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Why choose Andalucia Realty

Andalucia Realty is a leading real estate agency in Marbella that places at your disposal the knowledge and experience acquired over 20 years of working in the property market of Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis.

We are proud members of AIPP: Association of International Property Professionals, RAIC: Red de Asesores Inmobiliarios Qualificados y AEGI: Asociación Empresarial de Gestión Inmobiliaria and are also certified Real Estate Brokers of two major Spanish banks

We only list quality properties that are in good condition, offer good value for money and are free of legal problems. Additionnaly, we have access to most properties on the market through our extensive network of agents and we will thouroughly search them to make sure we find you the property that perfectly matches your requirements.

We will take good care of you throughout the entire process, from making your initial travel plans to viewing your property, through to completing the sale and beyond, making sure you are very well assisted at all times.

Our experienced, multi-lingual staff are at your complete disposal.

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Schedules and places to enjoy the Holy Week 2019 in Marbella, Estepona and San Pedro

Schedules and places to enjoy the Holy Week 2019 in Marbella, Estepona and San Pedro

If you come to the Costa del Sol during Easter and want to enjoy the processions and events in Marbella, Estepona or San Pedro, Andalucia Realty makes it easy for you. Check here the schedules and places, and don’t miss any of the processions with its spectacular thrones and Nazarene typical of the “Semana Santa”. At this time, the streets are flooded with the smell of incense from the processions that parade through the most emblematic squares and avenues of Marbella, Estepona and San Pedro. This is an event that attracts not only devoted, but curious people and tourists alike.

To make it even easier to enjoy the processions, thrones, parades and all the activities, we bring you the Easter Calendar of Marbella, San Pedro and Estepona this 2019. Discover where are the best places to see the Tronos and at what time the Semana Santa processions start!

EASTER 2019 PROCESSIONS SCHEDULE IN MARBELLA:

Easter Monday: Departure of the Cristo Atado a la Columna at 20.30h in the Ermita del Santo Cristo, with the most outstanding areas in the Calle Ancha (song of Saetas) and Plaza Santo Cristo (encounter of the Thrones).

Holy Tuesday: Departure of Jesus the Captive at 21.00 from the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation, with the most prominent areas in the Plaza Puente de Málaga (tribune, and song of saetas), as well as in the Plaza de La Iglesia de Our Lady of the Incarnation, with the meeting of images and distribution of traditional sweets.

– Wednesday of Holy Week: Departure of Jesus the Nazarene from the church of Ntra. Sra. de la Encarnación at 20.30, with the most interesting places to see it in the Plaza Puente de Málaga (tribune, and singing of saetas), as well as in the Plaza de La Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. De la Encarnación, with the meeting of both thrones.

Holy Thursday: On this day there are two processions, the firs one is Cristo De La Exaltación And María Del Calvario, departing at 18.00 from the Ermita del Calvario. The highlights are: The acts prior to the processional departure in the Plaza de la ermita del Calvario, the pass through the Plaza del puente de Málaga (processional parade) and the encierro again in the Plaza de la Ermita del Calvario (encounter of the images).

The second procession of the Christ of Love leaves at 20.00 from the Hermitage of Santiago, with the most outstanding spots in the Plaza de los Naranjos for the meeting of the images.

Holy Friday: Departure at 20.30 from the Capilla del Santo Sepulcro, with the Legion guarding the throne. This is one of the most famous and emotional Easter processions in Marbella, both for the influx of followers and for the spectacle generated by the legionnaires, their songs and their show with their riffles. The most popular areas to see this parade are both the exit of the image of Nuestra señora de La soledad by the meeting between both images in the square of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación), as in the area of seats in the Plaza Puente de Málaga, and the Encierro in the Plaza Santo Sepulcro.

Easter Sunday: Departure at 12.00 from the church of Ntra. Sra. De la Encarnación, with a peripheral route through the square of the Málaga bridge towards the Alameda, going up c/ Huerta Chica back to the church for the closing (Encierro)

If you want to eat or have a drink in Marbella after the processions, don’t forget to book! In our blog we recommend you some of the best restaurants in Marbella.

HOLY WEEK 2019 IN SAN PEDRO: THRONES SCHEDULES AND BEST PLACES TO SEE IT

Holy Wednesday: Via Crucis starting at 21.00 from c/ Revilla, passing through Calle Lagasca and Calle del Pozo, towards Avenida Oriental and ending again at the temple in Calle Revilla.

Holy Thursday: Departure at 20.30 from the Parish Church of San Pedro de Alcántara. The procession of the Brotherhood of the Saint Nazareno. There is a later procession at 1.00am of the Brotherhood “El silencio”, from the parish of San Pedro de Alcántara.

– Holy Friday: Departure of the two thrones at 20.30 from the Parish Church of San Pedro de Alcántara (church square towards Revilla Street).

Easter Sunday: The throne exits at 12.00 from Revilla Street towards the Avenida Oriental.

