Marbella Life – After coronavirus coming soon!

Do you need some Marbella Life?  Is the coronavirus situation getting you down?  Maybe you can’t see an end to it.  Maybe you are sat in a cold climate, with pouring rain or snow.  And maybe the dark nights are making things seem even worse!

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Coronavirus in Marbella

Here in Marbella, compared to our usual heaven on earth, it’s a testing time.  We are going through a very strictly enforced lockdown which is imprisoning us in our homes.  Yet still we feel like we are temporarily locked in paradise.  We can get out into our gardens and onto our terraces in the bright warm sunshine, breath in the fresh sea air, and take in the spectacular views.  This is good but it’s not the fantastic we are used too!  Here is a short article on the current feelings of optimism here in Marbella.

Our Marbella paradise will be back soon

Living through the Corina Virus has quickly confirmed how great life here in Marbella is! It’s a little over a week since Marbella life was temporarily put on hold. We have been wisely told to stay indoors. Stay home to give the Spanish health service its best chance of coping with the situation. The lock down is being well enforced to ensure it is as short as possible. And we are all looking forward to regaining our Marbella freedom in a few short weeks.

Then our Marbella life will be back to its best.

Marbella Life – Living the dream!

We will be enjoying breakfasts on our terraces with Mediterranean Sea views.   Taking in the fresh air and the spectacular surrounding mountain views.  Or taking a walk besides the Mediterranean.  Enjoying a coffee in one of the many great beach side bars and restaurants.

Hiking in the mountains, Yoga or Pilates on the beach, swimming in the pools and sea.

Others are looking forward to enjoying the scenic local mountain roads.  Using their sports cars, bikes and motorcycles on the quiet well surfaced roads.


Those who prefer to be on the water are looking forward to their favourite pastimes. The end of this crisis should be perfectly timed for fun on the sea. Be it motor yachting at sunset, sailing or kayaking.  Or paddle boarding, wind and kite surfing, swimming and snorkelling.  All on the beautiful Marbella waters.

Our kids can’t wait to get their Marbella life back.  They will be out on their bikes, frolicking in the water parks and having a great time on the fine sandy beaches.

Families are looking forward to enjoying barbeques with friends.  Warm summer evenings spent socialising around their pools.

We will soon again be enjoying drinks at sunset on the beaches with live music.  Relaxing meals on the terraces of the superb restaurants and lively nights in the bars and clubs. Our Marbella life cannot come back fast enough.

marbella life dining out

We will soon be back to enjoying day trips and weekends to our favourite local places. The beautiful white washed villages of Mijas and Ronda. The historic local towns of Granada, Cordoba, Jerez, Sevilla and Cadiz.  Amazing places to enjoy great local tapas and fine wines al fresco.

Here in Marbella we can all see a great end to the current situation.  And it’s just around the corner under bright blue warm sunny skies.

Come and buy a home in Marbella with us

Would you not prefer to be reading this article about where you own a home.  Your home in Marbella.  We’d like to help you join us here enjoying the Marbella life.  There are enough great things here on the coast to share.

Does Marbella life sound like the type of quality lifestyle you are craving? Has the current situation been the catalyst you have been waiting for? Contact Luxury Villa Sales on (+34) 952 77 44 33 and together we can start your search.  Now is the time to live the dream.

Read this light hearted article about how a move to Marbella may change your outlook on life.

Coronavirus – what is important in your life?

A message from our Marketing Manager in these potentially challenging times.

The current coronavirus is no doubt affecting you and your loved ones. It’s affecting the whole world. It has come out of nowhere and spread globally in a matter of months.

When a life-affecting event like this occurs it gives us cause to examine what is most important to us. Most of us are thinking about vulnerable family and friends. Here at Luxury Villa Sales; I am no different and have concerns for those close to me, my family, friends, and Luxury Villa Sales colleagues.

