Foreign buyers flooding back into the Spanish property market

property in Calella, Costa Brava
Calella, Costa Brava, Catalonia, where foreign buyers doubled last year

Foreign demand is the only dynamic segment of the Spanish housing market, and non-resident foreigners now make up a third of all buyers in the Valencian Community.

The number of non-resident foreigners who bought holiday property in Spain last year rose by 28.4pc to 38,312 buyers, according to figures from the General Council of Notaries, reported in the Spanish press.

Some buyers may have bought more than one property, so the actual number of properties sold to foreign non-residents last year is likely to have been even higher.

House purchases by foreign non-residents are now almost back to their pre-crisis levels of 41,787 in 2007, when the market was already showing signs of cooling.

Foreign buyers are being lured back to Spain by lower house prices and fewer town-planning and property related scandals that so blighted Spain’s reputation at the tail end of the boom.

The surge in foreign demand last year was not evenly spread, however.

Foreign purchases doubled in Catalonia and increased in the Valencian Region, but fell in Murcia and Andalusia, according to the Notaries. There were 204 foreign buyers in Madrid last year, an increase of 200pc on 2007.

Nowhere are foreign buyers more important than the Valencian Community, home to the Costa Blanca and Costa del Azahar. Said Vicente Dómine, head of the Housing and Public Works Department of the regional government “the purchase of homes in the Valencian Community by foreign citizens was 29pc of the total, representing a rise of 32pc on 2011, and income of 1.6 billion Euros,” in comments to the press. “The property market of the Valencian Community is recovering thanks to purchase of homes by foreign citizens,” he said.

The Russians are coming

Russians are now the second group of buyers behind the British, and ahead of the French, whilst the Norwegians and Belgians have overtaken the Germans, who have fallen into sixth place. Italian demand collapsed, reflecting economic problems at home, whilst the number of buyers from North Africa has ticked up, as the Arab Spring turns to winter.

Lower Spanish house prices

Foreign non-resident buyers spent an average of €230,000 on Spanish property last year, down 28pc from €320,000 at the end of 2007, and 42pc above the €160,000 mark the Government has floated as the price for getting a residency permit thrown in with your house-purchase.


I imagine the press reports cited in this article were wrong. They must have been talking about expats or foreign buyers (expats plus non-residents), not just non-residents. For more information see Foreign buyers are vital to the Spanish property market.

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