Andalusia Reduces Property Purchase Tax and Stamp Duty

Andalusia Reduces Property Purchase Tax and Stamp Duty

The Andalusian Government has approved a decree that includes a reduction in the property transfer tax (which is paid when buying and selling second-hand homes), so that the three rates currently set at 8, 9 and the 10% are now replaced by a flat rate of 7%. This reduction applies exclusively to the resale properties in Andalucia and does not affect new builts.

In addition, a small reduction in the tax on documented legal acts will also be applied, which will go from 1.5% to 1.2%. This is the Stamp Duty (AJD, Actos Jurídicos Documentados) which applies to both new build and resale properties.

The reduction of the property transfer tax (ITP, Impuesto sobre Transmisiones Patrimoniales) will take effect immediately once it is published in the Official Gazette of the Junta de Andalucía (BOJA). According to the calculations made by Vice President Marín, for a property of 180,000 euros, the fee to pay for the transfer tax is currently 14,400 euros, while, with the approved reduction, 12,600 euros will be paid… that is 1,800 euros less.

This calculation is where there is a 1% reduction in the property transfer tax. For higher value properties where the reduction in tax payable is 3%, the savings are much more substantial.

It is important to remember that this only applies to properties in Andalusia including the Costa del Sol. It does not apply to other popular destinations in Spain such as the Costa Blanca, the Balearics of Canary Islands.

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Marbella’s First Passive House (Passivhaus)

Marbella’s First Passive House (Passivhaus)

MARBELLA’S first avant-garde luxury house that is designed and built under Passive House regulations and standards. This means it is environmentally friendly to an exceptionally high degree with a very low carbon footprint. Located just five minutes from the coast and ten minutes from Marbella, it is located in an exclusive gated community near La Zagaleta. It has breathtaking views that invite reflection and open spaces that make communication natural. Sustainability and sheer, unadulterated luxury are masterfully combined in this stunning villa in Marbella.

The exquisite design of the award-winning Marbella Villa is something to behold. Design is a concept, not a set of drawings. The true beauty of a design lies in how it works and feels, not just how it looks. It is all about ergonomic design. On top of that this lxury new villa has already won the 5-star award for Best in Spain, received the top award “Best Architecture Single Residence, Europe” from the International Property Awards.

The structure of the five bedroom, six bathroom villa does not detract in any way from the beauty of its natural surroundings, and it also allows its inhabitants to co-exist comfortably in areas designed for various activities, whether seeking solitude or quality time together. The villa takes advantage of the views down the valley towards the sea, especially the five principal living areas which directly face the coast. The high ceiling running into two floors, the lighting an imposing design element in itself and the large mural on the wall – it all adds to the splendour of this space. A perfectly symmetrical room with the ceiling lights redefining the sky and two warriors inviting us to look outwards – this is designer opulence at its best. The outside merges perfectly with the inside: the floor-to-ceiling window opens to provide direct access across a walkway to the vertical herb garden where, all year round, one can pick parsley, rosemary, mint, basil and other herbs, or in season, one can treat oneself to oranges and lemons in the mini orchard.

Energy efficiency is part of the essence of the Passive House concept, developed in the 1980’s in Germany in order to build houses with minimum energy consumption, and if at all possible, null consumption. The first Passive House was completed in 1991 in Darmstadt, Germany. Since then, the Passive House principle has proven itself many times over. Worldwide, there are now over 25,000 Passive Houses, 101 of which are in Spain, 6 in Andalucía and here is the one in Marbella. It is the world’s leading standard in energy efficient construction.The Passive House Standard means quality, comfort and energy efficiency, guaranteeing more than 75% saving on energy costs compared to a standard build. Thanks to the quality insulation and an efficient ventilation system, Passive House buildings remain warm on cold days and cool on warmer days.

Passive House a combination of the best quality insulation, windows and doors as well as careful design both to control the ventilation of the house, heat transfer through the structure and windows and providing shade to the living areas in the hottest part of the day, the certification guarantees the highest levels of energy efficiency in heating and cooling the house, reducing the energy demands by up to 90% – to a maximum of 15kW/m2/year.