In Spain, things are currently looking quite isolating. But temperatures in parts of Spain were in the 30’s last week. Here in Marbella, it was over 25c several days. Our year-round healthy outdoor lifestyle is improving even more in the coming weeks. We have strong leadership and decisive actions were taken this week which should improve matters soon.

Marbella Lifestyle

Marbella Life Style

In these unusual situations it is most important to keep a positive mind.  We are looking forward to getting our slice of paradise back. Quality of life is a top priority for most people in the Marbella area.

Corona reminds us how precious life is and how it can change in an instant. Therefore it’s essential to look at the bright side of life. To truly enjoy and appreciate the little things of life every day.

Lately, you have expressed an interest in properties here in Marbella. Maybe the coronavirus impact has made you realize that finding a home here is on your list of priorities. Making moves to improve your quality of life, and that of those around you has never been more important.

In any case, you are most welcome to ask me any questions that you may have about properties in the Marbella area right now. We could improve your lifestyle together.

Make a beautiful day.

Best regards





Carin Astrup
Marketing Manager

La Cancelada Apartments

Your new home near Marbella

Opportunity to buy one of 69 new superb luxury 2 and 3 bedroom la Cancelada apartments. Superb location only 1 kilometre from the Mediterranean sea on the New Golden Mile. These La Cancelada apartments are perfect for a healthy lifestyle. Making the most of the Mediterranean climate and outdoor living.

Apartment in La Cancelada

Owners can enjoy breakfast on their terraces looking out over the Mediterranean. Then take a swim or work out in the gym. This benefit is available all year round. The resort has both indoor and outdoor communal pools. Or for a more relaxing time go to the communal club house to meet others and enjoy the bar and spa.

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These high quality apartments are being built in a great location in la Cancelada. They are 10 minutes walk to the beach. Further afield it is 15 – 20 minutes drive to Puerto Banus, Estepona and Marbella.

La Cancelada Suites

The great modern designs ensure ample natural lighting. These La Cancelada apartments have a host of high quality features including:

  • Air conditioning throughout with heat pump to allow heating and cooling. Climate controlled with an automated system of motorized outlet grilles.
  • Aero-thermal system installed for domestic hot water
  • Under-floor heating throughout the apartment.
  • Video answerphone with call-reception and colour screen.
  • Home-automation system which controls the window blinds and lighting systems.
  • Fitted modern kitchen equipped with all appliances.
  • Two of the penthouses are available with private plunge pool on the terrace.

La Cancelada penthouse with pool

The apartment’s orientations give both ample natural lighting and great sea views.

These 69 La Cancelada apartments are set out in 7 beautiful blocks. The urbanisation has plenty of green spaces with extensive landscaped gardens.

La Cancelada is part of an prestigious area known as the new Golden Mile. It is 20 km (20 minute drive*) west from the old town centre of Marbella. Estepona old town centre is 14 km (15 minutes drive*) to the east.

If you love the area but prefer a villa take a look at these new La Cancelada villas.

If you’d like to take a look at an Marbella area properties please contact Luxury Villa Sales on (+34) 952 77 44 33).

* Source – Google Maps

Life in Marbella – how it changes you!

Life in Marbella

A new life in Marbella – how good does that sound?  For many, and most of those living in cooler climates, buying a home in Marbella is a lifetime dream. Why wouldn’t you want to live all year round in a famous resort. A place that millions of people dream of visiting for two weeks holiday each year.

Imagine being on holiday 52 weeks of the year! Believe me it still feels like this after over 15 years here on the Costa del Sol. But once you live here you do need to adjust to life in Marbella.

Living in Marbella

The differences between living in Marbella and holidaying in Marbella

Here are a few light hearted observations on adjusting to a new life in Marbella. Given from my perspective after having moved to Marbella from the UK over 15 years ago.