TIMETABLE AND ROUTES PROCESSIONS 2019 IN ESTEPONA:

– Holy Tuesday: Departure at 7.30 p.m. of The Passion procession, in the old town of Estepona.

– Wednesday Holy: Departure at 21.00 of the procession from Jesus Cautivo Street. We recommend to see this procession in the beginning (exit from the chapel), or in Ebro Street, where the lights are extinguished and they sing to the saint. Pick up at approximately 2.30h.

Holy Thursday: Departure at 20.30 from the Iglesia del Carmen. Within the rute, we highlight the area of the terrace street (around 00.00) where both thrones meet.

Holy Friday: Departure at 21.00 from the parish Santa Maria de Los Remedios, towards Plaza San Francisco, passing through the tribune area at 23.45, and closing at 1.00am.

Easter Sunday: The procession begins at 11.00 am from the Parish Ntra. Sra. Del Carmen, to Plaza Padre Fernando, finishing the route in Casa Hermandad del Stmo. Cristo del Amor.

If you also want to take advantage of the good weather of the Costa del Sol by visiting some of the best golf courses in Marbella, Estepona or Benahavis, do not hesitate to check our blog so you get the best of your time in Costa del Sol.

If you fell in love with the Mediterranean and its people and you wish to consider buying a holiday apartment in Marbella, Estepona, Benahavis, Mijas etc, do not hesitate to contact us, we have access to the largest selection of properties throughout the Costa del Sol.

 

 

What is and how to obtain the NIE or Foreigner Identity Number in Spain?

What is and how to obtain the NIE or Foreigner Identity Number in Spain?

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the NIE in Spain or Foreigner Identity Number (“Número de Identidad de Extranjero”), is a unique number that all foreigners must have for identification purposes if:

– a procedure is initiated to obtain a document enabling them to remain in Spanish territory other than a visa.

– they have been the subject of an administrative enquiry under the provisions of the legislation on foreigners

-because of their economic, professional or social interests, are connected to Spain.

Where can I apply for a NIE?

If you wish to obtain the NIE for professional or social economic interests, as may be the case if you wish to buy a property in Spain, you can apply for it at the Police Station, and at the Spanish Embassy or Consulates in your country of origin.

The NIE application can take approximately one week.

What documents do I need to apply for the NIE?

In order to apply for the NIE, it is necessary to provide certain documentation:

– Application form duly completed and signed. (You can access the following link to download the EX 15 form and you can find how to fill the EX 15 it with English explanations here)

– Valid passport – original and copy

– Payment of the administrative fee of 9.64€.

If you would like to find out more about how to open a bank account in Spain, or how to obtain the “Golden Visa” in Spain, you can check out the links above on our blog.

You can also contact us in the chat page or filling in the form, we will be happy to help you in the process of finding your ideal home.

How to open a bank account in Spain for Non-Resident

How to open a bank account in Spain for Non-Resident

If you want to know how to open a bank account in Spain, but you are not a citizen of the European Union or you don’t have a residence permit in Spain. This is your post.

One of the main questions our foreign clients ask when buying a home in Spain is how to proceed when opening a bank account. It is essential to know what are the necessary documents and formalities to be able to open an account in one of the main Banks in Spain.

When a foreigner wishes to open a new bank account in Spain, a distinction must be made between two groups: Residents and Non-residents.

Non-residents must present a series of documents certifying their employment status, their habitual residence and their identity.

Mandatory documents to open a bank account in Spain for non-residents:

Specifically, the following documents are obligatory when opening an account in Spain for non-residents:

– NIF (for EU residents), or Passport

– Non-Resident Certification (Certificado de No residente in Spanish)

The certificate of Non-resident is an official document that must be requested at a Police Station, or at the consulate of your country. It takes approximately 10 to 12 days and only a passport is required for the application. Some banks can offer to get this document for you against the payment of a fee.

Additional documents to open a bank account in Spain for Non-Residents

Depending on the bank, they may request a series of documents in addition to those described above:

– Letter of recommendation from the corresponding bank in your country.

– Payroll or certificate of employment status

– Document to verify your address (recent bank statement, or bill for direct debit service dated no more than 3 months)

– Proof of income

Note that in order for the documents to be acceptable, they must be translated into Spanish by a sworn official translator (traductor Jurado).

Maybe you’d be interested in more articles on how to get a Golden Visa, or how to obtain the NIE (Identification number for foreigners)

Taxes of selling a property: What is the Plusvalia tax in Spain?

Taxes of selling a property: What is the Plusvalia tax in Spain?

If you are planning on Selling your property in Marbella or anywhere in Spain, you will have to assume a series of expenses and certain taxes. One of the taxes that charges the selling of a property in Spain is the Plusvalía. But what is it?

There are thousands of articles about how much will the buyer pay for the purchase of a property in Spain (aprox. 10% of the property price). However, it is not so common to talk about the costs incurred by the seller of the property.

As a property seller, what expenses do I have to pay when selling my property in Spain?

