Real este market
Discover Spain’s thriving property market and Beckham rule’s tax benefits

Discover Spain’s thriving property market and Beckham rule’s tax benefits


In the constantly evolving landscape of Spanish real estate, the year 2023 has carved its mark as a period of sustained interest and robust activity, especially from international clientele. As a leader in the premium real estate market, Engel & Völkers presents an insightful exploration into the dynamics that shape Spain’s property market, highlighting the persistent allure of Spanish homes to foreign investors and the significant opportunities that lie ahead. 


A market that stands resilient

Despite global trends and market fluctuations, the appeal of Spanish property among international buyers remains unshaken. Data from the Spanish Housing Ministry underscores this resilience, with foreign purchases reaching the second-highest level on record in 2023. Despite a modest 8% decrease from the boom of 2022, the 123,189 properties acquired by international buyers affirm Spain’s significant standing on the global stage.

Luxury villa in Marbella


A panoramic market overview

The aggregate property transactions, incorporating both domestic and international dealings, tallied up to 638,522 in 2023. This reflects a slight 11% dip compared to the prior year but still ranks as the third most significant year in the past decade for the Spanish real estate market.


Beckham rule – a getaway to tax efficiency

The introduction of the Beckham rule in 2005 marked a pivotal moment for professionals considering Spain as their work and residence base, including Marbella. This special tax regime allows expatriates to benefit from a more favorable tax treatment, allowing for tax exemptions on an international income during their first six years of residency.

Property transaction

Under this rule, expatriates who become Spanish residents are taxed as non-residents, meaning they pay a fixed rate of 24% on the first €600,000 of their Spanish income, with any income above this threshold taxed at 47%. Additionally, the rule extends its benefits to the expatriate’s spouse and young or disabled dependents, under certain conditions. This regime is particularly appealing to individuals earning between €20,000 to €600,000 annually in Spain who also have substantial assets and earnings outside of Spain. Initially designed for the famous footballer David Beckham, recent legal updates have changed its coverage to include a wider range of professionals, entrepreneurs and digital nomads.


Engage with Spain’s luxurious lifestyle and tax benefits

Spain’s real estate market, particularly in regions like Marbella, offers more than just luxury living; it presents significant fiscal advantages through mechanisms like the Beckham rule. For those looking to combine an exquisite lifestyle with efficient tax planning, Spain stands out as an attractive destination. 

Spain taxes

Engel & Völkers is here to provide you with guidance on Spain’s property market and tax benefits, ensuring you find not just a house, but a home and a lifestyle that suits you perfectly. Embrace the opportunity to live and work in one of the world’s most beautiful settings, enjoying the financial benefits that come with it.

Carlos Manso | 20/Mar/2024

Engel & Völkers Marbella logo

Contact us now

Blvd. Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe CN 340 KM 178,2
CC La Póveda, Local 5 · 29602 Marbella · Spain
Phone +34 952 868 406


Sell your property