  • Let’s dine out in Marbella this evening! When you first arrive to live here you feel like you are on holiday. So many greats restaurants and different foods to try. But you need to quickly get to grips with the fact that you live here. Dining out 5* every night for two weeks is a lot easier on your wallet and your waistline than doing it 365 days a year! Get a Personal Trainer!
  • What brilliant weather – It’s been a great day let’s have a drink! When I lived in the UK the whole country seemed to celebrate a warm sunny summers day. Opening a bottle of wine, several cold beers or bottles of champagne/cava. Sunny warm days in the UK did not happen often! If you do this here in Marbella you will be celebrating 320 days each year! It takes a few months to realise this!
  • September 1st – Brilliant! Your favourite time of year becomes September. After a lifetime of dreading September and the oncoming cold dark wet winter months now I relish it. The hot summer and the summer crowds are behind you and you are looking forward to a great warm winter. Now’s the best time for hiking, biking, horse riding, tennis, golf, etc!
  • It is raining – Brilliant! You get excited when it rains! Your friends from ‘back home’ will continue to post videos and photos each time they have a sunny barbeque. You will now find yourself taking photos and videos of when it rains! Especially true with the first rains of the winter. Having not seen rain for 4 or 5 months you will find yourself running out onto your terrace like an idiot in the rain. Enjoying the sensation of rain falling on you. As exciting and great as this feels the excitement tends to last less than 5 minutes. Then you remember why you moved to a warm dry climate!
  • I’ll sit in the shade. You lose the need to sit in the sun every possible minute! When the sun is available 320 days a year you no longer have the need to be in it all the time. When you take your many visitors to the beaches and restaurants you will volunteer to sit in the shade! You can have too much of a good thing.
  • Heyyyy – how are you? We love Marbella. It will amaze you how popular you are back ‘home’, well in your old home. Some surprisingly not very close friends may get in touch with messages along the lines of “I hear you have moved to Marbella, it’s an area we have always wanted to visit!”. Manage these hints well! Replies along the lines of “It would be great to catch up for a drink if you come over – the nearest hotel to us is…..”. Close friends you may have feared losing will not take much encouraging to come and visit you.
  • Chill out man. Your stress levels will drop, may be after a few rises! It will take you a little while to understand the famous ‘mañana’ Spanish lifestyle. At first you will fight it and it will frustrate you. When I first moved here I though mañana meant tomorrow. Then after a few years I understood it to mean ‘some time in the future’. Now I have it mastered – it means ‘not now’! Accept that things move slowly here in Spain and enjoy the benefits of this way of life. It’s not for nothing the Spanish have very long life expectancies.
  • You will get used to the driving! After a few years here I watched a TV news clip from the UK about new traffic laws. It showed about 10 offences which were now punishable with driving licence points. I was used to Spain and I could see nothing wrong with any of them! You soon realise roundabouts are actually great meeting and socialising places. ‘Hazard indicators’ here are usually ‘Do what you want lights’. If you have your hazard lights on it seems you can double park. Or drive the wrong way up a one way, stop to talk to friends in cars coming the other way, etc!
  • Party Party! You will learn about and enjoy a host of crazy new celebrations. The Virgin del Carmen with the huge heavy effigies of the Virgin del Carmen carried into the surf. Noche de San Juan, the huge beach parties where you jump over open beach fires and bath in the sea at midnight. Semana Santa’s huge religious parades. The Three Kings parades with the kings throwing sweets into the eager crowds. And the king of them all the Feria. About a week of partying until about 7am. With loud music, dancing, fun fairs and horses riding through the towns. The Spanish really know how to enjoy themselves. Join in and have fun.
  • I’ll book a table for dinner at 10:30 pm. Things happen a little later for a good reason. This climate tends to ensure thing happen later in the day due to the heat. Going to beach in mid summer at about 17:00 is a lot more pleasant than going at mid day! The Spanish know best! Same with dining, peak times for dining at lunch is about 14:00 and dinner is about 21:00. Ordering dinner in a Spanish restaurant before 19:00 will usually result in laughter!
  • We’ll head out with the kids at 10:00 pm. The Spanish love socialising like no others! Finding nightlife and food in Spain at midnight is no problem. Especially in the summer months. The plazas will be buzzing with all ages, from babies up to elderly relatives’ way past midnight. Family is king here. Don’t worry about taking young children to a bar or restaurant. They will usually receive more attention from the staff than you!
  • You really want to sit outside – it’s only 15c! You will become ‘soft’ to cool temperatures. After a few years living here you get used to the heat. When you have visitors you will be horrified that they want to sit and drink outside on an evening in December. On the plus side they may be sweltering while you are comfortable outdoors in the summer months!

