The market action is on the coast and in Madrid

Spanish property buyer heat map

Spanish property buyer heat map

The Spanish property portal Idealista has produced two maps illustrating how Spain is a big country but, when it comes to the property market, all the action is on the coast, or in Madrid.

Buyer heat map

The map above is based on buyer searches and shows that the vast majority of searches done are focused on Madrid, or the coast, or the islands. There isn’t much heat in the Spanish interior, though one good reason for that might be that in rural areas, contacts, not search engines, are they key to sales. Nevertheless, you get the point. Spain is a big country, but a lot of it is rural wilderness, and most of the population lives near to the coast.

Spanish housing inventory for sale

The other map produced by Idealista (below) shows the resale inventory on the market as a percentage of the overall local housing stock in each province. The darker the green, the more homes on the market. Alicante province leads with 5.4% of its housing stock on the market.

Resale housing inventory per province, % of total provincial stock of homes in Spain

Resale housing inventory per province, % of total provincial stock of homes

In most cases the two maps converge, with buyer interest focused on areas with the highest inventory of homes for sale, which suggests that buyers will find what they want without necessarily pushing up prices.

But in the case of Madrid, buyer interest is high yet inventories are low (just 1.9% of the housing stock), which suggests that upward pressure on prices will be at work. It’s a similar story in Barcelona, where the inventory for sale is 2.7% of the province’s housing stock, yet the heat map suggests buyer interest is very strong.

About Mark Stücklin

Mark Stücklin is a Barcelona-based Spanish property market analyst, and author of the 'Spanish Property Doctor' column in the Sunday Times (2005 - 2008). He can be reached by email on ms@spanishpropertyinsight.com. All articles published in good faith as a general guide but no substitute for professional advice. Please read the SPI disclaimer

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