Selling your property on Costa del Sol

How does the process of selling a property in Spain work? Why should you contract a certified estate agent to help you sell your property?


All staff at StartGroup undergo training by an external auditor when starting in the company and are then audited on a yearly basis. All staff are certified in European and Spanish Anti anti-money laundering procedures, GDPR & Spanish Data Protection and Andalusian Property law D.218/2005. In September 2021 StartGroup was the first company in the world to get fully certified in the new training program launched by the International Association of Property Professionals, AIPP, which is based in London, UK.
All our sales and valuation staff are certified agents by GIPE, one of Spain's oldest real estate guilds. 



Advertisement in several languages, both nationally and internationally throughout Europe. We advertise our properties both in traditional printed media and use the latest technology to display our properties on all the major internet platforms as well as Social Media. With over 20 years experience we feel that we have the perfect mix of new and old methods, and we are constantly investing in new technologies and platforms.



Our certified property valuers have long and extensive experience valuing properties and know their respective areas very well. We use professional tools to create a tailor made market report for each property and we discuss qualities and conditions with the owner on site to negotiate the final sales price to publish.


When visiting the property, our valuers have professional photo equipment of the latest generation to take a series of high quality photos. After editing, a selection of the photos will be made for use in the published advert of your property. A listing form with qualities and conditions is filled out to be used for the advert. Based on our knowledge of the municipality, area, urbanisation and the property itself, a description of the property will also be written and translated for use in all our marketing.


We don't force anybody to sign an exclusive agreement with us for the sale of a property, but the marketing and presentation is much more extensive. If you choose to sign a 6-month minimum exclusive agreement, we offer:

  • Professional Virtual Tour with walk-through, guided 360-tour.
  • Professional Floor Plans of your property
  • Drone overview of the properties´ neighbourhood and services in the area
  • Free Energy Efficiency Certificate
  • Presentation in the Featured Properties section of our web page in 4 languages
  • Dedicated Google Adwords budget for Featured Properties
  • Paid placement on national and international Property Portals throughout Europe


We were established in 2003 in Calahonda, Mijas Costa where we have our head office. Our property valuer David Hemmings who speaks English and Spanish will be pleased to assist you!

Our second office is located in Torrequebrada, Benalmádena and was opened in September 2021. Our property valuer Daniel Holmquist who speaks Swedish, English & Spanish will get you all the help you need!

Our third office is located in La Cala de Mijas and was opened in July 2022. 


We speak 11 different languages:
English, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, French, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Hungarian and Polish.


Necessary documentation to list and publish a property according to Decreto 218/2005 de Andalucía and Real Decreto 515/1989:

  • Escritura (Title Deed) or Nota Simple
  • Latest receipts for IBI (municipal property tax) and Basura (rubbish tax)
  • Latest receipt of community Fee
  • Energy Efficiency Certificate
  • DNI or Passport & NIE

If the owner of the property is a company, we will also need:

  • CIF of Company
  • Title Deed or other documentation showing who the administrator is
  • DNI or Passport & NIE of Administrator

Other documentation of interest, if it exists:

  • Licencia de Primera Ocupación (First Occupancy Licence)
  • Minutes from the latest Annual General Meeting of the community
  • Electric, Gas, Water & Internet bills
  • Short term rental licence
  • Does the community permit short-term rentals?
  • Other municipal taxes & fees
  • Power of Attorney
  • Contact details of legal representative



Taxes payable by the vendor in Andalusia

There are generally two taxes to pay when you sell a property on the Costa del Sol. Municipal Plusvalia and Capital gains tax. Up until recently the Plusvalia was paid even if a property was sold at a loss, but a Supreme Court ruling in May 2017 declared that as unconstitutional and the plusvalia is now only paid if there is an economic gain, the same as the Capital gains tax. However each Town Hall applies this in a different way so please enquire depending on Municipally.

Municipal Plusvalia

This tax is a municipal tax based on the increase of the taxable value of the land during the time between the purchase and sale of the property. The tax has to be calculated individually. The longer the property has been owned the more you pay. StartGroup will be glad to calculate the plusvalia for you when putting your property for sale, so that you have all the information from the start. Since new criteria was established in November 2021 the Plusvalia can now be calculated either on the actual profit (much like the capital gains tax) or by multiplying a coefficient (established by each Town Hall) with the cadastral value of the property. The taxpayer can choose the most beneficial way to calculate the tax.

Capital Gains tax

At present the tax for tax residents is 19% for the first 6.000 Euros gain, 21% for the amount between 6.000 and 50.000 gain, and 23% for amounts over 50.000 Euros. For EU-based non-residents the capital gains tax is 19% and 24% for non-residents from outside the EU. The capital gain is calculated on the actual gain which means that you are allowed to deduct the closing cost you had when you bought; ITP/IVA/AJD, notary fees, land registry fees, lawyer fees and the cost when you sell i.e. plusvalía tax, real estate agent and lawyer fees.

Fiscal retention for non-residents

For non-resident vendors the buyer is required by law to withhold 3% of the purchase price and pay that directly to the tax office on the vendor's behalf. This is a measure to prevent tax evasion by the vendor who resides in another country. The vendor has 90 days after the payment has been done to submit a tax return for capital gains tax which will show how much has to be paid. If there is no gain in the sale the 3% will be paid back to the vendor by the tax authorities. This can be paid into a Spanish bank account or an account held by the vendor in another EU country.

All information is correct at the publishing of this article in November 2021 and is meant as a Guide for property purchases on the Costa del Sol. The text has no contractual value and can be subject to change without prior notice.

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