Ready for your new life in Marbella?

The Marbella Luxury Villa sales team have all moved to the Marbella area from around the world. Take a look at what the team love about living in Marbella. Contact Marbella Luxury Villa Sales if you would like us to help you make the move. We love enabling others to live the Marbella dream life we all enjoy. And we are here to support pre and post move. Let us help you to adjust to life in Marbella.  But don’t expect us to sit having a drink outside with you when it’s cold in the winter!

Read more about buying an off plan property in Marbella.

Villas in El Campanario

El Campanario Villas For Sales

Superbly priced and great quality. An excellent description for this small selection of villas. These new front line golf villas in El Campanario are selling fast.

Why we love these El Campanario Villas

We love these El Campanario properties for their superb designs, great location and value for money.

These properties have proven very popular. The first phase of almost identical properties sold out very fast.

We are currently offering this latest phase of 6 fantastic contemporary villas. These properties have their own private plunge pools and views out over the golf course. Being first line the course is right at the bottom of the garden.

These new homes have three floors. The sleeping arrangements within these 4 bedroom 5 bathroom villas is as follows:

  • Top Floor – 2 en suite bedrooms
  • Ground Floor – 1 en suite bedroom
  • Entertainment Floor – 1 en suite bedroom.

The villas have a modern open plan design with large amounts for floor to ceiling glazing. This ensures ample natural light throughout.

Villas for sale in El Campanario

This includes the entertainment floor which is not a ‘dull cement basement’. Indeed this floor is home to:

  • large cinema
  • gymnasium
  • sauna
  • spa

It also has direct access out onto a Japanese patio with a pool with its own waterfall.

El Campanario Properties

The beautiful interior designs use natural materials and colors. Each home has a wealth of modern touches such as the open stairs and in ceiling lighting.

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The properties come with modern fitted kitchens and all appliances. Air conditioning is of course included. The main living floor also has underfloor heating throughout.

El Campanario

The exclusive El Campanario area is a superb location. The golf side location is a great bonus. It is easy walking distance to:

  • Golf club house
  • spa
  • tennis and paddle courts
  • local and international schools
  • bars and restaurants.

It is 1km to superb sandy beaches and beach clubs. It is a short drive to:

  • Puerto Banus
  • Marbella
  • Benahavis

Malaga international airport is a 30 minute drive away.

Contact Marbella Luxury Villa Sales

Please contact Marbella Luxury Villa Sales on (+34) 952 77 44 33 to arrange a viewing.

Take look here for more information about buying a new property in Spain.

Meet the Luxury Villa Sales Team

Luxury Villa Sales – meet our team.

All of the Luxury Villa Sales Team take the task of finding your ideal home very seriously. But it should also be a fun process!  We want to find you your dream home which meets all your requirements.
That’s why we ask so many questions before starting to suggest potential properties to you.

We love finding buyers their ideal Marbella area homes. Equally importantly we recognise you want to enjoy the process. You want to work together with someone who is knowledgeable about the Marbella property market. Equally important they must be enjoyable to work with. An agent who will understand your desires and help you specify what is vital to all your party.


Marbella area property

Interior Designers, Footballers and Fashion Experts from around the world!

So we are happy to provide you with some background information about the team. What they do, where they have lived, what they love about Marbella and their job at Luxury Villa Sales. And a few fun facts about the team too. Learn who used to dress some of the world’s biggest celebrities. Who has played football against Chelsea and which one of the team cycled across Spain!


