Home Buyers Guide to Marbella Property: Investing in Spain

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As an international estate-agent, we receive many enquiries about Marbella property, and we understand the lure. Whether it is a beachfront condominium, luxury villa, townhouse, or a family-home, becoming a homeowner in Spain, offers many benefits including the gorgeous weather, tasty cuisine, and that time-honoured Spanish culture. Marbella also is an excellent base.

Backed by the Sierra Blanca mountains and fronted by 27 kilometres of golden beaches, it is the perfect place to retire or own a holiday home. Belonging to the Costa Del Sol region, for decades, it has hosted foreigners and homebuyers from all around the world, explaining its current fame as a cosmopolitan destination. So, to invest in the real estate market, how do you find your dream home?

Buying Marbella Property

Where to Buy Property in Marbella

Homebuyers have a multitude of neighbourhoods to buy-in. The closer you get to the seafront, the higher prices are per square meter—likewise, the closer to the town centre, properties for sale command a higher price. San Pedro attracts golfers, families, and buy-to-let investors renting out property for an income. Homes for sale are cheaper than the central Marbella districts, and the recent investment by the local council has increased capital growth potential.

Meanwhile waterfront Puerto Banus has long attracted foreign buyers, but expect to pay more when on a property search because the marina attracts high profile clientele from around the world, and promotes an upmarket ambience. Prices on the property market in Benahavis are lower because of its inland location. Still, it offers a tranquil Spanish village style and is perfect for history and nature lovers.

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Nueva Andalucía sitting within walking distance of Puerto Banus is likewise all about chic. Still, it offers several golf courses, and new homes on the market include penthouses with stunning views. If golfing is your principal reason for buying, look at property for sale in La Quinta, a purposely built golf and country club offering a prestigious lifestyle. As well as the 9-hole golfing course, an onsite spa and wellness centre, and dining options, means anyone looking to rent out, will reap good rental yields.

La Cerquila runs along the same theme but is a more gated community, belonging to Neuva Andalucía. Houses for sale here are pure gems, and this exclusive part of the housing-market commands high respect from buyers and sellers alike. Anyone looking for luxury real estate on or near the golden mile would do well to head to Nagueles. Detached, luxury villas are the star of its estate-market, with many sitting on large plots, and offering high-end touches like private swimming pools, en-suite bathrooms, dining terraces, jacuzzi baths, four or more bedrooms, and home technology.

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To get an idea of houses for sale in Marbella, and precisely what you will get for your money and where to browse our portfolio of property listings. Including bargain and luxury properties, each listing contains all information like price, map location, photos, and home features. Just use the enquiry form to find out more via email, or telephone, or to arrange a viewing.

Find Your Home: What to Consider

Many people, when starting property searches, assume they need to find their dream home first. As a real estate agent, we recommend sorting your finances out first, especially if you are going to be owning a second home, or taking out a mortgage. Have an exact idea of your income and forecasted expenses.

Don’t forget, apartments and villas on complexes or within gated communities often come with a yearly maintenance fee, and you need a budget for home repairs. Factor in purchasing costs on top of the property price. With all our property listings, we include an example payment plan of the extra costs you will pay at the time of buying, and can also advise on other aspects like the tax on rental income, capitals gains, and inheritance laws.

How to Buy a New Home in Spain

As your realtor, we walk you through every step of the home-buying process. But as a general guideline, the first step after finding a property is to arrange a valuation. The law doesn’t require one, but many buyers do it for peace of mind. If you are getting a mortgage, your lender will also insist on one.

Negotiating on property-prices is also accepted, so make an offer, and once agreed, solicitors draw up the preliminary contract. Sign the final agreement in front of the notary office, and you will need to pay additional costs like stamp duty. The last step is registering the transfer of ownership with the land registry, and then you are official, the new owner of a home in Spain.

Start Your Search

Apartments for Sale: Including fully furnished, penthouses, duplexes, for sale by owner, new-build, and off-plan apartments, these real estate listings cover a wide range of towns, and villages, so you can find exactly what you are looking for. From family homes in the suburbs to centrally located buy-to-let rentals also contact us with your budget and requirements, and we can send a portfolio through via email.

Villas for Sale: Whether you want a large mansion or a small, private villa, this collection highlights the best of what is on the market. From bargain homes to millionaire villas, they include furnished and unfurnished listings, and beachfront and mountain resort homes.

Also of Interest

About the Costa Del Sol: Marbella belongs to the famous Costa Del sol region, one of Spain’s most popular areas for tourism, foreign house sales and ex-pat communities. Sitting on the southern coast, it presents a wide choice of destinations for anyone looking at real estate for sale. This article talks more about it, and other destinations where house buyers flock.

About Us: We are overseas estate agents, specialising in Marbella property, and other parts of Spain. As well as luxury homes, our new listings feature many properties as soon as they come on the market. Contact us today if you are on a home search abroad, or follow us on Facebook to stay updated with property news.

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About Natalie

Natalie is a dedicated real estate professional currently working at Spot Blue International Property. With over a decade of experience in the industry, she has acquired a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding global properties.