Spanish real estate attracting foreign investment

Spain plans to offer residency permits to foreigners who buy properties priced at more than 160,000 euros as part of its efforts to revive the real estate market and rid itself of hundreds of thousands of unsold properties. More..

Property tax set to increase in many Costa del Sol municipalities

The measures recently approved by the new Spanish government, lead my Mariano Rajoy, will have an affect this year on more than a million homes and business premises throughout the province of Malaga. Or approximately 80% of the total. More..

Costa del Sol property decreases

House price statistics released by the government last week revealed that the average price of property in Spain is now down to 2005 levels. Their figures are based on price per square meter, which currently stands at approximately 1,700 euros.


Fuengirola property market

The summer months are traditionally a quiet time in the Real Estates business on the Costa del Sol as many of the people who visit the area are primarily in holiday mode. Beach, sangria and nightlife are the main concerns with little thought given over to property purchases.

Fuengirola property rentals

As a slight change of pace from talking about properties for sale on the Costa del Sol I thought I would talk a bit about the property rental market here in Fuengirola. As can be imagined, as an estate agency based on the Paseo Maritimo (beach promenade) of Fuengirola, we get a fair share of passing trade asking for rentals in the area. I must admit, originally we were not keen on starting a rental department, but due to the amount of people that have approached us, both tenants and landlords, we finally decided that although our main aim was still to help people sell their property, rentals over the last 2 years has proven an additional boon.


Property investment on the Costa del Sol

An interesting article has come today in the hard print edition of the Sur in English that will be of interest to anyone looking at long term property investments at the moment. The new western Costa del Sol train link. The article in itself is not property related, but being an estate agent I cannot help but think along those lines (no pun intended).

Prices down 11.5% on the Costas

Properties along Spains Mediterreanan coast (Costa Brava, Costa Dorada, Costa del Azahar, Costa Blanca, Costa Cálida, Costa de Almeria, Costa de Granada, Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz) are down 11.5% in March 2009 year-on-year. But before anyone complains to me about ‘doom & gloom’, I am actually quite pleased about this information!


Property prices 2008 according to TINSA

According to Tinsa’s property price index on the Mediterranean coast fell by 14,3% in 2008 with a lower drop in the towns and cities at 10,2%. For you information Tinsa is one of Spain’s leading appraisal companies.
It also appears that this fall applies to both newly built and resale properties.


Interesting Costa del Sol property

Well the property market is definitely getting interesting now with all sorts of properties coming onto the market at very competitive prices. We are finally seeing a return to the ‘real’ market prices that could be found prior to 2004.
Of course if you look into the statistics supposedly prices have returned to their 2006 figures, but with all due respect to those who compile the stats, this is in our opinion slightly optimistic.


Hiding from the Spanish Taxman

According to experts at the Spanish tax ministry (Gestha) around 36.800 properties are being rented in the province of Malaga, and are not declaring it to the taxman!!! According to these same experts this amounts to an income of 65.3 million euros a year. Still further around 73.6% of all rentals in the region of Andalucía or around 184.000 properties escape the taxman.


The Spanish property market in 2008 and beyond

First and foremost, before I go any further I just want to wish all my readers a Felices Fiestas! Hope you have had a very merry Christmas and here’s to a great new years.
Ok now for the boring stuff. Below I’m going to review how the property market has been and what we can expect from 2009.