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Multi lingual Marbella agents

Our small friendly team speak English, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian and French. They have lived in the UK, Spain, United States of America, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Italy, Australia, Vanuatu, Portugal and Columbia. Read more about them and find out why, after living in all these places they have chosen Marbella to be their home.

Get in touch with the Luxury Villa Sales Team

We’d love to find you your dream apartment or villa here in the Marbella area. We are here to help you find you dream home, complete the purchase and settle in. As important we are here to help after you have completed your move.
Then please contact Luxury Villa Sales and come and meet us here in sunny Spain.  You can call us on (+34) 952 77 44 33.

Buying Spanish property after Brexit

This article is relevant to UK citizens considering buying Spanish property after Brexit.

For UK citizens planning to move to Spain, the 31st December 2020 is a very important deadline.  There are very significant advantages to moving before this date.  This article informs UK citizens wanting to move to Spain of these advantages.  If you are in this position we do not want you to miss this government time-limited opportunity.

Buying in Spain after Brexit

If you, as a UK Citizen, buy Spanish property and register as a resident before 31st December 2020 you will:

  • Receive life-long healthcare rights in Spain provided you remain resident.
  • Have the right to get your UK State Pension upgraded every year for as long as you continue to live in Spain.
  • Continue to receive any UK benefits you already receive. This will continue for as long as you live in Spain and meet all other eligibility requirements.

The clock is ticking fast – Start now to complete before the deadline!

If you are planning to buy a property in Spain we recommend you start now!

Puerto Banus

Let’s consider a few of the things which will eat into this currently 10.5 month period before the 2020 deadline.

  1. Investigate available properties and choose some suitable properties to view.  Estimate 2 weeks.
  2. Arranged a viewing trip to Spain to look at some properties.  Estimate 6 weeks
  3. With the help of a good agent like LVS, you should find your dream home during your first visit.  If not it may take another visit. Estimate another 4 weeks.
  4. Then you need to go through the process of arranging funds and completing the deal.  This is usually possible in less than 6 weeks but let’s allow for complications, estimate 12 weeks.
  5. Then you need to apply for and gain a Spanish residency.  This is not a long process but let’s allow 6 weeks.  There may be a big rise in applications towards the end of this year.

Adding up the above estimates, with things running well, we are at 30 weeks!  Even if you start your move today in February 2020 you are looking at completion around mid-September or October!

This does not take into account factors like you:

  • needing to sell a current property
  • making travel and removal arrangements
  • making arrangements for pets
  • the quirks of Spain’s famous bureaucracy system!

Luxury Villa Sales are here to help

Luxury Villas Sales and our team of associates will do all the administrative work for you.  We work only with the best people.  It is a process we have been through many times so we are here to help you avoid any pitfalls.

Provided you start the process soon you will not have to worry about making the deadline.  And of course, we will be here to support you both before and after your move to sunny Spain.

We care about you as a client of Luxury Villa Sales and love matching buyers with their dream homes.  Contact Luxury Villa Sales today on (+34) 952 77 44 33 and we can help you get started with your dream move.

Buying property in Spain after Brexit

Considering buying a property in Spain after Brexit?  This year is a great opportunity for UK buyers wanting to move to Spain. Many have dreamed of a new life in Spain and have concerns over the changes due to Brexit. The good news is nothing changes for those who can move in 2020. If you are resident in Spain before 31st December 2020 nothing changes.
UK citizens registered as resident in Spain before the 31st December 2020 will keep all EU membership benefits.
In this article we cover some of the key issues of buying and living in Spain during and after Brexit. Including the differences before and after the transition period. We also cover the differences for those wanting to buy a holiday home and those wishing to live in Spain.
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Moving to Spain and Brexit

For those wanting to make a permanent move to Spain 2020 is a superb opportunity. This is the same if you are moving to retire or to start a new life here in the sun. You can make the move and keep all the current EU membership benefits. Registering as a Spanish resident by the end of 2020 is key for work, health care and pensions.
The rules for those making a permanent move to Spain after this date are currently unclear.

