June 3, 2015 at 2:49 pm #186682LenaParticipant
Hi, I would like to buy property in Spain around Malaga. I do not live in Spain. I have 3 questions…1) Could you recommend any trusting agency? 2) Is it a must to have a local lawyer while buying a property? 3) which area would be the best for an investment. Thank you a lot for your help! Lenka
June 3, 2015 at 3:31 pm #186683Rowan99Participant
I am a relatively new property developer and investor and am contemplating dipping my toe in the barcelona property market.
I am hoping you can shed some light and offer your expert advice.
I have just returned from a weeks stay in the centre of barca and had a wonderful time,so naturally started researching the property market myself.
I am from London and own 2 properties in the U.K at the moment having just sold another 2 here aswell.
I have always looked on into Spain a bit nervously as I have seen many friends/colleagues been burnt with the costa del sol projects,however Barcelona seemed different to me and I feel confident.
I booked a 2 bed apartment in the centre of town (close to rambla del raval) through airbnb at a cost of £60 per night.
Lovely old building in a multicultural part of town which was pretty basic and needed some attention but we had an all round fantastic time..
I would be looking at buying an apartment in the centre between the old town and the beach ideally and would be paying cash for around £150,000 and would be hoping for 2/3 bedroom place.
I would then look to rent it out through airBnB all year round.
I would really appreciate any help or feedback and pointers as to whether you think this is a good idea and/or achievable.
June 5, 2015 at 8:03 am #186685GarySFBCNParticipant
Rowan99, I think Barcelona is good for investment. I believe that it is undervalued for all of the urban amenities it has.
A few observations regarding your plan:
1) Barcelona is attempting to regulate AirBnB (and other sites) vacation rentals. Will they succeed? Who knows. Last year, they fined AirBnB €30,000, and there is more information about that here:
2) Also, it appears that Barcelona will soon attempt to ‘regulate’ tourism as many feel that the city is overrun with tourists. See here:
And why they want to do something about the tourism:
If your plan depends upon tourist rentals, you may want to think about implicit risks within the above linked articles.
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