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Banking and Finance FAQs

VIP Almeria has been working with banking institutions such as Bankinter, Sabadell and Cajamar to get the best options for our clients:

Bankinter has improved mortgage conditions for FOREIGN CLIENTS MORTGAGES. 
Please see complete conditions bellow. 


Bankinter is definitely financing to non-resident clients in the purchase of their house in Spain. 

The terms of finance are: 

Amount: Max 60 % of purchase price. Clients coming from Belgium, Holland & Sweden: 70 %. 
Term: Up to 25 years (max 75 years old expiration date). 
Opening fee: 1 % 
Initial Rate (first year): 2,50 % 
Annual revision: Euribor + 2,50 %** 
Advance cancellation fee: 1 % 

** compulsory Life Insurance to cover amount of loan, and House Insurance to cover property basic damages. 

Documents required for the study: 

In all cases:     *Passports and NIE numbers (if clients had) 
                *Nota simple & purchase contract (if you already had it) 
                *Experian Report (full updated report, including all debts and monthly payments). 

If employed:  *3 last wage slips and last P60. 
                 * Last Tax Return if client had. 

If Self-employed: *Chattered Accounts for last 2 years, and Tax Returns. 

Term for the study: 

Bankinter will give an answer to clients in 4-5 working days. 

Term for completion: 

Valuation report: 7 days. 
Preparation of signature in Notary: 5 days. 

In total, the process takes max 17 days. 


Documents required and services: 

*We will only need   *Passports and 
*Activity document (pay slip or pension slip). 

*They can open account by email (with scanned documents) in 24 hours. 


This allows clients bringing money to Bankinter by using their credit/debit card. 
The client only has to indicate the amount to be paid in Bankinter, and it will be done in 2-3 working days. 
The costs are very competitive, and it is ideal for clients trying to keep amount in the account in order to attend bills related to house (Water, electricity, IBI...). 

Costs and services for current account & Cards: 

Maintenance commission: For clients receiving salary or pension in the account (min 650 euros/month): NO COMISSION. 
                                 In other cases: 45 euros/year. 

Cost of Debit/Credit Card: For clients with pension or salary: NO COMISSION. 
                                    In other cases: 30 euros/year. 

Services for Current Accounts: 
                                   * Direct Debits 
                                   * English Telephone and Internet Banking Services. 
                                   * Top Up service. 
                                   *Possibility to open different currencies accounts (pounds, dollars...), even on-line. 

QAm I eligible for a mortgage?


The banks in Spain base their decision regarding your ability to repay the mortgage by looking at your net monthly income. Payslips, tax returns and / or bank current accounts are all required as verification of income amounts. They will normally also require the following documentation. This can vary from lender to lender:

All applicants need: Copy of passports, NIE number, bank reference, credit report from home country of residence.


  • Last P60.

  • Last 3 month’s payslips.

  • Last 6 months Bank statements.

  • Employers reference confirming your role, length of service and current salary or copy of your employment contract.

Self Employed

  • Last Self Assessment Tax Return

  • Accountants Reference confirming gross and net income, plus drawings last year.

  • Bank Statements


  • Incorporation deeds

  • Registration documents for Company (if SL Company)

  • If in Spain, C.I.F.Number


  • Confirmation letter from pension provider or pension slips.

  • Bank statements for last three months.

  • Last Self Assessment Tax Return/ p60

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QI cannot prove my income. Can you still help?


We can help you find a loan of up to 50% of the valuation of Spanish property with minimum proof of income. Initially lenders require a bank reference letter, a copy of your passport and a signed self-declaration. It may be necessary to furnish additional information.

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QCan I finance 100% of the purchase price?


This may be possible, but depends on the valuation of the property, and is more likely to be possible if you are buying an off-plan property. During the period between agreeing the purchase price and the completion date the value of the property will normally have risen. Some banks will use this final valuation and it may mean that 100% of the purchase price can be funded.

Bank Repossessed Listings are a great way of achieving high finance packages. Currently people can borrow 50-60% Loan to Value on a second hand home; However Repossessions offer 70%, 80% of the sales price and in some cases 100%. You can be offered interest only or ZERO repayment for the first three years.

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QWhat extra costs are involved in purchasing a property in Spain?


To buy a home in Spain with the help of a mortgage, you need to budget about 10-12% of the purchase price as cover for extra costs. Included in these costs are the following:

  • Transfer Tax o­n a resale property OR IVA (Spanish VAT) o­n a new build

  • Stamp Duty on a new build

  • Lawyer fees

  • Bank arrangement fee

  • Fees: notary, gestoria & land registry fees

  • Building insurance

  • Broker fees

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QHow long will it take to obtain a mortgage?


Based on our experience of Spanish lenders and the mortgage application process, we can normally give a verbal indication within one to three days of whether your application is likely to be successful. This is subject to full application, required documentation and a valuation. once all the paperwork is sent to the bank the full process should take approximately four to six weeks.

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QHow do I apply for a mortgage?


Please contact V.I.P Almeria office and we will discuss your requirements based on the information you provide to us. We will then be able to make a recommendation based on this information and if acceptable, can then begin the mortgage process. This is a free service to V.I.P Clients.

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QCan I raise funds to build a property?


Yes, you can now raise funds for both the build and the land. As long as you have all the relevant building licenses, permissions and architects plans, the lender will advance payment in stages as the building works progress. During this time, you will o­nly pay the interest due on the loan.

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QCan I raise funding on my existing Spanish property if I own it outright?


Yes you can, depending on what you will be using the funding for. You can also re-mortgage if you only have a small mortgage outstanding. However, remember that as you will be creating a new mortgage, costs for both cancellation of your existing mortgage and the setting up of the new mortgage will higher than you are accustomed to in the UK (normally around 4% of valuation).

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QCan I raise money to finance the deposit for an off-plan property?


A mortgage in Spain can only be set up o­nce the property has been completed and registered with the local land registry office. You cannot, therefore, raise the amount for the deposit, at the initial stage, through a loan on that property. Normally, individuals will raise this deposit by either cash they already have or be releasing equity on existing property they own in the UK. However, as the loan o­n completion can be based on the final valuation, some of this cost may be recouped o­n completion.

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QAre mortgages available on properties held in the name of a company?


In theory, you can take out a mortgage on a property held by an S.L Spanish Company, an Offshore Company and a UK Company. However, it is a more complicated process than doing it in an individual name.

O­ne of our advisers would be pleased to go through your individual case.

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QWhat is the provision of funds?


This is a detailed list of all the costs involved in your purchase and you should receive a detailed breakdown of all these costs from your legal adviser before you go to the Notary. Your legal adviser can then give you a full explanation of each cost. This includes costs the lender must hold by law and includes the following:

Tax on the mortgage deed

3% of the Capital Gains liability of the vendor (in the case of non-residents)

All fees (notary, registry and gestoria) for both the purchase and mortgage deeds

Stamp duty (for new properties only).

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