Buying a holiday property in Spain and Brexit

The good news is that there Brexit makes is difference for buyers looking to buy a holiday home in Spain. Only those wishing to move full time will be subject to new rules, if they move after the end of 2020.
UK buyers will still be able to buy Spanish property after Brexit. The transition period has no affect, buyers will be able to buy after 2020. Spanish property ownership is under Spanish control and not the European Union.
After Brexit buyers of holiday homes will still be able to rent their properties out as they can now.

Key things about the Brexit transition period

The agreed Brexit transition period runs from 1st February until 31st December 2020. During this period current EU rules will continue to apply /no changes. So if you move to live in Spain before the end of 2020 you will keep all your rights. This include rights to live here, healthcare and pensions.

Access to Spanish health services after Brexit for residents

Residents will continue to enjoy the use of reciprocal healthcare arrangements. Both during and after the Brexit transition period. Those resident before the 31st December 2020 will receive ‘life-long healthcare rights’. This is available as long as they remain resident.

Access to Spanish health services after Brexit for holiday home owners

Here the rules differ for permanent residents and holiday home buyers. During the transition period there is no changes for UK visitors. They will still be able to use their EHIC card. They can have free health care under the current EU reciprocal healthcare arrangements.
After the end of the transition period it is unclear if the EHIC will continue to operate. If not holiday home owners will need to make their own travel health arrangements. For example healthcare travel insurance.

Right to visit and stay in Spain after Brexit

For those wishing to move to Spain it will be much easier to do this before the end of the transition period. As stated above those registered as resident before the end of 2020 will keep all current EU rights. The EU member rights to live, work and/or study in Spain.
After Brexit, UK visitors should have similar rights to other non-EU visitors. Including the rights to visit and stay in Spain. Most non-EU citizens can visit Spain without needing a visa and stay for up to 90 days in every 180 days. Allowing you to visit Spain after Brexit for about half a year each year.
After the transition period UK citizens may need a visa to stay in Spain for periods over half a year.

UK Pensions in Spain following Brexit

Retired people can receive their pensions in Spain. Before or after the Brexit transition period. You may also be able to claim certain Spanish benefits if you qualify. This will depend whether you move before of after the transition period.
If you are resident in Spain before 31 December 2020 you will continue to receive your pension in Spain. It will also be up-rated every year. The same as it would be in the UK. That applies even if you retire after Brexit. You will also be able to continue to pay contributions into your pension.
If you move to Spain after the transition period you will still receive your UK pension in Spain. It is unclear if it will be up-rated each year. The latest words from the UK government state: “the rules on entitlement to UK benefits in these countries will depend on the outcome of negotiations with the EU and may change.”

UK Drivers in Spain after Brexit

UK citizens living in Spain should change their UK driving licences for a Spanish permit. This is simple and you can do this up until the end of the transition period.
After the transition period things are currently less clear. British visitors may need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in Spain. These are available at any British Post Office over the counter.

Buying a property in Spain after Brexit – Summary

If you are buying a holiday home – There is no problem. Unless you plan to live in Spain more than 180 days per year nothing will change post Brexit.
I’m moving to Spain before 31st December 2020 – Again no problem. Nothing will change. Providing you register as a resident you will keep full EU membership benefits.
I’m moving to Spain after 31 December 2020 –You may need a visa. Currently a ‘temporary residence (non-lucrative)’ visa allows you live in Spain. Providing you have enough funds. This level is currently set at €8,000 per person per year. You will also need to show you have full private health cover. If you wish to work in Spain you can currently work under the ‘temporary residence (lucrative)’ visa. You can also be self employed under this visa. You must earn at least the minimum wage equivalent which is currently around €600-800 a month.
Villa for sale in La Zagaleta
For those buying a property worth over €500,000 after Brexit. You may qualify for a Spanish golden visa. This gives you and your family fast-track residency, renewable for five years.
Contact Luxury Villas sales on (+34) 952 77 44 33 and let us help you with all of your Spanish property questions.