Doesn’t matter if you are selling an apartment, a townhouse or a luxury villa, the selling of a property also involves costs and taxes that you must take into account when setting the price of your property in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Broadly speaking, the person who sells his or her home must pay the capital gain tax, the plusvalía, notary fees and the cancellation of the mortgage -if there was any-.

What is the Plusvalía tax in Spain?

The plusvalía is a local tax charged by the townhall on the increase in the value of the property when it is sold. The reason beneath this tax is the increase of the property value due to the improvements done in the area by the local government.

All about the Plusvalia: Who pays it, when and where?

When a property is sold, the Seller must pay the plusvalía. Buyer and seller may reach an agreement for the buyer to pay it, however the administration will always demand it from the person selling the property.

But pay close attention! If the seller resides abroad, the buyer of the house must pay this tax. In addition, if it were not a sale, but a gift or donation, it would be the recipient of the property who should assume the payment of this tax.

This tax must be paid within 30 working days of the sale of the property (six months in case of inheritance), and you must go to the townhall of the city in which the house is located.

Is there any way to pay less or not pay the Plusvalia tax?

Yes, in some cases there are ways to pay less plusvalía or even not to pay it at all. This tax has some excemptions and bonuses, although its application depends on each city council.

The transfer of real estates within the historical – artistic perimeter of a municipality are exempt, as well as the properties declared as Cultural Interests, but only if their owners made the rehabilitation or improvement of the house, and not the townhall.

There are some exemptions in the payment of the plusvalia tax in Spain, namely when the property ownership is being transferred between spouses or in favor of a child to comply with sentences of separation or divorce.

Some city councils such as the Madrid one, also apply bonuses between 15% and 95% if the transfer of the property ownership is due to death.

If you want to know more about taxes when selling your property, advice on how to sell your property in Marbella or the Costa del Sol or would like us to give you more information on any matter related to this issue, don’t hesitate to contact us!

How to set the right price for your home for sale in Costa del Sol?

How to set the right price for your home for sale in Costa del Sol?

Knowing how to set the right sales price for your home is one of the most important factors to sell it quickly and with profits.

We all want to earn money from the sale of our house, however we must keep in mind that even though  it might be the perfect house for us, an objective and reasonable price must be set to attract potential buyers.

How to price you home for sale in Spain?

To set the price of your property in Spain correctly, you should take into account at least the following variables:

– Location:

The prices fluctuate depending on the areas of the city they are in. Even from one street to the next!

The services, the state of the surrounding houses, the status of the neighbourhood and the development have a great influence on the average price per m2 of each area. For example, in Marbella, the average price of a house in Las Brisas (Nueva Andalucía), ranges between 3.700 – 4.000€ per M2, while in the area of La Campana (Nueva Andalucía), it is around 2.000-2.500€ /m2.

– Market demand

For a first aproximation, you can use the prices of property portals such as Idealista or Fotocasa as a reference. It should be borne in mind that these properties will not be exactly as the home to be valued, and that there is a difference, sometimes quite substantial, between the price announced on these portals and the actual price for which the transaction was signed.

In Andalucia Realty we also have access to information from the last sales records made in the previous 6 months, so we can make a much more comprehensive valuation of your property.

Reviewing the turnover of properties in the area of our property should also be a factor to consider. In other words, in order to calculate how long it will take for the property to be sold, it may be useful to look at the first posted date of similar ads in these portals.

– The state of the property and the community:

Each house is different and therefore will need a different valuation. Two houses, even if they are in the same building and within the same floor, may have very different prices. Some of the reasons could be views, conservation status or orientation.

This also applies to the community. If the house is in a condominium, the condition of the building and the services available will also affect its price. Caution! High community fees can also delay the sale of a house.

The way to present a home is very important. If the house is old, it is advisable to invest a little in small improvements such as painting to be able to get more money from the house.  If you want to learn more about how to sell your property faster, check out this article on Home Staging and how to impress the customer on the first visit.

In conclussion, What do i need to know to set the price of my property for sale?

To summarize, the most important factors that affect when setting the price of your home for sale are:

– Year of construction

– Appraised value

– Neighboring homes for sale

– The views

-Reforms or improvements made to the dwelling

-State of conservation (would you need reforms, or is it ready to “come to live”?)

-Orientation

-Distribution (e.g. bathrooms en-suite, many corridors or “lost” space? Terraces?

-Surface

-Furniture (included or not?)

– Expenses

– State of the community

– Neighborhood level (Is it a popular area? Luxury?)

– Services and accessibility of the area

– Presentation of the home (Home staging)

– Supply and demand in the area

– Annexes (garage, storerooms?)

Once all the above factors have been studied, an estimated valuation of the selling price can be given. Only an expert real estate agent will be able to provide you with a correct market value, as he has data and tools that are not available to all individuals. At Andalucia Realty we offer you a complete report with a free professional valuation of your property. If you decide to sell your house in Marbella, Estepona or Benahavis, contact us!

If you want to know more about selling your property in Marbella, Estepona or the Costa del Sol in general we recommend that you take a look at other post such as How much is paid to the tax office for the sale of a flat?

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