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Invest in Real Estate in Malta

Updated on Saturday 25th April 2020

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Malta is a beautiful insular state found in the Mediterranean Sea and it is often the choice of foreign investors in the real estate sector in this country. Persons who want to move or retire to Malta are looking for different types of properties, while business owners are interested in office spaces and entrepreneurs - in houses that can be used for holiday rentals. Our company incorporation agents in Malta give you professional advice regarding the property market in Malta and they can help you find your dream house.
 

Real estate prices in Malta

 
Maltese properties have various styles and features, but they all have one thing in common - an unbeatable Mediterranean charm. Apartments and houses in Malta offer spectacular harbour views and other more expensive options are available, such as luxury villas. Property prices in Malta vary according to their type, whether we speak about apartments, studious, villas or condominiums. Popular locations for property purchases in Malta include the island’s capital, Valletta and also cities like Gozo, Sliema, Mellieha, St. Paul’s Bay and Marsaxlokk. Valletta’s waterfront remains a popular and cosmopolite location and it is close to various touristic attractions, shops, restaurants and bars. The prices for a two-bedroom apartment in Valletta can start from EUR 200,000, depending on the facilities offered. One of our company formation agents in Malta can tell you more about how you can buy a property in this country. They can also help you register a company in Malta and deal with the authorities in charge of incorporation.
 

Buying a property in Malta

 
Once you decide on purchasing a property in Malta, it is important to pay attention to an initial deposit of approximately 10% of the price involved that must be deposited in a bank account, as part of the reservation. A preliminary sale agreement is then signed, representing the contractual obligations of the parties involved. A notary or lawyer can take care of the necessary legal steps before signing the final sale agreement for a property purchase in Malta. After the property is bought, the new owner must register it at the Land Registry. Our company formation specialists in Malta can help you throughout the legal procedure.
 

Do I need a real estate due diligence in Malta?

 
Yes, it is recommended to ask for real estate due diligence procedures before purchasing a property in Malta. Foreign citizens interested in buying residential or commercial properties should solicit real estate due diligence and talk to our company formation agents in Malta about this important aspect. Real estate due diligence might reveal:
 
  • Possible hidden problems related to the property that are not stipulated in the sale contract.
  • Financial encumbrances or unpaid bills by the property owner.
  • If the property is rented or there are other persons involved in ownership.
  • If there are any mortgage payments you are not aware of.
 
Such issues can be correctly revealed by a complete report after a real estate due diligence procedure that can be initiated by one of our specialists. A technical inspection of the property is needed and that to see if all the licenses and permits are obtained in legal ways. It is important to have support for the property purchase process, and that to be sure that you make the right decision regarding the acquisition. You can talk to one of our company formation agents in Malta or you can solicit legal support from our advisors.
 

How do I buy a property as a non-EU citizen in Malta?

 
Non-EU citizens will have to pay attention to a few requirements imposed for purchasing a property in Malta. For instance, the Acquisition of Immovable Property permit or the AIP is necessary for a property purchase in Malta. This document is issued by the Ministry of Finance after a preliminary verification of the potential client. The entire process may take up to 3 months and non-EU citizens will have to look for a property worth at least EUR 69,000, for family use, in order to obtain the AIP permit. The Maltese authorities have the right to verify the criminal record and to clarify if that the person who wants to invest in the real estate sector in Malta is not a potential threat to the country's interests. More than that, non-EU citizens will have to prove the source of the funds before buying a real estate property in Malta. Feel free to talk to our consultants and also ask information about how to obtain a visa for Malta as a non-EU citizen.
 

Fees for property acquisitions in Malta

 
Besides the prices for a property in Malta, customers should also pay attention to the fees and taxes involved in the transaction. The following table can be quite helpful in this case:
 
Taxes & Fees Rates
Stamp duty 5%
VAT 18%
Real Estate Agent 3.5%
Property Taxes  
Up to EUR 10,000 1%
Between EUR 10,000 - 500,000 0.50%
More than EUR 500,000 0.25%

 

These are a few of the taxes and fees, at approximate rates, that you should consider at the time you wish to buy a property in Malta. Feel free to talk to our consultants and ask for guidance and support. We remind you that our team can help you with the company formation process in Malta if you want to do business in this country.

 

Reasons to invest in Malta’s real estate sector

 
Many investors consider Malta a great touristic destination that offers plenty of opportunities in this productive sector. Being among the preferred destinations for tourists in Europe, investing in the real estate sector in Malta is seen as a great business opportunity that can generate significant profits. Among the business ideas in Malta’s real estate sector, international entrepreneurs can rent residential houses and villas or can activate in the construction sector and expand their portfolios for extra profits. Besides that, it's quite easy to open a real estate agency in Malta and develop such activities in this appealing domain, whether as a Maltese or non-Maltese citizen, as long as you understand and respect the laws controlling this sector. We have gathered some facts and figures about the real estate sector in Malta that you might find it useful:
 
  1. An increase of approximately 11% rate of property prices in Malta was registered in Q1 of 2019.
  2. Q4 of 2019 revealed that property prices rose by 4.72% compared to the same period of 2018.
  3. Having no stamp duty for properties worth at least EUR 150,000 modified the prices in the past few years.
  4. Stamp duty refunds up to EUR 3,000 are available for second-time property buyers in Malta.
 
 
If you want to invest in real estate in Malta, please contact our company formation agents in Malta. We can help you start a business here and provide various legal services, including information about the legislation related to foreign investments
 
 

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