Passive House is a building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable and affordable at the same time. It is not a brand name, but a tried and true construction concept that can be applied by anyone, anywhere. Yet, a Passive House is more than just a low-energy building:

Passive Houses allow for space heating and cooling related energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical building stock and over 75% compared to average new builds. Passive Houses use less than 1.5 l of oil or 1.5 m3 of gas to heat one square meter of living space for a year – substantially less than common “low-energy” buildings. Vast energy savings have been demonstrated in warm climates where typical buildings also require active cooling.

Passive Houses make efficient use of the sun, internal heat sources and heat recovery, rendering conventional heating systems unnecessary throughout even the coldest of winters. During warmer months, Passive Houses make use of passive cooling techniques such as strategic shading to keep comfortably cool.

Passive Houses are praised for the high level of comfort they offer. Internal surface temperatures vary little from indoor air temperatures, even in the face of extreme outdoor temperatures. Special windows and a building envelope consisting of a highly insulated roof and floor slab as well as highly insulated exterior walls keep the desired warmth in the house – or undesirable heat out.

A ventilation system imperceptibly supplies constant fresh air, making for superior air quality without unpleasant draughts. A highly efficient heat recovery unit allows for the heat contained in the exhaust air to be re-used.

For more information about this villa in Marbella or any other passive house/eco friendly houses on the Costa del Sol, please contact us.

Malaga is chosen by Forbes among 20 best European cities to live, invest and work

Malaga is chosen by Forbes among 20 best European cities to live, invest and work

Malaga is chosen by Forbes among 20 best European cities to live, invest and work.

The research by Forbes aimed to discover the most American-friendly destinations in Europe, those with the best quality of life, best internet connections for remote working so that you can keep your job in the U.S. or launch your online project and set up your business. The initial list consisted of 120 top European destinations.

Based on various criteria including the presence of an international school, quality of life, health care system, internet connection, proximity to airports with international flights, cost of living, active expat community and low crime rate, the Best European Destinations (EBD) organization has revealed the 20 finalists that included three destinations in Spain – Madrid, San Sebastian and Malaga. Malaga has ranked 10th place, whereas Madrid and San Sebastian second and forth respectively.

According to EBD, Spain is a country in constant evolution — dynamic, culturally incomparable and “a destination that will appeal to even the most demanding“. Sunnier than France, Spain also offers good health care and school systems. If you love Europe for its culture, openness, architecture, events, weddings, tradition or gastronomy, you will love Malaga. Sometimes associated mostly with sun and beaches, the city is much more than that. It has the highest concentration of museums per square kilometer in Europe, high quality of life, security, rich culture, good health care services and sun almost throughout the year. Malaga is family friendly and also very suitable for single digital nomads or couples, as well as retirees who wish to live an active, culturally rich and lively retirement. Open-minded and tolerant, Malaga also attracts gay expats. The city offers a variety of schools including the British School of Malaga and many public and private. Malaga is one of the Spanish destinations with the greatest tourist growth.

Priced to sell fast – Apartment for sale in Los Pacos, Fuengirola

Priced to sell fast – Apartment for sale in Los Pacos, Fuengirola

Location, location, location! Spacious duplex apartment for sale in the heart of the residential area of Los Pacos, Fuengirola!

This 3 bedroom duplex apartment in Fuengirola feels more like a townhouse and located inside a very authentic quiet urbanization right in the heart of Fuengirola Los Pacos area. Distributed over two levels, this apartment is sold unfurnished, in a good condition and was built in 2002. It features two terraces upstairs from the bedrooms with views over the communal areas and swimming pool. It has three good sized bedrooms each with fitted closets, the ceiling fans are installed in every room. The urbanization has a secure entrance from the Avenida Finlandia that is one of the main streets in the Los Pacos area. It is a very well kept urbanization with many people living here all year round. All the windows and terraces in this apartment look inside of the urbanization, therefore you can enjoy the peace and tranquility whilst being just next to the town centre. This is a place on the Costa del Sol where without a doubt you can live without a car. However, included in the price there is an underground parking space & storage room.

Apartment for sale Fuengirola

This gated urbanization is located literally a few steps away from the centre of Los Pacos and all the amenities are at your doorstep. You can walk to the beach in 13 minutes or take a bus down. The nearest train station is Los Boliches and is located 900 meters away from the apartment. You can reach the Malaga International airport by car within 20 minutes or take a direct train to the airport from Los Boliches train station.


