Selling a house at the Costa Dorada

Selling a house at the Costa Dorada

If you have a house in Catalonia, you are in luck. Many people are looking for a home in a place where the sun always shines, azure beaches, unspoilt nature, friendly people and excellent gastronomy. 

So you’ve decided to sell a property, but where do you start?
It’s not something you do every day. And perhaps the Spanish and Catalan language is also a barrier to doing so, or to finding the right party to help you.

Our advice: find an estate agent who cares about you and is as transparent as possible about the costs, the steps to follow, and above all: who gives you confidence. In other words, who is the best partner for your goal: signing quickly at the notary, and getting the most out of your property!

Selling property in Spain: These documents are needed

Maintenance, the need for a larger or smaller house, death, emigration, divorce, lack of use of the (second) home: these are a number of reasons why people decide to sell their home. You can choose to do this yourself (particular a particular), or through an estate agent. These are the documents you will need when selling your property in Spain.

 Required documentation


  • Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI or NIE): your own NIE number. 
    Nota simple registral del inmueble.  This is an ‘up to date’ extract of the title deed according to the Registro de la Propiedad. This is the Spanish name for the land register, also known as the Spanish Property Register. A nota simple can be requested from the Spanish property register, the estate agent will do this if you do not have one.


  • Certificado de eficiencia energética y su etiqueta correspondiente. Energy efficiency certificate and corresponding label. The energy efficiency certificate has been compulsory since 2013, both for the sale and rental of a property. This document serves to indicate the energy class of the property. Did you buy the property before 2013 and do not have such a certificate? Then find an architect or engineer to do the inspection and make up the certificate for you. This will take about 5 days. 


  • Título de propiedad o escritura de compraventa. Deed of ownership or deed of sale. This document states the current owner of the property as registered in the Registro de la Propiedad. If you cannot find the escritura, the registration in the registro is also valid.
    Certificado del último recibo del IBI anual (Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles). In other words, the last IBI statement (property tax) received and paid by you.


  • Certificado de la comunidad de propietarios. Do you live with several people in a flat? Then there is a community of owners and associated costs. Make sure you have paid all costs and then ask the administrador de fincas (the administrator) to confirm this with a certificate.


  • Certificado de deuda pendiente, certificate of the remaining mortgage debt, to be requested at the bank. Cédula de habitabilidad. This document is a certificate of habitability. An administrative document that confirms that a property meets the basic conditions for habitation. It is a kind of identity card of the property and a document that is compulsory to take to the notary when you sell your property in Catalonia.


  • ITE (Inspección Técnica de Edificios) is a Technical Inspection of Buildings, i.e. a report that says that the property is sound. This is compulsory in several Spanish regions for properties over 20 years old.  Think of an ITE as a kind of APK, the property must pass the ITE in order to be sold. If this is the case with your property, the estate agent will point this out to you.  

What you need to arrange before buying a house

Most people who sell a house in Spain do not do so every day. Which is logical, because why should you if you are not an estate agent? As estate agents, we of course see a lot of houses for sale on, for example, Idealista. Because in Spain you can also put your own home on the platforms, we come across quite a few mistakes. We have listed the most common mistakes, so that you don’t have to make them.

1. Photographs

It is understandable that the photos you take with your mobile phone look different than those taken by a professional photographer. However, there are a few things you can look out for when taking the photos. Some points may sound silly, but if we hadn’t come across them, they wouldn’t be here.

Make sure the house is clean;
The fewer personal items, the better;
Make sure there are no other people in the picture;
Try to make the photos as wide as possible. A tip is to stand in a corner of the room and take the photo from there.


2. Not a good price


We understand that you want to sell your house for as much as possible. But there is more to selling a house in Spain. The housing market is not different as in your home country. Therefore, do not compare it with each other. Secondly, it is not wise to base the price on what you have invested in the property. We understand where that comes from, of course you want to sell your house in such a way that you earn back those investments. But it is also important that the price is in line with the market.


3. Make your house as attractive as possible


You might think: the buyers of my house can paint the walls white themselves after buying the house. Understandable, especially if you don’t have the time or inclination to do so. Or don’t want to spend money on it. But not quite how it works if you want to sell your house as well and as quickly as possible. Do you realise that many buyers don’t feel like doing DIY? Especially in a country where they don’t speak the language and don’t know anyone yet. So no matter how beautiful your house is, if the kitchen or bathroom is outdated, or the house is poorly maintained, this can be a deal-breaker for them. Whereas for you, it might be a small effort.


4. Wrong  real estate agency


The most important thing to consider is whether the estate agent is reliable. It is also useful to have an international estate agent, especially if you do not fully master the Spanish language. International estate agents usually speak good English. Moreover, an international estate agent has a larger target group. It is also good to have a good feeling with the estate agent, because you don’t just sell anything.


5. Not visible


Of course, you can sell your house in Spain yourself, as we mentioned at the beginning of this blog. This results in a lot of properties on the property platforms. It can be difficult to make your own property visible between all these properties. That is why we definitely recommend hiring an estate agent. Not because we are an estate agent ourselves, but mainly because we know the advantages. You get more visibility because you are listed on their website, social media and housing platforms!

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