The Spanish Collection Contact Details:
Office address: Avenida Esmeralda conjunto Calle Amatista, Bloque 1, Benalmadena Costa, Malaga, 29631, Spain.
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Frequently Asked Questions.

The aim of this list of frequently asked questions is to help you understand more about what we do and how we can better help you with the purchase or sale of your property here in Spain.

01. What types of properties do you offer for sale in Spain?

In Spain, we offer a diverse range of properties, including resale, brand-new and off-plan properties all along the stunning Costa del Sol. Our listings encompass various property types, such as studios, apartments, townhouses, and villas, catering to a wide range of preferences and budgets.

02. Where is your agency located, and how can you assist buyers?

Our agency is centrally located in the charming town of Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol. We serve as your local experts, providing on-the-ground support for all your real estate needs. Think of us as your eyes and ears in the region, ready to answer your questions and help you navigate the dynamic property market.

03. Can you tell us more about Benalmadena as a place to buy property?

Benalmadena, nestled between Fuengirola and Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol, is a captivating destination for property buyers. It's conveniently situated just 12 kilometers from Malaga Airport, and a direct train service connects the airport to Benalmadena. The town boasts over 8 kilometers of golden beaches, picturesque parks and gardens, the family-friendly Tivoli World theme park, and the stunning Benalmadena Marina, which is an award-winning attraction. It's no wonder that Benalmadena is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the Costa del Sol.

04. What recognition have you received in the real estate industry?

Our commitment to excellence has earned us recognition in the industry. We are proud to still be among the Top 10 places to live according to A Place In The Sun. Additionally, we have been featured in discussions about how Brits are once again investing in holiday homes on the Costa del Sol, a testament to our ability to connect discerning buyers with exceptional properties.

05. Do you also assist people in selling their properties in Spain?

Absolutely, if you're looking to sell your property in the Costa del Sol, our team is here to assist contact us by filling out the form Sell My Property and we can provide information on how you can list your property for sale at no cost. Our extensive network and expertise can help you find the right buyer for your property.

06. What services do you offer as a Spanish estate agency?

As a Spanish estate agency based in Benalmadena, we specialise in a wide range of properties, including new off-plan/key-ready homes and resale properties. We can help you obtain the relevant documentation required to live and buy a property in Spain. We can recommend lawyers for your legal requirements and banks should you require a mortgage. Our strength lies in our extensive network of over 2,000 real estate agents and access to a collective database with more than 25,000 properties for sale in Benalmadena and across the Costa del Sol. We serve as your gateway to the region's most exciting real estate opportunities.

07. How do you assist buyers in their property search?

Our services are designed to simplify your property search. When you engage with us, you gain access to all high-quality properties available in Benalmadena and the Costa del Sol. We offer personalised property consultations, tailored property searches covering the entire Costa del Sol, and efficient property viewings to make the most of your valuable time.

08. Is there a cost for your services when buying a property through your agency?

Unlike some agencies, our services come at no cost to you when buying a property, the seller pays our commission. Your satisfaction is our priority, and we never ask for fees. We are committed to ensuring your property journey is smooth and hassle-free.

09. Can you describe the attractions and amenities in Benalmadena?

Benalmadena offers a wide range of attractions and amenities, making it an ideal place to live or own a holiday home.

These include:
Golden Beaches: With over 8 kilometers of sandy shores, Benalmadena boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa del Sol. Whether you prefer family-friendly Playa Malapesquera or the more secluded Playa Carvajal, you can soak up the Spanish sun, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or enjoy a leisurely beachfront stroll.

Marina and Puerto Marina: Benalmadena's award-winning marina is a hub of entertainment and relaxation. Lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops, Puerto Marina is the perfect place to unwind while admiring luxurious yachts. It's also home to the Sea Life Aquarium, offering a fascinating underwater world.

Tivoli World: For a day filled with laughter and adventure, head to Tivoli World, a popular amusement park that's fun for the whole family. Enjoy thrilling rides, live shows, and delicious treats amidst a charming Andalusian village setting.

Benalmadena Pueblo: Step back in time and explore the historic white-washed village of Benalmadena Pueblo. Wander through its cobblestone streets, visit the Colomares Castle, and take in panoramic views of the coastline and mountains.

Stupa of Enlightenment: This is the largest Buddhist stupa in Europe and a place of serenity and reflection. The Stupa of Enlightenment is a unique and peaceful spot that offers a tranquil escape from the bustling beachfront.

Golf Paradise: Benalmadena is a golfer's paradise with several world-class golf courses set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean. Enjoy a challenging game while surrounded by breathtaking views.

Cuisine Delights: Savor traditional Andalusian cuisine at local restaurants or experience international flavors at the many eateries. Don't forget to try fresh seafood, paella, and tapas.