Beach – 950 meters ( 13 minutes walk)
Cafes, bars, restaurants – 1 minute walk
Bus stop – 1 minute walk ( direct bus line will take you to Fuengirola, Town Hall, Los Boliches train station, Miramar shopping centre)
Finnish school – 3 min walk ( 250 meters away)
Malaga International Airport – 20 minutes by car
Marbella – less than 30 minutes drive by car

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Los Pacos neighbourhood has grown into quite a built up, self contained area. Very well connected by recent improvements to road infrastructure, many people of all nationalities are buying homes and holiday homes in this area. With its own schools, sports facilities, shops, cafes and restaurants, it is becoming more and more popular. It sits back from the coast and backs onto the Torreblanca neighbourhood and benefits from frequent bus service to Fuengirola Town centre. Its a lively International community that has not lost its Spanish charm. The recently opened Los Pacos Paddle Club adds another great amenity to the area.

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New release – Spectacular new development in Malaga Town.

New release – Spectacular new development in Malaga Town.

Located in the vibrant city of Malaga, the heart of the Costa del Sol, this new Malaga development of apartments and penthouses, takes the dominant position in a residential urban real estate market in Southern Spain. Within just 5 minutes walk to the beach and 7 minutes walk to Malaga Port, this residential project represents a new concept that that combines tradition, functionality and ultimate comfort. Home, social life within community of residents, work space, leisure and quality of living join together within this new revolutionary concept.

Malaga is the fast growing, cosmopolitan and avant-garde city. This city of 600,000 inhabitants is transforming into a dynamic city full of life, adventure, and culture, with a grand plan in place for its continued development. Malaga has been nominated for a European Best Destination 2019. According to the nominee criteria, Malaga is a city “combining tradition and modernity, gastronomy, the beach and culture along with a world-class selection of museums”. Among the other 20 nominees were well-established tourist hotspots as Rome, Lisbon, Geneva and etc. Without a doubt, Malaga is on its way to a boom town!

Malaga is the gateway to the Costa del Sol, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas. It is the second most populous city of Andalucia and the sixth-largest in Spain. The opening of Gran Hotel Miramar in Malagueta, the first 5 star Gran Luxe Hotel in Malaga speaks volumes of the direction this city is taking. Art and Culture is at the centre for the continued growth, with Carmen Thyssen Museum and the Centre Pompidou Malaga, the first of its kind outside of France,taking centre stage. The investment opportunities in Malaga must definitely be considered, and those looking for a home, or second home in a city, it just cannot be overlooked. There are entertainment and gastronomy options to suit all tastes, not least in its newly redeveloped port. It even has its own ‘Malaga Eye’ Ferris wheel, reaching 100 metres in height. This is a place that must be considered by those looking to purchase on the Costa Del Sol, especially those looking for the buzz of city life, a La Liga football team to support, or a solid investment on the Costa Del Sol in terms of rentals and appreciation.

This new development in Malaga is born to establish new standards of high quality lifestyle within urban environment. The concept combines whole wish list of modern customers: impeccable design, optimization of the running costs, high quality finishes, state-of-the-art on-site facilities, common areas and spaces adapted to the new needs. This concept is far beyond an ordinary home or second residence. The buildin, that will be undergoing total renovation, has its own personality and superior qualities, both interior and exterior. This new Malaga project consists of 44 apartments, with 1 and 2 bedrooms, as well as 56 garaje parking spaces and storage rooms.

The communal areas here invite you to enjoy and appreaciate the climate of Southern Spain and its unique Mediterranean lifestyle. The swimming pool and chill-out areas is located on one of the rooftop terraces and is overlooking the new Park Europa. Two barbecue areas and a Gastro Bar space will be located on the other terrace. In addition, the building includes a state-of-the-art gym and a co-working space with views. All these facilities represent an important added value for your new home in Malaga.

This new project in Malaga is fully committed to the community lifestyle and comfort of its residents, creating areas that enhances personal relationships between them and promote healthy lifestyle. Opportunities such as this rarely come to the market.


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