New Properties in Cabopino

This is a great opportunity to buy one of these 25 new properties in Cabopino.


Cabopino marina

A location known as the best kept secret on the Costa del Sol.  Cabopino is a beautiful area located on the eastern edge of the municipality of Marbella.  Retaining a small village feel it has all you need:

  • A charming little marina surrounded by great restaurants
  • Beautiful fine sandy blue flag beaches with protected natural sand dunes
  • Several kilometers of great boardwalks through the dunes to the beaches
  • A challenging and picturesque 18 hole golf course and driving range
  • Easy access to the main road network and a 35 minute drive to Malaga international airport
  • Approximately 15 minute drive to Marbella old town and 25 minutes to Puerto Banus

New Cabopino Properties

New Cabopino properties

These 25 new Cabopino homes are front line golf with superb sea views.

Buyers have a choice of 1, 3 and 4 bedroom homes.  All the homes feature modern open plan designs.  Floor to ceiling glazing to make the most of the spectacular views.

Cabopino new apartments

Each apartment has its own private pool.  There is also a larger communal infinity pool with great golf and sea views.

The modern designer kitchens come with high quality NEFF appliances.

Quality runs throughout with Porcelanosa flooring and bathrooms

Buyers can design their kitchen according to their specific tastes.

Each property has an innovative low maintenance energy efficient Aerothermics system. This uses thermal energy from the air to feed the cooling system in the summer and heating in the winter months.

Arrange to view these Cabopino properties

These properties are ideal for those looking to enjoy the Mediterranean outdoor lifestyle.  Cabopino is one of the most sought after areas on the Costa del Sol.  An area famous for

  • its great golf course
  • superb restaurants
  • beautiful little marina
  • some of the finest beaches on the Costa del Sol.

Contact Luxury Villa Sales on (+34) 952 77 44 33 to arrange a viewing.

Of for take a look here for some new Estepona beach front properties.

Marbella Off Plan Property

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In this article we explain a little more about buying off plan Marbella property. We explain how your protection if anything goes wrong. Off Plan properties are new build Spanish properties.  Purchased direct from the developer, often before building.

This article explains how to mitigate risks and what happens if things go wrong. For example your protection if

  • the developers go out of business
  • the property is not built to the design or standards promised
  • the project runs late.

buying off plan in marbella

Here is a brief summary on the advantages and disadvantages to buying off plan property.

Some of the Pro’s:

  • They will have modern designs and interiors.
  • New properties have the latest building standards.
  • They are often much more energy efficient.
  • They will feature the latest technology.
  • They should come with a 10 year builder’s guarantee.
  • Developers are always trying to upstage each other. Offering more and more standard luxury items.  For example communal spas in apartment complexes and Jacuzzi’s and elevators in villas.

Some possible con’s:

  • You will have to wait until completion to move in
  • Many of the prime locations have long gone. Newer developments are generally not in the most prime locations
  • There are more perceived risks involved

Marbella Off Plan is nothing new

Tens of thousands of apartments and villas have purchased off plan in the Marbella area in the past. This is nothing new and almost every buyer will have had the same concerns as you may have. The legal system is very well developed for this market. The process works very well and buyers are well protected if things go wrong.

Mitigating the risk of buying off plan in Marbella

Taking the right steps will protect all your funds if you do not get the promised property.

Employing a good solicitor (abogado) on your side will mitigate your risks. Your solicitor will do most of the below work.

Does the developer own the land?

Your solicitor will check the Spanish Land Register to be sure the developer owns the land.

You should receive a copy of the cadastral certificate. This shows the exact development land sizes as well as your personal property sizes.

You should visit the development to ensure you are happy with things like:

  • the location
  • views
  • orientation
  • surrounding properties
  • noise
  • lighting

Does the developer have planning permission in place?

Your solicitor should ensure this is in place before you make any payments. Without planning permission the Bank Guarantees (see below) are not valid.