10. What is the Spanish Golden Visa, and how can non-EU citizens obtain it?

The Spanish Golden Visa is a program introduced by the Spanish government in 2013 to promote foreign investment by granting residency to those interested in making a significant investment in Spanish real estate. This program is especially attractive to non-EU citizens looking to relocate to Spain and obtain residency for themselves and their family members through investment.

11. How long is the Spanish Golden Visa valid, and what are the criteria for obtaining it?

The Golden Visa initially provides a one-year residence permit, which can be renewed. After residing in Spain for five years, you can apply for a permanent residence permit, provided you are a full-time resident in Spain. After ten years in the country, you become eligible for Spanish citizenship. To obtain the Golden Visa, there are certain criteria to meet, such as being 18 or over, having a clean criminal history, and having the financial means to support yourself and your family.

12. What defines a significant investment for obtaining the Spanish Golden Visa?

To obtain the Spanish Golden Visa, you must make a significant investment in Spain. Such investments include purchasing real estate property valued at €500,000 or more, investing in Spanish Treasury Bonds, shares of publicly traded or private Spanish companies, funds, venture capital, or bank deposits. You can also qualify with a business project approved by the UGE entity (Unidad de Grandes Empresas y Colectivos Estratégicos). It's essential that the investment amount is available as cleared funds before starting the application process.

13. Can you provide a brief overview of the property buying process in Spain?

The process of buying a property in Spain is safe and straightforward when you follow the proper procedures. It involves steps like finding the right property, conducting due diligence, exchanging contracts, and collecting keys. While it's not mandatory to have a lawyer, we highly recommend one to ensure a smooth and hassle-free process. Your lawyer will handle various legal aspects, from confirming property ownership to managing expenses and taxes on your behalf.

14. Do you offer renovation services for properties in Spain?

Yes, we offer comprehensive renovation services for properties in Spain. Our expertise covers renovations of all sizes, from small studio/apartment upgrades to complete demolitions and rebuilds. We also provide architectural and technical studies to ensure your renovation project meets your expectations and adheres to all necessary regulations.

15. What sets you apart in terms of property renovation?

Our renovation services stand out because of our commitment to quality and a stress-free process for our clients. We offer a range of services, including a free study and analysis of the property, drafting floor plans, personalized design with 3D images, and detailed quotations. We have a team of experts with over 60 years of building experience who ensure fixed prices and agreed-upon deadlines by contract.

16. Are there any specific areas you recommend for buyers?

Although Benalmadena offers a variety of properties, from studios to luxurious villas it may not be the area for you, so we will help you find the location that suits you. For example if you are interested in Benalmadena, the choice largely depends on your preferences, if you're looking for a vibrant atmosphere, consider properties near the marina. For a more tranquil environment, areas like Benalmadena Pueblo are great options.

17. Can you help non-residents with legal requirements and taxes?

Yes, we can help with all of your legal requirements, such as obtaining an NIE (foreigner's identification number) Taxes, and notary fees.

18. What are the advantages of living in Spain year-round versus holiday home?

Living in Spain year-round offers the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture, enjoy the stunning beaches, and take full advantage of the amenities. However, if you prefer a holiday home, you can enjoy the same benefits during your visits.

19. What potential returns can we expect on renting our property in Benalmadena?

The potential rental returns depend on various factors, including location, property type, and demand. We can provide insights into rental income expectations.

20. What is the normal state of the real estate market in Benalmadena and the Costa del Sol?

The real estate market in Benalmadena and the Costa del Sol remains attractive to both buyers and investors. Property values have shown stability and even growth in most areas.

21. Can you assist with property management services for owners who want to rent?

Yes, we can help with property management services, including cleaning, maintenance, and keyholding, ensuring that your property is well-maintained even when you're not present.

22. How do I start the process of buying a property in Spain?

To begin the process, you can contact The Spanish Collection, and we'll guide you through every step. For a brief overview of what is involved in buying a property in Spain read Real Estate Buyers Guide.

23. Are there financing options available for foreign buyers in Spain?

Financing options are available for foreign property buyers. We can help you connect with local banks and mortgage brokers.

24. What is the typical down payment required?

Down payments vary from agency to agency and most do NOT do refunds. We work on a basis of 5% of the purchase price to reserve a property, if there is something wrong with the property we refund the reservation fee in full.

25. What is the cost of living in Spain?

The cost of living in Benalmadena is generally lower than in many Northern European countries.

26. Are there any hidden expenses that property buyers should be aware of?

Hidden expenses may include property taxes, utility bills, and community fees.

27. Can you recommend reputable legal advisors, notaries, and other professionals?

We work with a network of independent law firms and professionals in Spain. We can recommend experienced legal advisors and notaries to ensure a smooth and secure property transaction.

We wish to remind you that this overview is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace or contradict any other advice you may receive.

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