how much should i offer under the asking price

Spanish Property – How Much Should I Offer Under the Asking Price?

How much should I offer under the asking price?

This is a question we often get asked and there is no simple answer.

Remember, as above, the agent that you are working with is working for you and will want to try and get a sale agreed which means trying to get the best price for you.

Some owners that are very keen to sell will place their property on the market at the lowest price they can accept hoping that they will get lots of viewings and a quick sale. The price may be completely non negotiable but it may well still be an excellent price. Something Read More [...]

Buying property in spain FAQ

Buying Property in Spain FAQ

Below are some questions that we get asked from people looking to buy a property in Spain. If you have any specific questions not covered below, please free to e mail me direct at

What additional costs should I budget for?

If you allow an additional 12% of the purchase price, all you buying costs will be covered. These costs include the following: -

Purchase tax or transfer tax – this is the tax charged when an existing property is purchased (new builds are different). The tax applied varies depending on the region in Spain but on the Costa del Sol it is currently 8% of the purchase price up to €400,000, 9% on a purchase price between Read More [...]

la cala de mijas property area guide

La Cala de Mijas Property Area Guide

Overview of the town La Cala de Mijas

La Cala de Mijas is probably the most up and coming area on the Costa del Sol.

The little seaside town has seen great improvements in the infrastructure and several new, trendy bars and hotels have opened. It still retains a real Spanish charm and has a magnificent, clean beach that stretches for several kilometres.

The main square area has all the shopping and restaurant facilities you could want and its proximity to the large town of Fuengirola and the airport make it an ideal place to holiday or live permanently.

It falls Read More [...]

LaDuquesa property area guide

La Duquesa Property Area Guide

Overview of the Town La Duquesa

La Duquesa is situated on the Western end of the Costa del Sol and is best known for the family orientated Marina which has a good range of bars and restaurants geared towards holiday makers. It’s much quieter and less sophisticated than say, Puerto Banusand has a really good family, holiday feel about it all year round.

Either side of the Marina are beaches which tend to be a lot quieter than the Marbella area of the coast.
Across the main road is the Duquesa golf course which is surrounded by properties built mainly in the late 80’s early 90’s course and in recent Read More [...]

Los Flamngos property area guide

Los Flamingos Property Area Guide

Los Flamingos Overview

Los Flamingos is a five star golf and hotel resort in between Marbella and Estepona on the stretch of coast that is known as the New Golden Mile.

At its centre is the magnificent Hotel Villa Padierna  It’s a fabulous hotel built in an ornate Italian style and is generally considered to be one of the best hotels in Spain.

All the apartment complex’s within Los Flamingos are modern and high quality and the villas are some of the biggest and most luxurious on the coast.

The resort is not within walking distance to any amenities or the beach, so most people hire a car Read More [...]

Rio real property for sale

Rio Real Property Area Guide

Rio Real is an upmarket area, built around the Rio Real Golf course and has the major attraction of being less than 5km to the centre of Marbella.

There is a small hotel, golf clubhouse and, on the beach side of the road, a beach restaurant but apart from that, there are no amenities in Rio Real. It’s a quiet area with good quality properties but for restaurants and any sort of shopping or night life you need to take the 5 minute drive into Marbella.

A very distinguishing landmark in Rio Real is the 19 story tower block of apartments called Torre Real (Royal Tower). It’s the Read More [...]

El Paraiso property area guide

El Paraiso Property Area Guide

Overview of El Paraiso

El Paraiso is one of the original golf course complex’s on the coast. Building started in the 1970’s around the Gary Player designed golf course which remains one of the coasts favourite courses.

The original part of El Paraiso is close to the main road and within walking distance of a fairly, large commercial area containing many bars, restaurants and supermarkets. In more recent years the area has expanded up into the hills and above the golf course. Here you will find more modern properties, but a car is needed to get to the commercial Read More [...]

Estepona beach

Estepona Property Area Guide

Estepona Overview

Estepona is about 30km further west than Marbella and so therefore a bit further away from Malaga airport. It’s often considered to be the poor version of Marbella and whilst it does not have the same glitz and glamor of its famous neighbor it is, actually, very similar in many ways.

It has a lovely old town which has been vastly improved in recent years with the town hall spending a lot of money making the streets and squares really beautiful. It retains a very Spanish feel to it particularly at the beginning of July when they hold Fiesta y Feria week – a week long carnival of dancing and eating in very Spanish style.

It then has a very long Read More [...]

A guide to Los Arqueros

Los Arqueros Property Area Guide

A Guide to the development Los Arqueros

Los Arqueros is a mid range development of apartments, town houses and villas built around a golf course.

The whole site was planned and built by the British housebuilder Taylor Woodrow (formally Taylor Wimpey). The building quality of properties is generally very good and Los Arqueros looks as good now as it did 20 years ago. Some of the new complex’s being built are of a very high standard and designed in a very contemporary style, with large windows opening onto large terraces.

Apart from the golf club house there are no Read More [...]

Santa Clara property area guide

Santa Clara Property Area Guide

Overview of  Santa Clara

Santa Clara is a development of apartments, town houses and villas built around the golf course of Santa Clara.
Apart from the golf club house there are no shopping or bar/restaurant facilities on the development although the town of Marbella is just 7km’s away.

It has the feel of a traditional Northern European housing development with good quality roads and well built properties.

There is currently just one entrance in and out which is manned by 24 hour security.

Places to visit

Marbella town is 7km’s, Puerto Banus 15km’s, Fuengirola 25km’s


The nearest beach is across the main road at Los Monteros. It’s a 5 minute Read More [...]