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Dar Jasmin, Palmeraie, Marrakech, Morocco

€6,000 Per Week

El Majal is located within one of the most prestigious gated private resorts in the Palmeraie of Marrakech.

This particular house offers you the chance to spend your holiday in sumptuous surroundings where all ages can be catered for by the extensive amenities of the villa and activities in the area. Long lazy days by the pool for the more docile ones or for the more active there is a shared tennis court and the villa is a 10 minute drive from a game of golf. Also on offer in the vicinity is quod biking in the desert, camel and horse-back riding and a day trip to the Souk is highly recommended with a guide as you can miss it's hidden treasures if you don't know where to look. A good selection of Moroccan or European restaurants and nightclubs are on the way back to the medina which is a 20 minute drive.

Nestled in 3.5acres of land, the villa can sleep up to 12 people in 6 bedrooms which includes the two bedroom guest house, but can equally be rented without the extra two bedrooms if not needed. The villa is fully staffed with caretaker, housekeeper and cook who will all do everything to compliment your stay including taking care of the food shopping which is the last thing you want to do on holiday! (Please note food and drinks are at cost.) Marrakech city walls are 15 minutes and the airport is 20 minutes drive.

A BUYING GUIDE TO MOROCCO

Unless you have burning desire to buy a farm in Morocco (foreigners are not allowed to buy agricultural land), the property market is well established for Western buyers.

One barrier to remove is language, unless you speak good Arabic or possibly French. Otherwise, you will need an English-speaking local lawyer, and a very useful resource to find one is the UK Government’s website. This carries a list of lawyers known to the embassies there, (although this obviously comes with no specific recommendation).

You will also need a notary, and again the site carries a link to a list drawn from the National Chamber of Notaires.

For both, visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/buying-property-in-morocco

The notary, just as in other countries such as France and Spain, typically represents both seller and vendor. He/she will check the vendor’s identity; that they actually have a right to sell the property to you; and that the physical aspects of the property – size, construction etc – are accurate.

Once a price has been agreed, it is normal practice to pay a deposit of around 10%. You are then committed to go ahead with the purchase, and a signature on the final contract should take 6-8 weeks. Your lawyer should take care to ensure that the property is being sold with the consent of all interested parties (e.g. direct family members of the vendor).

Finance

Foreign nationals are allowed to take out a mortgage to finance their purchase, up to a maximum loan-to-value of 50% of the purchase price.
Your purchase will need to be paid in the local currency (the dirham). If you are transferring funds from the UK, it is often worth shopping around for the best currency conversion rate as this can make a considerable difference.
Costs

Every purchase is different, but as a rule of thumb, budget for 12%-17% of your purchase price in additional fees, taxes and charges.

As a buyer you will typically pay:

  • Your lawyer (we strongly recommend you use one), at a cost of up to 5% of the property value, plus 10% VAT.
  • A registration duty of 6%
  • Notary fees of between 0.5% and 1%
  • A land registry fee of 1%
  • Stamp duty of 1%
  • The ‘simsaar’s’ (local agent’s) fee of typically 2.5%

 

Please note: This article reflects Aylesford’s current understanding of property legislation in Morocco. It is offered for general guidance only; specialist legal and tax advice should always be taken for any property transaction.

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