Total transaction costsare low in Chile

How high are realtors´ and lawyers´ fees in Chile? What about other property purchase costs?

Transaction Costs

Who Pays?
Legal Fee 1% buyer
Stamp Duty 0.2% - 0.3% buyer
Notary Fee 0.10% buyer
Value Added Tax (VAT) 19.00% buyer
Real Estate Agent´s Fee 2%
Costs paid by buyer 22.30% - 22.40%
Costs paid by seller 2%
See Footnotes
Source: Global Property Guide

How difficult is the property purchase process in Chile?

Any individual or corporate body may acquire and possess real estate in Chile whether or not they are residents. However, there are some restrictions regarding land located near the boundaries of the country. Chile has strong legal protection for property rights, including secured investments in real property.

All sale agreements should be notarized before registration. Failure to register a property transfer makes the contract void. The whole process of registering a property can be completed in around 20 to 40 days.

Chile Valparaiso residential property

A lawyer is contracted usually to conduct due diligence of the property´s legal history. He is also responsible for obtaining copies of the property titles, the Certificado de Vigencia and the encumbrance certificate (Certificado de Hipotecas y Gravámanes y de Interdicciones y Prohibiciones de Enajar). After which, he obtains an evidence of complete payment of land tax from the Treasury (Servicios de Tesorerías) from the Servicio de ImpuestosInternos.

The sale of real estate is not subject to VAT, with the exception of the first sale of homes built by a construction company, which is subject to VAT at 19%.

Footnotes to Transaction Costs Table

Lawyer´s Fee
Lawyer´s fees are around 1% of the property value.

Stamp Duty
Stamp duty is levied at around 0.20% to 0.30%, depending on the location of the property. Stamp duty is levied at 0.20% in the cities of Santiago, Valparaiso, and Viña del Mar. Stamp duty is levied at 0.30% in other cities.

Notary Fee
Notary fees are generally around 0.10% of the property value, with a maximum charge of CLP128,000 (US$180).

Value Added Tax (VAT)
Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied at a flat rate of 19% on the first sale of houses that are built by a construction company.