you will finance it. Purchase in cash: It is possible to buy property in Barcelona by transfer or bank check. Getting a mortgage in Spain: If you are NOT a Spanish citizen, there can be difficulties in getting a mortgage for more than 50% of the purchase price. The bank will need to appraise the property (this takes around 2 weeks) and the appraisal value will often be lower than the market price. A formal appraisal is often not used to set the selling price in Spain. However, the bank’s appraisal is the amount used to calculate your mortgage (50% of this amount for foreigners). Casamona can advise and help you with this process. Getting a mortgage in your home country: Casamona can help you get in contact with a mortgage specialist who can help you find the best solution. 1. What is a NIE?
The NIE (
Número de Identificación de Extranjeros), is an identification number required to buy property in Barcelona. It is also needed for other services, such as healthcare, banking, finance transactions, etc. 2. How to get a NIE:
In order to obtain a NIE you can choose one of the following options:
If you are already in Spain, you can show up in person at the Foreigners Office at the police station and stand in line for a NIE. The address is Rambla de Guipuscoa 74 in Barcelona. There are four steps in the application process for the NIE: Making an appointment: You need an appointment (cita previa) for the Oficina de Extranjeros. You can get this here. Click on ‘Barcelona’ then ‘Certificados EU’.
Fill a NIE application form that can be found
here: For non-EU citizens, proof of legal entry into Spain and two passport photos will be needed;
Assuming all your forms are correctly filled in and you have the correct documentation, you will be given a pay slip, which must be taken to a bank to pay for the associated taxes (around €10).
Be aware, however, that many banks will only deal with this transaction between 8.30am and 10.30am, so be prepared to either get to the Foreigners’ Office early or complete the process over two days. Once paid, you must take your stamped slip back to the office, where you will be able to process your NIE. You will be given the number but will have to return in approximately one week to pick up the official paper.
At the Spanish embassy in your country; Online http://www.nienumber.com.
In the case that you have a buyer's agent contract, our team can help you with this process (cf: section 4.c)
Contact us at
Casamona team is always happy to help with any questions concerning these matters.
Opening a Spanish bank account
You will need a NIE and a valid passport.
Casamona can advise you on which bank to choose and how much is needed to pay their services.
Casamona can do this for you – if you have a buyer's agent contract: more information in section 4(c) – Finding an apartment (Buyer's agent contract).
Consulting services for buying property in Barcelona
Casamona offers consulting services for buyers
If you are looking for an apartment in Barcelona for more than 300.000 euros and need Casamona's help through the whole buying process. If you are looking for an apartment under €300.000 in Barcelona. If you are looking for homes outside Barcelona.
We would love to help you during the entire buying process – Learn more about the Buyers Package
Searching for the apartment
At Casamona, we offer a wide range of properties in which we would live ourselves. Go to our website and discover all the apartment we have for sale.
If you have a precise idea of what you want, give us a call or write us. One of our agents will help you right away.
Seeing the apartment
We take the buyer on visits to any available apartments they may wish to view, and are the intermediary between the buyer and the landlord. We also help to negotiate the price with the landlord to find a win-win situation for both parties.
The Reservation Contract is the first agreement between the owner and the buyer. The buyer shows interest in the apartment by paying a deposit of 3.000€.
After signing and pay the Reservation, the owner has to remove the apartment from all portals.
What you need: Your NIE, a Spanish bank account.
The aras is the agreement between the owner and the buyer when they set the final price and date in which the final transfer must be completed.
Here the buyer pays a 10% deposit of the buying price. Once signed, the buyer and seller are legally bonded.
According to the Article 1,454 of the Spanish Civil Code:
If the buyer backs out, he or she loses the deposit. If the seller backs out, he or she has to pay twice the amount of the deposit.
The notary needs to be present to attest of the change of ownership.
Casamona organizes all the formalities with a notary (which involves making sure the notary receives all the required paperwork, organizes a date to discuss the contract and its clauses, signs all the necessary papers and makes sure the notary pays the taxes on time, as well as any other important requirements).
We offer two packages:
Basic Package. We take care of the Escritura. This costs between 400€ - 500€. Full Package. We take care of the Escritura but also help you to adapt to the Spanish system. We simplify the process for you and help you pay the taxes. This costs between 800€ - 1.000€. Signing the Escritura contract
The Escritura is the title deeds. It clusters information about the owner, buyer and apartment.
This contract represents the change of ownership.
Once signed the apartment is yours.
Want to rent? If as the buyer, you wish to rent out the apartment, Casamona will organize viewings, check-in and retrieve the rent from the tenant without any fee for the buyer. Want to renovate? If as the buyer you wish to undertake some reconstruction work in the apartment, you must obtain a working permit. Casamona can refer the buyer to a person or company that you can contact, as well as guide you through the process.