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May 6th, 2010

A new generation of British buyers are entering the Spanish property market – lured by cheap homes. UK agent sales are up on this time last year, with more Brits choosing investment properties in locations such as Turkey and Egypt. But buyers who were putting off finding holiday homes during the recession are also returning to traditional destinations such as Spain.

Holiday-home buyers in Spain and France still dominate the market – and many have decided now is the time to buy. The two countries made up two-thirds of UK based broker Conti’s overseas mortgage business last month.

Enquiries for Spanish properties make up 92% of the current demand, compared with 50% just two years ago. Two-thirds of our clients have been registered with us for over a year. Most people have thought about buying before – Spain isn’t a new destination for them. But there’s been some recognition that maybe prices won’t go down further.

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April 21st, 2010

A surge of foreign lifestyle buyers and investors has split the Spanish property market. Sales are up 200% in some regions compared with 2009 – despite the Bank of Spain claiming that last year was the worst in a decade for foreign property investment in Spain.

Parts of Spain are doing really well at the moment but there are two completely different markets. The split has seen lifestyle buyers choosing less built-up areas such as the Axarquia, where prices are at their most affordable level for years. Meanwhile, investors are looking for distressed bargains in over-developed locations such as the southern Costa Blanca.

Building restrictions in the Axarquia over the last few years have kept stock levels relatively low, while a glut of homes has emerged in other destinations on the Costa del Sol. In areas like the Axarquia and Colmenar the offer is quite limited already. The British know Andalucia is a premium location and are taking advantage of interesting current prices.

Story from OPP

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April 20th, 2010

Buyers are back looking for holiday homes. Mortgage broker Conti Financial Services, which specialises in overseas mortgages, reports a big increase in mortgage applications and the busiest month for over a year.

The foul winter in the UK has probably helped concentrate buyers’ minds on that place in the sun and mortgage applications rose by 48% in March compared with the previous monthly average.

European banks have not suffered as much from the sub-prime crisis as UK mortgage lenders and Conti says that overseas mortgage providers have money to lend to foreign investors. ‘Falling property prices across many European destinations – in some instances by as much as 50% – mean that the chance of owning a place in the sun may never be better, and historically low interest rates mean it’s become even more affordable for British buyers,’ says Clare Nessling, Conti’s operations director.

‘The most popular destinations amongst our clients are still France and Spain, both of which come with easy access and good rental opportunities,’ she says.

Nessling reports bargain hunters out in force in Spain where oversupply of properties and fears about planning permission have left the banks holding repossessed properties which are being sold off. ‘Confidence is definitely growing, but there’s also an element of buyers snapping up bargains in traditional hotspots while they have the chance.’

So where will you find a bargain? ‘Those European countries yet to record their first quarter of growth since the credit crunch include Spain, Denmark and Ireland where an oversupply of stock is holding back prices,’ says Liam Bailey, head of residential research at international estate agents, Knight Frank.

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February 10th, 2010

The European housing market hasn’t stopped attracting British buyers, with Spain as the top hot spot, according to The Independent.

Spain may be a surprise entry given that it is still struggling with high unemployment and a shrinking economy, but with average house prices falling by 8 per cent in the 12 months from September 2008, this may be the time to pick up property on the cheap.

And while Spain has been going through turbulent times, it is nevertheless still a firm favourite as a lifestyle holiday destination, despite all the bad press of late.

The British love affair with Spain shows few signs of abating. Spain came out as the top destination for international money transfers at the Post Office, as well as the cheapest place to live within the eurozone, according to its holiday costs barometer.

The full story: The Indepentent

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April 21st, 2009

House prices in Spain fell 6.8 percent in the March quarter, compared with the same period in 2008. On a quarter-on-quarter basis prices declined by 3 percent — the fourth consecutive fall and the biggest yet.

House Price Index March 2009

House Price Index March 2009

Credit Suisse analysts said supply and demand were out of kilter, with one in six people out of work and 1.5 to 2 million houses sitting unsold. The average Spanish home costs 7.2-times the average household’s annual income, against 4.6-times in Britain and 3-times in the United States, the bank said.

‘Unemployment is fast increasing and that is a leading indicator of future delinquencies in the banking sector and potential declines in house prices,’ the Swiss bank said in a note after the figures were published.

Most industry experts say government data underplays price declines in the Spanish property market, which saw a 39 percent fall in the volume of sales in January, year on year.

However, to put Spain’s price drop of 6.8 percent in perspective, house prices in Ireland, whose housing boom is most frequently compared with Spain’s, fell 9.7 percent year on year in February — the 24th consecutive month. In the UK, prices had dropped 12.3 percent over the same period.

‘I think we are all aware that prices had not adjusted to their true value. This tendency shows the adjustment,’ Anunciacion Romero, housing ministry director general told journalists. She declined to say were prices would go from here.

A recent Reuters housing poll of Spanish and foreign-based economists found that on average prices were expected to fall 32 percent from their 2007 peak.

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December 15th, 2008

A Spanish property expert has given an encouraging assessment of future prospects for the country’s property sector.

Martin Dell of claims that, while buyers are likely to remain “very price conscious” over the next 12 months, there will be an increase in the number of people investing in Spain next year.

He believes the Spanish property market will be helped by a “more buoyant European economy” in 2009, resulting in an “improved flow of credit and renewed optimism in the property market”.

Mr Dell explains that recent events in Spain’s financial sector, such as the Metrovacesa debt for equity deal, demonstrate that financial analysts in the country envisage a turning point for the economy.

“Next year, I see an opportunity for European buyers to acquire Spanish property at bargain prices,” he comments.

The Sanahuja family, which controls over 80% of the capital in Metrovacesa, has agreed to give creditors a 54.75% holding in the company in exchange for the cancellation of debt worth 2.1 billion euros.

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