Selling your property in Catalunya, Spain?

Steps and Costs. Here is your Guide

If you are planning to sell a property in Catalonia, Spain, you should know that this involves several steps and costs. Here is a general guide to help you through the process and financial planning. 

1. Find a Real Estate Agent: You can choose to sell your property independently or hire a real estate agent. An agent can help you market the property, find potential buyers, and navigate the legal and financial aspects of the sale.

2. Property Valuation: When selling a property, you can choose to work with a real estate agent or handle the sale independently. Hiring a real estate agent can be beneficial as they have local knowledge, a network of potential buyers, and experience in marketing properties.

3. Gather Documentation: Collect all the necessary documentation related to your property, including the title deed, property tax receipts, energy efficiency certificate (CEE), and any existing mortgage information.

4. Energy Efficiency Certificate (CEE): In Catalonia, you need to obtain an Energy Efficiency Certificate before selling your property. This certificate rates the property’s energy efficiency and is mandatory for all sales.

5. Property Taxes: Understand the tax implications of the sale. In Catalonia, you may be subject to various taxes, including Capital Gains Tax (Impuesto de Incremento de Patrimonio de la Vivienda), Transfer Tax (Impuesto de Transmisiones Patrimoniales), and municipal taxes.

6. Choose a Notary: You will need a notary to oversee the property transfer and ensure that all documents are properly signed and recorded.

7. Sign a Sales Agreement: Once you have a buyer, you’ll need to sign a sales agreement (contrato de arras) with them. This agreement typically includes the price, payment terms, and the expected date of the final deed signing.

8. Final Deed Signing: The final deed (escritura de compraventa) is signed at the notary’s office. During this process, you will transfer the property’s ownership to the buyer, and the buyer will pay the purchase price.

9. Pay Off Existing Mortgage: If you have an existing mortgage on the property, you’ll need to settle it from the sale proceeds.

10. Settlement of Taxes and Fees: The notary will ensure that all applicable taxes, fees, and other costs (like the notary’s fee and property registration fee) are paid from the sale proceeds. You will receive the net amount from the sale.

11. Property Handover: Hand over the property to the buyer, including all keys, remotes, and necessary documents.

12. Change of Ownership: You will need to notify the local land registry office about the change in ownership

what are the costs involved?

Here are some costs that you need to consider in your property selling process in Catalunya, Spain: 

  1. Real Estate Agent’s Commission: If you choose to work with a real estate agent, you may need to pay a commission fee, typically a percentage of the sale price. This fee varies but is typically around 3-6% of the sale price

  2. Notary Fees: The notary fees for overseeing the sale process. The notary’s fees can vary based on the property’s value, complexity of the transaction, and other factors. They can range from several hundred to a few thousand euros.

  3. Property Transfer Tax: If applicable, the Transfer Tax (Impuesto de Transmisiones Patrimoniales) may be payable by the buyer.

  4. Capital Gains Tax: If you make a profit on the sale, you may need to pay Capital Gains Tax.

  5. Municipal Fees: Depending on the specific municipality where your property is located, there may be local fees or taxes, such as garbage collection or property registration fees.

  6. Energy Efficiency Certificate (CEE): The cost of obtaining the required certificate. The cost of obtaining the Energy Efficiency Certificate (CEE) can vary, but it’s typically a few hundred euros.

  7. Legal Fees: If you hire a lawyer to assist with the sale, you’ll incur legal fees.

  8. Outstanding Mortgage: Any remaining balance on your mortgage needs to be paid off.  

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Some Exceptions and Reductions on your tax payments

Here is the good news! As of January 2022, there were certain tax exemptions and reductions available when selling a property in Catalonia, Spain. However, tax laws can change over time, so it’s essential to consult with your local tax advisor for the most up-to-date information. Here are some potential exemptions and reductions that you need to consider. Our expert team of legal advisors will be happy to help. 

  1. Main Residence Exemption (Vivienda Habitual): If the property you are selling is your main residence and you reinvest the proceeds in a new main residence, you may be eligible for an exemption from paying Capital Gains Tax (Impuesto sobre Incremento de Patrimonio de la Vivienda). The amount of the exemption can vary based on the reinvestment amount, and specific conditions may apply. This exemption is designed to encourage homeowners to upgrade or downsize their primary residences.

  2. Aged 65 or Older Exemption:  If you are aged 65 or older may be eligible for an exemption from Capital Gains Tax when selling your main residence. The conditions for this exemption can vary, so it’s essential to consult with a tax advisor to determine your eligibility.

  3. Reduced Property Transfer Tax (Impuesto de Transmisiones Patrimoniales): In Catalonia, property buyers are typically subject to Property Transfer Tax when acquiring a property. However, if you are selling a property to a family member (e.g., children or parents), you may be eligible for a reduced Property Transfer Tax rate. The rate reduction can vary based on your relationship with the buyer.

  4. Reinvestment Exemption: If you sell a property and reinvest the proceeds in another property, you might be eligible for an exemption from Capital Gains Tax on the profit made from the sale. This is known as the “rollover relief” and is designed to encourage property investment. The conditions for this exemption can vary, and you should seek advice from a tax professional.

  5. Rural Property Exemptions: Some rural properties in Catalonia (i.e.fincas rusticas)  may be eligible for exemptions from certain taxes. The specifics of these exemptions depend on factors such as the property’s location, size, and use.

  6. Donation or Inheritance Exemptions: If you are selling a property that you received through a donation or inheritance, there may be specific exemptions or reductions in place. These exemptions can depend on factors such as the relationship between the donor or deceased and the recipient.

It’s important to note that tax laws and exemptions can change, and the application of these exemptions may be subject to specific conditions and requirements. Additionally, Catalonia may have its own regional regulations that differ from the national laws.

To ensure you benefit from any available tax exemptions and reductions when selling a property in Catalonia, it’s advisable to consult with a local tax advisor or lawyer who specializes in Spanish property transactions. Our team of legal experts can provide guidance tailored to your specific situation and provide the most current information on tax laws and exemptions.



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