How difficult is the property purchase process in Morocco?
Foreign real estate ownership is allowed in Morocco, though foreigners cannot buy agricultural land. It is best to open a Moroccan bank account that enables foreign currency to be converted to Dirham to be used for the transaction, and for easier repatriation of funds in the future.
It is best to work with a real estate agent, and a lawyer is also helpful in understanding the legalities and procedures, usually done in the local language. The agent, also known as “simsaar“, usually does not speak English. The English-speaking lawyer also comes in handy when dealing with the “simsaar“.
The buying process is otherwise the same as in France and Spain, with a notary acting for both parties. Signatures on the sales deed of the contracting parties should be notarized. The sales deed should then be registered with the relevant registration office. The buyer then applies for the listing of the registered deed to the land registry.
Footnotes to Transaction Costs Table
The round trip transaction costs include all costs of buying and then re-selling a property – lawyers´ fees, notaries´ fees, registration fees, taxes, agents´ fees, etc.
Morocco uses Moroccan Dirham (MAD) . The exchange rate as of 14 Nov 2007: US$1 = MAD 7.9023. Property value is US$250,000 approximately MAD 1,975,000 (1,975,575).
Due to the complex nature of Moroccan property registration and ownership system, it is highly advisable for the buyer to hire a lawyer to represent him. Legal fees are negotiable, ranging from 1% to 5% of the property value plus 10% VAT.
A registration duty of 6% is applicable to acquisition of buildings by individuals or legal entities. A registration duty of 6% is also imposed on acquisition of undeveloped land to build houses and premises.
Notary fees are around 0.50% to 1% of the property value.
Stamp duty is around 1% of the property value.
Due to the complex nature of Moroccan property registration and ownership system, it is highly advisable for the buyer to hire a lawyer to represent him. Legal fees are negotiable, ranging from 1% to 5% of the property
Land Registry Fee:
Aside from the registration, the sales deed is also listed in the land registry. Land registry fee is 1%.
Real Estate Agent´s Fee:
The real estate agent or simsaar typically charges the buyer 2.5% of purchase price as commission.