You can also check this at the Spanish Land Registry. A description of the project in the registrar is evidence that the licence exists.

Is a railway line about to cross your Marbella plot?

Your solicitor should also check the planning certificate for the plot. This is available from the town planning (Urbanismo) department. They should let you know about any relevant information. For example:

  • any building restrictions on the plot
  • if it is in a green zone
  • any public footpaths across the land
  • any current plans to build a railway for example

Is your Marbella off plan property money safe?

It is vital to have a bank guarantee (aval bancario) in place to cover all the payments you make. It is a legal obligation that all off plan developers secure all deposits with a bank guarantee.

Your solicitor should ensure that your bank guarantee is an individual guarantee. Not a collective guarantee covering the whole development. Collective Guarantees do not give the same levels of protection.

You should get proof that your payments are being deposited into an escrow account. Funds from these accounts are only for the construction of the specified development.

Is your developer registered with the Mercantile Registry?

Your solicitor should ensure the developer has a valid Mercantile Registry registration. They should also ensure the person who is going to sign on the developer’s behalf can legally do so.

You can check this at any Mercantile Registry office. Or online using the Land Registry website.

Does your developer have the right insurances?

Your solicitor should ensure that the developer has suitable insurance in place. Including the 10 year building insurance (seguro decenal). This covers damage caused by structural defects to the building for 10 years. Details of this insurance should be in the property manual (libro del edificio). Supplied to you by the developer.

Taking possession of your Marbella off plan property

You will get a certificate of final works (certificado final de obra) when your property is ready. You must have this before you sign the title deed. You can check this at the Land Registry. This is your proof from the seller that the construction is complete.

You must also have a licence of first occupancy (licencia de primera occupación). The town hall issues this for all new buildings. It certifies that the property is habitable. Without this document you cannot get an electricity and water connection. The developers should not try and force you to complete without this licence.

Do I need a survey?

You should consider getting a chartered surveyor to check the property. This is not obligatory. It is wise to get a professional opinion on the property before you complete. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) exists in Spain. They offer independent and impartial advice.

The Spanish College of Architects also has a list of independent specialist surveyors.

What if thing go wrong?

If things go wrong, which is very rare these days, you can:

  • cancel the contract and have the deposits returned plus interest
  • extend the deadline, allowing the developer to complete the property

if any of the below circumstances occur:

  • the developer does not build your property by the deadline in the contract
  • or services and utilities are not completed and connected to standard
  • the licence of first occupancy is not possible.

If you decide you wish to cancel the contract you should get independent legal advice.

You, or your solicitor, should write to the developer. Explain you wish to cancel the contract due to non-compliance with the contract. You should request the return of all deposits paid as well as any interest accrued.

Include all relevant documents including:

  • a copy of the contract
  • copies of all payments made
  • copy of the bank guarantee

Specify a reasonable date by which you expect the amounts to be repaid. Write to the developer using Burofax, so you can get proof of delivery.

If you receive no response from the developer within the specified timeframe. Contact the claims department of the bank requesting a refund of all the payments made.

Again, you should use Burofax. Include copies of all the relevant documents above. Include the complaint submitted to the developer. Also include copies of any responses received from the developer.

If the bank does not comply you will need to instruct a lawyer to take a civil case against the bank.

Moving into your off plan Marbella property

The above can sound negative – it is an article showing how you are always covered in the event that things don’t go well.

Tens of thousands of buyers have purchased great properties off plan here in the past and continue to do so. The system is well tested and provides proven buyer protection.

We have some spectacular new developments for sale at the moment. Take a look at these two great beachside developments in Estepona. Or this superb hill side development in Ojen.

If you would like to discuss any of the items in this article please contact Luxury Villa Sales on (+34) 952 77 44 33.

E&EO – Errors and omissions excepted.  The above information is felt to be accurate at the time of writing.  You should seek expert legal advice from a suitably qualified solicitor at the time of your purchase.